Friday, October 14, 2011

Paying It Forward -- A Blogfest

Today is the day of the Pay It Forward blogfest hosted by, um, you know, some people somewhere. Actually, I do know who's hosting it, but I don't really want to tell you. I mean, we're supposed to be highlighting some under the radar type blogs, and the guys putting this show on don't really fly under the radar. These are the guys doing the fly-bys of the tower. So, yeah, I'm not gonna mention them by name or link. >shrug< Chances are you already know anyway.

It's a cool idea, and it sounds easy enough. But it's not. I mean, it's not just supposed to be blogs that people may not know about, but it's also supposed to be blogs that you really like. Hmm... okay... blogs I really like that people may not know about. Three of them. Sure, it could be more, but, really, do you have time to go through every blog on my list? I didn't think so. Especially with everyone else doing this today. Not that I have time to do that, either.

So I'm tweaking the criteria just a bit. I'm going to list the blogs that, when I see they've posted, I absolutely must read. Yeah, I'm admitting I don't always read every post that everyone does from each blog that I follow. But, you know, I do have kids. And writing to do, and, sometimes, I just run out of time. I do my best. I'm not going to list every blog that I always read, because, honestly, some of them don't fly under the radar. One in particular I can think of that I would like to mention, but I'm just not going to. So take heart! Just because your blog isn't on this list, it doesn't mean I'm not reading every single post, it might, but it doesn't necessarily mean that. I suppose this is kind of like how, in a firing squad, they load one of the guns with blanks.

Anyway... here's my list. Go check them out.
(Oh, and these are in no particular order.)

Grumpy Bulldog's Blog: Rogue Mutt is kind of always amusing in his surliness. Mostly, though, I'm listing him because he just moved his blog address, and, having just moved for real, I know what kind of a pain that is. And he moved, like, to a whole new blog city! So, yeah, if you haven't checked his blog out, go do it.

Barbara Kloss: She's smart, and she has a book I want to read. That should be enough.

Concrete Pieces Of Soul: It's a great title. And she's getting married. But I just enjoy her blog.

It's the world, dear: One of my favorite blogs. Especially when she rips into hipsters. All about life in New York. And I'm waiting for her book!

Serendipity's Library: My favorite blog of quirkiness and home to the freakiest doll since Chucky. Even though she refuses to be my best blog friend, I still haunt her blog.

The Blutonian Death Egg: Possibly, the greatest name in blog history. And he did the cover of my book (check it out). But I was reading his blog way before that, and so should you.

So, yeah, more than 3, but they're the ones I stop for. Always something interesting and well done. If they're worth my time, I know they're worth yours!

Oh, and just one more... she's kind of absent of late (with reason), but she has a great blog: Small World, Big Dreams. Normally, I wouldn't send anyone to a blog where the owner isn't posting regularly, but Alyssia's is worth the time, anyway.


  1. Hey, there are several blogs there I've never visited before. I don't know why, but sometimes I like to pretend that although I may miss one or two once in a while, I'm pretty close to knowing what's going on.

    It's times like these when I am faced with the cold hard fact that there are a million blogs out there that are probably really damn good that I've never heard of.

    So sad.

    Thanks for the mention.

  2. hahaha I used more than three too, guess we both cheat and you know I never really thought about Random before now but I hate it too..haha thanks for that.

  3. Some great looking blogs here I'll have to check out.

    Found you from the PIF hop. Nice to meet you. I also don't read every blog I follow. It's impossible!

  4. Thanks for the mention, Andrew! I linked to you too. :D

  5. I have no idea how I missed this whole thing. Well, yeah I do. I've been so busy that I haven't been visiting as much as usual. Ah well, interesting links; will check them out!

  6. I have similar feelings to Rusty. I read a LOT of blogs and the amount of new ones I've found on this bloghop have astounded me. There are four more to check out, just in your list :-)

  7. Hey thanks! Your honesty is refreshing.....I to don't always read every post but I do stop by most of favorites everyday just to say hey.....that is when blogger decides I can comment on that particular day. This is a great idea for a blog hop!

  8. i missed the pay it forward hop, so coming fashionably late to say hello! nice to meet you :)

  9. I don't read every post either; but folks who take the time to comment on my blog, now they see me on a regular basis . Cools links -- I'll check 'em out!

  10. Thanks for the links, I'll have to check these out! :)

  11. Hi, well as you can imagine one day was not enough to visit all the blogs from the PIF fest, but I am still trying to visit those that were promoted by fellow bloggers. You made the big list. Your blog comes highly recommended & I am glad I stopped by before calling it a night.

    I can totally relate to your blog and I know how marriage, kids career + 20 years can get in the way of writing. Like you I am getting back to it.

    Now I am off to check out some of the blogs you suggested (even though you broke the rule of 3). I knew I liked you, not much of a rule follower myself.

    Nice to meet you & happy to be a new follower.

  12. I didn't like this blogfest as much as some others primarily because you had three other blogs to visit (at least) along with every other one to go to so it's like hundreds of blogs. My brain just shut down after a while. Overload.

  13. Rusty: Heh... I quit pretending that I know what's going on a long time ago. I mean, I can't even keep up with my kids, so there's no point in trying to pretend anything beyond that.

    Pat: Sure! Glad you liked it.

    Lydia: It is impossible. Sometimes, I feel bad about it, but I have to keep reminding myself that it is impossible even if that's all I did.

    J: Sure! You deserve it :)

    Shannon: We all miss things sometimes.

    Sarah: I really have to limit the number that I read just to keep my time manageable. Or, um, kind of manageable.

    Jennifer: Aw, thanks :) And, ooh, blogger... what a rascal it is!

    Jeremy: Nice to meet you, too!

    Milo: Commenting is a good thing :)

    WritingNut: Sure!

    Melissa: Hey! And you're from the neck of the woods I grew up in. At least the same state, anyway.
    Hmm... now, I'm all curious as to whom linked to me!

    Michael: Yeah, I understand. Weekends are bad for me and blogging, so I didn't make it to anywhere near as many as I should have.