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Okay, so I kinda talked about this a little bit over here, but you probably shouldn't click on that link, since it lists four blogging goals that I have made ZERO PROGRESS ON WHATSOEVER. Oops.
Basically, I was a big old lurker for many, many years. I stumbled onto the little blogging world when I googled makeup tips for rosacea and found a post Sundry did on the now defunct Sundry Buzz (RIP). I read that entire site, and fell in love with Sundry and Swistle, and then proceeded to read every last thing either one of them ever wrote. Which I don't think you can actually do anymore, at least for Sundry. You can go here or here, but not her current website. It's really too bad, because her oldest stuff is the best stuff. Let us pause a moment to mourn the loss of both Sundry Buzz and old Sundry.* Let's also pause a moment to thank Swistle for being consistently awesome since September of 2006, because really, that's amazing.
I probably would have been content to just lurk around Swistle and friends of Swistle forever, but then Google reader suggested I check out Saly's blog. I also stalked her archives, and what really struck me was that she had managed to find this core group of awesome readers, who were always there to cheer her on and give advice and INTERACT, which was something that was missing from my bloggy experience. Coincidentally, this is also how I found Shauna - I decided that these people were so awesome that I wanted to follow them too.
The final kicker was finding other Laura.** Every time I'd read her posts, I would think of what an amazing record of her daughter's (and now son's) childhood she was creating. Her blog is so funny and informative and beautifully written and relevant to my own experiences, that I stalked her too, even breaking out of my lurker shell and emailing her a bit. She was very nice and responsive that it gave me the confidence to branch out on my own.
So there you have it! If you are currently on the verge of making the transition from lurker to commenter or lurker to blogger, DO IT! I have so much fun interacting with people on Twitter and Instagram, and I've even made an e-BFF and gone to the best slumber party evah! It's just so much BETTER, not carrying on completely one-sided relationships with amazing women.
* In the completely, totally, absolutely, ridiculously unlikely event that Linda ever sees this, it's not that I don't like you anymore. I just feel like you are too busy to really focus on your blog, and your posts don't make me spit diet coke on my screen on a regular basis like they used to. I miss that.
** In linking this, I realize that I missed YET ANOTHER day in the life posting session. STUPID STUPID BROKEN GOOGLE READER. I am SO BEHIND on everyone's blogs! And I PROMISED myself I would participate every quarter this year. If you aren't familiar and have some time, go check Laura's out, and then stalk all of the participants too (that's what I did)(I think Laura thinks it's super creepy when Heather or Mama Tully show up here)(but I loved their day in the life posts, and every post since!)(ZOMG BABY SNOWPEA IS HERE GOD I'M SO BEHIND!!!)