I came to this blogging thing pretty late. In fact I spent many years toiling away writing for other people, in a voice I didn't particularly care for, covering topics I knew were through and through crap, but I was a writer, not getting paid to give my opinion, rather to report the facts and put other experts on a pedestal.
It was all good and fine, until my fee per article overtime DRAMATICALLY decreased and well I got restless, felt undervalued and was determined to work for myself and find a way to write about things I wanted to and somehow, some way eek out a living doing so.
Then GD was gracious enough to put Lady and the Blog's Vera Sweeney in my path. Vera is a firecracker, smart as a whip and has single handedly created a web empire through her own blood, sweat and tears. And yet- she took me under her wing- because that's just the kind of gal she is– so magnanimous and literally, after a weekend in Ohio- she helped me buy this url and well I haven't looked back. Rather I continue to look to her and this army of women she surrounds herself with- so many of the bloggers I now consider friends for inspiration and that little push I need every day.
I am so proud to be able to call myself a blogger but most importantly to call Vera Sweeney my friend.
So this Monday if you see a blogger at your local Starbucks- don't just give them a hug- ask them their blog and then.. LEAVE A comment it's like gold to us writers– oh and if you Want to get involved? Here's how:
-Post a picture(s) of you hugging a fellow blogger(s) on your site.
-Explain why you love that person. Then link to their site
-Add your story link to the Mr. Linky box on LADY AND THE BLOG so we can all check it out.
-Optional -use hashtag #hugablogger to spread the news on Twitter.