I got an email this morning from Angie of www.angies30before30.com. I had run across her blog awhile back when I was searching the Google for inspiration from other “30 before 30” lists. Rather than going straight to her list, I stopped on the home page as its contents intrigued me. There were pictures of celebrities and musicians to go along with stories of how she met them. The first line of her “about” page stated, “Angie is a connector- a connector of brands, a connector of celebrities, a connector of people.”
“Hmmm,” I thought to myself as I rubbed my chin and raised one eyebrow. “Perhaps this is the type of person who could help me with my list.” So I sent her a message. Did I expect a response from a person who hob-nobs with celebrities on a regular basis? Absolutely not. My goal was to get at least one more page view…I’m like a junky, I can’t get enough of them.
To be honest, I had forgotten that I ever wrote that email back in January until this morning. There, in my inbox, was a reply from Angie. She graciously thanked me for reaching out to her, said she would love to help me out, and even offered to let me guest blog on her site. So after several months of futile efforts to reach out to one Bill Simmons, it’s possible that maybe, just maybe, I may have found an ally who can make it happen. I’m not counting on it, mind you. I’m just glad to have found another avenue to pursue other than traveling out to California and hiding in his bushes.
The real point I’m trying to make here is that I’ve discovered something about the blogging community. It’s just one big happy family! Sure, there’s the occasional crazy uncle who tells the same stories over and over, laughs at the most inappropriate times and makes awkward comments about your sister’s backside. But for every rotten, though inevitably harmless apple, there are a hundred good ones like Angie out there who are willing to help out a complete stranger, and in return, a simple thank you suffices. Well, a thank you and a little blog love of course.
As my readership has grown beyond the 6 of you that started out with me, I’ve been introduced to some very interesting people. When I received a comment from a new reader or notification of a new subscriber, I enjoy hopping over to their site to learn a bit about them. Am I doing something out of the ordinary or beyond anyone’s expectations by doing this? Nope, it’s just par for the course in the blogosphere. It’s not just about accumulating page views; it’s about sharing experiences, stories, and advice with people just like, or completely different from you.
I feel like the Grinch after learning the true meaning of Christmas. It will be said that my heart grew three sizes this day. Anyway, I just wanted to take this opportunity and forum to say thanks to Angie for her help with my journey. Check out her site if you have a moment, it’s definitely worth your time. And who knows, maybe you’ll see a little something from yours truly on there soon! I also wanted to mention a couple other bloggers I’ve been following lately in an effort to keep spreading the love.
Jessica, of 101 things to do before you die, is a fascinating person. She considers herself “painfully responsible”, reserved, and conservative. But she’s trying to change all that as she dives, head-first, into a list of 101 things she wants to do. Obviously, her story is intriguing to me as it takes my 30 things and blows it out of the water. It’s “30 Before 30” on steroids and I recommend checking it out. If you’re making a list of your own, you’re bound to find some good ideas here. On a personal note, she is a Tar Heels fan which bothers me a bit; but seeing as she too has a burning hatred for Duke, I can look past it.
Then there’s Ian. A regular commenter of my blog and now author of his own, entitled Jake of All, Master of None, Ian is a former neighbor of mine. I felt obligated to follow his blog due to our friendship (just kidding Ian, sort of), but am certainly glad that I did. You’ll find topics ranging from the quality of children’s cartoons to a debate over sports hate. Ian has no problem voicing his opinion and won’t hesitate to throw a punch or two to get his point across. It’s a refreshing dose of honesty to help you through your day so check it out.
To all fellow bloggers out there; keep doing what you’re doing. Keep putting your voice out there for us to enjoy and keep paying the love forward. You never know when you might need a hand and someone you’ve never met before could be there to lend it.
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