A Thank You, Some Social-Media Etiquette, and A Blog Award...
Well, first things first. I want to express a sincere and from-the-bottom-of-my-heart THANK YOU to all my new and current followers! Hi, and thank you!!
When I first started this blog (back in October 2010), I was a full-time bride planning my wedding with less than 40 days to go. I was writing for Me, and I wanted to be able to remember all the details and emotions I was feeling at the time. I never thought my thoughts, my writing, and my story would be something others would WANT to read. Thank YOU for reading and following along in my little story in this big 'ole world!! I appreciate it more than you know. :)
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This morning on my drive in to work, a few of my twitter friends were discussing blogger etiquette, specifically commenting on others' blogs.
Question: If you follow and comment on a blog but never receive anything in return, do you unfollow?
Well, if you wanna know my opinion, (even if you don't, guess what? here it comes) I follow blogs that I like and can relate to. Something about the author pulls me in, and I'm stuck staring at the computer for hours reading archives of their blog. I don't follow others simply to get them to follow back, hence the number of followers I have, and I love and appreciate each and every one of YOU!
It may be hard sometimes when you feel you've given insightful feedback then received nothing in return, but don't be a jerk about it and unfollow said blog. The author of that blog has a life too, and let's just give them the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe, just maybe, they have too many comments on their wonderful, perfectly written, perfectly thought out post and didn't respond to you because it's hard to respond to every comment.
Don't let your feelings get hurt. Just move on and continue writing, commenting, and being YOU. No one can be you. No one can tell your story. You must tell it!!
My friend Lauren @ Life with a Lab posted about social media etiquette this morning as well. I read the article she linked to, and let me tell you, this article is a must read for us all!
My favorite tip under Content Production: "If you go a long time between blog updates, don’t write a “sorry I haven’t written lately” post. No one cares. Just publish something good." Ha! This guy is a genius! Read the article if you have a few extra seconds to spare.
Moving on... Award time!
As if this woman couldn't be any sweeter, Melissa Jo or, as I like to call her, MJ, @ Lady of the Flowers recently gave me a lovely blog award! I <3 you friend!! MJ is a sweet southern girl who has a passion for LIFE itself. I love reading more about her each time she posts, and I'm finding we have SO much more in common than I originally thought! #soulmates
I'll spare you on the little details that I'm supposed to write about myself and just promote a few of my favorite daily reads! Check these wonderful, inspirational ladies out. You won't regret it. :)
Hope you have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!!