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Monday, November 28, 2011

Unhappy Holidays: Chasing Joy with Green Eyes

So I've had Joy in my sights for sometime now. Chasing it at a steady pace slowly closing the gap.  But then something happened.  I took my eyes off of Joy for just a second and now I can barely see it up ahead.

I have never been an athlete but I had the torture, I mean privilege of growing up with one.  My brother ran track all the way through school up into college.  My dad had been an athlete himself.  So I grew up hearing such advice as "consistency is the key" "lean at the end of the race" and "don't wast time looking back for your competition during a race." 

Most of this advice is completely lost on me.  However it would be in my own best interest to remember to keep my eyes on the finish line and not look back at my competition.  Instead of keeping my eyes on Joy recently I've gotten distracted looking at what was going on in the lives of my competitors.  OK not really my competitors but at the lives of my friends and family members. 

As you all know I am single and looking (now accepting boyfriend applications click here) for Mr. Right.  Well the holiday season can be a little tough on single folks.  Much of the non-commercial aspects of the holidays are focused on spending time with your family.  So I have found myself spending a bit too much time looking back at how my friends and family were doing instead of keeping my eyes on my own Joy.  Who is getting their kids what toys, who is spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with their significant other's family,  what holiday family portraits will I get in the mail this year, etc,etc, etc...

Suddenly I'm feeling like I wish I had some cute kids to buy cute kid toys for,  I wish I had a boyfriend to supply with hints on what I want for Christmas,  I wish I had a significant other to invite for Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner and will I have anyone to kiss at New Years???  And then it happened, Joy moving just out of my sights. 

So today instead of Chasing Joy I feel like I'm running from loneliness and the green eyed monster of envy. Oh and let me also add hypocrisy.  How can I write a blog about Chasing Joy when Joy has definitely been out of my reach lately???  But then I come to my senses and remember why I started Chasing Joy.  I did not start Chasing Joy because I have Joy.  I started Chasing it because I need it. 

None of us are happy all the time.  This blog is not an I'm happy all the time don't you want to be happy like me type of blog.  This is a life is not fair, sometime it downright sucks, but I'm going to accept it and make an effort to be happy anyway type of blog.  Besides, wouldn't it just make you all so annoyed If I only wrote about how happy and positive and upbeat I am???  Don't you relate to me better when I admit to having a bad day or a hard time?  Doesn't it remind you that I am actually a person and not just some sort of Joy app?

So, while lately I have a bit of the single during the holidays blues, have been fighting against feelings of loneliness, while viewing the world through the green eye's of envy, I will not get stuck in this place.  I will remember that consistency is the key and continue to make myself and what makes me happy a priority even during this season of giving.  I will stop waisting time looking at other peoples lives and focus on Joy.  I'll catch up to it again.  I will also lean at the end of the race???  Oh, wait, I guess that bit of track advice doesn't really apply to me LOL

Do you get down during the holidays?  What do you do to feel better?  How do you reign yourself in when you are overtaken by the green eyed monster?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Flashback Friday: Random Thoughts- Image

Sorry I'm late Joy Chasers.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving so I did not get the Flashback Friday post up last night.  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  I did.  I cooked for my mom, brother, nieces, and nephews.  There was 7of us all together.  Good Food and Good Company. 

After dinner my mom and I decided to go see what the stores were like.  We have never done Black Friday shopping before.  Since Walmart was opening at10 we decided to go and see what the hype was all about.  We got to Walmart after 11.  The store had been open for over an hour and the line was still at least a thousand people deep.  So we never even got out of the car.  We drove past shaking our heads in amazement.

Then we decided to drive up the road a bit and see how bad it was at Target.  Target opened at Midnight.  We got there around 11:30 and the line was several hundred deep. Better than at Walmart.  We decided to stay in the car to see if people would run in when they opened the doors.  30 minutes later they opened the doors but let people in in groups of about 20 people every 90 seconds.  There was no stampede and the line moved pretty quick.  So, we decided to get in line to.  We only had to wait about 20 minutes and we were in too.  It was very organized and not crazy inside.  No fighting or pushing.  We only got a couple of things because we were there out of curiosity more so than looking for big deals on electronics or toys.  It was fun and we were home by 3 am. 

So a Thanksgiving feast and Black Friday outing distracted me from your Flashback Friday Linky.  But, it is up now.  Better late than never.  I hope you will take some time between or after your Black Friday shopping and link up for the Flashback. Flashback Friday is where we Flashback to our older posts and linkup here. We also post a link to our Flashback post on the Chasing Joy Facebook Page. It is a great way to rediscover our earlier work and discover some new blogs.

Be sure to check out AT LEAST TWO other Flashback posts. I suggest the one listed before and after your post. Please leave a comment saying why you selected your Flashback post and what you thought about the other Flashback posts. I'm looking forward to reading all of your Flashbacks.
This week I am linking up to my post Random Thoughts - Image. In this post I talk about some of the things that make me feel good.

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How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you brave the Black Friday crowds???

Monday, November 21, 2011

HBBBS Part 3: Engaging with Joy Chasers


Welcome to another session of How to be a Better Blogger Blogalicious Style (HBBBS). In HBBBS part 1 we went over what to wear to a blog conference. Those tips can apply to many other social/semiprofessional events so check that post out if you have not already. HBBBS part 2 was about the feeling I left the conference with, INSPIRATION! Specifically I came away feeling that I can do this!!! Everyone’s “this” is something different so check out that post as well to see if you can be inspired to work towards your “this”.

Today’s post, HBBBS Part 3 is about engaging with your blog community. There was lots of talk at Blogalicious about quality over quantity. Yes we all want to see our hits and followers go up. But don’t you want more than that??? Don’t you want to see the length of time people spend on your page increase? Don’t you want to see the number of comments you get on your posts increase? Don’t you want to see the quality of those comments improve from “nice post, please follow my page” to actual commentary on what you are talking about? I want all of those things. How you get all of those things is by not worrying so much about the number of people visiting your page or following your page, but instead engaging with the people that do visit your page.

What do you think would be more fun to recite a soliloquy to a group of people or to have a conversation with them??? If you are like me you’d definitely prefer the convo. As much as I like my own thoughts and opinions it is more worthwhile to find others who feel the same way. It’s also kind of fun to sway someone to your way of thinking. On occasion it is enlightening to be the one swayed towards a new opinion. All of these things can happen when you have a conversation. What do you get when you recite a soliloquy? Applause from the like minded, grumbles from the opposition, sweaty palms, and upset stomach, and whatever other side effects you get form public speaking. Basically nothing all that worthwhile.

What does this have to do with blogging you ask? Well when you write a blog post and then don’t respond to the comments it is the same thing as giving that soliloquy. You have just blogged your heart out about grannie panties, co-sleeping, blogging or performing acts of joy and then walked away without acknowledging what anyone else thought about the topic. You have said my opinion matters and you should listen to it but I don’t really care if you agree or disagree. Is that the message you want to send? I DON’T. And although I have been really bad by not responding to comments as I should have, it was about my lack of knowledge early on and now my lack of time management. (I will do better with responding to your posts. Please oh please give me another chance **ok getting up off knees now**)

In addition to responding to comments on your blog you can become more engaged with your community by actually checking your readers out. When someone comments on or follows your blog. Go and visit their blog or profile. See what they are talking about. Join in the conversation they are having on their page. Remember that online is not all that different than the “real world”. While it is nice to entertain friends at your place, on your blog, it is also nice to see them on their own turf, their blog, and find out where they are coming from. This will give you an idea of what your readers are discussing, who your readers are, and what they might like to read about. Are most of your readers mommy bloggers? If so that lets you know to throw in some parenting or child care info when it fits your topic. Do most of your readers blog about working outside the home? Then maybe that crazy thing that happened in the office the other day is worth writing about.

Another way to also really engage with your community is to not be stingy. While there are many other blogs and websites out there fighting for readers attention, there are plenty pieces of the net to go around. Tell your readers about other blogs that are awesome. Link to them in your posts. Give them a shout out like I did above (see grannie panties, blogging, and co-sleeping above). This gives people more of a reason to read your blog. Because not only are you talking about your ideas and opinions you are exposing your readers to other people's as well.

Don’t forget your mom and besties, I mean readers who are not bloggers. Stay up, current, and relevant on what is important to them. Take note of important issues that fit the theme of your blog and talk about them. If someone mentions topics in their comments check it out and see if you can relate. You might find a new post idea. Talk about some of the universal day to day things that we all, bloggers and non-bloggers can relate too. Write about how annoying it is when someone grabs the last fresh turkey in the market, and you are stuck buying a frozen one for your thanksgiving meal.

In doing all of these things you want to be genuine. Take a genuine interest in who is taking an interest in you. In the spirit of being genuine I do want to say however, that I am not a believer in you follow me so I’ll follow you. You don’t have to follow back just because someone followed you. I want people to follow my blog because they actually enjoy what I write. I don’t want to be just another blog listed in your Google reader because I followed you and you now feel you owe me a follow back. Follow the blogs that you like and comment when you have something to say. The good thing is, I have discovered that many of the people who have commented on and followed me share a similar view, way of writing, sense of humor, or have some other indescribable allure that does lead me to become a follower of their blogs as well. But know that it is a genuine follow and not one out of obligation.

And last but not least. If people Email you RESPOND! This is a no brainer but one I know I am sometimes guilt of overlooking.

How would you like to see your favorite bloggers better engage with you? If you have a blog, how do you engage with your community?


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekend Guest Classy Career Girl: How to Knock Down Your Networking Barriers

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A few weeks ago I sent out an invitation for you to be my Weekend Guest by guest posting on Chasing Joy. This weekend I am happy to welcome the Classy Career Girl. The Classy Career Girl is the author of the blog Classy Career Girl. Classy Career Girl is where you go to be Happy, Successful and Balanced. That sounds like a trifecta for Chase Joy! Let's check out what the Classy Career Girl can tell us about how to have a more Joyful career experience. Here is her post: How to Knock Down Your Networking Barriers

Networking is crucial for career growth and is the stepping-stone that can help you reach your dreams and goals. Many people think networking is simply building relationships and meeting people. But, strategic networking is different. Strategic networking is focused with a goal in mind. Here are some barriers that can stand in the way of strategic networking:

1) Not being clear about what you want: You need to know where you want to go. Write it down, create a career map and identify the holes that might arise. A recent study showed that only 5% of Americans have goals written down. Being clear about what you want and writing it down is the only way that you will be able to find out who you need to talk to in order to learn the information you need to reach your goals.

2) Being afraid to ask others for help. I recently heard a man in my company say that women often approach him saying ” I know you are busy, but can you help me with something?” But, when men approach him, they say “I need your help” and what a difference that can make. Be assertive and don’t be afraid to ask others for help. People can’t read your mind! Let them know why you are reaching out to them and how they can help you get to the next level in your career.

3) Not enough time for networking. This is my biggest pitfall. I am often too busy with work and grad school to reach out and connect with someone over lunch. The key that I am working on is changing my thinking so that networking is a part of my job. I have learned that you have to make it a priority and this is my goal over the next year. If possible, think of your job as 50% in office and 50% connecting and building relationships with those in your office.

4) I am an introvert: If you are an introvert like me, it is hard to be open and let strangers into your life. To network, you have to be open and curious. You must also show up and be present in all conversations. Sometimes the hardest part is getting to the event but you will be glad you did once you get there. Meet one person and start speaking with them and asking questions. This way, it will be easier to meet others since you know one person very well. Also, don’t be afraid to speak up if you have something to say and have a question ready to ask such as “How did you get started in your career” or “What are you passionate about?”

5) Not sure who to connect with. Easy! Let your friends and family know your dreams and goals and ask them if they have any connections that they could introduce you to. Another great tip is every time you get to know someone new, ask them if there is anyone else they know that they could introduce you to. Never leave a meeting without another connection!

By talking with others in different fields about your future goals and dreams, your career path will begin to become crystal clear and you will learn the steps that you need to take to reach your goals. Connecting with other people helps you find your purpose in life and find work you enjoy. Who wants to spend 40 hours a week doing a job they hate? Not me! When you are satisfied in your work, you work will be rewarding and you will feel like you are making a difference in the world.

What are the barriers that keep you from building relationships and connecting?

Classy Career Girl provides advice to young professionals on how to be classy as they climb the corporate ladder. Her blog covers topics such as business chic fashion, career motivation, personal development, networking, and office etiquette. Connect with her and learn more about how to network at
To find out more about the Classy Career Girl visit her page on Facebook and follow her @ClassyCareer on Twitter.

If you'd like to be a weekend guest email me your post at and find additional information on guest posting qualifications here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Flashback Friday: What Makes You Feel Good

It's Flashback Friday!!! Flashback Friday is where we Flashback to our older posts and linkup here. We also post a link to our Flashback post on the Chasing Joy Facebook Page. It is a great way to rediscover our earlier work and discover some new blogs.

Be sure to check out AT LEAST TWO other Flashback posts. Might I suggest the one listed before and after your post. Please leave a comment saying why you selected your Flashback post and what you thought about the other Flashback posts. I'm looking forward to reading all of your Flashbacks.

This week I am linking up to my Feel Good Friday post What Makes You Feel Good. In this post I talk about some of the things that make me feel good.

Don't forget to grab the I am Chasing Joy button.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

100 Acts of JOY

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The Holidays are upon us Joy Chasers. The months November through January are chock full of Holidays. Holidays celebrating all kinds of beliefs, faiths and nationalities. Here are a few:
  • Eid'ul-Adha - The "Festival of Sacrifice" which took place on November 7th is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened
  • Thanksgiving - The holiday is celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.
  • Saint Nicholas Day - - The tradition of Saint Nicholas Day is a festival, taking place on December 6th, for children in many countries in Europe related to surviving legends of Saint Nicholas, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts. The American Santa Claus, as well as the Anglo-Canadian and British Father Christmas, derive from these legends.   
  •  Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Our Lady of Guadalupe takes place on December 12 when Hispanic Catholics reflect on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe who is a celebrated Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary.
  • St. Lucia Day- Or the Feast of St. Lucy (Santa Lucia, Saint Lucia or sometimes Lucia for short) is the Church feast day dedicated to St. Lucy and is observed on December 13. Its modern day celebration is generally associated with Sweden and Norway. In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets.  
  • Hanukkah - The Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days beginning December 20, 2011   
  • Christmas Day- The holiday is generally observed on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity   
  • Boxing Day - Boxing Day is a secular holiday that is traditionally celebrated on 26 December, the day after Christmas Day. In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994. The tradition has long included giving money and other gifts to those who were needy and in service positions.
  • Kwanzaa - This weeklong celebration is held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving.
  • Omisoka - New Year's Eve, is the second-most important day in Japanese tradition because it is the final day of the old year and the eve of New Year's Day, which is the most important day of the year.   
  •  Epiphany - Epiphany is celebrated with a wide array of customs around the world. It is a celepration of the manifestation of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Celebrated on January 6th, it includes the commemoration of His birth; the visit of the “Wise Men", and Jesus's childhood events, up to and including his baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist

These Holidays are all celebrating different traditions but they do have a few things in common. There is an awful lot of feasting going on. Lots of sharing food amongst family and friends. There is also some gift giving going on. But most of all these Holidays are Joyful times for us to come together. So in honor of these holidays, and any holidays that you may celebrate that I did not list here, I am Challenging us, both you and me, Joy Chasers, to perform 100 Acts of JOY.

Acts of joy are those things that many of us do during the holiday seasons. We give to charities. We buy gifts for toys for tots. We donate care packages to our service men and women who will be far from home during the holidays. We volunteer at food pantries and hospitals. We do all sorts of stuff during this time of year to spread JOY. So, I am challenging us, as group to perform 100 (or more) acts of Joy this holiday season.

Every time you perform an Act of Joy leave a comment here, leave a comment on the Chasing Joy FB page, or send me a tweet on FB using hash tag #100ActsofJoy. This will allow me to update our Joy Ticker. Let’s see how much Joy we can give this holiday season.

What Holidays do you celebrate this time of year? Do they put you in a giving mood? Do you find yourself giving more of your time and money during the holidays?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chasing Joy on Studio 30 Plus

Where oh Where has Chasing Joy Gone???

Today I'm posting over at Studio 30 Plus's online Magazine.  Studio 30 Plus is a network of bloggers who are over thirty and still know a thing or two.  I was invited to submit a post for the magazine and since I do know a thing or two I got to writing. 

So Joy Chasers come on over to Studio 30 Plus.  Click here to checkout my post Choices, Choices, Choices

Friday, November 11, 2011

Flashback Friday: Learn How to Cheer Up and Feel Better

Happy 11/11/11, Happy Veteran's Day, and Happy Flashback Friday!!! Flashback Friday is where we Flashback to our older posts and linkup here. We also post a link to our Flashback post on the Chasing Joy Facebook Page. It is a great way to rediscover our earlier work and discover some new blogs.

Be sure to check out AT LEAST TWO other Flashback posts. Might I suggest the one listed before and after your post. Please leave a comment saying why you selected your Flashback post and what you thought about the other Flashback posts. I'm looking forward to reading all of your Flashbacks.

This week I am linking up to my post Learn How to Cheer Up and Feel Better. In this post I talk about an article I found and the tips it offers on how to cheer yourself up..

Dont forget to grab the I am Chasing Joy button.

Monday, November 7, 2011

No Mojo No Joy


Mojo as defined on one of my favorite online hangout Wikipedia: Mojo - a slang word for self-confidence, self-esteem or sex appeal. Now that I know exactly what it is can someone tell me where I put it??? Hmm... I’ve looked in my closet, in cosmetics bag, heck I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t seem to find it. I have got to get my Mojo back!!!

Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever thought dag where did my confidence go? I used to bring the sexy now I need to have someone bring sexy back to me!!!

Now I have to admit I have not really lost my Mojo. It’s more like we play a game of hot potato. I get warmer, warmer, warmer, and sometimes I even know I’m the hotness. But then I make a wrong turn, make a bad decision, trust the wrong person, have a run in with a box of tasty cakes, make a mistake at work and then it’s cold, cold, cold… Mojo gone again.

I know I’m not the only one. One of my favorite Joy Chasers has recently been telling me she has to get her Mojo back. She lost her Mojo when she became a mom. While she was filling her bag with pacifiers, bottles, and diapers for her lady bug she forgot to pack her confidence, self-esteem, and sex appeal. But she is now aware and making moves to get her Mojo Back. She is making the best of her “mommy-breaks”

Now you don’t have to be a mom to lose your Mojo Sometimes we get caught up with work. I’m blessed with a job that I get to leave behind at 6 o’clock. But not all of you joy chasers are so lucky. It’s more like 9 to 9 plus weekends. And holidays??? What are those again? Is the lack of sleep, high pressure, and boring power suit robbing you of your Mojo? Do you not even know what to do with yourself when you have time off???

Or maybe you are in between jobs. You feel like there is nothing confident or sexy about unemployment. Interview suits and boring responsible hairdos are stifling your Mojo.

There was a time when was playing a losing game of hot potato with my Mojo. I was getting colder and colder and colder as I became less confident, lost self-esteem and felt like a negative 10 on the sexy meter. I not only lost but abandoned my Mojo. I was at a job I hated, in a relationship that was not working, and then I lost my biggest cheerleader, my dad. But I did what my joy chasing friend is doing I became aware and started to make some changes. Specifically I made changes that involved me making my happiness a top priority. I got a new job. I ended that relationship. I have distanced myself from people who do not support me. I have grown closer to those who want to Chase Joy with me. I started making healthy lifestyle changes. I make an effort to where things that make me feel more confident and sexy. I am conscious of my Mojo and immediately start looking for it whenever I think I may have lost it. No Mojo No Joy. We all want Joy!

Have you ever lost your Mojo? If so how and what did you do to get it back? What advice would you give to someone who has lost their Mojo?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Flashback Friday: Failure It's Not So Bad

Happy Friday and welcome to the Flashback!!!! Flashback Friday is where we Flashback to our older posts and linkup here. We also post a link to our Flashback post on the Chasing Joy Facebook Page. It is a great way to rediscover our earlier work and discover some new blogs.

Be sure to check out AT LEAST TWO other Flashback posts. Might I suggest the one listed before and after your post. Please leave a comment saying why you selected your Flashback post and what you thought about the other Flashback posts. I'm looking forward to reading all of your Flashbacks.

This week I am linking up to my post Failure It's Not So Bad. In this post I talk about the positive side of Failing. Please join me in linking up.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

HBBBS Part 2: You Can Do This

Last week I started the How To Be A Better Blogger Blogalicious Style (HBBBS) series by going over what to wear to a blog conference. This week I am talking about the main thing I took away from the conference. The next post in the HBBBS series will be available after November 7th.

The official theme of Blogalicious 2011 was Making Masterful Connections. The theme of my experience at Blogalicious is You Can Do This! “THIS” is whatever inspires you, excites you, and gives you Joy! If you are a blogger you canand actually make a living blogging and working with brands. If you are a writer, you can turn your blog into a book. If you have a business (or want to start one) you can use blogging as a way to connect to your customers, to communicate with them in a personal way.You Can Do This!

When I started writing Chasing Joy It was more of an outlet for me to recover from grief and loss. I did know that bloggers made money but I did not really know how. At some point I heard about bloggers turning their blogs into books. However, I could not really figure out how I could turn my blog of random Joy related topics into a book. At Blogalicious I got a better idea of how to do these things. I did not get a how to turn your blog into a book or how to become a brand ambassador how to guide in my swag bag. I got something better.  I got to listen to and talk with people who’d actually done these things. I got to make a masterful connection.

Everyone had a different method of getting from point A (Blog= this little thing I do online) to point B (Blog = Success as defined by the blogger). But, everyone did have the same message about getting there. That message was You Can Do This! The place to start is just Get Started and Take Action. This applies to not only blogging but any sort of endeavor. Trying something new is scary. But, you never know if you’ll succeed unless you try. If you have no clue where to start, make a list of the things you find Joy in and pursue them. Spend as much time as you can pursuing them. You may have to make some upfront sacrifices but it will be worth it in the long run if you get to actually make a living or supplement your living doing something you enjoy.

I really love Chasing Joy with all of you. Now I am thinking I Can Do This. Meaning I can actually do something more with this blog than just use it as a hobby and personal outlet. I can build a community of like minded people who want to Chase Joy too. Maybe I can turn this hodgepodge of Joy essays into a Book. It is scary to put more attention and time into something that others may view as frivolous. But it is also scary to me to spend the majority of my waking hours doing something that does not bring me joy and have no creative outlet. To spend more time Chasing Joy I will and have made sacrifices. Mostly in the form of time and sleep. I was up past my bed time finishing the Best of the Blogosphere post last night and now I am writing during my lunch at work. But to turn my blog into something Bigger, the sacrifice is worth it. I Can Do This!!

What is your “THIS”? What do you really find Joy in doing? What sacrificed are you prepared to make so You Can Do This?

If you have a Blog do you want to turn it into something Bigger? Do you want to work with Brands? Do you want to convert it into a Book?


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Best of the Blogosphere: October

This weekend in between laughing at the crazy user names you see on online dating websites I spent some time reading other blogs. I came across Cookie’s Best of the Blogosphere post. I liked the idea so much I decided to do my own Best of the Blogosphere post for the month of October. So in this post I will share with you my favorite posts that I have come across this month.

I enjoyed Bewildered Bug’s post Cherish the Good Things About Your Solitude. This post is a guest post on Bewildered Bug's blog about some of the positive aspects of long distance relationships.

I absolutely love the post 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf on The Successful Woman’s Guide. The video is awesome! I will be referring to it all fall, winter, and probably even spring.

Ebony Delights shared her experience Ziplinng in her post Ride on a Zipline. She is one brave girl!!!

Another favorite was Untypically Jia bringing some levity to the serious topic of mental illness in her post This is Because of My Mental Illness I had that song in my head for days. :-)

Bit of Bee reminded me of how good the children’s shows I watched as a kid were. Her post WTF is a Wiggle made me appreciate Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood and Sesame Street.

On Chasing Joy my favorite post this month is Where Chasing Joy is From. This post touches on the things that make me who I am.

What Great posts did you come across in October? What is at the top of your Best of the Blogosphere October List???

I’m joining in on Cookie’s Blog Hop. Do your own best of the Blogosphere Post for October including the posts you read that gave you the most Joy in October and the best post from your own blog in October.

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