Monday, January 26, 2009

The Blogosphere

When I started blogging 2 1/2 years ago, it was out of desperation.

Scrapbooking was my hobby, but it was out of hand. 3 kids, 3 years of pictures, an unorganized and endless supply of scrapbooking stuff, plus a stack of wonderful (but bulky) albums (where to store em?).

I would go on a weekend retreat and come home with only 10 new layouts. I enjoyed the time
with friends, but when it comes down to it, I am too much of a I've-got-to-get-something-done-today kind of girl that it drove me crazy.

In August 2006, my brilliant friend Kelly Stocksen (am I a Kelly Stocksen commercial or what?) introduced me to blogging as a way to record the moments of our lives. I was immediately hooked. Click here to see my very first post.

I went on for a couple years just blogging for myself and the occasional family member or friend who would check in and comment.

But then, a few months ago, I got connected with some other bloggers who shared my interests... some I knew personally and some I didn't. But because of their blogs, I began to know them through their written word. And this past Friday, we all came together at the "Okie Hoe-Down" and met in real life.

It was kind of a surreal moment.. especially when Flat Baloney showed up (check out her blog to understand), but it was genuinely fun and interesting to get to know some Oklahoma bloggers. * * *all the bloggers who came to the Hoe Down (except Georgie!) * * *

* * * * * * Chere (A Day in the Life) and me and Flat Baloney * * * * * * *

* Me with Dawn of Dawn's Diversions and Michelle of Froggy Bottom Blog*

Speaking of Oklahoma bloggers, I recently found out that my blog was nominated for an Okie Blog Award. What? How? Me? I was nominated in the Family Blog category. Surprising and flattering and if you haven't already voted, you can vote for me by clicking on this link (but you have to be an Oklahoma blogger to vote.)There were some other nominees in attendance...
Jen @ 6 Happy Hearts has been nominated for Best Inspirational Blog
Annie @ Having a Ball has been nominated for Best Family Blog
Melinda @ Bloggin' it from the 'Burbs has been nominated for Best Family Blog
Dawn @ Dawn's Diversions has been nominated for Best Family Blog
Georgie @ Decisionally Challenged has been nominated for Best Humor Blog
Maggie @ Maggie's Mind as been nominated for Best Looking Blog
Flat Baloney @ That's Baloney has been nominated for Best Unusual Blog
Marie @ A Piece of my Mind has been nominated for Best Writing Blog

Check out their blogs on the Okie Award website!

And finally, I have a little plea for you... I have a lovely blogging friend in Louisiana who is pre-cious and is "Desperately Seeking Blog Makeover." She is so c-ute and a great dream interpreter. Won't you visit her and give her a little love and much needed help! Poor thing! ;-)

Post Note:
I am a proud grandma to several blogs that have been born. I feel since this is a blogosphere post, I must make mention of them! I played some kind of role in helping them come to life... sometimes tiny, but hey, I'll take the credit anyway! :-)

Keith Family
A Day in the Life
Something Singapore
The Next Big Event
Iowa Pilot Wife
and a NEW ONE being born tonight!!!!! congrats L!!!

17 Wonderful Responses:

Kathleen said...

How fun!! Here's hoping I get to meet my OK blog friend someday! :)

Kim said...

FRIEND. You do get the credit for opening my eyes to the wonderful world of scrapbook blogs! Thank you for birthing me. Did the L stand for Rudy?

maggie's mind said...

That was really so much fun getting to meet you! You are too funny about being a grandma to some new blogs. Very cool. :)

Anonymous said...

You are just the sweetest thing!

How could I not love you?

Here I was...reading about your blog reunion, happy for you...but bloggy jealous. Darn jealous.

THEN, you get my bloggy back!

How could I ever thank you.

Annie, I feel like I know you. And not only...but like, for years.

I SOOO want to come to the next Okie reunion. Why should it matter that I don't LIVE in Ok?!


And the dream....well, a gift, I suppose. OH, kidding....

One day, my friend, I just may knock on your door unexpectedly and I just KNOWWW you will greet me with a warm smile and then run around all frantic and everything falls apart.

Or we could just plan a place somewhere between here and there for a new reunion.

You totally rock!

And P.S.

The blog really needs help...funds have been started.

I'm such a charity case.

Shannon said...

Can we call you Granny Annie? Thanks for the insipiration, truly. It has been way fun. I feel more connected with family, with my lovely sis-in-law and even with the Captain. It has been a great way for us to stay connected while he is gone. Thanks a bunch!

♥georgie♥ said...

It was so GREAT to get to meet you Friday...

steffj89 said...

ok so like how does one register to get to meet the Okie bloggers group? I have to say most of the blogs I tend to read are at least regional....OK, AR, TX....

Dawn said...

That picture of you cracked me up!!

You are just precious! :)

DeeBee said...

It was so fun getting to see all the bloggers in person at our dinner. It's weird to recognize people you've never met and already know things about them. I'm sure glad we met and I hope we get to visit more next time.

Anonymous said...

looks like a great time!!! maybe your sister will give birth to a blog...does she have time to squeeze that in??? make her. you're older. blessings!

Anonymous said...

p.s. now i know what chere looks like! wow!!!

Roxanne Kristina said...

This is awesome. So fun!


Michelle said...

I had such a great time. That picture of you with flat baloney cracks me up! Blogging has been such a great thing for me. :)

Traci said...

Sweet Sweet Annie- how fun your blogger reunion looks. Wow...I'm just now beginning to figure out that there is this whole big blogger world out there...way, way big for my little technology challenged mind!! You get all the credit for setting up my blog...thank you!!! My family enjoys reading it! I need to change my background...but I did it once and can't quite figure out how to do it again...will you change it for me???? You know me I don't care what it is...just as long as it's cute!!! Thanks!!!!

Mc Allen said...

I got into bloggin for very similar reasons. I moved to owasso Ok. from SW Fl 3 years ago and wanted to make new friends and still connect with my friends in Fl & family. I have had such a ball& I love meeting blogspehere friends, especially ones from Ok!!
Congrats on the blog nomination, your blog is wonderful!! ♥ Leah

kelly said...

Aww, Annie, you are so sweet! I love that you are still going strong with your blog. Motivates me to get started again too! Good luck on the award, you totally deserve it!

Anonymous said...


When I'm all bloggy high tech, I'll make a button for you...

For now...a zillion hugs....