Monday, April 5, 2010

B for BON (Blogger Of Note)




This is a most auspicious and exciting day, lovely reader! The wonderful Pam and Sandy, founders of WOW (or Words of Wisdom), have chosen me as today’s Blogger of Note (or BON)!! You might remember the post I did a while back where I expressed my excitement over WOW and my views on “Bloggyland.” I am thrilled to report that WOW seems to be catching on! The community is growing every single day, which shows that people wanted this community and want to see it grow!

For those who might have missed out on my previous post, WOW focuses on “blogs of substance;” this concept is explained in WOW’s “What is a Blogger of Note” post. The basic idea is that WOW wants to put the blog back in blogging. They focus on bloggers who write posts that contain good content: posts that make people want to join in on the conversation, that make readers laugh, think, cry, and want to comment. The blogger doesn’t have to be incredibly profound; they just need to focus more on writing and sharing their thoughts than branding themselves or wooing sponsors (i.e. making money).

For my regular readers, the fact that I am today’s BON should tell you a little bit about what WOW is looking for. Writing. Plain and simple. Writing. That’s all I do here. I’m not profound (usually). I do not have any groundbreaking, Earth shattering advice or knowledge to impose upon you. I’m not special or extraordinary in any way. I’m simply here to share my life, my thoughts, and my experiences with you, lovely reader.

For those who are new, whether visiting from WOW or elsewhere, welcome to my little home on the internet! I am excited to have you here, and hope you enjoy the time you spend wandering around my little blog. I will warn you in advance that I tend to be verbose. I just can’t help it; I like writing, and words, and giving every single little detail when I tell a story.

My “About Me” page sums me up pretty nicely, but I will give you a short introduction anyway. I have been blogging here at “A” for Effort (“B” for Blog) for a little over six months now. Last summer, I decided to return to school to make a career change from the corporate world—specifically finance—to social work. This blog documents my journey as a thirty-something adult student, starting college all over from the beginning (it’s a long story). I also post about my life, my thoughts on random subjects, and my family (which includes the hubster, whom I refer to as Music Man here, and my “kids,” Wiggly and Bug).

Sandy and Pam asked me to pick out three of my favorite/best posts for you to enjoy, lovely reader. What a task that was! You see; I am my own worst critic, and as such, think most of my writing is complete garbage. I’ve always had a hard time accepting compliments. (Self-esteem issues? Me?! NO WAY!) I am consistently amazed that there are those of you out there who not only come back here repeatedly to read what I’ve written, but also leave wonderful, genuine comments.

Here, in no particular order, are some posts that I feel are a fairly good representation of my writing style and the kinds of things you’ll find on my blog:

Meet my “kids,” in S for Smart Puppies. (Note: Cute picture alert!!)

I for Idiot (M for Moron): Apparently I is one. Will give you a little insight into why I’ve decided to pursue a different career. (Warning: Some “adult language” is used. Viewer discretion advised.)

In E for Examining Differences, I expound on the differences between adult students (i.e. me) and some of my younger classmates. (Snark Alert!!)

Please take as much time as you’d like exploring my blog archive. Then, if you haven’t done it yet, please do go check out WOW. You will not be disappointed!

Thanks again to Pam and Sandy for honoring me as a Blogger of Note! If you’re visiting from WOW, thanks so much for stopping by! I do hope you enjoyed your visit and that you’ll come back again. To my lovely loyal readers: thanks again for stopping by and for being you; I heart each and every one of you!

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31 comments:

  1. Congrats on being today's blogger of note! Enjoy the good comment love!

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  2. I hadn't seen the Puppy Post so I just read it now...cute, cute, cute. I love the other two you selected; good choice and great reading for those who are new to your blog. They are definitely substantive posts.

    I am unfamiliar with WOW but now will check it out. Thanks!

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  3. Hi sweetie - Congrats on being the latest BON - yay! I can so relate to the adult student status - I finished my BS in my late 40's and now I find my 50's have crept up quickly and I'm working on my MA. Always studying and learning - it's a good thing. You'll do well in social work - so rewarding. I'm off to read your other posts now. Hugs!

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  4. I'm here from WOW and congratulate you on being BON! before this day is over I intend to visit your blog-home

    Already I know you write well, so it will be fun for me.

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  5. Congrats on being the BON! I've roamed around a little on your blog, but I don't think I've read those posts...........so I am off to explore. Enjoy your day!

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  6. Happy Happy BON day to you.! I've been poking around your blog for the last 30 minutes or so... I'm really enjoying it here! Guess I'll have to follow!!

    Kathy over at Everyday Bliss

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  7. I have to disagree on two counts:

    "I'm not special", Elle writes as apparently she has no idea how much it means to me --and other like minded readers -- to find someone who is so articulate in examining her thoughts and transfering them into the written word.

    Offense two: "I'm not extraordinary". To your faithful readers you most certainly are. You are extraordinary in that you have survived a horrific family tragedy and somehow managed to put into words everything you were feeling, rather than shutting off. That takes bravery. You're extraordinary in that you have shown your tenacity and will by wanting to change your life's direction, go back to school and share with us those experiences, perhaps even INSPIRING others who may be considering the same course.

    So, my dear blog friend -- I am here to wish you my heartfelt congratulations on being today's 'BON' -- I couldn't be more honored to know you.

    You are not only worthy, but you ARE indeed special and extraordinary.

    Love you,
    ~Jo

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  8. Yay that is so exciting, congrats!

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  9. Congrats on being one of the first BsON! (Sorry, I'm all about the grammar...)

    Looks like a fun blog you've got here. Can't wait to read more about your story!

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  10. Congratulations on being BON! Your writing style is lovely...and your blog is so happy! I will enjoy visiting here.

    Have a wonderful Monday!

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  11. Congratulations on your BON moment! You have a wonderful blog. I am following you now and cannot wait to see what else you have here for me to read!

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  12. Great blog you have here! Congrats on the BON nod from WOW. Well done!

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  13. I've thought about going back to school to change careers after my gig as a stay-at-home mom kind of winds up during the school years. I wonder if you'll sway me one way or the other?

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  14. Hi! Congrats on being BON! Well deserved! Already read your recommended posts,.. will just check if I commented on them.

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  15. yea! awesome! I'm glad that other peeps get to read the awesome posts that I've been reading for awhile.
    Congrats!
    =)

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  16. Congrats!!!!!

    You so deserve this!

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  17. Congrats on your BON status. You and I share a little bit of the same background. I left the corporate world/politics for teaching. You're a brave soul. Thanks for making a difference!

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  18. Of course you're special and extraordinary! :p Congrats on being officially notable :D

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  19. Congratulations from a former BON. Glad to see someone else in favor of blogs of substance and -- to use that all-important word -- content.

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  20. Congrats on being chosen as the BON! You have a great blog and I am sure every new visitor will feel the same way!

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  21. Congrats! I am looking forward to reading more...

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  22. Congratulations! I actually hadn't heard of WOW until I just stumbled on your blog today, but it seems like a great community! I'm not sure if I would qualify as a blog of substance, but you certainly do! I look forward to reading more of what you have to say! :)

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  23. I'm impressed that you had the cajones to go back to school as an adult student. I've often talked about this but it has yet to go much farther than talk :D

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  24. congrats! that's totally awesome- you really deserve it- you're a great writer and i always love the comments and responses i get from you!

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  25. Hello my friend!
    I am so sorry it took me a few days to get over here and congratulate you on your BON honor!!! You are the perfect choice!!! I have only been enjoying your blog for a short time since we discovered each other through WOW, and I still have much more to read, and I look forward to it all! :-)

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  26. I seem to live my life a day late and a dollar short, ha! It's Wednesday and I'm just getting over here...been an insane week. But I didn't want this honor to go by without telling you congratulations on your special recognition! Looks like you got lots of bloggy love and I know it's well-deserved!

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  27. Hiya Elle...I was MIA and still sort of am. I was going to wait until the weekend to play the never-ending catch-up, and am glad I didn't. LOOK at me, already 3 days late for your debut at WOW. I'm sorry:(

    I am so happy that you discovered this great community. I did pop over a couple of weeks ago and signed up and visited some feature blogs. I'm going back now. Thanks for the nudge!!!

    HUGS!

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  28. Hi there, I'm stopping by from WOW to say hello! I love your blog, what a wonderful intro post :-) I am now following and look forward to reading your future posts!

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  29. I'm soooooooo far behind! I never heard of WOW (assuming you don't mean Whipit OUT Wednesday - congratulations :)
    I think your funny and I love the pink and green combo!

    my latest post is about being a blog addict... tell me if you see yourself :)

    Shannon aka Green Monkey aka The Other Shannon

    (greenmonkeytales.com)

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  30. I hope you enjoyed your BON day! Sorry I am few days late!

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  31. i'm finally coming out from under my rock to congratulate you!

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