It has been almost a year since I started this here blog. And what a year it’s been. You guys are the BEST! I can’t believe I get to harangue the interwebs with my opinions on everything from Irene Adler to Cryin’ Babies to Quitting NFP and you good folks are here to read it.
Dear Jen and john,
Before I knew what blogs were, I read Cake Wrecks. I still do. Then you started writing Epbot and I loved you even more. You’re funny and crafty and smart and geeky. You somehow always manage to walk that line between snarky and sappy.
I love that even though you write two HUGE blogs, you are totally engaged with your readers. You always seem so grateful that all these people read your blog.
When I decided, in a fit of impulsiveness, to start a blog, I wrote an email to a few bloggers to ask some questions. And john actually wrote back. It was a very encouraging email and really meant a lot to me. And then Jen wrote to me about another post, which made me feel all squishy inside.
I’m not sure I manage it, but it’s my goal to write like you do.
Back before anyone had ever yelled at me in church, I didn’t have a blog . . . I just had an itch to write.
I found your awesome craft fail blog, Pinstrosity, when Jen from Epbot linked to it and I got to watch it quickly become a HUGE blog. Like Jen, you and Emilie manage to be funny but not mean in the face of hilarious failures. I loved reading your blog. So much, in fact, that I up and wrote you an email with some suggestions (I know, I’m insufferable) and an offer to help write some posts from the perspective of someone with kids.
You wrote back to say no thanks, but were awfully nice about it, so when I decided to start Catholic All Year I wrote to you again and your advice was really helpful. And now I’m pleased to count you as a friend!
Thank you for teaching me that part of being successful is just being in the right niche at the right time, but the other part is having a great idea and executing it really well. Congratulations on your new baby, the blogosphere looks forward to your return!
Post to check out (hey I got to write for Pinstrosity after all!): “Hooo” dat?
When I googled “Catholic Blog” you were the first result. So, I emailed you to ask all the nuts and bolts questions I had about becoming a Catholic blogger. And not only did you respond (as I recall it was while you were supposed to be getting ready for a dinner party) you gave me all sorts of insights I hadn’t even known to ask about.
Post to check out: Catholic Bloggers: Are We the 1st Corinthians of the Internet?
Post to check out: My Direct Order from the Pope
Post to check out: Fulton Sheen and James the (Alleged) Miracle Baby
Post to check out: Why Your Kids Need to Read Harry Potter
Post to check out: My answer to “Do you want more children?”
And now for the giveaway! To say thanks to my fairy godbloggers and all of you, I’m going to give away a copy of my forthcoming book <cough, available now for pre-order on Amazon, cough>
AND a custom made baby blanket (like the ones in take 4 of this post) made to order for the baby of your choice. Both to be delivered in March (if not earlier).
To enter, leave a comment here answering this question:
A winner will be randomly selected from all the comments on January 1st. Please make sure your comment profile is linked to your email address (here’s how) so I can contact you when you win!