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Why Does a Hockey Player Want to Follow Me?

I get notifications form WordPress and Twitter when I get new followers. This isn’t shocking. People click on follow buttons all the time, and while it’s nice to see that new people are discovering what I’m up to, it isn’t exactly groundbreaking news when it happens.

Every once in a while I spend a little time checking out those people, and I often follow them back. Sometimes I’ve already followed them, and they’re following me back. Cool.

Now I’m not someone who lives and dies by the numbers. Yes, I love knowing that my little thoughts are floating around in cyberspace and once in a while some of you lovelies read them, and maybe even respond to them. That really does delight me. But I’m not out to win the busiest blog award (is there such a thing?) or the Twitter tweeter with with the most twaffic (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it). I’m not in the big leagues in either category, and I’m okay with that.

On Twitter, though, a lot of the people I follow ARE in the big leagues, at least in terms of their chosen professions. I follow big names in education, writing, politics, entertainment, art, and more. I like to see what makes these folks tick, and reading their tweets gives me some insight. The main take away? They tend to work really hard, and they put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us.

The other day, as I was looking through the new followers (seriously, it sounds like I’m leading a cult or something… I assure you I am not) I came across a fellow who’s a player in the NHL. Yes, folks, a real live professional hockey player. How cool is that?! I hadn’t followed him, and I’m not a huge hockey fan. I know nothing about his team. I don’t even keep up with the team from my childhood (although I did have hockey pictures on my wall the year they went for the Stanley Cup). I don’t DISLIKE hockey, it’s just not a part of my life. So how did this guy find me?

I don’t know, but I have to assume it was either my wit or my ravishing beauty that hooked him. Still, how he stumbled across something I’ve done is beyond me. I’m amazed at the way the internet works, and this is further proof that some things in the universe will never be explained. In the meantime, go Hurricanes!

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Award Mania

Lucky me! I’ve been given a few more awards for just doing what I do. How crazy and fun is that?!

I’m going to be a bit of a cheater, in the interest of saving some time and sanity, and combine thoughts with these awards. I hope the blog award police don’t come track me down and give me a stern talking to.

versatile-bloggerFirst I’d like to thank Zainab at A Mom’s Blog for presenting me with the Versatile Blogger Award. I’d like to think that maybe I actually earned this one, since I do a little of this and a little of that. Her blog is very versatile too, she is inspired by her little guy Nadir and writes about life with him in a lovely way. She is intelligent, creative, and kindhearted. Give her a read! You can also read the rules for this award at the above link.

 

sisterhood-of-world-blogger-award11Next, I’d like to give a shout out to Darcy at Yadadarcyyada for hooking me up with the Parliament Award and the Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award. You have to check out her blog, she’s sharp and tells it like it is. Also, if you’re interested in the rules for those awards, she has them!

parliament-award2Anyway, now I’m supposed to tell you some stuff about me, like why I’m loyal. Well, I just am. If I read your blog regularly I will comment when you move me or make me laugh or challenge me to think of something in new ways. I try to interact with the people who read BulgingButtons in a positive way, and I hope to leave a bit of that positive spirit wherever I land in the blogging world.

parliament-awardSome of you enjoy awards, others kindly turn them down, and others despise them. If you’re in the last camp, oops, sorry. Here are a few blogs I enjoy that come to mind with these awards. There are so many that I read that they don’t all immediately spring to mind. I apologize if I’ve missed you, yet love your blog! I hope you find someone new here to read, they are all worthwhile blogs!

Versatile Bloggers:

Barry Wax

The Drunken Cyclist

The Lovely Photog

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers:

Shards of Silence

Alienorajt

The Parliament Award

Tangly Cottage

Just Another F-bomb

Life With Tess

Reinvention of Mama

So here’s the thing, I didn’t exactly follow all the rules, but I did give you a bunch of good blogs that cover a lot of different content. I hope you have fun poking around in them. And if I did happen to send one of those cool awards your way and you don’t want it, no worries. Just know I’m a fan.


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Six Months of Blogging

THANK YOU on speech bubble price labelsI had no idea when I started what this blog would look like or feel like or how its very existence would impact my life. I just knew that I needed to make some positive changes in my life, and I felt that by documenting what I was doing through a blog I would be more accountable. I knew it wasn’t going to make me fit and fabulous, and in the back of my mind I figured that I might put up a few posts, get busy with life, and move on. I’m happy to report that hasn’t happened.

Before BulgingButtons was born I was involved in a writing project. We had the assignment of writing ourselves a letter. The letters were collected and I quickly forgot about mine. That is, until yesterday, when it arrived in my mailbox. I didn’t even recognize my own handwriting on the envelope. It wasn’t until I opened the letter that it clicked. Right there, in the letter, I outlined my idea about this blog. These were my thoughts before I had even the vaguest idea of how to create a blog.

I want to create a blog with a fabulous name that will inspire a sense of hope and use humor but will also show a serious side of how my weight affects me. I don’t want it to be the typical blog about how great veggies and exercise are, but more essays on what my life experience has been like and will be continue to be like, whether I get healthy or not.

That was my jumping off point, and a good place for me to start. It was only a start, though. A start of something much greater than I ever expected. Here are some of the things that blogging has accomplished for me:

1. I have gotten in a groove with my writing. I write far more, and, dare I say it? Yes, I dare. I write better because I’ve gotten into an almost daily habit.

2. I have written a novel. WTF?! I NEVER would have expected that, and it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been blogging. Sure, it’s still a rough draft, but c’mon, it’s a novel.

3. I have joined an international community of bloggers and have learned so much from them about so many topics, not the least of which is writing. So many intelligent, compassionate, interesting, and kind people are bloggers, and I’m humbled to be a part of their community.

4. My blog has been visited nearly 8,000 times, has 365 followers at last count (one for every day of the year!), and has been seen on every continent (minus Antarctica) in countries I didn’t know existed (New Caledonia, anyone?). How amazing is that?

5. I’ve received awards from other bloggers, which confirms that some of those people who are visiting are actually not only reading the content, but like it! Actually, the likes and comments give that feedback too, and for those who take the time to weigh in (pun, get it?) I thank you. Even if you don’t agree with me, I appreciate hearing from you. This is a nice blog with nice readers, we don’t get ugly here. I’m proud of that.

6. I’ve branched out to include all sorts of different posts, depending on what’s on my mind at the moment. A blog is a great ADD outlet (which I don’t think I have, but who knows?). I have written to many prompts, I’ve interviewed my dog, I’ve played with photo collages, I’ve flashed back to my youth, I’ve listed things that make me happy, and I’ve shared many essays on health, fashion, exercise, and life in general. And all along the way you’ve given me support and encouragement.

What I have not accomplished through this blog:

Getting fit. Dammit.

1. I still dislike exercise.

2. I still procrastinate.

3. I still overeat.

4. I still eat the wrong things.

5. UGH

Ah well, I’m not a quitter. I’m going to keep on keeping on, and I’m going to keep on blogging. Maybe 2014 will bring some unexpected surprises. 2013 certainly did. Thanks for reading, you have made my year.