The response to the Vowing to be Different post was absolutely overwhelming. I had no idea I was going to strike such a strong chord with a lot of you. In fact, since I opened The Ironstone Nest Facebook page, it’s the status that’s received the most likes and the most comments. I also received several private emails with sad stories of feeling ignored. What a bummer!
Well, if you know me in real life, you’d know that you rarely have to wonder what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I’m an honest, sometimes too honest, kind of gal. I’m not naive. I realize you either love or hate that kind of a person. You either want them as your friend, or merely tolerate them when they’re in your presence. For me, I wish more people were brutally honest. I appreciate raw honesty. It’s absolutely refreshing to me.
So, I said it. Yes, I did. And I meant what I said, so you won’t find me backpedaling today, but I do need to clarify exactly what I meant.
I do not think the cliquey-ness is a “mean girl” kind of situation. Not in any way shape or form. All bloggers are fantastic, creative, inspirational people and I do not believe anyone consciously intends to exclude anyone! I do not mean to imply that at all. The blogging community I’ve encountered has been very helpful and very friendly. I’ve made some incredible friends that I never would have met were it not for this blog. I’ve learned a ton from some very selfless bloggers! Personally, I’ve had a wonderful experience in blogland so far and I don’t want to discourage anyone from joining in.
What I am speaking to is the fact that it’s totally predictable when a “big” blogger shares another “big” blogger on their Facebook page (i.e., “look what my friend at ____ did”) or spotlights another “big” blogger on their blog. Big bloggers do incredible things which is why they’re so popular and deserve the recognition! However, most of us are probably already following the blog that’s being featured anyways, and already knew about the project. The blog world is small so most of already follow “so and so” and “so and so”, therefore, we already knew about their magazine feature, or that fantastic project they just finished. But wouldn’t it be totally surprising, totally reckless, if a small blogger (under 500 followers) got a shout-out from a major blogger? Or if a small blogger was featured in a magazine because of a fantastic project they did? Isn’t that what you’d all secretly love to have happen? It’s in our human nature to want to be noticed. And heck, aren’t you spending your time blogging with the hopes that someone will notice you? That is my hope and my desire for you. Period.
I am a nobody. I’m just a woman with a DIY attitude, a love of antiques and an OCD tendency to redecorate constantly so I started a blog to share what I do with you. I had no idea anyone would find what I did to be interesting, until I discovered there were thousands of people out there writing blogs. But, if I can inspire someone with this blog, than that’s enough reason to continue doing it. If I can help someone, well then that’s a total bonus!
The flood of requests to be featured began pouring in to my email inbox immediately. I will start posting features once a day beginning on Monday. You don’t have to be new blogger to be featured. Heck, you can be a big blogger that wants extra exposure. I’d be honored to feature any and all of you!
But in the meantime, I thought it’d be fun to have a party! I like parties. If it was possible to have you all over for a party, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I thought this would be the next best thing: a “Like” me on Facebook party! How about it? Wanna come? Wanna make some new friends? Wanna watch your Facebook numbers climb?
Here are the 4 simple partying guidelines:
1. Link up your blog Facebook page;
2. Add your blog name as the title of the link; and
3. Visit the Facebook pages of the 2 links before you AND the 2 links after you and “Like” their Facebook pages.
4. Please share this party on your Facebook page and Twitter so other bloggers can find the party!
That’s all there is to it! The party is open until March 1st giving us plenty of time to mingle!
Please feel to free to “Like” more pages than what is required. My hope is that it will be a great way for you to connect with some new bloggers and hopefully make some fantastic new friends!
Like your hearts out, Bloggers!
Thank you for reading!