I sometimes feel like a real dork when I tell non-bloggers how awesome my bloggy friends are. I've never met any of you in person and only spoken to one of you on the phone. Yet I've received emails, comments, snail mail, recipes, encouragement, belly laughs, advice, cool links, book recommendations and even gifts from my bloggy friends since entering the Blogosphere. And my interaction with you (you awesome bloggy people, you) gives as much punch to my day as any face to face interaction.
I love that I can count on certain people to make me laugh (Attila the Mom, Peggy Sez, Tootsie Farklepants, Mrs. G, Poppy, Suburban Correpsondent, Hen, Minnesota Matron). Other people constantly inspire me with their creativity and the way they their lives (Saucy, Linda Crispell, Eurolush, Kalurah, Jennifer H, Nan, Coast Rat). Some bloggers share a unique view of the world or show me beauty in places I'd never think to look (Rebecca Ramsey, Blackbird, Mom on the Run, Texas Poppet, Mary Alice, Cha Cha, Amy A.). And then there are those bloggy gals who are so darn friendly and fun, reading their blogs is like pulling up a chair to the "cool girls'" table (Jen, Ree, Madge, Jenn, Fannie, Gert, Colleen, Kat, Domestic Accident, Clemson Girl, Heidi, Adrienne & Holly).
To celebrate my bloggy friends, I'm giving away some bloggy bling. Check it out:
Two copies of Choke Creek, autographed by author Lauren Small--the beautifully crafted tale of 2 families who trace their roots to the Indian Wars in Colorado. Part western, part war story, all written in a literary style evocative of Ken Haruf.
Two 10-packs of scented tea lights from the Eco Candle Co. (a locally owned, environmentally friendly candlemaker). Winners can choose a scent from the website or let me pick one of my favorites (I'm addicted to "Homesick")
Finally, I'm buying a necklace or earrings of your choice from Rhymes with Magic valued up to $15 for the fifth and final winner. (Check her out--there are really wonderful pieces on her site!)
How do you win one of these Reader Appreciation Gifts? Leave a comment between today and Friday. On Friday, Mr. G will pick FIVE winners out of an old ice cream bucket and I'll post them! Five prizes for five winners. Good luck--and thanks for stopping by and for your bloggy friendship.