Thursday’s love fest! Uber stuff to check out….

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • Social Media Savvy Pets offers us 8 tips for writing the perfect blog post. Who couldn’t use that? Love how they suggest keeping posts to 400-800 words. I think my “typically” fall into that range but I know I can get a wee bit wordy. Gonna have to try to keep things a bit tighter so I don’t lose y’all to yawns and click mania.
  • Here’s a little technical ditty that might help you take your WordPress (or Blogger) blog from bland to BAM. Carrie Spencer’s Woodie Knows WordPress editions are step-by-step, easy-to-understand technical tips and tricks. Check out her tutorial on basic HTML for some helpful hints!!
  • I am sure we can all relate to Trish Loye Elliott’s struggles with the art of blogging. She’s gearing up to take the blog plunge but has reservations – go give her some encouragement!

Write Out Loud:

  • Loved that Jenny Hansen brought us all 5 bits of wisdom from New York Times Bestselling author, Susan Mallery. Jenny had the opportunity to hear her speak recently and graciously shared the wealth with some fabulous motivational tips for writers. It came not a minute too soon as a lot of us embark on ROW80 – Round 4. I loved it!
  • I know…I know…you likely have all seen it (and are tired of hearing about my hero worshiping of Kristen Lamb) but I can’t help it if the woman writes such damn fine posts with loads of uberlicious material for writers that I feel compelled to share JUST IN CASE you missed it. I could link to…well…just about every blog post she writes but one in particular stood out to me recently. Susan Bischoff swung by Kristen’s blog to give her unique perspective and experience about learning to blog on topics that will increase book readership. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, do it! It’s a light bulb moment post!

Laugh Out Loud:

Just recently it occurred to me that…well…maybe we don’t allll share the same sense of humour?!?! GASP!!! So…if you don’t find any of these funny…well…my apologies! You’re on your own! I can’t save you.

  • Ok, when I saw Piper Bayard’s post on one upping invisible art with invisible porn, I had to go check it out. You guys often write me “where do you come up with this stuff???” well go visit Piper’s blog post. I nearly died. Where does she come up with this stuff? Brilliant!
  • Whenever I need a dose of funny, I know I can always count on The Bloggess to deliver in spades and last week was no different. I just about died reading her post on bulletin board sign drama in her neighborhood. Be sure to read the first post, she links to it but you can also find it here, so you have the background. OMG – I think tears streamed down my face! RIOT!
  • Like The Bloggess, anytime I am looking for a sure-fire funny treat, I just swing over to Catalog Living and I am giggling away in no time. Check out Pardon my French. I laughed out loud. In my office. While alone.
  • Lani Wendt Young wrote an uberlicious blog post about how she used to be a luxury lingerie lover until she had children. Sooo good and I am sure a lot of us can relate! LOL!

Life Out Loud:

  • I know it got around Twitter quite heavily so a lot of you may have already seen this but just in case, I had to highlight it. Justine Musk wrote an uberlicious post on the so-called rules for the badass creative woman and I LOVED it! Definitely go check it out!
  • Then I discovered Claire Legrand’s post on getting outside your comfort zone, also a must read. I loved it because it reminded me that in taking risks and stepping beyond our usual zone, we stretch, grow, and expand which is all good!
  • And last but certainly not least, JUST this morning, I discovered Liza Kane’s uber guest post at Courage 2 Create. I absolutely loved her writer’s guide to a healthy and happy marriage (…shoulda called it the everyone’s guide…) because when people ask me and hubby “what our secret is,” her key points are the ones we refer to: individual happiness, shared values, and mutual respect (all in ACTIONS not in words only)! Sadly, I am always sooo surprised how many still don’t get it. I have an overload of friends still out there searching for “inner happiness” in the arms of a partner never realizing, it’s actually the mirror they need to connect with. So well said Liza!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…



  1. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    Thanks for having me on your love fest! So sweet. I also couldn’t agree more about Susan Bischoff’s post on Kristen Lamb’s blog. It was totally eye-opening for me.
    Great links… I’m off to find out about a healthy, happy marriage now!

  2. Thank you for including me in your love fest. I really enjoyed all of your links, especially the ones from The Bloggess 🙂

  3. I always enjoy the Bloggess, and you are the gal who gave her to me! Did you see her post about the “enthusiastic-python vs. chupacabra-naked-mole-rat statue”? Her conversation with Victor was, as always, the funniest part.

    Thanks for including my “5 Great Bits of Wisdom” post. It always gives me a happy zing when I make your Thursday Links Out Loud.

    My personal observation about marriage? I’ve had many friends know GOING DOWN THE AISLE that they didn’t want to do this and they did it anyway…perhaps I should write a post. 🙂 I think the biggest thing I see is that people think marriage will fix something in the relationship (it doesn’t) or that they don’t have to work at it (they do). I’m off to read the link to see what Liza has to say on the subject.

    Have a great weekend…I sure wish we lived closer! I’d strap on my beer belt and come golfing (I’m really bad, so it’s “best ball” all the way for me). Afterwards, we could do some writing sprints, then dinner with our fabulous husbands. Wouldn’t that be fun?

    • Dang, was that like the longest comment in history, or what?

      • LOL…nah…I think Liza beat you with a comment on my ROW progress so you’re good!! LOL!!

        FYI – I LOVE long comments! You are a lady after my own heart! MUAH!

      • I did go on and on like it was my own little blog post in that comment! But at least you know I’m really passionate about the writing!! ^_^

        And, as you already know, I’m a fan of long comments, too! 😉

        • LOL…girl – I LOVE it! Long comments mean you care, are invested, and want to share. I dig that shit and it’s welcome here any day and twice on Sunday so give er’! Anytime you want to have a comment rant – come over here and just fire away! And BTW, LOVE your passion about writing – rocks!

    • Isn’t she HYSTERICAL! Yes…I saw that one and nearly died…did you see the one with the PR guy she gave hell to or the one about the mental illness week cards…O.M.G. And you are right, her convos with Victor are over-the-top hilarious! I nearly die evertime. Did ya check out her comments??? WOW…I have no idea if or how she’d read the hundreds that she gets. My gosh!!
      I always love giving you a shout out – your blog rocks! 🙂
      Love your take on marriage. I sadly know a few of those same people (and I think I was one in my first marriage – ooops) and it’s always sad to see. I definitely would love to see your post on that! 🙂 I think you’ll really enjoy Liza’s take on things and it was beautifully written!
      Awwwww….I wish we lived closer to cause THAT would totally ROCK!! Best ball is FAB!! Honestly, I’ll play ANY kind of golf you want to – as long as it’s golf. Hell, we’ll rent a cart, drink beer/wine/cocktails and slur our words as we yell nasties at the course marshall – it’ll be fabulous! Maybe he’ll even chase us and we’ll get in this golf cart chase drama – awesome for photos and maybe a VLOG! Our hubbies will hang their heads in shame – LUV it! I’ll bring the drill blender, you bring the beer belt – we’ll be good to go! Then dinner with our uberlicious hubbies – cause they’ll totally forgive us and thank us for the laughs…SUCH FUN!! Maybe someday…hmmmm…a girl can dream!
      Have a GREAT night Jenny – you totally made my day – MUAH!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing that post! Everyone’s comments on there have been so encouraging and ohso beautiful! I really really appreciate it!


    • My pleasure – happy to share it – I think it was super, uber, awesome and I loved how you made your points. And I agree whole heartedly. Beautifully done. HUGS!

  5. Hi Natalie. Thanks so much for the shout out. Working on that invisible porn order for your mom. It includes lots of really hot guys cleaning her house and giving her foot rubs while compassionately listening to her talk about her children and her friends. 🙂 You rock!

  6. Soooo much great stuff! Thanks!

  7. Dang, you have so many great blogs here. I keep getting distracted clicking on links and then I have to come back to see the next one. Your Linky Love is the best. Evah.

  8. Awesome links – so much to browse throught! 🙂

  9. Buzzed to be included! Thank you Natalie – and Im loving the fun links you shared. I too am a huge fan of Kristen Lamb’s posts. Thanks to her, my book is minus oh…a zillion adverbs and exclamation marks and ellipses, LOL. After i read her post on those particular sins i did a re-read of my book and oh boy, did it need cleansing.
    Enjoy your thursday links.

    • My pleasure Lani! 🙂 I agree, Kristen is a guru. When I finish my first book, I am sure I’ll print off all her blog posts and do a “Kristen Lamb Edit” LOL!!

  10. Thank you for sharing Liza’s guest post with your readers! I loved it, too.


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