Thursday’s linky love!

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

Blog Out Loud:

  • Many of you have likely already heard about and/or read Roni Loren’s post, or should I say rant, about blogging, platforms and the pressures on writers. It was a great post that I took very much as positive encouragement. For me, the basic message was stop freaking out! Social media is not the be all and end all to be a successful writer. Sure, done well it’ll help. But if you hate it, not to worry, that likely won’t mean the end of your writing career. I absolutely love blogging and have a healthy addiction to twitter. So I am good! But I know others struggle. If you do, ease up! Seriously!
  • Now, if you aren’t scared off from blogging, I also came across The Top 10 Blog which has a wonderful guest post by social media (for writers) maven Kristen Lamb with 10 tips for blogging awesomeness. Seriously people – we know Kristen would never steer us wrong so go, read, and implement! 

Write Out Loud:

Laugh Out Loud:

  • In need of a laugh? Go check out Noa Gavin’s blog and her texting with Jesus. I nearly peed myself – hilarious!
  • I just about died reading Telling Dad’s post on how to deal with children’s dreaded “why” question and why it is imperative that you use one of his three tactics lest you risk showing of weakness…as he says “children are masters at sensing and exploiting vulnerabilities.” HYSTERICAL!
  • Ok – seriously. I think I snorted coffee out my nose reading The Bloggess’ post on how no one makes cards for National Mental Illness week. RIOT! I totally want to order the card she created for all of my friends – classic!

Life Out Loud:

  • I read a fantastic post this week by Lani Wendt Young on how much is too much when it comes to information for your kids. She and her hubby like to shoot straight from the hip when it comes to talking to their kids but they’ve received a few raised eyebrows from other parents. I say “let em’ raise their eyebrows Lani…kids today need to know!” This coming from a childless woman! LOL!
  • This week I was simply BLOWN away by Nicole Basaraba’s tour of the highway through the Romanian Făgărăș (Fah-gah-rush) Mountains. Unparalleled beauty and fear (ya think?!?!). I don’t think I could have handled the drive. I would have had a heart attack AND peed myself (ask hubby, he knows it’s true…) As a brave western Canadian girl who knows all about mountain drives (having driven across Park Bridge, BC), this tour tested even Nicole’s bravery! The pictures are absolutely stunning – definitely go check it out!
  • How often have you been surprised by a person’s actions because their words seems to say something different about themselves? I see it all the time in my single pals dating stories and it’s sad. Amber West wrote a post last week about how actions speak louder than words and it’s so true. I used her post to remind myself that integrity is important to me so I gotta always be conscious that I walk the talk. Do you?

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. I feel honored to be included among so many lovely bloggers!

    Roni’s post/rant was amazing and much needed. So glad to see it here. 🙂

  2. I recognize a lot of friendly peeps in this mashup. 🙂 Thanks for spreading the blog love! I love how you summarized my post because you say exactly the type of things I was hoping readers would get out of it. You are fabulous.

    • Awww – my pleasure Nicole! I loved your post. Went home and showed it to hubby and he immediately wanted to go visit! LOL!! You have a way of making a reader feel like they are right there with your perfect combo of images and text. Love it! 🙂

  3. What a great link round-up! Thanks so much for all the wonderful links. I particularly enjoyed Roni Lauren’s rant – she really captured how I’ve been feeling about the incredible platform pressure!

  4. Many thanks for the link luv Natalie. It was a delight having Kristen as a guest and now I have the bonus of finding your excellent blog too!

    Looking forward to exploring what you get up to and checking out all your other recommendations.


    Tony 🙂

    • Hey Tony, loved your blog – how cool is that – top 10 everything! I’ll be back to explore away and find other great links to share I am sure!
      Thanks for swinging over and having a visit – I hope you enjoy the stay.
      Natalie 🙂

  5. Great links, Natalie all of them! You know I’m a travel junkie and I dashed right over to Nicole’s, read her post and subscribed. Woohoo – another great diversion from writing! Just what I need… NOT!

    • Wasn’t her post WILD! I love them – it’s like your France posts that just wisk the reader away to another land. Glad to hear you are following her now – I think you’ll really enjoy her posts! 🙂

  6. Great mash-up Natalie! Nice pic as well. 🙂

  7. Thank you for the shout out and Blog love Natalie! Im loving yr thursday link posts because while there are some fave that i recognize, its another way for me to discover some new voices i havent heard – and a chance for me to laugh and marvel at them!

    • Absolutely my pleasure – love your blog! 🙂 I am thrilled to hear people take some time to visit the links…makes it all worth while! Cheers! 🙂

  8. Thanks for the Linky Love, Nat! I adore your Thursday Links Out Loud. I’ve been daying to get over here all day long.

    Think about it this way – if you hadn’t shown me Lani’s post last week, we wouldn’t have #pantypeeps!!

    • You are most welcome – your blog rocks my world! 🙂

      EXACTLY!! And we all know that #pantypeeps shall live on for many days and laughs to come!! LOL!!!

  9. Starting my own hashtag #crazyaboutpantypeeps – not really I don’t twitter yet but I love checking out my wife’s twits! haha

  10. Awesome mash-up, darling. I love when you put these together — it’s such a treat to have a list of fabulous blog posts in just one spot. Thank you for doing all this research and sharing the results. You are a star!

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