Spreading the luv. Posts you MUST read! Seriously…I have great taste!

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

Blog Out Loud:

  • Ok, so we all get a zillion articles with “how to write great blog posts” over and over again but how many of them are really, truly useful. Susan Bischoff hits the nail on the head with her post on how to use your fiction skills to write more “engaging” blog posts. And isn’t that the key: to engage! What I liked was her suggestions are practical and I could see how I could apply her ideas – give it a try!
  • Our resident technical expert, Carrie Spencer, brought WordPress Woodie back for another fantastic article on users and contributors (basically permissions you can give to people who you might want to post on your blog). I had no idea! And today, Woodie delivered a fantastic post on WordPress screen options. Who knew?!?

Write Out Loud:

  • Ok, I could just fill this entire headline with articles by Kristen Lamb. She has been just pumping out knock-out must-read articles all week! If you haven’t seen them yet (I can’t imagine) be sure to check out her post on whether successful writers are lucky (actually gives me hope). LOVED this one on how writer’s need to KEEP it simple (phew…I am guilty of always trying to make it too complicated so this was a FAB read for me). And another BANG on article on ways to develop your unique author’s voice (…perfect timing for me…).
  • Speaking of finding your author’s voice, Nicole Basaraba did a great article with a really practical and easy way to find your raw voice. I LOVE the idea and am definitely going to give it a try!
  • Point of view is something I hear a lot about and I think Jennifer Eaton did a fantastic article on how to find and keep the appropriate POV at all times!
  • I have always wanted to be a Jedi Knight. To have the power to lift a lifeless boat out of the wrenches of a deep, ugly swamp using only the power of my mind! Who wouldn’t want to be able to do that?!?!? Well, Kathy Owen wrote a great article on how we can be the Jedi Knight’s of our writing with the power of Yoda-isms!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Ok, I know most of you have likely read Jenny Hansen’s recent addition to the Undie Chronicles since y’all subscribe to her, right? But just in case….just on the OFF chance you haven’t…You have to read this week’s edition: an epilogue….”man-style”! RIOT and be sure to check out the comments cause they are half the fun! Can you guess what hubby is getting for Christmas?!?!?
  • Lani Wendt Young is embarrassing her children. I mean, isn’t that what they are for?! LOL! And before that she did a HYSTERICAL post on naked confrontations that kept me in giggles for about an hour. (Note to self: when losing an argument with hubby, use Lani’s “want me to get naked” diversionary tactic!)

Life Out Loud:

  • Do you let the negative voices in your head run your life? Elena Aitken did a great post on how they are LIARS (LOVE THAT Elena!) A definite motivational read!
  • I cried. My heart swelled. My heart broke a little bit. Tameri Etherton shared with us an incredibly painful story about a miscommunication that’s had a detrimental impact on her relationship with her Mom. Wow – gut wrenching. Go read and give her your support!
  • Three strikes and you’re out. Diana Murdock did a fantastic post about how the one time she ignored her inner voice, it came back to bite her with a terrible vacation (being chased by tornadoes no less). Where do you draw your line?

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. How will I ever get any work done???????

  2. I agree with Patricia! I want to run out and check the cool posts you’ve put up. I must restrain myself and bookmark it for later. Back to work!

    BTW, thanks so much for including me with these awesome peeps!

    • You are most welcome Kathy – loved the post – been attaching hubby with my jedi sword all week. LOL!!

      • I’ll bet he’s delighted with that!

        I can hear him now:

        “Obviously, based on the width of that sword you’re wielding, you’re happy to see me! I couldn’t tell from your lack-luster sexting last week whether you were feeling frisky or not. But that hot pink lightsaber? That thing spells F-R-I-S-K-Y in bright neon. Woot!!!”
        *throws off old socks and dives for the bed*

        • OMG read this to hubby while he’s driving and I thought he was going to DIE when I got to ‘throws odd old sock…’
          WE NEAR went off the road….awesome!
          And yes, total window into my life!!! LMAO!!

  3. Thanks so much for the blog love Natalie. You’re the bestest. #pantypeeps

  4. Super fab mash up (except that one that made you cry, sorry about that!). Thanks so much for including me with these amazing blogs!

    There WERE awesome blogs over the past two weeks, weren’t there? It truly does make it hard to get work done. Oh, and we’ve been quoting you and your Hubby here at Etherton House all week. Seriously, I think my husband is THIS close to subscribing to your blog and launching an airstrike. But he’s way too introverted to do that. Still, your sexting messages cracked us all up.

    Thanks for the laughs, Natalie, and the blog love. You are so uber awesome blossom fabulicious!


    • I love a good cry Tameri! LOL!!
      Ohhhhh…you tell your hubby I’d love to know he’s reading and planning his airstrike. LOL!!! 🙂 I am thrilled he enjoyes – hubby loves yours too! LOL!
      Have a FAB weekend gorgeous…mwuah! xoxox

  5. Thanks for the linky love, the laughs, the blog-jacking…you know, all the things I count on your and hubby for. I know you’re ecstatic that we found knitted Mundies (man+undies) with PINK in them. *throws trunk up and trumpets loudly* Now that’s a Christmas gift!

    • My pleasure! Sometimes I think hubby and I have more fun over at More Cowbell than here at my own digs! LOL!! You are a most fahhhbolous Hostest with the Mostest! 🙂
      I was over the mooon this morning when I saw your tweet with the new mundies…all I could think is “NOW we’re talking!!!” LOL

      • The grey ones DEFINITELY have more pizzazz. Plus, your hubby’s comment on ’em at More Cowbell was faaaaabulous! 🙂

        It’s so lovely to have you and hubby in the blogosphere…I have lots more fun with y’all and #WANA711 in the world.

        • They are uberlicious and I can’t wait to see hubby sportin’ a pair!
          LOL – hubby is an absolute riot, is he not?! And I am thrilled that we have found such a welcoming home for our zany insanity…lol…
          And we all have WAY more fun in the blogosphere with you here in it with us, Jenny!

  6. Fabulous post, as always, Natalie! You do have a great taste 🙂

  7. Great post, Natalie. I love when I have a busy week, can’t get to the blogs, and someone else can sum it all up for me so I know what I missed and where to go! Thanks so much from an overworked Soccer-Wrestling-Dog training-Kids off from school this week – Mom

    Thanks also for adding me into the list. I’m glad I could contribute, and that my rambling made sense!

  8. Elena Aitken says:

    Natalie, thank you so much for including me in your linky love! I enjoy your links so much, it’s an honor to be included. 🙂

  9. As always, a fabulous list of bloggers and links. I am in for a long night of reading!

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