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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Saturday, November 27, 2010

If you're a Writer or a Reader then I Want to Follow Your Blog!

It's official people, I just realized it. I don't follow enough blogs. It's the holiday season, stress is rampant and guess what I do when stressed?  I read and comment on blogs! I just went through my Dashboard today and yesterday and have run out of blogs to read and comment on. That just won't do. Yes, it would be nice if I cleaned out closets or mopped the floors or went to the gym when stressed out, but that's just not me.  My stress relief is reading and commenting on blog posts.

So help me out writers! If you are somewhere along the writing journey, and I don't follow you, or show up on your blog, then please leave a comment so I can find your blog, visit and follow. Because I've set a goal to find 50 new blogs to follow before Christmas. I'm getting desperate. The stress is building, and while many of you are cutting back on your posting, I'm needing more and more. And not getting it!

So if you want a new follower, leave a comment and I'll be there. Although here's the thing-- I'm not doing blogfests so if your title says blogfest and I haven't showed up, that's why. I can't take the added pressure of a blogfest right now, maybe later. Freewheelin' no pressure blog following, that's what I'm after. And if you already follow my blog & I don't follow back, please leave a comment to that effect, and I'll be sure to do so.

73 comments:

  1. LOVE for you to read my blog: http://maysmachete.blogspot.com

    I'm doing a series about Pin-ups right now and would really like some feedback.

    Thanks for the great offer :)

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  2. I'd be grateful to have a new reader. Hope you like it:

    http://www.yourdailyjoe.com/

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  3. I'm always happy to have more readers!

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  4. This is super cool!!!!

    http://lbdiamond.wordpress.com/

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  5. great idea, I've been kind of doing the same thing; looking for cool new blogs to follow. you and I already follow one another :)

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  6. I participate in a couple 'fests' once in a while but never, ever try to get anyone involved. Later today, a scheduled post will appear about a festival of trees. It's the second time I've participated and it's just because I have a thing for trees.....and it's easy-just some pics.

    I don't usually do fests either; not enough time!

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  7. mshatch, words crafter & lakeviewer, I've already been to yours & follow. But you can glean from my commenters or sidebar and find new blogs to follow. I follow some awesome blogs! (And this isn't a blogfest, so no pressure LOL)

    lbdiamond, May and Joe, Thanks for commenting, I've added your blogs and I look forward to more of your posts.

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  8. Hi, Karen. We just had a debate on my blog about indie vs. traditional publishing, so weigh in, if you like or just say hi.

    http://lindacassidylewis.com/

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  9. Well, I'm not a writer yet for some reason you're already following my Musings blog. Thank you, by the way. :-)

    I'm following close to 300 blogs right now, most via the Cat Blogosphere (so cat blogs), and THAT stresses me out! Too many, too much obligation, even though I'm supposed to be blogging WITHOUT that sense of obligation.

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  10. It has been pretty quiet lately. And this from someone who often looks at her dashboard feeling completely overwhelmed. Might explain why I'm not a very good follower. I've been following here for a little while.

    My blog isn't much (I've been at it a year, it took some getting used to), but it'd always be nice to have some traffic.

    http://minorwrites.blogspot.com/

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  11. Finding new blogs to follow is awesome fun. Good luck finding 50 great ones! :)

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  12. Nicole, Well I already found 5 so I'm 1/10th of the way there!

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  13. You always have such great ideas to blog about. This is wonderful and brings the rest of the writing community together just be reading the comments. Super, Karen!
    You already follow me, which I thank you! Not sure if you've been by lately, but I'm one of those cutting back on posting.

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  14. Great to connect with you via Twitter! I'd be honored if you would follow my blog. I'm hoping to get to 200 followers by the end of the year.

    http://www.thewriterrevived.com/

    Excited to be following yours now, too. :)

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  15. Great idea, Karen! I'm following you and would love for you to follow me. Thanks!

    http://www.carnalfiction.com

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  16. I'd love a new follower! My blog is fairly new, so I don't have many followers. :)

    It's kind of boring right now since all I've been blogging about is NaNoWriMo, but I hope to blog more normally after that's over.

    http://camemberttheauthor.blogspot.com/

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  17. BL, should I be following a blog called carnal fiction LOL? I'll see you soon, thanks for the follow as well, always an added bonus.

    Elizabeth, You know that's kind of what I figured. I follow so many awesome writers on Twitter but not their blogs. So I hope to remedy that.

    Terry, I was so disappointed by not winning your book I had to take a break for awhile LOL.

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  18. Yay Amber, thanks for joining in. Will stop by for sure!

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  19. I always appreciate another reader.

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  20. Wow:) You will get a ton of new blogs to follow! Enjoy:))

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  21. Hi Karen .. I love the pictures your son has taken after his recent trip to Africa - as I lived down there for some years .. I can gentle hanker every time I come here.

    My eclectic blog has many posts of interest .. hope you enjoy - the latest is a little history lesson .. probably too long - but the guy fascinated me & if you read the one before about the play .. it's fascinating (well I think so?!)

    Cheers hope to see you over there .. enjoy the rest of the weekend .. Hilary

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  22. time out... have you commented on my blog? ;p happy holiday season, girl~

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  23. Hey Karen! I know you already follow my Old School blog, but I'd love to have you follow my writing blog too. www.margothovley.com

    Thanks, Karen!

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  24. You're a crazy woman!
    Then again, I've been overwhelmed with NaNo, so my Google Reader never empties...

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  25. Good gracious! The holidays are enough of a stressor. Relax. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in...hold on a minute, I'm hyperventilating.

    Where was I? Oh yeah, breathe.

    Helen

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  26. I already follow you and my blog is about pottery, but every once in a while I toss in a story I've written, true or otherwise. here are links to a few stories you might enjoy:

    http://bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com/2009/09/thicket.html

    http://bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com/2009/02/moment.html

    http://bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-first-true-love.html

    http://bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com/2009/09/binkys-stump.html

    http://bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com/2010/07/dan-rock-man.html

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  27. Karen, you're an amazing person. I'm always happy to see you comment on my blog and it's nice to know that you find the activity de-stressing. Good luck finding more blogs to read! Looks like you'll have no trouble.

    Jai

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  28. What a goal! Hope you find 50. BTW, how did you come up with that number? Is that your stress level? :D

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, really appreciate it.

    Jules

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  29. feel free to follow... I've never really put enough work into mine to build any kind of following but it would be really cool to think someone besides me actually read the thing.

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  30. I am here and enjoy every visit.

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  31. Karen, what an intriguing mission you have going there -- thanks for the invitation. Me, I blog about issues related to aging and older women. I believe older women possess an inherent eroticism and intelligence that younger women can only dream of. I'd like to see attitudes toward aging change so that the "anti-aging" movement fades into the background, and we are learning to embrace getting older instead of fighting it. There are so many wonderful things about getting older, but in this culture we tend to focus on the decline of our physical bodies, which is sad. In any case, would love it if you dropped by some time.

    Jesse Mendes
    SeptemberMay on Twitter
    Blog: http://septembermay.blogspot.com/

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  32. What a wonderful offer. I am a writer and my blog is http://thebirdsisters.blogspot.com

    Thank you so much! :)

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  34. My blog violates the blog prime directive — it's not about anything in particular. But my blogroll? Superb. http://divinipotent.blogspot.com

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  35. Hi, Karen! I blog about publishing, screenwriting, ghosting, comment on projects from concept to completion, and muse on the writing life in general. New followers (especially those who comment) are welcomed with virtual dark chocolate and cyber coffee!

    Ami Hendrickson
    Twitter: @MuseInks
    http://www.museink.com/

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  36. I sure HOPE we are following each other by now :)


    Aloha from Waikiki

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  37. I am a little inconsistent posting to my blog. I almost gave it up completely, but am finding my way back. I have struggled trying to find a voice for it. But I generally write whatever is on my mind.

    The name of my blog is, Azsky13: Whatever... http://azsky13.blogspot.com/

    I am Azsky13 on Twitter.

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  38. What a wonderful idea! I'm only just scouring around your blog, but discovering all kinds of interesting things :)

    If you're not following my blog yet -
    http://www.mariekenijkamp.com/musings :)

    Thanks!

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  39. I love reading blogs, too - it's a great destresser.

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  40. I'm impressed you can keep up with so many blogs!

    I shy away from BlogFests too. I've done two, I think, but it's only when I have something written that works.

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  41. Theresa, Well here's the thing, I don't comment on all blogs every time, or even read each one or I'd never get anything else done. But sometimes I'm in the mood for something and I scroll through the dashboard looking for just the thing-- kind of like reading TV Guide-- and depending on my mood or time frame I can run out of blogs to read pretty fast.

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  42. Good luck finding 50 new blogs to follow. If it helps at all I have various writer's blogs in a few blog rolls on my blog. I'd say check out my profile to see what I'm following, but I've also got jewerly/crafts blogs there as well.

    I need to reorganize my blog rolls a bit I think. Rather than the amwriting hash tag users I might just switch that to a regular other writers. Though it is nice having a Twitter related blog roll.

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  43. Ah, blogsurfing. The (procrastinating, stressed, and bored) girl's best friend.

    I'd love for you to stop by and visit by Impudent Hatchlings:

    http://www.hillaryjacques.blogspot.com

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  44. I'm a writer and my blog is always happy about new followers! :D

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  45. I'm happy to have found you on the web! I'm somewhat new to all of this social networking, but I'm addicted. I'll add you to my list of "must reads".

    I rant, post recipes, and comment on the writing world. I'd love for you to follow me at:
    http://www.heatherwebb.net/blog

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  46. Until you answered Teresa's question I was wondering how you can follow over 500 followers and still be willing to follow more. Because, jeez, what would that make you? Karan, Blogging Warrior?

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  47. I love stumbling on new blogs and new followers I reciprocate a follow with.

    I hope you're having a great weekend.

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  48. Karen, you are awesome! I already follow your blog and I'm pretty sure you follow me and it's always a pleasure to see your posts and comments.

    I totally know what you mean, though, about looking for just the thing to read when the mood hits. For me it helps me think of topics to post about by seeing what's on other people's minds and writing my own take.

    Hope you get to your goal of blogs to follow!

    Cheers!

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  49. I"ve been following your blog for a while, I just haven't been good about commenting.

    http://somethingelsetodistractme.blogspot.com/

    Oh and I'm running a contest too! Would you like a Christmas gift for someone you're indifferent to?

    Now's a perfect time to start reading my blog.

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  50. I never seem to run out of blogs to read an comment on! I'm already following hundreds . . . LOL. But I like finding new blogs, too.

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  51. Hee! Karen, you are on a mission! And good for you - your comments always brighten my day. I am sure you'll find tons of wonderful new blogs to follow. :)

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  52. What a great goal!! Sounds like you're about to find some great new blogs :)

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  53. I've been in the US for many years now and am quite acclimatized to the odd collection of casseroles and dishes that appear on a typical US Thanksgiving Day lunch table. But the first few years were quite a shock: OMG, Jello salad? You put green beans.....in a casserole? Why does my gravy look like wallpaper paste? Don't ask me about the turkey dressing, I didn't know they came clothed. And what the heck is a yam, anyway?

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  54. I think we already follow each other. LOVE the new look to your blog!

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  55. I love your goal. It's a great way to expand the community and relieve that ever-present stress.

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  56. WOW.... my finger got tired scrolling back this far. You are so sweet. I'm always honored when you visit my blog. You are such a delightful writer . You do set ambitious goals!!! You go, girl!!

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  57. Free Wheeling no pressure blogging - I like, thats what I say too! ;)

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  58. Oh, to have time to read more blogs... You pop by mine now and again, so I know you are in that loop, but can I suggest my group author blog: Burrowers, Books and Balderdash: then you can see if you also want to add any of my fellow Burrowers to your list:

    http://burrowers.blogspot.com/

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  59. I would like it if you followed my blog. Due to the many sales I am booked into, I have been very lax in my updates for November. My New Years resolution is to be a better blogger.

    www.bittleberryandbeyond.com

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  60. Wow, 59 comments. I'd say you're doing something right. I would recommend stopping by some of your favorite blogs and looking at their blog roll. It's a good way to meet new people.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  61. My infrequently-updated blog lives at http://patrickjohanneson.com/deardiary/ . It's about what I write, and about everything else that goes on in my life. At least the parts I'm willing to make public.

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  62. My blogg, sorry I am still learning how to be online so I sent you an email as well... Hope you like it.
    http://thirstybylorraine.blogspot.com/

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  63. Slogan: snortworthy. I just want you to spew coffee on your screen. Murrmurrs:
    http://murrbrewster.blogspot.com

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  64. Yes ma'am -- you're certainly invited. Having a real live author over will add some class to the place.

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  65. I'm loving your posts, Karen! Like you I may not comment often, but enjoy reading. :)

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  66. Well I'm relatively new to this blogging world having just started in Sept. with Madame Paradox: The mental contortions of an aspiring author. Trying to go with my gut about all of it, and apparently my gut has a tendency towards slightly morbid humor with occasional bouts of optimism :-). I'd be flattered if you took a look, as you've clearly mastered the blogging arts.

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  67. I'm in the throes of writing a play and directing it, 3 inedita novels, columns for daily paper, a book of short stories that were accepted but stumbling with the editorial cuts and slashes and on.
    Would love if you read my bits and bobs on blog. I will be back.
    XO
    WWW

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  68. Great goal! If you don't already follow I recommend Stina Linderblatt's Seeing Creative. Greay content for writers and she has a small but useful round up every friday.

    Angela! The Bookshelf Muse

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  69. Saw your tweet about this initiative Karen - great way to connect and network. I blog at www.lornedaniel.com/blog

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  70. What a wonderful goal! I would love to have you as a reader/commenter. And I am madly in love with the giraffe on your background. I adore giraffes!

    judyblackcloud.wordpress.com/

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  71. Please feel free to check mine out at www. Shellicornelison.com. Some conference notes, some sarcasm, some offbeat opinions -- but I try to avoid the whining. If you catch me whining feel free to cyber slap me.

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  72. Hi Karen - it's taken me this long to find you again (since the demise of vox). Hope all is well. Emjay

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  73. Mine are here, would love to have you along:

    http://saffinadesforges.wordpress.com
    http://sapphicscribe.wordpress.com

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