January 17, 2012
I must admit that I’m not one for tons of blogging conferences, social media meet-ups and late-night online chats with folks I only know in the virtual world. I barely have time to keep up with friends I’ve known—in the flesh—for years. So, as much as I love being a part of the food and mom blogging communities, both full of smart, vibrant women, I’ve got my hands full with work, kids and old friends. I love making new friends and wish that I had more time to connect with some of the wonderful people I’ve met online through blogging, but building new relationships goes slowly these days.
I don’t think much about being on the periphery of these communities except when I head to the occasional conference or when, like recently, I post something personal and hear from a bunch of folks, many of whom I’ve never met in person, checking in to make sure that I’m doing okay. Wonderful, smart, thoughtful people about whom I want to know more and who ask questions to know more about me. New friends.
Jennifer from Savoring the Thyme is one of these new friends. We worked together at Babble, but have only met in person once. I knew that Jennifer was outspoken and hysterically funny (two of my favorite qualities in a person), but didn’t realize until our face-to-face that she was also warm and loves to bring people together. In a nutshell, she’s fab and her series 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me in which she introduces her readers to some of her new friends is the perfect example of how Jennifer generously spreads the love.
Jennifer recently featured ‘lil miss me in her series. Hop on over to Savoring the Thyme if you’d like to know 10 things about me that you might not have guessed. Let’s just say that you’ll learn about how I can kick your butt and also my feelings about flatulence. (Now tell me that’s not worth a read!) And, inspired by Jennifer, I’m sharing an 11th thing—and spreading more love—right here, right now.
11. Of all the lovely folks I’ve met in the last few years of blogging, these are some of the women I hope to get to know more (and whose blogs you should check out, if you don’t already):
* Elizabeth of Brooklyn Supper
* Rachael of La Fuji Mama
* Debbie Koenig
* Kelsey The Naptime Chef
* Michelle Stern of What’s Cooking with Kids
* The sassiest Sassy Radish
* Liz of Mom 101 (and her Cool Mom team!)
* Christina of Take Back Your Table (okay, she’s an old, in-person friend, but I would like to see her more)
* Maggie of Three Many Cooks
* Aimee of Under the High Chair and Simple Bites
Thank you ladies for making me drool (in the good way), making me laugh til it hurts, inspiring me to be a better photographer, cook and baker, and giving me a chance to fill my life with fabulous new friends.
Pay it forward! xo