Drumroll For De Blogroll

Finally. It took four months, but I’ve just compiled a blogroll. Considering that’s less time than it takes my crowned teeth to tackle taffy, I figure I’m making good progress.

One of the conditions of my publishing contract is to have an author website as well as engagement in other social media. To be sure, I fretted and sweated over this one. I’m by nature a private person. You won’t find me on Dr. Phil discussing how I enjoy sniffing boots or prancing in petticoats or soiling myself in abandonment.

Time to buck up. It was either assume a pen name and write anonymously, thus making it even more challenging for readers to locate me, or start a blog as myself. Deciding on the latter, it’s no surprise I play peek-a-boo behind humor.

Nonetheless, it’s been easier than I imagined. Except for a few moments of panic wondering whether I’ve revealed too much and some recent second thoughts prompting removal of a goofy self-photo, I’ve been fairly comfortable with my journey. But best of all? I had no idea how much I would enjoy online interaction, especially the verbal tag with so many wise and witty people. No small talk necessary. Just straight to the good stuff.

Some have questioned how an introvert can adapt to the “social” in social media. To me, that is most easily answered by the following passage from Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, a book to which I can only ask, “Where have you been all of my life?” The following is taken from page 63:

 “[Introverts] welcome the chance to communicate digitally. The same person who would never raise his hand in a lecture hall of two hundred people might blog to two thousand, or two million, without thinking twice. The same person who finds it difficult to introduce himself to strangers might establish a presence online and then extend these relationships into the real world.”

Although I certainly do not have two million let alone two thousand readers (thanks for rubbing that in my face, Susie-Q), I do have some pretty great people who, like a fiber-fed colon, drop by regularly. The fact that you—yeah, I’m talking to you—actually read my posts and sometimes click the “like” button or take the time to comment, means more than this emotion-challenged cynic can express.

Since I can’t tell you personally, which would require face-to-face interaction, not to mention eye contact, I extend my gratitude by composing a blogroll page (look up; yep, there it is). Although there are many blogs I enjoy, I tried to include those whose creators frequent my own site or take the time to engage me on theirs. It is inevitable I forgot someone, so know that if you don’t see your site, it’s because, to quote my son, I’m a “jiggly old hag of Ohio.” To which I take offense. After all, I work out. (As for the old and the hag, eh, I can live with those.) I will, however, periodically update my page and add to it when I discover any dimwitted omissions.

Listed is a wide variety of blogs, some for their writing tips, some for their wit, some for sharing new worlds with me, and others that, well, I just can’t look away from even though I know I should (oh, you know who you are).

So please take some time to check out my list. Some great talent lies there—far more than you’ll find from the hag of Ohio…

All images from Microsoft Clip Art (tired of reading that yet?)

I would love to use this post to learn something more about you, whether you are a blogger or not. What’s your favorite movie? Television show? Food item you’d drive 50 miles to find? Weirdest fetish? Whatever you feel like sharing. And if no one dishes, I’ll feel pretty foolish. Of course, that would be nothing new…

109 Responses to “Drumroll For De Blogroll”

    • crubin

      I’m so glad you stopped by, August, because I just realized I don’t have your blog on my list, and it certainly should be. I mentioned in my post that dimwitted omissions were likely, and this is one. I’ve picked up such useful info on your blog, writing-related or not. And one of my favorite blog posts of all time was your story of your feminine mishap on the treadmill in the gym (I think I’ll leave it at that…) I relayed that story to my husband and was laughing so hard, I don’t think he could even understand me.
      :)

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    • crubin

      Um, no, not me…another blogger, perhaps? At least, this is the first I’m hearing about it.
      :)

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    • crubin

      Okay, I just realized you were joking. I didn’t realize I was at 99 comments. You had me going there for a moment…

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      • starlaschat

        I’m sorry I just couldn’t help myself. I stopped by and saw 99 comments. I thought maybe a car give way or somthing. You get a car…you get a car….
        Must be Friday

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        • crubin

          Wow, you jumped straight to a car giveaway. What, no Amazon gift card or signed copy of a book? Just straight to the big time. Guess I better start counting my change…
          :)

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  1. introvertedblogger

    I’m so flattered to be on your blogroll. Really, you’ve no idea. OK maybe you have a little bit. I’m just so thrilled. You’ve been so welcoming of me and my new little blog.
    Something about me, something an introvert would not usually tell you, but shall, cause you’re my friend..OK, here we go…I have recently discovered after 25 years of knowing her, my best friend. I know, I’m real slow. We are related by marriage and at a family weekend away last year, got drunk and spilled all our fears and worries to each other. Since then we are best texting friends. Nothing is too silly to tell her, and she makes me laugh.

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    • crubin

      Well, we introverts aren’t known for our ability to warm up quickly to others. 25 years? Eh, I can see that happening. It’s nice that you were able to find someone you’re comfortable with.
      :)

      I really enjoy your blog. Not only can I relate to so many of your entries, but you have a knack for saying a lot in a few words, which, when you read as many blogs as I do, is a great find!

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  2. riatarded

    Thank you for including me on your blogroll! I am really honored! :D x

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    • crubin

      You’re welcome. As the one who inspired me to get out of my dungeon and reclaim my sunny writing space, you belong on the list!

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  3. i mayfly

    I know you have a bushel and a peck of these, but this is the first one (blog award) that I have had the opportunity to pass-along and you were one of the first on my list to share the love with so here you go – another the Sunshine Award. Wear in good health. – Nikki

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    • crubin

      Thank you so much for thinking of me! The recognition is always appreciated. And one can never have too much sunshine (well, one’s skin can, but one’s serotonin levels can’t…)

      I appreciate you sending some sunshine my way!

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  4. Fay Moore

    Hello. Loved today’s post. You boldly put part of you out there, witty smart girl! Just so you get to know something about me, I tell you this: I will drop almost anything to go horesback riding with my two amigos. We three laugh and carry on, while we enjoy our horses. It’s as close to utopia as it gets. Tag, you’re it.

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    • crubin

      Would you believe I’ve never been on a horse? And I grew up in North Dakota. But I’ve never really been in a rural setting or been exposed to them. I’m sure it’s quite liberating, though I suspect I’d end up with a bruised coccyx and numb thighs…

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing a tidbit! (By the way, my above admission was MY shared tidbit…)

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  5. Lynn Schneider

    I am flattered and honored to be included in your blog roll! I look forward to your posts, as they are always funny or educational or inciteful (or a combination of all of these) and to think that you think enough to include me has made my day, and it came at a time when a compliment such as this is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    • crubin

      You’re very welcome. I have come by some useful writing tools from your blog, and I suspect others will as well.

      And how kind of you to say some of my posts are educational…I’m sure you are referring to my placental craft piece and my man baby in diapers exposé…knowledge no one should do without…
      ;)

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  6. Audrey Kalman

    So here I am, finally catching up on my blog reading after a hectic few days. I just sat down with tea and cookies to read yours… imagine my shock to see my name first on the list of writing blogs! Thank you for including me, and thanks, mom and dad, for not naming me Zena.

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    • crubin

      Yes, you did land right at the top of the pile, didn’t you?! Which is probably fortuitous, because after readers get fed up with my adolescent humor, they can go straight to a more dignified blogger…

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  7. Smaktakula

    Thanks for including me in your blog roll! After wierding you out about your picture, I thought I’d never get included, even with the “naughty” blogs.

    There are a lot of blogs on there to check out–I’m afraid I’m mostly familiar with my fellow naughties!

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    • crubin

      If I hadn’t gone alphabetically, you would have been first in the naughty category. I suspect that pleases you. But I pride myself on following many different types of blogs. One should always keep an open mind. Besides, I need to pride myself on something. My boys suck everything else right out of me…

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