Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday’s Word: Welcome!

It’s my pleasure to be today’s Blogger of Note on Words of Wisdom, or WOW. Sandy and Pam began this network a few months ago to link folks interested in blogs of substance—serious, funny, randomly mixed, anything that makes you want to join the conversation. I was among the first to sign up, and I’ve told readers about it before, but today’s the day WOW followers are visiting me. (Thanks to Leah at Funny is the New Young for nominating me.)

Please have a seat at my garden table, pour a virtual beverage, and look around a bit. (I’ll be watching from the window on the far right.)

I began blogging last August to record stories and photos of our two grandchildren, who share our lives through what I like to call Wild Rumpus Daycare for Grandkids Only. I didn’t seek followers at first, and I didn’t visit other blogs.

Then one day I wrote something for myself, about myself. It drew no comments, but I liked having it out there. After a lifetime of writing for others—magazine stories, brochures, speeches, ads, even three books—I liked writing my own thoughts in my own voice. I also discovered that I love reading and commenting on other people’s ideas. Who knew this would be so much fun?

ViolaMae, 2
Augie, 3 1/2
Transitions figure into a lot of my writing. For example: the amazing and wonderful growth of children, my learning to appreciate life “in the moment” instead of always looking forward, my easing toward retirement, and my sudden transition, 25 years ago, from single to married. I'm learning things about myself from the writing process, and from the comments others make.

Here are a few sample posts.

Where I am in life: Living well in 2010

A few “claims to fame”: I beat Bob Dylan in a talent contest

How I met my husband (a series): The meeting

About kids: But do they wear pantyhose?

I hope you'll find something to enjoy here, and that you'll choose to join the conversation! And if you haven't been to WOW, be sure to check it out; you'll find lots to like!

25 comments:

ScoMan said...

Congrats on your BON day! Off to take a look at some of the posts you recommended.

Cheryl said...

Congratulations Nancy! Enjoy your day in the sunshine of BON!

Green Monkey said...

Congratulations and enjoy your blissful day in the spotlight. best to you, MOnkeyME

lesinfin said...

Congratulations on a well-deserved nomination!
I love coming here; your blog is beautiful!
xoxo

DJan said...

You feel like a friend, and it's all because of this beautiful blog, so I guess I'm willing to share you with some others. Congratulations to you, it's well deserved!

Jeanie said...

I like your description of how your blogging experience has progressed. Congratulations and I'll have to check out WOW.

f8hasit said...

Congratulations on your BoN! I'm glad to see that YOU are now getting recognition that your joyful blog derseves!

And THANK YOU for always coming round and commenting on my blog. It means alot!

BTW: LOVE your garden photo! If I had that space, I might never leave it...
:-)

Allyson said...

Congratulations on being featured! I'm so glad you linked to WOW. I got the info from you right before the Big Move and never followed through. But I have it now! And to think...I "knew" you BEFORE WOW... ;)

I, too, love having a place to put my thoughts that's "published" but can be whatever I want to say. Having the freedom to do that is exhilarating! Looking forward to finding more lovely bloggers through WOW and keeping up with your adventures, too!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

If you lived close I would be over for some tea. Or coffee. Perfect picture for this kind of day.

You could share a recipe on my blog about recipes. It is getting some magazine coverage I am not at liberty to talk about just yet.

Do you have a homemade recipe you would share with our readers? No, you don't have to be fat to share them.

Fat Lady Recipes

Katie Gates said...

Congratulations, Nancy! You are indeed "of note" in my book. Also a kindred spirit. I resisted blogging for the longest time, and now I enjoy all aspects of the blogosphere so much. I just read several of the links you provided (I'm saving the 25 years series for when I can read them all at once), and again, the kindred spirit thing. I used to be confused re whether I am an introvert or an extrovert (always tested in the middle), but when a friend asked, "How do you derive your energy? By being alone or with others?" there was no delay in my responding "ALONE!" The best way to enjoy others (and to be enjoyable to them) is to know if you require a certain amount of solitude! Congrats again on your deserved BON status.

Nancy said...

Congrats. I can't think of another blog that deserves it more. You are always interesting and soulful. Thanks for the tip regarding WOW.

Grandmother said...

I join the congrats to you! I like coming to your blog reading about you, your main squeeze and your grandchildren- the important people in life. Thanks for your generous sharing.

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

Congrats!! I followed your link from WOW - thanks for sharing your many accomplishments, your beautifull grandkids and for letting us see, almost smell and feel your garden!

Ms Sparrow said...

Your garden is so beautiful. I really envy having space like that since I live in a condo. All I have is my little patio.

Red Shoes said...

I LOVE your flowers... for some reason, I just didn't have the drive to work my yard this summer like I have in the past... they are OK... I would rather sit in your back yard and take in your efforts!!

~shoes~

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Most deserved recognition. And I'm ashamed to say I didn't realize I hadn't attached as a follower long ago. Can I still sit in that beautiful garden and have some tea?

MissKris said...

I'm a little late getting over here to congratulate you on your BON day! Well deserved, that's for sure. I was taking a peek at your profile...I didn't realize you're from St. Paul! I've 'barely' been in your city...I visited a friend in Minneapolis in 1973 and crossed over the river into SP just so I could say I'd been there, ha! Have you ever been out my way??? I love your garden photo...we two tired grandmas could sure use a quiet sit-down and chat there sometime, couldn't we? Enjoy your spotlight moment! :-D

Anita said...

Beautiful garden, and especially beautiful grandkids! :)

WhisperingWriter said...

Your garden looks so peaceful!

injaynesworld said...

Congratulations, Nancy. I love the story of how you and your husband met.

I might have to drop by and curl up with a good book in your lovely garden.

Jayne

Louise | Italy said...

Congratulations on your BoN day. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog, and I'm sure many more will too! Greetings from Italy via BPOTW. Louise.

Melissa B. said...

Congrats to you. BON is such an honor! I think our paths have crossed in cyber-space, but I'm looking forward to getting to know you a little better...

Pamela said...

visiting from Far Side.
It is amazing - this blog world.

Meri said...

Wow - thanks for introducing me to WOW and blogs of note! I need to do some exploring. I always love "how we met" stories.

Deb Shucka said...

I'm here from WOW, and so glad to find your blog. Looking forward to reading more. Such adorable grandkids (and I love their names)!

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