Monday, February 15, 2010

Welcome to the Family, 400!

**added later**  

**WHOA, MOMMAS!!!  When I shouted out for followers to DELURK, boy did you answer.  In just a few short hours, I've gained almost 10 followers, if I'm not mistaken!  I LOVE it!  That made my day!  Keep it up!  I think I've come up with a GREAT giveaway, so come back to read all about it!**

I didn't realize until I started writing with a different intention, that this is my FOUR-HUNDREDTH POST!  Peeps, I am SO EXCITED!

Never would I have guessed almost four years ago, when I began blogging just as an outlet and as something that was easier than building my own website (thanks, Amy), how far blogging would take me and how many avenues it would open up for me.

I've been able to present about blogging TWICE now at the state technology convention, TCEA, in Austin.  I've been able to incorporate blogging smoothly into my classroom because I was already using it on my own.  I've connected with people who I've grown to love as if I knew them in person.  I've found virtual shoulders to cry on, and have connected with people who know people I know.

Blogging is a part of my life and those who don't understand its appeal or use, might think I'm crazy.  But when you go through things in your life that leave you feeling like you're alone and you need answers, like infertility, blogging is the outreach I so craved and needed.

Having said ALL of that, in honor of my 400th post and upcoming 4-year bloggiversary in April, I want to do two things:

FIRST...I'm setting a lofty goal.  By my FOURTH bloggiversary, I am challenging myself to have 100 Followers.  Now, don't get me wrong.  I know blogging isn't all about how many people read your writing.  However, I'm also going to try to keep it real and confess that I do get excited when I have a new follower.  I LOVE meeting new Followers.  Really.  I love clicking on their profile pics and visiting their blogs, reading about where they are reading about me from!  Did you get that? 

SO, if you are a lurker, and haven't chosen to FOLLOW ME, please do so!  If you follow me, I will return the favor!

I'm sitting at 74 followers right now.  That means, I only need 26 more to hit my mark of 100!  Can we do it, Bleeps (I LOVE that term, and will give ALL CREDIT to the most hilarious blogger I know, Busted Kate over at Busted's a mashing of Blog and Peeps), huh?)?

SECOND: I'm going to host a giveaway soon, so keep checking back to find out what it is!  I'm going to wait until closer to my actual bloggiversary, so come back! 

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  1. I am a friend of Belinda's and have enjoyed reading your blog. I hope you make it to your goal of having 100 followers!

  2. Happy 400th post!! What a great journal of the past four years...both the ups and downs...that you have been through. Good luck on making it to 100!!

  3. Well done - here's to 400 more....

    Love to you

  4. Follower #86 here! Hi, I found you on Texas Blogging Gals site and came by to say hello. Hope to get to know a fellow Texas blogger. Come by my address, and say howdy!


  5. I'm a lurker. Your blog always brings a smile to my face.

  6. Congrats I love your blog it always gives me a laugh, warm feeling or a smile! Thanks for blogging.

  7. Hello sweet friend! Congrats on all your followers...I checked to make sure I was one and I already was. Good luck on your goal! How'd you get so many? I also put your button on my blog. I love that! If you get a chance, will you hope over to my blog and do the same for me? The following thing, I mean. I hope your day is blessed!!

  8. Hi Charla! I found your blog through Allison's... but I'm Sarah's cousin on the other side of the fam :) I love how positive your blog is! Hope you reach 100+!!! ~Laura

  9. So fun! Happy Bloggiversary! I love reading your heart on these pages. You are amazing!

  10. I'm a new follower! I just found you, and love your blog!

  11. Hi-

    I am a new follower today-
    I am a retired high school English teacher, all three of our daughters graduated from A&M, and I love blogging-
    Come see me. I enjoyed my visit,


    White Spray Paint


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