(Note: I will continue with Part 4 of the “Healing Bulimia” series tomorrow.)
The first of every month is Blogtipping Day. This is a tradition that was started by Easton Ellsworth, a wonderful blogger guy who gave me lots of help and advice way way way back in my beginning days of blogging. (Back when movies were only 15 cents, and blogs were handwritten with feather pens.) The idea of Blogtipping Day is to let your readers know about other bloggers you read. It’s a “Spread the Love” kind of thing. Free Hugs. Only these hugs are virtual.
You may be saying to your computer screen, “But Christine, today is the 4th, not the 1st. You’ve missed Blogtipping Day altogether!” But here’s the thing: I’ve missed it every single month since I found out about it. (That adds up to five times.) And on the second of every month, I slap my head and say, “Damn! I missed Blogtipping Day again!” And you know why?
Because I’m a P!
If you’ve done the Myers-Briggs test, you know that the last letter of the four letters is either a J or a P. J’s are the ones who are always on time, and always write things down and never get fined for luggage that weighs too much.
P’s (which is me) are more spontaneous. They don’t necessarily think they are late for anything. They are like Gandalf, who says, “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” (Though I doubt that wizards ever find themselves paying the angry uptight woman behind the USAir counter a $50 fine for their bloated suitcases.)
So, I’ve decided that today is a perfect day for Blogtipping. For one thing, it’s my niece’s birthday. And while I’m fairly sure her card will arrive late (unless the mailman got in his car yesterday and personally drove the envelope up to Arlington, VA), I think this is the perfect occasion to have a special Blogtipping day for P’s. (P’s also often validate their tardiness by giving some obscure reason why today is the perfect day for the occasion that they should’ve shown up for days ago.) P stands for “Perception.” But I think it also could stand for “Pandemonium.”
So, given all that, here are my Blogtipping Tippees for October.
#1: Novelist in Training
1 – I love how you write. You’re funny. You don’t take yourself too seriously. And it’s fun to know that when you publish your first novel, you will already have so many readers anxious to leap in.
2 – The look of your site is perfect. It’s clean and easy and has a great design. (That color green was the cover of one of my CD’s, so I’m a little biased here.)
3 – You write great headlines. No, they’re not headlines that bloggers are supposed to write, like “81 Surefire Methods for Building Your Business Protocol Implementation.” Yours are writer-ly and fun. Especially this one. And this one.
Tip: Don’t worry about being under-the-weather and busy and not keeping on a daily posting schedule. (From your recent post with another great title.) No need to apologize for this. Here’s a little story from my first days of gigging: I was always panicked because I didn’t do a lot of cover tunes. Cover tunes, I noticed, always made people cheer and clap loud. I mentioned this to David Wilcox at one point and asked him what he thought. He said, “Do your own stuff and what comes from the heart. Then, when people stay to listen, you’ll know they love you for you, not for the quick thrill of cover tunes.” Your readers are gonna be loyal. You have that kind of writing style. It’s okay if you’re not posting like a maniac. We, your devoted readers, are not fickle!
#2 – The Green Geek
1 – Your design is beautiful. (Since I’m in a green theme today, I’m picking another site that drew me in instantly with beautiful green graphics.) It’s the closest a computer screen can come to making me feel outdoors-y. Your photos draw me in as well.
2 – You’ve chosen a bold topic and you write it well. If I weren’t doing the work I’m doing, I’d be doing the work YOU’RE doing. (I have a song called Everything Green in which I attempt to make this known.) Your research is thorough and consistent. I consider myself lucky to get information that you’ve gone out and found. I’m happy to be kept up-to-date.
3 – You call yourself an optimistic environmentalist. We need more of you! Thoughts can pollute just as much as smoke. I like that you provide good news, too!
Tip: An occasional “back to basics” post would help readers like me who get overwhelmed on occasion. (Baby steps, small things you can do, everyday kind of stuff.)
#3 – Woolgathering
1 – You inspire me. I started drawing because of you. Now, I do a drawing before I write songs everyday. It’s a new practice, and it empties my brain. When I learned that you hadn’t been an artist all your life, I was blown away! Even my husband uses you in our conversations when I’m being a perfectionist about my songs. He says things like, “Do you think Woolgathering cares about stuff like that?” (Your name is now officially “Woolgathering.”)
2 – Technical know-how. You’re fantastic at lay-out and design and being master of your blog. (Mostly though, your drawings have such power and simplicity. I love the lay-out of each page with words and drawings together.)
3 – You made a book. (Hey everybody! Go to her site and buy her new book! It’s almost Christmas!) I can’t wait to get mine.
Tip: Someday, I want to thumb through these beautiful books of yours and take a few hours doing it! (Okay, it’s not really a tip. It’s just me being demanding.)