24 February 2014

Time to de-lurk, I want to meet you!

How many of you read blogs daily? Weekly? Or even monthly?....but never comment? I do it constantly. I think I read probably 30+ blogs that I have never taken the time to comment, tweet, or have any sort of social interaction with the blogger themselves. I'm not exactly sure what's stopping me... maybe it's that I read blogs from my phone a lot and it's a pain in the butt to comment from it. Or maybe I'm always in a hurry?... that's probably true as well. Or it could be that I'm a little intimidated sometimes. Whatever the case... I need to make more of an effort to let the blogger know I'm there. That I'm a fan. That I'm reading and relating to what they are writing! You know?

So about once a year, I like to take the time to ask YOU to come out from hiding and introduce yourselves!! Even if you only come by every once in a while, I'd love to hear from you.

Leave a comment and tell me your name. Tell me about your family, where you live, and what you do for a living! Leave me a link to your blog (if you have one) and I promise I'll stop by and say hello very soon!! :-)

67 comments:

Kelley E. said...

Hey! I'm Kelley. I'm a late-twenties adoptive mom, living in upstate SC. I am a pastors wife and my husband and I are in the process of adopting a second child. Love your blog! I write over at www.thebiglongwait.com

Nora Spaulding said...

Hello, I am pretty sure we've talked or even email chatted before! I'm still here and follow regularly. You have inspired me to go through all my enormous amount of blogs- i can never get through my feed and thats crazy! Thanks and hope we talk again soon! :) Happy Monday!~

Ashley said...

Hi! I'm Ashley and I blog at Mrs. Mama (http://aprichards.blogspot.com
I also read many blogs from my phone and it is very difficult to comment.

Kaity said...

Kaity, a native Upstate New Yorker (wayyy upstate) currently residing in my husband's Ohio hometown. Just the two of us for now, and planning to keep it that way for a little while longer. Blogger by night, Food banker by day. (Best job in the world). Thanks for the open arms :)

http://www.beeautifulblessings.com/

Audrey said...

Good morning! My husband and I live in Chicago, IL where I'm a scientist and he's a coffee roaster. We don't have any little humans yet but we have a spoiled rotten dog we love to death. I blog about being a scientist & wife at http://sciencewife.blogspot.com

Ellen from Ask Away said...

Hello!!! I'm ellen, I run an advice, fashion, and lifestyle blog. I love your blog... it's so down to earth! yoour reviews are great as well :) You can find me over at www.askawayblog.com! Nice to "meet" you!

Kim @ HappyPrettyBlog said...

Hey!! I'm Kim and I blog over at http://happyprettyblog.com about my life as a wife of 2 years and a mom to a 1 year old! I also post recipes, blogging tips, beauty and product reviews! Anything my little heart desires haha!! We live in New Brunswick, on Canada's east coast. So I've been complaining a lot about snow lately too haha!

fifth house on the left | family blog said...

I'm Lindsay, a 33yo SAHM! I've been a lazy blogger lately {mostly just monthly updates of my youngest boy and iphone recaps ;0)} I love your blog and IG feed and I love reading about your sweet Bennett since my boy Rawley is very similar to him. He JUST got approved for Developmental Preschool and will be starting shortly once we get our final paperwork done. I love seeing his progression and I have the same hopes for my boy with how great Bennett has done :) I always love your blog :)

Valerie Scott said...

I'm Valerie! We have exchanged comments and emails in the past but I haven't been commenting a lot lately. I am still a loyal follower just slacking with my comments. I love following along with you and your boys. I live in Central Illinois just a few hours from Chicago with my 2 year old son Brayden. You can find me blogging over at http://onehappymommyblog.blogspot.com

ashlyebrink said...

Good morning from Indiana! My husband and I live outside of Indianapolis with our son, Jackson, who's two years old. He works in webdesign/marketing and I for IU in research. I blog at www.ashlyeeveryday.blogspot.com and just keep it random... I mostly document things so we can remember them later. Love your blog!! Nice "meeting" you!

Sami Seibert said...

Hi I'm Sami. I stop by your blog usually on a daily basis. I'm a mom of 4. We are a very busy family and I use my blog as a way to keep track of the fun things we do and a way for family and friends to see what we're up to. Both my husband and I are teachers, and he also is a photographer. Stop by my blog sometime and see what craziness we've been into lately!!!

-Sami @ yoursmineandours2013.blogspot.com

kristen_lavalley said...

Ah... The delurking. Well. I am only slightly ashamed to say I've been reading your blog since ... umm.. circa 2011? And I've never really said hi. So we're long overdue for a coffee date by now, I think. Officially unlurked.

I blog at http://www.whenathome.com :)

Elisha Kemp said...

Hi Mandy! :) We follow each other on instagram but I thought I would say hello here :) I live in Northern Virginia with my hubby of almost 6 years and our two boys (4 years and 2 years). I love reading your blog and am so happy to meet some other bloggers in the comments!

I blog at www.gratefulwithtwo.blogspot.com

Tiffany said...

I am Tiffany and I am a twenty something mom and wife. I work from home and am a graphic designer. I think I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now, but it am not sure if I have ever really commented or not. If I have I know that I read more than I comment. I tend to read from my phone too. Lol
I blog at http://www.simplytiki.com

Stephanie @ The Good Stuff said...

Hi! I read a lot of blogs daily, but I don't comment nearly as much as I read. Although I do comment here every now and again :) I'm Stephanie. I'm a birth doula and SAHM to a (almost!) 4yo boy whose birthday is this week and a baby girl who just celebrated her first birthday. Lots of birthday parties around here lately! We live in Columbus, OH.

Julie S. said...

Hi! I am Julie, I blog over at www.basicallyjulie.com. I am a wife and mom of two kiddos, love photography and shopping :)

Ruthie said...

aww this is so sweet and fun!! What a great idea! I love your blog because you are so honest.
I'm 15 and live in Tennessee. I'm one of 5 girls and I love my work (I'm a photographer) and I love cuddling with my baby sister. (Who is not so baby anymore!) I also love tall trees and fresh air. :)
I blog personally at www.joymontague.blogspot.com
and professionally (for work) and www.photosbyruthie.net

Thanks for pushing us to de-lurk! :)

Cheryl Enlow said...

Ha! I do this all the time. I am trying to do better about commenting (heck thats why im here :) ) I love your blog and should show it. :)

Justine said...

Hi there! My name is Justine. I have two boys and another baby on the way. I'm in Texas and I stay home with my kiddos. I have followed you for a few months now and have enjoyed getting to know you! Www.onlywiththebestintentions.blogspot.com

twomiracles said...

HI!!! I am Melissa, 27, married to Matt with twin 4(almost 5) year old girls --Brooklynn and Kendall. I am a stay at home mommy with a photography business on the side and my blog. I blog at www.twomiracles.net . I read your blog daily, just stopping to introduce myself and say hello!!

Becca said...

I do this all the time! I keep saying I am going to get better. I mean, I'd like people to comment on my blog so I should do the same, haha! I just never do!

I am a SAHM/full time student with 2 kids. I love photography, crafting, and traveling (but I haven't got to do any of that in a long time).

I have my own little corner of the internet here at - http://rebeccalundin.com/

705lifetheblog said...

Hi! My name is Libby (aka 705 mama!). I am currently blogging over at http://705lifetheblog.wordpress.com/. I've had a few other blogs in the past and took a blogging hiatus for a while, but it is fun being back in the blog world :-)

I've got an almost 11 month old (yikes!), 2 furry pups, a wonderful mister -- and my mom lives with us. Can we say "full house"?!

I ran across your blog recently and am glad I did!

Jess Beer said...

Well, you know I'm not a lucker since I'm sitting over on your sidebar.

But for everyone else stalking the comments (like I am), I'm Jess, and I write over at Being Mrs. Beer. I live outside DC and write about life as a wife and mom to my 14 month old little girl, Abbie. Great idea for this post by the way!

www.beingmrsbeer.com

Amanda S. said...

Hey there! My name is Amanda. I have been married almost 6 years & have two girls: Emily is 3.5y, Caroline is 8 months. I have been following your blog for a while now and it is on my must-read list :) I'd love for you to stop by my blog: http://makingsuretolaugh.blogspot.com. Happy Monday!

Becky G said...

I'm Becky & I live in Iowa - I blog at http://bybmg.blogspot.com - wife - mama to two boys (4 and 10.5 months) - middle school teacher - etsy shop owner - just trying to make it though the days!

JenniferAStreet said...

HI there Mandy!!! We briefly spoke once when I implemented some of your blogging design advice on my blog a few months back http://www.lifeaccordingtothestreets.com/ I'm a full time out of house working mam of 2 little boys almost 4 and 3. I've been following for a while and enjoy reading. My son also has a speech delay and goes to developmental preschool. Bennett sounds like he's doing great but I totally relate withyou on a lot of the topics you talk about when it comes to him and other kiddos.

Shannon said...

Hi! I'm Shannon & I've commented here & there before. I've been married almost 8 years and we have two boys: a (almost) 4-yr-old named Bennett (I started reading your blog AFTER he was born) and a 16-month-old named Silas. I stay home with my boys, but I also babysit a little girl to help make ends meet. I enjoy your blog a lot. I especially relate to your posts about whether or not you want more kids and about wanting a girl or not. I have a blog, but don't post regularly.
www.talesfromahalfstreet.blogspot.com

Karri said...

yup- i am typically a phone reader, too. my phone doesn't let me comment (wth?). anyway...
i am karri. i blog at houseoftubers.com. i am a stay at home mom to 3 kids, one turns 12 next week and my twins are 10. i don't always blog regularily, and i am working hard at not overcommiting myself anymore. i spend my days doing laundry, working out, and volunteering. cheers!

zara may said...

I love your blog
followed
http://minimaysi.blogspot.co.uk/

Courtney said...

I'm Courtney from Joplin, Missouri! I blog at www.apluslife.net about our 3 year old daughter, random life happenings, and our battle with secondary infertility.

I find that I don't typically comment if the blog is HUGE because I feel like I'm not worthy! Ha. And then I also don't comment if they already have a ton of other comments because I don't want to repeat what other people have already said OR make them have to reply to one more email. Otherwise, I always try to comment :)

The Macons said...

Hi I'm Sarah! I read daily but am quite the lazy pregnant blogger these days!

Brandi said...

Hi I am Brandi! I read daily - blog as well. I live in San Diego California and I am a wife, mom of 2 and work full time. I blog over at Raising Kid Clammy - kidclammysmom.blogspot.com. Would love for you to stop by! You boys are adorable by the way!!

M said...

Hi! I do read...just very rarely comment. I may have once or twice. I usually read randomly at work in between tasks...sometimes it's once a day, sometimes only once a week! I'm horrible at keeping up with my own blog now that I've had a baby...but I do try to update it at least once a month! Anyway, love the posts...keep em up :)

Jena Desjardins said...

Hi, I'm Jena. I guess that I must be one of the lurkiest of lurkers... because I read blogs daily, but don't blog myself! Haha. Mostly because I don't feel like I have a whole lot to blog about yet. I will likely start a blog once my fiancee and I begin the journey of having munchkins.

I am in my mid-twenties. Marrying my best friend next winter. We just bought our first house and are learning the ups and downs of home ownership. He is an auto mechanic and I am an Early Childhood Educator.

Since I work with kiddos everyday (and since I'm very eager to start having some of my own), I love reading blogger stories about their little ones. I really enjoy reading about you and your family. Your boys are so sweet and I love how honest you are about how it's not always sunshine and rainbows with kids. Thanks for giving us this opportunity to come out of hiding and introduce ourselves. Take care! :)

Amanda Jillian B said...

Amanda! 30 years young blogger/photographer/graphic designer sometimes a baby sitter. I'm a single mom of two mischievous faeries. I comment sometimes.

Amanda M. said...

I'm Amanda. I read, but hardly comment because I have to read most of the blogs through BL. It's awesome, but not very comment friendly. Instagram is so much easier! :)

I am a karate wife (co-owner of 2 part time schools) and mom of 4 kids: mine, his and ours. I sometimes blog over at www.amaddoxfamily.com, but I can always be found on Instagram @amaddox33.

Courtney Noah said...

Hey! I'm Courtney and I am a 32 year old mommy of a 3 year old boy and wife to a fantastic man. I am a Social Worker for a Children's Home by day and on the weekends I am a photographer. I don't usually comment on blogs. My photography blog is www.courtneynoahphotography.blogspot.com - I'd love for you to stop by!

Erin Soto said...

Hi I'm Erin! I'm a 28 year old SAHM to my to my 6 and 4 year old boys. I always read your blog, but admit I'm shy about commenting! I just left my job back in September to be home more often and take care of my Mom,who was battling cancer. I try to keep up with the blogging although I'm still newish to it! You can check me out at fromcubicletohome.com :)

Rachel said...

You already know me!! :P I think the biggest thing that makes me less likely to comment on blogs is when I think that the blogger is probably too "big" to interact with commenters, so then I tend to think my comment won't matter anyways, I'll just read. But I do know we all love comments, so it's a good thing to leave them when we can!

PolishedPortland said...

Hi! I'm Megan! Love your blog!

Polished Portland

Dana said...

Hi! Been following you for a long time! Your boys are adorable! I have a 3.5 year old boy and am due with my 2nd boy in 4 weeks!

http://hancockheir.blogspot.com/

Emily Finta said...

Hey, I'm Emily! I recently graduated from college and I don't have a family yet! I'm also graphic designer. I think I'm pretty new to your blog. I tend to read people's blog a while before I comment.
http://www.designsbyemilyf.com

Daina Ankrum said...

What a fun post! You must love hearing from all of these readers. We already "know" each other in blogger world, but I wanted to stop by and say hello! I might have to try a post like this soon. I have a low comment number on most of my posts and would love to chat with more of my readers. I hope they are out there!

Ashlea Durrett said...

It cracks me up that you mentioned sometimes you get intimidated, I read your blog for like ever before I even tried leaving a comment hahah. I think I interacted with you on IG prior even. Lately Ive been trying to get better at commenting because I enjoy comments so why not? but my gosh phone blogging definitely effects it though that's for sure.

Whitney H said...

Hiiii it's Whitney :) I'm in Texas and missing you very much!

Samantha E. said...

Love this idea, and am now going to stalk your comments as well! I am Samantha I am a SAHM of 3 little ones. I try to comment on other blogs when I can, but make it a priority to respond to those who comment on my blog/YT videos.

You can find my at http://happily-a-housewife.blogspot.com

The Evans said...

Hey, I'm Kristen! I've been following you for a few years now but have never commented here(commented a few times on IG). I've got 3 little one, 5,3 and 8 months. My boy is also in the ECE program and loves it! Last summer I actually saw you an your boys at some of the parks we play at but thought it would be weird to come say hi. :) Love your blog!

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Tania T said...

Hello!I am Tania from Thessaloniki-Greece.I am 31y.old , married with my beautiful husband Chris and we have a precious boy , Demetrios.I was started to read your blog because my family's biggest dream is to move to Seattle.And I love everything it has to do with it!Anyway I hope one day to have the chance to meet you in person and have a cup of girly coffe.So, can I say..nice to meet you?

Annabel Krantz said...

Hi! I'm Annabel. I blog over at annabelandalice.com - I stop by here regularly to read, if not comment! I like to comment on people's blogs, but sometimes I feel like I'm just repeating what other people have said! Even if I think it too. But if I don't comment then I feel like a blog stalker :p It's a balancing act!

Kirsten Valeri said...

Hi I am Kirsten and I "blog" over at kvaleri.blogspot.com. I use the term blog lightly as I don't update that often. I grew up in California but now live in MS where my husband and I are stationed. I hope you can venture over to my so called blog someday, as no one really reads it.

Sveta D. said...

Yep. I'm totally a lurker. ha! I'm Sveta and I'm just 18. My family has 6 kids and we live on a farm. I nanny for my cousin and love it! My family recently began doing missions in Africa and that's where my heart is. I used to want to do professional photography (that's how I started following you in the first place), but God's changed my heart since going to Africa. Now I still want to do photography, but mission related. I have to blogs: www.svetadphoto.com and www.lovemeetsjustice.blogspot.com

Mrs Scratch said...

Hey there! I, too, am a lurker. I stop by here at least 2-3 times per week and I think I've only ever commented once...on my StitchFix package.

Anyway, I'm Jenn (aka Mrs Scratch). I'm 30 and live in AZ with my husband and 2 kids (3yr daughter and 2 yr old son). Oh and 1 on the way...due end of March. Yikes! My day job is an engineer, but I love to shop, blog read, party plan, hang out with my kids, and just starting with the big girl camera. :)

My blog is http://startingfrommrsscratch.tumblr.com where I blog (about 1-2 times a month) about my pregnancy and family. I'm pretty sure the only people that read my blog continuously are my family and my best friend. lol.

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

You know me - heyyyyyyyyy!

Amanda said...

Hi, I'm Amanda... also known as Mandy by my family! I stay home with my 1-year-old daughter. Previously, I worked in the museum field. I'm one of those annoying crafty people... but I do it because I love it! :) My blog is www.dandelionsandlace.blogspot.com

Jennisa said...

Hi! I'm Jennisa. This isn't the first time I've contacted you, but it's definitely been awhile! I'm a SAHM to three awesome little girls - one of whom was just born on Monday night! My blog is www.ourimperfectfairytale.blogspot.com :) I don't post nearly as often as if like to but it's a habit that I'm trying to form!

Emily (The Culinary Couple) said...

Hi, Mandy! I'm Emily. I've been reading your blog for a few months. I think I found it through AP at I Love You More Than Carrots. I'm a stay-at-home mom to Sam (born 9/25/11) and Nora (born 1/5/14). We also have a one-year-old Golden Retriever named Lucy. My husband works full time and goes to school part time, so life is a little bit crazy! I blog about our adventures (both in and out of the kitchen) at http://theculinarycouple.com. I hope you'll stop by to visit!

Bianca said...

Hey Mandy!, I'm Bianca, I've been following you blog for quite a while now it's one of my favorites!. I live in a small naval town called Portsmouth, in the UK. I have two littles, Kyle almost 8 and willow 2 and a husband James who is in the Navy. I'm currently a sahm but plan to go back to school this coming September and study English literature . I'd love to write children's stories one day but first I have to improve my punctuation!
I blog over at http://specklesthings.blogspot.co.uk I hope you stop by :)

Meghan said...

Hi! I'm Meghan, I am early twenties blogging from MN. You can find me at theycallhermeghan.com :)

kristy said...

I've been reading your blog so long, I feel like I know you! I just never leave comments :( I almost always catch up on my blog reading on my phone on the go. I constantly "heart" things to go back and then never remember to go back! Almost did that with this post, ha!

So, I'm Kristy. My husband, myself and our daughter, Lia live in a small town on the east coast of SC. I'm a stay at home mama and my girl just hit the age where she's in preschool and doing ballet and soccer so things are getting interesting :)

And I blog over at The Everyday ( kristyvilla.blogspot.com )

jessica | piganddac said...

Well I've commented a few times here and there, I love your blog! Actually, I enjoy your writing so much that I was going to write about your blog on my "Blog Stalking" series I do once a month, haha! You have the type of blog I could just sit and read through for an hour or two :)

I'm Jessica, I have two boys who are 3 and 1. I'm a SAHM, live in AZ. I love blogging and reading blogs and don't always comment as well, usually cause it IS a pain to comment from a phone.

jen said...

late to the party..because i read blogs from phone and it SUCH a pain to comment.

31 yr, stay at home mom of a 4, 2 and 8 month old. your blog has become one of my very favorites lately because of how real life it is. i blog every now and then but mostly for own benefit :)

Notes from a Newlywed said...

Hi there! I just found you on Bloglovin! I'm Amanda, from Fargo ND and blog about marriage and lifestyle-y things. I'm a copywriter/proofreader by day and a crazy cat lady by night:)
http://notesfromanewlywed.wordpress.com/

Julia Anderson said...
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Julia Anderson said...

You've stopped by and commented before, but I adore you so much that I needed to comment! Your blog is always at the top of my reading list and I so enjoy your writing and following your beautiful family!

I guess I would be considered a 'mommy blogger' who blogs about recipes, DIY, advice, products, and all things Myles. I am currently a SAHM to my 18 month old son, currently living in California and loving the west coast. I am also on a fitness, get healthier journey, but love carbs too much :) www.TheEverydayMomma.com

Whitney M. @ The Married Me said...

hello!

I'm Whitney. I blog from Indiana and am a Registered Nurse by day. Married to my high school sweetheart for 2 years today! I have a furbaby named Mozzie and he's the bee's knees. Find me at http://www.themarriedme.com

Mama said...

I read blogs from the phone too, which is why I never comment. I believe i found your blog through amy's a good life blog. i've been following you on bloglovin ever since. i love your posts - so true to life. i even sent one you wrote to my husband i loved it so much (it was about how life with two kids wasn't so great the day after you posted that it was.)