(This post contains gratuitous repetitions of the phrase “FatAss.” Please don’t get your knickers in a twist about it. It's someone's bloghandle.)
SOOOOOOOO CLOSE. But no cigar.
So I can’t celebrate all party style like I wanted to today.
But this blog isn’t just about celebrating weight loss success. We can also celebrate the fact that I’m getting less neurotic. And that’s almost as good as losing weight.
I’ve been learning to use the twitter. But there are some things I just couldn’t grasp. They use completely different lingo than facebook does. (Not to mention the 140 character limit. I don’t appreciate limits on my commentary.) I would read about HOW to do things, but I’m one of those people that learns by hearing and doing. (ie: I can’t read music, but play by ear.) And because of this, I was totally loose. (EDIT: I was LOST. Not loose. But that's pretty funny!)
Enter my buddy, Mrs. FatAss. She offered to schedule a call and walk me through the basics. (Bless her for offering.)
I first came into contact with Mrs. FatAss because we are going to be at FitBloggin together. We are both on the speaking roster, but I’m just a lowly panel member. She’s going to be in charge of ME. (poor girl, she has no idea what she’s in for…) Nevertheless, I have been trying to reach out of my comfort zone and network with some of the folks I’ll be meeting. And there’s a whole lot of them.
But Mrs. FatAss is one of my particular favorites. She’s REAL, and if you read her blog at all, you know what I mean. There’s no pretending. And she’s FUNNY AS HECK.
Still, there is this part inside of me that freaked out about the call. Mostly because I have learned just because you are friends on line with someone, doesn’t mean when you are face to face (or phone to phone) that you will have things to discuss. Sometimes, phone calls can just be awkward. Especially when I’m on the other end.
When it comes to meeting new people, I’M A HOT MESS.
But I didn’t have to worry about talking to Mrs. FatAss. She not only made me feel right at home, but a little less crazy. And that, my friends, is a miracle in itself.
There are times that we need to reach out to people with the same struggles we have ourselves. Specifically, Mrs. FatAss understands my plight to lose weight, and deal with the underbelly of dieting via a public blog.
It’s not like you are “just” trying to lose weight. By dieting on a blog, you open yourself up to criticism, opinionated and (sometimes) uninformed comments, and a whole lot of ideas that make no sense. (Obviously none of YOU READING THIS POST are the ones I’m talking about!) But when you reach out to a person, you never know what you are going to get. You have to tread the waters with strangers carefully. So I have a tendency to avoid all contact with new folks. I stick with who I already know.
Then today, someone reached out to me and I reached back. And I’m better off for knowing her. She reminded me that we are all an important voice. We can make a difference. Mostly, that laughing TOGETHER is way better than laughing alone.
(And my twitter skills have improved significantly… Mrs. FatAss is the Twitter Ninja. Which makes her a Twinja. And I am her Ralph Macchio.)
So today, I want us to celebrate reaching out. Getting to know each other!
And I’m gonna do that with a free blog makeover- courtesy of April Showers Blog Design- who is FREAKING AWESOME AT WHAT SHE DOES. She did my blog. (And it's way better than how it looked when I did it. She made me look cool.)
Here's how you can win:
Write a post on your blog that tells us all about you. Who you are, why you blog, what your blog’s main message is, and why your blog needs a makeover. Leave me a link on here and I will come visit you! Then we will pick the top 3 that need a makeover and WE WILL VOTE! Blogs have to be linked up by Sunday night (Jan 9th) at 11:59 pm CST so we can look around this week and pick our top 3. And we all will vote on Friday, Jan 14th.
(linky program will be up shortly at the bottom of this post)
Because Blogging is about community. It’s about branching out. Reaching. Friending. Sharing.
Just like Mrs. FatAss did with me today.
And I want to share that gift.
So get to blogging and let us know who you are!