Today’s assignment is quite an interesting one where we are encouraged to find a blogging buddy. Subsequently, if appropriate, plan to publish guest posts on one another’s blog.
I feel like I’m in primary school all over again.
The part when you see other kids playing, and you are standing quietly in the corner, hoping someone would notice you and ask you if you want to play. Your eyes would light up, and in your excitement, get overtly enthusiastic about it all.
And, if you realise no one notices you, you go up to the one kid who also happens to be standing alone (or not!) in the corner, walk over, extend your hand, and with a shy smile on your face, ask in a low voice in anticipation of yes as the answer with, “Would you like to be my friend?”
Or if you are the shameless type, you’ll just walk upfront to the crowd and holler, “Who wants to play with me???”
And if there is no one to play with you, you retreat back into your corner, hang your head in disappointment because you think nobody likes you and then start playing with the little dusts that had settled around you and having conversations with yourself.
My first thought to a buddy trailed off to a good friend of mine, Estelea, who got me hooked on this Blogging University thing. I told her that of course, she could say no, but that would left me sobbing hard in despair!
This assignment, if anything, is actually out of my comfort zone, but I figured, sometimes, it really is just about that – getting out of your comfort zone. Excuse me while I cringe and shudder at myself while at this because calling out for people to be my buddy or talking to random strangers is just something I don’t do.
While scrolling through conversations wondering how other people go about this assignment, I stumbled upon several links from other bloggers who are hosting events on their site – an assignment which I decided to skip as I don’t think I have anymore bandwidth to host an event on my site.
The thing is, while trolling around these events, I found a few interesting initiatives which I thought I really like. But, somehow, along the way, forgot where I have stumbled upon them because I have been too distracted to save them all in my bookmarks and thinking that my mighty brain would remember them all. Dead wrong!
So, this is my effort to not only help me remember where those events are held, but to also spread the love so you can check them out and see if you want to participate in their events. These are a few of my favourites because they are so easy and fuss-free to take part in:
Living Intentionally Simple – Not quite an event per se, but Sereiland takes guest-post based on her blog schedule and if you think you have something that you want to write, but don’t quite fit your own blog, she’s open to featuring guest blogger. I owe her a piece and I need to get round to that!
And then, there’s the bit about getting on to other blogging platform and one of the recurring to-be or not-to-be questions is getting on bloglovin. Michelle Webber one of the hosts running Blogging University gave a good run-down on what bloglovin is all about here. From something I thought that isn’t quite necessary (what?! not another platform to explore! My head is about to explode!), Michelle left me contemplating on it. Dammit.
So here’s to getting out of your comfort zone and exploring the unknown! Here’s to linking up and making new friends. May your head don’t ever explode and may the force be with you.
And oh! By the way, would you like to be my buddy….*soft, tiny voice*. I promise I won’t cry a river if you say no…:D
I don’t think I’ll host an event, but I will, however, be more than happy to link you up here or feature your posts if you would have me. All you need to do is ask. See you around!