Monthly Archives: July 2013

25toFly on The Petecast

There isn’t a post that is better fitting to come after my last one on the Blogging Bureaucracy and doing whatever the hell you want with your blog than today’s. I’ve been yammering about it long enough, and now here it is. My first ever Podcast with Peter Dewolf on the Petecast. It was such a cool experience.

We discussed everything short of the meaning of the universe: Blogger Interactive, favorite parts of blogging, walking your cat on a leash, Myspace, internet projects, video editing (big dreams), VEDA, logistics of podcasting, dating Hanson, meeting boyfriends/girlfriends online, Long Distance Relationships, Skype booty, online dating and more. But then again, I guess these things make up the meaning of my universe.

Listen in HERE

Spread the word. Next week I am going to make an announcement about a give away, but what and why?  Guess you will find out in give or take seven days. Cheers.

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Blogging Bureaucracy

A blog is a space in which to log entries of any kind. A blogger is one who fills the spaces of his or her web log with such entries. The goal is to produce quality content that we enjoy and love. This should be the reason we begin blogging and why we continue. To produce our passions.

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In case they don’t see your tattoo.

So when did being the spectator become more important than being the producer?

When I began blogging, it was hard to ignore the blogging bureaucracy. Like most, I quickly learned the rules of the trade.  They aren’t easy to miss. Guides to blog success are posted at every major intersection of the internet like big electronic billboards: Interact with the right bloggers! Read read read! Don’t forget to comment! Participate in the blogging community! Guest post and reblog!

Got it.

So, upon the birth of 25toFly and my discovery of WordPress, I immediately found a slew of blogs that I liked and followed. I got to know the people behind them. Friendships were formed and everything was just dandy. It was like being in the popular clique that I was never a part of in high school. And it was fun.

But cliques are exclusive, and exclusivity limits the experience. I started to develop bad habits. My writing was laced with inside jokes that half of my readers couldn’t decipher. I was supporting ideas out of loyalty instead of sincerity. I found myself leaving drive-by comments. I stopped giving new blogs the time of day. I second guessed my own content if I didn’t score a certain number of likes. All of which pointed to the glaring fact that I was caught up in a popularity contest. 

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Need more thumbs.

None of this was fair of me, because none of it was me

Reading other works is important. It can inspire us, help us network with other writers and artists, and give us new perspectives, but without balance and authenticity, it can be detrimental to our own growth.

I was so caught up in what everyone else was doing, that I severely neglected my blog. There was so much to read and so many opportunities to seize. By the time I finished chiming in on everyone else’s conversations, writing a post of my own felt like trying to backstroke through peanut butter. So I wouldn’t write anything at all. The next day, the cycle would begin again as soon as I opened my reader, spinning me around like my shoestrings were tied to a high speed merry-go-round.

I had enough. I fell hush.

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Pleading the fifth

My comments resembled crumbs, and my Gravatar was practically an apparition. At first, I worried. Were all of the people reading my blog only there because I read theirs in return? Is my blog a stinking pile of uncovered cat poop without my comment reciprocation? Will I vanish into an internet black hole never to be “Liked” again? But then, I realized that it didn’t matter, because even if my thoughts rang true, I’d still be blogging.

To my surprise, detaching myself from the noise for a while allowed me to enjoy blogging like I did before the need to be liked took over. When I finally returned to the conversations, I made sure they were the ones I really wanted to be a part of and that my engagement was genuine.

You see, we are all worthy of the Blogger title, whether we are the next Mark Twain or just want to post pictures of our cats. Your blog is yours. Show it some love, and don’t compare it to everyone else’s. Produce what you love, whatever that may be, and make it your priority. Without it, your blog doesn’t exist. So let’s put the blogging bureaucracy to rest. Your blog, your rules.

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Jack’s Encore Presentation

Somehow I knew Jack would become a viral sensation before me. Sigh. Live it up buddy, but if I catch you doing cocaine off of some stripper I am calling this whole thing off.

Event Itinerary Now Available

Everyone: BI is going to grow exponentially in the year to come, and you will want to say you were there when it began. If you haven’t already seen the new Blogger Interactive official site and blog, then [insert harsh comment about slackers here]. Jen and I have not only been hard at work putting together the site, and squaring away some very special honorary guest to speak to us, but we finally have a full itinerary set for the weekend. Please check it out and RSPV!

Blogger Interactive

We’re amazed how far we’ve come in the few months we’ve been planning Blogger Interactive. What started out as a small group of people hanging out has since turned into an event that will be both fun and educational.

While we had many of the major details figured out early on, there were still a few lingering items we needed to check off our list. The question we’ve been asked most as of recently is, “We know it’s in Austin, but where?” We’re happy to announce that we finally have a schedule of events for you.

Drumroll please…

Meet and Greet

Location: 508 Tequila Bar

Address: 508 East 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Date: October 25th

Time: 8pm-10pm

Featured Guest Speaker Sessions

Meet the speakers

Location: Faulk Central Library

Address: 800 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701

Date: October 26th

Time: 11am-1pm

Send Off Party

Location: HANGAR Lounge

Address: 318…

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Conversations with Cats

Jack is on a tirade in Michigan. WARNING: cat puke.

Two for Tuesday

Good Morning Flysters. It’s been a busy month in the world of long john wearing red heads between the launch of Blogger Interactive, getting settled in to my new home, and painting Jack’s fingernails. But today I am sharing with you a few other things that have been keeping me busy.

the indie chicks and exp adventures

Today marks my very first article published on the EXP Adventures blog which coincides with my first vlogging debut on The Indie Chick’s YouTube channel. I think I just knocked regular YouTube Tuesday all the way into next Monday.

If you aren’t familiar with these sites, here is your chance to not only check out these outstanding sites, but support your girl at the same time.

I’ve been lucky enough to be in correspondence with the founder of EXP Adventures for about a year now, from whom I have received incredible support, advice, and motivation. So my excitement level about being included in the EXP group of writers is topping that of my upcoming birthday celebrations… for the next five years.

EXP is all about providing daring travelers with challenging and culturally rich experiences. They not only offer their busy viewers the opportunity for truly adventurous, yet attainable travels, but also bring in interested parties with a warm embrace of insight. The Adventures Blog provides vivid views of the all-encompassing EXP travels accompanied by well written, informative, and entertaining articles that resonate with its audacious readers.  Please head on over to read my article on staying connected during travels entitled Destination WiFi Wasteland.

Many of you are already familiar with The Indie Chicks. How could you not be? IC is the sexy offspring of some of the internet’s best woman super heroes, not to mention the most devoted blog supporters out there.  I’ve been a contributor there for almost a year now, but this will be my first comedy video on their YouTube channel. Watch How to Move Long Distance below!

Don’t think that all of the fun is over after today either. I’ve added a special new widget in the sidebar where you can see what is coming up on 25toFly. So many first are ahead, and I am gladly letting you all watch me giving up my V card. I hope you enjoy it Flysters. It will certainly be a month to remember.

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Blogger Interactive is in Full Force

Y’all remember all of that Blogger Summit (formerly Blogger Meetup) hype from a while back? Well the event has a whole new name, and a brand new look! Make sure to follow our new website to stay up-to-date on events, venue locations, and other BI-related news. October is going to be one for the books, so make sure you get your butt there!

Blogger Interactive

Those of you who follow Becca from 25toFly and Jen from Sips of Jen and Tonic know that there has been some serious buzz about a blogger meetup going on for the past few months. The event was proposed, locations and dates were thrown out, and a vote was taken. Excitement ensued.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the idea for an event like this came about after we kept seeing blog posts detailing meet ups between individual bloggers. That got us to wondering if there was a way to get all of our favorite people in the same place at the same time. It was then we decided to create a larger event to help more bloggers connect beyond their URLs.

In honor of the awesomeness of this event, we decided to give Blogger Summit (formerly Blogger Meetup) a major makeover, and are excited to announce the launch…

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Shakoolie: The Ultimate Shower Beer Experience

Some of you may remember when I shared the glorious secret to the perfect shower a while back. Apparently the shower (and beer) gods were listening, because just a few weeks ago a shower beer entrepreneur contacted me. If you haven’t heard of the universe shattering invention that is the Shakoolie, you are about to flip your shower caddie upside down and hump your shower curtain in sheer bliss.

The Shakoolie is a beer holder on steroids that sticks to the wall of your shower out of the soap and water while keeping it cool.

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Holding your beer in the shower is for amateurs.

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I wish there was a solution!

When the experts of sipping and shampooing (inventors of the almighty Shakoolie) found me, an obvious shower beer advocate, and offered to send me my very own Shakoolie, my faith in serendipity was immediately restored. I knew I had to share my gift with the world. It was a crisp 8:00 am when I opened my mail box to hear angels singing and an entrancing halo emanating from inside. My Shakoolie had arrived.

After ripping open the concise packaging like a pathetic strong-woman competition, I was surprised at just how easy the set up appeared.

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Two steps. Two seconds. Too fucking cool.

Naturally, I have been keeping a reserve of canned Coors and some bottles of Heineken freshly stocked in the fridge like a kid hoarding cookies for the arrival of Santa ever since the news came of my impending shipment. I wanted to have options for testing. After all, this is technically a review rave.

I’ll be honest, upon sliding my full heiny into the shower, pun intended, I was slightly nervous about the give of the Velcro holding my nectar. But just as the brotastic Shakoolie logo didn’t disappoint me, neither did the Velcro. I took a good, solid fifteen minute shower. Temperature: boiling (the shower not the beer, dumb ass). Not as much as a single fiber gave way on the genius shower wall mount.

I haven’t even mention yet how the eradication of watered down shower beer has changed my life.

Before the Shakoolie, I looked like this trying to enjoy my shower beer:

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For every watery beer, an angel loses its wings

Now when I shower with my beer, I look like this:

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Thanks to Shakoolie, I no longer have to shower with an umbrella! Thanks Shakoolie!

Let’s face it, this product steals the lunch money of stocking stuffers everywhere. Not only did the creators put a genius twist on your average coozie and actually make it with quality materials good enough to withstand the slip and slide of your bathroom waterfall, but they even offer 007 shit like the Hidden Shot Flask and the Flask Tie. I’ve never wanted to wear a tie so badly in my life.

Thanks to Shakoolie for the free gift. I will cheers my bathroom wall every time I enjoy my brew there. The guys behind this thing are just the type of entrepreneurs I will always support, and not just because alcohol. I seriously think that this is a blast of a product. In fact, I know exactly what I am buying for everyone for every holiday and every birthday for the next year. For now, I am off to have my third shower of the day. Happy Monday Flysters!

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