Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Social v1

Sunday Social

Happy Sunday! Last night I went to bed at a ridiculously early hour, which resulted with me up at another ridiculously early hour! Oh well, I am really glad I did that. I love waking up early, making coffee and laying in bed reading/writing blogs while everyone else is still asleep. It is so peaceful!

Last time I was here I blogged about my awful week. Well, the week got worse, but I'll blog about that tomorrow. Luckily, the weekend was better. It was relaxing, low key and my alma mater, Iowa State University beat their biggest rival, University of Iowa yesterday, 9-6! ISU and Iowa have been rivals for many years, and ISU is an underdog usually. They're growing each year now that they have a passionate and dedicated coach, so it is really exciting for them right now!

So, today I am linking up with Neely at A Complete Waste of Makeup for her weekly meme called, Sunday Social. I don't usually post on weekends anymore, but I really liked these questions all about blogging!

1. What is the name of your blog and how did you come up with it?
A Little Pink in the Cornfields – I have had this blog since 2008 and I used to be pretty into the color pink. If it came in pink, I wanted it. I also live in Iowa, which is known for its corn. The ironic thing is… I do not live on a farm. I do live near cornfields, but that is just because the city I live in is a mid sized city and everyone lives near cornfields somehow! I am a city girl through and through and would be lost on a farm!

2. What do you love most about blogging?
Connecting with other people and getting to know them through their writing and what they put on their blog. I truly believe that the person we put forth on our blogs is our best self and who we want to be in life and there is something about that that just gives me chills because I am someone that is awkward in person, at first. Blogging gives me a chance to show who I really am. I have met the most amazing people and made some lifelong friends through blogging and I am so grateful for it.

3. What are your 2 favorite posts that you’ve written?
·      Goodbye Club Libby Lu: this post about when I lost my job and when the company I worked for and was in love with, shut its doors for good. It is still the hardest thing I have ever had to do in life, and I still cannot talk about it without choking up. I literally still feel like a loved one died, which in a way, it did.
·      Top 10 Ways College Has Changed in 10 Years: Yeah... it's been almost TEN years since I wore a cap and gown and received my bachelor's degree (oy) and it has bee over ten years since I started college. I liked this list that I came up with after starting my master's program. There are so many differences for college students today!

4. What is something you would want to tell someone just starting out in the blog world?
That there WILL be people that do not like you and your blog and that you have to have somewhat of a thick skin. There are a lot of pot-stirrers EVERYWHERE and that includes electronically. I find it’s best to just ignore those folks… ;)

5. Biggest blogging learning experience you’ve had.
That you cannot possibly be friends with everyone. I see blogging friends of mine, friends with people I don’t know yet and I used to feel this need to get to know them too. Blogging and maintaining meaningful friendships through this platform is time consuming and it is not possible to be in touch with everyone. It sounds so obvious, but us women… we think we can do it all! ;)

6. Give us 3 blogs that we NEED to be following that you love.  
I love the “big” bloggers, but I love the smaller mid sized bloggers that don’t make it their mission to up their readership each week so much.  No offense if that's what you're here for, whatever floats your boat, it’s just not what I’m here for. Three mid size blogs that I have read for years, completely adore and are very well respected are:

Lisa’s Yarns – Since reading Lisa’s blog she has turned into a dear IRL friend. Luckily, she is only about three hours away from me and I get to catch up with her in real life several times throughout the year. She is under the weather this weekend and could really use your prayers to get better, so please add her to your list!

L.A. to LA – Shoshanah is a California girl transplanted into Louisiana, she’s a big reader like me and we have very similar taste. She just got married last week, too!

Wearing Mascara – Julie is one of the sweetest bloggers I have ever “met” and I have a feeling that her and I are a lot alike "in real life." Her blog is one that I have read since I began blogging several years ago and I adore her positive outlook on life. She also works in the education fields like me! 

That's it for me today! I'm hoping to get in my 8 mile long run today and then get in a lot of studying, because I haven't picked up a book in two days... Whoops. 

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!


Nicholl Vincent said...

i so agree that we put the best version of ourselves on our blogs!

New follower!

Have a great Sunday! Come say hi at :)

Shoshanah said...

Yeah! Thank you for the shout-out!

And I love your answer to number 2. Yes, I do feel like my blog is me, but I only share what I want to share so I obviously make myself look in the best life. It do feel pretty much socially awkward, which is so much of the reason why I like blogging because I can have the social interaction without all the awkwardness. ha!

Michele Falcone said...

Its so true about the friendships forged. We even started a pen pal club, between Instagram + blogging, to keep in touch. Its awesome!

When you have a moment, swing by my blog. I have an awesome new feature, Teach Me Something Thursday + it would be a great way for you to meet some of my wonderful readers.

Here's to a wonderful week ahead!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Aw, thanks for featuring me! That was so sweet of you! I am so glad that blogging brought us together! I really value your friendship and always know I can turn to you when I need support/encouragement/virtual high fives! :)

I agree about the lesson you've learned - we don't have time to be best friends with everyone. It's a hard truth to swallow at times, but with our busy lives, we can't connect on the same level with everyone.

Taylor said...

I agree too with putting your best self on your blog. And also agree with the blog snobs/haters. That was a huge eye opener for me. I haven't experienced it personally but see it happening on twitter. So sad!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

You are so right! I think at first I would go to blogs that I liked and see who commented on theirs and try to go to all of their blogs and that became a wicked spiral of blogs that I just couldn't keep up with and it was stressing me out. I felt like I was "neglecting" people, but they didn't even know I was there! Or gone! But in my mind I was letting them down or something. I had to get over that!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Great advice!!! I love L.A. to LA!