Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thoughts on the Pay-It-Forward Blogfest

Friday dawned dark and drear in the Pacific Northwest. But what was outside my window was not mirrored on my computer screen. On-screen, it was fireworks, mariachi music, a veritable fiesta. Yes, friends, it was the Pay-It-Forward Blogfest, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh and Matt MacNish. Over 250 blogs did the linky-link thing (which actually caused me to take a big GULP! I mean, that's a heckuva lot of bloghopping.)

I will shamefully admit that I have yet to hop to all the linky-linked blogs. In fact, I've been to but a fraction of them, such is the craziness of my life at the moment. (Can anyone say, The Cybils?) But a goodly number of people came my way even before I'd set foot through their own portal.

Here's what happened: I started the day with 93 followers, a number I'd been stuck on for months. By the end of the weekend, I had 27 new members in my stupendous posse, for a total of 120. I also had 24 comments. What was even nicer is that Shannon O'Donnell had put my Middle Grade Mafioso blog forward as one of her three blogs to visit. So Don Vito woke to a wealth of new followers too.

But the best thing of all is not the number of followers, the comments, and all the razzamatazz. The best thing is getting to meet so many new bloggers. And in doing so, having the potential of making some new friends. I mean, 20 months ago, when I began blogging, I never imagined I'd be doing all the things I'm doing with so many supportive, funny, interesting, and just plain wonderful people by my side.

It takes a blogosphere, people.


  1. Absolutely! "Pay It Forward" was incredible. I found so many new blogs and they found me. A win win!

  2. Yeah, who needs a village anyway?
    jk --It WAS really fun.

  3. If even one new follower evolves into a friend, it will all be worth it.

  4. I haven't managed to visit many either, but will slowly work toward it over the next month. So many new and exciting souls to meet. It was amazing and fun.

  5. I didn't get to them all either. But I did my best as I'm sure you did.

    I met a lot of people on my blog and through the blogfest. I did add quite a few new blogs to my enormous list, but many were people I've seen around in comments. It was definitely worth it.

  6. I was late to the party on this one, but I wouldn't have had the time, unfortunately. I'm glad you were able to take advantage and meet new bloggers. It really is quite a supportive community!


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