What’s the best thing I did last year? I survived to tell the tale of the birth of my one and only child – baby Sam. The birth itself was not so fantastic. Meeting the little boy that hung out with me for 9 months as a mystery was the fantastic part. But another awesome thing I did last year was to be a part of the inaugural year of Quirky Girls Read.
I have been blogging solo for a little over three years. I can do whatever I want there. Including not posting anything for weeks at a time because the best thing I did last year demands my constant attention. Over here on this group blog, I live within a democratic structure. I am counted on to provide content and interaction. This means that when the best thing I did last year takes a blessed nap, I use that time to do my part for the Quirky Girls. But what it also means is that when the best thing I did last year refuses to give me time to read, write or think, my Quirky Girls step in for me to keep this group effort going. Much better than having a Christmas post sitting up on my personal blog through the end of January. No one has my back on my solo site.
Group blogging, when the group likes each other, is a brilliant way to blog. We have constant content up for consideration without having to constantly create it all alone. We present a rainbow of opinions on as many genres as your library or bookstore can catalogue. We bring in our own bloggy friends from our solo sites, and they get to congregate here and meet folks from very different walks of life.
But we don’t just each have our own handful of scheduled posts to produce and then move on our merry way. We conspire to read and review things together, to develop features together, to participate in each others challenges, and to leave comments for each other. Between us, we also manage to figure out the technological challenges the blogosphere presents.
I have learned so much through Quirky Girls Read. I have added lots and lots of intriguing books to my hopeful pile of titles to get to some day when the best thing I did last year graduates from high school. I have been introduced to new-to-me authors. I have been encouraged to venture within genres I previously snubbed. And I have discovered that a thespian Texan and her Chaucer obsessed BFF sister, an RV loving grandmother in the Pacific Northwest, a yoga loving vegetarian adjusting to the Arizona weather and a sports loving lunatic from Boston have WAY more in common than you might think. Quirky Girls rule.
Thanks for supporting us in our first year! Be sure to take part in our celebratory giveaways and stick around for all kinds of quirky fun lined up for the year to come.