Ode to the Bloggess

I don’t really need to tell you how awesomely cool the Bloggess is. If you don’t know of whom I speak then go, check out her site while I wait here.

(update:For, cough, technical reasons the links have been spread a little further into the post. This may change at a future time, that is all.)

You’re not coming back are you? (Note to self: in the future place links to awesomeness at the end of your post.) I’ve mentioned my fondness for all things bloggess before, on my post about pioneer woman. But I never went on very long there, and that’s because I felt that she deserved her own post. I had writing this in the back of my head for a while now.

I’ll admit that I know my blog is a blimp in world of blogmania- I’m fairly invisible at the moment, so a tribute to the Bloggess when so many tributes have probably been written by other better known bloggers or individuals, it’s not a huge deal. So why bother? Because I know what I like and I gush when I like, be warned. (Also, the husband has asked that I stop waiving my Ipod under his nose after I’ve read a Bloggess post. “Read this, read this now! It’s lovely and wonderful and it has zombies in it!” I scream

“Lyd, I’ll have a look later- um, can you get out of the restroom now? Thanks.” he answers (And he never looks! He has no idea what he’s missing out on.)

1. The Bloggess knew that unicorns and zombies were cool before anyone else did. I don’t have the facts to back this up- but I feel it in my gut. Any “proof” that you have to state otherwise will be disregarded. I said it will be disregarded!

2. The Bloggess has very useful information about surviving the zombie apocalypse. Very useful, take notes.

3. The Bloggess isn’t afraid to talk about when her heart has shattered. Her collecting bird cages post struck a huge chord with me. She has the unique ability to both bring you to tears with laughter and also to tears in shared pain. And sometimes? She does both those things in one post!

4. The Bloggess has the best name for a blogger Ever. You can tell how much I like her name by the number of times I’ve used it in this post. Sorry about that- but you  find it soothing and lyrical, no?

5. The red dress post. Go, read it. It will inspire you as it has inspired so many people. People who never dared to dare because of the little voice inside of their head that said,” this isn’t done, what will people say? What will people think? ” The red dress post is magic for so many because it says find your red dress, the thing that will make you most happy,help you live up to the awesomeness inside yourself.

And lastly, but without a number- The Christmas Gift Card Miracle of 2010. This stands or could stand alone on it’s own merit. I was going to write about this on my What made it finally feel like Christmas post, but I felt it deserved it’s own space, along with the other things that make not only the Bloggess remarkable but those who read her as well. It started when the Bloggess offered 20 thirty dollar giftcards to the first twenty people to comment on how they didn’t know how they would be able to celebrate Christmas this year. And then a funny thing happened, people began to offer to take care of the 21st person, and then the 22nd…what happened from that point was like a made for TV Christmas special but a hundred times better.

I know I’ve said this before but if you want to know my true turning point this year, the thing that made me realize that this is in fact Christmas, and that for all the darkness out in the world there is still more light, this was it. And I really mean that. I know people go crazy this time of year. It’s buy, buy, buy with little substance- I know you may think that that has ruined Christmas. It’s made it commercial, it’s all about the stuff- but this showed me that people still care about each other. And you may think a giftcrad for presents or Christmas dinner is not the most important thing but it is in fact important. It’s more then just a gift or a special meal. It’s someone, a virtual stranger saying to someone else, you matter. And you may have struggled this year and felt like the world was against you, you may have felt unimportant but, you are important. You are important enough to have a present for your child or the little things that we sometimes take for granted, but that make life worth living. A special time for the family to come together and find solace in a world that’s sometimes less then comforting. People still care about one another. In times when they are needed they still band together. And that, that not only makes we appreciate this Christmas, it makes me appreciate this world and the chance we’ve all been given. So, God bless us everybody-a Merry Christmas to all.

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19 Thoughts on “Ode to the Bloggess

  1. craig @09thehippy on December 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm said:

    It has truly been an amazing and inspirational ride over the last few days. And from one minion to another I know that I dont have to sell you on the virtues of all that has happened. You were there too. I’m from Australia so the time zone is off by quite a few hours. Throughout this epic event I have been going to bed late and getting up very early so I could see as much of this unfold in real time as I possibly can. Totally worth it.

    Really glad that you wrote this Ode to The Bloggess. I bet that she will be thrilled to read it.
    Have a great Christmass.
    Craig/minion.

    • :) I love when I come across people who understand what I’m talking about. Luckily, there’s the Bloggess and I feel like understanding her awesome is pretty easy- or at least it should be. This is certainly a Christmas that I’ll remember- I like you had to keep going back to read updates. And thank you for sharing that Washington Press link-How crazy was that? Unbelievably wonderful and crazy.
      Have a great Christmas too!
      Lydia/minion (there should be Bloggess minion t-shirts or a secrect handshake or something shouldn’t there?

  2. I’m prepping your post for tomorrow so I thought I’d pop in and say hi, then you go and make me cry again! My family received help thanks to the Blogess and I am so very grateful.

    • I’m so happy that you were helped- you really really deserve it! I have a lot of respect for moms like you that may struggle but still keep their head up and keep trucking on. I know you’re going to school now and that, that is going to impact their lives for the better too. Remember that if it ever seems overwhelming. (And thank you again for sharing me with your readers)

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  4. SHE IS AMAZING! And you’re pretty cool, too. ;) I found you from the Washington Post article that I found through the Bloggess, so you’re on your way to stardom! Happy holidays!

    • I’m so happy you came by-and thank you so much! :) Even if this is short lived, I’m pretty siked to even have been mentioned at all. The story just really touched me. Happy Holidays to you too!

  5. Tim@sogeshirts on December 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm said:

    So cool I just saw your blog posted in the Washington Post and clicked over here from it. The Blogess does rock and I agree that is a very cool sounding blog name. The gift card idea was amazing. So awesome that she gave back and all her readers did too.

    I think you summed it up perfectly as far as it feeling like Christmas now. Unselfish giving is truly remarkable and reminds everyone what the holiday is all about.

    • I’m still a little overwhelmed by the mention to be honest. You’re right, it’s easy to forget what makes Christmas Christmas sometimes-but seeing things like this happen, it just restores your faith in the goodness of people.

  6. I have to say, every time I come to here there is another
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  7. Which post is about collecting bird cages? I’m trying to find it, but can’t seem to…

  8. You just made my whole morning. Thank you!

    • (eeeek!) You kinda just made my month! :D But no worries, I’m much too lazy to become an actual stalker or groupie, I’ll just admire from cyber world. Thank you so much for coming by!

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