Walking on Sunshine blog hop party – for the Faaaabulous

One thing I have found in my ten months of blogging and e-meeting so many diverse people is the variety of ways people help you widen your circle of contacts.

It’s like a fantasy cocktail party; as you enter the blogroom, as tentatively as at any cocktail party where you know no, or only a couple of guests hoping for a friendly face or two in the sea of unknowns you know are out there. You make a hopeful stab at approaching one or two others, who might themselves look a little lost – only a few followers, a rather coy set of widgets adorning their sleeve – but all the time you are aware of the popular set, floating effortlessly across fifteen likes and twenty seven commentsย in the first hour of a post, and you know that couldn’t ever be you.

And there the analogy ends.

In real life you cling to your fellow wall-hangers trying and failing not to look like you’d prefer to be with one of the glamour groups, tinkling with confidence.

In the blogroom it is so very different. People approach you. They encourage you. They bring you into their chats, they engage. Sure they have a lot of followers but they want you to have the same; they want you to see a link that is complimentary to a piece you posted. The thing is they don’t hoard their contacts, they aren’t jealous of you interacting with another blogger who they also know. There’s plenty of room and time and the e-Prosecco and rather fine sparkling e-lderflower (for we teetotallers) flows effortlessly as do you on the coat tails of the experienced and the well-informed. And if you commit a faux-pas – the blogging equivalent of farting in the presence of Royalty (‘Did you fart in front of the Queen?’ ‘Oh goodness, I never realised it was Her Majesty’s turn’) – you are not shunned but provided, free, with some perfect remedy.

And that’s where these sorts of blog hoppity-doodahs come in.

This one is the concept (conceit?) of Brighton & Hove’s Blogging Equivalent of an E-National Treasure – Hugh Roberts (here) but I’ve been name checked by the prolific and polymathic Sue Vincent (here). If you don’t know these two, go and have a rummage ; I really do defy you not to like them and find something fascinating to keep you engaged.

And so the purpose of walking on sunshine is to introduce you to bloggers you may not know.

Some are easy to pass on – I’ve followed them and they’ve engaged with this blog for what seems like my forever – they are the glitterati in the centre of my blogroom – but if you don’t know them go chase them down.

Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch and on Elmira’s Pond, Norah Colvin spreading wisdom from her chalk board in busy Brisbane, Anne Goodwin who is, second to none, the best book reviewer of new authors going (as well as my longest serving blogmate and undoubtedly the reason I’m here today), Sarah Brentyn, who seems permanently snowed in but still finds time to be the driest wit on the web and Dylan Hearn who is a super author of two cracking books but also the supplier of many good tips on self publishing – I think, other than the remarkable Chris Graham and his ape colony (I refuse to accept his blog is the work of one primate) Dylan is the most generous with his paying it forward initiative and sharing his accumulated wisdom (of which there is tonnes – are tonnes? Bugger grammar).

Some are new to me (though ancient in blog years) and that freshness demands I hand them forward and expose them to your curious gaze. There’s Esther Newton and her varied weekly diet of prompts tips and marketing advice, Elizabeth at Autism Mom with her stiletto sharp insights into the world of living with a child on the Autism Spectrum and the constant joys and fascinating moments that come with that challenge, Sacha Black and her bundle of nervous energy and constant CAPITALS as she fires out ideas and information for us all to benefit from and RachelSquirrel, an Aussi in Aberdeen sharing her daily musings with wit and wisdom.

And then there’s a woman who I’ve been following (in a nice, non stalking way) for a long while, who wrote easily the most challenging and stunning read I’ve had this last twelve months and who has both shown me some fantastic ways to increase the readership of my book as well as providing some laugh out loud moments this last year, especially involving a pet rat and a dislocated shoulder. If you don’t know Lori Shafer and if you haven’t visited her site, do. And if you want a read that is unputdownable, then you have to try her memoir ‘On Hearing Of My Mother’s Death Six Years Afterย  It Happened’. A word of warning – Lori also writes ‘Humorous Erotica’ which I haven’t found the, erm, courage to go there. Not yet anyway.

Do join in. Go have a look at any you don’t know. No one mentioned here is under any obligation to do anything but if you want to name check a few bloogers, under Hugh’s Weekend of Sunshine then you have the rest of today and tomorrow to do it. But, well, I don’t suppose Hugh will object if you do it sometime next week. He is, after all is said and done, A Treasure.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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25 Responses to Walking on Sunshine blog hop party – for the Faaaabulous

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Ooh… more people ๐Ÿ™‚ Never been called a polymath before… you sure that’s only elderflower? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Sacha Black says:

    Lol, you do make me giggle. However, I am now somewhat alarmed at the thought I might of… you know… ermmm…. farted in public with all my capitals? I had no idea it was a faux pas…. either you or Hugh needs to pass me the largest glass of Vino to drown my rapidly rosing cheeks!

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  3. Thank you for gracing us with your presence Mr Geoff. I had a feeling it would not be long before you made an appearance, and here you are looking mighty fine, may I add.

    Wow, what a load of lovely guests you have bought with you. Lots to go and talk to here and I hope you and your guests get to meet lots of other fun loving’ bloggers as well.

    As far as me being a national treasure goes, I hope that does not mean I end up being locked away in the Tower of London after this blog party finishes. And yes, although this is the last day of said party, it will carry on into the week if more and more bloggers, authors, writers, photographers and astronauts, turn up. (I think the partial solar eclipse has had an effect on me…or is it the rather large glass of sherry I’ve just had?) ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. What can I say but that I’m honored to be included in such a group of fabulous writers and bloggers. Thanks, Geoff. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although…now I have that song stuck in my head. *I’m walkin’ on suuuunshine, oooh yeah!*

    I absolutely love your blog party analogy. I’ll be back to read fully and click all the clickables and meet all the people I haven’t e-met.

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  5. Autism Mom says:

    I will take that glass of e-Prosecco and raise it in respect to the greats listed here and in humble thanks for including me! “Stiletto sharp” … I *like* that … ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. lucciagray says:

    Love the analogy of meeting and interacting with blogging friends a ‘fantasy cocktail party’. I follow most of those you’ ve mentioned, and I’ll check out the rest ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Woo! All this wonderful info and introductions I shall grab a tray of cocktails and go visiting! Thanks Geoff.xxx

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  8. Hi Geoff! Great to meet you and all the blogger’s you’ve mentioned. I can’t wait to visit their blogs too. Cheers! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿท(Rose and elderflower in case you’re wondering!)

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  9. Annecdotist says:

    Thanks for the honour, Geoff. In deference to / competition with Sarah, I’m bringing Eddie Grant to the party:

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  10. Charli Mills says:

    While I was spreading symptoms, you were spreading sunshine! I’ve been in internet lock down the past week, which has not been sunny and greatly impeded my regular blogging access. Of course, it’s had me out of the house to swill coffee and find wi-fi for necessities. Thank you for always having time on your dance card to include Carrot Ranch and it’s been a delight to see you show up on Elmira Pond. I will investigate the sunny realms of the few bloggers I don’t yet know and trust your good taste, even if it is e-lderberry (tea?). Thank you!

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  11. lorilschafer says:

    Thank you for the mention, Geoff – you’re sweet, as always. And feel free to stay away from my humorous erotica – I’m afraid it would just embarrass us both ๐Ÿ˜‰

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