Your stats go into the clinker.
Well, sometimes “real life” needs to ride shotgun in the pickup truck. Last weekend, I met some wonderful women bloggers from Oklahoma. I drove all the way out to the Lazy W Ranch way over on the other side of central, rural Oklahoma. If you visit the other bloggers listed below, you’ll see that the star of the meeting was M.I.A., a Toulouse goose who had a thing for Rose. However, I was all about the chickens and the baby buffalo. Only in Oklahoma would a blogger meeting also feature a buffalo. Seriously.
I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was energizing. We had all ages and ranges from the blogosphere, and I loved talking to Oklahoma women because, honestly, I miss my Red Dirt Sisters. Working full time writing, I don’t get out as much as I once did. If I’m not writing, I’m helping people with their gardens, taking care of kids, or working in my own plot.
Although we all blog about different topics, we all had one thing in common. That spark of creativity which led us to blog in the first place. We have passion.
There were lots of funny tweets from the Bloggers Ball, as it was named by Katie J. My personal favorite was “Write drunk and edit sober.” Although I don’t drink, I still get it. Don’t you?
I think I put everyone on my blogroll, but you might miss them there. So, if you have a hankerin’ to visit with some Oklahomans other than little ole me, here’s your chance. They’re great girls . . . everyone one of them.
Kelly from the Red Dirt Chronicles with her co-bloggers, tells us the what’s going on in Oklahoma. She is also the one who put this shindig together. Thanks so much Kelly for inviting us. Great bloggers abound in Oklahoma.
Marie from The Lazy W who was the hostess with the mostest. She really was. She made the most awesome alcohol-free sangria I’ve ever tasted. Perhaps, she’ll share the recipe one day on her blog? Her house is also the cutest, and she made everyone feel at home.
Allison from Refunk my Junk. She is a businesswoman superb, a blogger and crafter who turns stuff from Craigslist and other venues into to fun stuff you can actually use and abuse.
Brooke, an Agriculture expert from Rural Gone Urban, who took a chance with an online job listing for a social media expert and is now working for the Chickasaw Nation. How cool is that? She’s a great example of how you can step out there and make your dreams come true. Read her story.
Rose from Roserock, Oklahoma. You know I’m gonna love anyone named Rose. My mama’s name is Rose, and of course, it’s my fave flower. Also, where else in the world can you find red rose rocks? Only here baby. Only here. Rose keeps her personal stuff separate from her day job, but her writing is worth traveling for. She is a generous soul and knows a ton about social media and how to use it.
Katie from Dishin’ and Dishes. I’ve been watching Katie on KFOR and Freedom 43 for awhile now and reading her tweets and personal/professional blog. I recognized her, but she didn’t know she’d been reading me too. She’s got a new book coming out in a few months where she gives us the scoop on all the fantastic food to be found here. Oh, and there is lots of great food in Oklahoma. I didn’t get this body from eating Twinkies.
Laura from The Steen Style who is also a decorator. I just read her piece on her new wood floors, and boy-oh-boy, they are beautiful, but I’ve laid those suckers myself. I could see all the hard work she and her husband put into them, and it took me back to when Bill and I remodeled our log home.
Sonya, from Beyond the Screen Door, another wonderful decorator. I see a theme here, and perhaps, I should write about decorating or food instead of gardening. Nah, gardening is my first love, and if you saw my house, you’d know I’m no decorator. More of a collector really. Anyway, Sonya’s piece on damask was so interesting. I loved it.
Some of us had blogged for a long time–long in terms of blogging anyway. Others were just starting. We talked of juggling all the parts of our lives. Something women have struggled with throughout time. We also discussed staying true to ourselves and our unique voices. It was a beautiful spring day in the middle of winter, and in the midst of the sunshine and blue skies, a wave of fresh spring air blew on the Oklahoma wind.