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One Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway – DAY THREE

My Freshly Brewed Life :: One Year Blog Anniversary and Week of Giveaways
Woo Hoo!  I cannot tell you ladies how much fun I am having at my own party.  I wish I could keep it going another week or so, but then I’d have to run out and get more prizes.  Well, it’s a good excuse to have another party soon, right?
Thank you all so much for responding to the question of the day yesterday.  I found out so much about your personality in just one word!  Some of you have inquired about how I would describe myself in just one word.  I’ve been thinking about it all day.  I did not realize how hard this would be…so hard that some of you just couldn’t do it!  I would describe myself as:  LOVER!  I am a lover of my Jesus, the sole source of my strength, joy and peace; a lover of my family, the people who, next to God, that I would rather spend all of my time with; a lover of my girlfriends, those who walk beside me in this life and support and encourage me, and make me laugh; and a lover of, well COFFEE of course!  If you know me at all you will know that I absolutely cannot function without my coffee.  And, I don’t make my own. I make horrible coffee. So I break the bank to get the good stuff! 
I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned about blogging along the way:
  • I’ve learned how important it is to just be myself.  This is hard sometimes.  I often compare myself to others and wonder if what I have to offer is worthy of reading.  But I have found that if I stay true to myself, and what God has called me to do, then I will be successful.  I have had the greatest success in finding friends like you along the path.
  • I’ve learned that it really doesn’t matter how many followers I have.  Neither does it matter how many comments I receive, or whether someone recently unsubscribed from my blog.  I do not write to gain followers.  I write to uplift and encourage women in their journey with the Lord.  That’s really all that matters.  
  • I’ve learned that I could probably add well over 1,000 blogs in my Google Reader.  There are so many fantastic blogs out there and yes, I read many.  I’ve learned that it’s okay that I don’t read them all every day.  I’ve learned that it’s important though to leave comments as often as I can, to encourage other bloggers, and to build relationship with them.  I’ve learned that I cannot be offended if someone does not comment.  We all lead busy lives and we must lead one another with grace.
  • I’ve learned that I will have uninspired days.  There are days when there is absolutely nothing happening in my life that anyone would want to read about.  It’s okay that I don’t post every day. Life happens and this is the way it is.
I’ve learned so much more, but now it’s time for the Question of the Day:
Q:
What is one thing that you’ve learned through blogging that you
could pass on to others?
I am looking forward to tomorrow!

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124 Comments

  • Reply
    Heather
    July 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I was wondering how you would describe yourself-glad you joined in too:-) A lover is a great thing to be, and I'm sure your family and friends feel that love! I also like your insight from what you've learned. It's easy to get wrapped up in watching that followers # go up and wonder why you lose one when you do. I've learned like you, to be myself. It's better for me! There's no need to put on a front about who you are and how things in your life are going-people would rather you be real about it anyways! It lets people know they're not alone in their struggles with daily life.

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    Heather
    July 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I was wondering how you would describe yourself-glad you joined in too:-) A lover is a great thing to be, and I'm sure your family and friends feel that love! I also like your insight from what you've learned. It's easy to get wrapped up in watching that followers # go up and wonder why you lose one when you do. I've learned like you, to be myself. It's better for me! There's no need to put on a front about who you are and how things in your life are going-people would rather you be real about it anyways! It lets people know they're not alone in their struggles with daily life.

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    Heather
    July 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I was wondering how you would describe yourself-glad you joined in too:-) A lover is a great thing to be, and I'm sure your family and friends feel that love! I also like your insight from what you've learned. It's easy to get wrapped up in watching that followers # go up and wonder why you lose one when you do. I've learned like you, to be myself. It's better for me! There's no need to put on a front about who you are and how things in your life are going-people would rather you be real about it anyways! It lets people know they're not alone in their struggles with daily life.

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    Heather
    July 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I was wondering how you would describe yourself-glad you joined in too:-) A lover is a great thing to be, and I'm sure your family and friends feel that love! I also like your insight from what you've learned. It's easy to get wrapped up in watching that followers # go up and wonder why you lose one when you do. I've learned like you, to be myself. It's better for me! There's no need to put on a front about who you are and how things in your life are going-people would rather you be real about it anyways! It lets people know they're not alone in their struggles with daily life.

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    ~Laura
    July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Great question – I have learned that there are many different people in this world, and that a lot of the bloggers have the same problems that I have with everyday things.

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    ~Laura
    July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Great question – I have learned that there are many different people in this world, and that a lot of the bloggers have the same problems that I have with everyday things.

  • Reply
    ~Laura
    July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Great question – I have learned that there are many different people in this world, and that a lot of the bloggers have the same problems that I have with everyday things.

  • Reply
    ~Laura
    July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Great question – I have learned that there are many different people in this world, and that a lot of the bloggers have the same problems that I have with everyday things.

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    Rachel
    July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Barbie-

    Your word fits you perfectly!

    One thing I wish I could pass on? Be yourself — who you are to be in Christ. That the numbers, comments, followers — all that truly doesn't matter.

    God bless you today!

    Rachel

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    Rachel
    July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Barbie-

    Your word fits you perfectly!

    One thing I wish I could pass on? Be yourself — who you are to be in Christ. That the numbers, comments, followers — all that truly doesn't matter.

    God bless you today!

    Rachel

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    Rachel
    July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Barbie-

    Your word fits you perfectly!

    One thing I wish I could pass on? Be yourself — who you are to be in Christ. That the numbers, comments, followers — all that truly doesn't matter.

    God bless you today!

    Rachel

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    Rachel
    July 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Barbie-

    Your word fits you perfectly!

    One thing I wish I could pass on? Be yourself — who you are to be in Christ. That the numbers, comments, followers — all that truly doesn't matter.

    God bless you today!

    Rachel

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    carissa @ lowercase letters
    July 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    A: to be yourself!!! it's easy to come across as someone better than yourself or to not be real, but then what would the point of that be?! also, it's easy to compare your life with other bloggers, but i've learned to be thankful for the life God has given me and not want anything other than His plans!

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    carissa @ lowercase letters
    July 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    A: to be yourself!!! it's easy to come across as someone better than yourself or to not be real, but then what would the point of that be?! also, it's easy to compare your life with other bloggers, but i've learned to be thankful for the life God has given me and not want anything other than His plans!

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    carissa @ lowercase letters
    July 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    A: to be yourself!!! it's easy to come across as someone better than yourself or to not be real, but then what would the point of that be?! also, it's easy to compare your life with other bloggers, but i've learned to be thankful for the life God has given me and not want anything other than His plans!

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    carissa @ lowercase letters
    July 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    A: to be yourself!!! it's easy to come across as someone better than yourself or to not be real, but then what would the point of that be?! also, it's easy to compare your life with other bloggers, but i've learned to be thankful for the life God has given me and not want anything other than His plans!

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    Kristi
    July 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Blog land is full of incredibles who love and pray for you…and we may never meet in person on this side of heaven. I love that! Also, to write what the Lord puts on your heart because you never know who needs to read it too.

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    Kristi
    July 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Blog land is full of incredibles who love and pray for you…and we may never meet in person on this side of heaven. I love that! Also, to write what the Lord puts on your heart because you never know who needs to read it too.

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    Kristi
    July 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Blog land is full of incredibles who love and pray for you…and we may never meet in person on this side of heaven. I love that! Also, to write what the Lord puts on your heart because you never know who needs to read it too.

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    Kristi
    July 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Blog land is full of incredibles who love and pray for you…and we may never meet in person on this side of heaven. I love that! Also, to write what the Lord puts on your heart because you never know who needs to read it too.

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    NanaNor's
    July 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Good morning Barbie, I love this and have found it so fun as well.
    The one thing I've learned from blogging is that you can make some of the closest best friends in the world though you've never met them. I never did pen-pals but I'm amazed at how close I feel with friends I've gotten to know online.
    Have a blessed day!
    Noreen

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    NanaNor's
    July 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Good morning Barbie, I love this and have found it so fun as well.
    The one thing I've learned from blogging is that you can make some of the closest best friends in the world though you've never met them. I never did pen-pals but I'm amazed at how close I feel with friends I've gotten to know online.
    Have a blessed day!
    Noreen

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    NanaNor's
    July 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Good morning Barbie, I love this and have found it so fun as well.
    The one thing I've learned from blogging is that you can make some of the closest best friends in the world though you've never met them. I never did pen-pals but I'm amazed at how close I feel with friends I've gotten to know online.
    Have a blessed day!
    Noreen

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    NanaNor's
    July 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Good morning Barbie, I love this and have found it so fun as well.
    The one thing I've learned from blogging is that you can make some of the closest best friends in the world though you've never met them. I never did pen-pals but I'm amazed at how close I feel with friends I've gotten to know online.
    Have a blessed day!
    Noreen

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    Melissa G.
    July 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    That these blogging friends really do becmome in real life friends. =)

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    Melissa G.
    July 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    That these blogging friends really do becmome in real life friends. =)

  • Reply
    Melissa G.
    July 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    That these blogging friends really do becmome in real life friends. =)

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    Melissa G.
    July 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    That these blogging friends really do becmome in real life friends. =)

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    Mrs. Corl
    July 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I love your word… lover! That's great cause it applies to so many things! Well being new to blogging this is a tough one, because I still feel like I'm discovering things everyday. I definitely identify with feeling like somedays I have nothing to write about and it's ok! One thing I've learned is that it is a great way to document everyday life. Even if nobody comments, or reads, or cares – hehe – It's pretty much like journaling on the computer. It's fun to go back and read old posts and see how you feel about things now. "You live life forwards and understand it backwards."

    Have a wonderful wednesday barbie!

    ps- it's also a great way to connect with people that you otherwise might not be able to meet! 😉

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    Mrs. Corl
    July 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I love your word… lover! That's great cause it applies to so many things! Well being new to blogging this is a tough one, because I still feel like I'm discovering things everyday. I definitely identify with feeling like somedays I have nothing to write about and it's ok! One thing I've learned is that it is a great way to document everyday life. Even if nobody comments, or reads, or cares – hehe – It's pretty much like journaling on the computer. It's fun to go back and read old posts and see how you feel about things now. "You live life forwards and understand it backwards."

    Have a wonderful wednesday barbie!

    ps- it's also a great way to connect with people that you otherwise might not be able to meet! 😉

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    Mrs. Corl
    July 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I love your word… lover! That's great cause it applies to so many things! Well being new to blogging this is a tough one, because I still feel like I'm discovering things everyday. I definitely identify with feeling like somedays I have nothing to write about and it's ok! One thing I've learned is that it is a great way to document everyday life. Even if nobody comments, or reads, or cares – hehe – It's pretty much like journaling on the computer. It's fun to go back and read old posts and see how you feel about things now. "You live life forwards and understand it backwards."

    Have a wonderful wednesday barbie!

    ps- it's also a great way to connect with people that you otherwise might not be able to meet! 😉

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    Mrs. Corl
    July 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I love your word… lover! That's great cause it applies to so many things! Well being new to blogging this is a tough one, because I still feel like I'm discovering things everyday. I definitely identify with feeling like somedays I have nothing to write about and it's ok! One thing I've learned is that it is a great way to document everyday life. Even if nobody comments, or reads, or cares – hehe – It's pretty much like journaling on the computer. It's fun to go back and read old posts and see how you feel about things now. "You live life forwards and understand it backwards."

    Have a wonderful wednesday barbie!

    ps- it's also a great way to connect with people that you otherwise might not be able to meet! 😉

  • Reply
    Morgan Paige
    July 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I am not alone in what is taking place in my life.

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    Morgan Paige
    July 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I am not alone in what is taking place in my life.

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    Morgan Paige
    July 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I am not alone in what is taking place in my life.

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    Morgan Paige
    July 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I am not alone in what is taking place in my life.

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    Laura aka Lolo
    July 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I learned that I am still learning! When I first started blogging I wanted my blog to look like hers no hers no hers (get my point) then I realized my blog is just like ME growing and changing. What I want to be is an encourager to at least post something that will help someone learn about what a loving God we have. Oh and sometimes followers follow and you don't even know they do, just like life right? Be an example of Love.

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    Laura aka Lolo
    July 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I learned that I am still learning! When I first started blogging I wanted my blog to look like hers no hers no hers (get my point) then I realized my blog is just like ME growing and changing. What I want to be is an encourager to at least post something that will help someone learn about what a loving God we have. Oh and sometimes followers follow and you don't even know they do, just like life right? Be an example of Love.

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    Laura aka Lolo
    July 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I learned that I am still learning! When I first started blogging I wanted my blog to look like hers no hers no hers (get my point) then I realized my blog is just like ME growing and changing. What I want to be is an encourager to at least post something that will help someone learn about what a loving God we have. Oh and sometimes followers follow and you don't even know they do, just like life right? Be an example of Love.

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    Laura aka Lolo
    July 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I learned that I am still learning! When I first started blogging I wanted my blog to look like hers no hers no hers (get my point) then I realized my blog is just like ME growing and changing. What I want to be is an encourager to at least post something that will help someone learn about what a loving God we have. Oh and sometimes followers follow and you don't even know they do, just like life right? Be an example of Love.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    July 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I've learned SOOOO much!
    Again, what you said about being yourself, and getting to know other bloggers, but also I've learned to make a meaningful post.

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    Amanda
    July 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I've learned SOOOO much!
    Again, what you said about being yourself, and getting to know other bloggers, but also I've learned to make a meaningful post.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    July 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I've learned SOOOO much!
    Again, what you said about being yourself, and getting to know other bloggers, but also I've learned to make a meaningful post.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    July 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I've learned SOOOO much!
    Again, what you said about being yourself, and getting to know other bloggers, but also I've learned to make a meaningful post.

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    Eldarwen
    July 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    What a cool post, Barbie!! 😀

    Hmm. One thing I've learned from blogging is to be yourself. And to respect other people and their thoughts, religion, decisions, etc. 🙂

    Love,
    Eldarwen

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    Eldarwen
    July 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    What a cool post, Barbie!! 😀

    Hmm. One thing I've learned from blogging is to be yourself. And to respect other people and their thoughts, religion, decisions, etc. 🙂

    Love,
    Eldarwen

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    Eldarwen
    July 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    What a cool post, Barbie!! 😀

    Hmm. One thing I've learned from blogging is to be yourself. And to respect other people and their thoughts, religion, decisions, etc. 🙂

    Love,
    Eldarwen

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    Eldarwen
    July 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    What a cool post, Barbie!! 😀

    Hmm. One thing I've learned from blogging is to be yourself. And to respect other people and their thoughts, religion, decisions, etc. 🙂

    Love,
    Eldarwen

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    Pam Ponder
    July 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I love what you have learned great things there…I have learned not to stress over the little things and just blog about what makes me happy I am who I am..but someday I would love to meet some of my bloggy friends for real not just behind a screen that would be so much fun…your blog is a blessing

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    Pam Ponder
    July 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I love what you have learned great things there…I have learned not to stress over the little things and just blog about what makes me happy I am who I am..but someday I would love to meet some of my bloggy friends for real not just behind a screen that would be so much fun…your blog is a blessing

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    Pam Ponder
    July 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I love what you have learned great things there…I have learned not to stress over the little things and just blog about what makes me happy I am who I am..but someday I would love to meet some of my bloggy friends for real not just behind a screen that would be so much fun…your blog is a blessing

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    Pam Ponder
    July 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I love what you have learned great things there…I have learned not to stress over the little things and just blog about what makes me happy I am who I am..but someday I would love to meet some of my bloggy friends for real not just behind a screen that would be so much fun…your blog is a blessing

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    V
    July 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have learned not to be ashamed of how i feel and think, or what i go through. Someone might be going through the same things.

    Ive also learnt that some things you share and other things you dont like openly trashing someone. Its not healthy 4 you or the other person.
    Know your limits.

    Ive learnt to keep on. Ive restarted my blog MANY times because i didnt find the right topic 4 me. I have now, i love my blog now. So persevere until you have it and embrace it no matter what!

    MOST important my blog taught me 2 not give up on what i love. Ive been almost 2 forced 2 close it many times, and i wont because it brings me peace and i hope it give someone else that!!!!

    thanks Barbie for helping me see this!!!!

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    V
    July 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have learned not to be ashamed of how i feel and think, or what i go through. Someone might be going through the same things.

    Ive also learnt that some things you share and other things you dont like openly trashing someone. Its not healthy 4 you or the other person.
    Know your limits.

    Ive learnt to keep on. Ive restarted my blog MANY times because i didnt find the right topic 4 me. I have now, i love my blog now. So persevere until you have it and embrace it no matter what!

    MOST important my blog taught me 2 not give up on what i love. Ive been almost 2 forced 2 close it many times, and i wont because it brings me peace and i hope it give someone else that!!!!

    thanks Barbie for helping me see this!!!!

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    V
    July 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have learned not to be ashamed of how i feel and think, or what i go through. Someone might be going through the same things.

    Ive also learnt that some things you share and other things you dont like openly trashing someone. Its not healthy 4 you or the other person.
    Know your limits.

    Ive learnt to keep on. Ive restarted my blog MANY times because i didnt find the right topic 4 me. I have now, i love my blog now. So persevere until you have it and embrace it no matter what!

    MOST important my blog taught me 2 not give up on what i love. Ive been almost 2 forced 2 close it many times, and i wont because it brings me peace and i hope it give someone else that!!!!

    thanks Barbie for helping me see this!!!!

  • Reply
    V
    July 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have learned not to be ashamed of how i feel and think, or what i go through. Someone might be going through the same things.

    Ive also learnt that some things you share and other things you dont like openly trashing someone. Its not healthy 4 you or the other person.
    Know your limits.

    Ive learnt to keep on. Ive restarted my blog MANY times because i didnt find the right topic 4 me. I have now, i love my blog now. So persevere until you have it and embrace it no matter what!

    MOST important my blog taught me 2 not give up on what i love. Ive been almost 2 forced 2 close it many times, and i wont because it brings me peace and i hope it give someone else that!!!!

    thanks Barbie for helping me see this!!!!

  • Reply
    V
    July 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have learned not to be ashamed of how i feel and think, or what i go through. Someone might be going through the same things.

    Ive also learnt that some things you share and other things you dont like openly trashing someone. Its not healthy 4 you or the other person.
    Know your limits.

    Ive learnt to keep on. Ive restarted my blog MANY times because i didnt find the right topic 4 me. I have now, i love my blog now. So persevere until you have it and embrace it no matter what!

    MOST important my blog taught me 2 not give up on what i love. Ive been almost 2 forced 2 close it many times, and i wont because it brings me peace and i hope it give someone else that!!!!

    thanks Barbie for helping me see this!!!!

  • Reply
    V
    July 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have learned not to be ashamed of how i feel and think, or what i go through. Someone might be going through the same things.

    Ive also learnt that some things you share and other things you dont like openly trashing someone. Its not healthy 4 you or the other person.
    Know your limits.

    Ive learnt to keep on. Ive restarted my blog MANY times because i didnt find the right topic 4 me. I have now, i love my blog now. So persevere until you have it and embrace it no matter what!

    MOST important my blog taught me 2 not give up on what i love. Ive been almost 2 forced 2 close it many times, and i wont because it brings me peace and i hope it give someone else that!!!!

    thanks Barbie for helping me see this!!!!

  • Reply
    V
    July 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have learned not to be ashamed of how i feel and think, or what i go through. Someone might be going through the same things.

    Ive also learnt that some things you share and other things you dont like openly trashing someone. Its not healthy 4 you or the other person.
    Know your limits.

    Ive learnt to keep on. Ive restarted my blog MANY times because i didnt find the right topic 4 me. I have now, i love my blog now. So persevere until you have it and embrace it no matter what!

    MOST important my blog taught me 2 not give up on what i love. Ive been almost 2 forced 2 close it many times, and i wont because it brings me peace and i hope it give someone else that!!!!

    thanks Barbie for helping me see this!!!!

  • Reply
    V
    July 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have learned not to be ashamed of how i feel and think, or what i go through. Someone might be going through the same things.

    Ive also learnt that some things you share and other things you dont like openly trashing someone. Its not healthy 4 you or the other person.
    Know your limits.

    Ive learnt to keep on. Ive restarted my blog MANY times because i didnt find the right topic 4 me. I have now, i love my blog now. So persevere until you have it and embrace it no matter what!

    MOST important my blog taught me 2 not give up on what i love. Ive been almost 2 forced 2 close it many times, and i wont because it brings me peace and i hope it give someone else that!!!!

    thanks Barbie for helping me see this!!!!

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    Latte Mama
    July 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Congratulations Barbie on your anniversary! I think I would definitely have to agree with you, to not worry about how many followers you have. I would also have to say that the one thing I've learned is that mamas have so much in common, their support is great, and it's always nice knowing that we're not alone 🙂

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    Latte Mama
    July 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Congratulations Barbie on your anniversary! I think I would definitely have to agree with you, to not worry about how many followers you have. I would also have to say that the one thing I've learned is that mamas have so much in common, their support is great, and it's always nice knowing that we're not alone 🙂

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    Latte Mama
    July 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Congratulations Barbie on your anniversary! I think I would definitely have to agree with you, to not worry about how many followers you have. I would also have to say that the one thing I've learned is that mamas have so much in common, their support is great, and it's always nice knowing that we're not alone 🙂

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    Latte Mama
    July 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Congratulations Barbie on your anniversary! I think I would definitely have to agree with you, to not worry about how many followers you have. I would also have to say that the one thing I've learned is that mamas have so much in common, their support is great, and it's always nice knowing that we're not alone 🙂

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    MomLovesDeals
    July 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    If you want to start a blog, just do it. Don't worry about getting everything perfect (logo, background, ect) at first. That will all come as you learn. I have taught myself some html through blogging but I was somewhat overwhelmed at first until I just committed to that first post.

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    MomLovesDeals
    July 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    If you want to start a blog, just do it. Don't worry about getting everything perfect (logo, background, ect) at first. That will all come as you learn. I have taught myself some html through blogging but I was somewhat overwhelmed at first until I just committed to that first post.

  • Reply
    MomLovesDeals
    July 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    If you want to start a blog, just do it. Don't worry about getting everything perfect (logo, background, ect) at first. That will all come as you learn. I have taught myself some html through blogging but I was somewhat overwhelmed at first until I just committed to that first post.

  • Reply
    MomLovesDeals
    July 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    If you want to start a blog, just do it. Don't worry about getting everything perfect (logo, background, ect) at first. That will all come as you learn. I have taught myself some html through blogging but I was somewhat overwhelmed at first until I just committed to that first post.

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    Thena
    July 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I have learned that it can be an addiction, but a good addiction. But it can also be a great group of friends that offer prayer and support in time of need.

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    Thena
    July 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I have learned that it can be an addiction, but a good addiction. But it can also be a great group of friends that offer prayer and support in time of need.

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    Thena
    July 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I have learned that it can be an addiction, but a good addiction. But it can also be a great group of friends that offer prayer and support in time of need.

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    Thena
    July 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I have learned that it can be an addiction, but a good addiction. But it can also be a great group of friends that offer prayer and support in time of need.

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    Debbie
    July 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I have three bits of advice.

    1. Don't get upset if your husband and friends don't read or comment on your blog.
    2. Slow and steady. It takes time for people to find you and return. Even if one person is blessed or learns something from you, it's worth it.
    3. Use bullet points, paragraphs and pictures. It breaks up a post and makes it easier to read.

    Happy Bogiversary Beth!

    Love you,
    Debbie

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    Debbie
    July 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I have three bits of advice.

    1. Don't get upset if your husband and friends don't read or comment on your blog.
    2. Slow and steady. It takes time for people to find you and return. Even if one person is blessed or learns something from you, it's worth it.
    3. Use bullet points, paragraphs and pictures. It breaks up a post and makes it easier to read.

    Happy Bogiversary Beth!

    Love you,
    Debbie

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    Debbie
    July 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I have three bits of advice.

    1. Don't get upset if your husband and friends don't read or comment on your blog.
    2. Slow and steady. It takes time for people to find you and return. Even if one person is blessed or learns something from you, it's worth it.
    3. Use bullet points, paragraphs and pictures. It breaks up a post and makes it easier to read.

    Happy Bogiversary Beth!

    Love you,
    Debbie

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    Debbie
    July 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I have three bits of advice.

    1. Don't get upset if your husband and friends don't read or comment on your blog.
    2. Slow and steady. It takes time for people to find you and return. Even if one person is blessed or learns something from you, it's worth it.
    3. Use bullet points, paragraphs and pictures. It breaks up a post and makes it easier to read.

    Happy Bogiversary Beth!

    Love you,
    Debbie

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    Lindsay
    July 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Something that I've learned is not to compare my life with those of other bloggers. God puts us all just where He wants us to be, and I've learned to be thankful with where He has me. Great question! Happy Wednesday, Barbie!! :o)

    — Love,
    Lindsay <3

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    Lindsay
    July 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Something that I've learned is not to compare my life with those of other bloggers. God puts us all just where He wants us to be, and I've learned to be thankful with where He has me. Great question! Happy Wednesday, Barbie!! :o)

    — Love,
    Lindsay <3

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    Lindsay
    July 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Something that I've learned is not to compare my life with those of other bloggers. God puts us all just where He wants us to be, and I've learned to be thankful with where He has me. Great question! Happy Wednesday, Barbie!! :o)

    — Love,
    Lindsay <3

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    Lindsay
    July 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Something that I've learned is not to compare my life with those of other bloggers. God puts us all just where He wants us to be, and I've learned to be thankful with where He has me. Great question! Happy Wednesday, Barbie!! :o)

    — Love,
    Lindsay <3

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    Diana
    July 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I too have learned it's more fulfilling and spiritually, emotionally and physically rewarding to just be "ME". I focused too much (not so long ago) about the numbers (followers, posts, and comments) and some days, when the numbers were up, so was I. Then during the times the numbers were lower (not as many posts per week, fewer comments and losing a follower or two along the way) then I was down.

    Then I began to ask myself the reason for this. I asked God what He wanted me to do with it. And find that my blog is changing, evolving. And that's okay. I share what is there and only pray that it "brings a smile to you" Lord. =)

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    Diana
    July 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I too have learned it's more fulfilling and spiritually, emotionally and physically rewarding to just be "ME". I focused too much (not so long ago) about the numbers (followers, posts, and comments) and some days, when the numbers were up, so was I. Then during the times the numbers were lower (not as many posts per week, fewer comments and losing a follower or two along the way) then I was down.

    Then I began to ask myself the reason for this. I asked God what He wanted me to do with it. And find that my blog is changing, evolving. And that's okay. I share what is there and only pray that it "brings a smile to you" Lord. =)

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    Diana
    July 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I too have learned it's more fulfilling and spiritually, emotionally and physically rewarding to just be "ME". I focused too much (not so long ago) about the numbers (followers, posts, and comments) and some days, when the numbers were up, so was I. Then during the times the numbers were lower (not as many posts per week, fewer comments and losing a follower or two along the way) then I was down.

    Then I began to ask myself the reason for this. I asked God what He wanted me to do with it. And find that my blog is changing, evolving. And that's okay. I share what is there and only pray that it "brings a smile to you" Lord. =)

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    Diana
    July 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I too have learned it's more fulfilling and spiritually, emotionally and physically rewarding to just be "ME". I focused too much (not so long ago) about the numbers (followers, posts, and comments) and some days, when the numbers were up, so was I. Then during the times the numbers were lower (not as many posts per week, fewer comments and losing a follower or two along the way) then I was down.

    Then I began to ask myself the reason for this. I asked God what He wanted me to do with it. And find that my blog is changing, evolving. And that's okay. I share what is there and only pray that it "brings a smile to you" Lord. =)

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    Charis
    July 29, 2010 at 12:54 am

    i have learned that through blogging you may minister to someone you never will meet in this age and who may live on the other side of the planet! everyone's journey is worth sharing because we never know who needs the encouragement we have to share.

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    Charis
    July 29, 2010 at 12:54 am

    i have learned that through blogging you may minister to someone you never will meet in this age and who may live on the other side of the planet! everyone's journey is worth sharing because we never know who needs the encouragement we have to share.

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    Charis
    July 29, 2010 at 12:54 am

    i have learned that through blogging you may minister to someone you never will meet in this age and who may live on the other side of the planet! everyone's journey is worth sharing because we never know who needs the encouragement we have to share.

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    Charis
    July 29, 2010 at 12:54 am

    i have learned that through blogging you may minister to someone you never will meet in this age and who may live on the other side of the planet! everyone's journey is worth sharing because we never know who needs the encouragement we have to share.

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    Theresa
    July 29, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Hi Barbie. Stopping by from Allied Moms. You made some good points in this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Theresa
    July 29, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Hi Barbie. Stopping by from Allied Moms. You made some good points in this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Theresa
    July 29, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Hi Barbie. Stopping by from Allied Moms. You made some good points in this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Theresa
    July 29, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Hi Barbie. Stopping by from Allied Moms. You made some good points in this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jacquie
    July 29, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I'm afraid I don't have any good blogging advice! I've been blogging for over 5 years, but have very few followers, so I don't think I'm doing anything that would help anyone if they're trying to be a "successful" blogger. 🙂 I find that I blog mostly to brag about how sweet and beautiful my kids are, for the benefit of family members, and as an outlet for the things God is doing in my heart or teaching me in His Word. If it's beneficial to anyone else, that's just a bonus! 🙂

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    Jacquie
    July 29, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I'm afraid I don't have any good blogging advice! I've been blogging for over 5 years, but have very few followers, so I don't think I'm doing anything that would help anyone if they're trying to be a "successful" blogger. 🙂 I find that I blog mostly to brag about how sweet and beautiful my kids are, for the benefit of family members, and as an outlet for the things God is doing in my heart or teaching me in His Word. If it's beneficial to anyone else, that's just a bonus! 🙂

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    Jacquie
    July 29, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I'm afraid I don't have any good blogging advice! I've been blogging for over 5 years, but have very few followers, so I don't think I'm doing anything that would help anyone if they're trying to be a "successful" blogger. 🙂 I find that I blog mostly to brag about how sweet and beautiful my kids are, for the benefit of family members, and as an outlet for the things God is doing in my heart or teaching me in His Word. If it's beneficial to anyone else, that's just a bonus! 🙂

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    Jacquie
    July 29, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I'm afraid I don't have any good blogging advice! I've been blogging for over 5 years, but have very few followers, so I don't think I'm doing anything that would help anyone if they're trying to be a "successful" blogger. 🙂 I find that I blog mostly to brag about how sweet and beautiful my kids are, for the benefit of family members, and as an outlet for the things God is doing in my heart or teaching me in His Word. If it's beneficial to anyone else, that's just a bonus! 🙂

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    Simplegirl
    July 29, 2010 at 4:50 am

    That's beautiful Barbie, 🙂 Well I haven't been blogging long, only a few weeks now, I would have to say, that my beloved Jesus has shown me through this blogging process, that no matter what is going on in this little life of ours, never lose focus on the important things & Use every moment to serve him and glorify him, not ourselves.

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    Simplegirl
    July 29, 2010 at 4:50 am

    That's beautiful Barbie, 🙂 Well I haven't been blogging long, only a few weeks now, I would have to say, that my beloved Jesus has shown me through this blogging process, that no matter what is going on in this little life of ours, never lose focus on the important things & Use every moment to serve him and glorify him, not ourselves.

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    Simplegirl
    July 29, 2010 at 4:50 am

    That's beautiful Barbie, 🙂 Well I haven't been blogging long, only a few weeks now, I would have to say, that my beloved Jesus has shown me through this blogging process, that no matter what is going on in this little life of ours, never lose focus on the important things & Use every moment to serve him and glorify him, not ourselves.

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    Simplegirl
    July 29, 2010 at 4:50 am

    That's beautiful Barbie, 🙂 Well I haven't been blogging long, only a few weeks now, I would have to say, that my beloved Jesus has shown me through this blogging process, that no matter what is going on in this little life of ours, never lose focus on the important things & Use every moment to serve him and glorify him, not ourselves.

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    Kate
    July 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

    HI Barbie,

    I don't want to enter, but I wanted to give you an answer to your wonderful question nonetheless 😉

    I have learned through blogging that there are more likeminded people out there than I thought and that you can meet wonderful people through blogging.

    Blessings,
    Kate

    P.S.: Ignore the timestamp 😉 I can't sleep.

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    Kate
    July 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

    HI Barbie,

    I don't want to enter, but I wanted to give you an answer to your wonderful question nonetheless 😉

    I have learned through blogging that there are more likeminded people out there than I thought and that you can meet wonderful people through blogging.

    Blessings,
    Kate

    P.S.: Ignore the timestamp 😉 I can't sleep.

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    Kate
    July 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

    HI Barbie,

    I don't want to enter, but I wanted to give you an answer to your wonderful question nonetheless 😉

    I have learned through blogging that there are more likeminded people out there than I thought and that you can meet wonderful people through blogging.

    Blessings,
    Kate

    P.S.: Ignore the timestamp 😉 I can't sleep.

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    Kate
    July 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

    HI Barbie,

    I don't want to enter, but I wanted to give you an answer to your wonderful question nonetheless 😉

    I have learned through blogging that there are more likeminded people out there than I thought and that you can meet wonderful people through blogging.

    Blessings,
    Kate

    P.S.: Ignore the timestamp 😉 I can't sleep.

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    Alexandra
    July 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Being yourself is definitely a great concept to take into consideration. 🙂

    I've learned so much through-out my blogging experience, but one of the main things was that a blog design is very important. You need something not too boring where it will make readers go to sleep, and not too busy where readers can't even find the post section.

    In my opinion, a blog design is important because it's usually the first thing that bloggers notice. Also, it can determine whether readers will stay and read what special thoughts you have to share.

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    Alexandra
    July 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Being yourself is definitely a great concept to take into consideration. 🙂

    I've learned so much through-out my blogging experience, but one of the main things was that a blog design is very important. You need something not too boring where it will make readers go to sleep, and not too busy where readers can't even find the post section.

    In my opinion, a blog design is important because it's usually the first thing that bloggers notice. Also, it can determine whether readers will stay and read what special thoughts you have to share.

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    Alexandra
    July 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Being yourself is definitely a great concept to take into consideration. 🙂

    I've learned so much through-out my blogging experience, but one of the main things was that a blog design is very important. You need something not too boring where it will make readers go to sleep, and not too busy where readers can't even find the post section.

    In my opinion, a blog design is important because it's usually the first thing that bloggers notice. Also, it can determine whether readers will stay and read what special thoughts you have to share.

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    Alexandra
    July 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Being yourself is definitely a great concept to take into consideration. 🙂

    I've learned so much through-out my blogging experience, but one of the main things was that a blog design is very important. You need something not too boring where it will make readers go to sleep, and not too busy where readers can't even find the post section.

    In my opinion, a blog design is important because it's usually the first thing that bloggers notice. Also, it can determine whether readers will stay and read what special thoughts you have to share.

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    bp
    July 29, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Among other things, I've learned that you can make great meaningful friendships online and that you don't have to blog everyday or leave a comment on every person's post you read to be a good friend/follower.

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    bp
    July 29, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Among other things, I've learned that you can make great meaningful friendships online and that you don't have to blog everyday or leave a comment on every person's post you read to be a good friend/follower.

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    bp
    July 29, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Among other things, I've learned that you can make great meaningful friendships online and that you don't have to blog everyday or leave a comment on every person's post you read to be a good friend/follower.

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    bp
    July 29, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Among other things, I've learned that you can make great meaningful friendships online and that you don't have to blog everyday or leave a comment on every person's post you read to be a good friend/follower.

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    Heidi
    July 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Well, you already said it, but I've learned that it's best to just be yourself! I think that's a very important one.

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    Heidi
    July 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Well, you already said it, but I've learned that it's best to just be yourself! I think that's a very important one.

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    Heidi
    July 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Well, you already said it, but I've learned that it's best to just be yourself! I think that's a very important one.

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    Heidi
    July 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Well, you already said it, but I've learned that it's best to just be yourself! I think that's a very important one.

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    Laura The Artist
    July 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Barbie I love the "lover in you"

    I would say that it's OK to just put yourself "out there" and be real…it's good therapy too

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    Laura The Artist
    July 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Barbie I love the "lover in you"

    I would say that it's OK to just put yourself "out there" and be real…it's good therapy too

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    Laura The Artist
    July 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Barbie I love the "lover in you"

    I would say that it's OK to just put yourself "out there" and be real…it's good therapy too

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    Laura The Artist
    July 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Barbie I love the "lover in you"

    I would say that it's OK to just put yourself "out there" and be real…it's good therapy too

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    Busy Working Mama
    August 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I've learned how to edit HTML code – and how to interact with tons of super fun bloggers out there!

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    Busy Working Mama
    August 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I've learned how to edit HTML code – and how to interact with tons of super fun bloggers out there!

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    Busy Working Mama
    August 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I've learned how to edit HTML code – and how to interact with tons of super fun bloggers out there!

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    Busy Working Mama
    August 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I've learned how to edit HTML code – and how to interact with tons of super fun bloggers out there!

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