January has been one of my most productive blogging months since I started Suzie81 last April. There are three posts that I am particularly proud of and so as part of the the ‘Zero to Hero’ Challenge I thought I would share them again with you in case you may have missed them. You can see them by clicking on the link or the accompanying picture. As always, I’d love to know what you think!
However, as it is the weekend, I’ve decided to turn this into a Blog Party that you can all join in!
23 Things You Should Actually Do Before You’re 23 was written on the January 3rd, in response to a rather controversial Freshly Pressed post that went viral. Since then it has been viewed several thousand times, it has been reblogged several times and has been shared more than any other post I’ve created on Facebook and Twitter.
The focus of the post is about things that you could possibly achieve before the age of 23. I’ve tried to keep it as balanced as possible and avoid judgement.
Blogging Worries and Paranoia: Are We Limiting Ourselves? was created on January 20th. This has also received a good response and I’ve had some really great discussions with various people about some of the subject content.
The general idea of the post was to highlight the worries that bloggers may have when writing something new, and discussing the idea of holding back from saying what we actually think to avoid offending others. This has been something that has bothered me for a while, and I was relieved to find that lots of others felt the same way.
Why We Should All Love Justin Bieber was written yesterday in response to the ridiculous outpouring of love for the train-wreck that is Justin Bieber at the minute. I normally try and stay away from controversial subjects, but I got increasing frustrated with my Twitter feed being clogged up with news about this moron…
In a ridiculously short space of time this post has started to be shared across Twitter and Facebook and to my relief I haven’t received any Belieber abuse yet, although give it time!!
Instructions for the Blog Party.
Choose your favourite post from your own blog – preferably from January but any post is fine. The subject of the post can be anything you like – blogging, food, parenting, life, travel, thoughts, photography… Note: This should be only one post or it will get sent straight to the ‘spam’ folder and I may not be able to find you for a while.
Paste the link to your post in the comment section of this post.
Enjoy! Relax, pull up a chair, meet new people! Find new blogs, comment on their posts, follow, reblog and share. Let them know that you met them here! This is a really useful way of discovering new blogs, particularly if you are new to the blogging world and when I have participated in similar things I have really enjoyed them!
You don’t have to follow me to participate, you don’t have to be an established blogger – you could have written just a single post – and feel free to invite your friends! While you’re there, check out the winners of my New Year Week 3 Competition – their buttons are in my sidebar!
The party will remain open until this time tomorrow… Have fun!
You can also find me on Twitter and Tumblr @Suzie81.
You’re an inspiration, my dear.
Haha! Thanks Richard!
I wasn’t joking!!!! You are.
When your famous you’re going to be my claim to fame.
I’ll say ‘I knew her when she just stared at people on trains.’
That made me giggle – i look like a real stalker now!!
It’s only the balaclava that does that. Wear a straw hat instead.
I might take off the sunglasses too…
Thanks for the invite, Suzie.
You’re very welcome!!
Nice idea. MM 🍀
Thank you – feel free to share a post if you like!
You’re even good to read in re-runs!
We have just been through a major Heatwave where I live
Thanks for the opportunity to share it.
Thank you very much!
Thank you so much for this opportunity to broaden my horizon. And now I’m just in time, for a change, to actually take part in your blog party. That placed me in quite a predicament: which post to send in? At first I thought of my piece about my entry for the New York Fashion Week contest, but that was in August. Or my piece about Jean Paul Gaultier, but that was even longer ago. So I decided for my last post:
Good luck and much fun with your party and take care!
Thanks Francesca! Enjoy checking out the other posts!
Hi Suzie, I really like these blog parties! Unfortunately I’ve been writing rubbish (if anything) this month, so I could only offer ‘My Little Daydream’: http://wakeupyourluck.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/my-little-daydream/
Thank you very much!
Did you say “party?” I’ll bring a veggie tray: http://squareonenotes.com/2014/01/17/even-carrots-have-dreams/
Been following your blog for quite a while now, and I must say that I think it’s absolutely lovely to read. Here’s a post I’d like to offer to the party:
Being You. The You You Were Meant To Be.
Looking forward to more posts from you! 🙂
I’ve come to know this community quite recently and its funny how you were the first one I followed. Every post of yours has been total enjoyment! Never fails to bump the mood in a day!
For my blog, I present my last post. I put one up everyday actually. A letter everyday to the girl I fell in love with, things may not have worked out, but I do it nonetheless.
p.s I was referring specially to that post on bieber 😉
Suzie I absolutely loved your ’23 Things You Should Actually Do Before You’re 23′! I have a year to go before I’m 23, and it’s taking quite an effort to cross off some things off my own list! Travel is on top of my list though. Here’s my link, it’s my only post from January! http://madmusingz.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/derailed-or-back-on-track/
Love your blog and this awesome commnity
Not sure if this is posted right, I’m a newbie:)
This is such a fantastic idea! Is it ok if I nick it for my blog? Here’s my Jan fave: Geek Is Now Chic http://manchesterflickchick.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/geek-is-chic/
Of course it’s ok! I’ll come along and join in!
Yay! Blog party! I tried to choose another, but this honestly was my favourite post to write and read, even though it’s mine: http://missrachelchanel.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/my-ripped-jeans/
Such a great idea! My favorite blog post in my first full month of blogging was my dorm decorating idea of using a clothesline to hang pictures (http://fromcampuswithlove.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/dorm-room-decoration-picture-clothes-line/). It’s something I love in my room and I think college girls will really like, and was also in my opinion a more unique post.
Loved your roundup!
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In case you missed it, here is my January round-up of my favourite posts and the opportunity to participate in my first blog party of 2014… Hope to see you there!
Who can resist a party invite especially when this is a “Bieber Free Zone”. 🙂
Love this idea. Thanks Suzie! http://reclaimingmynarnia.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/my-journey/
I’d love to join your party! Here’s my last post of 2013, in which I admit to being very late to another kind of party . . .
Hello, yet again you are spreading the joy. This is another great way of finding and meeting like minded souls in the blogosphere. I have checked out your weekly winners and started following some great blogs because of that, thank you 😊 the post I’m sharing is one that has got a bit of attention and it’s about something I will endeavor to do very soon…so I’m throwing it out here as an extra precaution that I won’t back down from this challenge… Here you are http://casuallyfabulous.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/good-morning-sweetheart-fancy-doing-a-hell-week/
Count me in! Thanks http://afriendforever54.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/weather-the-storm/
I love your posts Susie, Justin Beiber made me laugh so much!
Suzie, you throw the best parties!! 🙂 Loved this post!
Ahh so this is a blog party…well what party would be complete without some music (proper music, not Bieber). Here is my favourite post from my blog in January – get your dancing shoes on :
My Journey With Kylie Minogue | Steve Says….
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Thanks for the blog party! This is the blog I seem to get the most comments on. I’m not sure why, but the ones I don’t think about are the ones that get the most activity. Go figure.
My favourite has to be ‘Blogging Worries and Paranoia: Are We Limiting Ourselves?’
And in direct connection to, my own, http://scottishmomus.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/coming-out-of-the-closet-courtesy-of-suzie/
I’m still in a happy place because of this. And all thanks to you and your post. Cheers! 🙂 x
It appears I’m just arriving at the party when everyone else has gone home. 😉 A day late and a dollar short…oh well, I’m posting a link to a recent post as it represents the silly side of my blog…which is often normal.
You’re welcome any time!
You’ve had a great start to 2014, well done!
Thanks for the invite to the party – a brief post on why I typically avoid comments sections on sites like YouTube but thoroughly enjoy reading them on sites like yours!
Thank you very much!
Catching up a bit on my weekend reading. I tried a few new bloggy things in January (resolutions and all). So I’m going to post this one (the beginning of my first attempt at a blog series): http://babygatesdown.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/mommy-daughter-math-nights/.
I’m off to do schoolwork for me now (bleh) – but I promise to surf the others later (maybe tomorrow depending how the day goes….) But I will. I’ve found a number of fun bloggers via your blog.
As for your month – my favourite was the 23 things you should actually do piece. Bieber made me smile to. I take it you aren’t a Belieber?
Haha god no… There isn’t enough money in the world that would make me like him or his music…
Agreed on Justin – but I have soft spot for Miley Cyrus….
Hey Susie! I came yesterday and got distracted and didn’t leave a message….. did check out too hot for a beer and came back today! It’s cold here in the Midwest USA and it’ll be close to -40 with wind chills tomorrow. yikes… just right for a fire and a warming stew… January always is a good time write and reflect….I enjoyed reading about 23 things to do before 23… my how much has changed since I was 23… i suppose I should work on 53 things in time for my birthday in November…. thanks for hosting http://makingthedayscount.org/2014/01/20/plat-du-jour/
Thanks for organising this again!
Nice work as always, Suzie. I’ll throw a post in the ring. It’s a “fictional” short story inspired by a real incident and told using my own experiences as a police officer. http://donofalltrades.com/2014/01/25/grease/
I love your parties! You write so well! People are really talented! As always, here’s my contribution. Let’s love more this year.