Thursday, October 13, 2011

A blog is a chain made of 1000 links (Happy SITS Day to me!)

Back in the early days, when I'd started this blog on a dare and was beginning to work out that blogging is not writing and that it pays to invite the neighbours in for barbecues, I found myself on a site called The SITS Girls. The basic message: the secret to success is support. I liked it. I visited a lot. I signed up to be the featured blogger, to experience the joy of a SITS Day. I got busy. I visited more sporadically. I got busier, what with the Twitter and the Facebook. I became someone who popped by occasionally.

And then I got an email last week to say that my number had come up. My SITS Day was imminent. So I did what any normal person would do under the circumstances - I panicked.

Fortunately, I come from a family of bloggers. I emailed Sister B and Sister C (we are The Alphabet Sisters, A, B and C, in that order) and wondered aloud if I should have a spruce up. A makeover. Would I be good enough for such VIP guests? They laughed (they do that a lot when I make such suggestions, any suggestion come to think of it...).

"Didn't you write a post about this?" said B. "You Do What You Do."

So here I am. If we haven't met before, I'm Allison. I'm a freelance writer, a mother and a Mrs. I have two boys, Mr7 and Mr4 (aka Woody and Buzz), and a husband named The Builder (well, not really, but he likes the mystery). We all moved from The Big Smoke to Fibrotown three years ago, and we love it. I write about writing, being a work at home mum and ... whimsy. Sometimes I just write.

My blog was recently described as a 'mum-and-manuscript' blog and I liked that so much I've decided to own it. Anybody want to join my niche?

[Image: This 'Birds of a Feather' wall decal from urbanwalls/etsy is what I think bloggers might look like in the wild...]

85 comments:

  1. Mum-and-manuscript blog - I like it!

    Well done - a day in the SITS sun is a lovely thing - and nothing less than you deserve.

    Your blog, Allison, is a favourite part of my blogging day. Thank you...

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  2. Wasn't expecting to see you this early in the day! Such fun!! Happy SITS day to you :-) x

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  3. Happy SITS Day! I'm looking forward to having a good lookaround and a read. :)

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  4. Happy SITS Day (night) to a fellow Aussie! Best wishes to you Allison! :)

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  5. fairly new around here - *waves hi!* - and i didn't know you had a family full of bloggers!
    (i am already a follower of sister b - but thankyou also for the introduction to sister c!)
    what a very talented family you are.
    hi allison - it's very nice to meet you!
    cheryl xox.

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  6. Happy SITS day. I love your new tag line. I also like that the Fibro is still the same. It would get weird if you started changing the furniture around. I mean, I come here every day, I would need to be consulted before you did anything drastic. ;)

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  7. Happy SITS day. So happy to have found your blog. Can't wait to have a look around. Cheers!

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  8. Happy SITS Day! Looking forward to checking out your blog!

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  9. Best wishes on your quest for publication! I've found that blogging is a wonderful way to sharpen my writing, and better yet: an immediate audience! (Saw you on SITS!)

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  10. Enjoy your day, Allison.
    you're pretty fabulous just the way you are.
    :-)

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  11. Happy SITS day! I am so happy to have found your blog. It is quite lovely

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  12. Happy SITS Day!! I hope you enjoy the fun!

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  13. So thrilled to see you featured. congrats on the big day!

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  14. Hahahaha..seems like there wasn't much reason for you to panic. You did great! Enjoy the SITS lime-light!

    denyse dar
    your life is a work of art!
    http://www.denysedar.com

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  15. Ooh, happy SITS Day then! I hadn't realised you alphabet sisters were named in order. Nice that your parents allowed for more; my parents had A (me) and then Z for Zoe to make it clear to the world that there were to be no more children.

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  16. Yay for you! I hope lots of lovely new blogging mates find you today and fall in love with your blog as much as we have. x

    PS - thanks for the link, that was very kind of you. Good sis!

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  17. Happy SITS day! And being a mum-and-manuscript blog isn't horrible at all.

    If I could get my words unjumbled I might have more visitors myself haha.

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  18. Happy SITS day. I love your mum -and-manuscript title. Fits perfectly. I'll be back. Awesomeness to you!

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  19. Happy SITS day!! Thanks for sharing your blog...I'm with you on the whole pie thing. Who decides that? ;)

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  20. Happy SITS Day to you!!

    I like all the nicknames you use :)

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  21. Nice blog, happy SITS day to you! And nice to meet you! Writing from the USA so this is cool. Will continue to read. I am intrigued.

    http://mrsgardengirl.blogspot.com/2011/10/peppers-and-onions.html

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  22. I came over to visit through SITS and think your blog is great - well done and enjoy 'your moment'.

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  23. Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it's a great day for you.

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  24. I will take "Mum and Manuscript" blog over "mommy blogger" any day :) Have a wonderful SITS Day, and I don't think your blog need one ounce of sprucing.

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  25. Mum and manuscript? I love that! :)

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  26. LOVE the look of your blog. Super fun & inviting! Hope you enjoy your SITS Day!

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  27. Congratulations on being featured today! You are an excellent writer, I sometimes wish that my thoughts could be translated into actual words - I'm better with images!

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  28. So happy to have found your blog from SITS - congrats on your SITS day too!

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  29. Congrats on your SITS days! You have an entertaining writing style & I've always wanted to visit Australia. Thanks for sharing :)

    Linda
    http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

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  30. Happy SITS day!

    You blog design is actually very cute and it's so cool that you have siblings who blog! Yay for blogging!

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  31. Congratulations! I don't think your blog needs sprucing up...its fabulous. :) Thank you for the tremendous welcome. Happy SITS Day!

    -Fellow SITS'er
    www.Botanical-Balance.com

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  32. Happy SITS Day!! I can't wait to check out some of your other posts!

    Also, I think your blog is beautiful the way it is. :)

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  33. Happy SITS day Allison! I'm gonna poke around and check out some of your other posts. This Fibro talk has me curious...lol.

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  34. Stopping by from SITS! Congrats on being featured! I am your newest follower, I absolutely love your blog & your writing style! I look forward to digging in and reading more! :)

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  35. Happy SITS day! Woohoo! So much fun :)

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  36. I'm hooked. You shine through your writing. Love that definition of a blog. What a lovely chain to bind us all. Thanks to SITS I've discovered so many wonderful others. Have an amazing SITS day.

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  37. Well done on your SITS day blog!! Love the look of your website! I'm going to be coming by more often!

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  38. Happy SITS day, love that you and both of your sisters blog!! :-)

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  39. Congrats on your SITSday! How cool that you've got a family of bloggers to call on. My family still doesn't get what I do or why I do it, but that's nothing new really. ;-) I too am a writer, I quit my journalism job of 12 years and now am venturing out on the freelance thing. It's exciting to say the least! :)

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  40. Happy SITS day! I'm off to explore more of your blog!

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  41. Congrats on your SITS day down under! I'd love to join you as a "mum and manuscript" blogger but I guess "food and folly" would be more descriptive of me :-)

    Love your post about "world famous" pies. I was just talking with a food writer the other day who was annoyed about how everything is 'artisan' now. Didn't artisan used to mean hand-made. Now frozen pizza in a box carry the descriptor artisan. Really - they are hand making them in the factory???

    But hey, when you're racing through the store making 25 decisions every 2 minutes, you never know what might catch your eye and make you buy that "world famous" artisan pie :-)

    Hope you have a fantastic, comment-filled day!

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  42. Mum-and-manuscript - PERFECT.

    Happy SITS day.

    I look forward to reading more.

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  43. HAppy SITS DAy!! I cant wait to explore your blog.

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  44. Happy SITS day! Love that your sisters blog, too. Keeping it in the family :).

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  45. Happy SITS Day to you! I'm having a blast reading through your blog. Well done.

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  46. I think that sounds like a great niche. I'd be glad to join!

    Happy SITS day to you!

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  47. Great niche but I'd be more along the lines of wife and manuscript since son has been out of the house for awhile now! I'm loving your blog - so glad it was your SITS day so I could meet you!

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  48. Love this

    the secret to success is support

    Yes! You live that, and here you are! Happy SITS day. Maybe a celebrating of sitting is in order, sitting, drinking,staring into space!?

    Congratulations!

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  49. Congrats on your SITS Day! Funny thing, I was just here commenting yesterday :)

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  50. Popping in for a visit from SITS-congrats on your big day. Will definitely have a look around your blog. Cheers!

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  51. Mum-and-manuscript--love that!

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  52. I think I like everything about your blog! Sweeeeet. Stopping in from SITS but I plan to make it a regularly scheduled drop-in.

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  53. Enjoy your day in the SITS spotlight!

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  54. Happy SITS day! your blog is adorable!

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  55. Hi Alphabet 'A' sister. I hope you're having a great Sits day, and I think I spied a pie in the next post down I'm going to go drool over!

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  56. Happy SITS Day - I also panicked (quietly, oh so quietly) when my SITS Day was approaching - but it is all happy comments and new friends!

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  57. The alphabet sisters - I love that! This is why I love SITS, the introduction to so many wonderful blogs you'd never know about. Happy SITS day!

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  58. Happy SITS Day! I've never heard of a "mum and manuscript" niche before, but it's quite lovely! And I had to google fibro house. Your space here is fun to poke around in!

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  59. Happy SITS day! Love your fun style of writing.

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  60. Your life seems intriguing to me. Happy SITS day!

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  61. Happy SITS Day! I can't wait to peek around your blog. :)

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  62. Happy SITS day. I just subscribed to your reader and Twitter! And writing that novel, you know I know what you mean!

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  63. I think it's so cool that you have sisters who blog too. I wish mine would. Enjoy your SITS day.

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  64. Happy SITS day! Love the mum - and - manuscript idea. Great way to sum up your blog.

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  65. I love whimsy! Your site is perfect... look forward to reading more:) Happy SITS day (or night? or day after?)

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  66. Congrats on your blog. I wish I had family members involved in the blogging thing with me. No one wants to be bothered but I love it. Keep it up and I look forward to your posts.

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  67. Happy SITS day! Glad to have found your site and looking forward to your posts!

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  68. Happy SITS day to you Allison! I love that you and your sisters are A, B and C...too cute! Enjoy your weekend and I enjoyed your feature!

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  69. I'm a day late, but happy SITS day! Do you have any pictures of your pink home? I'd love to see it!

    Maria xx
    www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

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  70. Well done. Your blog is a delight to visit every time. You write so beautifully. A-M xx

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  71. Happy SITS day! :)

    http://semperwifey.blogspot.com

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  72. Oh siblings. My brother laughs at me all the time when I suggest things. I maintain that that's why he was born, to aggravate me. (I'm the eldest.) Congrats on your SITS day!

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  73. ---Congrats! I love that you're from a family of Bloggers. Very Cool.

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  74. Happy SITS day! Just having a poke around your site :) (and trying to keep out of my head my obnoxious interpretation of an Australian accent as I read!)

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  75. Congrats on your SITS day! I personally think your blog is beautiful; don't change a thing!

    Also love "Mom and Manuscript" blogging. Cute!

    Now if you don't mind, I'm going to poke around for a bit...

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  76. I discovered your blog through SITS. It's always a treat to learn about bloggers who have similar interests as me -- like blogging, freelance writing and mommyhood.

    Cheers,
    Kristina

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  77. oh you have sisters!!
    and they blog!
    I am super jealous of you already
    great category to own too :-)

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  78. Happy SITS day (a little late)! I love that your sister just reminded you of your own former thoughts in order to cease the panic. My sister is great for that, too.

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  79. Congratulations and happy belated SITS day!

    I had a good chuckle. We share the same last name it seems.

    Anyway, I don't know if you changed your blog but it looks pretty good to me!

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  80. Happy Belated SITS Day! Now I have to look up what a "fibro" is!

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