Use Me and Abuse Me Day – Rock Star Edition

Rocking out

It’s time once again to Use Me and Abuse Me, so lets get this party started. Yeah baby! The idea is to introduce yourself, chat up the guests, and pick up some new followers.

Be a star and rock out in the comment section. Meet up and mingle!

Stop by with ONE link to a blog post and paste it in the comment section. Two will put you in my spam filter and I hate when I have to stop dancing to fish guests out of my filter. It’s so embarrassing…

Include a short hook to let people know what your story is about. A post works better than your blog URL since a guest may click over to your place and not know where you keep the beer or the chips. When you link a post, it takes the guest right to the heart of your home where they can read your story.

Don’t bring one of your friend’s URLs, since they may not come by to party with us and that defeats the purpose.  Remember. This is about you. That is also why you should never drop off your link and run. You wouldn’t go to a party, fill a doggy bag and go home.

If you leave a link, click on a few. Tell them, “Susie sent me.” They should click back. Chat up your guests here and at your place. The more links you click on, the higher the chance your new friends may subscribe to your blog.

Be a rock star

Rock out with the Wild Rider in the video below-

Now stand up and dance to Follow Me by Muse!

The bar is stocked, the barista is already pouring cappuccinos, and the tasty treats in the buffet were flown in from New York. Nothing is too good for my friends! This is my way to thank all of you for subscribing to my blog. Now you can meet each other! How cool is that?

Spread the word. The more the merrier!

Have fun and don’t forget to dance!

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119 responses to “Use Me and Abuse Me Day – Rock Star Edition

  1. Hey, Susie!
    Just found your blog–the post about the literary conference was what drew me here.
    In the spirit of fun, I brought a party game for everyone!
    The contest is over, but anyone can use the template to creat their very own Bestseller in true Dan Brown fashion. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Sorry I am SO late to the party, but that’s kind of how we roll down here in Miami, Also, it took me a while to work up the courage to attend a party since I’m still a bit shaken about what happened last time, which was this:

    Here’s to hoping that the new blog friends I meet here are just as poorly behaved, because bad decisions usually make for great stories.

  3. Hi Susie! Have spent the last hour visiting the great party blogs above. What a wonderful hostess you are, what a generous, indomitable spirit you have (hope you’re feeling much better by the way).
    Probably too late, but I’d like to add a post with a few laughs (hopefully), asking – Are you a hedgehog or a fox? Most people can identify themselves immediately.
    You’re fantastic, either way!

  4. thank you susie for the open invitation. i love parties and i’m the kind of guy that wears the toga at a wedding reception.

    i hope your readers enjoy.

    • You fit right in with your toga or surf board!
      I am sure my readers did enjoy. That was hysterical! I’ve been in that position before!!
      Have fun clicking on links! They should click back to your place.

  5. Okay, my first time to join the party. Had trouble deciding which of my blogs to use, but finally landed on this post:
    which reflects on different ways to view the world.

  6. filbio

    As always you rule Susie! You’re awesome for throwing these parties.

    Here is something we all go through – SPAM! Those annoying and sometimes crazy messages we get on our blogs. This is another post on some I have received.

  7. Hope there are still some chips and salsa and margaritas left! Sorry to be so late. The past few days have been non-stop busy.

    2012 was a hell of a year; I lost both of my parents. Here’s a post a few months after Dad died, when my mentally ill mother became so manic that she lost all touch with reality and had to be hospitalized. Just know that 8 months after this post, my mother took her life.

    Susie! Thanks for having these parties and inviting us all. Gonna go visiting now.

  8. Sheesh! Such a crowded party, I had to dig my way to the comment box! ;) Sorry for being so late–beyond fashionable, IMO! I’ll share a link and come back later to check others’ out. Already looking forward!

    I saw a woman crying at a bus stop a few days back, and was mesmerized. She inspired this post on sadness and letting ourselves feel. (Yeah, more pity party than rockstar—but there’s a reason many of the best songs are sad! LOL)

  9. These parties are like crack! I don’t mean we can actually get crack here. I think I mean that you can’t have just one (link) that is? To clarify that last sentence, I know we can only leave one link. But we can try several other bloggers’ links and say Susie sent us. All in all, perhaps this makes these parties more like potato chips than crack as I have enjoyed a few parties here as well as several other bloggers’ links.

    Parties at Susie’s are the best. Bet you can’t enjoy just one link, too. I will enjoy several, thank you very much. Speaking of links, I brought a link of my own to share as I’m late to the party once again, but it’s spilling over to Friday as all good blogs, I mean, parties, do:

    The avocado dip is just marvelous. Ramble on!

    • You bring up some great points! Thanks for the food for thought and the avocado dip!!!
      So glad you’ve been double dipping in the comment section. Click as many links as your heart desires!

  10. Hello Susie – sorry, late as usual – I was on the train yesterday listening to Muse funnily enough – the man sitting next to me had such hairy forearms they had a centre parting. Anyway here is Miley Cyrus twerking with a sausage

    Best wishes – now of to RAWK!

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  12. Hi Susie and friends!! Thanks for hosting. We don’t play rock over here in Thailand. It’s K-pop or bust, learn to love it (or live with it in my case).

    If you want to know what feet and farm have to do with losing weight, ask a Thai fitness instructor

    Can’t wait to check out all you other rock stars, party on Wayne!

  13. Another great bash, Susie! Your parties are the best and I have to say thank you for some of the fabulous connections I’ve made here … not just crazy great dancers but crazy great bloggers too! Our time in France is flying by … you know how that goes! I’m off to mingle and click … after one more stop at the buffet, of course…

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! Love you post about Nice, France. So jealous!!!!
      I hope you have fun clicking on a few links and chatting with the guests. It’s never too late to use me and abuse me!!!
      I am still reading through all of these fabulous links!

  14. Hey Susie! I finally made it to the party! Late… but I made it. But all the party animals are still hanging out so I’m off to check out some of your peeps.

    But here’s my little addition of how comedy and ha-ha moments get me through. Hope it gives you a little laughter :)

  15. Hi, Susie sent me. What? Uh.., oh, do you think she saw this? Probably not, but….., oh, hi Susie, great party. You havin’ a good time? By the way, the Guinness was great. Thanks once again for your great hospitality, da

  16. Hey Susie,
    Popping by to add a dessert to the party! I’ve got a nine-layer chocolate fudge cake recipe on my blog that’s to die for. :) Love your parties. Hope to catch up with you in Boulder soon!

  17. limebirdkate

    I can’t leave a link this time — craziness abounds over here. But I wanted to at least stop by and check in on you to see how you’re doing! Still wild as ever, I see. :)

  18. I love when you do this! Here’s the post I just wrote, a satire about the movie biz as I report on Disney’s new release: “Dumb, Dumber & Dumbo”. :)

  19. Well I wanted to stop by earlier before all the good appetizers were gone, but alas I was not able to swing by until now. Glad the bar’s still open.

    I recently posted about my trip to Disney World, complete with video footage of what it’s like to take the plunge down the Humonga Kowabunga. Check it out.

    I’ll look for you all there.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Welcome Patricia!!!!
      Great to see you. The appetizers are restocked and the barkeep will be here all day! Have fun clicking on links and saying hello!
      Loved your trip to Disney. What fun!!!

  20. I’m always getting to the party kinda late. Maybe I like to be fashionably late although I’m wearing sweats and a t shirt right now…I would like to dance except that my left knee is filled with lot’s of fluid and is not cooperating. But I’ll dance with my arms. :) I’m going to lure my new friends in with a fishing story.

  21. What a great idea! You Susie, definitely rock! I’m in a different time zone so hope I’m not too late to say ‘salute!’
    I’m just going to put a link to my latest post and hope that maybe any party goers will be intrigued enough to have a look around! :)

    • You are never too late to “abuse me!” It will roll all weekend and people will still be checking out links next week!
      Thanks for bringing your photos to the party! They were beautiful!

  22. My fave true cat story is currently on the go here:
    You don’t need to read back to find out what is going on, and anyone who regards as interesting the idea of a cat voluntarily joining a camping excursion through the wilds of Africa should easily become hooked!

  23. Hi Susie, I’m no rock star but I’ve got a place that will let anybody cook like a Rock Star. I spent a whole lot of my life in kitchens or at the aprons of my Grandmother, various aunts and my own mother. I’ve learned by osmosis and two years learning Food Service Management and Culinary Arts. Here’s the deal, starting next week on Wednesday I’m going to post a recipe. Some will be old favorites updated and there’ll be some new stuff. I’ll try to keep them healthy but hey, I’m a guy. I’ll make it as easy as possible, including shortcuts. So if you’re jammed for a meal, check it out at Will visit some of the blogs that have dropped by. Oh yeah, if you want to hear me rant go to http://www.tomwisk, It’ll be fun.

  24. Hi Susie! Greetings from across the Atlantic Ocean, all the way from the west of Ireland. I’m including a link to a post that seemed to tickle a lot of my readers…Is singing allowed at your Rock n Roll party?!

    Well done to you for giving everyone this chance to share posts and get to know each other. <3


    The origin of these two tales cannot be defined.

    Some say the first tale originated in the mind of a dervish and it is the only place that it ever occurred. Others say that it originated in Ternopol. Of course Ternopol sometimes resided in Austria and at other times Germany; now in more recent times, Russia. Possibly the dervish had wandered through Ternopol and that accounts for the confusion.

    Thanks for the party Susie. It is great idea and I am so pleased to see you continuing the tradition; especially after what you have dealt with.

  26. Hi Susie! I have been following your blog for awhile now, and it is just so awesome! Just like you :-) The way you dealt with that very difficult period of your life is awe-inspiring.

    Anyway! I want to contribute something a bit fun and different I did a while back: It was super fun to put together, and hopefully some people will have fun reading!

    Now to click on some of these links!

    • Thank you so much! I am on the mend and am getting back in the exercise habit. **yawn** not a habit yet…
      Love this post! I remember making scenes like this one. Thanks for bringing it to the party!

  27. Fantasitc idea, and I’m looking forward to discovering new voices. My offering is a post I wrote over the summer, which seemed to resonate with a few readers: I often find myself thinking about the relationship between writing and the psyche.

  28. Loving getting my GROOVE on Susie on your site:) I am getting my AWESOME on over at my site today! ROCK ON!!! Happy Thursday:)

  29. Need a slightly warped lesson in Texanna? Check this one out:

    Thanks again for this opportunity, Susie. I don’t dance, but can I have some of the refreshments anyhow?

  30. Hello all, I am using this to celebrate our Susie for her successful battles this past months…
    This link is about my love for words and I bet that what drives every blogger to the art:
    Please, hop in and lemme know how you express your love for words. Thanks.

  31. (*steps out from behind the fern in the corner by the bar*) Hi All. Dana Myles, indie author, and blogger without a clue ;-). I’m going to point you to a blog post I did a year or so ago. It’s an introduction of sorts to what’s really going on in my head at any given moment. Can’t wait to for you to get to know us…

    I’m off to mingle. Thanks Susie for the opportunity!

  32. You, Susie, are a rock star of the blogosphere!

  33. What a great idea! I am by nature a community builder. This is one of my fave posts. Although others have received way more views, this is one that was like a revelation to me: Ok, I’m going to click on 1-2 links now. Happy chatting everyone!

  34. Thank you Susie for this forum. I always find some interesting blogs and thoughts when you do this. I hope all is going well with you! Here is a link to yesterday’s post on fear. I don’t like it!! :-)
    Again I am grateful for the chance to find some new thoughts and share with new people.

  35. Laura Hilger

    Hi, my name is Laura and my blog is called Strucknwords. Thanks to Susie for inviting all of us to this party! I’m going to link you to one of my very first real posts called NOMADS AND LOCAL NATIVES (, a reflection on the desire to travel as well as the desire to stay put. Cheers, and thanks for stopping by!

  36. Hey, Susie, thanks for the party. Cute barista, is it okay to tip?
    Speaking of rock stars, Michelangelo is right up there on my list (his rock of choice being marble, I think). Here’s a post about me, Michelangelo and breaking glass:

    • Absolutely! She will appreciate it! ;)
      Love the rock star pun and your analogy of stain glass and life. So true!
      Thanks for bringing it to the party! Have fun chatting with the guests!

  37. Hello bloggy friends, for once I’m not late to the party and brought a little something with me too. Today is an important day (in my opinion) so if you wouldn’t mind taking a look at this post (one that I put up special for today) I’d really appreciate it!

  38. Susie, you are the Rock Star! Another great virtual party. My link today is actually from today’s post where I talk about writing and how the process can change, a little promotion of another writer’s book and a super announcement :)

    • Yes, I agree with you totally. Deadlines can be self-imposed and that is good. Then leave yourself some room to play and have fun. Nice headline picture you have, must look at that again. Bye.

      • Thanks for dropping in. The header picture is (if you did not already know, the Rockville Train Bridge outside of Harrisburg PA. It is the world’s longest, oldest standing stone bridge of its kind.)

    • This is so great SF! I will enter in the contest.
      The process does change. Right not I am in hyperdrive! A month from now, who knows???
      Thanks for bringing it to the party. Have fun clicking on links and chatting up the guests!

  39. Hey Susie, baby it’s cold outside in Colorado! Move over by the fireplace,and turn up the music. Lots of good conversations available here today.
    So – just to make a visit easy and a fast here’s a post with a few words (I heard that snort. I’m standing right here.)
    First snow in the Rockies/ski country pictures. Mother Nature’s sending it early for a reason…..

  40. Morning!

    Not sure what to leave, but I love parties, albeit virtual! Yeah ;) Okay I will return because I have to go write a 500 word news article. Something new I’m trying for the Guardianlv Express.

    But here’s a link to my … drum roll /////////// new book!

    Tell me what do you think? Does it sound interesting?

    Thanks Suzie!

  41. Thank you for the opportunity Susie! Let’s get this party started! I submit to you a post on how to break a window with your fist.

  42. Thanks Susie for the opportunity. Here is a post from last Friday talking about non-activity. Non-activity is something you do that produces nothing; like sleeping. Here is a list of five non-activities,

  43. Hi Susie! How’s the new hamburger buns?? After 40 books the traditional way I’ve just published my first ever book online so I’ve blogged about that this week. Only one link so I don’t clog up your filter!
    I seem to have got her early so I’ll be back to check out the later arrivals!

  44. Okay Sunday is the end of breaking Bad– These are my versions on how I think it might end.

  45. Thanks a bunch, Susie! “Use Me & Abuse Me” is always a blast and a great chance to meet new bloggers. I got somewhat serious one day, and my post “You Are Not Your Job. Really” talks about stepping away from our job and defining our calling. Not as bad as it sounds, I promise!

  46. Hello Susie and everyone else at the party! My name is Nick. Here’s my link:

    My blog’s devoted to the wild and exciting field of geography. Give it a look and you might be surprised by how interesting a subject it can really be. As Susie says, the more the merrier!

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