WARNING: Blogging May Cause Side Effects

It’s been one year since I started blogging and there have been some noticeable behavioral changes in my life.

I live like a college kid.

I stay up late writing a new post much like I wrote term papers and then wake at dawn to turn it in blog it since I live in the Mountain Time Zone and many of my friends live on the East Coast. Then I jump on my reader to catch up with my cyber friends. I power through the day fueled by coffee and sheer adrenaline. And when it’s time to party, I get down with the best of them!

My pant’s pocket is worn out.

Because I never know what blog fodder may arise during the course of my day, I always carry my camera. It has stretched out the pocket of my favorite jeans, but I am willing to sacrifice more than that for a story.

I have no shame.

I used to keep my humiliating stories on the down low, but with all the silly things that happen to me, I will never run out of subject matter.  Everyone laughed at with me when I shared my most mortifying moments, my recent ant infestation, and when admitting that my attempts at humor often get the response of nothing but crickets.

I have become a dancing vlogger.

What happened to the girl who was afraid of public speaking? Sheesh! That girl took the last train back to Timidsville and somewhere along the way became fearless!

I know a lot about pop culture. Okay so this one is on me since I am drawn to a lot of entertainment blogs. I can tell you all about the movies that are coming to the theaters, where Comic-Con is being held this weekend and the latest on the Kardashians. I know. I am so hip and cool like that now.

I lost my quadriceps somewhere.

Where the hell did they go? They used to be massive. I play tennis, bike, and ski, but I guess it is not enough to compensate for all the sitting. I am starting to run (I hate running unless I am chasing after something), to find build them up again. We’ll see how that goes when I check in a week year from now.

I can prove that avatars are not mythical creatures.

Blissful Adventurer, Juliet, Danny and I

I have actually met a couple of bloggers and found that Blissful Adventurer and Piper Bayard are REAL people and quite awesome! The best part of this whole blogging experience is the amazing community here in the blogosphere. I hope to meet more bloggers in real life. Just a heads up in case you want to change your email address meet up!

Piper Bayard at a coffee shop in Longmont, Colorado

I came up with an idea to help my cyber friends connect with each other.

Because I had such a great year here at WordPress, I decided to give back by having a virtual party on my blog and called it Use Me and Abuse Me Day. I love my cyber friends and wanted them to meet each other and follow some new writers.

They left a link to one of their posts in my comment section along with a hook (one line description), and then started mingling by clicking on their new friend’s links. My friends are amazing writers and they brought their best stories to share! There were about 75 writers who participated and almost 300 clicks out to their blogs. It’s not too late to check it out and leave a link!

I am going to host another party on Wednesday June 6th, so be ready for another crazy vlog and virtual party!

It’s going to be another rockin’ year

for this Wild Rider!

All photos by Susie Lindau

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  1. I LOVE Your blog! It’s very conversational, simple (in a very good way..totally LESS IS MORE, SO MUCH MORE) and wonderful!
    My one year is coming up this summer…we’ll see if I’m as accomplished as you are by then! thanks!


    1. Two Jules in a row! Both Jules are awesome!
      Thanks for that! I am writing a book and it is very much in this voice so that does mean a lot.
      There is so much opportunity on WordPress now with all the Reader features to find new blog posts so I am sure your blogiversary will ROCK!
      Thanks you again Jules!


  2. Your party was fantastic! You are going to go far. Like so many have said, you’re a natural. We could all learn from you. Wish I had known you when I was out in Colorado a few years ago. It would have been so fun to meet up. And Piper looks so beautiful! I bet the two of you were turning all the heads in the coffee shop.


    1. Aww Debra, I wish that you lived close by too! You are so sweet to say that. I, like everyone, go through all kinds of doubt, so your words really are very meaningful to me! Your blog is awesome too! I am so glad that we met and maybe we will get a chance to meet-up one day!
      BTW- Piper and I did attract one typical crazy Boulder guy who cracked us up!!! She really is a beautiful lady!


  3. Love your blog and enjoyed (and took advantage of) “Use Me and Abuse Me.” One question – instead of getting up early, why don’t you post your blogs as drafts and set the release time for whenever you want the next morning? If you do, though, be aware WordPress uses GMT, so add six hours to your MDT.


    1. Thanks David! I hope that you met and followed a few new bloggers!
      About the release time…..I know right???? I have a little nightmarish story about that and how my blogs were all posting the day before, so what that means is I AM GUN SHY!

      But it isn’t just about posting. I only post 2-3 times a week and I still wake early to check out what is going on, answer comments, and get on top of the blogs that I follow since I have way over a hundred to keep up with. I am always looking for new blogs. I try to free up some time to work out and then work on my book and start writing a new post! WHEW!

      Thanks again David!


  4. Susie, you’re a hoot! I love your blog. Whatever it is you’re doing, or not doing, keep it up! I look forward to reading about your experiences.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


  5. Congratulations on your first year blogging. I anticipate I’ll be at where you are now in about 7 1/2 years (when I reach the 10 year mark). Your zeal without being obnoxious is very impressive. You’re cool Susie Lindau!


  6. Hi,
    I love your post and your photos, blogging is a great way of “meeting” people, I personally have learned a lot about other country’s, different lifestyles and of course the list goes on. 🙂
    Will be looking forward to the next big party. 😀


    1. You are the BEST Heather! That is what it was all about.
      I will definitely let you know if I am ever headed your way. Thank you so much! And be sure to let me know if you are ever in my neck of the woods!


  7. Is National Lampoon gonna sponsor this next bash of yours? Hope you didn’t experience a virtual hangover from UMAAD. Hey, that ALMOST spells U MAD….Coincidence? I think not.


  8. Great post! Congrats on your year of blogging! I love how your most embarrassing moments are now out there…me too. You had a great party, Great dancing. Great stories on your page. Some that should definitely be Freshly Pressed. 🙂 Thanks for the intros. I met some good people.


    1. Thank you so much! You just gave me shivers Guat! That was such a nice thing to say!
      I am glad you met some of my friends. They are all excellent writers including yourself of course! It wouldn’t have been a party without you!
      Now rest up for June 6th…


  9. Susie, I just love you. Your excitement, your quirkiness, everything! If you’re ever in SoCal or I’m in Boulder (that could happen, I have family in Denver, it’s not that far of a drive), then we will definitely meet up! Keep being awesome, my friend.


    1. Thank you so much Tameri! You are the coolest ever! I would LOVE to meet up with you and I am sure that we will. I have a feeling we could get into all kinds of (trouble) fun together! You made my day!


  10. I’m back!! Yay!! I think I missed your blog party but will catch the next one! It’s been a horrible week with work.. appointments.. extra rehearsals.. extra baking for rehearsals.. reading a few blogs and having hundreds of inbox emails.. and I’ve missed you! This one made me laugh today!! You’ve hit the mark with all of your comments!! xoxo Smidge


    1. Thanks so much Smidge. I am glad you are back and can relate!
      I am so happy you figured out the comment problem! What a nightmare!
      What are you rehearsing?


  11. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.I appreciate your balanced approach and the road you’ve come. Love the face to face possibility with fellow bloggers…one of these days!


  12. Great post and congrats on the blog, I’ve just started following. You see I’m new to blogging and just trying to figure it all out. Meeting some new friends along the way is an added plus!


    1. Thank you so much Emily! Where did you find me?
      Write down June 6th on your calendar and come with a link to share. Since you are new, you could just link your blog.
      Good luck and feel free to ask me any questions!


      1. I was just looking around and stumbled across your blog, I don’t even know how it happened but I’m glad it did.
        And, I’ve marked my calendar for the 6th… I’ll just need to find a good post to share!


  13. Congrats on your one-year blogoversary, Susie. I never would have guessed you’ve been blogging for just a year. Your posts rock. They always make me smile, or laugh! Today is my one-year blogoversary. I’m doing a post tomorrow, but it’s no where as original and entertaining as your idea to have everyone leave a link and visit each other. Cheers to a great year of blogging and many more to come!


    1. Thanks so much Lynn! You are the best blogging friend which is one of the most amazing benefits to this last year!

      Congratulations to you on your blogiversary! I don’t know how you have time with all the beautiful crafts (you are so creative) you make and take care of your granddaughter! Awesome!


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