Use Me and Abuse Me Blog Party! – Music in the Street Edition


Frenchmen Street

It’s party time! Grab your dancing shoes and a link from your blog. Welcome to the French Quarter, Wild Riders!

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Leave a link in my comment section and then click on a few. Tell them “Susie sent me,” and they should click back to your place. Make sure to leave a URL to a specific post or article you’ve written. You don’t want your guests to arrive and not know where you keep your stories. They might poke around in your cupboards and peace out without reading any of them.

Jambalaya is bubbling on the stove while hurricanes are being poured. There are plenty of beignets to eat all day and night. The party will rage through the weekend so stop back to meet all of the guests. I have lots of new friends and I’d love everyone to meet and mingle.

The more links you click, the more friends you’ll meet. Subscribe to a few blogs. Maybe some will subscribe to yours!

Have fun and don’t forget to dance!

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    1. Love your post John! You have a great idea! This is exactly what we need. I think Danny sleeps while I yammer on…

      I’m so glad you came to the party. I see you’ve already met Austin and have been mingling with the guests! Right on!!!!


      1. This is just about as pathetic as it sounds: I don’t have anything suitable for new visitors!

        I did a quick WP check before heading out the door and I was happy (as always) to see you there. It seems our timing is off and I keep forgetting to come back to your posts.

        I don’t quite know the whole story of NOLA, but it has to be a happy one. I’ll be back to visit again soon.

        Meantime, here are my tiger lilies, theoretically: Thanks!


        1. I’m so glad you stopped back. Your photos are amazing! Love your new site!
          I had tiger lilies at my old house, but will have to plant some knowing they’re the official start of summer. Love Katharine Hepburn!
          Have fun clicking away and don’t forget to dance!!


    1. That is a very fun and insightful list! Thanks for sharing it with the guests! They will LOVE IT!

      Thanks for coming to the party Susie! Have fun clicking on links and introducing yourself to my friends. And don’t forget to dance!


    1. LOVE this post and your honesty! That’s the coolest thing about the blogging community. I think bloggers know each other better than real life friends!
      Have fun clicking on links. Tell them, “Susie sent me!” and they should click back to your place!


  1. You’ve brought back great memories 🙂 I’ve actually had a hurricane party before! With my hairdresser putting in a perm and drinking hurricanes and praying the storm (the other hurricane) didn’t come in and put out our electricity before we were done, LOL. That was back in the 80’s when, of course, I had big hair and lived not far from N.O. 😉

    Lately I’ve been doing some groundwork and rock work on a garden, so that’s what I’ve been blogging about:


    1. I CAN RELATE!!! I had to give in and take mine down.
      Thanks for bringing your post to the party! There are so many new faces. Have fun introducing yourself and checking out their digs!


    1. Great to see you Ted!!
      I love it! I would have needed more time to leave an impact like Katrina. Although I was definitely working on my “infamy” status. 🙂
      Thanks for bringing this to the party! Man, she can write! I was so intrigued by that introduction. She has to expand it into a book. It would make a really creepy movie too!
      Have fun clicking on links and meeting the guests! They’ll click back to your place!!!


  2. Hello partiers-
    There is a little bit of NOLA here in Kittery, Maine tonight, with dancing in the streets to celebrate the solstice at the Kittery Block Party. My post yesterday on travels with Lyme Disease seemed to get a lot of reaction, so I’ll post it here:

    I noticed that for many of your, your links include the title to your post. Mine just have a boring old number. Can anyone tell me how you fix it so that the URL includes a title (or shorthand version) rather than the “page number”).

    I am off to run a lemonade stand but will be peeking in and out of the party all day and look forward to some good reading and conversation!


    1. Hi Diane! I am off to read, but to answer your question, you just copy the URL from the top of your computer when you have clicked on the specific post. You’re using the shortlink.


    2. I just went over there and can see that! Are you titling your post before you blog?
      I’m not sure where you’re writing them, but go to the dashboard. On the left side, you’ll see “Posts.” click on “New Post.” That’s where I write mine. I don’t use the Quick Post feature. When you put in the title and body of the post save it before blogging it.
      Once the URL is up, you can’t change it, Try that next time!


    1. What a great tribute to your tree! It is so sad to see them die. We have a oak that has been limping along. We had it trimmed last year and it looks pretty healthy! We’ll see…
      Thanks for bringing it to the party! Have fun mingling and don’t forget to DANCE!!!!


        1. Susie, I selfishly rushed a mention of my site to your UM&AM day (hey, that’s going to be an AmperArt edition — I promise!) to be an “early arrival” before I had to rush out today and help a friend who is dealing with her own cancer issue. (I think I’ll write you a private note about that someday. Your blog helped her through a tragic experience, and I think you might have some insight for her future.)

          Point is, I returned to spend some quality time on this post, but I landed on the one from the 17th, reminisced about my visit to NOLA, and watched you with one black woman, one black man and one white man. I left a lengthy comment, thinking it was on this UM&AM post. So you’ll have to read it there.

          Now I’ll meet some party guests here.

          I love that you love my AmperArt site!


          1. That has happened to me before. Because I read everyone’s posts, I often forget where I am and leave a comment that should have been on my blog!!!
            I’m sorry to hear your friend is still battling the beast. I will send a prayer…


  3. I was just thinking that it must be time for a Susie party! And who could resist NOLA? Here’s my link – .

    Now I’m off to party with your other guests.


        1. What a great post on so many levels. Your father would be so proud that you listened and learned! The gifs where hysterical!!!
          Thanks for bringing it to the party! It will become a rager, so stop by anytime to see who shows up to dance!


    1. Tea? Well that sounds quite dignified. 🙂 Nothing like the French Quarter!
      Loved your post. It was a BRILLIANT and hilarious interview. Watson will have an identity crisis for life. He should be glad he doesn’t play an ax murderer!!!

      Thanks for bringing it to the party! Introduce yourself to the guests and maybe you’ll “pick up” a few new followers!


  4. This is such a great idea. I am writing my very first novel, baby steps, as I have no formal training. It is called ‘Ten Years in Germany”, the story of a young girl following her heart.

    Check it out at
    Please leave a comment and I promise to comment on your blog.
    I hope you like it. It is self explanitory, written in Ch.1 Ch.2 and so on.


    1. It is such an intense and fast paced story! Thanks for bringing it to the party! Have fun clicking on links and meeting my friends! Tell them, “Susie sent me,” and they should click back to your place!


      1. Thank you. I’ve already looked about 5 other blogs and left commentar. This is a great idea. I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog. Thnaky for letting me take part. Have a nice day.


  5. My apologies, Susie, for not following directions (I’ve always been a bit of a rebel) but I’d like to pimp Myndi Shafer’s Summer Book Crush ~ so all you wild party-goers will have a book to curl up with this evening while resting your tired feet.

    80+ books, all genres — each just $0.99


    1. This is such a great article and you make some really great points about Kick Ass Heroines!
      Thanks so much for coming to the party. Have fun clicking on links and chatting with the guests!
      By the way, are you from the ZSC Survival Crew? I used to see them on Twitter! Pretty cool!


    1. This is such a funny photo essay! Love the pictures! I’m so glad you came by. 🙂
      Thanks for bringing it to the party. Have fun clicking on links and chatting with the guests!


    1. This is such a great reminder to take advantage of the summer offerings!
      It’s a beautiful photo essay.
      Thanks for bringing it to the party! Have fun and don’t forget to dance!!!


    1. LOVE this post, Maria! Most people including men react like that. I’ve never been normal….
      Thanks for bringing it to the party! It looks like a few of the Wild Riders stopped by your blog already!


    1. I loved this essay about our fleeting summer! We are in the mountains right now where it is still spring. The aspens just leafed out and one daffodil is still blooming in the garden!

      Thanks for bringing it to the party! Have fun clicking on links!

      To everyone who wants to leave a comment on Bob’s blog, click on the plus sign inside the comic bubble!


    1. I had a cup of chicory for you at the Cafe. I’m jonesing for those beignets. 🙂
      I LOVED your story about crazy taxi drivers. I’m glad you lived to tell the tale!!!
      Thanks for coming! There are many guests who would love to meet you. Have fun and don’t forget to DANCE!!!


      1. Thanks Susie! Their beignet mix used to be my go to Christmas gift, fantastic. You can buy the chicory coffee in grocery stores now as well but it’s just not the same as being there.


    1. It is so great to see you Kitt. I remember this excellent post! You made a lot of great points.
      Thanks for bringing it to the party! There are many new Wild Riders in attendance. 🙂 Have fun checking them out!


    1. This is such interesting news Matthew! I had no idea it had been released. Thanks for sharing it with the Wild Riders. Click on a few links and tell them, “Susie sent me,” and they should click back to your place!


    1. Hi Karen!
      Now I’m in Wisconsin without internet! I’m in a McDonald’s! Ha!

      Love your post and your photos. What a whale of a story!
      Grab a beignet and have a hurricane. Don’t forget to dance!


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