They Are Real – Blog Buddies

Thank you

As a blogger, it is so exciting to get people commenting on your blog. It feels as if you’ve been heard and you all know it’s a pretty crowded place in the blogosphere.

Before moving to Tatter Scoops, my blog has gotten some regular readers mostly coming from real life friends so to venture to the world of WordPress was a bit intimidating.

Tatter Scoops is almost a year old, which by the way, I had completely forgotten about until Maryline asked!

Joining SITS was one of the best things I ever did as it opens up a whole new world, blogging land! In almost a year, I’ve visited a lot of blogs, leaving comments. Most are kind enough to visit me back but there’s some who didn’t – which is okay.

As time goes by, some of the blogs I love turned into more than just blogs. They become friends – we visited one another blogs, we leave comments that support one another, laugh with one another, even sending out virtual hugs, we chatted on Twitter and so on.

The friendships are real even when it springs out of a virtual world – the blog world…

Some of these people  have been pretty much with me since my blog started, and I want to thank them for their friendships.

Gigi from Kludgy Mom. She’s one of my first blog crush that returns the feelings. Her snarky words always entertain me and keeps me coming back for more. You will love her blog, I promise you. Her Unrequited Love post is one of my all time favorite also her Why Blogging Is Good for You piece. Her brain-child of a meme is one of my all time favorite. Who wouldn’t love to flip things off once a week?!

Kerry and Paul from The Buttler Way. They are one of the coolest, hippest couple I have ever met! Seriously…I am so jealous that these two love birds can blog together. They inspired me with so many of their posts like Embrace The Hip Mom. Kerry’s weight loss journey is super inspiring and she’s working on her book about it. Can’t wait to read it, girl!

Sian from Pumpkin and Piglet is one of my favorite girl too. This first time mum from England have a killer talent for baking and I always find myself salivating reading her recipes like  Berry Shortbread Cheesecake slice.  Oh and who can’t relate to her Supermarket Hell piece?

Natalie from Mommy of A Monster. I just love her blog and her honest take on raising cute twin girls and a toddler. With so many followers, busy blogging life and definitely busy life with her kids, I am fortunate to call her a friend she just have the super power ability to visit her online friends and leave comments love. Her Mommy Needs A Time Out will make you laugh, I swear! Having three kids under 5, she had enough experience of vacation from hell that will make you nodded.

Kate from Mommy Monologues. This girl writes beautifully with awesome drops of humor about her family and about life like her post about The Only Constant In Life Is Change. My favorite post of all time from her gotta be her love letter to the Jackhole at the restaurant that hates her baby.

Katie from Sluiter Nation. She’s a PPD warrior and survivor with a heart of gold. Her piece about being a mother to her handsome little boy and how PPD came after will put tears in your eyes. Her positivity in life is infectious.

Alicia from A Beautiful Mess. Her photography skills are super awesomeness! On one of her posts which I love, she sums motherhood perfectly with these words: “Motherhood is really the epitome of the agony and the ecstasy. There is nothing more difficult or more rewarding that you will ever experience in this life.”  Another favorite that caused so much stirs and giggles among serious discussions of course was The Controversial Wax.

Anita from Finally Woken. Her blog documented not only her journeys of living in Aberdeen, Scotland and now Perth, Australia but also other more serious like the one that she claimed to landed her in hot water, Caucasian vs Indonesian Men post. This world traveler shared her tips on Travel With Dignity which I love.  She has become such a great friend in my real life too – we have met twice.

New Discoveries

From doing 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge I got to discover fantastic new blogs too and I’m so happy I joined the challenge as it expands my blogsphere tremendously. Not only I got to learn a lot of more technical stuffs to do behind the screen to pump up my blog but I got to connect with these great bloggers:

Maryline from Franco American Dream. She’s my blog buddy from the challenge but it’s the similarities that pulled me to her blog. She’s a French girl married to her American husband, an expat with one cute baby boy in tow. See the pattern? She got to dealt with USCIS the way I did and her post about What the American Dreams means when you’re not American is something worth reading as you will see what it’s like to be an immigrant. Not only that, she wrote about the career world as well.

Gemma from Travel Diaries. This girl writes about her travel too and I’ve been enjoying my virtual trip to explore London through her posts. She introduced me to something that will comes in handy for all traveler, The Universal Packing List.I just love her blog!

Melissa from Adventuroo. Mommy to two handsome boys, this girl is the closest I ever get to an SEO expert besides her obvious photography talent! Her Momcomm Monday is a must read for bloggers – especially mommy bloggers. She gives out awesome tips like How To Improve Your Writing that’s not only helpful but in terms that I can easily digest. For some laugh go read 100 things she have learned about blogging.

Lynda from Daily Window. Her photography skills are to die for! Seriously, if you’re into photography go check out her blog plus she’s also one of SITS Community Leader. Besides sharing her photography skills knowledge, she’s also very computer savvy. Did you check out her 12 WordPress Plug-ins she can’t live without yet?

Andree from On Linden Way. NYC native now living in Europe and traveling all over the continent and Africa, she got really awesome pictures from her travels  and adventures that she shares on her blog. Not only that she also shared tips on 10 Must Have Items for Living On The Road.

These are just a few and I will share more later – so stay tuned for the second batch coming next week.

Thank you for all your support and bloggy friendships. Really, I appreciate them 🙂



  1. August 10, 2010 / 2:15 pm

    Sweet post! So true! I love how friendship can blossom through the internet from around the world!! <3

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks Karen, I think of you as a friend too! 😀

      • August 11, 2010 / 11:25 pm

        Awwwwww. *hugs* Me too!

  2. August 10, 2010 / 5:56 pm

    And thank you for the linky love 😛
    Also thanks for introducing me too these new blogs, I’ll be surfing around them today.
    Love your site Maureen, thanks for writing such wonderful posts 😀

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:27 pm

      You’re so welcome, Gem! I love your blog too 😀

  3. August 10, 2010 / 6:53 pm

    Oh, Maureen, I LOVE the changes you have made to your blog!!! Especially the coffee cup buttons!
    Way cool! And your blog is too!

    This challenge we are doing through SITS and 31DBBB has really opened the blogworld door for me too. I finally feel like I am starting to make connections after a year of what seemed to be blogging for just myself and a few friends! I stepped out of my comfort zone and it was the best thing I ever did.

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you Kelly! 😀

      It is amazing what this challenge has brought us to. I’m totally inspired seeing so many cool new blogs that I just discover from SITS & 31 DBBB.

      So great to hear your own feelings about the challenge too 🙂

  4. August 10, 2010 / 7:21 pm

    Your site looks great! Love the streamlined new look!

    This is such a sweet, thoughtful way to mention your readers.

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much 😀
      To me they are more than readers actually, they are has been really great friends.

  5. August 10, 2010 / 7:51 pm

    Awesome that you’ve made so many friends! And I’m glad you agree that they are “real”!

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks Joey! They are real even tho’ we haven’t meet in persons *hoping someday we will*

  6. August 10, 2010 / 7:55 pm

    I’ll never forget your first “profile pic” of the was so intriguing I had to come check your blog out. And I never left!!! I’m so excited to see how you’ve grown and evolved in such a few short months. thank you for the shout out and for always being one of my most supportive readers, too.

    Have a great day!

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:35 pm

      Hahaha yeah I remember Katherine from Wink At Me refer to me as One Eyed Girl.
      Thank you so much for being part of these fun blogging journey, Gigi! 😀

  7. August 10, 2010 / 8:43 pm

    Good choices! I read and love so many of these already!

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:36 pm

      Btw, I love your blog too, Liz! 😉 Wish I can squeezed everyone I love here in one post but that would be too long LOL

  8. August 10, 2010 / 10:00 pm

    nice post maureen!

  9. August 10, 2010 / 10:20 pm

    awww! thank you hon! You are such a good friend! I always love coming here and soaking up some Maureen. you may be one of the most geniune people around! thank you for the shout out and linking us. you are completely awesome! xoxo

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:37 pm

      Awww Kerry, you made me blush *although you can’t see it* Thank you so much for the friendship even online, I love your blog and thinks you guys totally rock!

  10. August 11, 2010 / 12:35 am

    Awww, I like this post a lot. I am going to bookmark this especially to check out those links from your blogger friends. Awesome post! Thanks!

    PS. Your blog is looking great! Love it.

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:38 pm

      Thanks Miss Lai Lai 😉
      Yours is looking great too, girl!

  11. August 11, 2010 / 2:43 am

    What a beautiful post. I need to come back here soon and read through all your recommendations! Wow! I am so honored you included me among your blog buddies! I’m very glad to have come across you through 31DBBB.

    I love that image at the top of the post; beautiful!

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:40 pm

      Thanks Lynda, you has been so awesome not to me but to everyone that joins the challenge. Will definitely learn much more about photography from your blog. 😀

  12. August 11, 2010 / 4:37 am

    Awww! You are so right! Bloggy friends ARE real friends! And what great bloggers you “know”! I read a lot of these blogs too, but I am off to check out the others! Thank you for including me with all these lovely blogs! I am honored!

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:41 pm

      You’re so welcome, Katie! Maybe if I can get a sponsor we’ll meet at BlogHer 2011? Hey, I can dream big right? LOL 😉

  13. August 11, 2010 / 4:57 am

    Love the new look, Maureen. It’s very beautiful. As is the photo above 🙂

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you Amanda 🙂 Glad you enjoy the new look.

  14. Suzanne @ Mommy Moves Again
    August 11, 2010 / 9:06 am

    Thanks for sharing those blogs! I did visit some of them today. You are right, blogging is so much fun especially when you get to meet new “friends.” I am hoping to hook up with 3 of them next year! I am so looking forward to this! 🙂

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:44 pm

      Great to hear that Suzanne! That would so wonderful to hook up in real life. Are you going to BlogHer or SITS Bloggy Bootcamp? 😀 How exciting!

  15. August 11, 2010 / 11:05 am

    I love SITS. I’m new to it, but have discovered so many new blogs (and friends) I otherwise wouldn’t have.

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:44 pm

      So true 😀 I feel like I owe so much to SITS

  16. August 11, 2010 / 12:42 pm

    i am off to explore and meet your new friends. blogging has been a great way for me to connect and meet others. thanks for visiting. i hope you will come back and check out our new happenings and enter the envirosax giveway. please also stop by my shoppe.

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks Sarah for visiting me 🙂

  17. August 11, 2010 / 12:53 pm

    Man I feel like a bad follower! I haven’t been by lately, just been too busy with summer stuff! I love your bright colored layout! It’s gorgeous!

    • August 11, 2010 / 4:59 pm

      Gosh, girl! I feel bad too because I’ve been so sucked into this challenge some days I feel overwhelmed. Sorry I haven’t been over at your blog in awhile. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying summer! 😀

      • August 12, 2010 / 2:56 am

        I totally am, I hope you are too! 🙂

  18. August 11, 2010 / 1:43 pm

    Oh Hun! Thank you for including me, you already know what I think about bloggy friends, they are real friends. We’re only divided by a computer screen really! Thanks for the linky love and for the baking praise 😀 I read several of those blogs already but will check the others out later today, they all sound great!

    • August 11, 2010 / 5:00 pm

      You know I must include you, my friend! 😀
      You’re on my bucket list remember? Thanks for being such a great friend, hun really appreciate it.

    • August 13, 2010 / 11:17 am

      Yep, so true! 😀

  19. August 12, 2010 / 7:31 am

    Aww, so sweet, plus I’m in great company, can’t wait to check everybody out, looks like I know most of these bloggers from Twitter — OK I said most.
    Thanks so much for opening the doors to many new friends…

    PS: Love the new sassy gravatar picture!

    • August 13, 2010 / 11:18 am

      Thank you so much, girl! 😀
      There’s more but I can’t squeezed them all in one post or else it’d be one heck of a long list hahaha.

  20. August 13, 2010 / 5:16 am

    Your title captivated me because…I do consider many of my blog friends to be “real friends.” We share ideas, dreams, discouragements, hopes, and everyday experiences. We may not be within driving distance, but we are friends nonetheless.

    • August 13, 2010 / 11:20 am

      So true! Sometimes I’m amazed that it’s so real we can open up and support each other more than let’s say real life friends. Maybe that’s why I hold these friends so close to my heart.
      Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie! 🙂

  21. August 19, 2010 / 1:17 am

    Hi…just joined the SITS community and stumbled on your blog…it’s a lovely blog you got there… My blog is still a baby (less than a month old) and I am trying my best to be a dedicated blogger at the same time juggling between a full time job and motherhood. I plan on visiting the blogs you mentioned up here and make some blog buddies too…Please visit my blog and let me know your thoughts…

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