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Friday, May 25, 2012

Putting My Best Foot Forward (and not in my mouth)

Whadda ya know?  I've been invited to be the Featured Blogger at Studio 30 Plus today!


If you've never heard of it, I'll fill you in.  Studio 30 Plus is a social media site and online support community for writers; the "30 Plus" part indicates it's for people over thirty, but they were kind enough to let me in even though my imagination age is 28.  You can join up and get all kinds of advice, connect with other writers, improve your writing, and win cash money!  Okay, that last part is a lie, but it's absolutely worth joining if you're a writer/blogger/memoirist.  Or just go for a visit if you don't write but you're a lurker who enjoys stalking excellent writers.  Don't be all creepy with your stalking, though.  And if you are, for the love of whatever, don't tell them I sent you.

I've been giving a lot of thought to what I want to post over there, but as I type this I haven't started my S30P post, or even come up with a good idea.  I was going to ask Gerry for some ideas, but here's how that went.
Me (fishing for some congrats): Hey, guess who was invited to be a Featured Blogger at Studio 30 Plus on Friday?

Gerry:  I know!  But I'm so swamped right now - would you mind taking care of that for me?
Hahahahahaha.  See how funny he is?

So I was left to my own devices, trying to dredge up a good idea out of the dark recesses of my worthless brain.  This opportunity could mean exposure to a whole new group of folks, and I don't mean the trench coat kind of exposure, although if my post is a flop it could be just as embarassing as the trench coat kind.  Not to mention I have to keep the content up to my normal High Standards of Writerly Excellence for the benefit of my regular, lovely readers (that's YOU, if you managed not to laugh at the suggestion that my blog is based on any kind of Standards, High or otherwise), so that it's worth your time to click through to S30P and check out more of my drivel.  I want to be humorous, but not frivolous - poignant without seeming snooty - informative but not droning - tell a story without rattling on and on and on and on because you know that's how I usually write but I'm trying to stop so fewer of my posts will consist of one, uninterrupted 10-page sentence broken up only by intermittent italics.
NO PRESSURE.
Everyone knows that nothing helps you come up with quality, creative, funny, thought-provoking writing while you're already floundering in the midst of an Idea Drought like a whole heap of self-imposed pressure.

So anyhow, I hope I come up with an idea by Friday.  If I do, I'd really love it if you joined me at Studio 30 Plus here.  If the word "here" isn't a hyperlink, that means I couldn't think of anything to write about and I'm currently hiding behind my couch with the lights off in case S30P stops by to ask where my post is.  Please, if you see them, don't tell them I'm home.

A click below equals one vote - please click, because if I bomb over at S30P I'll need your thick, absorbant votes to dry my tears.
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22 comments:

  1. Congratulations on this opportunity. I'm sure you will be well received... and I couldn't help but laugh at Gerry's response - it was delicious!

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    1. Thanks! He IS funny, and he did follow it up with a congrats, as I'm sure he'd want me to point out, based on the fact that he said people are going to think he's a jerk after reading this post. :)

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    2. Lol, well, I wouldn't have thought he was a jerk. That sort of comment can only come from someone who actually cares. ;-)

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  2. Genius as usual. Loved the guest post, but I can't comment over there because I'm not a member because I'm not thirty yet, which kind of makes me feel like the little kid that isn't invited to the big kid's party because she can't help how old she is, but feels like she has something to offer because she's not all that pretty but people have always told her she's smart...and stuff.

    (This run-on sentence is dedicated in your honor.)

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    1. Paige, you know me so well - thank you for the run-on sentence, the gift that just keeps giving (and giving and giving until you think it's never going to end). :) I'll happily sneak you in to the party, as long as you don't rub your youth and supple, wrinkless skin in everyone's faces (figuratively, of course - it's not that kind of party).

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  3. :DDDDDDDDDDDDDD That bricks in the pillowcase/Thoreau bit was PRICELESS. Oh, and thanks to Studio30+ for making me join their site so I could comment on your post. Yay! Another password to remember! I wish Google would just get it over with already and take over the entire innerwebs. That way I could just use the one password. Seriously.

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    1. Thanks, babe! But don't encourage Google - as convenient as that would be (and it would be convenient), you know how I feel about them. ;)

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  4. And Paige - just lie about your age. In a few years you'll be doing that anyway, just in the other direction.

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  5. So I first saw that you had a S30P post so I went there and read it then came here and read that you are going to be writing a S30P post. Just call me Marty McFly.

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    1. That's especially strange considering this post is from the future!!!

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  6. Congrats on your most excellent post over at S30P! I've got my trenchcoat on. Now what do I do?

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    1. Thank you so much! Okay, so what you do next is line the inside of the coat with knock-off Rolex's* - then await further instructions.

      *Rolexes? Rolexi? I'm not sure about the plural on that one, but you're gonna need alot of them.

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  7. I loved your guest post.I tried commenting but it didn't go through! Genius- congrats girl!

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    1. Why, thank you! And thanks for the comment attempt over there - I think you have to be a member to comment, according to my husband and his grumbles regarding now having a new site and password to remember. ;)

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  8. Your guest post was fantastic. Found you over at S30P. I love finding other bloggers that have my snarky sense of humor. I'm a follower!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! We snarkers have to stick together, eh?

      P.S. I want to be your beautiful blog when I grow up. :)

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  9. Hi there, excuse me if I've already shared this here - I'm getting so confused!

    There's a vote up to see who wins the Kindle that Pish Posh is offering her Get Fit Challenge participants.

    If you have a vote to spare, I would be trilled to get it! The voting is at:

    http://www.the-pish-posh.com/2012/05/week-12.html

    You just have to scroll down to the bottom of the page and right before the comment section you'll see the contestants' images with a little "vote" link under each. Voting ends Monday morning. Thank you :-)

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  10. Ok, I'm a little (a lot) late, but I just read your guest post on SP30-something or whatever and was cracking up. That list of five things that give you inspiration are the only things I've got! LOL! I've got to come up with new inspiration because if I don't leave the house and my kids don't do anything gross for the day, then I have nothing to write. Im totally dependent on their grossness and my being embarrassed. I'm actually conjuring up embarrassing situations for myself. I was on the treadmill this morning and almost slipped. I thought, wow, what a great post I could write if I had actually fallen. Sick mind. Great guest post!

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    1. Thank you so much! You're not alone - sometimes I find myself hoping the kids act up or I burn dinner or something just so I'll have blog fodder - glad it isn't just me! ;)

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