A Gift For Your Support:: $100 Amazon Gift Card

People sometimes talk about blogging and bloggers with deep disdain. The fact that some of us write about our lives so much, we chronicle, tweet, and status update the shit out of our lives. It can get on people’s nerves. Bloggers can be infamously self important and ego driven. One time I heard someone say, “don’t they know one tweet from us could shut this place down!” That comment freaked me out, and simultaneously made me realize how stuck up our own asses bloggers can be. I mean, who the fuck do I think I am? I bought a domain and write these stories, my memories and experiences, and I expect comments and engagement?

Except

The thing is… I write these stories and these memories and I DO get comments and engagement. What was birthed from my writing is a community of love and support. Not just for me, but also for my readers. Each time I slingshot a blog post into cyberspace I am profoundly moved by all the feedback I get. I get weekly emails, comments, and messages letting me know how my story is impacting the lives of others.

I think those of us who can tell our story should. Why? Because it frees the next person to tell their story.

Will there be self important asshats along the way? ABSOLUTELY. Should we hate on them for that? ABSOLUTELY NOT… they are being authentic. That is their journey not ours, regardless of what we deem appropriate or not.

Over the time that I’ve had this blog I’ve talked about eating issues, my difficult relationship with my mom, raising unexpected children, death, life, and so many other things. Each time, I’ve been blessed and supported by people who believe in me.  The most important lesson my Grandma Mayfield ever taught me was to always say thank you. “People need to know you appreciate them” she’d say.

So I am saying thank you. You don’t have to follow me, or tweet anything, or like my  fan page (though it would be rad if you DID!). All you have to do is enter a comment letting me know you’ve been reading and you are entered to win a 100$ gift card from Amazon.  Make sure to enter saying you left a comment on the Rafflecopter below, or else you won’t be entered. The gift card will be emailed to the winner so they can buy all the things on Amazon. This is my way of saying thank you, I appreciate you. I know bloggers wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the readers who support us. Thank you for your support, even though I am not a big deal ;)
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Comments

  1. I read and follow;) I enjoyed your Inaguration post, pics, updates, etc:) Keep up the good work:)
    Shannon

  2. I just said the other day I love your writing, it does inspire and encourage me to go deeper and be more real. Thanks!

    • Thanks for always reading and commenting Heidi. I appreciate the ways you’ve encouraged me as I put myself out there. I appreciate how you stand by as a friend in real life, and how you have my back no matter what.

  3. Your authenticity inspires me. I like that you share it all, let it all show, in your posts. I think you probably encourage more people than you even know.

  4. This is the most genuine giveaway I have ever seen. I enjoy reading your honest thoughts. You are a great writer!

    • Thanks Brittney. Relationships are so important to me! Thanks for the props about my writing. I have a looooong way to go, but I am growing.

  5. Woodbetony says:

    Hihi. I feel like this is a roll call :) role call? Dunno. But here I am. Thanks for putting yourself out there. <3

    • Thanks for reading Betony. I am thankful to call you friend, in real life as well. I feel like knowing you has made me better… it has also made me laugh a lot more. Your humor is healing!

  6. I loved your quote. Everyone has a story to tell.

    • It is true! Sometimes I don’t like other people’s stories… but that doesn’t mean I should limit their ability to tell it.

  7. Love your writing!

    • Thanks Khaki! I think this the first time you’ve commented! Hope you stick around and we get to know each other.

  8. You know I love you, I read this and I get it. Oh lordy, do I get it. Keep on putting it out there, lovely. xoxo

  9. You are loved:)

  10. I read your blog. :)

  11. Virginia Vickery says:

    Even though it’s been years since we’ve seen each other, I still occasionally think about how (even though we didn’t really know one another super well) you were the only person who gave a shit that I wasn’t going have a wedding shower thrown for me by anyone. So you MADE. IT. HAPPEN. In the JBU Rec Center no less and even my freaking grandma was there giving me underwear and whatnot! It’s still one of the most thoughtful things anyone has ever done for me. And it totally exemplifies the kind of generous, caring and authentic person you are :) Thanks again.

    • Motherfucker! This made me cry! Honestly, there is a broken part of me that feels pressure to rescue people from pain and hurt- and sometimes I do more than I should. But there is another part of me that does deeply care, this is the more dominant part of my personality…and when people take notice of that it feels good. It feels good to be validated in that way. I read a quote one time that cemented its place in my heart and has deeply impacted how I live. It was something about how people will not remember our words, but HOW WE MAKE THEM FEEL. I can be an asshole, but I work hard to make sure that I make people feel how I want to feel. Cherished, empowered, heard, valued, powerful, worthy.

  12. I like reading your blog and look forward to reading about your adventures in this world. You have an honesty and bravery that both makes me blush and makes me smile. Keep it up, no matter what kind of hat people call you.

    • I think you are wonderful, Janeane! I do! You’ve commented, and tweeted, and engaged with me and my blog. In the meantime I’ve gotten the chance to read your writing and get to know you. You are so kind and approachable… also, in spite of being a religious person- love NOT dogma seems to be how you live your life and that kind of testimony is the most valuable kind. It is redeeming and has helped me be less afraid of religious people.

  13. I just started reading your blog two days ago.

  14. I can’t talk about how I have known you forever, or how much I enjoy being a part of your life, because I am not…However, I love the way you write and what you put out there for others. (Plus, someday I see us being closer!) XOXO

  15. Jasmine, I read every time you post. Love your thoughts. You are saucy! :) Haha :)

  16. I’ve been here sort of from the beginning. ;) I think you’re a big deal! Thanks for always putting your self out there.

  17. I’ve been reading! And I stalked you once at Pour Jon’s until I awkwardly introduced myself. So I think that counts for something, right? Right?? Anyways, Siloam needs a few people like you to shake things up a little and keep us thinking and learning about new things rather than staying settled in a little box. Thanks!

  18. I read and follow you via Google Reader ;-) Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

  19. Your blog makes me happy!! Keep on keeping on! :)

  20. I’m a new reader. Love your brutal honesty.

  21. This is completely sweet of you! Thanks for doing this :)

  22. I’m dancing to Ice Ice Baby in your honor, and typing at the same time. So my upper half is typing and my lower half is dancing. You imagine it.

  23. Mama you are a big deal! I love your honesty, your “keep it real” voice, your eloquent words that paint pictures … I feel like I know you better than some of the people I have known my entire life. It is hard for most of us to find the words or courage to say what it is in our hearts….even if it happens to be no one is listening. You touch lives, you invoke emotions that some people cannot begin to process and change lives. You’re awesome! Thank YOU for being you!

  24. Satogy says: