As we sat talking at the kitchen table, Mary Elizabeth showed me a vintage copper mold that she wants to distress and incorporate into her kitchen in some unique way.
Given that Mary Elizabeth is a talented, tech-savvy woman who is not afraid of power tools, I said to her, "Why don't you check out a few of the great "junker blogs" out there? Or scroll through a few blog parties for ideas?".
Mary Elizabeth follows my blog religiously so her reply surprised me. She said, "What do you mean by "junker blogs"? And, "What are blog parties?".
|My sidebar at 22 Applegate Lane|
I just never realized that Mary Elizabeth, and possibly many other "newbie" readers, had no idea that these were live links and how much inspiration could be found there with one or two clicks.
Since it was Sunday and Mary Elizabeth is into repurposing items for her kitchen re-do, I started by suggesting she click on Donna's Saturday night linky party at Funky Junk Interiors. I had to show her where to click to "Read" the rest of the post and actually find the party.
I did . . . until today.
|Saturday's "Party Junk" at Funky Junk Interiors|
As we scrolled down, I could see Mary Elizabeth's eyes light up. She seemed totally amazed to find so many great ideas on just one page. She loved this recycled 3-tier server from Joan at Scavenger Chic . . .
|Show & Tell Friday Party at My Romantic Home|
Ironically, as I was working on this post today I received this note from an old friend in Connecticut:
None of us has time to routinely provide individual instruction to potential blog readers. We can do that occasionally, like I did with my friend, but on a wider level? Not likely.
I suppose we could each write occasional posts with tips like "How to Follow a Blog" or "How to Access Blog Parties" or "How to Comment on a Blog". That might help.
Is there more that we, as bloggers, can do to help other creative women, potential blog readers and Followers, feel more comfortable navigating through our little corner of cyberspace?