Wednesday, December 1, 2010


The Blogging Community is unlike anything else.  While preparing for my Christmas Giveaway, Hubs questioned why I would go through all of this effort to actually give a gift away to a stranger?  That is how he phrased his question.  It made me contemplate my personal experiences with Blogging.  Somewhere, during the visiting of others' blogs and posting comments and in turn sharing projects and having comments left for ourselves, we develop relationships.  What is amazing is that over time we actually feel like we know some of these people because we've made some kind of connection with them.

They offer support and praise and sometimes the relationship spills over from simple blogging to actually emailing one another on the side.  And I've witnessed, on others' blogs, people actually meeting, in person, and feeling as if they've known one another for EVER!  So I was quick to correct dear Hubs and let him know that my Blogging Community is not filled with strangers, but a wonderful, supportive group of creative individuals who constantly supply me with inspiration and joy each and every day!
Instead of concentrating on work yesterday afternoon at my office, I printed off my Followers list.  I then photocopied the names of those who kindly promoted my Giveaway on their Blog so they had extra credits.  I painstakingly cut the lists up with my scissors and deposited them into an envelope, which was sealed once my task was complete.

I asked Hubs to draw the winner from all the names in the envelope just before bed (in case there were any new entries before day's end).  I was so excited once he had selected a winner and he looked at the tiny slip of paper and got a funny grin on his face.  He said "You won't believe it"!  I figured he's yanking my chain and ordered him to just tell me who won!

Hubs had that silly grin because he knows that Chris is one of my special 'Blogging' buddies!  She is probably the first person I made a 'connection' with in Blogland!  I don't know how we came together but I think I found her blog first and her profile caught my eye because her daughter lives in Toronto, which is close to where I live.  That, along with the fact that she has 3 dogs (like me) and lives in an old farmhouse on 20 acres.  I'm a wannabe FarmGal stuck in Suburbia!  She's living my dream.  Chris extended a helping hand to me very early on when I was having some difficulties with Blogger.

Congratulations Chris!  If you haven't already paid her a visit, please go visit Chris at


  1. aww! that's so nice!
    Congratulations Chris.

  2. Congrats to the winner! Do Men get blogging? Not too sure on that one.


  3. Congratulations to Chris!!! I know just what you mean about the blogging community... husbands don't get that some of the connections we make on here are just like friends we see in person every day and they are special! :)

  4. Congrats to Chris :)
    Blogging is a WOMAN thing...
    at least @ my house...
    you are right about special friends here
    and i consider you one of mine.
    you always leave the nicest comments :)
    have a great day

  5. Hello Lisa,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and the sweet comment!!!
    Nice to meet you and come visit me anytime!!
    Happy Holidays!

  6. Congratulations to Chris! Lisa you are so right about the special ladies we meet through our blogs. Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed or lonely, I just visit a few of my favourite blogs and then I don't feel so bad. (Sorry about sounding like Julie Andrews there!)

  7. Wow! I'm so THRILLED! I can't believe I won! And now I have a second little pink house (wink-wink) to go with the one that a very SPECIAL person must have already sent my way :)

    Truly Lisa, you are ONE of a kind! I've met some fantastic people through blogging and you are at the top of the list! My husband is always reading my blog and kind of laughing at some of my comments... I don't think men necessarily get the connection either!

    I do have to say, I'm hoping to spend a week or two in Missassauga in February... maybe you'll be free for coffee?? :)

    Thanks again Lisa!! This has really made my December 1st!

    PS - I think you already have my contact info ;)

  8. Just to say hello, my dear friend!


  9. That is so sweet! It is very true! We become friends through blogging. Such a special benefit with what we do!
    So glad is was a special friend that won your great giveaway!

  10. First let me say I love your chair! That is so gorgeous and I agree, there is nothing I don't love about it from the fabric to the finish and especially the incredible shape! Merry Christmas to you!!!

    I happen to have a husband who understands the giveaways!!! He wants me to do things like a flight to Cabo or other huge things (like that is in the blogging budget!) He is so cute with his giveaway ideas. He is a businessman and he looks at it like advertising budget! I love him for that even though he is unrealistic. I agree, it is giving to friends, new and old and I have loved making all of my new "cyber friends" as I lovingly refer to everyone. Fun post and congrats to the winner.

  11. Lisa,
    Congrats to Chris!!
    I so agree with you! I have made so many "friends" thru blogging! I work strange hours and that causes me to "not be around" when everyone else is so I don't have a lot of friends that I am really close to and can share things with.
    So I share via blogging and I have been so inspired and encouraged by everyone out there in Blogland!
    Blogging is my stress Releiver and I wouldn't give it up for the world!
    Thanks for stopping by as much as you do!!

    many Hugs,
    Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

  12. What a beautiful generous giveaway! Thanks for your happy to hear from you!
    Have a great day!

  13. Lisa, you are one of the nicest women I have met in the blogosphere~ so encouraging and supportive. To think I wouldn't have had the pleasure without blogging! Thanks for the great giveaway and congrats to the lucky winner.

  14. Congratulations Chris! And Lisa, you are so right, we do get to know so many wonderful supportive people through blogging. We share so much and at any given time there are always a handful or more of new found dear friends who are in my thoughts or prayers.


  15. Thank you Lisa for your sweet comment, it keeps me going when I hear things positive like that, I am a Realtor and that business is pretty much dead right now so I am selling things on E-bay and Etsy to pay bills right now~ Funny how life is sometimes you only get what you need. Hugs & Kisses, Diane

  16. Hi Lisa,
    Congratulations to the winner of your give away. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the visits to my blog. Whenever I get discouraged or begin to feel like I am talking to myself, a comment from you pops on the screen and I feel so much more encouraged. Thanks for being such a great blogging friend. Enjoy your weekend! Jennifer

  17. so cool. I feel the same way, in the past couple of months I have gained friends all over the world.

  18. Congrats to your winner! I agree to that while we certainly haven't met each other in person we sure do develop relationships!


  19. Chris is a very lucky girl for 2 reasons....1 because she won your giveaway, and 2 for the reason that she is lucky enough to have you as a friend!

    Take care,

  20. Congrats to Chris! I couldn't agree more with your thoughts on blogging and the relationships that can develop...I'm truly blessed with my blog buddies!

  21. The blogger world is really something special! I've learned to know many wonderful persons because of my blog and regarding give-aways... I actually won a sign from on a blog once and it made me sooo happy for days, so it's really making someone happy to win a give-away :)


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