Tis the Season

Tis the season for awards once again.  As Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches, everyone gets into a giving mood.

This week I was given an award by a fellow blogger. I am always in two minds about blogger awards.  That’s not to say I don’t appreciate them in any way though.  It is always nice to be recognized by your fellow peers as someone they appreciate  reading and also as a blogger they feel worthy of recommending to others.

My friend Phil from The Regular Guy NYC – and yes I have called him a friend even though I have never met him.  The reason for considering him a friend is that he has always been a faithful follower and commentator on my blog.  I remember the first time I commented on his blog and looking back on it now he must have thought I was one weird chick.  Anyway – he has stuck by me through most of my blogging life – even when words escaped me and I’ve had nothing to say.  He has always been one of the reasons I keep blogging.  And let’s not forget that besides the subtle sexy messages he leaves on my comments, he always leaves me salivating when I read his blog.

Anyway ….. as I was saying before I digressed – My friend Phil regularly promotes my blog – via his blog or more commonly via Twitter for which I am truly grateful – so I wanted to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You Phil for making me feel special.

Then just when I thought sharing the love couldn’t get any better than this, on Monday I received the following tweet:

And of course it was followed by his post “I’m just a freaking Ray of Sunshine award aren’t I?

It made my week a little more special and motivated me to keep blogging.  For those of you who are not bloggers – it is seriously hard work and very time consuming.  Once you start blogging, you start seeing the world through a different set of eyes – you no longer do things because they are fun, you do things as they provide you with blogging material.  Something my family now jokes about on a regular basis with me.  Whenever I am reluctant to do anything, my sons are quick to blurt out “Just think of what you are going to blog about it” .  On the down side, my sons have also been on the receiving side and been the brunt of many of my posts – so they tend to watch what they say or do in front of me nowadays.

So just like any other blogger awards, I have to fulful certain things as part of my acceptance as follows:

Thank the person who gave you the award

So THANK YOU Phil – here’s a little something I thought you would like in return (Wasn’t sure f you were a boobs or a bum type of guy so went with bum – I kept it tasteful as well)

Include the badge of the award in your post: (Beautiful isn’t it)

I have to tell you 7 things about me – this is a little more complicated than it sounds as I am a complicated person so here goes with a few uncomplicated things:

  1. I love meeting new people and adding to my social circles
  2. I love a challenge – please don’t ever say – “So here’s a challenge for you …”  as I will be tempted to take you up on it.
  3. I have some secret fetishes – yeah, not gonna list them here
  4. I am generally a quiet person – I like to observe people rather than being the center of attraction.
  5. I love travelling – something I don’t get to do much of nowadays
  6. I can very very sarcastic – and I can be very subtle about it
  7. My favorite way to relax is in a nice warm bath with a glass of wine

Then I have to select 10 of my favorite bloggers, or someone I really want to piss off and link their blogs to my post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award! And as Phil says – “The love you receive back will be tremendous, or the deafening silence will tell you how pissed off they are at you.” So here’s my list (hope I can come up with a list of 10)

The first one has to go to Dale over at Diary of an Internet Nobody. Dale also guest posts for me on occasion and I enjoy his writing.

Joeh over at Cranky Old Man – And boy am I going to get in the neck for giving him this award – I know he hates these things.  (Sorry Mrs Cranks if I put him in a bad mood).  I have had him on my blog roll for a long time and love his sense of humor.  He has also written a few books, none of which I have read I’m ashamed to say. (Wish I had the time)

Marcia at Menopausal Mother – My dearest friend.  She has been my savior though thick and thin in my life.  Love you Marcia!


Holli over at Holli’s Hoots and Hollers – we share a passion for Harley’s.  She also recently got married to her soul mate.

Beth from Writer B is Me.  She is a new blogger I am following.

Jules from A Beautiful Day – Also a new blogger friend and we have had some interesting conversations via email and FB – It’s been great getting to know you Jules!

There are others I would have liked to include here but have also received this award from Phil as well – these include:

Kitt over the The Inner Wildcat  – She too writes on the risque side of things and I love her blog and her take on life.

And of course my fellow partner in crime who I write for as well – Matt over at Ramblings of a Semi-Mad Man.  Who knew I’d enjoy writing for a Man Cave type blog.

That’s all the love I am sharing today.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend xxxx

Lanthie Ransom

I’m Not A Virgin Anymore!

It is my 2nd bloggerversary and I now consider myself as an experienced blogger.  I am not a virgin at this blogging thing anymore.  The last 2 years have been been absolutely amazing.  I have made some awesome friends all over the world and I would like nothing more than to do a blogger trip and meet some of you amazing people.   I have also grown in so many ways over the last 2 years.  I have found the path to rediscovering myself and I have my blog to thank for it.

I bragged about 6 weeks ago that I had just reached 100,000 pageviews and since then I have hit well over 200,000 pageviews.  I have spent many hours trying to understand the stats and analytics and read so many articles and other blogs about what influences the stats and what to believe or not believe.  For almost 2 years, most of my viewership were based in the USA.  Currently France tops the list and Germany is second on the list with viewers from the USA now in 3rd place. I have no idea what influences this and I finally give up and accept the stats for what they are.  Deep down inside I hope the numbers are correct but to be perfectly honest, as much as I love you all, I blog for myself and am grateful to anyone who takes the time out of their day to read my blog.  So a HUGE THANK YOU to all you fellow bloggers and friends and blog surfers.

Hope you have noticed that I have a new look and feel to my blog.  I am sure there will be some tweaking over the next few weeks so please be patient.  Constructive criticism is very welcome so feel free to leave a comment or recommendation.  I will also be introducing some new ideas and hope they go down well with you all.

You will also notice I have a blog roll in the left hand column of other blogs I read and follow.  Please take the time to pop on over to read them all and say hi.  I haven’t always got the time to comment on each of their posts but I read every post they put up.  Some of them have become very close personal friends of mine.

And then there are the tabs under my header – The ABOUT ME tab obviously speaks for itself.  I am also a contributing author to Ramblings of a Semi-Mad Man and these posts are listed under the RAMBLING POSTS tab.  And feel free to contact me via my FACEBOOK or CONTACT ME tabs.  I would love to hear from you all.

So let me know what you think of the new look.