No ordinary bloggers

Renee Ann Smith —  January 7, 2011 — 25 Comments

I love meeting women from around the country and learning about their lives, goals, hopes, and dreams. So I plan to do some linking up in the weeks to come. How ’bout you? . . .

One of the best things about blogging is the sense of community to be found among the countless women bloggers who frequent cyberspace. Whatever your interest may be, you can find bloggers who share it. I’ve perused blogs centered around the themes of living out your faith, homeschooling, crafting, cooking, raising special needs kids, living with chronic illness, home decorating, frugal living, product reviewing, writing, blogging, and, of course, reading. (Love the book bloggers!)

While surfing through these blogs, I happened upon a site called No Ordinary Blog Hop. This site was started by three bloggers who wanted to highlight the everyday things we say and do that uplift and encourage each other. NOBH featured my little blog this week. So if you’d like to read about how, when, and why I began blogging, you can link to the main page here.

The three hostesses who founded the site, Anna-Marie, Lynda, and Tracy, are homeschoolers who would like to connect with more of you. So take a few minutes to visit NOBH. From there, you can visit each gal’s individual blog through separate links. And if you’re a blogger, maybe you’ll think of some posts you can link to their blog hop that will encourage all the rest of us.

Another great inspirational site for both bloggers and non-bloggers belongs to poet and author Ann Voskamp.

She describes her blog, A Holy Experience, as a “place about finding the beauty and quiet, slowing to see the sacred in the chaos,ย the Cross in the clothespin, the flame in the bush.” Each Wednesday she hosts a meme where Christian women share posts about the spiritual practices that draw them nearer to the Lord. You can read about her Walk With Him Wednesdays here (scroll to the end of the post). Maybe you’d like to link up a post of your own there soon. If you’re not a blogger, you’ll still gain much from Ann’s site.

The last site I’ll mention is called Seeds of Faith Women, hosted by thirteen or so Christian women in various stages of their lives. Each Wednesday they host a blog hop called iFellowship to give Christian women a place to get to know each other. And you don’t have to host a blog to be part of the gang. You can link a Facebook page or Twitter account. The link goes live late Tuesday night. You can read all about it here.

I also enjoy jumping into general family-friendly blog hops–like Feed Me Friday at From Chalkboards to Strollers–link here and button in my sidebar.

What other great sites do you know about for bringing folks together?

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

25 responses to No ordinary bloggers

  1. Congrats on being featured! Thanks for the blog party referrals.

  2. This is a cool idea! I’m going to hop over and check out your post on NOBH! As for sites that bring folks together I really like Seekerville. Seekerville, for those who don’t know, is a blog run by a group of authors following their journey from writing through publication and beyond. It’s fun to read what they have to say about books, writing and life in general. It’s really a great atmosphere there and they are always so welcoming and did I mention they have giveaways? It’s one of my favorite places to visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  3. I loved learning more about why you blog. I always wondered why you had chosen Doorkeeper, so that was neat to learn. Also that you are trying to carry on the legacy of your friend. I hope to carry on the legacy of my father through my writing, so I can understand and appreciate that.

    Love Ann’s site. One thing that I appreciate (don’t know if she still does this) was the 1000 things gratitude list. I loved her poetic thankful lists that made me think of things I don’t typically think of to thank Jesus for.

    • I figured you for a fan of Ann, Julia! I think she did do a gratitude list. And I love her photos–so gorgeous! . . . Have you written a post about your father? I’ll have to look for that.

  4. How cool! I need to check this out asap ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy weekend doll! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Your posts always have such heart and grace! Bravo!

  6. Hi!

    I am following you from the weekend blog hop. I’d love for you to stop by sometime. I too enjoy meeting other mommy bloggers in cyberspace similar to myself. Have a great weekend.

    Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands! and Lynhea Designs

  7. Hi Renee Ann,
    Lovely post for NOBH, Thank you! I will be checking out the sites you mentioned ASAP, everyone needs encouragement:)

  8. Thanks so much for participating in my bloggy bounce at

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Hi! Thanks for visiting me. Now I’m following you.

    Enjoy the weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. THanks so much for stopping by! I’m following you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hi Renee Ann!
    Thanks for posting about NOBH! Thanks for the other links too! I’ll have to check them out!
    God bless,
    Tracy at “A Slice of Smith Life” ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment ๐Ÿ™‚ I love learning about new books and look forward to reading your reviews. Great blog!

  13. Congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so great to “meet” great women of faith online! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blog.

  14. Hi Renee Ann,

    I just hopped over there to say hello. How did I not know you were a writer? Am I not paying attention? Yikes.

    What’s your genre?

    I need to link up with Seeds of Faith again. I used to when they first started, but I’ve fallen out of the habit. I still follow some of the bloggers I met from there though.

    I have a ton of different kinds of blogs in my feed. I love my book bloggers (of course) and my writers, but I find I’m enjoying travel blogs and coupon/discount blogs too. All of which is a time distraction of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I get very easily distracted by all the great blogs I’ve discovered–which keeps me from writing as much as I should . . . I don’t talk about writing much as far as craft goes. I’m working with a mentor/editor from ACFW on refining a mystery/romance novel I wrote. Who knows what will become of it? But it’s a valuable experience. And I love to write on my blog. I never really intended to be an inspirational romance review blog. I had to cut back on my book reviews because it was getting to be too much . . . Anyway, thanks for stopping by, Joy! Hope all goes well with you and your new partners!

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