I would like to explain how this came to fruition. Hubby and I were having a discussion about the old days, (for the young’ens reading this..a little history lesson) but before the dark age. When Sundays were special and had traditions and rituals. Sunday mornings Church, come home to a big gravy (sauce) cooking on the stove, a big Sunday dinner, then either off to visit relatives/friends or wait for relatives/friends to drop by. We would spend the afternoon sitting around the table, talking, catching up, having coffee, pizza, calzones, etc etc, dessert. And now, how sad, all those traditions are gone. And then I got to thinking, why not have something similar here on my blog. This past year, I have met so many amazing and wonderful people through blogging, and how I am in awe of what they do and accomplish. How much respect I have for them, for their honesty, integrity, credibility and so enjoy when a bit of their personality shines through. So every Sunday, here at my place, the coffee will be on, the dessert is on the table and friends will be stopping by. And I will be rolling out the red carpet for my Sunday Shining Star Blogger guest.
*When and why did you start blogging?
Ohhh..where do I begin? First, I really enjoyed having Karen as my guest today. I learned so much more about her that I didn’t know, which is what I would think would happen if all of us got together each week and just sat around gabbing. To continue…… There were a handful of blogs that I came across when I first stumbled into this community, and her blog was one of them. I must have been very lucky, because by the time that I finally found the courage to email them, not only did I get a response, but they mentored me and I can honestly say that to this day, I can also call them my friend, and Karen is definitely in that category. If you could only see our emails, you would know..they are like novellas. I remember spending hours on her blog, soaking up everything, entering all the books related to mystery, wondering where she found her graphics, laughing at the captions she puts with her puppy, wondering when she slept, ate, shopped, etc etc when she was posting 2-3 giveaways and reviews per day which meant she must have been reading 24/7. I hope she doesn’t mind me telling this story, but, I think it is a bit funny. My first impression of her blog was that she did this professionally, by that I mean, I thought she was someone who had a big job in the “publishing” world, and had been “in business” for many, many years….what did I know…I didn’t even know what a blog was at that point. After stalking her for a few months, and a few other blogs I started seeing the “subscribe via email”…well my “you got mail” was full of news letters in a matter of weeks. Except for the “professional one” and darn…I didn’t want to miss anything that was going on there. So I got up the courage and emailed her, asking if she would please put me on her newsletter list. I also asked her a few other questions. And ,
to my surprise, I was shocked that within a few hours a response from this important person was in my mailbox and told me that she had been thinking about it and would look into it and thanked me for emailing her. This “professional” THANKED ME!!! wow I thought I was really special lol. And then a couple of weeks later she emailed me again, told me the newsletter was in place, and also took the time and explained some general issues about blogging and specific issues about her blog….WOW..was I surprised when she explained to me how long she had been blogging and that she wasn’t some CEO..lol. even so…Karen, in my eyes…is still a “PROFESSIONAL CEO” SHINING STAR. And btw….she isn’t being a biased grandmother….her grandson is absolutely beautiful…a very handsome little man!!!! Thank you, Karen, for all the books that I have won from your site and for being my guest today. Since it seems that I have great luck on your blog, would you mind buying me a lottery ticket lol?! And for those who stopped by to meet and greet my Shining Star, she has some great giveaways going on at her at her place, so check them out. I guarantee, there will be a book giveaway that you will want to enter. Good Luck!!