When meeting blog friends...

I wrote my very first blog back in 1/1/08

A week before that I had no idea what a blog was. 

Who knew?

994 post later, here I am today.

Funny how the years just fly past and the friendships grow!

Through blogging, I have met some awesome and talented women.

Above is a picture of Ana White and I.

This girl has some pretty mad building skills!

Back then it was a shocker telling friends and family that you were meeting strangers off the Internet.

My mom about died!

I didn't fear that impostor dressed like a DIY blogger driving a mini van.

I feared what to wear and say.

My advise now... BE YOURSELF!

You don't have to have a business plan nor fancy cards.

I made 300 handmade cards from scraps around the house.

Put your heart into it. Be YOU!

My first blog meet up was the second yr Blissdom.

Bless my heart.

I think my belly hurt the entire time.

Some of my sweetest memories are now my best friends!

Rhoda and I the first time we met in person.

She was always there to answer any blogging questions I had... and there were many lol..

She also introduced me to this sweet girl we have all grown to know and love.

The three of us hit the road for the longest yard sale.

I still look back and laugh at the video.

And yes, I'm still called Susie Bloop.

You have to watch till the very end to find out why :)

My second bit of advise...

Don't worry about what you will wear.

Although I know you will but trust me, it won't mater years later.

On this trip we were such a hot mess It didn't mater what we wore.

Band aids.. bring em if you plan on walking lol

Fast forward about 4 years and Rhoda put on this little party with a few close friends..

Some of you may have heard about it... Haven?

Oh my word!

It was so great, she and some friends are doing it again this weekend!

Last year I met up with these two girlie's!

So sweet.

And these chickies below...

I now call friends and they make me laugh daily!

I have to tell you, never in a million years did I think a year later I would join up and put on a shin dig too.

We have a little party planned ourselves.

I can't wait to share more as the weekend kicks off.

If you have been blogging for years or just getting started, I hope take time to reach out.

Friendships are the best part.

xoxo Susie


  1. What a great post Susie! I am enjoying meeting local bloggers. It is so fun to actual meet the "real" behind the blog. I have been blessed with a new friendship with Kristy who is my neighbor and it made me smile to see her pictured here with y'all! Have fun at your gathering!

    1. What!!! You are so lucky cause that girl is a hoot!!

  2. Aww.. SusieQ! Look at us :) I agree with you... the friendships are the very best part! I am BEYOND bummed I'm not going to be with y'all this weekend... but NEXT TIME! Count on it!!! Can't wait to see all the picts :)

    btw, Pamela, from From My Front Porch to Yours, is awesome! You'd love the real life her ♥

    1. Girl we have got to get together soon!

  3. Isn't it amazing the real friendships you form with people you don't even know? I am just in awe at the outpouring of love and concern with my blogging buddies. I hope some day to meet you - what a treat that would be.

    Enjoy your weekend. Can't wait to hear about it.


    1. We will meet one day I just know it! Still praying for healing my friend

  4. I have loved meeting blogging friends in person.


    1. Me too! Kinda scary at first but so worth the butterflies!

  5. I have made some awesome friends via blogging too.
    Back in 2008 I flew to California for a whole week and met up with 7 other women whom I came to know through a scrapbooking site & then we all started blogging too! My hubby was SO nervous for me staying with them having never personally meeting them before.
    I continue to love "meeting" new friends & have plans to meet a few more IRL in the very near future.

    1. Patti sounds like you have some fun days ahead. Enjoy!

  6. Have fun sweet friend!!! You are the star talent this weekend, just exactly who you have always been to me. Praying for you.

    1. I am already looking forward to our next get together. We should introduce our girls to one another as well!

  7. I would so love to attend one of the blogging conferences one year. I cant wait to hear more about your weekend.. would love to meet you IRL one day too.

    1. I would live to meet you too!!! Maybe one day soon we can do lunch ;)

  8. So happy I can call you a bloggy buddy! Wishing I could come to the SCA! :)


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