To All The Bloggers I’ve Loved Before

Welcome to day 24 of 30 Days of Writing, a creative writing challenge that brings out the best and the worst in people.  Our prompt today is “Roast/toast another blogger”.  You can thank my good pal NoNameDufus for this one. If you can find him! Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you’ve participated in today’s challenge.

To All The Bloggers I’ve Loved Before

I had a tough time choosing just one blogger for this topic. I’ve made a number of very dear friends since we started blogging nearly 3 years ago. At one point, I considered roasting my co-blogger Mike, but how many jokes can you make about a man and his cat?

And there’s no way I could toast just one blogger. Just not possible. Therefore, I’m toasting all the bloggers who have participated in this 30 day madness. Because they deserve it. Because they haven’t hunted me down and killed me yet. And they probably want to. Badly. And I can’t blame them.

Here, in no particular order, are the fabulous people who have made me laugh, cry, think, feel and ultimately, inspired:

Unfinished Person – He came, he saw, he ran! Seriously, UP is a good friend, a great blogger and an awesome dancer. I appreciate that he joined in and understand completely why he had to stop.

NoNameDufus – Dufus is the punniest man I know and one of the greatest trash talkers of our time. He’s actually posted something every single day through this challenge and even moved some of his regular features to his second blog!

Babs (Beetle) – Babs is just the sweetest, funniest person! Her stories are guaranteed to make you laugh until you pee and, by the way, you have to read them with a British accent!

Laughing Mom – LM lost everything in a fire – including *gasp* all her shoes – and has a child who lives with chronic pain, yet she still manages to be positive and funny. I admire her more than I could ever possibly tell you.

Linda R. – I don’t even know where to begin with Linda; she’s a real renaissance woman! Her poetry, her short stories, her cats… she is an extremely talented writer and I always leave her blog with something to think about.

P.J. – We’ve had the opportunity to make some new friends through this challenge, and P.J. is one of them. He’s so positive and upbeat, yet with a  profound outlook on life. Plus, he loves Montreal which has endeared him to us forever!

Ziva – My gorgeous Lemmikki! I could tell you how talented she is, how incredibly brilliant and wonderfully funny, but in the end, what it really boils down to is: I love her. Even if she’s the one who suggested the awkward banana prompt, hates cheese and is marrying someone else.

MikeWJ – A man of many names, he is one of my favourite writers, in or out of the blogosphere. He really is one of the most talented bloggers I’ve had the good fortune to meet. He can take a mundane subject and spin it into an engaging article that makes me literally laugh my ass off. He’s a genius, and I don’t use the term lightly.

Linda Medrano – I may have mentioned that I’m going to visit Linda in California, so that should already tell you how I feel about her. The anecdotes she shares of her life are truly wonderful and funny. I keep hoping she’ll write her memoirs, because that would truly be a book I’d read over and over again!

If I Were God – He may not actually be God, but he would get my vote if he started campaigning for the position. He’s a “calls it like he sees it” kind of guy but with a sense of humour about it all. He has totally risen to this challenge and has been running them in for the TD from day 1.

Jayne – Jayne introduced us to Cotswold. How could I not love her? Besides, she is an amazingly talented writer and her posts never, ever fail to evoke a strong reaction from me, whether it be laughter at the hilarious or anger at the injustice or just plain wonder at the awesomeness of her talent.

Shawn – I’ve known Shawn personally for over 20 years. I’ll never understand his fascination for bathrooms. But I’m very glad he joined in on this challenge and can honestly say he’s knocked each topic right out of the park. And into the bathroom.

00Dozo – Our lovely ex-pat Canadian now living in the tropics, Dozo has joined in when she can and I appreciate her Herculean efforts despite her many medical issues.

Ms. Darkstar – Also a new friend, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her through her writing. Her style is unique, unexpected and probably some of the most honest writing I’ve ever read.

Katherine – I’ve always adored Katherine, she is an absolute sweetheart. But recently, I’ve been enjoying her writing even more. Katherine has been taking more chances and finding her true voice and I love it.

Leeuna – After a bit of hiatus, Leeuna came back to the blogosphere by joining this challenge and I was ecstatic! I love her dry sense of humour and her quick wit.

Nathanael – Another new friend to us, Nathanael was actually searching for a writing challenge and stumbled upon us. I love the reflective tone of his writing, no matter how silly the prompt!

Tami – I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Tami. She’s got a great sense of humour and her writing is very concise, yet conveys a great deal, and the accompanying photos are always fantastic.

Wendy – A mother a five boys, I have nothing but admiration for Wendy! Her positivity shines through her writing and her love for her family is nothing short of inspiring. I don’t remember anymore how she found out about this challenge, but I’m really glad she did.

Sandra – She’s fit, she’s hawt and she is spectacularly funny. I’ve known Sandra for about a year now and I’m always so impressed with her ability to write about anything and everything in a totally honest and humourous way.

Barb – I feel like I’m getting repetitive, but I can’t help it. We’ve met some great new bloggers through this challenge and Barb is one of them. Her straight to the point posts truly allow the reader to get to know her and to know her is to know she’s awesome.

Nicki – Even though she spells her name wrong, Nicki is fantastic. Besides our names, I’ve discovered we have several things in common. But best of all, she totally doesn’t mind that I throw myself shamelessly at her.

Malisa – I actually got to know Malisa through another challenge we participated in during the month of April. She is a brilliant photographer, even though she’ll tell you she’s not a photographer. She is hysterically funny and yet also  a deep thinker. I never know what to expect and I’m never disappointed.

Lauren – On day 17, Lauren made her entrance to this party with her awkward banana post. And what an entrance it was. Nothing short of spectacular. I must also add that she is extremely gracious about the fact that I forgot her in this list. I’m sorry, Lauren. It has nothing to do with your abundant talent and everything to do with my drinking problem.

Cheryl P. – While she’s never actually posted on her own blog during this challenge, Cheryl deserves to be mentioned as she has posted every single day here at WWFC. She’s our cheerleader extraordinaire and one of the most lovely people I’ve ever met – on or off the Internet. And I’ve totally been ignoring her blog because of this challenge and she deserves much better than that.

There you have it, folks. I think I got everyone, I really tried to cover everyone but if I missed you please feel free to make fun of me in my comments section. Oh, and take an extra 1,000 points.

My glass is raised to all of you. Repeatedly.  Thank you for making this crazy month such a success and an enormous amount of fun.


Now go and visit the other talented folks who have joined in this challenge. And tell them they get 250 points just for being them. Plus, the first round’s on me!

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  • You are the third blogger this past week to link to my blog or one of my posts. I have to say my ego is feeling pretty good right now…thanks for the shout-out and thanks for including me among such illustrious company, especially Mike WJ and Nonamedufus. 😛

  • Good morning Nicky!  I am still working on mine, but I think we were on the same wave length.  To my mind there was no choosing just one person.

    Thank you for your kind words, for not making fun of me in my comment section, and all the bonus points.  It has been fun, insane, challenging, and a great mental stretching exercise. 

  • Thank you for the link. It’s my first in I don’t know how long!

    I have enjoyed this challenge, even though I’ve found it a tad hard going at times.  I said I may do six and they would all be re-posts, so I’m glad that I managed many more and some written (or drawn) specifically for the prompts 🙂

  • You know I was all in before this started then I got DONE IN by a vicious cycle of a static migraines. I knew damn well I was missing some fun and great writing during each day of this blogapalooza. Being able to read this is a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that I can read it with slightly less pain than childbirth; the curse is you’ve confirmed just how much I’ve missed. I’m going to go sit on my pity pot for a bit now.

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  • Wow, Nicky! You sure are the hostess with the mostest! You are too kind to all of us wretched bloggers who are certainly just using your challenge for all of the fame and fortune that goes with it (not to mention those invaluable points!). 

  • Thank you for hosting the challenge. I’m glad I jumped in on Day 17 (I think) and the banana prompt. The challenge has been both great and grating (speaking of cheese). But I will trudge on if it kills me, which it likely might. One question. Can I can apply the 1,000 points toward my mortgage?

  • Nicky, this was a hard one because there are so many people I love to read.  This was fun. Okay, it was hard.  Okay, we’ll talk.

  • Thanks for the hit, backache baby!

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  • I am so touched that you mentioned me and that you want to throw yourself at me!  =)  Thank you so much!  I really wanted to roast/toast a blogger today but with my daughter graduating in about an hour, I decided to write about her today instead…and my gas.  Priorities!  =)

  • Tami Von Zalez

    This challenge has opened a whole new blogosphere for me ~ to virtually meet the whole crew. So I admit some of the topics perplexed me (damn you Nicky!) but a delightful way to spend the month of June.  

  • I could hardly leave you out, UP, and no thanks are necessary. I appreciated that you participated at all, especially on the heels of the photo challenge!

  • There really were too many to choose from, Linda. And those aren’t “kind words”, they’re the truth. I always enjoy your posts, and I am extremely grateful that you not only participated, but have been active every single day.

  • Babs, you are more than welcome for the link! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying yourself – I know it’s not been easy! But you’ve been doing a great job and I look forward to seeing your takes on the prompts everyday.

  • Oh Cheryl, I was wondering what happened – I’m sorry to hear you’ve not been well. I actually had a migraine last night and was in bed by 8:30, so I have an idea of what you’ve been going through. I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better, I wish you a speedy recovery!

  • Ah yes, the rewards of this challenge are endless! Why, with all the points you’ve accumulated, you’ll be able to… to…

    Have I mentioned how much I love you?

  • *hangs head in shame*

  • It was tough, wasn’t it? So many people, so few adjectives!! I am really, really happy that you’ve been playing along. You know I adore you 🙂

  • You’re welcome! Backache baby? Are you calling me a pain in the ass? Flatterer!

  • You are so welcome Nicki. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and to throw myself at you and not be rejected. 🙂

  • It’s been great getting to know you Tami and not all of those topics were my fault! 🙂
    Bottoms up!

  • Wendy

    Thanks Nicky for the toast. I actually found you by a email alert for creative writing. It has been, yes, I’ll admit it, a bit challenging to post every single day. But, I like challenges and have throughly enjoyed the different takes everyone has on a prompt. Much like teaching writing class. Onward to the final lap. ( oh- you have a new tormenting challenge for blogging in mind already?)

  • I am finally getting back to my computer today.  Slow is the speed at which I seem to be operating.  But never fear, I lined up Jim Parsons and Kristen Chenoweth to give out some special awards to your 30 day challenge participants.   Actually, those were the only two I could wrangle at the last minute. 

    Any way…..a disclaimer of sorts…the size or placement of any icons, headers or pics…mean nothing.  It was all about what I could steal off of everyones web site.  Also, a couple made stealing “troublesome” so I just created things for them. Hope everyone loves their award.

    Note to Nicky…If I have any of the bloggers wrong or have left out anyone let me know and I will correct my mistake.  A couple have more than one icon in there because I needed to fill a blank spot.

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  • Honestly, I’m thrilled to be part of this writing challenge and thank you for hosting it.

  • And that’s one kick-ass list of bloggers worthy of a toast! xoxoxo

  • not nearly enough -ha!

  • You know, Wendy, when I came up with this monstrosity of a challenge, I thought it would help get me out of my slump and while it hasn’t been easy, it has definitely gotten me out of my slump! As for a new tormenting challenge, how about 30 Days of haiku? Kidding!! Just kidding.

  • Cheryl, you are truly a gem. And I think you did leave someone out. You. Unless I need a new prescription, I didn’t see your badge or banner up there!!

  • They have impressed the hell out of me, Meleah. It’s been crazier than the photo challenge and they have all stuck to it!

  • You’re welcome, Lauren. I’d say “anytime” but I’d be lying. 🙂

  • Technically, I am not part of the challenge but I do appreciate that you have included me in your post.  That was super sweet of you.  While I don’t qualify for the “much- sought-after, prestigious, Prose-Picker of the Year Award, I am attending the ceremony and clapping wildly for all of you.  ESPECIALLY …TEAM…WE WORK FOR CHEESE.

  • That’s truly amazing!

  • Thanks for the shout-out, sweetie, even though I’ve barely made one a week.   And I have so many to still read.   This really is an amazing group of people that has come together for this.  Some of my faves including you, of course, you darling girl.   

  • Barb

    Nicky thank you for your kind wrds- I stumbled upon your challenge by accident and it’s timing was perfect for me- I have to be honest and say that posting daily has been hard for me- I usually have been very random in my frequency, but it really has been a wonderful experience for me and has helped me immensely!

  • One migraine is bad enough. The migraine-headache-migraine cycle is driving me batshit crazy. Thank god for narcotics but I really need to get to the underlying problem ~ whatever the hell it is. My osteopath thought this would resolve after he did some cranial-sacral work on my aching body early in June. It didn’t & he doesn’t get back from vacation until late this week. Thankfully I booked an appointment. It was to talk about another issue but it’ll be great to be able to get into see him to see if he can find out what’s going on.

  • nonamedufus

    Aw, gosh, you toasted everyone. That’s no fun. But it is awfully nice of you. Just as nice as it was to post me on your linky link thingy. Thanks Nicky. I spent the last week in Temagami, Ontario fishing. How about that, eh? And I caught lots of fish, too! Thanks for looking out for me while I was gone. And here’s to our last week!

  • PJHar

    Nicky — thanks so much for the props. And, yes, I do love and adore the city of Montreal and look forward to my next trip!

  • I knew not everyone would be able to (or want to) write every day and was happy thinking that maybe a handful might participate regularly… I’m amazed at how many people have joined in, even in part-time. All that to say, you are part of the amazing group of people who came together for this, and I appreciate it.

  • I’m so glad Barb. It’s been a stressful yet totally incredible experience for me and I really hoped everyone else was able to get something positive from it.

  • Well, I was going to toast just you, but I didn’t want everyone else to cry. Nice to have you back, mon ami. You had me a little worried. 🙂

  • My pleasure, P.J. and just let us know when!

  • PJHar

    Oh, you know I will. There’s poutine on the line!


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