Grow Your Blog 2014: Welcome, Fellow Travelers!

Fellow Travelers in the sense that we are all “card carrying” members of the Blog-o-sphere, of course.  I make no assumptions about your politics. 🙂

Thanks for popping over. And a huge thanks to Vicki over at 2 Bags Full for this shindig together. Isn’t she amazing?

I found out about the party through an amazing blog I follow called The Deepest Well.  Aine’s writing is always food for my soul.  I hope you hop over to her place too. It’s well worth the click.

~~o~~    OK – on with my party post.    ~~o~~

This is me…

My name is Pam and I’m a writer, living up in Northern Ontario, Canada.

I started out as an actor turned playwright and then slipped over into writing fiction with a novel called Mostly Happy (published in 2008).  I’ve also had a few essays published.  Right now I’m at work on my second novel.

I’m fairly new to blogging.  I’ve only been at it for about a year.

I feel like I am still finding my way as to “what this blog is”.

The blogs I love and return to are all… people writing about how they get through the days.  What they think about.  What they are creating.  What keeps them up at night.

I bop around and find blog posts about “the best app EVER” or “How to Plot Your Bestseller” but the blogs that hold me are the ones that not trying to … sell me anything.  The blogs I adore are the ones aimed at simply … communicating.  I love my daily hit of The Deepest Well and when something from Jaqueline over at Bliss in Images lands in my inbox… I make a cup of tea and settle in to bathe in beauty.

I love the worlds these women have created, and I hope that is the type of blog I am building.

I guess what I crave most is… contact… an ongoing discussion… company along the road.

My biggest thrill is running across a blog I love and beginning a new friendship.  That’s why I am so glad to be with you all today – hopping from blog to blog… reading… listening… looking…soaking it all up.

Thanks again for stopping by.
I’d love it if you’d leave a comment, just to “say hello” or drop me a line.  Especially because I might not make it to all… (what was it?)… 500 blogs involved in the partay. I promise I’ll hop over to your world if you leave me some breadcrumbs to follow.

Mostly I wish you a wonderful weekend of discovering new blogs, new friends and having many a laugh.

May your heart be warmed.

go easy ~p


Oh and in case you need an EYE break and just want to hear a lovely tune… here’s one I just discovered and used in my last post.  It’s so wonderful I’m gonna play it again.

Happy hopping.

PS – Here’s a link to to the BIG LIST over on 2 Bags Full- over 600 bloggers at this shaker!

40 Comments on “Grow Your Blog 2014: Welcome, Fellow Travelers!

  1. So excited to visit your Blog. I am drawn to anything about writing. I am not a ‘writer” of books, but journal ALOT, and love writing in this format. I have had my blog, Butterfly Tales for nearly 3 years, and have had so much fun ‘meeting ” new people and sharing ideas and all of the creativity that I find with my cuppa ….. in my case…. coffee…. every morning. I have signed up to follow you in my email, and will enjoy getting to know you! Thanks so much for helping Vicki out with this as it is a GARGANTUAN job, but so much fun for all of the participants. Hope you have alot of fun at this party

    • Hey Jeanne
      Thanks so much for popping over.

      I’m having a blast at the party – so many worlds to explore.

      Thanks for signing up to follow me. I’m heading over to your place right now. That is what it feels like to me… dropping in on folks, meeting them and seeing what they are up to.

      I’m so glad to be a part of it.

    • Hey Oma Linda
      Your blog is BEEEEEUTIFUL. I so want to come to a Mad Tea Party.
      I tried to leave a comment… but I think it might have disappeared into the ether. I need to get more up to speed on all these different profiles to leave comments with. I always want to do it with my wordpress profile but it doesn’t seem to work all the time. And my google+ thingy is acting up today (of all days)… ah well…

      I know where you live now. And I’ll drop over again….and again…

      go easy ~p

  2. Hi Pam 🙂 thank you for visiting my blog, and for volunteering to help with this big party ! it is lovely to meet you and visit your blog ! this is my first stop on the party hop – on my way, and yes, am going easy 😉

    • Welcome Kippy!

      I hope you have a great time at the party. I’ve been hopping about all day now and am about to take a break and go for a walk.

      May you discover much beauty on your rambles. ~p

  3. Hello, Pam – I’m glad I found your blog. I’m a Vicki volunteer also and thought I’d be sure to visit all of us as I’m not sure I’ll make it to the 500. Author blogs are some of my favorites. Here’s one I really like: I’ll be back to read some more. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey Angie – thanks for popping over. I’ve just started doing the same thing 😉
      Figure I can at least get through us volunteers tonight and then stroll through some more blogs tomorrow.

      I’ve had a great day so far. So many worlds to peek into.

      I’ll make sure to pop over to Carla Kelly’s site as well.

      Have a great weekend!

  4. i’m ready to talk – what should we speak on? hi there. i’m Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks – so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :

    • Hey Beth thanks for hopping over.

      My mind and heart are full to bursting tonight with all the lovely worlds I’ve been visiting. If I was to talk of anything tonight, I suppose it would be… how wonderful this technology is that allows us to all visit each other… while still curled up near our own cozy hearth. Not much to “discuss” I suppose, but I’m just so grateful tonight. And I imagine a lot of others are too.

      Yay for Miss Vicki!

  5. So glad to visit with you Pam… You too, look like a happy soul! It is easy to find joy around those whose heart is full.. looking forward to visiting with you ! Have a great weekend.. and blessings!

  6. How happy am I that you stopped by my blog this evening?
    Loving the way you write, looking forward to checking out the links you’ve recommended, and am now feeling even more encouraged to continue taking pictures of the sky here. And here I thought I was the only one enthralled with it.
    I grew up without running water, so I have an incredible respect for anyone who choses to live that way. Enjoy your long warm soaks while you can, and I look forward to visiting again soon, and getting to know you better.
    I was just about to and grab the link to my ‘sky’ post, but alas I see you’ve found it!
    See you soon.

    • ooh yes please – more shots of the great big wonderful Saskatchewan sky.

      Heading back into the party-zone today. So many great places to explore!

  7. Hi Pam, stopping by to return the GYB read. It must be wonderful to have the ability to bwrite well, I just ramble on. Keep on blogging. Jill

    • Hey Jill Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely compliment. I love the rambling on that’s where the gold is found 😉 I scribble long rambles every morning and therein lies my sanity.

  8. Lovely to meet you at the party yesterday, Pam, and thank you for leaving such a lovely comment 🙂
    Love the photo of you and the Wilde quote – I bought it on a canvas for my 16-year-old daughter a couple of years ago – I want her to delight in her own uniqueness (is that a word??)
    Anyway, I’ll certainly visit again when it’s less frantic, and I’ve finally caught up from the GYB party…
    Hugs x

    • Hey Claire Thanks for popping by. I do love that Wilde quote and I’m positive that UNIQUENESS is a word. May we all be true to who we are!

      “I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” ― Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

  9. Hi Pam, glad you stopped by my site during the GYB event. I have added you to my Can’eh’dian blog hop. We have had a stormy start to the weekend with lots of snow and drifting snow. Today will be spent with the shovel!

    • Hey Linda Yay for the Can’eh’dian Hop. I’ll be heading over to check it out for sure and you have given me a lovely inspiration to create my own hop of writerly sites or something.

      No big snowfall for us so far this weekend. But cold cold cold.

      I must get outside today, though. Yesterday I spent the entire day ONLINE exploring. Fun but must needs fresh air.

      See you soon ~p

  10. Hiya Pam – thanks for leaving your comment on Comptonia yesterday! I’ll bet that NM dairy farm was fun. I had a couple of dairy goats when I lived in Colorado, most of a lifetime ago. One nice thing about the cashmeres: no milking on these freezing mornings! (Of course, also no milk…)

    • Hullo Goat Lady! I did love being up at Coonridge. I would love to get back there some day. The woman who owns it is a TREASURE. I do believe she saved my life. There were some things I really REALLY needed to just let go and some walks and talks with Nancy brought wisdom I shall cherish forever.

      I miss the cheese, the chiles and the milk. As for the morning milkingwell it WAS freezing in NM too.

      Hmm wonder if goats can handle a Northern Ontario winter.

      Thanks for hopping over. I look forward to getting to know you better.

  11. Hi Pam … found you at the GYB party … love your blog.
    When I was in high school my dream was to be a writer …. life happened and now I only write in my blog.
    I am your newest follower!
    diane @ thoughts and shots

    • Hey Diane Welcome to my mad lil corner of the web. Thanks so much for following. I hope you will find fun and nourishment here.

      I say – WRITE ON SISTER! Blogging IS writing and who knows what will come of it. As long as you “keep your hand moving” and the words flowing you are writing.

      But yeah, I totally get what you mean about “Life” happening. My partner and I are both writers and we struggle mostly financially to keep on doing it. We’ve crafted our lives to allow us the time we need to write but there are always money fears for us.

      I often feel that I am a “slow” writer. And wish I had more output and that said output would earn me some DOUGH but I can only write what I must, how I must and so I carry on writing and grab what paying gigs I can.

      Still – it’s the best life I can imagine.

      I look forward to getting to know you.

      Scribble on! ~p

    • oooooh love the title of your blog. I’m a huge thrift shop fiend. I will pop on over for sure!

      Thanks for dropping in. I’ve just discovered this band and I love them. Thanks for giving them a listen.

  12. OMGosh! I love your blog, your writing is fabulous and well, I’m glad I found you in this vast world of blogging friends. It’s really like a kinship… kindred spirit… sisterhood kind of thing! I am one of your new followers and shall look forward to many, many more visits… hope, if you haven’t already, you will pop over to say hi at my blog http://elisabetpollockstudio%5Bdot%5Dwordpress%5Bdot%5Dcom Looking forward to a new bloggy friendship! 😀

    • Hey Beth – wow – thanks for the fabulous comment. You’ve made my day.

      I am really loving this party.

      Heading over to your site … right…now!

      • Heh heh…oh … I’m already following you!
        Must have gotten a bit sleeeeepy last night, eh?

  13. Hi Pam, thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a part of my blogging circle. I’m starting off a spiritual journey myself and look forward journeying with you.

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  16. A great blog AND music – who could ask for anything more?!!! Glad I happened along HERE! WILL be back, for sure – Happy Tuesday – Tanya

    • Hey Tanya, thanks for popping by 🙂
      I’m just about to stroll through a few “party” spots myself.

      Have a good week ~p

  17. I have to say, I love your blogging style, laid back & easy. It is so easy to read your blog. Some feel like homework, some feel like fluff. Yours is real.

    Check out my embroidery/ redwork blog if you are interested. (GYB)


    • Hey Patricia – thanks for popping over.
      I’m still working my way through the GYB party too.
      I’ll make some tea and pop by your place soon.

  18. 1. Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. Here’s some bread crumbs to follow me to My site and contact info is
    I don’t have a lot of blog time in. but I like all things creative n thrifty. I hope to stop back again, you look like you have a lot of good reading for a whole afternoon. I am on my pit stop of 332 good blog reading.

    • Hey Dawn – thanks for popping over,
      I’m having a blast at the GYB party too – so many amazing worlds to explore.

      Have fun creating your blog.

      go easy ~p

  19. Nice to meet you and get a chance to experience some of your writing and enjoy your photos. This hop has allowed me to meet many bloggers who otherwise would likely have been lost to me. Thanks for sharing. I have subscribed to the RSS feed for your blog.

    • Hey Judy C – welcome!
      I can’t remember if I’ve hopped to your blog yet – I’m still making the rounds. Can you leave me a link to your bit of the Interwebs so I can pop over for a visit?

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