When You Help Others, You Can’t Help Helping Yourself
Is there something higher than Cloud Nine? Cuz that’s where I still am at times. I say “at times” because from the middle of January until about Valentine’s Day, I get really depressed. Partly because it’s still winter and I hate winter. Partly because baseball is STILL too far away. And partly because I’m always single on Valentine’s Day. Which is a stupid excuse for a holiday. But that’s another topic for a different kind of blog.
Prior to this year, there was only one year where this depression was worse than every other year. That was 2008. What happened in 2008? My first SoxFest. I got a taste of baseball, I got to meet my favorite player, and once it was over, I got so incredibly sad. Now here we are in 2010, and this year is worse than 2008 because SoxFest was better this year. (I can hear you judging me over there…stop it.) It was easier in 2008 because I was in school, and since I had homework to do, classes to go to, exams to study for, and a part-time job, I didn’t think about how sad I was all the time. Now it’s 2010, and I’m not in school since master’s in journalism programs in Chicago only start in the fall, I have no job because my seasonal employment ended, and I have nothing to occupy my time with. So I think about how sad I am all the time. Luckily I know this basically ends when pitchers and catchers report. And I always get through this state of mind. It’s never something I want people to worry about.
Now for something less depressing…
Back on the 15th, the Latest Leaders for all of 2009 was posted. As you may be aware, I was number 15, and I couldn’t be happier. However, I noticed there are a lot of blogs I like reading that aren’t on the list and a lot of blogs that are never updated that are. And I know some of those bloggers are disappointed.
It reminded me that a little over a year ago, Tommy of Rocky Mountain Way featured me in his Timeout at the Plate series. A week later, I debuted in the Latest Leaders and haven’t left. I’d like to think that Tommy helped me get on that list. Since I see a bunch of blogs not getting recognized with traffic, I’m wanna help y’all out like Tommy helped me. But differently.
Timeout at the Plate was basically a mini-interview. I wanna do it differently. I wanna feature a blog every week or bi-weekly (I haven’t decided yet). I’ve got a couple in mind already, but I want you guys to tell me what blogs you think don’t get the recognition they deserve. Feel free to nominate your own blog. I’d totally do that with my blog hahaha!
I haven’t quite decided how I’m gonna feature your blogs yet, but I’ll make a decision soon. So nominate some blogs either in the comment section of this entry or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and please include the link so I don’t have to aimlessly search the Blogosphere!
Until you debut on the Latest Leaders, don’t beat yourselves up over it. I’ve been asked how to get on the list, and I don’t really have a set way to do it. Blog as often as you can, comment on as many blogs as you can, post links to your entries on Facebook/Twitter/anywhere else you frequent. The more people that see your link, the more hits you’ll get. Commenting on the blogs of the people at the top of the Latest Leaders will get you noticed too. Yeah, it gives them more traffic, but why else are they that high up on the list? Because people frequent there.
Keep doing what you’re doing, and look for your blog on here in the future. Just don’t knock me down on your way to the top. Kidding of course.
PS: Bonus points if you know where the title of this blog came from.