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 jennifer.l.jezierski@gmail.com 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.  :)

5 Comments

Jen, you should already know my story by right now. I was extremely disappointed to see my blog missing on the list but I think I’m doing ok now. However, I’m gonna need more shoutouts. That’s why I’m working my a** off to write captivating entries so other people can enjoy reading. If you are going to feature me, it’s going to be fantastic.
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

WIthout baseball, there is nothing. And Valentine’s Day was a made up holiday because some random person decided to make it one. This season ought to be a good one. Looking forward to watching it unfold. I’ve never been on the Latest Leaders list, but have been the featured blogger on the site early last season, if this helps your search. Congratulations on making #15 on the list too!!
-Holly
http://irishsoxkid19.mlblogs.com

Jen, that sounds like a great idea! I would have nominated myself, but I ended up making the list at #63 (though I wouldn’t mind going a little higher) :-). In scanning the blogs I read most frequently, almost all are already in the top 100 – I think I’m going to have to start branching out! So I’ll nominate Hyunyoung to be your first featured blog.
As for your entry title, I have no clue what it’s referencing, though it sounds like it’s either a song lyric, from a movie, or something presidential. Yeah, real specific, I know. ;-)
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Winter Blues and Blahs can be a real drag.
I know you’re just thinking out loud but I can only offer this: Busy hands are happy hands. Give yourself less time to think. : )
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

Hyun Young, definitely!! She’s such a great, amazing, blogger, and it’s really surprising that she’s not on the list. Hey, I can’t believe that it’s almost been a year since I met you guys at Fan Day! That was such a fun day. Thanks again for hanging out with me and chasing after Jake Peavy, haha! :)
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

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