It's pretty hard to believe but, I've been blogging for almost two years. Two Years! Over time a few things have changed (like my sassy new page) but for the most part things are exactly the same as they have always been. I tell exaggerated stories while I'm out to sea and then I bore you to death when I'm at home on vacation lounging around the house.
I'm not exactly sure why but, I'm very, very, very shy about my blog. I haven't told very many people about it at all. In fact, I know everyone who comments.
I've been thinking of ways that I can coax myself out of hiding. I truly enjoy writing about my days and having a place to post my photos but mostly, I love sharing them with you all.
I decided that one way to come out of my shell was to start thanking the ladies who give me inspiration. Which is why I included this on my 30x30 List:
14. Send an e-mail to the ladies behind my three favorite blogs
A few days ago I knew that it was do or die. I either started sending out e-mails or I'd always just be too shy.
The first one went out with amazing results!
I sent Amy of Coffee and Sunshine this note:
First off, let me just say that I really, really hope this note doesn't make me sound like a creepy internet stalker.....
I've been reading your blog for quite awhile. In fact, yours is one of my ultimate favorites. There are only a few blogs that I absolutely won't delete from my reader without actually reading...and yours is one of them.
I started a blog on a total whim about two years ago. I'm a sailor and I was having a really hard time staying in touch with my friends and family. When I'm out to sea sometimes it feels like a total chore to write a few emails. I got a fun camera and then decided a blog might be the perfect compliment. Since then I've just been blogging away!
I feel so dramatic when I say this but seriously, blogging has absolutely changed my life. It's gotten me back in touch with long lost family members - kept me in touch with friends far away - and most importantly it helps me look for the positive in my days. While posting away on my own blog though, I've also started reading other peoples blogs - it's been so much fun!!!!!!
I love how honest you are about your quest for a more healthful lifestyle. I love your thoughts on weight loss and body image. I love seeing what you're up to!
I have to admit.....I have a life list. Well, actually it's a 30x30 list. Number 14 on my list is to send emails to my three favorite lady bloggers. You're my first email!
While I love blogging I'm actually super duper shy about my blog. It's the strangest thing! I very rarely tell people about my blog - it's pretty much just friends and family stopping by. Your blog provides serious inspiration for me.
In a nutshell what I'd like to say is:
Thank you for your thoughtful writing. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for your positivity and good ideas.
I feel like we'd be friends for realsies - if you're ever in Hawai'i (and I'm not at sea) - I'd love to treat you to a coffee and show you around! (See....that sounded more friendly than stalkery....right?)
Thank you for all your inspiration!!!!!
If you feel like checking out my blog: www.nautiemermate.com
(p.s. I didn't proofread this because I'm feeling a little nervous about sending it and didn't want to chicken out....)
SHE WROTE ME BACK THE NEXT DAY!
Here's what was waiting in my inbox:
I'm sorry it took me so long to reply! I wanted to sit down and really write you a nice thank you instead of dashing off a quick note.
First of all, thank you so much. This email made my day, truly. I love knowing who is reading! I really appreciate it, and love that you took time to write me. So, so sweet and what a great Life List goal. I might have to steal that one.
Secondly, I am so glad you've found blogging! It really is a life-changer in the best ways. I feel so much more connected to people I love and also have made so many great friends as a result.
I will definitely check out your blog and I'm seriously hoping my boyfriend and I make it to Hawaii this year (it's part of our plan!) and I will keep you posted. I'd love to meet up!
Thank you so much again for taking the time to write. It means the world.
Have a great day!
I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW EXCITED I WAS! (Well, so excited that I forwarded her e-mail to my Mom and my Bestie...)
Do any of you ever dream of sending a note to someone who provides you inspiration?