Ten Talents had an amazing idea, and....better then that she's implemented it over at her blog! You have to check out her "THIS FOR THAT" on-going McLinky! It's refreshingly simple and makes so much sense! Simply add your request at the bottom, and fulfill the request of the three links above yours! <Chessy Grin> I LOVE IT!!! Read all about it here.
Thanks Ten Talents!!! xoxoxo
Edit: This cool thing about it is, it feels good. Feels like I'm really helping. Sometimes the bloghop things feel selfish, or...pointless. Idk. And, it's hard to stop at just 3 ppl. Just gotta help a few others while you're there. 😛
EDIT: MORNING THOUGHTS....
There's something INTIMATE about "this for that". i like it. the idea can for sure be expanded on.
the big exchange, group, get together places are fine. but they do involve "wading". a lot of it, and a lot of time & energy. and there's something about it that's not communal feeling. bloggers are getting a TON of attention, that's gonna continue to increase. it's the new marketing magic that corporations want to tap into (i'll try to get around to posting something about "google caffeine" in reference to the hype).
in that attention....there is lots of room for exploitation. can see it happening already. there's a PIMPING out feel to a lot of what's brewing.
i find this really interesting that as a woman, and a mom. always working towards that natural, easy, solution and collaboration with other women, and
making it work together as a group, the helping out, compassion, etc. and suddenly..............i feel like a "pusher". like i'm standing out there on some tiny corner, trying to get kids hooked on some new drug. and dragging in 'strung out' moms to fill quotas and nonsense. that's how it FEELS. and, i'm against it!!! really-seriously!!!
i know part of this is gonna sound off the wall. that's me. always seeing the conspiracy. as mom bloggers especially we're gonna need to band together, and cut that crap out of the picture! WE CAN DO THIS ON OUR OWN! grassroots style. is how it all started, and it's where the focus should remain...nice and easy. we reach outside what we're all doing....sorta "desperate' for solutions, and there's a monster on the other side of that door. a hungry, male monster with a bottom-line, billions of dollars, and part of that blood-line that's been tearing this country apart! this world apart! it's a PARASITE! just like those commercials for orken! but................not funny! :/
woman are known for blindly entering into situations, thinking it's workable for everyone...only to find out later on they we're being used. that's not really us. why i LOVE "this for that"....what i resonated with immediately..........FELT....was the magic that counters that exploitation!!! subtle, powerful, simple! part of the FORCE. all i'm trying to say is that we need to keep control of this ball! it's ours! same with the power of our purchasing dollars, which is really what this is all about! we have the power TOGETHER...to make companies change ingredients, and bring down companies that are dangerous, and catapult products we like to success! all with a single dollar. and now all with a simple (viral) post! they're trying to sway us away from that power with tiny little samples, and ten cents here and there. not all of it, but MOST of it is working against us (in the long run).
they managed to side-track us while they were tearing the country down. out-sourcing, and bankrupting. i know it's all part of this larger, global picture they're working on....but there's more to it. a lot more. from the ashes...as women, sisters, moms....we're holding onto something VITAL and just. and, to avoid blathering on about it all..........i'll skip back to these small, communal ideas.
we're not blind to the fact that our audience as mom bloggers are other moms. we make our numbers go up. we create one anothers success. we invented WAHMs! we support them. we support one another. we care in a way that no one else gets. they don't have to. they smell this grand honey we produce, and all they're thinking about is how to jar it up and get rich from it. yes.......it's the world wide web, but....it's our web. it's where we've chosen to build our little blogs. and it can work...door to virtual door. neighbors, community. intimate.....sisterhood! use the big banners where they work, and kept in their place. don't sell your sister out, for a greasy buck. not that any of us really do that. just........it requires vigilance. this really is a battle between corporate hype and exploitation (of women and children), and we are each WARRIORS!!!
how about that for a morning rants. :/