Blogger Meet and Greet

By: | March 26, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , |

Harsh Reality‘s Jason Cushman has offered a challenge which I have accepted.  In a recent blog post, he pointed out that the foundation of blogging is the spirit of community with which I agree.  Because we are a community, we should introduce ourselves, our blogs, and our geographical locations.

When I read the countries my readers come from on my stats page, I can only guess which readers come from which locations.  Just recently I discovered that three of my readers live near me.

This will give the readers of the Reflections community a chance to network, meet new bloggers, and have an added opportunity to find new blogs to read and follow. 

Harsh Reality Challenge

Daily Life in California

#Blogger Networking

Bloggers get an opportunity to network by introducing themselves, their blogs, and their geographical locations.

I am Janice Wald.  I live in the Santa Clarita Valley which is in Southern California in the county of Los Angeles.

California has been in the news lately due to our drought.  On the radio, I have heard talk of enacting legislation that dictates when we can and can’t water our lawns.  So far, however, no changes have occurred.

There’s an old song entitled, “It Never Rains in Southern California” which I think perpetuates the stereotype that it never rains here.  It does rain, especially in January, but I guess not enough to prevent or remedy the current drought.

Since I live relatively close to Hollywood, I believe there’s another impression that we see celebrities all the time.  I rarely, if ever, see celebrities.  I’ve seen Jane Fonda, Richard Dreyfuss, and Barbara Walters (am I dating myself?).  I also had the privilege of running into the late Robin Williams in a restaurant.  He was as kind as he was talented.  That’s about it for my celebrity encounters.  However, there are many restaurants here that have pictures of celebrities all over the walls as if to imply that celebrities eat there, or used to eat there, in Hollywood’s heyday.

Magic Mountain

California has many amusement parks.

I hear we are famous for our amusement parks.  We do seem to have our fair share of them.  I live near Magic Mountain and am within driving distance of Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, California Adventure, and Disneyland.  However, my children are grown, so we don’t frequent those places anymore.

If you are looking for blogging advice, please check out the rest of my blog, Reflections.  I am trying to grow my readership and would love to get to know new bloggers and have the opportunity to read new blogs.  You can find information about my site and me by clicking this link to Reflections.

Your Turn

It’s now up to you.  In the comment section, please tell us where you are from, what you blog about, and the link to your site.

If you think others would like to network with new bloggers, please share.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi, Arinola,
      Thank you so much for coming to my Meet and Greet. I hope you’ve met some new bloggers this week.

  1. Muhammad Ashhar

    Hey, what a great opportunity. I publish articles, quotations and discussion posts on my blog, Effective Thoughts. Would love your thoughts on it.
    Here is the link:
    P.S If you want feedback on your blog in return, just let me know.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Muhammad,
      Thanks for coming to the Meet and Greet. It was sort of an opportunity to say where we are all from in addition to networking. May I ask what area you are from?

  2. shelie27

    My name is Shelie and I write essays about my family in hopes to give others inspiration. Please read my about me section if your going to follow. Thank you Janice. I do like feedback as long as it’s constructive.

  3. Lorie Smith Schaefer

    Hi Jan. I’ve been enjoying (and even following) your blogging advice. I’m retired and live in Carson City, Nevada, very close to Lake Tahoe at the opposite end of the state from Las Vegas. We moved here in 1977 from Southern California. It’s pretty here, in the high desert with views of the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Sagebrush, juniper and pine cover the landscape.
    I’m still pretty new to this community and haven’t yet defined what exactly my blog is about. I’ve posted a few books reviews and links to the left-leaning opinion columns I write for my local paper. I recently started a weekly series called Healthy Habits for Happy Humans in which I share ideas for baby steps we can take toward healthier lifestyles while practicing self-compassion and kindness. I’ve been working on a novel (women’s fiction) for several years and hope to share tidbits of it on the blog from time to time. Haven’t figured out exactly how and when yet.
    Please stop by and take a look around.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lorie,
      Thank you so much for coming to the Meet and Greet and your consistent support of my blog.
      For many years Las Vegas was my favorite vacation spot. Some years I would go three times. I have also been to Lake Tahoe several times.
      Thank you, as always, for your kind words about my blog. I’m glad you are finding the tips helpful.

  4. Caroline

    I love this post! Im Caroline, I’m from Alabama (University of Alabama to be exact) and I love networking with other bloggers! Im a fashion blog, so I mostly only network with those people!

  5. Ann Odle (

    I’m Ann from , based in Southern California. I write a lifestyle blog–reviews, places to go, things to see, and life events.
    What a great idea–can’t wait to stop in & meet everyone here!

    • Janice Wald

      Welcome Ann. I visited your blog tonight. We have things in common. We both live in Southern California, and we offer blogging tips!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ann,
      I think you once offered to review my book I still haven’t written, but I can’t find the comment. Do you charge for reviewing books? If so, how much? Thanks.

  6. Crystal

    I live in Eastern Colorado on a dirt road 12 miles from literally anything. I am a mommy blogger and most of what I write is humorous, so I think other people can still appreciate a lot of it.

  7. Fifty Jewels

    I’m Kimberly from Incline Village, Nevada. I’m right on the shores of gorgeous Lake Tahoe. I write a Lifestyle blog for the 50+ woman,, focusing on the ‘a beautiful journey through the second fifty’. I hope you’ll stop by!

    Thank you Janice, this is fun!


    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kimberly, I tried to visit your blog tonight, but it said “page not found” or something like that. Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet.

  8. Ellen Hawley

    What a great idea. Thanks–and thanks for a very helpful blog as well.

    I’m an American living in Cornwall–that’s the southwestern tip of Britain–and I blog about the absurdities and cultural collisions involved. I’m at

    • Ellen Hawley

      I’m not convinced about the rain. I’m guessing Cornwall can out-rain Michigan any time. On the other hand, Michigan can out-snow Cornwall…

  9. Heather Denniston

    Heather Dennniston of I am in Seattle and would love to meet some other bloggers for community. I am only just realizing that is only together that we as bloggers will survive! Thanks for the support.

    • Janice Wald

      Welcome Heather, I hope you had a chance to meet new bloggers this week. I’ve learned that blogging is definitely all about community.

  10. Natasha B

    Hey everyone!
    Thanks for the opportunity Janice! Looking forward to following new blogs 🙂

    My name is Natasha, blogging from Kenya, my blog covers poetry, music and general rants from time to time, the rants and music is new though.

    Feel free to have a look!

    Here is a link to my latest post:

  11. john doe

    This was such a great idea and fun reading about other bloggers’ interests

  12. annepm2015

    I am from Atlanta, Georgia and write fictional and nonfictional books. Mostly inspirational, suspense or tragedy. I’ve published three books since the summer of 2013. I’ve started writing a little bit of poetry too recently. I did the Harsh Reality Challenge and posted to my website at If you have a moment, I would love for you to visit my blog and tell me about yourself too.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Anne, When Jason reblogged me, my readership improved. Please let me know if he reblogs your post, and I’ll let you know if he reblogs mine. Fingers crossed!


    I’m Gift David from Nigeria, I blog about Nigerian foods, healthy eating, kitchen/home hygiene and lots more. Hoping to get more readers from across, please do stop by and have a lot, if possible comment and follow as well.
    Here is the link to my blog,
    once again thanks Janice for dis opportunity.

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks for coming to my Meet and Greet! I hope you met some new contacts this week! It was my pleasure to host our Meet and Greet.


    Hi everyone,
    I’m Gift David from Nigeria, I blog about Nigerian foods, healthy eating, kitchen/home hygiene and lots more. Hoping to get more readers from across, please do stop by and have a lot, if possible comment and follow as well.
    Here is the link to my blog,
    once again thanks Janice for dis opportunity.

  15. Angie

    What a thoughtful post! I love California, and we did see 4 celebrities on a girls trip to Bev Hills one weekend! We were also on the lookout though!
    I’m Angie, a lifestyle blogger from Seattle. I blog about everything from football to fashion, with a focus on all things self-improvement:-).
    You can find me at
    Nice meeting you all!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Angie,
      Thank you for coming from Seattle. So, do tell, who were the four celebrities?
      Thanks for coming to the Meet and Greet. Nice meeting you.

  16. VAlerie

    Hi Jance I absolutely LOVE this post!! The blogging community is so awesome, and I have met friends from all over the world! Thank you for posting this..awesome!
    I also LOOOVE CA, I went to college in Stockton, had family in San jose for many years. I love love to vacay in are so lucky!

    I am from the Seattle area, Bremerton to be specific! I blog mostly about fashion, but recently have branched out into lifestyle, which probably will include some travel and beauty.

    I am originally from Vancouver Canada and am obsessed with Leopard print, so that was the inspiration for my blog name htttp://


    • Janice Wald

      Hi Valerie,
      What a nice person you sound like!
      Did you see Angie’s comments? You seem to have a lot in common. You both blog about fashion and you are from Seattle.
      Nice meeting you this week. Thank you for coming to the Meet and Greet.

  17. lindasblogs

    Hi,sorry I’m so late to the party! I’m Linda, I live in New York and for a while, I lived on Long Island. My blog, , is basically whatever amuses or interests me that I feel the need to share. I’m kind of hooked on photo challenges. Right now it’s just for fun but who knows where it will go in the future. Great to meet everybody. I hope you’re enjoying Janice’s blog as much as I am!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Linda!
      What a nice thing to say! Thank you for the kind words about how you are enjoying my blog. Thank you for joining us at the Meet and Greet.

  18. annepm2015

    Janice, I did post OM and linked back to him. I did not get a ping back yet.

    • Janice Wald

      Anne, Jason will get the ping back. It’s how he will get notified you met his challenge.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Anne,
      I saw he reblogged one of your posts. That was kind of him. Did you readership significantly increase when he did?

      • annepm2015

        Yes, it exploded I think. I literally had triple the emails I usually get. Yeah! Thanks for asking and I think you have a great idea for meet and greet. I’ve met some incredible people all over the world. 🙂

        • Janice Wald

          Hi Anne,
          I’m glad you had fun networking.
          I am SO happy for you the way your traffic “exploded”. You deserve it.
          I’ll keep you posted if my Daily Life in California gets reblogged.

  19. Janice Wald

    Hi Everyone,
    I am Janice, your hostess. Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet!
    I am from Santa Clarita, California. My blog Reflections offers easy-to-implement strategies and proven tips for improving your blog. My site is

    • Janice Wald

      Hi! Welcome to the Meet and Greet and my blog! I checked out your site but couldn’t find where to comment. I also like current events, and have written about them often at this site. Once again, thanks for coming.

  20. Terri Webster Schrandt

    Hello!! I’m Terri from Sacramento (San Diego native), and my blog is called “Perspectives On…Life, Work and Leisure.”
    I’m a windsurfer, part-time professor at Sacramento State, and leisure educator who just retired from my day-job of 30+ years in the parks and rec field. My blog features some photography and lot’s of ideas for how to spend your leisure time. Hope you can stop by! Thanks Janice, for hosting this (and you rock BTW)!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Terri! Awww…. I think you’re great too. Thank you! And, thanks for coming to the Meet and Greet.

  21. Janice Wald

    Hi Janie!
    Thank you so much for coming to my Meet and Greet. I hope you had a good time networking.
    By the way, I am originally from New York, born in the Bronx, raised in Bayside, Queens.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Suzi!
      Nice to see you here! Thank you so much for coming to my Meet and Greet.

    • Janice Wald

      Hey Benjamin!
      Cool to see you here! I was with people talking about House of Cards, and I thought of you. Thank you so much for coming and networking at my Meet and Greet!

      • Human Interest

        Hi Janice!
        Really? That’s awesome. I’m glad I came to mind. You’re welcome. I’m always willing to meet new people 🙂

  22. adrianscrazylife

    Hi, I am Adrian from Utah. My blog is because that’s such a perfect reflection of my life. I am always doing a ton of fun stuff and I love to share it with my readers. Some of the topics I am most passionate about are helping women be better parents, helping their organize (and declutter) their homes, and giving them practical solutions to financial issues. I’m also a blog conference junkie – I’ve been to ten of them so far, including a recent bloggers cruise. C’mon on over and visit.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Blogging Friend Andrian!
      Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet. I hope you were able to do some networking.
      We have a date Friday night at midnight. Don’t forget! See you then!

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  24. Julie Phelps

    Hi Janice! Thank you SO much for visiting my site and sending me the link to yours! I’ll have to take a look around and meet everyone here– I love seeing what everyone is up to and reading all the great blogs I am finding on WordPress! I have two different blogs, but the one I am most concentrating on right now is It’s a blog about family history– but not really. It’s about the fantastic journey my more interesting ancestors took and their part in our America history. I’ve had fantastic reviews, but little traffic. My other blog, is a blog about the ridiculous ghost towns, dots on the map, and just plain strange road trips my husband and I take with our kids. Disney World? No thanks. World’s Largest Ball of String? SIGN US UP!
    I look forward to meting everyone and reading about all y’all’s adventures!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Julie,
      I actually wrote about this post in yesterday’s post, so this morning there should be more opportunities to network on it. Let me know if you find some history lovers like yourself.

      • Julie Phelps

        Thank you! I will have to check the stats! I have researching a lot on the temperance movement, so hopefully people will find that exciting! It’s actually pretty interesting stuff! Ha! Thank you again! Il will definitely keep coming back to you. You are a blessing!

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    • Janice Wald

      Hi Anne!
      I got a new follower from your site, so thank you again for linking back to me.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Tameka,
      This blogging event, and the other, Share Your Blogs Below, are both getting new traction due to my post. You may get new traffic from putting your link here. If not, look at my advice on the other Meet and Greet. Check out their blogs. Don’t wait for them to come to you if waiting doesn’t get new readers.

  26. Ashley Beolens

    Hi I’m Ashley and I blog (with my partner) over on we post about all sorts from parenting to lifestyle, reviews and rants (basically what ever we want).

    I’d never heard of meet and greets until I found this site so thank you Janice.

  27. memeethemuse

    Hi Arinola 🙂 I live in Washington state and I am learning to write poetry and short stories. I host a once monthly event (mid-month) for poetry and I follow another person’s weekly event for story telling. I am learning a lot and thought that you might be interested in participating in both of those as well. I find that I am really growing as a writer and my imagination is returning to what it must have been as a child. Yay, right?

    And to everyone else, I should mention that I started writing my blog on Halloween (Oct 31) of last year as a way to distract myself from personal traumas that occured in August and September. Writing first was cathartic and having to figure out how to navigate the world of blogging was great escapism. Now much of my healing is underway and I do a lot of writing just because I want to, not because I have to.

    My thoughts about life, death and the world around me now also includes poetry and short storytelling… oh, wait, I mentioned that above. I am an advocate for Pit Bulls and finding homes for all abandoned or abused animals. I hope you will at least stop by and check out my site and perhaps you’ll stick around and discover the meanderings of Memee’s mind worth your time and patronage.

    Best of luck to each of you!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Memee,
      Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet. Since it was published a few weeks ago, I’d recommend going into their blogs and introducing yourself. Have fun networking!

  28. "Bethie"

    I live in California (San Diego County) about 5 miles from the US/Mexico border. My blog is about my two passions — writing and books. I also have a regular feature on Frdays called, “Let’s Talk Books.” My blog address is : I invite you to come by for a visit, and if you enjoy my blog, become one of my followers.

  29. Opinionated Man

    Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    Thanks for sharing the photos for the HR Challenge and for sending me the link! Nice photos of California! -OM
    Note: Comments disabled here, please visit their post.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi! Nice to meet you.
      Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet.

  30. Just Plain Ol' Vic

    Thanks for taking a look at my blog. I am Just Plain Ol’ Vic, however Vic will do just fine. I was born in Taiwan but am a naturalized citizen of the United States of America and reside in the South.

    I originally started this blog as a form of writing therapy. I am happily married, with kids but my wife suffers from bi-polar disorder, clinical depression, has an eating disorder and is a recovering alcoholic.

    Needless to say it is quite a bit for one individual to handle, thus my blog. I started this blog to connect with others that suffer from mental health issues and/or have loved ones that have mental health challenges. This is a way for me to connect, discuss and educate myself about my wife’s condition and perhaps in turn, allow me to be a better spouse. Perhaps too, in hearing my story, others will know that they are not alone and there is help, empathy and resources out there.

    My blog has since developed beyond just talking about mental health (although that is still a priority). I pretty much discuss what is on my mind or happening in my life. I am not afraid to spout verbal diarrhea, give unsubstantiated opinions and generally exercise my 1st Amendment rights.

    Along the way I hope to provoke some thoughts, get you interactive with my blog…perhaps even make you crack a smile and belly-laugh every now and then.

    So if by now you are still interested and willingly join me on my journey, thanks for coming along and don’t forget to buckle up!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Vic,
      I like your metaphor of the journey. Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet. Nice to meet you.

  31. mnghostt

    You and OM have a wonderful and generous idea that you sponsor.

    I am Jim and I live in the south metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. I blog completely random thoughts, bits of music, pics, and art that I find interesting whenever I’m not dying from the snow, ice, and cold.

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks so much for the kind words and attending my Meet and Greet. Thanks for following my blog as well!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Han,
      Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet and once again for following my blog.

  32. unrelentingmayhem

    Hello! I’m a teenage blogger who writes about her daily encounters and challenges. I do write poetry occasionally, as well as voice my opinion concerning certain issues. I’d rather not share my name and location for personal reasons, if that’s okay, but you could call me Dee. I look forward to discovering new blogs and reading interesting material. Here’s a link for those of you who might want to check my site out. Thanks in advance! 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Dee,
      Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet. Nice to meet you.

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet. Nice to meet you.

  33. Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns

    Hello, I’m the primary blogger at Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns! My other half is editor in chief (I actually have someone else to blame for typos and grammatical errors–) and occasional blogger. We live on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast and we started our blog just a few months ago. You can find everything from poetry and DIY projects to prayers, riddles and challenges on our site. Feel free to stop by and give us a browse.


    • Janice Wald

      Thank you so much for coming to my blogger Meet and Greet. Nice to meet you.

      • Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns

        Nice meeting/greeting you Janice. Thanks for giving us this opportunity.

        • Janice Wald

          My pleasure. Thank you for coming. I hope you had fun networking.
          PS I love your blog name.

          • Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns

            Thanks! By the way any other tips on promoting our blog would be greatly appreciated!

          • Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns

            Thank you! By the way any additional tips on promoting our blog would be greatly appreciated.

    • Janice Wald

      Wow! All the way from India! I am flattered! Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet and for following my blog.

  34. shopgirlanonymous

    Hi, I am Jess, and I’m from Texas but newly moved to Alabama. My blog gives an (attempted) upbeat view from the inside of retail, shop talk is not only for retailers. I encourage customers as well as retail managers & associates to participate in hot topics of discussion.

    I will also be hosting a blog share myself Friday, May 1st in celebration of 200 followers. Check the details here:

    Cannot wait to check out some new blogs!

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you for coming to my Meet and Greet. I’d love to come to your party. If I remember, I’ll be there. Thank you for letting us know about it.

  35. nicolemolders

    I am Nicole Mölders, 40+, married, one cat, no kids, a fashion, and science enthusiast from Fairbanks, Alaska. I am the blogger of High Latitude Style – an Alaska fashion blog with science bits for the stylish 40+ woman. I share how to dress fashion forward at any age without looking like a fashion victim and/or old.

    I also have a fashion linkup party every Thursday. I hope you can stop by

  36. fluffnco

    I am Cailyn from the Philippines. My blog is mostly just some randomness no particular topic, anything that comes to mind or I find interesting that may inspire or at least entertain people. Link to my blog is

    Thank you for giving opportunity for bloggers to promote their site. It is really generous of you… ^_^

  37. Ellen Hawley

    I live in rural Cornwall–the southwest corner of Britain–but I’m originally from New York. I blog about the oddity of living in one country when your mind and habits were formed by a different one. I’m at

    • Ellen Hawley

      …And I forgot to say thanks for providing this place to meet other bloggers and leave our own calling cards. You’d think that living around all these polite British people would have taught me some manners, but–well, I do try. Occasionally.

  38. Jennifer (aka: Jen)

    My name is Jennifer and I live in the U.S, specifically in good ole Tennessee but I’m not your typical Southern gal. I started my blog not even a year ago. After meeting motivational speaker Stan Pearson at a college retreat (Student Government retreat, he was the guest speaker all weekend) and telling him my life story in short, I ended up graduating college with my degree in law & minor in political science at the young age of 33! Motivation for Today’s Reality, is the title of my blog. You will see a wide range of posts, from personal, motivating, poetry, etc. I am still fine tuning my blog because I dream big with my intentions. I wish I could keep going on and on but I shouldn’t. My hope is everyone will repost the original post, ‘Meet and Greet,’ and PLEASE READ THIS EVEN IF YOU SKIM IT.

    I am so excited that you started this meet and greet post! I came across your post because a fellow blogger shared it on his blog (Opinionated Man) and I whole heartedly believe that you have created an opportunity for myself and others to build a worldwide community and that’s just the beginning. Not only is there the chance to build a persons reader base but this can help each blogger stay motivated, inspired, confident, & the list goes on, to blog because each individual who joins this community, by not only reading this post but taking part by introducing themselves along with sharing your initial post on their blog and a link for others to check out their blog. Just imagine the possibilities, they are endless! Why stop there, we can become not just a community of bloggers but a team and knowing that my STAT page isn’t just a bunch of numbers, graphs, & words but actual human beings. As this community grows and builds, we must all do our part, basically “There is no I in team.” I feel this is going to be huge!!!! I realize not every person (that is a part of this new community) will like, agree, or support everything I do on my personal blog and vice versa but others might love some or all parts of my blog. That’s okay because we all have a reason(s) why we started our blog. I am sorry for such a lengthy reply. I hope all reading this, sees the potential for greatness that is right here before us. Together we can help one another achieve our goals!


    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jennifer,
      Nice to meet you. Your comments were beautiful–no need to apologize for length. “A World-wide community.” I love that. What a beautiful vision. Thank you for encouraging others to reblog my Meet and Greet.
      Thank you for coming.

    • Janice Wald

      1. Thank you for reblogging my Meet and Greet. I should have thanked you sooner. No one has ever reblogged one of my Meet and Greets before!
      2. I followed your blog today. It looks like you have some interesting blogging articles.
      3. Also, I liked your comment on my blog about a world-wide connection through blogs. I like your vision.

  39. Nathan Lindsay

    Hello. My name is Nathan and I currently live in Barstow, CA. I can’t say it’s my favorite place to live, but it’s where my son is so, for now, this is it.
    I’ve been writing on WordPress for almost a year. I started using it to work through a novel – which is now published. I’m horribly bad at writing fiction, so these days I dabble in poetry.
    It’s been a heartbreaking year all around. Most of what I’ve been writing involves past relationships and being in love. I’d like to pull away from such motifs, but I simply feel “stuck” if that makes sense.

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