Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday Compliments

Renee: She's got similar political convictions as myself and is MUCH better at expressing her view on said politics than I ever will be. I just get hot-headed. Heh. Renee rocks my socks.

Matt Fried: Matt Fried makes me laugh and laugh. If I still lived in New York, I'd ask him out on a date.

Erin: You are one of my favorite bloggers! Thanks for all your awesome comments!

Jessica is an intelligent and humorous writer. She is always up front and honest with who she is.

Chasing Paradise: Girl, you know you are my BLOG BFF. I love that you're not afraid to write about the tough stuff, and I love your potty mouth! MWAH!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Almost finalized award categories

What do you think? Give your feedback in the forums.

Most diverse subject matter
Most distinct voice
Best Up-and-Coming Blog
Least likely to get "marked as read"
Best Title
Best Design
Best Group Blog

Blogger I'd most like to have a beer with
Best commenter
Most Sincere
Most Interesting
Most Encouraging/Inspirational
Best Guest Blogger

Relationships blog
Occupation/Career blog
Traveling blog
Shopping blog
Parenting Blog
Student Life Blog

Newbie award (turned 20 in 2008)
Last chance award (29 in 2008)
Best 20sb user photo
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Compliments Week Continues!

Man, there were so many compliments (with about 40 still in queue) that we've decided to turn compliment week from a one-time, one-week feature into a once-a-week, all-the-time party!

Expect to see compliments posted approximately every Sunday. And keep submitting!  

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Compliment Week- Friday Part 3

Fiveblondes: I have four sisters, so immediately I liked you girls. You're so different from each other, but also so the same. It makes your blog really enjoyable. You do an exemplary job of letting us in your life but also keeping privacy boundaries. Plus, you're all beautiful. Plus plus, hooray for sisters! Plus plus plus, hooray for Ontario!

Stealthnerd: One of my internet BFFs! She is hilarious, has dreams about Luke from Gilmore Girls and has the best/worst stories about NYC.

Kendall is a great writer with a lot of heart. He puts himself out there in every post and he's never afraid to say what he's thinking.
-the almost right word

Emily has become a great friend! Today she listened to me cry and stress for like 20 minutes about the stuff going on in my life. She has really helped me through a lot of crap and I'm glad that I met her through blogging!

Narm: In short, he's funny AND he's hot. I think that sums it up. ;)

Jessica: You are just the coolest blogger I know! :)
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Compliment Week- Friday Part 2

Lauren: I feel like I've known Lauren forever, though we are still kind of new bloggy buddies. Her writing continually blows me away with its vividness and honesty. She is a true gem of 20SB.

Blogging Barbie: You know I *heart* the shit out of you. Your posts crack me the eff up. I think the first one of yours I read was about you getting a speeding ticket and I'm pretty sure I almost had Diet Coke coming out of my nose. Come to GA? Plzthkxbai.

Deutlich: I have so much respect for Deutlich, i think she's a fabulous writer and she's real. She writes from the heart on various subjects and is always one of the first blogs I read when I see she's updated.

Princess Pointful: Seriously one of the sweetest bloggers I've come across and I absolutely adore her writing, even if I'm a lazy git sometimes and forget to comment.

Brandy: Your blog is one of the first I fell in love with when I started reading over a year ago. You're always one of the first I click to and you ALWAYS make me smile. You seem like you'd be fun to have a couple (or seven) glasses of wine with while discussing the effortless sexiness of Jim Halpert among other IMPORTANT topics of our generation.
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Compliment Week- Friday Part 1

Jamie's is one of the first blogs I ever really got into and I remember emailing her almost a full year ago about something she had written... and really ever since then I've just been beyond fond of her. Meeting her in real life only solidified this. I'm afraid I'm not doing her much justice with words, but believe me when I say that she's an astounding human being. I'm lucky to know her.

Lisa: The one and only! None of us would even be doing this right now if it wasn't for her. She made our awesome community and I couldn't be more appreciative. Plus, she once explained rational and irrational numbers to me and is my math hero!

Jessi: is such a wonderful writer. Every post wraps me up in its own little world of deliciousness.

The Well-Intentioned Heartbreaker's blog just makes me smile. Her writing lets the reader peak into her every-day life and we love her for it.

Chris: I admire your ability to post hilarious material five days out of the week. Bravo! And you're super nice, too!
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Compliment Week- Thursday Part 4

Part 4? Yes! I have so many more to go! You guys sure like complimenting each other.

Jenn blogging since late last 2007 has been beter and better and better. Her writing has found its voice in a major way uncommon to a vast majority of the people self-publishing. I'm actually jealous of HOW much better she keeps getting in such short periods of time.

Nuka's posts are always so thoughtful and thought-provoking.

Ashley: Love you! You are beautiful and an amazing person! Way to be a world changer!

Joanna runs one of the most original and funny blogs out there. Not only do the pictures she posts actually make me wonder "shirt or dress", but her commentary is so funny that I want to pee pants while reading!

Nicole's is one of the first blogs I ever really got into. I was always intrigued by her writing style and sheer openness.. and a year later? I'm still reading every single word she writes.

Andy: I always enjoy your witty comments!

Mandy: I love Mandy's complete down to earth feel of her blog. Reading her is like tubing down a lazy river with a nice glass of wine.
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Compliment Week- Thursday Part 3

Brandy: THANK YOU for all your replies to my comments. And the email you sent? Brought me to tears. Your kindness is unprecedented and your snarkiness so so welcome. I wish we lived closer because I would invite you over for all of Barack's future speeches to drink wine and fawn over his changiness.

Kat: I love Kat's outspoken nature, well thought out logic and completely candid manner in relaying her thoughts.

Joanna: This blog is brilliant!! I love all the polls. Way to give your readers something fun to read but also a way to be interactive and participate. Too hilarious. Keep up the great work!

Deutlich: You are the sassiest blogger I know. You're also the jelly to my peanut butter at 20sb. I have endless appreciation for you. Also, your blog is top notch.

Amy is such a genuine person. She always leaves the most thoughtful comments.
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Compliment Week- Thursday Part 2

DMB5_Libra: D is one of my best friends in life and I've known her for 14 years. In those years, I've learned so much from her I couldn't possibly fit it all in this comment box. But she is awesome. 'Nuff said.

HBee: Girl, I am so proud of you for the strength you've exhibited after everything that has happened.

Laurie has a great blog that has a really unique voice. Also, she's wore two skirts before at the same time, which just makes her cool in my books!

Ben is sweet and tender lover....oh wait....I mean he is a great writer that makes me laugh very, very easily.

Allie: You rock for organizing our fabulous book club!

Jamie: You're a 20SB legend. I hope one day I can be as cool as you are. Seriously. Some of us strive to be Jamie Lovely!
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Compliment Week- Thursday Part 1

Angela, I will always admire your sheer honesty. Your introspection and open heart keeps me reading and I sincerely hope your grad school friends don't keep you from being who you are on your blog.

Jenn's wit is beyond belief. She possesses an innate ability to make me laugh through my nose as loudly as possible, making me sound like a snorting pig. And truthfully? I'm okay with this. She's sincerely a sweet person, means the absolute best and is ONE OF A KIND.

Alexa keeps her personal blog consistently interesting and hilarious! She does a great job giving her readers a peak into her life!

Free and Flawed: What an awesome person Jenn is. She writes about a huge variety of things, always in an interesting and informative way. A must read.

Susie: Simply, she's awesome and feels like a very close friend.

Hoppster's posts always make me laugh out loud.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Compliment Week- Wednesday Part 3

David: His ability to stick his foot in his mouth is something I'm fiercely fond of. Moreover, I always appreciate when someone has the gall to say what he or she is really thinking and David delivers.

Rachel: Your daughter is beautiful, your hair is sexy, and I'll never forget how you stood up for me in my comments section last week. Prop 8, stop the H8!

Nicole: I love that Nicole always responds personally to my comments via email! She always has such wise and thoughtful things to say.

Single: I really admire Single's ability to put the hard stuff out there. She's gone through a rough time recently, but has still shared those difficult things. Plus, she loves Mad Men and who can't love her for that?

So@24 deserves compliments for so many reasons. Here are the top 5: 1) His blog is always, always, always funny/fun/hilarious/amazing/good/honest. 2) My real-life friends that are not bloggers adore him. In fact, a lot of them only read my blog and his. 3) He was the first blogger that ever commented on my blog and it made me really, really happy and forever made his blog #1 in my heart. 4) He somehow manages to flirt via blog comments. This is very impressive. 5) On a more serious note, I admire the way he has branded his blogger. Always using the name So@24, the blue bar, using different colors for names, and always taking the time to link back to his own work/videos/pictures, etc really sets his blog apart from the rest.
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Compliment Week- Wednesday Part 2

Jolyne: Great blog!

Distracted Spunk: She's honest, she's funny, she's real, and she's a damn good writer.

Ben: Everyone in the blogosphere loves Ben. It's not secret that's he's adorable and funny, but he also has a writing style that really lets you feel like you're his friend IRL. Wait... was that kind of creepy? I love you, Ben!

Cindy: You, my friend, are hilare and smart and beautiful, and you do it all while tackling law school and multiple short people. And you don't even judge me for busting my ass in a public place!

Deutlich: You're real and you're passionate. I wish we lived closer so we could discuss politics and race and gender and religion and all of those taboo topics nice young ladies shouldn't discuss.

Brainy Jane: She's smart, compassionate and relays it well through her writing. I dig it. A lot.
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Compliment Week- Wednesday Part 1

DMB writes one of the most "random" blogs I know, but she always makes me laugh. Maybe I'm a little partial because I know just how awesome she is IRL, but her blog is pretty dang fantastic overall.

Phil: When you become a speech therapist, come work in my classroom!

Maxie: LOVE WTY Thursdays. Sorry the world is trying to ruin your life by making WV liquor laws STUPID. Stupid WV! :)

Kyla is one of the sweetest people ever. Always one of the first people to drop an email when things seem rough. Not to mention she is super crafty!

Lindz blog started off a humorous life blog and then things got real. The best part is though that she kept things funny and won even more of my respect in the process
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Blog Swap 3: Tomorrow!

Don't forget to post your swapped entry tomorrow for Blog Swap 3!

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Compliment Week- Tuesday Part 2

Jess: One of the most sincere blogs out there. She blogs about a whole slew of topics with honesty but also with respect. She's a gracious blogger is what I'm saying. She has the ability to pull heart strings and really make you emote. Also, I really appreciate the technical superiority of her grammar/writing. Real sentences! Consistent capitalization! Clear distinction between adjectives and adverbs! All in all this blog is one for your reader.

Maxie: Uhm, hello?! Only my favoritest West Virginian in the whole widest world. And I don't even care that she's a Mountaineer. Maxie's quick ability to laugh, make others laugh and her completely outgoing nature is a rare find indeed. I totally less-than-three her.

Duchess of Kickball: Hilarious blog! Loves it!

Essentially Me: Hmm, where to being. First of all, she tolerates me being a comment whore on her 20SB page. She takes all my smartass replies and childish insults for what they TRULY are – playfulness. She lives in Canada (eh) and I live in the States, if we lived closer together, I would resort to pushing her during recess the way any 5th grader would push a girl he likes. But since we aren’t in the 5th grade anymore and this is cyberspace, I have to resort to teasing and name calling via Twitter, Facebook and Blogger. Oh yeah...she also has a good little blog and she’s defiantly easy on the eyes. And did I mention she seems to have a really caring heart? Yeah, that too. Only a school teacher would spend her hard earned paycheck on the very minds she is enriching. Something tells me she probably isn’t aware of what a difference she is making in this world and in the lives of others.

Alexa's hospitality and freakishly loud laugh is one in a million. She's got a great sense of humor, is AMAZING to be around and it's truly fun to read her shenanigans on her blog. She's a rockstar. Totally.
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Compliment Week- Tuesday Part 1

Ben: It's my Canadian-Future-Husband-if-He-Didn't-"Bat"-for-the-Other-Team! Ok, ok. I'm sure there's going to be plenty of similar comments about Ben and he's going to turn all shades of red (again) and yada yada yada. Obviously, Ben is a rockstar in his own right. He's friendly, personable and really fun to read. Even through the interwebs there's just something that stands out about him - and that's rare.

Steph-Joy: Steph's blog is one of the cheeriest out there. Whenever I am glum I know I can to there to get inspired. What a positive outlook she has!

The Almost Right Word: She is a wonderful writer who touches on a diversity of issues. Her passion for what she writes about shines through, and she makes a point in engaging her readers in a dialogue about the topics outside the realm of her blog if they are interested! Plus she makes me learn stuff ;)

Deutlich is real (does that make sense?) She writes exactly what she is thinking. She also has a huge heart.

Kerri: When I got your package in the mail this summer, I SQUEED. You are so genuine and so kind. One day I hope to be as authentic as you are!
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Compliment Week- Monday Part 2

Lindsay: Love reading this blog!

Long Red Cape's posts sometimes make me cry, sometimes make me cringe, and sometimes make me shake my head and sigh... but they never fail to make me laugh.

D: She's just extremely hot. Oh, and tells great stories.

Jamie Lovely: One of the nicest bloggers ever and definitely one of the most friendly, I really appreciate how Jamie is always using her blog to showcase other blogs. Definitely an amazing girl and worthy of all her fans!

Jack: It's my Ex-Facebook-Husband! In all honesty, Jack's a stand out guy and an all around wonderful person.
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Compliment Week- Monday Part 1

Laurie has a great blog that has a really unique voice. Also, she's wore two skirts before at the same time, which just makes her cool in my books!

Natasha: I enjoy reading Endless Randomness, not only because its real but because its writer is a genuinely awesome person. Who happens to dish out some great advice.

Chris: "Oh...Chris..." I really just said that out loud and I really don't even know where to start. That man is funny as hell.. and while he likes to pretend that he's one big hard ass, he's got a heart under all that crazy smack talk. And I think that's fantabulous.

Dan is a man of few words but those few words are HILARIOUS. He's like a Bizarro Dane Cook.

EP: I wish the postcard exchange was still alive and well. Your cards always made my day. I know we would hit it off if we met... perhaps even BFF!
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Monday, November 10, 2008

Blog Carnival 9 coming up!

Blog Carnival 9 is open! The topic is TRAVEL!

Tell us about your favorite trip, your excursions, your honeymoon, whatever! Some of us have traveled to some fantastic places and for those of us who haven't let us live vicariously through you!

How to enter to the Travel Blog Carninval??

1. Write a travel related post on your blog

2. Email Tipp at the URL to your post and the URL to your 20sb page.

3. Submit the above two URLs to me by November 31.

4. Check out the 20sb Blog for the winners to be posted by December 5th!

The best and most well-written TRAVEL submissions will be showcased in a magazine type format with links to your post on the 20sb Blog.

Email with any questions!

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Meetup Details Announced!

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20sb Compliment Week

There are so many blogs you love! And there are so many bloggers who love your blog! So let's tell them.

Over the next week, you can submit compliments on other 20sb members. You can submit through your own name or anonymously.

Then, starting November 16th, I'll start posting the compliments here on this blog!

So go submit some compliments (as many as you like!) and then start checking in back here to see if anybody complimented you, or as a chance to discover new blogs that are complimented!

(Click here to be taken to the compliment submission page)

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Blog Carnival 8: Job and Career

Heather from Toughgirl 101
So When Are You Going To Finish That Book?

There's a book I want to write. It exists only in outlines and little snippets in my head. Writing it has been a dream of mine since I first learned to appreciate the English language.

Ginger from Ramble Ramble
I Guess I'm the GrownUp Now

It's sometimes a shock to my system that I'm the grownup now. I mean, seriously? But then things happen that sort of drive home the point

The Almost Right Word
I Will Wait No More

Last night was the culmination of my "career" as your friendly neighborhood server.
I will no longer dress in a white, button-down, collared shirt and tie. I will no longer polish silverware. I will no longer ask if ice water or bottled is preferred. I will no longer watch as everyone around me sips their wonderful red wine or sangria.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Blog Carnival 7: Passions

From It Stands
Our Great Destiny

From Pipe Dreams and Professions
Where was the Passion?

A Blog of Her Own
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Header Contest Winner!

Congrats Jason!

This is the new 20sb header!
Thanks to all who voted and submitted entries.

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