Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Blog Hops

Over the weekend I participated in blog hopping for the first time and not only that but I followed three separate blogs!  I had never participated before because I just couldn't wrap the concept around my head..I didn't read up on them because, well, I was afraid..yep afraid..  Fear is such a monster that cheats you out of sooo many blessings and fun.
Being a scrapbooker I have learned how to hide to ward off feelings of inadequacy and ignorance.  You see I bought a Cricut machine and before I could even begin to learn how to use it they came out with the Cricut Expression and then about 6 different other cutting machines.  Keep in mind that I was still hand punching with my QuicKutz that I absolutely loved!!  Then the Gypsy was released and before I could even pick a cartridge that I wanted they came out with dozens more.  Then the Cuttlebug, and Copics and , and, and..the list just came so fast that my head would spin and I would get overwhelmed and retreat into the safe corner of my mind and just not get involved with anything..To this day I still have no clue what all I can do with my original Cricut!
So when the blog hops started showing up I once again retreated so as to not feel stupid if I couldn't grasp the idea.  Self protection at it's finest!  In actuality I was cheating myself, not believing in my self and settling.  Why do I fear failure so much?  It really is no big deal..I should be able to learn these things and I am going to set out to succeed.
In the blogs this past weekend there were so many cards celebrating the July 4th holiday.  Never in my life do I remember sending or receiving a July 4th card!  Don't even remember seeing them on the shelves!  But I have to tell you I am excited about starting a new tradition!  And why not?  Our Nation's birthday is a big deal!  I am so excited to have learned about blogging , about dabbling in it and I am even going to be a participant in one soon!  And I am excited about my new found tradition.  Who knows, you may get one of my cards next year!!!!


Patricia said...

Just want to thank you for visiting my blog today on the LSOH hop.

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My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

Hi Vicki!
I wanted to stop by and thank you for hoping the All-American Hop on 7/1 and for your sweet comment! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I was reading through your posts and saw blog hops are new to you and I also wanted to let you know, you are not alone! I remember the first time I came across a hop and I was so confused. I soon started secretly hopping (not commenting but taking notes), then I started blog stalking which also was fun. That was over a year ago. In Jan of this year I decided to start a blog and I have never regretted it! It has been so much fun meeting so many talented people all over the world! I hope to see some of your Cricut creations here soon! Thanks again!
:) Amber