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Let me begin by saying I had the most *FUN* last night at the Texas Bloggers meet-up at A Piece of Work in Fort Worth. I’ll be posting about it , plus uploading pictures and showing off my “masterpiece” very soon. Let me tell you, though, I am *NOT* quitting my day job to become an artist!!!!!!! I would give a new meaning to the term: Starving Artist.

It’s time for another Sunday Social, a link-up hosted by Ashley and Neely. This week’s questions are a similar to Week One, but with a specific focus on blogging and what it means to me. I don’t say it nearly enough, but I am so grateful to every single blog reader who takes time out of their busy day to read Three 31. Thank you! Thank you!

Now, let’s get this social going.

Sunday Social

What is the name of your blog and how did you come with with it?

Three 31 (that would be the blog you’re reading right now) is named after the day Husband and I got married. Our anniversary is March 31. Thus, the third month of the year (*THREE*) on the thirty-first (*31*) day in 2007. It was a lovely day, literally and figuratively.

The guy in the snazzy penguin suit is Husband. The girl in white is me.

Just putting that out there, to clear any confusion. =)

What do you love most about blogging?

I love signing into my account and seeing notifications about new followers and comments. The fact that someone would take time out of their day to stop at my blog, read my ridiculous-ness, *AND* leave a comment, that’s pure bliss. It’s also validation. It makes the time and effort put into writing, photography (not to mention my severe lack of editing skills), and social media networking worthwhile. Of course, I would be inconsiderate if I did not acknowledge the *PEOPLE* that make networking possible. I have met some incredible people —- shout out to all my girls that I met at the Texas Bloggers event last night too —- and I would not hesitate to contact any of them in a time of need.

What are your two favorite posts you’ve published?

I’d be a liar if I didn’t include the post describing my weekend spent with Mister 50 Shades, Christian Grey. It is the most popular post on my blog, and for very good reason.

I wrote this plea for help a couple of weeks ago asking for gifts and donations to benefit a fundraiser at my church.
( fyi: THERE  IS  STILL  TIME  TO  PARTICIPATE  AND  DONATE  GOODS  AND  SERVICES ) I greatly appreciate, and am extremely humbled, by the response. Some donations have come from complete strangers. It’s amazing how this networking idea — when put into practice — works!

I’m breaking the rules here (go figure), but I have to include this Q&A with Husband too. It cracks me up. What you see, is what you get. This was our *ACTUAL* conversation.

What tips would you give to someone new to the blog world?

Just like in life, surround yourself with authentic people. I know I’ve said it already, but networking is a popular tool for bloggers. You have to be willing to put your true self out for everyone to see (or in this case, read). For me, honesty is a deal breaker. If you are honest and allow me to see (read) your good, bad, ugly, goofy, and serious, we’re going to be instant friends. Also, set realistic expectations. I’m not on the same playing field as The Pioneer Woman, but I seriously doubt she became a blogging sensation, cookbook author, and Food Network star overnight. When designing your blog, PUH-LEASE keep the layout neat and the font legible. For example, if your background is paisley, sidebars are chevron, and fonts are so small even I cannot read them, I’m leaving your site immediately. If the pictures are so large that it takes a while to download your page, I’m leaving. Simplicity speaks volumes, at least for me, when looking at blogs. Finally, if you’re going to blog, commit to it. Post on a regular basis. I’m not saying I’m the bee’s knees of the blogging world, and I certainly don’t post seven days a week, but I try to keep my publish schedule consistent. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort, and I don’t consider it easy either. I do, however, enjoy it immensely and look forward to continuing this journey!!!!

p.s.Three 31 reached 20,000 all-time views this weekend and I literally squealed like a fat pig in a mud hole. =)

What is the best blogging experience you’ve had? Or lesson learned from blogging?

Without repeating items from above, I have to say that new friendships, inspiration from other bloggers, and the challenge of being a blogger are the best experiences. I think blogging is a challenge, at least for me, especially when it comes to improving my content and taking photos. Looking back on older posts, I cringe. But, then I remember that each post is a stepping stone towards my improvement. Of course, the good Lord knows I have written material and then screamed later, “WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!”

Which three blogs do you visit daily?

I’m cheating here too. You’ll have to visit my Front Porch Pals and check out all of the wonderful blogs that I visit regularly.

Happy Sunday!!!!!!

By |2012-09-09T00:05:31+00:00September 9th, 2012|Blog, Uncategorized|16 Comments

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  1. Jane @ Taingamala September 9, 2012 at 1:34 am - Reply

    I love comments too! haha They are the best.l

    • Nicole September 9, 2012 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Hi Jane, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I hope you have a fantastic and HAPPY Sunday too!!! =)

  2. Claire September 9, 2012 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Comments rule – they always make my day!

    • Nicole September 9, 2012 at 7:58 am - Reply

      Me too, Claire —- thanks for stopping and leaving a comment. I appreciate it. Have a wonderful Sunday. =)

  3. Milla September 9, 2012 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I agree, comments rule! AND you look gorgeous in your wedding dress! So creative to name your blog after your wedding day, love it! 🙂

    • Nicole September 9, 2012 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Hi Milla, and thank you so much for the sweet comment. I think comments are pretty much the bee’s knees (what does that even mean?! HAHA) and I’m partial to our wedding day. I could do that over and over and over again. Maybe I’ll watch our video (for the billionth time) this afternoon. LOL

      Happy Sunday!!!!!!

  4. Celeste Zachry September 9, 2012 at 8:17 am - Reply

    I am totally with you on difficult blogs. If I can’t manipulate my way through, pretty quickly – I leave and probably NEVER return. Same thing on Pinterest…if I try to load it and have to dig to find it…no repin. That’s how I roll.

    Had fun with you yesterday! Hope last night was a blast!

    • Nicole September 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      I like how you roll, Celeste!!!!! My face still hurts from our laughs yesterday afternoon, I’m still thinking about the ding-a-ling-song. Last night’s bloggers’ event was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C. Seriously, I had a blast and can’t wait to get together again with the wonderful ladies. You are more than welcome to go with me, there were a few “non bloggers” there joining the fun. =)

  5. April @ Red Dirt Mama September 9, 2012 at 8:30 am - Reply

    “fat pig in a mud hole”… HAHA! I literally chuckled out loud. I’m the same on difficult blogs. Captchas are difficult to maneuver too! I LOVED getting to know you yesterday! We’re going to be friends, I can tell. 🙂

    • Nicole September 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      Awwww, April, I love my Red Dirt Mama!!!!!!! Yesterday was blast, I am so glad I went and I hope we do it often. You are adorable and welcome to my front porch ANYTIME. Big hugs. =)

  6. Taylor @ Goings on in Texas September 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Oh girl, loved meeting you IRL last night!!! And can’t get over the fact that we are literally a hop, skip, and a jump away from each other!! 😉 Great advice given to newbies. I like your words “authentic” cause it is so true!! Finding people stuck on themselves (shocking I know!) are not the type of bloggers that need to be influencers!! But sadly, they are…they reel people in then spit them out when they are done. I hope you have a fab Sunday!!! I’ll be unpacking some boxes for the rest of my life. 😉

    • Nicole September 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Taylor, last night was wonderful. Thank you so much for co-hosting and putting it together. Since we are “neighbors,” we should get together more often. If you are in the area Saturday, Sept 22, come to FUMC Joshua for a missions fundraiser, auctions, and BBQ lunch. You can shop-till-you-drop and eat a great lunch too …. all for a good cause. I understand busy schedules though, August seemed so easy compared to September’s to-do list!!!!! Safe travels back and forth to College Station. Big hugs!!!!!!!

      =) Nicole

  7. Rachel September 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Oh, so that’s what the Three 31 means…I’ve been here before but I never understood the name. 😛 New comments are always exciting…and blogging really is a big time commitment, if you really want to get into it. I still love it though. I’ve only been blogging since June, and I almost can’t remember what I did with myself before then!

    • Nicole September 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Rachel, thank you for visiting (again) and leaving a sweet note. I’m glad you decided to return and learn what my blog’s name meant. I agree with your comment about life PRIOR TO blogging. I only wish I had started sooner!!!!

  8. crystal September 10, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    It was so great meeting you on Saturday!! You are so sweet and funny.

    Going to read your favorite posts now and starting with 50 Shades. Love!


    • Nicole September 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      Hey Crystal, thank you for the sweet note. Saturday night was wonderful, I wish we could do it every weekend. LOL Enjoy 50 Shades, I’m officially addicted. Laters, Baby. =)

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