Writing in your own words
When I started the New Blog Of The Week (NBOTW) series I would spend hours searching for new blogs in comment sections, by doing online searches or by asking those in my community for recommendations.

I don’t have that problem anymore.

In fact, as I was doing the math, I realized if I were to showcase everyone who registered in my Blog Registry, one blog at a time, I would have enough blogs for over two years.

Today, I’m doing things a little different.  I’m grabbing entries from the Blog Registry and sharing how a handful of bloggers have promoted themselves. Although these are not necessarily new blogs, they all have something unique to offer.

In no particular order:

Jewel of Pink Ink shares,

I am a stay-at-home mom of three who aspires to be a published novelist someday. So my blog posts usually revolve around writing and family. I write from the perspective of someone who spent her first fifteen years of life in the tropics (the Philippines) and now live in the desert (Utah, USA).

I also enjoy writing about things that make me happy (like pink things, funny movies, colorful dishes and clogging) and invite you, my reader, to share what makes YOU happy.

Ulla of Ulla Hennig’s Weblog says,

I blog on Ulla Hennig’s weblog. It’s a mixture of photos I take and musings about them – about nature, the life in Berlin, landscapes, life in general.

Jacqueline Hough of Notes From The Voices shares,

I am new to blogging. My blog is only three days old [as of 2/20/2009]. Notes from the Voices follows my highs and lows as I seek help for my lifelong eating disorder. At the same time, I am a young mother who is trying to save her marriage and find a job.

My hope is to help others with an eating disorder know that things will get better.

I hope you will join me. Maybe we can learn something together.

Christine of Communicate Value writes,

My blog is a mix of small business tips and personal development topics with a healthy dose of pro self-employment raving fandom.

You can expect success and mindset tips, business and marketing tips, and a bit about why I feel so strongly about entrepreneurship and self-employment. Hopefully visitors can resonate with these topics from experiences in their own lives.

Susan from The Book Chook wrote,

G’day from the Book Chook.

What’s a chook? Here in Australia, it’s what lots of us call a hen. It rhymes with book. As a Kindergarten teacher, I was a real mother hen, who loved reading aloud to my chicks. My Book Chook blog shares snippets from the wonderful world and words of kids’ literacy and literature. There are tips for parents about encouraging kids to read and write, reviews, and other book-related bits.

I really enjoyed reading how each blogger promoted themselves and their blog. Hearing it in their own words gives us a sense of who they are and what we can expect when we visit them.

Pick one or pick them all, and buzz over to these great blogs to say “Hello”

Happy Clicking!


P.S. If you haven’t added your name to the Blog Registry, feel free to do so. It’s as easy as leaving a comment and promoting yourself and your blog. Thus far we have over 130 entries. The Blog Registry is also a fabulous place to find more great blogs to read.

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  1. Hi Barbara,

    Hope you are doing well.

    Thanks for the shout-out 🙂 Your blog registry IS a very interesting read. What a great idea.


    Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..Keep Moving Forward

  2. LingNo Gravatar says:

    I did check out the Pink Ink blog from Jewel. Looks neat, and the best thing I like about it is the daily ‘Pink think’. I’m sure her readers keep coming back just to check out the new ‘think’ in each post.

    I’m trying to so something like that myself, on one of my blogs – A daily news update with the ebst stories from around the web. It’s hard work finding teh links and putting it together, but I’m hoping people will get addicted to it, and keep coming back everyday to check out the new stories.

  3. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I’m familiar with a couple of these. And they are excellent!

    Jewel/Pink Ink – awesome lady and someone I’m proud to call “friend”! Jewel, you are an awesome writer. I still want to see a video of that hippo song!!

    Christine/Communicate Value – I love your new site, and really find so much great information there, especially related to social networking, something I’m working on expanding. You’re doing awesome!

    Ulla – I believe I have visited you, it’s just been way too long ago – this is my reminder to come on back!

    Jacqueline and Susan – you two are brand new to me…so I’ll be by to see what you’ve got going on.

    To all of you – congratulations on being featured here!! Barbara’s community is pretty awesome!

    Lance´s last blog post..Lessons From The Mountain

  4. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! You have found so many different sites for us to go and visit. Thank you. I am now on my way over to check out as many as I can.

    Linda´s last blog post..EPA’s TV Recycling Challenge

  5. Thanks! I think I am going to check all of them out!

    Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..Parenthood Has Turned Me Into A Better Person

  6. ChristineNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara–thanks so much for the shout! I can see already I am going to be a regular around here–your blog is awesome! So glad my coach Tom Volkar led me over here. 🙂

    Lance–Appreciate that so much man!

    Christine´s last blog post..Recession Marketing: Communicating Value is Even More Crucial Now

  7. TracyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Barbara! I am checking them out, but I can’t seem to get to “Communicate Value” right now.

    I posted “Book Chook” on my forums, as it’s mostly mothers and I know many will enjoy the book reviews.


    Tracy´s last blog post..Shangri-La Diet Week 1 Recap

  8. ChristineNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Tracy–just a note that my site is up…must have been a little hiccup in the database.

    Have a great day!

    Christine´s last blog post..Recession Marketing: Communicating Value is Even More Crucial Now

  9. I’ve already found a few really awesome blogs through the registry – thank you for letting us register there.

    Matthew Dryden´s last blog post..We Looked Pretty Scattered

  10. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara: I’d never heard of the word “chook” before, but now that I know what it means I think it’s a great title for a blog about encouraging kids to read. All of these blogs sound interesting. That blog registry was a great idea 🙂

  11. I knew when I saw chook it had to be an Aussie. My mom still uses it to talk about pot roasted chickens. 🙂

    I visited Ulla’s thanks for the tip.

    Christine has really been going after it with solid info and inspiration. If you haven’t checked out Communicate Value yet, do so and grab her free e-course if you’re social media newbie.

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..Free Yourself

  12. Barbara,

    Great idea! All of these sites sound interesting. Like others, I enjoyed learning what a chook is. I’ll be visiting these new sites soon and leaving comments. Also, I really appreciate how you regularly help bloggers gain a larger readership. I think it says very good things about who you are. Thank you :~)

    Sara B. Healy´s last blog post..Is the term Lurkers a bad word?

  13. RobinNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – it’s interesting to see how people promote their blog – I remember struggling to think what to say about mine.

    Just been over to The Book Chook – thanks for the tip!

    Robin´s last blog post..The Journey, With Brandon Bays

  14. @Barbara,
    What you have done in this post is a very neat way of introducing your buddy bloggers – and it’s much better than talking about their last post or giving link loves etc.

    Probably this itself can become a ‘Blogroll series’ or something as long as the frequency of such posts is something like once in two weeks? I just love reading people’s intro 🙂


    Ajith Edassery´s last blog post..He who is an ‘MMO blogger’…

  15. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Jewel – You’re welcome. It’s been by pleasure to showcase your blog.

    Hi Ling – Yes, Jewel has a great idea with her daily “thinks”. Finding links can be time consuming, but I’m sure your readers will enjoy it.

    Hi Lance – Thank you. You’re mini review is fabulous.

    Hi Linda – You’re welcome. Happy clicking.

    Hi Vered – You’re welcome. Enjoy the new finds.

    Hi Christine – You’re welcome. And thank you for your kind words.

    Hi Tracy – You’re welcome. And yes, the Book Chook will make a great addition to your forums.

    Hi Matthew – You’re welcome. The registry does have some great blogs listed, doesn’t it?

    Hi Marelisa – Thank you. Yes, all of these blogs are great reads.

    Hi Tom – Thank you for the heads up on Christine’s free e-course.

    Hi Sara – Thank you for your kind words and for visiting the sites. I’m sure they’ll all enjoy a comment or two.

    Hi Robin – You’re welcome. I agree. It is fascinating to read how others describe their blog.

    Hi Ajith – Thank you. I, too, like the way this post turned out and plan to do it again. Who better to describe their blog, than the author?

  16. I love how you promote other blogs. I feel so lucky to have been promoted as a new blog of the week. I’ve met so many cool people because of this blog.

    What a cool name “the book chook.” I would have never known that it was a hen. Always learning something new from fellow bloggers.

    Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..Give Employees The Freedom They Need to Succeed

  17. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve always enjoyed reading about the diversity of cultures by bloggers on the web. In the past and currently offline, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of knowing and getting together with people from various nationalities. It’s fun and interesting!! Now I never knew what a “chook” was….

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Interview On How To Attract Life Balance

  18. Hello Barbara,
    You always fascinate by your ‘doing ordinary thing in extra-ordinary way’, and iIt is not exception.
    I always love to see the new blogger’s passion and old blogger experience.

    The Journey Within´s last blog post..Jalauddin Rumi and His disciples

  19. Ulla HennigNo Gravatar says:

    I am honoured to be a part of this list – thanks very much! Reading the description of it after quite some time I think I should have taken more time to write it – ah well, no use crying over spilt milk!

    Ulla Hennig´s last blog post..The Writing on the Sidewalk

  20. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats Jewel, Ulla, Jacqueline, Christine, and Susan!

    I like how voice, passion, and values can shine through even in brief descriptions of what a blog is about.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..Synthetic Happiness

  21. Eric HammNo Gravatar says:

    Having a place for your readers to promote themselves a bit is always a good idea. Like you said, it’s a great place to find new blogs and bloggers. 130 is very impressive, by the way! 🙂 Eric

    Eric Hamm´s last blog post..How To Be Happy

  22. You’re wonderful, Barbara. Thanks for promoting so many wonderful blogs and being the mother “chook” blogger to so many of us chicks!

    Jannie Funster´s last blog post..So there!

  23. Book ChookNo Gravatar says:

    Robin and Jannie let me know that you featured me on your blog, Barbara. I am thrilled! It was great to read all the comments about chooks here, and wonderful to have some new visitors.

    I just love this great big blogiverse!

  24. It is great to see a successful blog giving a leg up to other bloggers in their community. I’ve shared this post at Twitter, FriendFeed and cliKball to do my part in spreading the word elsewhere too.

    You may have to make your lists longer and longer as I’m sure many more will be added to your Blog Registry.

    Internet Strategist´s last blog post..Why You Should Enter These Contests and Giveaways – Send Us YOUR Contest NOW

  25. RibbonNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you

    best wishes Ribbon

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  27. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Karl – Thank you. That’s true, isn’t it? We can always learn more from our blogger buddies.

    Hi Evelyn – I agree. It’s very educational and enjoyable to read about other peoples lives. Blogging sure is great for that.

    Hi Journey Within – Thank you. Yes, seeing a blogger’s passion is always a joy.

    Hi Ulla – You’re welcome. It was my pleasure.

    Hi J.D. – Like you I love how words can say so much in such a short span.

    Hi Eric – Thank you. Although the Blog Registry isn’t as huge as some of the other places online, it’s certainly a great place to find other bloggers.

    Hi Jannie – Oh, you’re so sweet. I feel honored to be the mother “chook” blogger to all of you chicks. 🙂

    Hi Book Chook – It’s my pleasure. Like you, I also love blogiverse.

    Hi Internet Strategist – Thank you for spreading the word. I truly appreciate it.

    Hi Ribbon – You’re welcome.