It’s Tuesday and time for the next edition of the New Blog of the Week (NBOTW) series.

I was a late bloomer when it came to receiving comments on my blog. Sure, I got a few that said “Hi”, “Great post”, but these three bloggers became a constant; always visiting, always commenting and always supporting my efforts. I would compare them to “Old Faithful”*, the geyser in Yellowstone National Park which is known for its punctuality and predictability. To this day these three remain loyal members of the BWAB community.

To show my gratitude, I’m showcasing them as this week’s (Not so) New Blog(s) of The Week.

They are:

Catherine of Cath What I love about Catherine is her outspokenness. She sees no reason to mince words. She tells it like it is and for those in business or contemplating starting a business, she’s your “go to” girl. Her business and life advice is written with truth and honesty. Three of my favorite posts from her archives are:

“So What Is This Stupid Box In Your Head”
“20 Things I Wish I’d Known About Business And Life When I was 20”
27 Ways to Fuel Your Imagination And Come Up With Great Ideas

My second “oldie” is Natural of “Thinking Out Loud”. Although her name is Valerie, she signs in as Natural (Woman). Her comedic talents come through in her posts, always making me laugh out loud. Hers is a blog I always enjoy visiting. Great posts from her archives are;

Butt-to-Gutt Ratio Gone Wild
I Wish I Had Duck Feet
A Fish Out of Water, Literally

Last, but not least, is Hunter of Hunter When Hunter started blogging, I wasn’t sure which direction he would go with his blog. His posts are what I’d call eclectic, but they are always a joy to read. Currently Hunter is in mini retirement, striving to become a problogger and just recently celebrated his one year anniversary of blogging. From his archives I’ve chosen:

Synchronicities: Just Coincidence, Or Signs From The Universe?
How I Attracted A Lamborghini Gallardo In Five Minutes
Steve Pavlina’s Secrets Of Truth, Love, And Power (an interview)

Many of your know Catherine, Natural and Hunter, but for those of you who don’t, I highly recommend their blogs. Their seniority in blogging is a testament to how by having patience, perseverance and determination, success in possible.

Join me in re-welcoming this week’s Not So New Blogs Of the Week.

Hello again Catherine, Natural and Hunter. I am humbled and honored to have you as part of my community, and to be a part of yours.

I am forever grateful for your loyalty.


Photo Credit:mrmoorey’s photostream *The Old Faithful geyser in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park is known to erupt approximately every 80 minutes.

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  1. Hi, Barbara. Wow, your posts sure have fewer comments at 2:45 AM than they do in the evening! I have 297 unread posts in my reader, and I’m not sure what to do with them. Sometimes it’s hard to get around to all my favorites.

    Catherine was probably something like the 3rd person to ever visit my blog, and we found each other right here on BWAB. And I remember when I found Natural here too. I guess we’re all graduates from the BWAB class of 2007!

    Thanks for remembering me, even though I haven’t been commenting as consistently as I used to. I’m always here, even if you can’t see me!

    Hunter Nuttall´s last blog post..Greatness Without Genies: The Law Of Attraction For Realists

  2. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. I was introduced to both Cath’s and Natural’s blogs right here on BWAB. They are two of my favourite bloggers. And, I found Hunter’s blog not too long ago. I really enjoyed his series on Introverts.

    Davina´s last blog post..When Fear Closes In, Take Action

  3. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Hunter – You’re welcome. I still remember “meeting you” on my other blog before you had a blog. I KNEW you had it in you to be a blogger, and here you are, celebrating your one year anniversary. Congratulations!

    Graduates of the BWAB class of 2007. I like that. 🙂 We’ve all come a long way, haven’t we?

    Hi Davina – Yes, all three blogs are fabulous. If you have a chance, dig through their archives and you’ll find dozens of gems.

  4. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Thank you. What a lovely surprise to wake up to in the morning.

    And it’s nice to be included in the same posts as Hunter and Valerie, as I love their blogs too.

    It’s weird because I was just thinking of all of you before I went to sleep, in relation to a couple of posts I’m writing.

    That picture of Old Faithful is awesome by the way. And it has been high on my must visit list of places for many years, so it’s nice to be associated with it.

    Thanks again Barbara.

    Cath Lawson´s last blog post..Affiliate Commissions – Is Your Anti-Virus Eating Them?

  5. sharonNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the intro Barbara. I came across Cath’s blog and oh my, oh my, she has some great business tips! I did not know Natural and Hunter and am going to check them out straight away.

    sharon´s last blog post..One Easy Way to Get Your Feelings to Match Your Desire

  6. Hi Barbara – As a lowly freshman, it is nice to be in the same room with upperclass(wo)men who are so accomplished. I had not read Natural’s blog, but it’s in my reader now after reading her post on not being able to drive at night. (Is that dating of me?) Cath is a great favorite, and it’s been exciting to see Hunter’s evolution, as well. Thanks for shining the spotlight so newer readers can become acquainted with great quality.

    Betsy and Pete´s last blog post..PANIC

  7. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    awh thanks barbara. i’m familiar with the other blogs listed. will try to visit the posts you highlighted from them by the end of the week. thanks for sharing.

    Natural´s last blog post..The Day of the Fight

  8. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Great choices for this week! Valerie is new to me, so I’m going to check her stuff out! The other two, I visit regularly – excellent choices, great material, and always good stuff!

    Lance´s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day

  9. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    I have been following TOL for awhile with a sure giggle always. I have not seen the other two but will get rolling. Congrats to all!

    Linda´s last blog post..Different Wind Turbine

  10. Hi,
    I think these are great examples of blogs that prove “personality matters” For example, I read Hunter’s blog not to find yet another personal development tips but because he is funny and have a way to lighten up my mood. (Hey, hope this doesn’t put him down — but really, I know pretty much all what most personal development bloggers have to say. Hope this doesn’t sound arrogant either.)

    As the blogosphere saturate, I think the style of the blog matters even more.

    Akemi – “Spiritual Entrepreneur” @ Yes to Me´s last blog post..Personal Development Tips Galore

  11. Barbara,

    I found you via Cath’s blog and I believe I found Hunter via your blog. The Thinking Out Loud blog is a new one to me. THANK YOU for the introduction!!!

    Yet another reason I adore blogs – thanks to you I’ve just gotten an “invitation” to meet another terrific blogger!

    Kathy @ Virtual Impax´s last blog post..Small Business Marketing Strategy & Tactics

  12. I love both Cathrine and Hunter. They’re both so REAL and so not full of it. Great choice!

    Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..Female Athletes Say Skimpy Outfits Are Not Sexist

  13. sterlingNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I haven’t blogged for months (or commented much), but I still appreciate all the support I received when it was active so I can relate to how you feel about Cath, Natural, & Hunter.

    So good to see your blog and the others thriving and growing.


    sterling´s last blog post..The #1 Problem With Small Business Websites

  14. melanieNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara
    I have been enjoying Caths blog for a while now thanks to your introduction. I find her “realness” completely refreshing. I have every faith the other blogs you suggest will be as good so I will definately take a squiz at them.

    melanie´s last blog post..Vintage Keys. Trying to unlock my inspiration.

  15. MayaNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome picks Barbara!
    Hunter is great, I got hooked when he started his MBTI experiments 🙂
    I have been reading Cath a lot more – she offers such a wealth of knowledge on her blog! She teaches a lot of real-world lessons, which is great!

    Maya´s last blog post..Slideshow: My Story – The Happiness Habit

  16. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Catherine – You’re welcome. When I was writing this I remembered how you and I met through Asako’s blog. Sadly she has left blogosphere, but because of her, we struck up an online friendship. Ah, the power of blog comments.

    Hi Sharon – You’re welcome. You’ll love Natural’s and Hunter’s blogs, too. They’re definitely worth subscribing to.

    Hi Betsy – You’re welcome. Isn’t that a great post Natural wrote on driving at night? I have the same problem, too. 🙂

    Hi Natural – You’re welcome. Remember when I used to call you “Four point”? You answered each and every question I asked and always got an “A”. Smarty pants! 🙂

    Hi Lance – You’ll definitely have to check out Valerie’s blog. You’ll love her writing style. Be prepared as her sense of humor is contagious.

    Hi Linda – Have fun exploring Catherine’s and Hunter’s blogs. They’re awesome bloggers.

    Hi Akemi – Absolutely! Personality matters with bloggers. It’s the spin they put on a subject that keeps us going back for more.

    Hi Kathy – You’re welcome. Isn’t it great how we all meet via other blogs? I love how that works.

    Hi Vered – Thank you. Yes, they’re not only real, but they’re authentic. What a great combination.

    Hi Sterling – It’s great to see you here. I’m guessing you business is keeping you super busy. You’re missed in blogosphere.

    Hi Melanie – I promise I won’t steer you wrong. You’ll enjoy Hunter’s and Natural’s blogs, as well.

    Hi Maya – Yes, Hunter’s experiments were fascinating. He’s always full of surprises. Catherine share tons of fabulous knowledge and love to teach others. Don’t forget to check out Natural’s blog. She’ll make you laugh.

  17. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a regular at all three of these blogs Barbara, and I always enjoy reading what Catherine, Natural, and Hunter come up with 🙂

  18. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t be blogging without all the assistance I have received from you and Cath. I found Hunter’s comments on Cath’s site and then see him on your spot too….
    When we get our blog conference planned and scheduled it will be fun to meet these folks in person.

    I read Natural’s blog and have comment a few times a long the way. She has a lovely sense of humor with her comments and that is just a high point in my book.

    They are all in my reader….what a nice choice…Thank you for drawing my attention back to home turf!

    Patricia´s last blog post..Chug, Chug, Toot, Toot

  19. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Great picks, Barbara!! I am subscribed to all their feeds. Need to get round to being more up-to-date in my readings. Thanks for the reminder!

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Emotional Secrets To The Physical Body

  20. I love how you reward people for being part of your community. It makes people want to keep coming back. I have to start following your lead just a little more.

    Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..Day 1of 30 – No complaining

  21. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Marelisa – They’re all great, aren’t they?

    Hi Patricia – You’re welcome. I’m happy to hear you’re already reading all of them.

    Hi Evelyn – You’re welcome. I know what you mean about catching up. Me, too.

    Hi Karl – You know, these three bloggers have been with me for so long, I feel they’re part of my family. Their continued support was what often kept me motivated when I didn’t feel like writing.

  22. Dennis EdellNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Barbara, that’s a very cool way to spread some love. i should backtrack my readers and do the same.

    Thanks for the tip! (Even if you didn’t mean to do it.) LOL

    Dennis Edell´s last blog post..Would You Like To Sponsor My *Best Blog Review* Contest?

  23. A friend just emailed me to ask why I didn’t say I loved Natural too and whether I though she WAS full of it.

    No No No! I was reading so fast that I didn’t even notice Natural was on the list too. Of course I love her. And Natural, if you’re reading, and if you care (you probably don’t but after receiving the email I need to make sure), I love you too and no you’re not full of it but I’m sure you already know that. 🙂

    Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..Are Blogs And eBooks Inferior To Printed Books?

  24. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Dennis – Yep, I enjoy spreading the love. These are all great blogs and the authors are awesome. I also like to see others doing the same. We’re all in this together. I’ll watch for it on your blog, too. 🙂

    Hi Vered – I know you love Natural (Valerie), too. That was very thoughtful to come back and clarify.

  25. Dennis EdellNo Gravatar says:

    Sure Barbara, no pressure! LOL

    Actually I’ve been meaning to get to my “blogs I subscribe to” posts… if I can only stop subscribing to blogs long enough to do it. 😉

    Before you ask, lets just say these posts will be done in multiple parts. LOL

    Dennis Edell´s last blog post..UPDATED: Would You Like To Sponsor My *Best Blog Review* Contest?

  26. Tammy WarrenNo Gravatar says:


    Thank you once again. I must have missed these three along the way. I look forward to visiting them.

    Tammy Warren´s last blog post..A Glance Into a Year of Blogging

  27. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    No pressure Dennis – Take your time and enjoy the journey! 🙂

    Hi Tammy – You’ll thoroughly enjoy each of these blogs. Have fun digging through their archives.

  28. atchissonNo Gravatar says:

    that is what I call appreciation towards your readers. A review is priceless in this biz and Im sure your readers appreciate the recognition