Toast to You

Exploring the mighty blogosphere can be as scary as it is enlightening. It’s a massive place that houses millions of different blogs, with different writers, styles, and preferences; and that’s wonderful. Maybe you’re wondering how I can find something that is so amazing to be even the slightest bit scary.

The answer to that is easy.


Maybe the answer isn’t as easy as I originally thought. It’s not that I am scared of talent, per se. The thing that scares me is the lingering fear that I will not match up to aforementioned talent. As often as I have been told not to compare myself to others, it’s one of those ‘old habits’ kicks and their death is hard.

But this post isn’t about me. Shocking, I know. This post is about you, those of you who will and who won’t read this post. It’s meant for you, I’m just the messenger here.

Yesterday I spent a good chunk of the day browsing unknown blogs and discovering new people to be in awe over. Photography blogs, poetry blogs, blogs with cats, music, and food. All different types of blogs passed in front of my eyes, and I gobbled it all up like the proverbial turkey it was.

Come the end of my perusing, I felt empty. The fact of the matter remained that as much as I took from the posts and people I had just seen, I had given nothing back. Rather selfish if you ask me. Then it occurred to me that I could at least let the blogger know that I enjoyed their post, a small price to pay for devouring the glimpse they had given me into their life.

So I commented. I liked. And I followed. I handed them out like candy to Trick-or-Treater’s and I regret nothing. In fact, I plan to do it again. It’s a fulfilling task that makes me and the recipients feel better, and I like that feeling.

We could all do a little better to put a smile on the face of those we admire. A simple ‘like’ can do that, and all it takes is a click of a button.

Plus, looking at other blogs is a learning experience. I, for one, learned that my blog needs work. Not that I already didn’t know that, but a certain blogger helped me to realize I needed more cats on my blog. Because cats. For that I can’t thank her enough for the unintentional insight she gave me.

And now, cats.

DSC_0289Mouse posing for the camera.
Louis objecting to having his picture taken.

 ~J. Spade

9 thoughts on “Toast to You

    • I am very proud of my cats. They’re just as crazy as I am, so it all works out. Mouse is Queen of expression, she can glare at you with ease and still look adorable while doing it.

      Thank you! You’re blog inspired the addition of cats to my blog. There can never be too many cats on the internet.


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  3. You commented that I had good writing talent. I was flattered. But now I’m even more so after seeing your own writing. You give yourself too little credit. You are one of the best bloggers I’ve seen since starting my site.


    • I could definitely say the same for you. Your words mean a lot to me, especially after I cruised through your blog a bit more.

      Like you mentioned yesterday about making posts honest, my blog is something I rate similar to having a conversation with friends. My hope is that it makes people feel comfortable, so the fact that you’ve complimented me in such a way makes me think it might be working.

      Thank you again for your kind words, I will keep them with me and try to give myself more credit.

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  4. Fantastic writing and thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and comment! I did a similar thing as you, last weekend, just “walked” around my bloggin’ buddies neighborhood. Unfortunately quite a number of bloggers quit their blogging altogether. I always click on ‘like’ even if I cannot add anything to the comments which hasn’t already been said. 😀


    • Thank you for the compliment, and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and comment as well!

      It’s something I’m going to try and do more often, because even if it is just the act of ‘liking’ a post it still means a lot to the person. I know every time I get a like I am grateful. I’m fairly new to the blogging neighborhood, so I haven’t stumbled across any abandoned blogs as of yet but I’m sure I will in time.

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