Gosh, we’re a lovely family.

If you’re a mover, a shaker,
or a crafty craft-maker,
an artist, chance-taker,
or world forsaker…
If some call you freaky,
if you’re super uniquey,
if you love mathematics,
or engage in tech geekery…
If you’re a doubter, believer,
comic book reader,
an avant-garde writer,
or an overachiever.
if you’re a traveling actor,
or secret-thinktanker,
or a cryptozoologist,
or professional prankster.

Welcome Home.

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Nearly a year ago, the Daily Post asked: Your blog just became a viral sensation. What’s the one post you’d like new readers to see and remember you by?

At the time, I had no idea but posted something anyway. Today, I look back at the answer and completely agree. It’s still live, but I’ll post the meat of it again here because many more friends have joined me on my blogging journey and this tidbit of information bears repeating.

By the way, if you're new here-- welcome home, my friends.  Thank you so much for adding your story to my world!
By the way, if you’re new here– welcome home, my friends. Thank you so much for adding your story to my world!

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If you’re feeling generous, you’d say that I’m a versatile, well-rounded person. If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you’d say I’m easily distracted and passionless.

Either way, the point is valid — I couldn’t really think of one thing about me, or — by proxy — my blog, that sums up the message I want to translate to the people I meet along the way.  I don’t have a cause or a mission, and my interests are fleeting.  I married a writer/artist — a real one– so to me it’s easy to see the difference between someone with true passions and someone with passing hobbies.

I don’t see it as a bad thing, just a different thing.

Still, the thing about me– the thing that distinguishes me as a person and a blogger– is that I am here for you.  I may say I don’t have passions, but that’s not entirely my truest story.

heartYou see, I have a deep love for people and if I had only 10 seconds of your attention– that’s the message I’d want you to take away from my blog.

I care about the stuff that happens to you, the stuff you do, and the stuff that makes you who you are. And if you need something, within reason, I’ll do what I can do to help.

It’s not the glitziest message, but it’s sincere.  Life is heavy– so don’t carry it all by yourself!

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Much love to my fellow Poblano, girl dans la cite,  for giving me the inspiration for this post.  Have you visited all the Poblanos yet? Just click the pepper below to be taken to a list of all of them.  Or visit Yeah Write, to see us in our social glory.

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Are you new here? I did this thing once have a time-honored tradition of celebrating new members of my little rawring community by asking everyone to post a link to their newest blog post, or something awesome.

So, reply with a link, friends– and try to visit at least one other person who posts a link.

Also– thank you to infinity for all your brilliance.  Every day, I am entranced by how marvelously you light up the world!

123 Comments

  1. As always, fabulous post. I focussed on a stat theme this morning to celebrate the 6 month anniversary of my blog and it’s amazing how much support that I’ve had since then!

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  2. Marvelous. I love people who love people, even though I tend to hate people, which in fact is many times a disguise I wear while deep within, I do love people knowingly or unknowingly and thus, I continue to believe I don’t like people but I do like them because I am always willing to know more and more about them. I hope you understand me. 🙂
    Your mission is beautiful… 🙂

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  3. Wee! I’m so glad I got to know you. You’re marvelous and your RAWR is heard by many across the world. 😀

    Okay, I’d like to point people to the following: http://clownonfire.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/running-out-of-me/
    Many of Le Clown’s posts make me think as I don’t think many people realize that the message they want to pass on is already there, inside of them. A lot of people spent too much time searching for it ,you know?

    As for another post, it’s one of yours! You make me ponder as well, I like it when my brain travels to Ponderland ^_^ I really liked this one: https://rarasaur.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/am-i-write-2/
    Although I like everything you post so far haha.

    Ciao ciaoooo!!

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        1. I just popped over to Julian’s– what a fantastic post, and a perfectly timed share– I was just pondering the whole idea earlier this week. 🙂

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          1. Ah yay! That makes me happy! So so…I can expect a pondering from your side on this subject as well? No pressure of course, but would love to read your thought. 🙂 He has more of that type of articles and also book reviews and he has his own books. I read one so far and was very impressed! But next to all these writerly adventures, he’s a very kind and awesome friend too. ^__^

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      1. I am soooooo going to copy/paste your comment, Le Clown. You made me laugh with your “you fuck” haha!

        You are most welcome and don’t let Sara kill you because she IS a brilliant writer. xo!

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      2. Oh yes, cursing is welcome here. 🙂 It usually means something interesting is happening, ha! 😀 Thanks for the link, I’m reading as we speak!

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          1. Haha, I have also got to update it. I have followed so many people lately that I need to go through my list to add the, in. Plus there are some that, unfortunately, I have to remove as I have had no choice but to unfollow their blogs.

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  4. Great post and here’s the thing, however corny or silly or whatever the words are, when it is said (or typed) with sincerity…that vibration carries through 🙂

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      1. Ooo…thank you 🙂
        If ANYONE ever tells you that you don’t work hard at your blog let me know…I could come over and “sit on them” hehehe.

        It takes kindness and consideration and this willingness to share and work for YOU to be linking posts from your commenters!!

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    1. 😀 Thank you! I actually wrote the poem many, many years ago… it became the motto of several groups I started, then my first business, then my second business — and even though it’s strange and not my best work– I think it’s probably the closest thing to a mission statement I have. 🙂

      I’m linking to your recent Flash in the Pan fiction, 🙂 which was beautifully erratic. http://letscutthecrap.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/flash-in-the-pan-erratic/

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  5. Your passion for others was evident from the first post I read from you and I subscribed when I was about half way through, a decision I haven’t regretted once. Always entertaining and truly engaging, that’s the hallmark of a rarasaur post.

    ECHO ECHO

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  6. Love the poem! I’m glad I started following; so many of the others I follow follow you and I see why. My latest amazing post was my first on my new blog, Crazy Good Parent. Here’s the link: http://wp.me/p3X0DJ-5 Gotta skate now and check out the Poblanos. (I love poblanos. I even grew them one year.)

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    1. That’s a great post– and an important one– and I’m glad you shared it. I’m not a parent, but most people live with children in their lives, and most people have lives that weren’t all roses and buckets of rainbows– how/when/what to explain to kids, la. That’s tough. So glad to have you around– crazy good people are my favorite kind. 😀

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    1. Oh thank you, DG– she’s still flittering in and out of my mind, but I at least sense her near by. One day soon, one day soon.

      Now let’s see, a link offering from you… 🙂 Your recent ode was absolutely beautiful, but I think I’m going to post a link to the one from the 1st about self-publishing vs traditional publishing… it’s a topic that fascinates me endlessly. 🙂 http://dgkayewriter.com/publishing-traditional-writers-dilemma/

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      1. Oh thank you so much Rara, that means a lot, especially since I have moved from wordpress to my own site, it seems that on the reader, I have become a blank, no name attached :(. But thank you 🙂

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        1. I hear that happens. I’ve connected with you on FB, so I don’t miss a post! 🙂 I’m a terrible commentor, but at least you’ll know I’ll be reading. 😀

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          1. Thanks so much Rara, I also been on your fb page and had wished I could ‘like’ or comment but I believe you have your page closed because only certain people can comment. I guess I can’t cross the gatekeepers 🙂 lol, well I still hop over there and read. I couldn’t believe that nasty trollish article I read. 😦

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            1. Closed? That’s so strange!! The “business-y” account page is linked below, my personal (share with the hubs) is here: https://www.facebook.com/grayson.queen and if you send a request, it’ll definitely be accepted. 🙂

              There are sad things sometimes, yes, but also wonderful parts of blogging– like you! 🙂 Thanks for the support, DG.

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              1. So Welcome Rar! Like I said, I love it here 🙂 I will try later again FB, I had been going to the page “Me and Grayson” ? Hmm, ya, no offers there to like, comment or even get in touch? 😦

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  7. I wouldn’t know what to point to either. I love the poem though.. it’s so all inclusive and I do think it could easily serve as a mission statement. I write for an online collective as well as my blog.. so I will link to my newest article there to share. http://expatspost.com/creative/articles/bundles-of-joy-not/
    It’s a more serious kind of article, but worth the read I think. I try to be more lighthearted on my blog. 🙂 Rara you are such a sweet person. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Dani, for sharing the link! It’s a fabulous post. I love that you write about the tough stuff, and also about dining with Dickinson. That’s a wonderful spectrum of skill! 😀

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  8. Just wanted to say that if not for you and your support, I doubt I’d have stuck with this. You are gracious and generous and helpful. That’s rare, on or off the Internet.

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    1. 🙂 You would have definitely stuck with it. You, as my grandpa would have said– have grit. 😀 I’m not really sure what it literally means, but I know the purpose of the phrase suits you perfectly, ha! 🙂

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  9. So clear that you love people for people, and I do envy you that. Your writing is genuine and honest and open, and it is clear to me that your mojo has never gone anywhere, no matter what you say. Rawr, rowmie! 😀

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  10. Great poem – I loved “super uniquey” 🙂
    You’re such a warm, welcoming person – I’ve never seen you say a bad word about anyone. You’re such an inspiration to new and established bloggers alike!
    Rawr on!

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    1. 😀 Ha! Everyone is unique, but my favorites are super uniquey, haha. 🙂 You should have seen the red lines going through this poem. 🙂 You are an inspiration, too, Drali– so kind and patient with everyone. Rawr!

      I know quite a few of my readers have a spider phobia, so your spider army is going to be the one I share– under the idea that they’ll empathize. 😀 http://dralimanonlife.com/2013/11/03/spider-army/

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  11. Love your words. I too am fascinated by people. I don’t know if I would be so charitable myself to say I love people. I do love when people are at their best, even their worst but a glimpse of hope comes shining through. But I do spend most of my life studying them. When I see the thing that makes them spark, I want to encourage it. I love seeing when someone finally gets their passion or purpose for their time here.

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  12. I love your spirit, you truly are one of the nicest people I’ve met here on WordPress. It’s very rare to find sincerity in people nowadays, but you’ve got it in spades.

    I could never point to one post of mine as a “I hope this is my pièce de résistance” because I don’t want to be remembered for things, I want to be remembered because someone felt they were able to make a real connection to me. Who am I to say what the connection should be?

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    1. Thank you, Jen. 🙂 That’s so sweet of you to say. (Side note: Have you noticed how WordPress corrects it’s own name, so that it has a capital P? It’s super eerie. *whispers* They’re watching.)

      I’m going to pick a link of yours anyway, but I’ll just stick with your about so people can find their own way– it contains science, badassery, and Hasselhoff, so I’ll know they’ll be in good hands.

      http://sipsofjenandtonic.com/about/

      (Another side note: The first few times I read your about page, I read “guzzling a BEAR” instead of BEER. It brings up a whole different mental picture. 🙂 )

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  13. You have such a good and generous soul my young friend. It’s an honor to call you ‘friend’ even though we have never met for real. Keep doing what you’re doing. It never fails to bring a smile to my face. 🙂

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  14. I’m new here and I love your posts. I haven’t read many yet, but the ones I have make me smile. I’m looking forwards to reading more 🙂

    My latest post is a giveaway post I didn’t even write, so I’m sharing the link to one of my favorite posts I wrote recently: http://nikkistory.com/2013/09/baby-come-back.html
    However, while you’re there, totally check out the giveaways 🙂

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  15. Your post gave me a lift. Thanks for sharing such a positive message. I usually stick to myself, so it’s inspiring to see you reaching out to others in this way. 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Well, now that we’re rowmies, I’ll be dragging you around to meet others forever and ever, 😉 Rowmies is just like being sisters, right? Marilyn and I are already blog-sisters, and there’s definitely room for more. 😀 I love your new post, but I think the humor of your board game post will hit just the right note with a few friends who’ll click on these links so I’m posting that one:

      http://www.tootimidandsqueamish.com/2013/11/times-remember/ 🙂

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  16. Great message. I am nowhere close to your stats but I love all my followers and commenters. They are all so supportive and I love being a part of Poblano!!! I have had so many wonderful comments and visitors this week!! Thanks for all you do to spread positivity in the blogosphere!

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    1. Eh, the stats are just stats. It’s more important to note that there are some new faces around here. 😀 I know how intimidating it can be when there’s already a community built in, since I’m a scaredy-cat commentor myself. This way, the new folk know how nice you are– and how you’d welcome their thoughts, too. 🙂

      I’m going to link your reminder to do a lot of little goods: http://bethannchiles.com/2013/11/03/a-bit-like-gene-kelly-dancing-in-the-rain/

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    1. I don’t know why, but I was touched that you got the “mrs” right, ha! 🙂 I suppose it’s because the only thing I feel like a big shot about is being a good wife. Cuz I kinda rock at that. 😉

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