Our New Front Porch

Growing up, it was a given that at any meal, we’d have a house full of people. The neighbors often found their way to our house for dinner. And sometimes, we’d find our way to their homes as well.  When we’d all have eaten, the kids would go outside and play and the grown-ups would assemble on the front porch to chat. The men would usually be closer to the garage, sharing a beer, maybe playing some cards. The women would be rattling the ice in their tea glasses sharing the happenings of their day. When it was dark thirty, we’d all make our way home and settle in for the night. We shared our lives with our neighbors in real time.

Now we have the internet. The downside is that we probably certainly spend more time online than we do in our front yards. The upside is that the world has become our front porch.

This past year, I was privileged to meet Mari. Mari and I had been following each other’s blogs, but didn’t realize who we were until two days after meeting–that’s how well we clicked. In so many, many ways, all the big things in my life this past year, have been because Mari pulled up a chair and sat beside me on my virtual front porch.

I also met Stephanie. I had been playing along with Arkansas Women Bloggers like I actually lived there and was excited to be sponsored to their AWB Unplugged conference. While there, Stephanie invited me to pull a chair up on her virtual front porch and start this little project. “I want to share this goodness with the women of Oklahoma.” Together we’ve been cradling the baby that is Oklahoma Women Bloggers and are so excited to share it with you.

Today, I’m thrilled to have y’all on OWB’s front porch. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink, and tell us your story. We want to hear it.

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN OKLAHOMA WOMEN BLOGGERS:

1. Register here. (We will never divulge your personal information without your permission.)

2. Submit guest posts. Guidelines are found here. Our themes for the month are on the front page. We want to showcase Oklahoma’s best women bloggers–and that means YOU!

3.  Be involved. We have some fabulous things planned for you. Every Sunday, we’ll have a Potluck, where you can link your best post of the week. But, don’t just link–read the other posts as well! In February, we’ll have a “Bloggy Love” challenge. In the spring, we’re planning a really awesome meet-up. If there’s another way you’d like to be involved, give us a holler! We’d love to hear your ideas!

4.  Grab our button for your blog. Give us a shout out on Twitter and Facebook. Tell all your friends, online or in real life. And–don’t forget your neighbors in other states. We’d love to have them on our front porch as well. Remember, I crashed Arkansas’s party and made fabulous friends.

Again–welcome to our front porch! We’re so glad you’re here!

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17 comments

  1. Joan says:

    I am excited to join! I have lolly-gagged, blogwise, this year and this is the kick I need to get going again. I actually have three blogs and should probably consolidate.

    Looking forward to watching this grow!

  2. ShaRhonda says:

    You are so right. The world has become our NEW front porch. Especially for our children. So much to do outside of video games and iPods. Looking forward to all 2013 has to bring.

  3. Julie says:

    As the “Calendar Girl” for Arkansas Women Bloggers I can tell you that being a part of Oklahoma Women Bloggers will change your life! You will not only become a better blogger but you will develop amazing relationships with women all over your state! Good luck in your journey!

  4. Debbie says:

    Welcome!!! What a terrific journey you are beginning. It is going to be so exciting taking it with you. I have a big porch. Come sit a spell:)

  5. gina says:

    Woot! Wishing you all the best with OWB and for anyone wondering why/if she should join-DO IT! It’s fabulous connecting with like-minded bloggers and the ladies behind AWB/OWB are fantastic leaders as well as friends. The support and friendship I’ve received from our group has been the highlight of my blogging life for the past two years.

  6. Jen says:

    I am excited to be part of OWB! This comes along at an opportune time. Through a mistake of my own, I accidentally deleted my blog a few days ago. I’ve decided that this big lemon is going to be some fine tasty lemonade to share on the front porch, so I’ve expanded the purpose of my blog and have started anew.

  7. Beth says:

    Congratulations Oklahoma Women Bloggers from another of the Arkansas Women Bloggers co-conspirators! Prepare for the best relationships of your life and all the bloggy love you can handle. Since I was born in Tulsa and my front porch is just down the road and barely across the Arkansas border, you can be sure I’ll crash some of YOUR fun!! 🙂

    Welcome!

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