This might sound odd, but way back when I first heard about blogs... I didn't really get the point.
You keep an online diary of your life and then people are supposed to what? Come read it? They're going to want to hear about someone else's... thoughts on life? Issues with their family? Their kid's struggles/achievements?
Well, surrrrre. That sounds utterly thrilling.
Fast-forward all these years and not only am I a member of the blogging world, but I'm a card-carrying, fully addicted, obsessively-checking-for-new-posts-from-my-favorites blog reader. Some are similar to my own, some I stumbled across and found that I could relate and some, well... some are just special.
Those are the select few that aren't just written, they're authored. The women behind them can publish a post on something deep and thought-provoking about life or their children or something completely random about what they served for breakfast but, nonetheless, they have a way with words. They're eloquent, they're articulate, they're expressive and, my most favorite quality of all, they're usually downright hilarious.
But you don't have to take my word for it. The perfect example of an amazing blog that can make you laugh out loud and make you think and possibly make you shake your head in wonder as to where she came up with these things is none other than June Cleaver Nirvana.
To those review bloggers that are a part of Business2Blogger, you have already experienced not only Holly Homer's brilliance (in coming up with such a great idea in helping companies to find bloggers), but her humor as well. But just seeing a snippet of her writing there is nothing compared to what you're going to find on June Cleaver Nirvana.
Dubbing herself as a Dallas Mommy Blogger, Holly (also known as Texasholly) is a multi-talented, hardworking mom to three boys who has found a way to do something that only the best bloggers know how to do: give her writing a voice.
It doesn't matter if she's showing beautiful photographs while writing posts about the various crazy things that her kids say and do or she is using hand-drawn illustrations to animate her life, part of the appeal is just never knowing what you're going to get next.
Both of those categories, by the way, are hilarious. Part of me loves seeing Holly's personality come through in writing on things such as why she needs to begin to plan an arranged marriage for her 4-year-old and part of me just wants to laugh a little harder at the illustrations in more posts like why she's known as Holly, Fierce Beaver Trapper.
Another aspect of a great blog that you'll definitely find here: even after you think that you've sufficiently read the huge variety of topics that June Cleaver Nirvana covers, Holly pulls out something new.
One day you'll be doubled over laughing. The next day, it might be something sweet and poignant. Then a recipe for something tasty. The next day? Side-splitting laughter (yes, totally different than the kind that makes you double over). And then yet the day after that?
Holly has taken ogling at insane As Seen On TV infomercials to a new level... and buys them. And the resulting blog posts are nothing short of amazingly funny. If you've ever wondered who buys Pajama Jeans or Booty Pop or Skechers Shape-Ups or just how hilarious the thought process that goes into making that purchase might be, well, look no further.
I, for one, cannot wait to see what Holly buys next.
As an avid blog-reader, I like a site that has personality, interaction, can make me think, brings a smile... and just might cause me to choke and splutter on my glass of water because I'm laughing so hard. June Cleaver Nirvana does all that and more and I can feel the instant excitement when I see a new post pop up because that just means it's going to be a good day.
I'm never sure what Holly is going to come up with next, but I know I'm guaranteed to not be bored... and if that isn't a sign of a great blog, then I don't know what is.
If you've already experienced June Cleaver Nirvana, go check it out again to make sure you haven't missed anything. And if you haven't? What are you waiting for? Go! Just be sure you have some free time today, because I guarantee you'll find yourself knee-deep in the archives.
And loving every minute of it.
If I haven't convinced you of Holly's immense awesomeness already, this might just help seal the deal. See, I'm pretty sure you'll want to read June Cleaver Nirvana, follow Holly on Twitter and become her fan on Facebook anyway, but, just in case you needed one more incentive...
One lucky person will win a $100 Amazon gift card from
Holly and June Cleaver Nirvana!
Holly and June Cleaver Nirvana!
To enter to win: Like June Cleaver Nirvana on Facebook and leave me a portion of your username or a link to your account for verification.
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Giveaway will end on February 11th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open worldwide! If you're reading this, you can enter!
A big thank you to Holly at June Cleaver Nirvana for providing a $100 Amazon gift card for one lucky giveaway winner. I was compensated for writing this post but that doesn't change the fact that June Cleaver Nirvana rocks, it just means I was able to write about the awesomeness. The opinions shared are my own and honest if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.