The Versatile Blogger Birthday Dinner Party!

Versatile Blogger Award

I have literally been writing this post since the beginning of January, when I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by MJ Monaghan. Link There are rules to awarding the Versatile Blogger award, but I’m going to break them. I really wanted to tie in a “who would you have for a party” kind of post with the Versatile Blogger post. These are hard decisions, and that coupled with the fact that I am constantly finding new blogs to read is why this has taken me so long. But, now that we are two weeks away from my birthday, I think I’ve finally got it covered.

Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order. Maybe someday if I’m awarded another blogging award, I will be able to bring you more!

Beth from 5 Kids is a Lot of Kids:

She totally gets kids, and when she complains about them, if you can even call it that it is totally eandearing and/or funny. She truly loves her kids. But I’m sorry Beth, this is an adult party. I’m sure you need a break, which is why I want you to come and chillax! And you will have no guilt!

Michelle from Buttered Toast Rocks:

Michelle is totally awesome. She loves her life and her family and you can tell. She has the sweetest stories to tell about her high school sweetheart, who happens to be her husband. Michelle, I would love for you to join the party and share with us your secrets to a successful love and marriage!

Robin from Sunbonnet Smart, on BlogHer:

Robin is kickin’ it Old Skool by living simply and eating locally and organically. But you know that Old Skool is the New Skool, and she has a lot to offer those of us wanting to adapt this lifestyle. Oh, and she can weave a story like nobody’s business. LINK Robin we have a lot of strange and wonderful connections, so be there or be square!

KarenLynn on BlogHer:

Karen straight up writes about her life. She is honest and strong, and thankful for her beautiful family – husband, kids, and most especially her grandkids. LINK Her writing is easy to read because it’s like having a conversation with her. Which is why, Karen, I want you at this party, so we can chat for reals! And don’t forget your camera!

Melissa from This n That:

Melissa is wonderfully original, weird, and totally crazy. Her posts are always amazing, and she is an amazing and thoughtful person. She thinks she’s not a writer, but she totally is, and I’m doing my part in convincing her of it. Aside from hearting you, Melissa, I’m counting on you coming and protecting us from any kind of vampirezombiepocolypse that could (will) occur.

Desi from the Valentine Four:

I don’t even know how this woman does it except she is totally amazing, and possibly has super hero powers. She has kids, takes care of other kids, tutors, and is working on her Masters degree. And she is STILL able to not only put two words together, but she is also able to write well thought-out and beautiful posts on a regular basis. Desi, you have to come because I so totally admire you, pure and simple.

MJ from MJ Monaghan:

MJ awarded me with this award, but that is now why I’m nominating him. MJ’s writing is straight up funny and straight up real. He is clever and honest about life, and thankful for his readers and friends. MJ I really think you are going to be the life of the party. But please do not wear a Rod Stewart-esqe bikini.

Melanie from Is this the Middle:

Melanie is a good girl gone bad! Well, at least a little! She sees life and writes about it, which I think is amazing – I can’t say that about myself, or many people for that matter. Melanie very funny, thoughtful and thought provoking, and cares a lot about her readers. Melanie, I want you to come to my party and get a little crazy! And please wear that leather mini!

Jeanine from Rosie Dreams:

Jeanine is a really amazing human being. She claims to not be a natural with children, but you would never know. She is kind and creative, and dedicated to her family, living simply, and preserving the environment. Jeanine, I would love you at my party so I can get to know you better! Also, don’t forget your skates!

Virginia, Home Reared Chef, on BlogHer:

What can I say about Virginia? She is totally amazing. Thoughtful, gracious, and truly thankful for all the good life has given her. But that’s what happens when you are amazing and life gives you bad – you can handle it with grace, and pick up and move on. Virginia also blogs for the San Jose Food Examiner. How awesome is that!? Virginia, please come to my party! We’ll have Prime Rib, and you don’t even have to cook it!

Jane from Jane in her Infinant Wisdom:

Jane’s blog title says it all – she really is full of wisdom. She writes about her life, her friends, and her family, which are all pretty much one in the same. Jane is very funny and has a wonderful way of picking up the extraordinary in every ordinary day. Jane, I would be honored to have you at my party – we can drink lots of wine and talk about podcasting! LINK

Darcy from Belle of the Carnival:

Darcy is one tricky lady. At first she will have you convinced that she is full of purity and goodness (and she is) but she’s also pretty bad ass! Check out her posts about porn faces and stripper moves. Don’t worry, they aren’t X-rated! Darcy is thoughtful and creative, and always a truly enjoyable read. Darcy, when you come to my party, make sure to wear your leather pants!

George from Rough and Rede:

Don’t let the name fool you, George is one of the kindest gentlemen you will ever get to know. And he is so worth getting to know. He is one of the only male bloggers on BlogHer, and he fits right in. I credit that to him being a hard working family man. George understands men and women alike, and writes amazing stories about life, love, and happiness. George, join the party so the West Coast can finally meet the East Coast!

Jim from the Wordslinger:

I just met Jim recently in the Facebook group, We Blog..A Blogging Community. So I don’t know a LOT about him, as I have just started reading. What I do know is Jim is one of the only “daddy bloggers” out there. He is really reaching out and finding his place. And I’m so glad he is. He is a funny (REALLY FUNNY), insightful, and loving dad and husband. Jim, come yuck it up at my party, and don’t forget the chicken suit!

I have been honored to read these blogs and get to know these writers. So go check them out and spread the love!

Who do you want at YOUR birthday party?

About Laine

Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.
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  1. says

    I so rarely get invited to parties so I am uber excited to join this one! Thanks so much for the invite. I know a couple of these invitees, but the rest I will have to check out so I won’t feel so incredible awkward when I’m bumping elbows with them at the table. Oh, and MJ…definitely steer clear of the Rod Stewart look my friend. If not for me, then for the rest of these poor folks at the table.

  2. says

    Awww! Thanks Laine! Your list is fantastic some of many favorite bloggers! Congrats on a well deserved award! I don’t know about leather pants I would probably wouldn’t be able to get one leg up for the way I’m devouring chocolate…But I do look forward to seeing you in the derby some day!

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope it is full of sweet goodness :)

  3. says

    There is no way I’m missing this jam! The Apocalypse will just have to wait. I will pack my slaying tools, just in case…darn party crashers, ya know? Laine, Darcy, Desi, Karen, Melanie, Jane, Robin, Virginia and George…each and every one of them (you) are EXTRAspecial and so much a part of my reading pleasure and daily smiles. Thank you for sharing your lives with me (us). I will ABSOLUTELY be checking out the Bloggers I’m not familiar with to share the love. Happy Almost Birfdai!

  4. says

    Oh, WOW! Thanks, Laine! I have no superpowers. Just Bailey’s. And popcorn. And chocolate. And coffee. Mmmmm…. coffeee…. Thanks so much for the award, and the lovely write-up, and for just being so awesome in general. I’m STILL laughing about our “sparkly moustache” conversation =D

  5. says

    Oh Laine, holy cow! First, thanks so much for inviting me! What can I bring (besides the Nikon)? I’m awkward at thank you’s so I’ll just say it: thank you :) AND… we had your lasagna soup again tonight, with shredded broccoli as the not so hidden veggie.

    I feel honored to be mentioned among you wonderful blogher women (and men). now i’m going to read the people coming that i don’t know yet!

  6. says

    Thanks so much for the kind words. :) Really. Truly. Kind words. It made my Valentine’s that much more special to see this. Cheers! And I will bring my skates! :)

  7. says

    Aw! Laine, I’m so honored to be included in your list!

    Also, my favorite food is anything while dining with other grown-ups. Please accommodate. 😉 And I’ll bring a bottle or six of our famous local Oregon pinot noir because my teachers always told me to bring enough for the whole class.

  8. says

    What a ray of sunshine you are! I’m so honored to be included in this wonderful group of bloggers. Who needs the Grammys or the Oscars when you have the VBAs? I’m thinking my coolness quotient just got a boost from being invited to the same birthday dinner party as Karen, Melissa, Desi, Virginia and Darcy, who are all BlogHer rock stars IMHO.
    I’d bring some Oregon pinot but I see Beth beat me to it! Would you settle for some Oregon hazelnuts and some smoked salmon?
    And who’s bringing dessert?

  9. says

    Such a sweet thing to be included– what a party! Are your neighbors pretty cool or will they call the law on us? 😉
    Seriously, I know most of these bloggers and it is an honor to be included with them on ANY list.
    Must order a leather mini– time to put my money where my mouth is! Thanks, Laine, and a big ole hug!

  10. says

    Thank you so much! I am so pleased and honored and excited, I may have made my kids listen to me read what you wrote. Twice! If you like (actually more than like…you have to have an obsessive relationship with) chocolate, I have a famous chocolate chocolate cake I bring with me to all the birthday parties I attend! It started because I don’t like banana cream pie, which is my sisters birthday cake of choice and I offered to bring a second dessert….now my kids and nephews don’t believe it’s a birthday party until they see the chocolate cake!

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