WIT :: linking up and loving it


I’m still not doing it.

I still have no intention of monetizing my blog or attempting to create a revenue stream from it. That sort of goal sucks the joy out of blogging, I’m thinking. But I am discovering the joys of networking and the brief flickers of fame which are the results of such exposure. I’m not denying that.

I’ve never been a part of a sorority. Growing up with three sisters and myriad girl cousins, I never felt the urge to expand my circle of sisterhood. In high school, I was proud to be “one of the guys” and the majority of my close friends weren’t part of the distaff side of the gender spectrum. In college, I eschewed dorm life and got a flat on my own so never experienced the bonding that living on campus usually produces. And as an adult in academia, I have few opportunities to gossip and giggle  and gab about all things girly and fashion-related. (The intelligentsia don’t look kindly on such frivolous concerns).

Blogging, then, has filled a void in my life I’d previously not known existed. After having lurked on multiple style blogs, I’ve discovered that I am not alone in my pursuit of sartorial splendor. That it’s okay to love to dress up in my middle years. That intelligent, professional women don’t denigrate fashion at all; they actually revel in it.

I’ve also realized that the concept of the link up is not as narcissistic or self-aggrandizing as I’d originally thought. It’s really just a vehicle with which to share and be a part of style inspiration. Linking up has introduced me to women of all shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities and I think them all beautiful and amazing. Below are the regular link ups in which I am participating/plan to participate:

I like the routine of regular link ups, which is why I haven’t gotten involved in one-time affairs like closet remixes and such (although I love lurking on blogs of those who do these), but never say never, right? I wouldn’t put it past me to eventually jump on that bandwagon since I’ve gotten a bit addicted to link ups. So much so, in fact, that I want to give back and do one of my own.

If you love to read AND you love to interpret AND you love to vamp it up in front of the camera, then you should probably check out Thoughtful Third Thursdays, set to launch on February 20. I look forward to seeing you then!

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9 thoughts on “WIT :: linking up and loving it

  1. I started my blog specifically to make joining link ups easier. I had been participating via GCOGH. The remix kind are my favorites. 🙂
    I can’t wait for 2/20! I’m definitely going to go off of whatever I happen to be reading that week.

  2. Connie Snow* says:

    Like you I have been surrounded by girls my entire life. And I’m not much of a linker upper. Heck, some days I can barely get dressed! But I love that you link up cuz that’s how I found you. Cheers from SoCal!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Hey, SoCal gal! Thanks for stopping by. And yeah, I here you about getting dressed. I look forward to weekends because then I can shlup about the house in jeans and a hoodie. But I guess I’m a true Gemini since I equally enjoy dressing up for the week too.

  3. Val S says:

    I’ll put it on my calendar!

    By the way, I love Anne’s drawing of you! And you reminded me that I need a 52 Pick-me-Up badge on my blog.

    • mtsedwards says:

      I know, right?! I squeed like the fangirl I am when Anne emailed it to me. I feel like I’m officially part of the club now. She captured that outfit to a Tee. The only thing that would’ve made it even more fantastic is if she’d picked a TARDIS blue outfit since, well…you know. ;p

      And huzzah! Yes, please join my link up. It won’t be as sophisticated as the others because I’m hosted on WordPress and the script doesn’t work as well (puts you in a different page), but it should still be fun. You know, I got the majority of my linkup buddies from you so I thank you for that!

  4. dapperdolly says:

    Beautifully written and I agree that links ups are more than superficial patting each other on the back. I’m already thinking of how to do T3, it’s going to be hard on my three bags of clothes and minimal accessories (the one closet thing) and interpreting will be a challenge. The last thing I read was an biography of Mercator the so-called father of map making and before that a fantasy where the closest character I could probably dress as is Death in a Black sheet lol! It’d be more Halloween on my side but it’s an awesome, inspiring and interesting theme so I’m giving it thought already!

    • dapperdolly says:

      P.S I love the mini you on your widget – A.Bray is very talented and that was the perfect outfit!

      • mtsedwards says:

        Yes, Anne is uh-mazingly talented. Then again, so are you (don’t think I didn’t read yesterday’s post and ohh and ahh over your sketches)!

    • mtsedwards says:

      YES! My work here is done. LOL. I love making people think and for you to be planning it already is extremely flattering. My dilemma will be deciding whether I want to use a quote from something I’d already read or what I’d be currently reading then. I usually average about a book every two days – English major; read fast – so I may just end up doing the former. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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