IHJZ My Message to all of You!
A year ago I didn’t have a blog, I didn’t care to have a blog but I was a fan of Bravo’s shows, always have been. The Real Housewives of Orange County started this mess and will always have that little place in my heart simply because they were the first.
It was back during Season two or three of Orange County that I began to get frustrated with Bravotv.com and their Housewives blogs. Leaving comment after comment and never seeing them posted was really maddening. I’ve said it before, if viewers take the time to “click around Bravotv.com” as Andy Cohen asks us to, and then read the Housewives blogs, sign in and leave a comment, they deserve to be posted.
Obviously not the vulgar, vile people of the world and we know they exist because they’re all over Twitter, but those of us who have real honest opinions deserve to be heard.
I asked one of my sources if the Housewives at least got to see the comments posted that weren’t actually published on Bravo’s web site and I was told, “no, those go into the web’s black hole never to be seen again”.
But it wasn’t Orange County and my posts to Vicki and Alexis that really prompted my blog, it was New York and Jill Zarin that forced my hand. I felt the need to write to and about Jill Zarin and a kind friend by the name of Terry Aley agreed to post it on his blog as a guest blog. The rest, as they say, is history. Terry encouraged me to create my own blog and here we all are. Thank you Terry!
Eight months later, the blog is doing very well, we’ve talked about practically every Bravo show that airs but more than that we’ve talked about illness and treatments, baby’s being born, beauty tips, work problems, fashion, family issues and anything else you can think of. If you’ve talked about it with your girlfriends, it’s been discussed on this blog. My only rule when we began was to be kind to other posters, I didn’t see the need to add any other rules for readers who were adult, grown women (and a few men) and it has been very successful. I’ve posted the number of “hits” the blog gets and no one believes it anyway so I won’t bother but Quincy can attest to the numbers as she has complete access to the blog’s stats, but honestly does it really matter?
There are many successful blogs out there and I read as many as I can, I know that you all do too and I try to support other bloggers out there because why not read them all? It’s fun to get different perspectives and there are some really talented, funny ladies out there writing blogs. Real City Housewife, RealOldHousewife and Imajustsaying to name a few, but more than great bloggers, these are amazing women, all three of them and I love them all!
We’ve had people come and go, we’ve had people upset with me or with other regular posters on the blog but overall, I really believe that I’m blessed every single day because of the group of people who’ve gathered here to read and chat and post with each other. Those that have left, upset with me, I truly apologize as my intent with this blog was never to anger anyone. (well maybe Jill) What I wish for those “haters” of my “hate blog” is peace and the ability to move on.
Hate will only hurt you and your life will be miserable, seriously, move on. No one is forced to read or participate in the blog. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure if anyone would read what I had to say about the Housewives. What I never expected was the amazing group of people that gather here regularly and I’m so honored to know every one of you.
Quincy IL, I don’t think you have any idea how much your support has meant to me, particularly these past few months. Your guest blogs are not only expertly written and insightful but having a second person helping me write a daily blog is helping much more than you know. But recently you went above and beyond by taking on the responsibility of managing the blog for three days while I was out of town. I’m so grateful that you agreed to do that for me and I know that everyone who reads and comments on the blog feels the same. I’m so glad you’re here and I and thankful that you were so kind as to help me when I really needed you most, you never hesitated you just jumped in and were amazing! Thank you doesn’t really cover how I feel but I hope you know how much I love and admire you! I do Thank you Quincy!
I have listed all of the regular posters on the blog and you can find them here:
They are in alphabetical order and my goal is to write my personal message to everyone, that said it desperately needs updated with many more names and I need to get back to my messages because I have so much to say to you all. I promise to get back to that and update everything including my personal messages from the heart.
That said, I do have to mention a few people who’ve been unbelievably supportive and have been “behind the scenes” on the blog helping and advising me.
Wall St Lady
True Life Diva
One More In Boston,
These women have truly become my friends and I love you all with all my heart. I am so grateful that you all found your way here and chose to stick around because your support and kindness have at times really helped me to keep this blog going.
I want to say in particular to Boston02127, you’ve been through more this year than most people have to endure in a lifetime and my heart goes out to you. I truly wish I could give you a hug and tell you that everything is going to be alright but even that isn’t going to ease your pain. The only thing I can tell you is that time does help, your first Christmas without your mom is going to be very hard but please know that I’m here if you ever need to talk and I know dozens of people who read the blog are all with you in spirit at this time. I love you and I’m thinking about you every day, sending you peace and love.
True Life Diva, Kat and One More In Boston, you are all so much more than just people who post on this blog, you’re all amazing and loving women who add so much more than just your opinions and thoughts to this blog, you have no idea what you all mean to me! Thank you so much for everything! Just knowing that you’re all here with me makes me feel so warm and fuzzy, I mean that!
Wall St Lady, what can I say to my biggest cheerleader and supporter. I’ve never known anyone like you, I’m so impressed by you and everything you do for others and I’m honored to call you my friend.
Had Enough, you know…I don’t have to say it. I love you xoxo
I know that this was a very selfish blog and I’m sorry but I hope you’ll indulge me for just another minute while I just thank God for my family, my amazing husband, my 10-year old son who makes me a better person. My older son and daughter, watching them raising their own families makes me so proud to call them my children. It sounds like I just won an Academy Award, doesn’t it? I feel like I did with all of the blessings in my life.
Until Next Time…