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Blogging Betties. Are You One?

Day 2 of the #AtoZChallenge has me at B and it is B for Blogging Betties!

Every once in a blue moon (there, I got a B word in!) I fall in love at first sight. Okay, so of late I’ve been seeing a series of blue moons in my life. Truth. And so it was when I met Tammy Soong of Worlds Worst Moms a few months ago, via my lovely sis Vanita Cyril. Tammy enthralls with her writing. If I were asked to show an example for “writing with heart” it would be hers.

Tammy Soong is a writer, wife, and mom from Reno, Nevada. She takes an absurd amount of pain medication, but not enough to have actually named her children “Newt” and “Elfie.” She spends most days stressing out over clutter, writing stuff for her blog, and working on podcasts with her gal pals, the Blogging Betties.

But that is not all. See my awesome fall-in-love-with header? Tammy is the artist who created it. And Vanita made it look fab on this blog. I am indebted to them and have promised to give them my first-born hand over half my kingdom (when I have one).

Please may I hear applause for Tammy and Vanita? Thanks!

Over to ya, Tammy!

When Vidya asked me to guest post and said I could have “B,” I thought, well dang, this worked out well. See, I just started a podcast called The Blogging Betties with my two gal pals, Vanita Cyril and Poppy Marler. Every week we talk shop and interview awesome bloggers from around the sphere. Not sure you’d like it? Maybe run through this quick list to find out…

Blogging Betties

You may be a Blogging Betty if:

1. You check your email, Facebook, or Twitter feed in the morning before you check your children.

2. The school sends you an article on “How to limit screen time at home,” and you realize the only person in the house who really needs to “work on that” is you.

3. Every time you take a picture, your kid asks, “Are you gonna post that?”

4. Your friends are afraid to have lunch with you because they know they’ll end up in your blog.

5. You clean up the mess around a mess before you take a photo of it so it’ll be more pinnable.

6. You write a post called, “Blog Stats Don’t Make the Blogger,” and then obsessively check the stats on it.

7. You’re the “techy-est” person in your house.

8. The number of times you’ve promised yourself you’ll “get to bed early tonight” directly correlates with the number of days you’ve been blogging.

9. Unlike the “regular” people you know IRL, you actually spend time on Google+.

10. When someone mentions “Alexa,” you immediately think of a number, not a kid from your daughter’s class or the mis-pronounced name of an old character on Dynasty.

So, think you’re a Betty? Come check out the Blogging Betties Podcast. We do a new show every Tuesday and have great posts on the blog in-between. And we’re cheap and easy! The podcast is free, and you can download it and take anywhere (that’s what you were thinking when I said “cheap and easy,” right?).

You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and, of course, the almighty Google+

Thanks for letting me hang out with you today! Bye bye Betties!

Thank you Tammy!

And oh, guys can be Blogging Betties too!

What do you think? Are you a Blogging Betty?

The Blogging Betties Podcast is where veteran bloggers/gal pals Poppy, Tammy, and Vanita share all the tips, tricks, and tools you’ll need to navigate the blogosphere. Each week they bring in top bloggers to tell their stories, spill their best secrets, and share their past screw-ups. Get ready to make your mark — the Blogging Betties are here to help.

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    Proactive Indian
    April 2, 2014 at 7:32 am

    To the best of my knowledge, I’m not a Blogging Betty!

    Of course, after I started blogging, a few friends were concerned about sharing any spicy information with me, but were relieved when I assured them that:
    a. Any information will be shared on my blog only after the source agrees.
    b. I normally change names, places and some other details.
    c. If there is even a remote possibility that the subject could be controversial, I send the person concerned the final draft of my blog post for approval.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

      😀 Pro, I love how you take everything seriously.
      But seriously, social media is trying her best to make everyone a BB! 😀
      Thank you for almost always being the first to comment!

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    Sreeja Praveen
    April 2, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Haha 🙂 So many points to check if I’m a BB, and yes, some of them are true 😉 What a wonderful, hilarious, and of course, infotaining post, Vidya 🙂 Hugss and Cheers for the A to Z 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

      🙂 I know, right, Sreeja? I am guilty of being one too!

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    Carol Graham
    April 2, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Uh-oh — I think I am in trouble. My priorities are definitely changing since I started blogging. One of those priorities is reading and commenting on posts from people all over the world that I have never met and yet they have become friends!
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    Betty
    April 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Of course I’m a Blogging Betty since my name is Betty 🙂 I’m halfway a Blogging Betty; my mind is somewhat always thinking of blog posts but since I don’t blog a lot of personal things or family things, my family feels they are pretty safe around me and I never post pictures of our family other than our dog, so again no one minds getting their picture taken 🙂

    betty
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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      How sweet, Betty! 🙂 Love your comment! ♥ And loving your posts!
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    Aditi
    April 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Haha this was fun! No kids yet but just replace that with hubby and in-laws and there I am a Betty! Loved this post Tammy!
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    Archana
    April 2, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I don’t think i am a betty… Maybe the boys in my life would not agree but others will i suppose
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    Beloo Mehra
    April 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Vidya/Tammy, this was a fun read! thank you 🙂 And now I must go and check whether I am turning into one BB…you see, I already have the right initial in my name!
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    S(t)ri
    April 2, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I can correlate so well!!! :O Lovely !!!! I think the “lunch” and “clicking pics” suit me a lot!! The moment I click pics of my nephew he checks it and says, “you are posting it in your blog, aren’t you? pls edit it b4 doing so”
    Also, last sunday at a hotel I was having dinner with few guys and ine guys said “Alex-a” (is that alex? in tamil) and I was like “Alexa ranking? of whose blog?”
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    Tammy
    April 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for having me over to your house for the day, Vidya! You’re too, too kind, as always. And I’m so glad you like your Buddha. He’s one of my favorite creations. Always makes me smile.:)
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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      What can I say, Tammy. Thank you and I love you! (Just remember … I hope to have you back!) Hugs!

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    Sulekha
    April 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I am definitely a Blogging Betty :)Now I know why my friends won’t have lunch with me, afraid of a little exposure, are they? 🙂 Enjoyed reading this post about BBs

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    Shailajav
    April 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    This is a scary and hilarious post 😉

    And I may actually be one. But then, I am the first one awake at home, so I can’t check on anyone else but my phone 😛 Lovely post, Tammy 😀
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    Obsessivemom
    April 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Yeah well I’m there partly. The kids do ask.. Are you going to put it up. In fact that’s my favourite threat when they’re being ‘not good’.. When they’re messy or roaming around in stages of undress or sulking! Such fun it is! Cheap thrills of motherhood.
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    Meena Menon
    April 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    tht blog header of yours speaks for what an amazingly creative person she is! N did I tell u, that header is soo you!

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    Inderpreet Kaur
    April 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Vidya and the Blogging Betties, I just loved the points and about 99% of them are true for me.
    Another one to add to the list from my side, going kick-ass crazy and pulling hair when the internet plays funny and pages don’t load!!
    Glad to be here and I laughed and smiled!
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    Suzy
    April 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Oh lol My son constantly asks me – are you going to post that pic. Nice one Vidya. Happy to be a blogging Betty.
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    nabanita
    April 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Yes yes I must confess I’m a Blogging Betty 😀 Yay!
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    richa singh
    April 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I am guilty as charged 😀 100 percent blogging betty is me 😀 especially that lunch part, the screen time, the stats check… wait I am ALL 😀 *super fun post*
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    Shilpa Garg
    April 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I am definitely a Blogging Betty. I was nodding my head on all the 10 points!! What a fun and lovely read, Tammy and Vidya! 🙂 ♥
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    Ranjini Janardhanan
    April 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    nice breezer ….
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    Jayanta Tewari
    April 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Vidya, This is really a nice read and fun to read as well…Having started blogging recently as a new-found passion, observations from my near and dear ones on the drift in virtual world are quite significant and fast. Will come back again 🙂
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    Archana
    April 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hey, really enjoyed this post. Yes I think I am a Betty!! 🙂 But then, writers do get inspired by the life around them and that includes comments made by people or photographs right?
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    Usha Menon
    April 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    What a grand post.Hilariuos but so true. All bloggers are in the same boat.
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    Rajlakshmi
    April 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    hahaha still laughing at clearing the mess around the mess.I am 100% blogging betty… enjoyed reading the post 🙂
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    Shiva
    April 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Hilarious … I am still not a blogging betty as I am yet to arrive at that portal of madness …But am I eyeing for that title ..For sure yes..May God give strength to the people around me to survive my new found madness
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    Bhavya
    April 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Uh oh! I might as well confess that yes Ma’am, I’m a Betty too 😛
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    Sophie Duncan
    April 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Well, I don’t have kids, so I can’t check online before I check on them, but does the cat count? He frequently can be sound sitting on the floor next to my bed mewling for his breakfast because I got distracted on the computer! I also may be a little guilty of checking on stats…;P

    Sophie
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    Tasha
    April 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I love the list – it made me laugh out loud several times. Stats, oh heavens I am forever checking stats :).
    Tasha
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    Elle
    April 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Too funny and maybe sadly too true. What the heck I embrace my blogging betty. I’m still laughing Tammy, Vanita and Vidya. You made my day with this one. 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Elle, So happy to see you, it means you are feeling better today! Hugs! I embrace my “betty” too!

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    Jolie du Pre
    April 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I’m protective of my family. So I don’t put photos of them on the Net for the public to view. (Only once-in-awhile on my private Facebook page.) However, I can relate to some of the other points you make.
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    Tina Downey
    April 2, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I am a blogging betty. I think there’s only one that doesn’t apply to me…I’m not the techy-est. That would be all the rest of my world, The Engineer, and my two teens who can make any electronic device do anything they want and they have them all hooked together! Yikes…and I have Jeremy for the techy side of my blog and my Life is Good fb page…but I AM learning!
    Have a great Challenge, Vidya.
    Tina @ Life is Good
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    Alisha
    April 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Love it! I’m so guilty of moving “crap” of out the way so the pic will be perfect or cropping out one of my photobombing kids…LOL!
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    Bhawana
    April 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Here is a #creative joint venture with my little ones, #fun with #writing. Do visit to read what they have to say through #short #story, #poetry and #pictures.

    http://mind-spec.blogspot.in/2014/04/my-theme-for-a-to-z-theme-reveal.html

    This I choose to be my theme for #AtoZchallenge!
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    debi o'neille
    April 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I wouldn’t say I’m a blogging Betty, but sometimes I’m a little bit of a blogging buddy. I can especially relate to the part about friends being afraid they’ll end up in a blog. I don’t have that problem, but my husband has told me more than once that he better ‘not’ ever appear in my blog. (I used to write a column for a newspaper, and he showed up as the subject of comedy quite often.) So anyway, he’s not in any of my A-Z blog posts, but be watching for a handsome hero wrestling a bear to protect his fair maiden – in a future post.
    Deb@http://debioneille.blogspot.com
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    Jessica Sweet
    April 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I’m a Betty! I love the one about the person in the family needing help with screen time rules being ME! It’s true. . . Glad there’s a support group! 🙂
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    sitara nair
    April 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Oh Blogging Betty
    I think 60 percent I am…
    Nice post…..
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    Melanie
    April 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Oh, not a Blogging Betty (don’t have children so can’t check on them first or second, really never take pictures…) The lack of these things are saving me from being a blogging betty so that I have more time to sit on the computer!
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      Vidya Sury
      April 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      You and I both, Melanie! Yes, I have a son…but am not a 100% betty! Thanks for dropping by!

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    Sugandha
    April 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    We can make a betties club my dear…I have all the signs too 🙂
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    Corinne Rodrigues
    April 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Tammy, you’re a scream. I had the pleasure of getting to know about Blogging Betties via Vanita’s blog (courtesy Vidya, again) and have been reading your posts and listening to your podcasts! You are truly off to a great start with your site! Good luck to you ladies from a dyed-in-the-wool Blogging Betty!
    More power to the three of you and your art work rocks!
    Thanks, Vidya! Fab choice!
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    Leo
    April 2, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I know a couple of Betties atleast 🙂 Fun post, this!
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    Vicky
    April 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Not a betty but guilty of 1,3 & 5. I can say I have a goal to attain 🙂

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    Kajal
    April 3, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Going by the first 5 points, I guess I am …the next 5…ummm not so much 😛 😉

    Super post!
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    Eli
    April 3, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Ooops – could definitely tick off some of those points yes… But with teens in the house I can at least say that I am not the tec-iest – They are!But often have to assist me with blog-related technological issues….:-) 🙂 Great list! Fun to read –_)
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    L. Drag
    April 3, 2014 at 1:36 am

    ha, nope I’m a dragon after all.
    You are a busy lady. But then there are more of us doing two of these month long A to Z things.

    Enjoy the A to Z Challenge
    Bridging Sorrow

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    My Inner Chick
    April 3, 2014 at 2:07 am

    3. Every time you take a picture, your kid asks, “Are you gonna post that?”

    4. Your friends are afraid to have lunch with you because they know they’ll end up in your blog.***

    This CRACKS me up!!! fabulous.
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    Cathy Graham
    April 3, 2014 at 3:35 am

    I had to chuckle at the whole Blogging Betties post. Hmmm, I do fit some of the criteria. Should I be worried that I’m a Blogging Betty? Love that name. I’d love to join the club just to have that name!
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    Monica Deshpande
    April 3, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Ooh, a scary one. i’m not there yet but far enough down the road. There may still be time for a quick U-turn. Thanks, Vidya and Tammy.
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    Debbie
    April 3, 2014 at 4:02 am

    LOL I am definitely a “Blogging Betty”! 😀 My husband has no use for computers and doesn’t understand my addiction at all. To think, before Dec. 2008, I felt the same way but then, my elderly father bought me a laptop for Christmas and the rest is history. Sounds like fun and I’ll check this out.
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    Urthwild
    April 3, 2014 at 4:34 am

    6. You write a post called, “Blog Stats Don’t Make the Blogger,” and then obsessively check the stats on it.

    This is something I would do.
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    anna
    April 3, 2014 at 5:49 am

    I can safely say I’m not a Blogging Betty… yet!
    But maybe somewhere on the way to becoming one…

    anna @ Deeply Shallow
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    Sheethal
    April 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Except for the lunch time, and tech related stuff… I’m for the BB competition… 😛
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    Shesha Chaturvedi
    April 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Hahahaha I am laughing!!! I dint know there is a term for it… Blogging Betty! 😀 Well I was planning to write something of this some time back- One of my friends said she is afraid to talk to me thinking she might end up in my blog…. Rest right now I don’t have children to tweet about and to click snaps of 😛 and rest of the things dont apply too as of now! But I would not mind to be the one! 😀 Feels powerful!
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    Shine Kapoor
    April 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Being a blogger, I can totally relate to these points. Now that I have participated in A to Z Challenge, I get up in the middle of night and find myself checking the comments that I have received.. Nice one Vidya
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    Pratikshya
    April 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    i think i am a blogging betty for some of the points…:) but it made me smile too…
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    Nischalan
    April 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    such a fun post Vidya… Don’t recall reading something in the recent past through which I nodded all through. Super.

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    Michelle
    April 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Yes! I didn’t realize I was until I read this.
    Not so much on my Editing blog as my Instagram and personal blog, though.
    Great post. Happy A to Z!

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    Andi-Roo (@theworld4realz)
    April 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    oops… Apparently I’m well on my way to being a Blogging Betty! Except for checking status and worrying about numbers — I doubt I will ever care about how well my bloggy-blog is doing! 🙂
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    Damaria Senne
    April 10, 2014 at 12:22 am

    hehehe! I used to fit some of the descriptions, but I decided to drastically cut my time online. However, I’m just a recovering addict.. every day I still want to do some of the things listed in your post. I just try hard to restrain myself, remind myself why I can’t lose myself in blogging
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    Gwenn Panny
    April 15, 2014 at 11:49 am

    LOL yes. I think I’m a Blogging Betty.
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    Michelle Wallace
    April 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Oh gosh… I think I need to cut down my blogging time so I can spend more time writing… 🙂
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