The Power of Schmooze

schmooze_award.gif Whoot! “I’m bona fide!” Sandee, over at Comedy Plus, gave me an award for “schmoozing” ability. I now officially have the power of schmooze! For a person who spent most of her life being considered “shy,” this award is an honor (and a surprise) indeed! Thank you, Sandee. I consider you a schmoozer of great excellence, and you would definitely be on my list!

Here is what Sandee said about schmoozing:

The natural ability β€œto converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.” Good schmoozers effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello – all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.

I don’t consider myself a master of the art of schmoozing at all, but Lord knows I try. I sought out the origin of the award and discovered that it began in early July as a joint effort by two different bloggers: Mike and Danielle. Both of them seem like they are masters! I think I’ll do some watching at their blogs, to see how they go about the process.

This is another of those awards that you get to pass on to another blogger. I’m going to pounce on that like a duck on a June bug, because I know some bloggers who really know how to welcome others and make them feel at ease. There are days when the words won’t come to me, and I wonder, “Why the heck am I bothering with this?” Then, I see that one of these folks have drifted in to comment and remember exactly why.

If you don’t know these bloggers, you should meet them. I promise that you won’t regret it. Once you visit and talk to them, you will visit them every chance you get. Even those of you who do not blog, will always find something interesting on these sites.

I couldn’t stop with one or two. I’m offering fifteen of the best schmoozers I know. Those of you on the list can take the badge to your blog, if you want to wear it, and pass along the honor (if I left out anyone you know!).

  • I had been blogging for several months, and all I was doing was talking to myself. I don’t remember who came here first, Jenny McB or Mrs. Teamouse. It doesn’t matter. Both of them were suddenly there, and I had someone with whom to chat. I can count on both of them to support idiot ideas that occur to me (and not laugh at me in the process), to comment to me, and to provide me with posts that I want to read. It’s not just me that these two ladies have befriended. I’ve seen them give support to many beginning bloggers and offer to help them. That they are at the top of my list is a given. They are the only reasons I continued to blog after that first couple of months. I will always be fans of both of them.
  • Marcia is another who gives 100%. If I offer a little link love to a blogger, she clicks on the link and talks to them. I don’t think I’ve ever visited a blog that Marcia has not been to visit. Her comments are always thoughtful and insightful. She’s a gal who makes you feel at ease (and she will e-mail to try to lift your spirits if you need it).
  • Jessica the Rock Chick is everywhere! When she jumps in to comment, it’s often hilarious and always intelligent. She’s going to be an “A” list blogger, and a good part of that will be because the woman knows how to chat!
  • SusieJ, Yellow Rose and Janet are three more who make my day when they talk to me. I love all of their blogs for the information that they give. They have been known to write personal e-mails encouraging me and helping me find answers to questions. All of them know how to get the conversation flowing. I don’t know what I’d do without them, and you need to rush right over and meet them.

Then, there are some bloggers I’ve discovered in just the past couple of months. Folks who are supportive, and who visit regularly. When I go to their “house” to talk, they talk back.

  • Nigel (I refuse to call him “FatBloke”) always has something fun to say, and is quick with the link love on his blog. The other day, when I didn’t post on schedule, he even commented to check that I was OK…yes, I’m loving Nigel.
  • Robin is so kind that if I say I want a recipe, she will write a whole post about it (and, judging from her recipes, she’s a fabulous cook).
  • Frigga is a wonderful “author to be” who visits around here regularly. What I love most about her is that she doesn’t just rush in and say, “Nice post.” She tells me what she really thinks, and her comments are thought provoking.
  • Damien is a teacher in real life, and as a blogger he can teach a thing or two. The man knows how to make his readers come back for more. He answers every comment, and helps with any question.
  • Sophiagurl, aside from just being a truly kind spirit, has a wonderful way of making any of her readers feel special. It’s just her attitude, maybe, but she has what it takes.
  • Karen was a new read for me. I commented and asked a question, and she took the time to personally e-mail me with the answer. Yep, she’s a true blue schmoozer.
  • Cathy may live in Arkansas now, but she’s a Texas girl at heart. We can waste a whole day trading e-mails back and forth. Her blog is one of the funniest I’ve found.
  • Lola is from Spain, and so, of course, English is not her mother tongue. “Texan” is even more difficult to understand, yet she takes the trouble to read. AND, she put a Babel Fish translator on her own site so that I can go in and read hers! You think that’s not schmoozing? She’s got it down.

There you have it. They are schmoozers, one and all. Thanks to all of them, for being a part of my blogging world.

  14 comments for “The Power of Schmooze

  1. July 8, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    If thatt’s the definition of “schmoozin’, then my friend, all I have to say is……You Schmoozer, you!!! What a fun award and a well deserved one, too!!!

    Thank you mucho for the nice words and the award, too πŸ™‚ So far, I think it might be my favorite blogging award!!! Schmoozy is definitely something I strive for πŸ™‚

    Very cool! Thanks again!

    Naw, Naw. YOU are the schmoozer. You know you are!~skt

  2. July 8, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    You done schmoosin yet? lol. thanks Shelly! :mrgreen:

    Oh never. I’ll be scmoozing until they shut the box lid on me! :wink:~skt

  3. July 8, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Schmoozin? me? I’m just running at the mouth. . . Schmoozin sounds like networking and networking sounds like I’m trying to go back to work! Yeah, I love to comment and read comments and the replies, but you have exaggerated just a tad bit, I’m still trying to catch up on all the links you made weeks ago!

    You do bring out the best in people, Shelly, and make us look good. Thank you.

    I’m sorry I give you so many links. I don’t have to work to make y’all look good. I just got lucky and found good folks to come read my stuff!~skt

  4. July 9, 2007 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for the kind words Shelly.

    I am still very new to this blogging game and as I have stated before, you taught me everything!

    You typify everything that is positive about blogging for me. The friendliness (I will not forget that the first comment on my blog came from you..), your constant understanding and encouragement to improve and your ability to inspire and entertain on a consistant basis.

    I try hard to achnowledge all my comments and interest and I try to be more creative – you have instilled this in me! I watched Rent (the musical) on DVD and spent most of the film rolling over in my head how I could interpret it form a blog post – look what you have done to me!!!

    Thanks and you deserve everything you get (nice things that is..)! lol!

    Not sure I am worthy yet (i don’t do false modesty) but thanks for thinking of me.

    Have a great day. πŸ˜€

    Oh, Nigel. You may be brand new at the game, but you definitely know how to play. It’s nothing that I instilled in you, you have the instinctive gift. I didn’t do anything to you!!:lol:~skt

  5. July 9, 2007 at 10:41 am

    πŸ˜‰ thanks Shelly you always manage to rock my world with your words… πŸ˜€ incidentally i also handed you the Schmooze Award, but it seems someone already beat me to it. Nevertheless, you soooo deserve to have another one. πŸ˜‰

    Whoot! I guess I really can schmooze, then! Thank you~skt

  6. July 9, 2007 at 11:48 am

    I agree with Marcia. You have a way of bringing out the best in people. I found you through Rory at from your “This Blog Blows My Dress Up” Award. I love to laugh and anybody who scours the blogosphere for funny posts was somebody I wanted to know! So I came, I read, I stayed. πŸ™‚

    I hope you continue to do so!!~skt

  7. July 9, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I can feel the love in the air. You are one of many favorite stop each and everyday. You can tell me a story anytime you want as well. I promise to get the package in the mail this week. I promise. Have a great day. πŸ™‚

    You are one of my favorite visitors, too :smile:~skt

  8. July 9, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Aw, thank you kindly!

    I love coming here too, not only because of your wonderful storytelling abilities, but also the detailed, and oh-so-apt descriptions of my home state!

    If you are so homesick, come for a visit!~skt

  9. July 9, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Wow – blown away again! You have a knack for perking me up when I am down – I don’t know if I schmooze, I do try to get out and meet new bloggers. Ahhhhh alas, if only there were more hours in the day.

    Thank you so much for this award – I’m truly privileged to have met you, I’m glad to call you friend! πŸ™‚

    I’m proud to call you friend, too!:wink:~skt

  10. Jen
    July 9, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you! It was a dark and stormy day, nah, it wasn’t, just a some new bloggers floating around until you anchored us. Congratulations, you are the perfect blog hostess, always introducing us to new bloggers and keeping the conversations going.

    Naw, I just lucked in to some of the best readers…~skt

  11. July 10, 2007 at 4:48 am

    Awww… Thank you, what a sweet thing to say. And it’s an even bigger compliment coming from someone as schmooze-tastic as you *smooch*!

    πŸ˜† You make me giggle.~skt

  12. July 10, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Thought provoking? Me? Wow! Thank You!! πŸ™‚

    So you noticed that too – the blogs I like best and enjoy visiting the most are the ones that the author has open dialogue with the readers. Instead of being talked to, we have conversations!


    Yep. If I only had more time, I’d be conversing a lot more. You definitely have the gift of gab yourself, so you deserve a “schmoozing award!”~skt

  13. July 10, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    I’m back to let you know I’ve posted it! I also wanted to let you know I really really like this award. It gave me a chance to highlight (sp?) the importance of commenting, but also to give kudos to some very deserving bloggers!
    Thank You!!!! πŸ˜‰

    You are so welcome, Frigga. ~skt

  14. July 12, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    AWW Schucks. I’m glad I’m in such good company.

    You are indeed!~skt

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