Monday, July 25, 2011

Guest Host {Teachinfourth of Adventures & Misadventures of Daily Living}

This week I'm off to the west coast of Florida for a week of fun in the sun. I'm going to try really hard to make it an electronic-free week and stay away from blogland and Facebook (even though I'm not being very successful with that one). I'm getting hives just thinking about it!! But no worries, I'm leaving you in good hands. I have a week's worth of guest hosts lined up for you.  
It's going to be a week of my BBFs (Best Bloggy Friends)! I've gotten to know these talented folks the past year via their blogs, comments, e-mails, Facebook, and phone calls (gotta love technology). I'd love to be able to spend some time with each one of them in person. Perhaps one day. In the meantime, I want to introduce them to you. Maybe you already know them and can understand why I like them so.

First up is Teachinfourth from Adventures & Misadventures of Daily Living. He managed to somehow read my mind and better articulate the sentiment I was trying to describe in the paragraph above about my BBFs. It's all yours, my friend!

Adventures & Misadventures of Daily Living

Whenever I think of guests, I remember back to the old-school Mickey Mouse Club. You remember the one, don’t you? It was the one my siblings and I would watch the reruns of on our limited number of antenna-controlled TV stations back when I was a kid—after all, I wasn’t old enough to have watched them in their original syndicatcy; however, I was more than content to view these episodes years later, via our fuzzy television antenna whilst lying on my parents’ bed early afternoons after school.

I recall one particular day during the week on channel 28 when the mouseketeers would perform a very special song and dance, welcoming out that particular week’s guest, who would nearly always be somebody I’d never heard of; however, they must have been someone exceptionally important, after all, they were on the Mickey Mouse Show.

Well, today, I kind of feel like that—After all, I’m the special guest.

When Yanet first asked me to write a guest posting, I was completely flattered, and a bit overwhelmed as well. What does one write about when posting on someone else’s blog? Well, generally speaking, I figured that you’d tend to look at the overall theme of the other person’s blog and then write something geared toward that.

Herein lies the problem…

I am not crafty in the realms of home improvements.

I am not overtly creative.

I have never decoupaged or spackle-pained to save my life.

I do not have 3 Sunkissed Boys, either.

I sat and started to think. Though Yanet and I share several things in common, I still didn’t feel that these were necessarily blogworthy. Well, not in the sense that I would send her a completed text and proclaim that I’d done my personal best and given her a post that I was proud of.

That’s about the time that an idea for the perfect posting hit me smack upside the head.

We blog. We are both bloggers. Heck, you’re probably a blogger, too! Most likely, we all share a love of this simple technology that grants us access to lives of others, and it gives them entry to a small piece—a slice if you will—of the lives that we live from day to day as well.

Ah, yes…the world of blogging

It is through our blogs—our words and images—we invite others in to sneak a quick peek into our most cherished thoughts and the daily happenings, typed into a keyboard long after the children might have drifted off to slumber and the streetlights have been burning long into the darkness of night.

Most likely it’s during each of our own sleepless moments that we find ourselves reaching out to our varied friends of cyberspace. We—at times—cannot wait to read over their adventures: we enjoy visualizing their exploits, we grieve at their losses and sorrows, and we sometimes find ourselves laughing along with them – and sometimes at their expense.

Such is the magic of this powerful, little application.

I, myself, have discovered that blogging is just one other thing that unites me with so many others with a thread of commonality. It is a place we can go when we tire of the brief tweets and quick posts via the Facebook forum, it’s our respite when we want substance of more a profound nature and are seeking a greater a connection into the life of someone else when the reality of face to face contact is simply not possible; this is when we can turn to our blogs.

The amazing thing is that blogs wait for us; it doesn’t matter the time of day. We don’t bother them when we click in the early morning hours before the sun has arisen. They are always there—their messages just waiting to be read. Perhaps some of those varied URLs we visit belong to individuals we’ve never met before in real life—but most certainly we wish we had. Maybe we stumbled across their feeds via search engines, or through random clicking of widgets on a friend’s site, only to discover in them a new friend we may never meet because we’re separated by continents, oceans, or the consternation of our own fears and reservations, but instead of doing anything about it—such as making reaching out, we instead content ourselves to secretly lurking in anonymity—never commenting—but surreptitiously enjoying their words from a safe distance and never making our presence known.

Also the magical beauty of blogging…

You know, I was asked to be a guest poster today here at my friend’s blog.

I call Yanet my friend.

We’ve still not met in real life—as of yet—but one day we will. You see, one of us had the bravery to leave a comment on the other’s site and the rest—as they say—is history.

I’m glad to have made your acquaintance today.

I’ve always loved being a guest.

And I still love the Mickey Mouse Club.


On July 5, 2010, I read this post. The photography hooked me and I've been following ever since.

His Moments with Joey stories always make me laugh. Click photo for a few chuckles.

I've spent countless hours looking through his photographs in his photography website, Backroads Photography, or playing around in the Alphabetography section.
Backroads Photography

I know the print Old Doorknob will make my junky-loving friends' heart skip a beat. 

But those are not the only places you can find Teachinfourth. He also shares his highs and lows, on Tuesdays, at Four Perspectives.

Be sure to stop by Adventures & Misadventures of Daily Living and give Teachinfourth some blog lovin'. Wait, that didn't sound right. Let me rephrase, be sure to stop by his blog and say hey! :)
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Mindy said...

It's amazing the connections that can be made through blogging. Maybe its the shared vulnerability of putting words out there for people to read and hopefully enjoy. I've found myself making new friends as I pop in for a glimpse into their lives. I've found that our differences are far outweighed by those things we have in common. Thanks for sharing your life and thoughts. I have the feeling I'll dropping by your blog again. :-) (And I hope you have a wonderful vacation!)

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I so agree w/Mindy... Connections is the word... Not only the emotional connection but learning from each other.... and yes, I do remember the Mickey Mouse show- tho I don't know how you could, you are way too young, J.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Great post Teach. Can I call you Teach? It's amazing the sort of connections that people can make with just a few key strokes. I was able to connect with Yanet right away. Her 3 boys are sweet reminders of when mine were little. I always enjoy both her writing and her photos. I was amazed at your own photo skills Teach when Yanet posted some awhile back. I will definitely be stopping by your place to have a better look around. Thanks!

Teachinfourth said...

Mindy - It's so true...I'd never have had the chance to meet you and John IRL if it hadn't been for this medium. Glad we met.

KBF - (Kind of like KFC) Isn't it amazing how we find ourselves connecting with those we've never before met?

Anita - Yeah, you can call me Teach...after all, it's what I do most of the year. Thanks for stopping by before, and also in the future.

Cassie Bustamante said...

what a fabulous, true, and thoughtful post. i have personally met many through blogging that i have not yet met in the flesh, but in our hearts and minds we are connected and the friendships are as real as can be.