Progressive Post — Party On!

Man is forced to be alone by the very nature of society. But if you meet a person who is not envious, who loves and believes in other than himself, then to this rare person offer a lifetime of friendship. —Susan Polis Schutz

It is an honor and a pleasure for me to join Lorrie (check her out at the eff stop) and contribute to the Progressive Post Party at this week. My relationship with Stephanie started back in October of 2012 when she read a review of my blog on Rebecca’s site, Sweet Mother, and then made a comment on one of my posts. I replied to her and a relationship was formed.

Do you have people in your life that you just “click” with? People who just seem to “get you” and accept you for being yourself? Stephanie, and her husband—the Loyal Follower—are two of those people in my life. A veteran of the US Air Force and Corporate America, Honie does not suffer fools gladly, if at all.



The three of us met in person last August when Stephanie and LF came to San Francisco for a mini-vacation. I provided some tips on sight-seeing and enjoying the wonders of the Bay Area and we agreed to meet at the Golden Gate Bridge after I finished working my Day Shift.

That Sunday was a typical Summer-in-the-City experience: fog, fog, fog. On days like that the bridge is more like a stripper (don’t ask), revealing itself a little here and there and never quite displaying the whole Magilla. The concept of more is left to your imagination and the anticipation of what-you-will-see-next keeps your attention focused on what you are seeing in the present moment.

We spent several hours together wandering around, talking and getting to know each other further. I love to see the bridge through the eyes of visitors, it helps to keep my perspective fresh and new. Stephanie and LF accomplished that for me by their insightful questions and observations.

I never expected to meet a fellow blogger in person before this occasion, but when something feels right and I am comfortable with it I will go for it. I found Stephanie to be the down-to-earth person that I came to know in the HonieBriggs blog. LF is just the sort of man that I expected to be at her side and together they make a wonderful couple.

If you are one of the lucky folks who win a visit with Stephanie you are in for a treat. Her spirit will bring sunshine to your day (foggy or not).

For what it’s worth

I encourage you to stretch your limits and interact with the authors of posts that resonate with you. I didn’t really “get it” when it came to writing a blog until I reached out and formed a community of fellow bloggers whose work inspired me. Relationships on many different levels with those bloggers were formed when I made comments here and there and asked occasional questions.

Strangers are just
friends that we haven’t
met yet —Anon

The WordPress community is a place where I can go and be myself, sharing the the eclectic gray matter that I constantly carry around on my shoulders. I have an opportunity to try new things and get feedback from folks who are already doing that same thing. My community is constantly expanding because I communicate with other bloggers who share similar interests.

Take a chance, reach out and form your own Blog Community. My relationship with Stephanie started with a smart-ass comment of mine that won a contest, whose prize was a blog review, which was read by a woman in Texas, who ventured west until she ran out of continent, and met a guy on a bridge.

You could not make that up, or could you?


  37 comments for “Progressive Post — Party On!

  1. December 23, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    What a wonderful tribute to fellow blogger and friend.


    • December 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Thank you, Dawn. Stephanie is a gem.

      Sent from my iPhone



  2. December 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    So true:) I entered the “blog world” late, just a year ago. At that time I took on 365 photo challenge for 2013. During the year we have suported each other, rally cool. Now I have started another blog, not based on that challenge but on my photo interest and I love to visit other blogs and get inspiration and even input, comments and suggestions to imporve things. I do like this a lot!


    • December 18, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Thanks for your comments. I checked out your new blog and signed up as a follower. Thanks for joining the Ohm Crowd.


  3. December 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    After a few interactions you really do form real relationships with folks! Great post!


  4. December 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Reblogged this on the eff stop and commented:
    The progressive post party for continues on Ohm Sweet Ohm. If you haven’t checked out Allan’s blog you really should. He does more with an iPhone that many photogs do with a DSLR.


  5. December 18, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Despite all the cold metal,wire, and plastic, the blogging world is a surprisingly warm community. Honie is terrific. Glad I stopped by here. Nice post. Jingle on


    • December 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Honie is terrific and the Blog world IS much warmer than I expected. Have a safe and happy Holiday season.


  6. December 18, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    I’m always a click away, Allan. Very inspirational post. It truly is amazing how we made this connection, and all from a smart-ass comment…go figure.


    • December 18, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      Thank you so much for the opportunity to share in your progressive post. It was a lot of fun and a new challenge to try. I look forward to see who you will visit next year.


      • December 18, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        You made it a party, Allan. Now I hope others join the conga line so I don’t have to use my frequent flyer miles for free magazines next year. HA!


      • December 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Thanks, Honie, and now back to you.


  7. December 18, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Reblogged this on HonieBriggs and commented:
    What are you waiting for? Party’s at the bridge!


  8. December 18, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Well done Allan! You know those little things add up. I wrote a sarcastic rant about a train trip for my brother to read and from that post I met Steph – it really is a very small world in some ways.


    • December 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      The three of us seem to share the Smart-mouth quality, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Thanks for stopping by, Lorrie, and Happy Holidays to you and that crew of wiremen out West.


      • December 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        I think you are right about that. Happy holidays to you and yours by the bay. I’m heading home to Local 357 this weekend 🙂


      • December 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        Bring your Kleins, just in case.


      • December 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        We do seem to share that “quality”. It is an honor to count you among my friends. Thank you both for sharing your talents and your genuine encouragement.


      • December 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Thanks and best wishes to the LF.


  9. December 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    I agree…blogging is all about community, forming links, having conversations with like-minded people. And I am blown away by the creativity of fellow bloggers


    • December 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      I am with you, Sue. It is a pleasure to meet such talented people.


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