Monday, August 20, 2012
spanking blogger tree
I read an article recently on college football coaching trees, and I thought I'd try to apply the concept to spanking blogs. It's especially timely, but I'll get to that in a minute.
For those of you not familiar with the concept, a coaching tree works like this: the coach of Kansas State is one of the older and more well respected coaches in all of college football. (I'm leaving names out because I don't really want lots of college football fans flooding my little spanking blog!) The Kansas State coach had assistant coaches that worked for him and are now head coaches at other schools, like the head coaches at Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Following just one branch of the tree, one-time assistants under the head coach at Oklahoma have become head coaches at Texas Tech and Indiana. Again following just one branch, assistant coaches under the Texas Tech head coach then became head coaches at West Virginia and Houston. The coach at Houston moved to Baylor, and his assistant became the head coach at Houston and now Texas A&M.
Now spanking blogs are not at all like college coaching positions, obviously, but I thought a parallel could be drawn between that and the bloggers who influenced and encouraged me to get started. The main two are definitely Dana Kane and Erica Scott. Those are the roots of my spanking blog tree. Without the encouragement of the two of them, I would not have gotten started. I'm grateful for their encouragement and a few helpful tips along the way in how this blog thing works. (Also a tip of the cap to Pink who also encouraged me and came up with the still-amusing "Mr.Marks" name.)
As I said, I think this topic is sort of timely. I like to think that I have a couple of branches to my blogging tree now. A few short months ago I mentioned that Flipping Spankcakes had started her blog. And now Emen, who has graciously provided this blog with material when I was out of town on a couple of occasions, has started her own blog, called Emenessence. I've corresponded with both ladies for some time before they started their blogs, and they're both talented writers (and both pretty good looking too!)
I don't take any credit for what these ladies have done or will do, just as no one should blame Erica, Dana, or Pink for whatever I've done on this blog. But I do think it's nice to think about maybe influencing Emen and SpankCakes just a bit to get started blogging, and passing on the encouragement that was given to me.
Curious if any current bloggers are willing to share about other bloggers encouraging them getting started, or about encouraging others.
at 9:57 PM