BBM: Indulge Me: SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Well, here we go. Today begins the busiest two months most of us face all year. Holidays, shopping, cleaning, cooking, entertaining, wrapping, decorating, stop, breathe, do it all over again.
All gearing up to hand us a nice big package of stress.
And while we already know we should latch on to some of those self-help phrases like 'take time for me', it's not something that usually happens.
Am I right? Show of hands now: who here puts everyone & everything first, with your own well-being coming in somewhere between "clean gutters" & "buy stamps".
Fine. I'll go first.
Which is why it's so important we do stop, take a break, relax & so on.
And this time, you'll be getting a little help from your friends, because Blogging by Mail is back.
BBM, that wonderfully crazy idea from Nic of Baking Bites, where food-loving bloggers from around the globe swap care packages, has returned after a much-needed hiatus.
The concept is the same: you send a box of stuff to one person, someone else ships one to you.
And this time around, we're sharing our favorite indulgences.
Your five 'Calgon, take me away' items; be it a chocolate bar, tea, recipe (and important ingredients), book, movie..whatever you turn to when you need to de-stress.
Box it up & share it with a new friend.
So, want to join in?
Here's what you need to know:
1. Be absolutely sure you can commit to this. By signing up for Blogging by Mail, you're promising to send a package to someone out there, and they'll be waiting for it. My goal for this round is for EVERY BBM'er to receive a box.
2. Have, or contribute to, a blog. It is called Blogging by Mail, after all. I'm sorry, but if you don't have one, you can't join. It's kind of the point. On the bright side, it's pretty easy to start up a blog!
3. Agree to write a post about, including pictures of, any package you receive. Every one of us gets a kick out of seeing what's being sent, so posting is important!
4. Fill out the sign up form below, and send it to me at thehappysorceress at gmail dot com. If you want to be a part of this, add that address to your 'safe' list right away, or you could end up missing vital swap information! I will reply to your email with 48 hours, letting you know you're officially part of BBM.
Based on the last couple of BBM's, & the fact the holidays are coming, I'm limiting sign-ups to just two weeks. 100+ people takes this fun little event far away from the 'fun' side of things. So, if you'd like to join, do so quickly!
Match-ups will be made during the days after the sign-ups close; for the record, I do not do an A-to-B, B-to-A swap. You could be sending a box to England and getting one from Singapore!
In the days after sign-ups close, I will begin sending out your 'to send' information. If you haven't heard from me by the end of November, check your Spam/Junk mail folders. If you still don't see anything, send off an email to me immediately!
Sign-ups will be open until Saturday, 14 November.
Packages must be shipped by Saturday, 28 November.
***Double, and even triple, check your information before sending it to me. A missed number in a postal code, a typo in your street address, could be the reason you're left package-less!***
Official Blogging by Mail Form
Your Full Name (first and last)
Your Blog's Name
Your Blog's URL
Your Email Address
Your 'Real' Address (be sure to include postal/country codes)
Are You Willing to Ship Internationally?
Any Strong Dislikes, Likes, Allergies, Etc
If You've Participated in Past Rounds, if Possible Please Remind Me Who You've Been Paired With (to & from), So I Can Do My Best Not to Repeat!
Add any other information you deem pertinent, of course.
If you have any other questions, let me know. Now go on, start packing that box!