Thursday, May 30, 2013

BOTW and Some Changes

Before we dive into this week’s blog highlight, I wanted to let y’all know about a couple of changes around here.  First of all, I FINALLY updated the gallery with all of the designs I’ve completed since January.  Click on over and check those out.  Secondly, I’ve listed the blog packages in a new format.  I’d love it if you checked it out and send me your thoughts.  Is it easy to understand?  Do you prefer this way, or the original format?

And lastly, I’ve made some changes to the Referral Rewards program.  And trust me, you want to check out these changes!  It became too cumbersome to keep track of Munchkin Land Designs credit, and I think this new format will be a lot easier.  It basically involves a cash reward, which I hope you’ll find appealing.  And yes, if you still have credit with Munchkin Land Designs, I will still honor it!

Now on to this week's Blog of the Week.  I had a fun time working with her, and it was obvious from her order form that she was a lady with a sense of humor.  Please welcome MarlaJan, from Luck Fupus.

MarlaJan, Luck Fupus 

How long have you been blogging? Why did you start blogging?
I had a blog a few years ago when I was first diagnosed with lupus, but lost interest after a few posts. I didn't think there was anyone out there that would want to read about my struggles. I started the "Luck Fupus" blog in March of 2012 in the middle of a really bad lupus flare. I do have a few close friends that I could complain to/confide in regarding my disease, but blogging has certainly been a great release for me. Lupus is unfortunately a disease that doesn't get a lot of publicity (except on House, where it was NEVER lupus!) and the general knowledge base is much lower than other diseases. I'm hoping my blog is a humor-filled way for everyone to learn about living with lupus.

What do you love most blogging?
Again, it's been a great release for me. I'm not lupus, but it does consume a great amount of my life. I was afraid my friends were getting tired of hearing about it, or felt they always had to ask how I am feeling. I don't necessarily want to talk to my family/friends about the awful GI side effects of my medications. But, through blogging, I'm able to get some of the stress out, while making jokes of my bouts with bloody diarrhea! Hey, I never said this was Pulitzer Prize winning writing!

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered since you began blogging?
I'm shocked at the amount of people that I have been able to reach and in return have reached out to me in such a short period if time. Through Twitter, I have been able to put my blog out there to many in the lupus community. I have people I've never met telling me they look forward to my posts, that my suggestions have been helpful, they love how I am able to put humor in some of the most uncomfortable situations, and some have called me an inspiration. Does it get better than that?

What is the one thing you want others to know about yourself, or your blog?
While lupus is indeed a serious, life-altering disease, I don't take myself too seriously. Although some might find my open and honest approach a bit much, for me, it's how I'm able to maintain my sanity.

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