Inspiration comes from easy to find places

FIRST! Let me say, when I logged onto, I practically peed my pants when I saw that I was the featured blog. I don’t really know who to thank for that, so thanks to insert name here. I would also like to say, that it is purely by coincidence that I chose to write this blog today and so I don’t want it to seem like when you’re at the Oscars… well, not at the Oscars, maybe some of you go to the Oscars, I don’t know, but watching them (for the rest of us), and people are like, “this is so unexpected” and then they pull out a thank you speech. Yeah, that’s not what this is. But I’m still really excited and all ridiculous giddy about making it to a featured blog. Tee hee. 

Anyway, onto the actual blog. Today, like many of you, I watched President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech. The man is an incredibly charismatic speaker, and inspired awe into our hearts. Throughout his speech he addressed many issues and talked about inspiring hope into people. This, I’m sure like many of you, got me thinking about my own life, and the thought of people inspiring people. It’s my belief that things, like blogs and opinions thrive through the people who make up the community that we choose to be in.

I always have believed that I’m very lucky to have chosen a place like MLBlogs to use as my community. As I said before, moving to Denver, I don’t know anyone, except my dad, and well… he’s not that much fun to hang out with sometimes. This has resulted in me turning to MLBlogs to discuss my life and to be… well, my community. It’s the people within here that have inspired me to share my opinion, to be apart of a discussion, and to inspire hope. When I talk to some of my friends, I tell them about my blogging community and the people who I find to be incredible. And like true friends, they tell me to get a life. Anyway, I noticed a frequency of names coming up when I talk about my blog, and it got me thinking about how much I actually feel apart of this community and the people who are in it and the people who inspire hope and just inspire me.

Julia is always one of the first to comment on my blogs. She always writes nice things and is eager to share her opinion, and she always does it with respect. She is an all around sports fan and will stick with her beliefs regardless of other people’s debating, but is still civil. While I always enjoy reading her blogs, I also enjoy getting comments from her; her opinion has become of value to me.

Don is one of the first people I met on MLBlogs. He’s probably the most ridiculous (in a good way) person I’ve met, next to me. He chooses to share his personal struggles with the world, including his fight against smoking. He’s so creative with rhyming titles (maybe he should be a poet) and the pictures he finds. I’m eager to see what the mobile blogging unit will capture during Spring Training.

Tom is probably one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. He’s giving up everything to do something that he truly believes in, something that others don’t believe he’ll be capable of (but we know better). His writing is incredibly eloquent and those four years of journalism clearly paid off. His writing is practically the epitome of inspiration, as is his unique project: Baseball Across America.

Jane is someone who I recently met mostly through Tom’s article about me. I’m a really shy person and would rather sit in a corner than be the center of attention. Jane encouraged me to step outside the box and not be afraid to voice my own opinion on other’s thoughts. She’s obviously a stunning writer, I mean, she’s got a book coming out!!

Elizabeth is clearly a die-hard fan. Being in Miami and loving a team miles away from you definitely reflects fanhood. Being so young and already having a passion for writing and baseball will clearly take her far in life. Also, she clearly rocks because she likes Guitar Hero.

There are people who’s blogs I enjoy reading, but often don’t comment on, like Rays Renegade. One thing I love about this, is that he is very clearly not a bandwagon fan. I mean, let’s face it, the Rays used to be terrible, and clearly he stuck through with them to watch them move on to the World Series.

Jeff and Allen are number one in MLBlogs for a reason. They remind me of this line from the movie Juno where she’s talking to Paulie Bleeker and she’s like, “You’re so cool and you don’t even try.” I mean, I don’t actually know them, so I don’t know if they try or not, but they’re cool.

There are many others out there where I stop by and read, but were not necessarily mentioned. But a general thank you goes out to the MLBlogging community for loving baseball and writing.

I have to go job hunting again today (whoo hoo… only that was laced with sarcasm), but I wanted the world to know about the inspiration that surrounds us, that surrounds me. I’ll repeat myself once more in saying that I’m really lucky that I stumbled upon a community as good as this. So thank you all for being an inspiration to continue writing.  



  1. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    Emily, that was sweet, thanks for the props. Your blog is on my list daily reading material. I read almost everyone on your list too. I can see that in a year from now we’ll all be looking to you for new ideas. Keep up the great blogging girl. I look forward to seeing you at a Rockies game. I owe you some nachos right?..:)..Your fan…D

  2. juliasrants

    Emily, Thank you for your kind words! Like D – I too check out your blog everyday. And yes, I do stick to my guns, but I do try to temper my opinions. Congrats on being the featured blog on such a great day for our country! Keep up the great work!


  3. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    I had the same reaction when I was featured around Christmas. It was a great Christmas present from MLBlogs. Everyone you mentioned in your blog I follow as well. They’re all great bloggers, and I love getting comments from them since they make me feel like a part of this community as well. Keep up the great blogging!

  4. rockymountainway

    See that Emily, you proved inspiration turned into action can bring about change. You went from being afraid to comment to being the feature. You now are an inspiration to anyone who may doubt their own ability to comment or blog. Congrats, you deserve it and keep that good writing up. Today, you are the perfect person to have on the front page. Looks like that snowball I’ve been talking about is getting faster and faster and I’m proud to have had you in the Timeout series!

  5. iliveforthis

    D- I’m glad that my blog is on your daily reading list. And oh my gosh! I totally forgot about those nachos with the questionable cheese! If the offer still stands, I am totally down!

    Julia- I probably wasn’t as excited about being the featured blog as Obama was becoming president, but it still felt like a huge honor to be on that front page!

    Sheena- Thank you so much!

    Jen- What an awesome Christmas present that must’ve been! I called my dad over and showed him, and then he was pretty excited for me and then I left and went down to the kitchen and danced around. I am so weird.

    Tom- Thank you! It definitely started from your article so I owe a lot to you.

  6. redbirdchatter

    Congratulations on the featured Blog! When it was me, I stared at the page for 5 minutes in disbelief. I was sure I was only seeing myself because I was logged in! Nice Blog….keep writing…it’s how we baseball people survive the winter!

  7. Elizabeth D

    Thanks for the kind words!! Do you play Guitar Hero as well? I love it!
    And Congratulations on being the Featured Blog of the week!!!!!!!! That’s incredible, and very well deserved! I always love reading your blogs, and good luck with the job hunting! People would be crazy not to hire you!

  8. iliveforthis

    Jane- Thanks so much! You helped start it!

    Kathy- I definitely did like a triple-take. It was like… WHAT?!?! I was super stoked.

    Kaybee- It was definitely an exciting moment.

    Elizabeth- Thank you so much! I do play Guitar Hero. I tried Rock Band, and discovered that I have absolutely no gift for playing the drums. I do play real guitar, but, Guitar Hero makes me feel like I have a better ability to rock.

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