Monday, June 4, 2007

Issue 10

Welcome to Issue 10!

Are you a fan of one or more of our fabulous writers? Do think that any of the bloggers on our writer list blog roll deserve a little cash for their efforts? Do you love TopBlogMag and want to reward us for our hard work? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please vote for us by clicking the button below - if we win we are going to split the winnings equally between all writers currently on our list (the ones that vote for us and write a little post asking their readers to do the same, anyway)

Do you want a share of the cash yourself?

As editor of TopBlogMag I propose to share my portion of the winnings, which would be between $781 and $156, equally with one reader.

How do you get to be that reader?

First you need to vote for us, then you need to write your own post asking your readers to vote for us and leave us a comment on this post with your posts url. The winner will be chosen at random.


This weeks challenge for our writers was on the theme "How embarrassing".

Keta from Story Book tells us about the Jerks from work,
J from Thinking About thinks about the embarrassment of growing up,
Sara from Suburban Oblivion gets a little reminder that you really should be careful what you wish for,

and last, but certainly not least, this weeks feature piece and winner of the Blog of the Week award,

Chelise from whispered Like Prayers wonders why her life is never simple

Also with us this week is John from Altjiranga Mitjina with yet another fabulous choice for our weekly music column, Voices To Hear.

As always, each and every post you can see on this page is part of this weeks issue, so go and grab yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and take a leisurely stroll through this weeks posts; scroll right down to the bottom, leave some comments for our writers and click on over to see them at their own blogs for more of their great writing.


Featured Post and Blog of the Week

You Are Here

by Amie from

You did well in school to get into college. You tried to get by well enough in college to be attractive to an employer or graduate program, and along the way you may have opened your heart a time or two. Maybe you even found true love.

With a foot in the door, the first years of work were the time to
prove your mettle once again. Promotions, raises all with the goal to secure your future will allow you to settle down, buy a house, travel, commit to a relationship, have kids or not. In what feels like a blink of an eye, your future is here.

And now what?

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Chance Favors Only Those Who Court Her

by Debbie from Missives from Suburbia

After a less-than-friendly divorce, I was on the market again. Seizing the opportunity, my friends scoured their address books and Palm Pilots for single men and set me up on blind date after blind date. My reaction to most of those dates was, "I call these people my FRIENDS?" One of my real friends suggested, and given how much I love the Internet, I gave it a go.

A couple months of e-dating passed by in a blink. It was fun, but so far nothing meaningful had hit my radar, and my match inventory was starting to run low. You see, "matches" you to people based on a list of your requirements, and I'd pretty much run through all my existing matches who didn't seem psycho or stoned, based on their profiles.

Then, one day, I got an email from a guy who was not a match by my standards...

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A Lost Opportunity

by John from Altjiranga Mitjina

Trying to break in as a writer in the comic book industry can be a bit like the one legged man in a butt kicking contest. Every step forward you make means you land on your butt after your kick forward. Comic books are a visual medium. An artist can bring a portfolio to an editor at a convention and said editor can sit there and look at it within minutes and decide if this artist is worthy of working on the newest issue of Stupendous Man or not. Trying being a hopeful writer handing over a script to this same editor at a busy comic convention. You’ll be lucky if the editor agrees to take the script and promise that they’ll look at it later. Most times the hopeful writer is told to send for their submission guidelines and mail in their proposal.

The best way for a writer is to find an aspiring artist and hook up...

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Jesus Toothpaste!

by Karen Rayne from Adolescent Sexuality Today with Karen Rayne, Ph.D.

This weekend I went out of town, leaving my family to fend for themselves. On Saturday, my darling husband took my two darling daughters – 6 and 3 years old – to what he heard was a fun new toy store in town. Great, right?

They walk in the door, and the 6-year-old pipes up with “Look, Daddy! Jesus toothpaste!” He takes one look, puts one hand on each girl’s shoulder, and does a 180 out of the store. It may be a fun new toy store, but it’s intended clientele does not include the under-13 set.

When I got home on Sunday, the first thing the 6-year-old says to me was, “Guess what! We saw Jesus toothpaste!” I blinked, figuring I hadn’t heard her correctly. Regrettably, I had...

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A biker, a green thumb, a cracked hand, and a Queen.

by Megan from Velveteen Mind, originally guest posted at Queen of Spain

A random biker on a Harley-Davidson took my picture last week. What I wanted to do was take his picture, but I hesitated. Now, instead of a photo of some random biker holding an i am bumper sticker, all I have is a lame photo of me holding the bumper sticker and the mental picture of him riding off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

Okay, it wasn’t as romantic or dramatic as that. It was nine in the morning and there was no sunset.

This is not the first time that I have hesitated to seize an opportunity. I don’t expect it will be the last. However, I hope with each lost chance for something intriguing, I will lose a shade of that hesitation for next time...

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