Before I get onto this, you must go and check out Lulu's site - I have met her twice now (while The Hun and I were in Japan last year, and then again last weekend in Brissy!) and she is just so lovely! She is so friendly, and always good for a chat - and willing to put up with my new-fiancee-ness (you all know I'm gonna be picking her brain). Her blog covers a lot of different things - talking about her family, fiance and wedding plans, as well as developing her writing and other projects through listing and encyclopedia-ing. You can go back and read about her time in Japan - it's very cross-cultural!
So - my step one is D'jen. As soon as I see she has an update I am there STRAIGHT AWAY. I'm pretty sure I found her when she commented on my site, but I could have this totally backwards - my memory is shot! I met her at the first group nerdfest I ever attended, one that she organised, and one that made a completely awesome night for me. Not only did she arrange everything and get people to meet, she bussed to my hotel, picked me up in the lobby, bussed with me to the meeting place and we sat and chatted for an hour whilst spying on poor ol' Adam (all wrapped up here). She is just one of the easiest people to get along with, she is totally accomodating, she is upbeat for others even when she is feeling down and she is always more than 100% fun. Although we've only met in person three times, I really do consider her a good friend of mine - although people just gravitate to her, so I'm sure I'm not alone in this statement. At the moment she is totally living it up in Japan, applying for jobs in Tokyo (to escape her loving legion of fans from all around Aus) and doing a great job of wrapping it up for all of us stuck back here at home! She also write about her work, her (now completed) study and just her everyday life - she is one of the few people who can write post about ducking down to the shops that will totally enthrall you. I'd be surprised if there are any of you here that aren't already reading her, but if you are like the only 3 in Aus, then I suggest you skip over there quick smart!
My step two is J-Money - I can't believe I hadn't come across her before! From what I've read (and what made me add her to my reader) is that she writes well , she's a great story teller and she's funny as all heck! I can't wait to catch up on the backposts and really get into it.