Writers Need Hugs too! -The BIG BLOGGER BASH COMPETITION 2017

Blogger's Bash Competition 2017


Oh yes, it’s coming back, The Annual Blogger’s Bash will be held this June 10th in London, England! Are you going? Although I live ‘across the pond’ a fair distance away from here in Toronto, you bet your sweet bippy I’m doing everything in my power to get there!

I must get there! Why? I’m overdue to expand my horizons and step out of my writerly perimeters and go where many of my friends reside behind my computer screen, the friends who often keep me sane.

Writers need hugs too! Blogging friends are the ones who can identify with a writer’s struggles, the friends we can turn to when we need a dose of inspiration, or a smiley face and a heart to remind us they get what we do, what we go through as writers. These are the friends we can bounce ideas off of, rant to about our work, and WordPress and computer woes. And these are the friends who cheer us on for our accomplishments, pick us up when we’re in self-doubt mode, and share our work.

That said, how long do we have to know someone before we could burst from wanting to share a real cup of coffee (or wine?) with our friends, the ones we spend most of our writing days communicating with?

Well, this blogger wants more than just virtual hugs! It’s no different when geographically-crossed lovers build a relationship online and reach that point where they have to meet in person because virtual is no longer enough. There’s just too much to say that our fingers couldn’t possibly type as fast as our mouths can gab when we crave the real-time human interaction. This is why I’m going to meet my long-time close friends for the first time, and make new friends with others I’m not already acquainted with.

It’s time to hug my virtual pals and bring their characters to real life! I’m especially excited to meet my good friends, like my great galpal Sally Cronin  Sally Cronin

Hoping my dear friend Tina Frisco with the beautiful soul can make it

Author Tina Frisco


My sweet as Sherri pie friend Sherri Mathews  Sherri Mathews

My fiesty, firecracker of a friend, Sacha Black  Sacha Black

My dashing and debonair friend Hugh Roberts  Hugh Roberts


And my other dashing and debonair friend, and great supporter of my writing, Christoph Fischer

Christoph Fischer

Oh my, I’m blessed to have so many wonderful friends to visit at the Bash, there are so many I can’t wait to meet, just to name a few more:  Ali, Marje, Judy, Sue, Stevie, Olga, Judith, Kevin and so many more. I know before I return home I will have made so many more friendships.

It also helps that my best friend for over 35 years, San (affectionately referred to as ‘Zan’ in my books), moved to the UK almost 2 decades ago. I’ll be staying at her place in Kent, giving me a chance to catch up with her, and a place to leave my many bags, lol. I wouldn’t even be surprised if I could get her to come along to the Bash!

Dynamic duo


Soooooooooo, all those hearts and smileys will soon be coming to real life! And like my bestie, San, always says before I’d come to visit her in England, “Warn the country! Debby is coming to town!”


***Note***** – This post was written for a submission to the Blogger’s Bash Competition. Please follow this link to read more about The Bash and how you can enter a story for this fun event. And I hope to see many of you there!!!!



69 thoughts on “Writers Need Hugs too! -The BIG BLOGGER BASH COMPETITION 2017

  1. What a wonderful day this will be. I am going to try my best to take this opportunity to finally meet all of you lovely people. I hope my stars aline just right so I can fly across the pond and finally thank all of you for your kindness and friendship that you have bestowed on me. Wish me luck!


  2. Oh, lucky you. I’d love to meet your writerly friends. Sally Cronin is the one I know best in the line-up. I’m getting to know some of the others through their comments.

    Whoop-de-doo for you!


      1. Aw, well maybe next year. And who knows, maybe we’ll meet at another get together somewhere before that. You can be sure if/when I get there, there will be lots to report and share. 🙂


  3. Oh Deb, wow, what an amazing surprise I just got, heading over here to catch up with you…I’m so darn excited now I don’t know what to say other than you bet you’re getting your sweet bippy over here for the BB and I can’t wait to hug you so long you’ll probably burst, lol 😀 I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about it, and Sally and Tina too at long last…I think we better book the entire BB weekend, never mind a day!! Bring on those hugs…woo hoo! And I saw your blog featured over at Hugh’s, and what a wonderful post he wrote about you, and rightly so. You deserve all his accolades and many more. Counting the days my dear friend… 🙂 ❤ 🙂 xoxo


    1. Yay Sher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I can hardly believe it myself. Oh ya, roll out the hug patrol. And wasn’t Hugh a darling to surprise me with his beautiful post? Hugs all around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxox ❤ ❤ 🙂


      1. Hug Patrol…love it!!! I seriously can…not…wait! I’m so excited to meet you at last!!!! We won’t stop talking lol 😀 And yes, Hugh is an absolute darling – here that Hugh, are your ears burning yet?!! – Hugh gives wonderful hugs too, so it will be a hug fest indeed lol!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ xoxoxo


      2. Haha…me too…and I live only a couple of hours away, so what’s my excuse, lol!!!! Have a great time away my dear friend…thinking of you and can’t wait to hear your latest. Huge virtual hugs coming your way before the real thing!! 🙂 ❤ 🙂 xoxo


  4. Debby, I already promised in 2017, to go see my college friend (and once maid of honor when I married my college sweetheart). She lives in Mississippi now, but when we met she lived in Cleveland area like I did. We meet in Michigan sometimes or in Lakewood, Ohio.
    I get to go on a plane first time in awhile and rent a car so we will go to New Orleans from Long Beach, MS.
    Someday, for more than one reason, I will go to England and hopefully see you and others at the Blogfest!
    Happy trails to you, Debby! hugs xo


    1. How wonderful Robin. That sounds like an exciting time. And maybe next year a lot of us can meet at the US Blogger Bash! That may be a little closer for you and me. 🙂 ❤


  5. There’s a US Bloggers Bash? Cripes! How did I miss that? I’d be up crap creek without a paddle if it weren’t for my techie FBI pal, Debby Gies! 🙂 Geez, I’m getting a little carried away here. Almost lost the thread of this post 🙂 Starting over . . .

    Deb, I almost had a heart attack when I saw my picture plastered up above. Wow. Just … wow. I’m in such superb company and am so grateful for the friendships we’ve established in our community. I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve, shivering with anticipation while waiting to hug everyone. And if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be here at all. You helped me make my blog come alive, enabling me to develop such heartfelt friendships. Saying thank you isn’t enough, so be prepared for a barrage of hugs and a chorus of singing your praises – in person. For now, virtual love and hugs will have to be enough. Well . . . maybe not. We’re overdue for a chat. Have Phone, Will Call 🙂 ? ?


    1. Lol, who can make me smile like you? You’re so funny. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t have left you out of the loop if I was going. Yes, I believe it’s in August sometime, I think Chicago was the decided meeting place. Would love to do that, so aiming for next year, I can’t be everywhere lol. And not sure why you were surprised to see your face on this post my musketeer friend! ❤ ❤ xo 🙂


  6. I’m so jealous!! So much fun!! I look forward to hearing all about it through your blog. Yes, I feel like I know so many of these people even though I’ve never met them. Including you! ?


  7. Omg Debby it’s gonna be fantabulous! Can’t wait to meet you, and also one of the other lovely things is seeing others meet for the first time, too! Lovely writng for the comp, you made me feel all excited!


    1. I hear you Robbie. Like I mentioned to Terri, I’m able to go because of free airmile points and a place to stay there, so I’m taking advantage! 🙂


  8. That sounds great, Debby! I recognize most of the bloggers you mentioned. It’ll be so exciting for you to finally meet them in the person and attach spoken voices to their written ones. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time there.


    1. NO worries Terri, there will be plenty of reporting and photos from many of us, lol. And yes, the travel money seems to be the obstacle for all of us to go to the many author/blogger events available. I’m fortunate that I have enough airmile points to fly free, and I have a place to stay there, or I wouldn’t be going either. 🙂


  9. Ahh, this is so sweet. I can’t wait to meet you Debby, and Sally, and hopefully Tina too… how are we going to wait until June? We need a whole weekend to get to know each other. One day just won’t be long enough. Thanks so much for the mention too! Big hugs… 🙂


    1. So true Marje, the time does tick away. But as far as waiting til June, we all know how fast the days go by, and I never like to wish my life away, so there is lots to be done until June. It will be here before we know it. 🙂


  10. Now I can see how the excitement is building, Debby. It’s going to be a fabulous day. I think I’ll be on video camera duty again, so I’ll be asking the questions and making huge stars of you all.
    Thanks for including me in that lovely lineup, Debby.


    1. I definitely think you should be producing the video Hugh! And of course I had to feature you on this post! How exciting to be buddies with the producer who can potentially make me a star! LOL, you’re funny. 🙂 ❤


      1. Lol, I’m sure Sacha will concur, just tell her I approve! Thanks Hugh. I’m on a packing frenzy now! There’s a blizzard outside and the sky is perpetually grey. I will be grateful just to stand in sunshine! 🙂 xo


  11. I’m sure it will be fun for sure. After reading about your friend and your trips I hope she makes it. (Not sure yet if I’ll be there or not but I’m sure it will have a great day!)


  12. Reblogged this on TinaFrisco.com and said: Debby Gies had fired up our excitement in anticipation of attending the annual Bloggers Bash in the UK this June. I’m looking forward to meeting all of my wonderful new friends and giving them a hug in person. Hoping to see you there! ️️♥


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