Reblog Wednesday: The Seven Magic Tricks of Blogging — The Art of Blogging

This week I wanted to share with you this interesting post from The Art of Blogging. He offers here great tricks and tips in blogging. It all seems easy right?! Well, not for many – including myself. The world of blogging can be intimidating and complex if not done properly. So, here are some tricks he uses on captivating your audience from the start and keeping them engaged.

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As for myself, I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year, and I must say, authenticity and communication with your followers is key. As the post states, know who you are, know your followers so that you know what they want. Also, when you know who you are, you are relatable and that is something everyone can appreciate.

What are some blogging tricks or tips you can offer to a new blogger? Please share!

Happy Wednesday!

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Magicians are skilled manipulators of perception. They can make people think something is moving when it isn’t or see things that aren’t there. Diverting attention this way and that, they can hide cards and rabbits or make objects appear from thin air. Blogging is a little bit like that, depending on who writes it. Diverting […]

via The Seven Magic Tricks of Blogging — The Art of Blogging

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The Liebster Award – 4

Thank you to my fellow blogger The Eclectic Contrarian. If you haven’t read his incredible poems or been to his blog for some lifting and motivational writing – pay him a visit! Thank you again for your support, I’m humbled.

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Here’s How It Works:

• Create a new blog post on your blog thanking the person that nominated you, link to their blog and put in a graphic of the award.

• Answer the questions that were provided, and then share some facts about yourself.

• Create a new set of your own questions for others to answer.

• Nominate 5-11 others and share your blog post with them so they can accept their awards

I’ve Been Asked The Following:

-Whats a topic you love and don’t love to write about?

Always appreciate humor. And honesty. Or should I say honesty in form of humor.

I began this blog with Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia in mind, however, I have my days when I just can’t get myself to speak on the subject. It just seems to drag me down at times, realty sometimes can get the best of me and I choose to not think on the matter.

-Who and what influences you to write?

Life itself, the brutal truths, the humor in life, my kids and what’s been on my mind at that particular time.

-What emotion gets your creative gears rolling?

Whichever emotion I am feeling at that moment is the best in getting me to write. Whether I’m feeling a bit low, happy or excited.

-Do you write from who you are? Or, who you wish you to be?

I like to go with who I am. I may not be everyone’s cup of ‘tea’ but being myself, authenticity is what will be the greatest in the long run. Those whom choose to stay, will and those who don’t, won’t. And that’s OK.

-Are you a city, country, foreign or even fantasy/sci-fi type of person?

Let’s go with foreign. I’m a little complex, but authentic.

Interesting Things About Me:

I’m a whopping 5′ feet tall!

I’m a righty and have two of my little girls that are lefty.

One of my favorite actresses is Julia Roberts and comedians Robin Williams†

I dislike talking on the phone – and texting

I will hold you to your word, which can be both a blessing and a curse.

I like to be punctual / on time to places. I believe firmly in respecting peoples time.

I think communication is key in any relationship, friendship or otherwise.

My family absolutely loves all things Disney World, including Walt Disney himself, his story, life, how it all began, etc.

Am very much looking forward to the movie ‘Toy Story 4’ being released later this year

As a stay at home mom, I like to work in an organized and clean house, otherwise it’s a no-go!

If I can learn how to do it, and do it myself, I will, for instance, painting walls, dying my own hair at home – been doing it for years, and just recently, cutting my boys hair at home because at $20 x3 boys = doing it myself! No offense to the professionals  🙂

I Nominate:

Simply Chronically Ill

Daily Grind Of A Stay At Home Mom

Bereaved Single Dad

Stubaby777

Gods Whispers Of Truth

My Questions To You Are:

• Do you feel your blog represents who you truly are?

• When in a rut, what motivates you to continue to write?

• Is there a topic that is off limits in your writing / blog?

• Was there any one person that motivated you in starting your blog?

Thank you to my nominees, I appreciate your time, so please take your time in responding.

Ana

Reblog Wednesday: Gratitude — Tales from the Mama Duck

So, this here doesn’t require too many words. It left me speechless when I first read it and it’s leaving me speechless now. It’s so incredibly true, a picture is indeed ‘worth a thousand words.’ The post I share with you today is by the incredible blogger over at Family 5 Power – go over to her site and continue to enjoy her other incredible content!

Thank you Mama Duck for another reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

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“Let us thank God for his priceless gift!” 2 Corinthians 15:9 GNT

via Gratitude — Tales from the Mama Duck

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Q & A Tag

Thank you so much Stuart for tagging me in this fun tag – it’ll be my very first and am excited to participate! If you haven’t read Stuarts answers to his tag you can find it here.

Here are the rules:

1. Answer the questions you receive (straight, funny, absurd, up to you)

2. Add three more questions of your own to the list

3. Tag three people

Here are the questions posed to me by Stuart:

1. If your life depended on your answer, would you deny Christ?

No. I hope that I have gained enough word as to not deny Him, not be so broken as to deny whom He has been in my life. I’ve seen Him many times, through my multiple surgeries, through my 4th child’s birth where we thought we’d lost her due to placenta previa, through my two youngest ones time in the ICU or intense care unit, following their births, through me finding an angel of a doctor being able and so willingly wanting to help me through my pregnancies. If you don’t know, all my little one’s have been born via c-section. And I continue to see His providence, everyday, with every meal my family shares at dinner time, that’s His hand over this family.

I think back on how Peter – by the way one of my boys is named Peter (meaning: rock upon where the church would be built), denied Jesus three times. It wasn’t because Peter was a coward, it was because he thought he would be protecting Jesus. However, God can take care himself just fine, He doesn’t need our protection. So, next time you or I are asked by a non-believer, a simple answer will do, something along the lines of, “I believe in Jesus and He is my Lord.”

2. Would you allow a stranger into your house to stay if you felt prompted by the Holy Spirit?

We actually have! I grew up having many brothers and sisters in the Lord staying with us as they traveled to Florida and had no place to stay. My mother opened her doors to them. Often times they were from abroad, sometimes one or married couples. She still does that to this day. She’ll also call me to have them stop by my house to introduce them to my family – it’s very sweet. I vividly remember this sweet Japanese couple staying with us, I may have been 9 or 10 years old. They had packed their chop sticks to eat, and boy did they eat! They later ‘told’ us that in Japan it is seen to be rude to not finish the food that you’ve been served. Of course, my mother would see their empty plates and assume they were hungry, and just kept serving and serving them! We had a language barrier that we were able to get through with hand gestures.

3. Why is Valentine’s Day so important when, if we truly love someone, we should be showering them with our love daily?

Valentine’s Day isn’t ‘important’ per se. We have taken in this holiday that is celebrated in this country, but we’ll usually get a few chocolates for the children and I’ll make them a card, and I’ll also make my husband a card. I agree, when you love and appreciate someone, everyday should be a day of love and celebration. I’m not only speaking in form of showering them with physical things, but serving them with much love and patience.

My Nominees:

The Eclectic Contrarian

Weeping Pines

Alethea’s Mind

My Questions To You:

1. Do you have an ‘Elf On The Shelf,’ why or why not?

2. If you could give me one circumstance where you’ve seen the Lord, when was it?

3. How do you plan on celebrating this joyous season in your home with your families?

Thanks to my nominees in advance for participating! Know that I appreciate you and your ongoing support – always.

Ana

Reblog Wednesday: Steve Harvey Cries Out to God in His Struggles: “This Too Shall Pass. Trouble Don’t Last Always.” — GODINTEREST – Christian digital media website exploring faith, culture and life

I’ve been keeping this post as a reminder that hard times don’t last. And I’m not only speaking in regards to financial troubles, but in general. I’m speaking about the times when you don’t feel good about yourself, times when you feel defeated, times when you feel lonely, times when you feel unloved and unworthy, times when you feel like things just happen to you and times when you feel like things are just never going to change for you. Those times.

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I’ll touch more about this later, briefly though, last week I had a complete thyroidectomy – or complete and total removal of my thyroid gland. This will mark my tenth surgery. And as much as I dislike hospitals, the smell, the cold air, the white coats and surgical lights, this surgery here was needed – but aren’t they all! I mention this because I had many moments that I wanted to put into question, the whys were so tempting. The why me, the why am I here again, the why am I in my mid-thirties yet feel like I’m in my mid-eighties. Those whys. Yet I was reminded of God’s infinite mercy and love for me. That he’s given me for one, health insurance, two, a great team of doctors, three, a supportive family and four, he continues to touch my life in a way so that I can look back and know that he doesn’t forget me – he’s right there with me! Because I tend to forget about him, I deviate from his path the moment things don’t go my way. Yet he continues to be so faithful to me. I also realize that – like all things in life, I can either see my illness as a curse or a blessing. And today I choose to see my illness as a blessing.

So, when you feel like you’re the only one feeling like this, living in a very complex situation, trying to figure out something so out of your reach, trying to fix something that just can’t seem to be fixed, remember you’re not alone – he’s got you.

And as Steve Harvey put it so well ….

‘Faith will get you through it because God’s going to make it alright …. because trouble don’t last always.’

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failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share. – Steve Harvey

via Steve Harvey Cries Out to God in His Struggles: “This Too Shall Pass. Trouble Don’t Last Always.” — GODINTEREST – Christian digital media website exploring faith, culture and life

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Talkative Tag

I was nominated for this by the tag creator and blogger The Eclectic Contrarian. Please check his site for great poems and quotes – they’re heartwarming and incredibly sweet. Likewise TEC, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our deep conversations on anything from the amazing world of Peppa Pig to me being utterly odd for not liking chocolate.

Also, I had zero clue on how to see who my top commentator’s on my blog were, if you already know how to do this – kudos to you dear reader! However, for those like myself that were clueless, here’s a quick step by step, simply go to the ‘Stats’ option on your WordPress, switch view from ‘Traffic’ to ‘Insights,’ scroll down to see the ‘Comments’ section and voilá – you’ll see your blogs top commentators. I’d suggest doing this on your phone, just so that you can do a screen shot of it, save and paste it on your ‘Talkative Tag’ post. If you have a simpler way of doing this – do share!

Message from the tag creator The Eclectic Contrarian: I’m starting a new tag. I’m calling it the Talkative Tag because that’s just what it is. It is a little “thanks” to those who have been very talkative and involved with my (your) blog and I really appreciate that! Should any of you want to nominate anyone, please feel free to use the tag. 

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I want to nominate my top 5 commentators:

Shantanu

Warren

Vivian

Kranti

Christy

Thank you to all my top commentators, please know that I’ve enjoyed our chats. Your continued support has meant everything! Hope to see who your top commentators on your blog are!

-Ana

 

Blogger Recognition Award – 2

I was nominated for this award by the lovely Laura over at All The Shoes I Wear If you haven’t read her response to her award nomination, you must – such great advice! Thank you again Laura! I’m so happy to know you’ve thought of me and my blog for this award.

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SO WHAT IS BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD?

Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to encourage and acknowledge the hard work and effort that goes into creating posts.  It’s an opportunity for bloggers to recognize one another for each of our contributions to their blog and the blogging community!

Award Rules:

• Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

• Write a post to show your award.

• Give a brief story of how your blog got started.

• Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

• Select 5 other bloggers to nominate.

• Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to your post.

The Beginning … 

my motivation was – and continues to be, to raise awareness for my diagnosis and you can read more on that in my first post here titled Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia. Chiari Malformation or ‘Chiari‘ for short, is a rare condition, a congenital condition, one I never thought I’d have. But God knowing so much more than I can ever, has allowed this to come into my life. Although I don’t know many times the why’s, I’ve learned that it’s sometimes best to stop asking the why’s and start accepting things as they are. The diagnosis – like many, has a way of making one feel little and alone. So, after much thought, I decided to begin a blog in hopes of connecting with other people living with Chiari or other forms of illnesses. It’s been a lot of time spent on the blog, however it’s been rewarding having connected with so many people, some that don’t even have Chiari but still are going through their own personal struggles.

My Advice To New Bloggers …

I would still consider myself a new blogger. I began my blog earlier this year and I can’t say I have any legitimate advice on creating a ‘successful’ blog. I like to think that I should always consider myself a new blogger, as I always want to continue to grow, learn, and contemplate how I can recreate my site as well as myself, to become a better version of who I was yesterday. If you could write anything, write as if you were writing to a dear and beloved friend, be honest, write your own authentic thoughts on topics of your liking. I always try to be honest, who you are is what will connect you with your readers. Also, try to not focus on the numbers, number of followers, number of likes, number of comments, etc. All will come in due time. And make time, make time to read posts, time to comment, time to interact with your readers. This will tell your readers, you’re invested in them as they are in you.

My Nominees …

Sparkkling Thoughts

Invisibly Me

Weeping Pines

Delusions Of Parenthood

A Life Less Ordinary With Saurabhavna

To my nominees, please know that I admire you and your blog. I hope you accept this nomination as look forward to reading your response!

Ana