Friday Favorites

12 Feb

Welcome to the second installment of Friday Favorites!  I hope you enjoy reading these great posts by other bloggers.  I’m hoping to having time to add some posts of my own in the coming week!

Sorry the list is so short this week… a result of not spending as much time on the computer as usual.  However, I hope you enjoyed these few great blog posts!  As for the authors of these posts… thank you for sharing such wonderful posts with us all!

Friday Favorites

5 Feb

Here it is, as promised! The first installment of the ‘Friday Favorites’ series!

For those of you who may not know, this post will list my favorite blog posts from the previous week, topics may be about anything except writing.  For my writing-related ‘Friday Favorites’ posts, please visit my writing blog, Scribe-ly.

It’s not easy picking favorites from the hundreds of thousands (millions?) of blog posts each week, but I’ll do my best.  If there is a blog post you would like to recommend Continue reading

Don’t Just Peek in the Window, Pay a Visit

3 Feb

In the world of blogging – in the world of all writing, actually – authors want first and foremost to have what they have written to be read, and when it is read, we are thankful and happy.  However, anyone who has a blog on WordPress knows that someone reading your post doesn’t necessarily translate to visitors to your blog when those posts are read by way of the reader.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my reader. I love having all the new posts on the blogs I follow show up on one convenient list, and I love searching for new blogs by tags.  The cons to the reader are that oftentimes, authors end up with plenty of likes on their posts, but hardly any actual visits to their blog. Continue reading

Is Your ‘Right’ A Wrong In Disguise?

3 Feb

I’ve written so many blog posts in which I’ve censored myself, sacrificing bald truth at the altar of political correctness.  Even my most controversial posts have been censored to spare myself from the worst vitriol and vicious diatribe of those who might oppose my views yet, even censored, when I am about to hit that ‘publish’ button for a post I suspect will rain accusation from others upon my head, my heart pounds and my hands literally shake.  I read and then re-read my post countless times, looking for any statement or opinion that I might have forgotten to ‘PC’-up, anything that I think could be misinterpreted or misconstrued.  Why do I do this?  Because besides my own personal insecurity, people want to be offended.  We read blogs and articles looking for anything to pounce on, like vultures circling a field, searching endlessly for that whiff of carrion, that hint of wrong thinking that we can latch onto and launch an attack on the author about.  I say ‘we’ because I too, have been guilty of this, and often.

On more than one occasion I’ve read a post or an article and found the author’s attitude or opinion to be so offensive that I’ve felt justified Continue reading

Why You Should Care About Alzheimer’s

2 Feb

Alzheimer’s Disease.

We’ve all heard about it, some of us may remember a loved one who had the disease, and a few of us may be or have been caretakers for those loved ones.

It’s hard to think about Alzheimer’s, I get that.  It’s hard for the young to think about growing old, about dying, and even harder to think about being old with no idea who you and those around you are.  No one wants to think about it, but we must.

So why should you care about it? 

  • Alzheimer’s is the SIXTH leading cause of death in the U.S.  And there’s currently nothing we can do about it.

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Moving Forward

1 Feb

Since it’s been so long since I have posted on my blog, it’s basically like starting over for me, but with more content for new visitors to read.

I considered cleaning house and getting rid of all but the best posts, but I don’t think I will, as it’s the only account I have for different times in my life.  I think I’ll keep it.

I’ve got a few ideas I’m knocking around regarding my blogs, though.  Firstly, for this blog, I am considering a series of posts on some topic yet to be chosen (perhaps Strong Women in History, or Frugal Sundays… it’s still an idea in progress).  I am also considering a personal – accountability series, wherein I pledge to do something, and blog about my progress.

Over on Scribe-ly (my writing blog) I write posts in response to writing prompts from Today’s Author already, but that’s not enough.  I may start doing Poetry Tuesdays.

For both blogs I am starting a Friday Favorites series, wherein I compile a list of favorite posts over the previous week and share them with my readers.  If you have a blog post you would like to recommend for the Friday Favorites series, please send an email to KraftedKhaos at with ‘Friday Favorites Recommendation’ in the subject line.

Do you have themes or a series of posts on your own blog?  Is there a series you would be interested in reading? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

Refreshing The Reader

31 Jan

Since it’s been so long since I have actively posted to my blog, I completely expected to have non-existent stats.  Obviously.  I had abandoned the few who came to visit me for two years.

What I wasn’t expecting was to have to find more blogs to follow for myself!

My reader was basically two bloggers who still post from two years ago, and that simply would not do!  Reading others’ posts inspires me, it challenges me, and it’s just plain interesting.

I’ve switched my primary blog from this blog to my other blog, Scribe-ly, which focuses more on my writing (prompts, poems, etc).  But it’s still nice to have somewhere to just share my thoughts.  I’ve already proven that I’m pretty much incapable of following the original ‘theme’ of this blog, so it is now basically a journal of sorts, instead of free, fun and interesting things!

So, here’s to connecting with new blogs, re-kindling some old contacts, and trying to get back on the bloggin’ wagon!

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