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Does The Clock Control Your Compassion?

12 Mar

ClockIf you’ve followed me for a while, or paged through my posts, you may or may not have noticed the fact that I almost never reblog posts from other people’s pages (I believe I may have reblogged one post out of nearly 100).  Part of this is because I strongly feel that my blog should consist of my own work, not just be a showcase for other people’s writing.  Another reason is that if a post has enough of an impact on me that I consider reblogging it, then I usually have plenty of commentary about it.  My preferred method of sharing the work of others that provokes a response from me is by writing about it, and linking to it.  I ran across one such post today on a blog I greatly enjoy reading, Cauldrons and Cupcakes, entitled Lessons on Waiting and Being Delayed.

Often, we get so caught up in our daily lives and to-do lists that we forget that other people are more than just obstacles we must navigate around.  We have become numb to the pain and suffering of our fellow man, and our ability to empathize has atrophied to the point that it is only engaged by those who occupy our immediate circle of friends and family, and those rare moments when we’re unable to turn our heads from the abject suffering on our television screens. Continue reading

Inspiring Teen Refuses To Let Her Dreams Go Up In Smoke

11 Mar
Joy Graves, in her firefighting gear.

Joy Graves, in her firefighting gear.

The girl beneath the helmet...

The girl beneath the helmet…

When you ask most young girls what they want to be when they grow up, you might expect to hear things like “An actress”, “A Veterinarian”, maybe even “The President”.  If you ask Joy Graves, a 19-year-old from a small, rural county outside Williamsburg, Virginia what she wants to be when she grows up, you just might be surprised when you hear the answer.

At 5’2″, her petite frame appears more suited to pom poms than a fire hose, but the young Ms. Graves is a testament to the old adage ‘Never judge a book by its cover’, because her dream is to become Continue reading

I’m Still Alive… and Hopefully for Longer!

16 Jan

Wow.  I guess I should say a big ‘I’m sorry’ to anyone who followed my blog on a regular basis.  I took what I had intended to be a short break, and it turned into a three month hiatus.  My sincerest apologies, because that was not at all intentional.

There have been a few changes in my life since I was last posting, the biggest of which is that I have quit smoking.  My last cigarette was on November 22, 2013 at twelve o’clock, noon.  Since then, I haven’t lit up once.

I will admit, I had a little bit (a lot) of help with this… and if you’ll indulge me, I’ll tell you about it. Continue reading

10 Things I Do To Get (And Keep) Readers

21 Aug

The other day, I was answering a question posed in this post, over at SFoxWriting’s Blog and in replying, I came up with the idea for this post.  I hope you enjoy, or at the very least, find something helpful.

  1. I always use tags for every post, without them, my posts don’t show up when people search using keywords.
  2. I try to always link to related posts at the end of my own (using Zemanta), not only is it helping other bloggers to become exposed to new readers, I almost always get a view or two from people coming to check out who left them the pingback.
  3. I try to take a moment to acknowledge comments left on my page.  I truly appreciate it when people take the time to not only read my posts, but to make a comment, and the least I can do is say thanks.
  4. I visit, like and comment on other blogs, but I don’t leave comments just to get people to come back and visit me, I only comment when I have something valid to say or add.
  5. I follow the people who follow me, because if they like what I have to say enough to follow me, chances are, I’ll like what they have to say, as well.
  6. I try to post about things that people have shown they like to read.  If I notice a sharp increase in views with a certain subject, I try to incorporate that subject into my blog.
  7. I always try to be nice to everyone.  Like the old saying goes, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
  8. Whenever I get an idea for a blog post, I always try to make a draft of at minimum, the title for the post, so that I have starting points when I’m low on ideas.
  9. I try to schedule posts ahead of time (like this one!) for days I know I might not be around the computer.
  10. Write!  The more you post, the more you’re out there for people to see.
  11. BONUS TIP:  Always try to give a little more than expected.  People appreciate it.

I’ve gotten a higher than usual influx of readers and followers lately because I’ve been writing about kindness the past week or so.  People want to read about kindness, acts of kindness, and more ways to be kind, so they come.  I also seem to have a lot to say on the subject, so I have made several posts a day, which also brings in more readers, naturally.

Posts about myself are always (usually) short, and posts about social issues are usually longer.  I also take the time to promote other bloggers, because some of my favorite blogs have been found through someone else mentioning them, so I try to offer the discovery of something new to my readers, as well.

Eventually, I would definitely like to monetize my blog.  I’m a homemaker, and I would like some pocket change to buy gifts for my fiancee for Christmas and his birthday, because I always feel guilty using money that he has worked for to pay for them, and I do promote my art on my blog on occasion, but for the most part, I try to write the sort of things I enjoy reading on other people’s blogs, so I know that in time, I will have plenty of readers just by doing what I’m doing.

I know a lot of people suggest following and commenting on other blogs to gain followers, and while this does work after a fashion, you really need to be careful with this, because if people feel like you’re doing this for the sole purpose of getting more readers/views/followers for yourself, you’ll get a not-so-stellar reputation.  I make sure that when I comment on a post on a blog that I’ve just run across, my comments are thoughtful, and add something to the blog.  Sure, ‘Great post’ is nice now and then, if you mean it, but if you want more meaningful follows and comments, you have to make sure you’re doing the same.

It might be a slower process, but in the end, if the people follow me because they like what I have to say, then they will be more loyal.  At least, that’s the plan 😉

How about you?  Any tips to add for getting and keeping readers?

Breaking Through Blogger’s Block

16 Aug
? Block

? Block (Photo credit: Cut To Pieces)

Every now and then, I find myself with Blogger’s Block, a.k.a. Writer’s Block In the Blogging World.  I’ll sit here staring at a blank screen, feeling frantic as I watch the minutes creep past, worried that an idea just won’t come.  I’ve sat for hours trying to think of a topic to post about sometimes (not literally, I get up to do other things, but that page is still there, accusingly naked, in my mind), and as the time ticks by, I get that sinking feeling that I may not be able to come up with anything to write about at all.

Recently, I’ve come up with a few tried and true ways to smash through Blogger’s Block, for me at least, and I thought that perhaps some of you might appreciate the suggestions, so here they are: Continue reading

Three More Reasons Why My Readers Are The Best!

15 Aug

Congratulations on getting 200 total likes on Free, Fun or Interesting.

Most Likes in One Day

On Thursday August 15, 2013 you surpassed your previous record of most likes in one day ( 17 ) for your posts on Free, Fun or Interesting. That’s pretty awesome, well done!

AND…

On Monday, August 12, 2013, my blog surpassed its previous record of most views in a day.  Previously the record was at 59, and it is now up to 63!

 

Thank you all so much for visiting, commenting and supporting my blog!  Your support truly keeps me going, and I thank you!

The Kindness Blog – A Must-Read!

15 Aug

Today, I had the pleasure of coming across another blog that focused on kindness.  It is called simply The Kindness Blog.  If you have not had the good fortune to come across this blog as of yet, I highly recommend following it, for the convenience of having ‘feel good’ moments at your fingertips.

I found the following video on that blog, which brought me to tears (and not for the first time, while reading the posts on this blog).  The post on The Kindness Blog can be found here, but I really wanted to share this video with everyone.

The song used in the video is pretty awesome, too.

I hope you all pay a little visit to the people over at The Kindness Blog, because they really are doing a spectacular job of spreading kindness to the world.

Committing Kindness – A Father’s Love

14 Aug
Commit Random Kindness

Commit Random Kindness (Photo credit: ganesha.isis)

I know I sound like a broken record these last few days, with all these posts about Committing Kindness, but I just can’t seem to get it out of my head.  I hope that instead of getting bored, you all are enjoying these posts.  Today I’d like to share something that I found that really impressed me, and I hope that it impresses you, too.

I ran across this blog entitled “366 Random Acts“, in which a father took it upon himself to commit 366 acts of kindness for either strangers, friends or family members because he wanted to make the world a better place for his 3 month old daughter to live.  This ‘year + 1’ of selfless acts has since been completed, and he is now gearing up for his next adventure in kindness which he has titled ‘State of Kind’ in which he plans to commit an act of kindness in each of the 50 states.  Following is an excerpt from one of his favorite acts, Day 330 entitled ‘Walked In Someone Else’s Shoes’.

“I am 6’3″ and 200 lbs., but today I felt no bigger than [my daughter] Isla .  Hundreds upon hundreds of people walked by me without looking at or even acting as though I was invisible.  People whispered about me as they walked by, and some even snickered at me.  It actually got me pretty down and depressed.  However, every once in a while, someone would come up to me, ask me how I was doing, and put something into my tattered pink Solo cup.”

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Restoring Faith In Humanity

11 Aug
Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness (Photo credit: Courtney Dirks)

I think that most of us, when we take a moment to contemplate it, consider ourselves good people.  With all of the terrible things happening around us every day, I think it’s easy to lose faith in humanity.  We forget that deep down, almost all of us like to do nice things for other people.  It makes us feel good- about ourselves and about each other.

Some of you may have read my post yesterday about my shock at discovering all the bad stuff about fluoride.  While I took it upon myself to make a post about it and to find a fluoride filtering water pitcher, I realized that although it was important to inform myself and try to keep others informed about things, there was no need for me to dwell on them.  Instead, I should be dwelling on good things, positive things that uplift me which will in turn uplift those around me.  So, to counteract yesterday’s negative post, today I am posting something positive. Continue reading

Technology, Relationships and Night Shift

4 Aug

So, I haven’t posted anything these last couple of days.  My Love is on his long stretch of days off, which means that I’m spending less (read: almost no) time on the computer, and more time interacting with him or cuddled beside him reading a book while he catches up on his man-soaps (read: Wrestling).  I approach these long stretches of time with mixed emotion. Continue reading

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