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Always On My Mind Blog Party

1blog110Decisions. The average person now makes more decisions in a day than most did in weeks, months, even years. Decisions can engulf us. Haunt us. Overwhelm us. Interrupt us. Even stalk us in our dreams, ummm, a Nightmare on Choice Street? Choices are great, but too many can make it difficult, or almost impossible to make and trust decisions. Then comes the morning after, littered with “Did I make the right choice?”, “What did I do?”, “Can I return this?”, “What was I thinking?”.

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Even in blogging there are so many decisions. At first, it felt frightening, like I was that boy in Jurassic Park, when Dr. Grant was explaining how Velociraptors kill.

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Now I’m more like Chris Pratt, on a motorcycle, riding with the Velociraptors in Jurassic World, which for me was an all-out, action-packed cheesefest (in a good way), but a noticeable lack of Jeff Goldblum.

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And yes, we’ve all made the wrong decisions, like someone thinking it was a good idea to make a certain theme park ride that shall remain nameless, ok, Tomorrowland, into a movie. It had its moments, mainly involving George Clooney and Hugh Laurie – I do so enjoy when Laurie’s given a chance to rant.

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Even after years of blogging I still have trouble making some decisions, and have more blank-I-just-can’t-make-this-decision-moments than would seem humanly possible..but mostly it’s much, much more like It’s A Small World After All.

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Blogging has taken me to places I might never have gone:

1. Magical places…
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/03/sweet-dreams-are-made-of-this/

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2. Hopeful places…
Thank you, Mary Smith http://www.marysmith.co.uk/ for your riveting novel, No More Mulberries and equally entrancing non-fiction offering, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women. Reminding us that so much of the stereotypes, drama, and propaganda are fabrications – to sell products, news, and government policies; that strength, compassion, and hope still blossoms, especially in the hearts of the oppressed.
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3. Intriguing places…
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/09/you-may-say-im-a-dreamer/

4. Complex places…
Ever wonder what happened after? You know, after Darcy and Elizabeth, after Jane Eyre and Rochester? Some authors take up the challenge and continue the classic stories. It’s awfully daring, foolhardy, or just cashing in. In the case of Luccia Gray http://lucciagray.com/ – I’m going with daring. As a reader, I didn’t feel this was just to piggyback on the fame, but because Gray loves the enigmatic character, and wanted to continue Eyre’s story through her Eyre Hall Trilogy. The first book, All Hallows at Eyre Hall draws you in, and by the second, Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall you’re on tenterhooks, awaiting more.

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5. Spacey places…
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/12/18/these-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/

6. Even racey places…
Not in a tangible sense, but maybe that’s me, because my idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day is the return of The Walking Dead. Who knows? Love is a mystery.
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/04/11/why-zombies-will-rule/
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/04/11/why-zombies-wont-rule/

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If you’re a writer, film, art, whatever, contact me at: iwanttobelieve@rogers.com I do reviews, honest opinions only.

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One way or another, we’re all busy.
Finding blogs we enjoy is challenging enough, but making time to read them is daunting.
Why not put all the awesome blogs in one place?
I promised you a blog party https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/01/24/take-it-easy/

Here it is!
1. Mix and mingle, refreshments to your left beside the archives (what do you think of the new theme?).
2. Please leave your blog link or post link in the comment box below along with any introductions. One link per comment, but come back as often as you’d like.
3. Please reblog to spread the word or like, share on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, etc. Like, share, reblog, tell your family, friends and blogneighbours.
4. I will visit and respond asap (at the snail’s pace I’m moving these days, the next Star Wars film could be out before my asap…kidding ).
5. Have fun, it’s a great way to find bloggers and have them find you.

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Thank you for coming to the party and for supporting my blog…You’ve made blogging a decision I’ll never regret.

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Where I’m a complete twit: https://twitter.com/yadadarcyyada
Where I’m baffled by humanity: https://www.facebook.com/yadadarcyyada
The dark hole where I lose hours of my life: http://www.pinterest.com/dpark2/
Where I google (seriously, not nearly as fun as it sounds): https://plus.google.com/112672588892199127381/posts
Another place to BlogLove: https://www.bloglovin.com/people/donnaparker10-6312637

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Maybe I didn’t blog love
Quite as often as I could
Maybe I didn’t treat posts
Quite as good as I should
If you felt like second best
Sorry, it’s just lack of time
You were always on my mind
(you were always on my mind)
You were always on my mind

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456 thoughts on “Always On My Mind Blog Party

    1. Yahoo, Austin’s here! 🙂
      I don’t know, Austin, you’ve had some pretty impressive dating tips and by the look of your lovely girlfriend, they worked. 😉
      Thanks so much for dropping by my party, next time, we should all wear togas (that would be quite a sight).
      Hope this weekend is treating you well. 🙂

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      1. I know that, Austin, you’ve been supporting me with all your #bloglove almost since the beginning of my blog, without you I don’t know if I would have kept going. You’re a wonderful blog friend, I always appreciate that. 🙂

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  1. What’s with themes? There’s a theme of themes. I just commented on someone’s blog about themes (she was wondering if she should change hers) and how much I love mine even though others think it’s bland and boring. Then I come here and you have a beautiful new theme. It’s lovely. Anyhoo, have fun at your party. (Agreed about Luccia Gray’s books.) 💖 Cheers!

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    1. I liked my old theme, but it wasn’t that mobile-friendly and since apparently over 60% of people read blogs on mobile devices now I decided enough of being a Luddite or a Ludblogite? I don’t know, I decided to move with the times. 😉 I’ve tried a few of them, but so far this is the one I feel most comfortable with, it’s called Highwind and best part, it’s free! 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by, Sarah, I was telling Lucy I’m going to be doing a longer review of her books later (Mary’s as well), but I couldn’t help popping them in here so they’d get more traffic, although as it turns out it’s been a bit slower than usual, but I’ve heard that from everyone this weekend…is there something big going on, like, in the real world or something? lol 😉
      Feel free to drop by again and leave some links to your posts so people can check you out, er, I mean, them out. Cheers!

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      1. 😂 A ludblogite! Well, I’m on my phone and it’s gorgeous. I don’t know… Things do seem a little slower than usual. But nice of you to include the books anyway. I look forward to reading more about them. I just got both of them but haven’t read them yet. Hey, check me out! Meh…my blog is kind of angsty at the moment. Full of self-doubt and writers identity crisis crap. 😜

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      2. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and your title alone is awesome, Lemon Shark (both can have quite a bite), but I know how you feel about the self-doubt and writers identity crisis crap, I started a book and now we’re not getting along, a bad romance, maybe we need book counseling. 😉
        Things are slow, but WordPress is also having major problems again, including but not limited to: Likes not staying (again), notifications not showing up, posts not on readers, etc. Hopefully they’ll fix those soon. 🙂

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    1. Never too late, this party is still in full swing, my blogdoor is always open!!! 🙂
      Glad you could stop by, check out some blogs and leave a blogging breadcrumb trail to your lovely blog! 🙂
      Hope this weekend is treating you well, Joanne. 🙂

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    1. Definitely the more the merrier, we need to cram in all the fun we can get! 😉
      So pleased you could leave a link to your blog, I never know what I’m going to be reading there, but I’m always glad I came. 🙂
      Hope this weekend is treating you kindly. 🙂

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  2. Howdy, folks (and Donna!). I’m in a slight quandary here in that when I knock on the door of one of these blog parties, bearing a lovely cheese tray and other nibbles, I usually introduce myself with a prepackaged bit that babbles about all three of my blogs. However, being a strict adherent to order and proper formation, I noticed that Rule Number 2 states that I can only have one link per comment, a guideline that destroys the questionable flow of my “Love Me!” cut-and-paste intro. Then, after a moment of reflection on the important things in life, I decided to just chop up my PR package into rule-satisfying segments. Here’s the first bit…

    My writing interests and styles fluctuate from day to day, a condition which might startle first-time readers, so I actually have three different blogs with loosely-structured themes. This allows potential followers to order from the a la carte menu if they don’t want a multi-course meal. (Of course, there’s nothing wrong with following all three, please do, especially if you want to fully understand what will eventually lead to my incarceration at the Beaver Valley Home for the Socially Maladjusted.)

    Bonnywood Manor: This is the home of my long-form ramblings, wherein I go into great detail about people, places and things that have either raised or lowered my blood pressure lately. (Fair warning: I often babble in the form of a numbered list, which the “blogging experts” say you should never do. I don’t know why they say that, but the fact that people are telling me what I shouldn’t do is incentive enough to go ahead and do it.) This is also where I “test drive” stories and chapters from my current books-in-progress, trying to gauge if I’m on the right road of if I’ve taken a seriously wrong turn.

    https://lageose.wordpress.com/

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    1. Brian, so glad you found me and us, not easy to do in this giant virtual haystack. Thanks for the fantastic intro and leaving the link to your blog so others can find it…loved and shared your ‘rumble’ pic and the 51 things about 49 movies. I’ll read more later, this party is keeping me hopping. 🙂
      Hope this day treats you well. 🙂

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  3. I know what you mean about making blog decisions, it’s taking me days to choose a plugin for a floating social media bar, and I still haven’t found one I like! #firstworldproblems indeed!

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    1. There are just so many choices, but totally first world problems lol 😉
      It’s like making decisions about what to get for your baby, then toddler, then tween, now teen – parenting, adulting, blogging – so many choices!!! 😉
      Thanks for coming by, be sure to pop back over and leave some links to your blog posts so other bloggers can find you – just do it, don’t over think it 😉

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    1. I like your theme, Sarah, classic and lots of white space.
      Yes, I’d gotten rather attached to my theme, but apparently it was mobile-friendly, but my new theme is really starting to grow on me (after only like 10 or so other themes I tried). 🙂
      Thanks for the shout-out and hope the rest of the weekend is lovely. 🙂

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    1. So glad you could find me. Love your blog, of course, I’m a frugaly, I love saving money, making money (not exceptional good at the latter, but working on it).
      Please you left a link so others can find your blog. Hope this weekend is treating you well. 🙂

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    1. So glad you could make it so others can find your blog. 🙂
      It’s important to follow your dreams, even if people tell you they’re impossible, especially if people tell you they’re impossible. 🙂
      Hope this day is treating you well. 🙂

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  4. Hey there, really love your humorous posts! I was wondering if you would be interested in participating in a blogging event I have just created called My Monthly Memories. It’s about creating an archive for you and your audience through monthly posts, I would love it if you would partake. You can find all the information here: https://thoughtsofasociallyanxiousextrovert.wordpress.com/my-monthly-memories-monthly-blogging-event/
    Thanks again!

    Basant She
    https://thoughtsofasociallyanxiousextrovert.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you kindly! 🙂
      So glad you could make it. 🙂
      Visited your blog, followed you all over the place and started repinning many of your pins then realized I had to go…will be back. 😉
      Yes, I’ll look into that, for sure, it looks interesting. 🙂
      Thanks for popping by and hope this week treats you well and we can virtually visit often. 🙂

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  5. Hi there, Donna’s readers! This is such a fun idea. It’s my first blog party! I’m Julie, and I write a spiritual blog at http://www.findinggodcreatingme.com. I write about spirit, the afterlife, energy, grief, and living each day with purpose. Just having this blog was a big step for me as I’ve lived my life doing everything I’m ‘supposed’ to do (I’m such a good girl 🙂 ). Raised in mid-America in the Bible belt, I grew up with church and Jesus (happily…I still love Jesus). After a very difficult grief journey, I had some pretty amazing things begin happening. I spent about 10 years questioning (the experiences, my sanity, etc.) and then two years ago I had a total spiritual awakening and began writing everything down. I wrote my first book and have had good success with it and began my blog to write what I’ve learned and what I’m still learning to help others who might be searching.

    Whew, that’s probably too much, but there’s always so much to say! Can’t wait to start looking through all the blogs here. Donna, thanks so much!

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    1. Julie, thank you kindly for stopping by this blog party – hope this first blog party is a lovely experience for you. 🙂
      That is a great introduction and an inspiring story, we all have to find our own path through this world and glad you found yours. 🙂
      No, it was not too much and if they want more they can visit your blog. 🙂
      Have fun visiting and hope this week treats you well. 🙂

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  6. Hi everyone ☺️ I thought I would introduce myself. A year ago I launched my skincare company Ouish and about a week or 2 ago I launched my blog called Blogihealth. The goal of Blogihealth is the inspire and empower women throughout their health and lifestyle journeys. If any of you are interested in connecting with me, feel free to follow me on https://facebook.com/ouishboutique & https://facebook.com/Blogihealth. If any of you ever have any collaboration ideas just let me know. hugs, Nadia xoxo

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  7. I can’t believe the party’s still going strong. I hope the neighbours haven’t complained.
    Thanks for inviting me. I’ve made some new friends, which is lovely, and seen some old ones, which is really nice. Tomorrow’s a working day, so I can’t stay out too late, but I’ll circulate a bit longer.
    I have my own private celebration, as my blog is a year old today. There was a point when I thought we wouldn’t still be together after twelve months, but we’ve made it. Today’s anniversary post will probably make some people think I shouldn’t be invited to parties like this, but isn’t everyone just a teeny bit fascinated by the Black Death? No? Just me, then. https://aprilmunday.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/ten-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-black-death-2/

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    1. I know, it just keeps going and going, we’re the blog Energizer bunny… 😉
      Happy Blogiversary!!! Cheers, dear April and to many more years! 🙂
      I really enjoyed your post, although I may never look at lasagna the same way again. 😉
      Thanks for dropping by again and hope this week is good to you (with everyone healthier). 🙂

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    1. So glad you could make it and best part, I found your blog! 🙂
      Yes, I do all kinds of reviews… 😉
      Thanks for leaving your link, totally following you now, cause smart-ass writer sounds just about right to me. 😉
      Hope this week treats you kindly. 🙂

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    1. Never too late, my blogdoor is always open! 🙂
      lol Read it and weep, love it!!! 😉
      Hope this day treats you kindly, pop by as often as you like and leave links (the one about people not clicking links would be funny…to test and see how many people click it). 😉

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    1. Thank you kindly for the reblog, glad you could make it to the party – it’s ongoing if you want to pop back and leave links (which people may or may not click – see, I clicked your link), let people know it’s a great way to promote blogs for free. 🙂
      Thanks again, hope this day is treating you well. 🙂

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    1. Catherine, so glad you could drop by and leave a link so others can find your blog. 🙂
      I just popped over again and that beautiful smiling face of your adorable little Kiwi made me smile. 🙂
      Hope this day treats you all kindly. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad to hear I can make people smile, it’s really quite selfish you know, because it makes me happy. 😉
      Thanks for popping by and leaving a link to your blog, Joel so others can find some joy. 🙂

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    1. Never too late to visit with friends, new and old (er, oldish?), so glad it cheered you up, although sorry you had a bad day.
      Thanks for leaving your link so other can find your blog. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

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      1. Thank you. I hope so too! Though The only thing I’ll be doing is writing, but it’s what I love so it should be good. I hope you have a nice weekend too. And thanks for liking my stories it’s very much appreciated.

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  8. Thank you for this fun post, Donna. I especially like the modified Willie Nelson song at the end, because that’s exactly how I feel. i love all the bloggers, Facebookers, and Twitteres who like, comment on and follow my posts, but sometimes my other life takes over and I don’t get to reciprocate as much as I’d like. Thank you for caring! xo, Mary http://www.maryrowen.com

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    1. Mary, I think we all want to do more, but as long as we’re doing all we can, it really is the thought that counts. 🙂
      Thank you for leaving a link so others can find your blog. 🙂
      Hope this week treats you kindly.

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  9. Through the opaque/fake, thick veil of the interwebs, it’s become rather apparent that you’re a sweetheart. 🙂
    My problem with blogging is that I have 3 very different blogs: 1. monologue jokes/band names
    2. Red Sox Report 3. my personal learned views on astrology (I have yet to post any of this, because I think it needs a 3rd blog site)? At least I’m not all “hate-y” this week, because I just finished my 3rd novel. My WordPress blog (the comedy one) is under the lighthouse pic: http://davidforbesbrown.com/

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    1. Awww, thank you kindly, David, it takes one to know one. 😉
      Come back 3 times and tell us about each one of your blogs – the party can keep going and going. 🙂
      I love your band names posts, they crack me up…and glad you’re finished your novel (is it edited as well?), that would be a good reason to be happy. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by, David, hope others can find your blog so they can be happy too. 🙂

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    1. Marcey, we all make bad decisions, shrugging it off and moving on is the best way to go. 🙂
      Thank you so much for reblogging this, as you can see I’m playing catch-up!!!
      I sincerely hope this week is being good to you. 🙂

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    1. That’s awesome, Casey, thanks for coming over. Jason is amazing, I hope he does well with his new blog.
      Thank you for leaving a link to your blog so others can find it. 🙂
      Hope this week treats you well and hope we can virtually visit often. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, if only that was true. I’m far, far behind and doubt I’ll have the energy to do a blog party anytime soon, but I’m so pleased people enjoyed it and hopefully found some lovely blogs. 🙂

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    1. Thank uou for dropping by to share your blog meet and greet, Sandra!!! Yes, it’s not only ok, it’s awesome, I hope people find your amazing blog and party. Yes, I was already over and I will pop by later to check out more of the bloggers and of course, to share, again. 🙂
      Hope this day is treating you kindly. 🙂

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      1. Awesome – thank you! The weekend is treating me well so far, got to go out last night like a grown-up, so that was a treat. Hope the weekend is good to you too 🙂

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  10. Everyone is so overdramatic. ‘Hate’ is simply trendy word at the moment. Equal with ‘love’ – either love or hate something, with no middle ground. In the same way folk have tonsillitis when they really have a sore throat, ‘flu when it’s a cold etc. Drama, drama, drama 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, and leaving a link to your blog so others may find it. I hope we can virtually visit often. 🙂
      Jason is amazing, he’s not only a wonderful blogger, but generous with other bloggers.
      Hope this week is treating you kindly. 🙂

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    1. Yes, made that one with Canva, it’s sort of fun if a little fussy at first.
      Birds were out here until we hit ubercold and I haven’t heard them, they’ll be back and in greater numbers. 😉
      Wordpress is going wonky, I found like, 30 comments in my spam while doing this party not to mention all the other issues. Geez is right. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

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    1. The party is ongoing and everyone seems to be having fun, although it might be time to refresh the refreshments! lol 😉
      Thank you so much, April for stopping by with the link to your blog so others can find you!! 🙂
      Hope this week is treating you well. 🙂

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