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Blog Your Way

1blog47Seeing is believing,
or is it believing is seeing?
Or not seeing is believing?
I’m confused.
There are things we can’t see that we believe in, and things we can’t see we don’t believe in. How do we choose? I can’t see atoms, air, sunshine, germs, Wi-Fi, magic, ghosts, hope, despair, Santa, love, hate, vampires, cancer, pain, mental illness, God, aliens, pain, good, evil, a cat’s purr, microwaves, pollution, carbon monoxide, autism, a baby’s breath…
Should we assume none of these are real?

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I can feel the sunshine on my skin, hear a cat’s purr, use the internet, witness the horror of cancer…Geez, at this point, I’m held together with the duct tape of atoms and hope.
If those things are real without being seen, why not the others?
It’s not the same in blogging, we have to be seen. But how?

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1. You know those little bubbles in carbonated drinks, all fizzy, tickling the nose, and expanding the stomach? That’s blogging. It can be effervescent, pleasing, irritating, confounding, overwhelming, addictive. And while most of us don’t want to expand our stomachs, we do want to expand our readership. If you’re just doing it for yourself, that’s great, but then why do it online, why not in a journal or diary?

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2. Don’t fixate on number of views. Blog as often as you and your readers enjoy. Do it for the fun of it, for money (stupid question, money is a necessary evil), fame, a book deal, movie deal (I just had an image of who might portray me in the movie of my life, Helena Bonham Carter? No, probably Mindy Cohn).

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3. The internet is a giant virtual haystack and yes, in this analogy, you are the needle, I am the needle, more specifically, our blogs are the needles. Shift around the haystack – you can’t expect to just ‘be found’, or find others.
Look for blog parties/linky parties/blog shares…
Jason – https://aopinionatedman.com/
Janice – http://mostlyblogging.com/
Danny – http://dreambigdreamoften.co/
Elena – http://www.livingwithbatman.com/
Vicky – http://www.singlemotherahoy.com/
April – https://diapersandtutus.wordpress.com/
And more.
Read, share, like, comment. And blog engagement groups/boards are rampant on Facebook and Pinterest. Twitter is overflowing with hashtag days (Suzie https://suzie81speaks.com/ gets us trending every Sunday with #SundayBlogSharethe lovely ladies at http://honeyquill.com/ give us #LinkYourLife – there’s also #MondayBlogs #TuesdayShares #wwwblogs #BeWoW #bluskyfriday #ArchiveDay #WeekendBlogShare).
Don’t just attend, participate.

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4. Spread your blogging wings! Search out other bloggers, not just on their blogs, but follow them into the depths of the social media catacombs…
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
Yet another place to bloglove: https://www.bloglovin.com/people/donnaparker10-6312637

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5. Your readers won’t always ‘get’ what you’re blogging about or agree. Some will be disinterested, some downright rude…Keep wandering through the blogging desert (or dessert) and you’ll find the awesome ones, astounding ones, generous ones, hopeful ones, ones that inspire, ignite, and make you overjoyed you ever heard the term, blogging.

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6. Blogging is about being part of something, otherwise you’d just sit alone typing…and we’ve seen the movies – that can either lead to a bestseller…or murder.

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7. Pay no attention to all blogging advice behind the curtain…Blog your way today. https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/04/10/im-hooked-on-a-feeling/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/03/26/why-i-will-never-be-freshly-pressed/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/06/09/to-blog-or-not-to-blog/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/08/27/message-in-a-bottle/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/16/you-cant-handle-the-blogging-truth/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/05/12/i-cant-make-you-love-me/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/09/26/the-phantom-of-the-blogging-tips/

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As a young child I believed many things, if I watched a movie again the ending might change, or the money I put in the bank would be the exact same money I’d get out…my Mom, who worked at the credit union at the time had the delightful task of teaching me this life lesson when I wanted my ‘lucky’ quarter from my account. Oops.

Now, older, wiser, I may not believe what I used to believe, or have to see to believe; I may not always know what to believe, but I still want to believe. What about you?

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      1. Donna, your kindness is unparalleled. Thanks for asking.
        Yes — back to the senses; 4th of the 5 with “taste.” Ironic in that I have another little cold and am not tasting much. LOL. Your posts always lift me up, so I’m reading this one again. Your most uncommon blog might well be the cure for the common cold. 😀 Love your enhancement of my catchphrase! Megabloggy hugs right back! 😀 ❤

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      2. Sorry to hear you have a cold, Teagan, it’s always so weird how it affects our sense of taste. But I can’t wait for your post. 🙂
        Hope you feel better soon. 🙂 Big thank goodness it’s not contagious cause this is the internet I’m just getting over a cold hugs. 😉
        I hope reading this chased some of those we can’t see them, but they still make our bodies produce icky stuff and feel horrible germs. 🙂
        Megabloggy I’d hug you even if you had a cold hugs. 🙂

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  1. Two Harrisons for the price of one. Thank you 🙂
    I lie to myself about my blog all the time, but I love it – even when it’s Saturday evening and I’ve decided the post I’ve been working on all week is rubbish and I need another subject for putting up on Sunday morning.
    I’m getting to know people in the community now and that’s good. I’ve been to a couple of blogging parties. They’re an excellent way for an introvert to get to know other people without the pain of having to make an interesting response immediately or without the other person being able to see your eyes glaze over with boredom.
    Thanks for your wise words. May they continue for a very long time.

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    1. Blog parties, meet and greets, linky parties, blog engagement groups – all great ways to find each other and perfect for an introvert. 😉
      Thanks for dropping by and hope this weekend treats you well. 🙂

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  2. This is all great advice. It is easy to get discouraged in the blogosphere when you come up with ‘brilliant’ material that goes unnoticed. There are ways to get it out there but it takes effort and time. Well worth it and you make some new friends along the way!

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    1. Thank you kindly. 🙂
      Yes, it’s a great big blogosphere, we are needles in this giant haystack, so we have to go out there and find each other, support each other.
      You’re right on, it’s well worth it. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

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  3. Sooo – I’m not the only one who thought that when I put money in the bank, I would get MY money back again. In my case I lost my collection of silver dollars. Why someone didn’t kindly explain that to me BEFORE I made the deposit, I’ll never understand.

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    1. I know, it seems like something they should explain to children, especially if they’re putting in something extraordinary.
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly Joanne, thanks for dropping by with your ray of sunshine. 🙂

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  4. “Pay no attention to the blogging advice behind the curtain”. You always have the best cultural references. When I’m scrolling down the Reader and see yada….I know I’ always in for a treat. Thanks for that, Donna. Keep doing what you do. ☺☺☺

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    1. Ever notice my email address? iwanttobelieve@rogers.com Yup, love The Files. 😉
      Pop over for some hashtag days – today, Friday is #bluskyfriday just tweet your post with that hashtag, also #LinkYourLife brought to you by the awesome ladies over at http://honeyquill.com/ Plus Vicky’s #WeekendBlogShare starts anytime now and goes all weekend. Tomorrow is #ArchiveDay and Sunday is Suzie’s #SundayBlogShare Come on over and be a complete twit with us. 😉

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    1. Thank you kindly, so pleased you’re part of my blogging family. 🙂
      I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m walking down the street or watching something, reading something, even talking to someone and I think “this is totally going in my blog!”. lol 😉
      Hope this weekend treats you well. 🙂

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  5. When I read great blogs like yours, I start to believe!

    P.S. Been wondering for days what ‘blusky’ friday is… It’s just dawned on me. Blue Sky Friday!! I’m clever, me!! 😂

    Keep being awesome!! 😊

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    1. Thank you, Angela, you made my day and I’m so glad we found each other in this giant virtual haystack. 🙂
      Hope to see you over on Twitter, Pinterest, etc., not just on #bluskyfriday but any day. 🙂
      All the best and hope this weekend treats you well. 🙂

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  6. I too Want to believe. I want to believe that you’re real, after all is it truly possible that anyone would be a s nice to me as you are. I want to believe that my blogging is worthwhile, That it brings pleasure to some and perhaps with others it shows the way. I want to believe that I’m real and not just a figment of my own imagination dreaming of someone else’s life.
    Maybe the bottom of a bottle isn’t the place to start wanting o believe, even when the bottle is just milk.
    xxx Mammoth Hugs xxx

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    1. I believe I’m lucky to have found you, David. 🙂
      Your blogging does bring great pleasure – you’re so kind to let us tag along during your week and inspire us to be more. 🙂
      If you’re a figment of anyone’s imagination, then we have the best imagination!!! 🙂
      lol Diary doesn’t seem too scary (unless you’re lactose intolerant). 😉
      I’m really behind, as you can see, but I’ll b over to your blog very soon. 🙂
      Massive real is real to me hugs. 🙂 xox

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  7. Well, I really like this blog you have created! So, I am subscribing as well as commenting. In my limited blogging experience I, too, have had so many thoughts about why blogging, what is the allure, etc. It’s such a wonderful addition to the world, no matter the topic! Can’t wait to explore the links you put in this article!

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  8. Thank you for the mention! And I know that I have said this before, but you produce the most original posts of all the bloggers I follow. Your analogy of the fizz or bubbles from a soda expanding our stomachs is simply brilliant. I hope you have the most amazing Sunday full of magic and excitement!! Your friend, Danny. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Danny, for the kind words and for all you do for your fellow bloggers. 🙂
      So far the day looks great and later will include swimming and pizza – magical for sure. 😉
      Hope this day is good to you. 🙂

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  9. Talking about blog parties, you are all welcome at the Blogger’s Pit Stop 🙂 What an awesome post, I love your sense of humor that is really very good points to make. What a horrible world it would be without hope and believing. Thanks for being both helpful and entertaining.
    Kathleen

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    1. It’s a lovely place to stop, Kathleen, and you meet the best bloggers there, some are familiar bloggy faces and others are delights waiting to be found. 🙂
      Thank you kindly for dropping by, I hope this week is good to you. 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly. 🙂
      Yes, they help a lot and it’s another great way to connect with other bloggers. Tomorrow is #wwwblogs (Worldwide Women Writers) and #BeWoW – positive, motivational and inspirational by @ronovanwrites Hope to see you there, Anna. 🙂

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  10. As a blogger, I really appreciate this advice. I always get wrapped up in the numbers and get bummed when they are not where I want them to be. The links were great so thanks much for them!

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    1. It’s especially important when things like WordPress and others change things so often, this week the Likes are often not even working. Numbers can make us feel anxious about what we blog when we should just do what we want to do. 🙂
      So glad you enjoyed the links, such amazing bloggers, so generous and so interesting. 🙂
      Hope this week is treating you well. 🙂

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    1. I’m playing catch up, Danny and not winning so far, but I was so pleased when I saw this!!!
      Thank you, you made my day! And in such lovely company as well, you sure know how to pick ’em! 🙂
      Thank you so much for featuring me, I appreciate it so much more than I can say.
      Hope this week treats you kindly.
      Now I’m off to share and visit the others. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind shout-out, and I’m certainly in great company! 🙂
      Amazing Monday Linky Party, as always, now I’m off to share and to visit, I always find the best bloggers here! 🙂
      Hope everyone has a wonderful week. 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly, Ian, for the reblog and all the support, I really appreciate it. 🙂
      You couldn’t possibly be further behind than me, I feel like I’m on a blogging treadmill. lol 😉
      Hope this week treats you well. Hugs xo

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    1. Thank you, Danny, so thrilled to be on this list (you’re too kind). I’m in great company. Thanks for the lovely shout-out and the cool recommendation. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you well. 🙂

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  11. Duct tape and atoms. I feel you, I wrote a post about duct tape holding me together. My dad always said to keep duct tape in your car. you never know when you might need it! Awesome fun insightful post!

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    1. My Dad was also a big fan of duct tape, even watched ‘The Red Green Show’, where we were given some gems about duct tape like, “If duct tape doesn’t hold it together, nothing will”, “When in doubt, duct tape”, and “If women don’t find you handsome they should at least find you handy”. Words to live by lol 😉 Love duct tape. 🙂

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