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I’m Hooked on a Feeling

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/04/10/im-hooked-on-a-feeling/I can’t fight this feeling, deep inside of me, I’m hooked on a feeling…blogging, you don’t know what you do to me.

I’m not entirely sure how many posts about blogging advice I’ve read in the past couple of years. Some posts were extremely helpful, others decidedly unhelpful, many didn’t pertain to me, and others gibberish. So here’s my best blogging advice that will most certainly change the way you blog forever!

1. Have a blog.https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/04/10/im-hooked-on-a-feeling/

2. Write posts that are 300 words to whatever-your-readers-think-isn’t-too-long. Think of each post as a summer hat, you want it to cover your face and neck, but you don’t want to be the one with that Royal Wedding hat.
3. Add pictures and images to your posts. There are many ways to do this – take photos, make memes, scan, find, paint, draw…and please credit them, if possible.

4. Publish the post – this part is way more important than it seems.

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5. Read. Not just books, but other people’s posts as well. If you don’t have time to read, how do you have time to write?

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6. Before writing or posting, don’t think about if people will: Like it, share it, reblog it, tweet it, agree, disagree, unfollow, hate you, become your worst nightmare troll, make voodoo dolls of you, or nominate you for awards. Don’t think about becoming rich and famous. Just write. Write, because if you don’t the words will burst out of you like an alien bursting out of your chest! I can’t guarantee they’ll show up at your blogdoor with flowers and candy for each post you write, but it’s worth a try.

7. Think of the internet as a massive, sprawling, loud house party. Sometimes it takes time, effort, and quite a few trips to the ‘refreshment area’ to find people and have them find you.https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/04/10/im-hooked-on-a-feeling/

8. Engage with your readers and other bloggers, be generous, share the works of others, but don’t always expect reciprocation in kind. Think of the blogging community more like a big chain link fence – the links don’t all connect, but altogether they make something strong.

9. Don’t worry about who’s reading or not reading your blog and what they might think, although, you might want to worry if you worry about that too much.

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10. Share your work. Be a shameless self-promoting bloghussy – like me! Be as overexposed as Miley Cyrus, wait, even as I type that, it sounds like bad advice. A little mystery goes a long way. The important thing is to be out there, getting experience and learning.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/04/10/im-hooked-on-a-feeling/11. Most of all, enjoy the process. Never in the field of human communication has so much been written by so many to so few. It’s a massive virtual haystack (yes, sadly, you’re the needle in this analogy), so just sit back, type on, press publish, and enjoy the ride.

12. Ignore all the aforementioned advice. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy. Get whatever you need from the moment.

What about you, dear readers, what would be your best blogging advice, besides Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga?

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Walking On Sunshine Blog Hop – Will there be sunny bunnies?

 1blog7Having a Walking On Sunshine post is ironic for me, I’m sensitive to light, especially sunshine and even more so today because I have a migraine (been building for days), so forgive any mistakes…all over the place.

When I saw Hugh’s blog hop party I just couldn’t narrow it down to one blogger. http://hughsviewsandnews.com/2015/03/20/i-am-pleased-to-announce-that-the-walking-on-sunshine-blog-party-has-now-officially-began/
I put my own information on so people might hop over here https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/03/17/march-madness-spring-fling-blog-party/ while, like me, they were deciding.

There are too many bloggers who spread sunshine (the good kind that doesn’t make me feel like I’m blind or with an axe slamming through my head), instead, the ones that make me smile, laugh, snort, giggle, feel happy, think, cry, and inspire me to write, etc.

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One of the bloggers who makes me laugh everyday, one of my first Readers, who presses like and Retweets, but couldn’t make it to the party, the awesome Austin https://moviewriternyu.wordpress.com

My Awesome March Madness Spring Fling Blog Party guests include (in no order, just where I cut/pasted):

If I have left anyone out, I’m sorry, I’m going to blame the headache. If I did your blog twice, thank the headache.

Thank you kindly for coming to the party!
It’s ongoing to if you want to come and promote your blog, find other bloggers, please do, I’d always love to see you.1blog10

Now, enough of that, I’m starting to feel like Julie from The Love Boat (the rest of the party is on the Promenade Deck) and the only thing on my mind is a new romance with some chocolate which would probably make my migraine worse and the only course for adventure I want to set is for my bed (Baby, I love you!).

Thank you all!

Posted in Blogs, Christmas, Family, Political, Uncategorized

1,000,000 views can’t be wrong aka does Santa believe in you?

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Thank you all my wonderful readers for pushing me past 100,000 views. The title counts the views from all the other blogs I follow and who follow me…Am I close? It’s probably much higher. It’s not about the numbers for me, but I admit, seeing that number was neat.

When I started this blog over a year ago I had no idea the best part of blogging would be finding other bloggers, tweeters (is that a word?), readers, etc.

You have made my world brighter, thank you.

Well, the big moment is almost here, the ultimate reveal, have you been naughty or nice? And what does that even mean?
Maybe you don’t believe in labels.
Or maybe the naughty/nice thing is a sliding scale.
This could be like watching the Hoarders and deciding your home is actually quite clean, no need to dust again.
Worst Drivers, hey, my parking is awesome.
Real Housewives, when was the last time you threw a drink in someone’s face?
No terrorist acts, check.
Didn’t commit any illegal acts, check.
Didn’t shut down the government, check.
I may have this thing locked down.

Maybe not as important for you to believe in Santa as it is for Santa to believe in you.1athank5

Watching the news it’s easy to think the naughty list is longer than the nice list. Terrorism, hostage takings, rape, murder, abuse, corruption, racism, sexism, misogyny, neglect, destroying the planet, disease, poverty, hunger, war…Truth or skewed? A ‘if it bleeds it leads’ version of reality? If naughty is winning, we’ll have to work harder in 2015 to push the nice agenda.
1athank3This Christmas, whether you celebrate or not, believe or not, give yourself and others the gift of peace, love, tolerance, compassion, understanding, and above all, hope…keeping in mind cookies, also nice.

All the best to you and yours in this the holiday season and all the year through! Merry Christmas and a safe, happy, and healthy 2015 to all!!!

 

Posted in Autism, Books, Christmas, Cooking, Environment, Family, Fibromyalgia, Food, Holidays, Internet, Jane Austen, Movies, Music, Parenting, Political, Televison, Uncategorized, Weight, Zombies

My 1 Year Blogaversary!

1birthday10August 8, 2013 wow, that seems like a lifetime ago.

That blog post was, Fibromyalgia is a  Four Letter Word (it still is).

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/08/08/fibromyalgia-is-a-four-letter-word/

Since then I’ve made a lot of mistakes, did I say a lot I meant a ton, or perhaps a tad more; probably said a lot of things people don’t agree with; and had some wanting-to-pull-my-hair-out moments, no worries, it’s still there, more or less.

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I’ve learned a lot. Had some revelations about people I thought would be supportive, turns they weren’t, and still aren’t.

I’ll take it as a life lesson.

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Plenty more people have been extremely supportive.
Thank you to family and friends, those who have pressed like, or shared, or reblogged, or followed, or subscribed, tweeted and retweeted, given me awards, or a combination. It means more than you’ll ever know, really.

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I have 1birthday6‘virtually’ met some awesome people who are kind, supportive, funny, helpful, generous, hopeful, caring, and have mind-blowing things to say and they share it. Thank you.

This year has opened up new portals for me.

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I’m reading books I might never have read, learned things I didn’t know my brain could learn, but most of all it’s given me hope that maybe I can be more, it’s given me a glimpse of me, a me that I sometimes fear is gone forever.

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So please join me for this virtual celebration of my 1st Blogaversary or Blogversary or maybe it’s a blogbirthday!

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Drop by and say hi, read some of my older posts, apparently there are like 450 of them, hey, I did warn you with the tagline, Vague Meanderings of the Broke and Obscure.

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Have a slice of virtual cake, wear a silly hat and join me for another year of who knows what!!!

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Posted in Blogs, Books, Family, Food, Internet, Uncategorized, Zombies

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

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(Amy Einhorn Books/Penguin)

 

Some tread a straight path through life with no clouds or rain, little sorrow, little pain.

Others follow a winding path that makes some twists that never linger.

Some unfortunates were placed upon this earth to struggle through storms, trauma, heartbreak, and confusion.

Whichever path you take, laughter (add chocolate if you’re so inclined) will always be the best companion, shield, and liberator.

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lets3This book jumps from strange to hilarious to ludicrous to creepy to disbelief to laughing-so-hard-my-sides-hurt, and repeat.

As a mostly true memoir we the readers are left to pick and choose what to believe. I’m going to believe about half, as I do with most books.

I had to stop reading it at the bookstore because I was getting a lot of attention with my guffaws, snorts, and giggles, it was like I was having a slumber party, middle of the day in a bookstore, no PJs, and without anyone else participating.

So I got it from the library and chortled, chuckled and giggled to my heart’s content…except for the get-a-life and you laugh too much for a Mom remarks from my teenage son.

Certain parts of this book will be relatable to different people for different reasons.

The conversation where the author, Jenny Lawson is lost and trying to get directions from her husband via cellphone is classic. I’ve heard this between my parents. Not word for word, but so close it’s eerie.

The conversation about the differences between reanimation, resurrection, simplification, the undead, and other supernatural elements, this one I’ve either participated in, overheard, moved away from it pretending I had somewhere else to go…worried about escalation, too many times.

As for the taxidermy, I’m from Northern Ontario originally…been there, stuffed that.

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lets9The bloggers getaway weekend is so messed up I can picture actually being there. And enjoying it.

I guess trying to describe this level of madness and hilarity is impossible. You have to snort, guffaw, and giggle your way through why Neil Patrick Harris would be the most successful mass murderer ever; the egregiously amusing post-it notes; couch etiquette; the engagement party; HR work; the psychopath on the other side of the bathroom door; etc. all by yourself.

I wish you luck.

TheBlogess.com

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LOOK OUT! I WON THE LIGHTHOUSE AWARD

ba2Patty (Just Patty) http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/ has nominated me for the Lighthouse Award! Thank you so much, I am honoured and will do my best to be worthy!

Patty (Just Patty) is never just anything, her blog http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/ is full of insights, truths, hopes, reality, poetry and pictures. Check it out and press Follow!

award7The rules for the Lighthouse Award are:

1. Display the award certificate on your blog.

2. Inform your nominees of their award nominations.

3. Share three ways that you like to help other people.

4. There is no limit to the number of people that you can nominate.

5. Don’t forget to have fun!!

Helping people:

1. I think teaching my son to be helpful is an extension of my being helpful and also helps him and the others he helps (that’s a lot of helps in one sentence).

2. I like to do things for people, obviously I have limited energy, money, and time, but I still always try to help.

3. I hope I’m there if someone wants to talk.

My nominees are:amill8I’d put Patty on the list, but since she nominated me, I’ll just say this as an honourary nomination.  http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/

http://rflemthen.wordpress.com

http://anewperspectiveperhaps.wordpress.com

http://holley4734.wordpress.com/

http://colemining.wordpress.com/

http://didthatjusthappenblog.wordpress.com/

http://justanotherfbomb.wordpress.com/

http://owlsandorchids.com/

http://tvkapherr.wordpress.com

http://prayingforoneday.files.wordpress.com/

http://myfibrotasticlife.com/  Jenn, I know you don’t accept awards anymore, but you’re still award-worthy. 🙂

http://sherryparker2013.wordpress.com

https://cinesolace.wordpress.com/

http://psychologistmimi.com/

http://bulging buttons.wordpress.com

http://dyandiamond.net

http://greeneyedchess.wordpress.com

http://processingthelife.com

But these are just a start and my head is starting to spin. I don’t know how to narrow it down so I’m just going to thank all the amazing people who visit my blog, let me drop by their blogs, point me toward other blogs, articles, information, etc., comment, compliment, critique, follow, share, like, and are just my beacon of light when I need it. Thanks.award5If you accept awards, please accept these with my gratitude…if not, I get it. They are lovely, but take a long time and it’s way, way, way too difficult to only thank a few people since so many wonderful people support us on our  journeys. 🙂

Posted in Awards, Holidays, Movies, Televison, Uncategorized

I WON THE DRAGON’S LOYALTY AWARD

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I have been awarded The Dragon’s Loyalty Award.

I can’t tell you how wonderful this feels, Dawn who blogs at: Writer and Yoga enthusiast living with a chronic illness http://dawnyhosking.wordpress.com/ and others who nominated me and all the other bloggers, readers, etc. who have made me feel at home in this strange new world of blogging.

Check out Dawn’s blog and if you’re not following already, you don’t know what you’re missing. You get: Fibro musings; inspiration; Haiku poems that really make you think and make me wish to try to write them and then after yet another jumbled attempt I give up and think, that’s a lot harder that it looks; moments of passion (she’s working on a novel, there’s quite a few of us who can’t wait); and you always get amazing insights and sense from this Fibro Fighting Warrior Goddess. I always look forward to her posts.

The philosophy of the award is: “The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly”.

There are some rules that one must follow in order to fully accept the award and they are as follows:

1. Firstly, display the Award on your site (see Award page or sidebar!) You earned it and you deserve it!

2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your acceptance post;

3. Nominate 15 well-deserving bloggers for the Award and let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site;

4. List 7 interesting facts about yourself

7 Possibly Interesting Facts About Me, but at least if not, they’re true

I used to be a Goth Punk Girl, black lipstick, skeletons dangling from various places…some days I miss it.  I’m a political junkie. I once swallowed a wasp and felt bad for him. longbourn7I love movies and TV, Jane Austen for the escape, horror for the thrill, comedy for the laughs, romance for sighs, mystery for the mystery, Christmas for the schmaltz and so on, I have eclectic tastes. I’m a chocoholic. I don’t like the sun, it’s hot. I love reading, one might say I’m addicted, books make me happy.  🙂christmas46

This was difficult cause a few of my top commenters are already up for this award on Dawn’s amazing blog so I’m including them anyway because they’ve been so supportive…and to some of my stalwart readers.

Thank you for reading my Vague Meanderings. Believe it or not, I do edit, a lot, but more keeps pouring out.

I enjoy their blogs as well so good to pass the loyalty on. Here are the nominees for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award:

http://myfibrotasticlife.com/

http://justanotherfbomb.wordpress.com/

http://thewinewankers.com.au/

http://saccsivdotcom.wordpress.com/

http://publictransituser.wordpress.com/

http://thingsthatmakemegrin.wordpress.com/

http://dyandiamond.net/

http://owlsandorchids.com/

http://bucketlistpublications.org/

http://bulgingbuttons.wordpress.com/

http://processingthelife.com/

http://pressinside.wordpress.com/

http://elizabethkarlsson.wordpress.com/

http://www.jcckeith.blogspot.ca/

http://sherryparkerblog.wordpress.com/

Rose Pigott, not a blogger but reads and comments, thanks!

fg12Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far. I’ve actually gotten so much more out of this than I realized. I’m endlessly entertained by all kind of wonderful, smart, witty and insightful people. I’ve awed and amazed at the strength of people. And the kindness. The generosity.  The acceptance. The laughter and the tears. And most of all, the hope. Thank you all. If anyone doesn’t wish to accept the award, not a problem, just know that I appreciate you.

I have also been nominated for this award by the lovely, loyalty and hilarious ex-pat Canadian Cher who lives in Chicago, but also keeps us up-to-date on her adventures. You should find and follow her blog at http://thechicagofiles.wordpress.com/

Thank you. Sorry, but the awards as lovely as they are just take up so much time.