Month: September 2013

Are We there Yet?

For the month of September, Kimberly over at Being a Wordsmith blog hosted the September Sapphire Even Day Blog Challenge.  Each blogging prompt was scheduled for the even days of the month.  Today is the final day of the challenge, and the prompt asks us to share what we’ve learned.


1.  Posts can be recycled.
I learned that if a post didn’t receive as much love as you thought it should the first time around, all is not lost.  Don’t be afraid to bring them back again. 


2. Pinterest is your friend.
I learned that Pinterest is not just an organizing system for pictures.  For a blogger, Pinterest is a very helpful way to promote your blog writings and connect with new readers. 


3.  Social media is not the enemy.
While I still can’t quite explain SEO if you asked me, I learned that social media is not something to be greeted with garlic and a wooden stake.  There are many techniques out there to help make your social media life a whole lot easier.  Who knew that I could make a Facebook post simultaneously show up on Twitter too???

Kimberly’s blogging prompts were actually interesting, which made the challenge even more fun.  As a new blogger, I hadn’t really found a “niche”.  I couldn’t really say that I was a “Mommy Blogger” or “Fashion Blogger”, etc.  I still can’t make that claim, but this blogging challenge has made me realize what topics really appeal to me, and which ones that I would like to post more of.  I also learned that going forward I need to set a blogging schedule to be a more effective blogger.
Overall, I learned alot about myself, my writing style, and that I may not be as much of an introvert as I thought.  I’m really looking forward to writing more, interacting with other bloggers, and who knows, maybe even attending a blogging convention.
For all I’ve learned, I would like to send a very big THANK YOU to Kimberly at Being a Wordsmith blog!!!

September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt: Share what you learned during the challenge, who you connected with, and your overall experience with it.


Yes I’m from New Orleans, No I do NOT Practice Voodoo!

Today, Kimberly over at Being A Wordsmith blog has asked us what are some myths that people have/had about us. 
Most people think that I’m antisocial, but I’m not – I call it a slightly shy, quiet observer.  I think before I speak, so I don’t just talk for the sake of talking.  Some folks are naturally motor mouths – that’s just not me.  But if I’m in a comfortable environment, and I’m on a roll, you’ll be wondering, “Does this girl ever shut up???”  LOL
This brings me to the second myth, folks that don’t know me think that I’m stuck up.  People falsely interpret my naturally quiet demeanor as being stuck up or standoff-ish.  I used to try to go out of my way to smile more, talk to strangers at gatherings just so I wouldn’t be viewed as such.  These days I don’t care much anymore.  If you like me, you like me, if you don’t, you don’t.  Get to know me before jumping to conclusions!

The BIGGEST and craziest myth that I’ve encountered are from folks who think that because I’m from New Orleans, I must practice voodoo.  (insert blank stare here)  The first time this came up was during my freshman year at Howard University.  I remember there was a guy from New York who hung out with the same folks that I did.  A group of us were sitting in the cafeteria talking, and somehow my hometown came up.  Mr. New York stopped in his tracks, his eyes got big, and the conversation went something like this:
New York:  Wait, you’re from New Orleans???
Me:  Yes.
New York:  Aww man.  I heard about folks like you!
Me:  Huh?  (looking confused)
New York:  Yo, my pops told me to stay away from folks like you.
Me:   Folks like me??? (looking really confused)
New York:  You women from New Orleans, y’all do that voodoo sh#t! 
At that point, I truly had no words.  Don’t you know after that, that joker avoided me all 4 years we were there?!?!  Well this was not the last time, I’ve gotten this from many more folks – not the fear and avoidance, but just the questioning.  I’ve had people ask me about voodoo dolls (like I know how to make them), spells (you might fare better reading Harry Potter), and if I know about the voodoo priestess Marie Laveau
Well guess what?  NO, I don’t know about voodoo, voodoo dolls, spells, potions, or anything like it!  BUT, what I will tell you is that this fall on the F/X Network, the talented Angela Bassett will be potraying the infamous Marie Laveau on the 3rd season of American Horror Story.  (prepare yourself before clicking on that last link)
What about you?  What are some myths that folks have about you?

September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt:  List 3 to 5 myths that people have/had about you and list the facts that prove the myths to be false.


We’re Baaaack!

Kimberly over at Being a Wordsmith blog has asked us to post some links to a few of our previous blog posts.  Today’s theme is Resurgence.  We’re providing links to posts that didn’t receive much traffic. 
Okay, so I’m new at this blogging thing.  Some posts that I just KNEW would get a reaction, were just barely noticed, and the ones that I kinda threw together, got more attention than I thought. 
Here are two of my favorites:

What ever happened to manners?  Why does it seem that so many grown folks just don’t have any? 

Toddlers & Tiaras Paisley pretty woman hooker costume prostitute

My observations on the “hooker-ish” looking clothing that so many young girls are wearing. 

Do you have any posts that surprised you with their response rate, or lack thereof?

 September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt:  Provide links to some of your posts that did not receive as much traffic or as many comments as you hoped.


Shout Out to All the Blogging Ladies Out There!

Today is day 7 of the Rx Fitness Lady mini blog challenge party.  A big shout out and thank you to Joi for a fun blogging experience that has led to some awesome connections!  Because of Joi, I made my 1st blog commercial and 1st controversial post (I tend to stay in the safe zone).

You're Invited To A Blog Party Again
RxFitness Lady
On this journey I met some lovely blogging ladies.  
There’s Allie of Vita Train 4 Life who has no problem with getting us talking about boob jobs, and the antics of her handsome twin boys. I still can’t believe one of them called you an old lady – too funny!
Then there’s Mimi of Lipgloss & Binky who’s home improvement projects have reinspired me to get off my butt and get crackin’ on my own house.  (Or make my husband get crackin’)
Dana of Kiss My List has reaffirmed my decision to start blogging with her post on how her family reacts to her blog – even if it did take me 2 years to get started.  🙂
Veronica from My Finessed Life is the coolest!  Not because she’s a fellow Howard U. alum, or because we both have a bitchy rest face, but because she remains a professional in the face of ignorance in her post about her experiences in the workplace – not all of us can do that.

And then there’s Carica of The Confessions of a Single Mom, who’s not afraid to keep it real about the issues of child support or the problem of black kids and ebonics.

There were so many more wonderful ladies who participated!  There were some great conversations taking place and thoughts being shared.  I’m sorry it’s ending so soon, but I do look forward to continuing the awesome connections.  Thanks Joi!

Rx Fitness Lady Blog Challenge:  Sunday: Blog Love “Post Specific”


Shhh… I Have a Blog

End the Pre-IPO Quiet Period

Joi over at Rx Fitness Lady blog has asked us how do our family and friends react to our blog.  To be totally honest, most of my family and friends have no idea that I blog.  This was done on purpose.  My husband has known from the beginning, but those friends and family members who do know about the blog, just found out about it within the past 2 weeks. 

Because of procrastination brought on by fear, my blog has been about 2 years in the making.  When I finally took the plunge, I wanted to be able to freely write without any outside opinions or judgements.  I specifically didn’t want any negativity about how much I shared about myself, or the photos that I chose to post online. 
So far the responses I’ve received from friends and family have been very positive.  I have received calls and messages of congrats, praise, and a few “I’m proud of you”.  The positive responses have been reassuring and encouraging as I take this journey into the blogosphere.
If I had to do it all over again, I would do it the same way, as far as publicizing the blog goes – only I wouldn’t take 2 years to get it started.

What about you?  How has your family and friends reacted to you your blog or online activities?

 Rx Fitness Lady Blog Challenge:  Saturday: How My Family Reacts to My Blog


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