Blogging

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. 

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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.


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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? 

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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.


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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).

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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”


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Shhh… I Have a Blog

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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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The Bougie Chronicles

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A blog the I read that always forces a belly laugh is Black ‘n Bougie.  The author, Michele, is a no-nonsense candid writer who is quite gifted when it comes to the English language.  She has four published novels under her belt, and one that’s soon to be released.  She’s also Southern and bougie.

Have you ever met someone who could “read” a person, make them feel about 2 inches tall all while speaking calmly in the most lady-like tone and without ever uttering a single curse word?  That’s Michele.  The only other person I’ve ever known who could do all of that (and do it well) is my mother. 

On her blog Michele retells various incidents in her life, as well as posts emails she receives from readers sharing their relationship issues and asking for advice.   Her posts have ranged from the down right hilarious (like the Usher-themed wedding she attended), to the jaw dropping (like the reader who’s date pulled a styrofoam container of barbecue ribs and briskit out of her bag at his company’s dinner at the Sr. VP’s house) – umm, yeah.  She’s even got themes for some of the craziness, like ITOFTS (I’m Too Old For This Shiggity) and WDDDA (Where Dey Do Dat At). 

Now she’s not always about fun and games.  When it comes to the serious subject matter, Michele is on point.  She will tackle and discuss current affairs and does not shy away from the controversial topics.  She’s one of those people who goes ahead and says what most folks are thinking. 

What about you?  What are your favorite blogs?

September Sapphire Blog Challenge Prompt:Talk about 2 blogs you read that always force a belly laugh out of you? Why?

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