#WeekendCoffeeShare – November 5, 2016

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If you and I were having coffee right now … I would admit that 2016 has been a year largely spent fighting disorganization, writer’s block and various other obstacles strewn in front of my blogging and writing desk.

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Favorite Episodes: The Five W’s of Community Blogging Events

tvJanuary is a time for looking back at the prior year, our wins and losses.   Favorite Episodes is a way for me to look back at what I’ve written in 2015 that was well received by my readers while diving into my blog stats and editorial calendar.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting little or no new original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.


This month’s guest blogger for The Blogging Life went missing on me.  Since I intended that this be a monthly feature, I needed to step in and write the November post. Perhaps, when I figure out how to effectively utilize guest bloggers, I will write a post on the ins and outs of guest blogging. In the meantime, if you are interested in writing a guest post or have a topic you want to suggest for The Blogging Life please fill out the contact form at the end of this post.

This month’s topic is community events also known as blogging events – the who, what, when, why and how of participating in these events. Or as I call it, The Five W’s of Community Blogging Events.

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The Five W’s of Community Blogging Events

The Blogging LifeThis month’s guest blogger for The Blogging Life went missing on me.  Since I intended that this be a monthly feature, I needed to step in and write the November post. Perhaps, when I figure out how to effectively utilize guest bloggers, I will write a post on the ins and outs of guest blogging. In the meantime, if you are interested in writing a guest post or have a topic you want to suggest for The Blogging Life please fill out the contact form at the end of this post.

This month’s topic is community events also known as blogging events – the who, what, when, why and how of participating in these events. Or as I call it, The Five W’s of Community Blogging Events.


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5 Tips to a Successful Blog

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This month’s guest blogger to launch The Blogging Life, a new series at from the sticks to the bricks and back again, is Kimberly Bradley.  Kimberly a blogger, photographer, wife, mother to three children (ages 4, 22, 24), a nana, a Christian, and a missionary and not necessarily in that order blogs over at The Narrow Lens.  At The Narrow Lens she looks at life a little differently.  In some of her posts she summarizes different perspectives into The Wide Angle View; The Narrow Lens View and the Focal Point.  In addition to at The Narrow Lens, you can find Kimberly and her refreshing perspectives on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.  Without any further delay, I’m handing my blog over to Kimberly. I hope you enjoy her post: 5 Tips to a Successful Blog.


ID-100241069So you’re thinking about starting a blog but have no idea where to begin? Or maybe you’ve already leaped out into blogging land and are stuck on what to do next. Regardless of where you are on your blogging journey, there are a few things you need to consider in order to help your blog become more than just a name out in the World Wide Web. Here are 5 tips to a successful blog: Continue reading

1 Way to Help You Meet New Readers: Meet and Greet

Danny from Dream Big, Dream Often is hosting a Meet and Greet this weekend. Join in on the fun and meet some new to you bloggers.

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imagesWhat day is it??!!  HUMP DAY!!  No, that is completely wrong…it’s Meet and Greet Day!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts…

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Ghouls, Goblins & Guest Bloggers

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On Thursday, the first of Octember I said that I was looking forward to a month filled with blog posts dedicated to what makes October well October.  I also announced that I was running a month-long contest on Facebook, where the prize is a copy of Stephen King’s latest book, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  Not a bad start to the month. Continue reading

Goals & Objections

goals-2As the first assignment for this month’s Blogging University’s Blogging 201 workshop, we were asked to set three goals.  I did a similar exercise in Blogging 101 last fall and my goals and objections at the time were:

  • write 5 – 7 days per week, whether or not I hit publish or not;
  • publish 75 – 150 posts; and
  • reach 200 WordPress followers.

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