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7 Ways to Chase Your Fellow Bloggers Away From Your Blog for Good

Greetings, friends and fellow bloggers! How about some advice to help you out? I’ve been tagged by Alicia from Writing Spark, so, please enjoy some blogging tips! By the way, Alicia thanks! This is the first time I’ve ever been tagged. I enjoy this stuff, but have never been tagged by anyone. Keep me in mind for future tags.

In no particular order, here are 7 Ways to Chase Your Fellow Bloggers Away From Your Blog for Good:

1 – Do not reply to comments. I try to reply to the comments when I can, especially those who ask me a question, however, because Blogger doesn’t have a “subscribe to comments” feature, I’m not sure if my replies are always read. I sent in this suggestion to Blogger, but don’t know if they’ll listen… and if I’m the only Blogger member to ever suggest a “subscribe to comments” feature, then there’s a good possibility my suggestion was deleted and forgotten.

2 – Don’t update your blog. Sure, we all have emergencies that may keep us from blogging, which I’m sure fellow bloggers will understand, but making a habit of this could send your fellow bloggers elsewhere.

3 – Only fill your blog with pay per post type ads and affiliate links. Basically, your blog is only for advertising. I admit that I participate in some of the pay per posts for a little extra spending money, but I try not to fill my blog with them, and if I can, I try to at least give helpful advice to my readers in those posts,. I also try to only accept those related, or closely related, to my blog.

4- Place a lot of grammar and/or spelling errors throughout your content. Everyone makes mistakes, and I understand a blog is like a journal for many, but TOO many grammar and/or spelling mistakes could cause a fellow blogger to click-away and never return, especially if you do this often. (Yes, I know, it’s probably coming now… you’re going to let me know about my mistakes, and I hope I’m not guilty of making TOO many on a constant basis. Nevertheless, I will listen if you speak, and I’ll do my best to avoid it next time.)

5 – And the latter leads me to this one: Be rude to your commenters for pointing out a mistake to you or giving you feedback. I can understand if the commenter was rude to you first, but if they were nice in the way they let you know, then you should at least thank them for pointing out your mistake(s), and then try to avoid the mistake(s) next time. After all, criticism only makes us better at what we do, right?

6 – Create a title then blog about something totally unrelated to the content of that post.

7 – Start a blog about one thing, but blog about something different. For example, you start a blog to give advice about animals/pets, but blog about sports instead. What happens? Before you’re fellow bloggers click-away from you forever, they ask themselves, “What on Earth does this have to do with pets?”

I will honestly admit that I’m guilty of some — or maybe all — of the things mentioned above, and most of them I did in the beginning, when I didn’t know as much as I do now. Therefore, some of these are written from my own experience, and I admitted to doing them with the hopes that maybe you’ll learn from my faults. For example, in the beginning, I was guilty of not updating my blog with new posts as often as I should have, and each day I watched my traffic slowly decrease. Then once I started blogging more often, I smiled in relief as I watched the traffic to my blog increase greatly.

I hope my advice will help you keep your fellow bloggers coming back to your blog instead of clicking-away. If you find that you’re guilty of any of these things, change them now and hopefully you’ll win back any fellow bloggers you’ve lost. Happy blogging, friends!

I believe the way this works is I now have to tag a few people, so here goes my tags: Jennifer Mattern, Laura Spencer, Michele L. Tune and anyone else who would like to participate. I can’t wait to read y’all’s advice.

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Exciting Weekend

Back in July my Pomeranian (Prissy) went in heat, so as planned, my husband and I bred her with our male Pomeranian. All day Friday Prissy whined and could not seem to get comfortable. I had a feeling something was up, and later that night I knew she was getting ready to have her puppies. A week earlier she had began nesting. She likes to sleep on of top things, so we put a comforter beside the bed for her to sleep on. Turns out that comforter was where she chose to have her puppies.

Later that Friday night, the time for her to have the puppies drew near. She ended up going straight to the comforter and I followed her. The kids were real excited, and I would let them come into the bedroom some, but not too often.

With my Writer’s Digest magazine in hand, I read one article after the other until the time for Prissy to deliver came. I sat in the floor beside her and rubbed her head as she began to push the first puppy out. When she would stop pushing, I would stop rubbing. However, when I stopped rubbing her head, she would look up at me with her sad puppy dog eyes. I assumed she wanted me to continue rubbing her head, so I did, and she seemed satisfied.

Finally, the first puppy was all the way out. At this time, she wanted to be left alone so she could do her thing with the puppy. I would give her the privacy she needed until she started to push again.

She had three puppies that night, and each puppy was born one hour apart. Between times, I would continue reading my Writer’s Digest magazine, and the kids would come in to check on Prissy. I reported to them on her progress and let them know mommy (Prissy) was OK. They would smile then leave.

Even though Friday night was exciting, Saturday afternoon was a long one. My children had a parade they were supposed to be in the next afternoon. Therefore, I had to have them in Eldorado by noon on Saturday. Because Prissy went into labor, and I stayed with her to make sure she wouldn’t have problems and have to go to the vet, I didn’t get in bed until a little after 7am Saturday morning. So, come time for the parade, I was running on about 4 hours sleep. Needlesstosay, the whole weekend was exciting, and I did get a nap in later Saturday afternoon. It’s a good thing, because come Saturday night, hubby and I were waken several times by crying puppies…LOL…

I will post a picture of Prissy and her puppies here later, but for now you’ll just have to settle for a picture of Prissy sleeping. Once weaned, we will have two puppies for sale at $300 each. The daddy is registered, but the mommy is not. I got Prissy from my brother-in-law, and he got her from someone else who told him they were unable to register her for some reason. That also explains why we will only be selling two puppies, because as a deal for getting her, my brother-in-law and I made an arrangement where he would get pick of the first litter.

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Day of Remembrance

As I sat down at my computer to begin work today, I took 11 minutes to remember the tragedy that struck our country six years ago today. During those 11 minutes, I viewed a video on YouTube to remember, and as I watched, I said a little prayer.

Six years ago today I had just woke up and walked into my living room when the phone rang. It was my husband asking me if I was watching TV. I told him I just got up and hadn’t turned it on yet. He told me to turn it on, and when I did, I was speechless. We talked for a few more minutes, told each other “I love you,” then hung up. As I continued to watch the footage in horror, I cried, and then I watched as the second plane flew into the World Trade Center. At this time, I began to pray for our country and everyone in New York. I also thought of my first cousin. Her job requires her to travel, so I called my aunt to see if she had heard from her. My aunt said no one had heard anything from her at that time, but later she phoned to tell me Patty (my cousin) was safe. The flight she was expected to board was cancelled, and her job was delayed for a little while, but she later made it back home.

I did have another post in mind for today, but since this is a day of remembrance, I will postpone it for another day. Instead, I’d like to invite you to watch the same 11 minute video that I did. The video is emotional, but a great video for remembrance. There are many photos, just the right music, and after the first song, a voice that will grab your attention (you just have to hear it and listen for yourself).

As you watch the video, say a prayer for all, including the men and woman who are still fighting for our country today. In fact, my stepdaughter leaves for boot camp tomorrow. After boot camp, my husband, her mother, her brother, her entire family and I can only pray that God will watch over her as she continues with her career through the United States Navy.

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Blogging Before Bed

It seems after a long month I have finally gotten everything caught up. With everything caught up I can take a breather from things, but now my problem is I’m at a loss for words. I don’t even really know what to blog about and I’m sleepy, so I think after I blog, I will snuggle up to my hubby and visit dream land. 🙂 It’s cold here in these early morning hours today, and I know my hubby’s all nice and toasty warm, so if I get off here soon and snuggle to him, I’ll be warm in no time. 😉

I’m sure you want to read something other than “I’m sleepy” and how I’m going to snuggle to hubby in bed, so I’ll tell you a little about my weekend. On Sunday, hubby and I went out to eat. We had Chinese food again; boy, am I ever getting tired of eating Chinese on Sunday. Anyway, after we ate, we walked down to Radio Shack, and there I priced some laptop computers. After Christmas, I plan on investing in a laptop. I need a backup, and the laptop will also come in handy when I write the daily updates on As the World Turns. It will be so much easier to type the update instead of writing it on paper.

My husband and I shop and buy things from our local Radio Shack often. We choose them over Wal-Mart, because their customer service is excellent! Anytime we have a problem with something we buy from there they exchange it with no questions ask, and it doesn’t matter how long we’ve had the item either. Plus, the sales associates seem to know the products they’re selling, and since I don’t know much about laptops, other than what I need, I was able to tell the sales associate exactly what I needed and she helped me find a laptop that would be just right for me. She printed out the paper for me to take home, and I told her when I return to buy it I would make sure she was the one I bought it from (I think they get a commission on what they sell).

If I go to the Walmart in my area, I don’t get customer service like this. One time my cousin and I waited 45 minutes for help carrying out a folding table. We requested assistance, and they said they would send someone right over to furniture, but after 45 minutes, no one showed, and the lady that told us she would send us help kept walking by and looking at us. We finally got tired of waiting, so I carried the table up to the checkout myself. By the time I got to checkout, I couldn’t hardly breath (I have asthma). My cousin told them what just happened in the back, but they didn’t seem to care. This wasn’t the only time I’ve had problems with Harrisburg Walmart. I bought a printer there one year ago, and when I got it home, it broke. The very next day I took the printer back, and I was happy because they did exchange it with another one, however, that same printer broke and done the exact same thing the last one did. I couldn’t get back to the store for a week, but one week later, I did return the second printer and told them what it had done. I wasn’t a happy camper this time around, because they refused to exchange the printer, and they wouldn’t refund my money either. They told me I would have to pay the shipping to send it to the manufacturer for repair. Needless to say, I stated my opinion and told them I would not buy any more from their electronics department ever again (other electronics we had bought there messed up too). I kept my word, and to this day I still have a brand new printer that will not work, because it costs more to ship it to the manufacturer than I paid for it. And that, my friends, is why my husband and I make our major purchases from Radio Shack. Radio Shack is the only place in my area, so far, where I have found we can go and get excellent customer service! I know if Sam Walton was still alive, Walmart would probably have better customer service, but as of this date, they have poor customer service. Maybe not all Walmart stores are this way, but the one in Harrisburg, Illinois is.

I guess I found words, huh? I will go now and cuddle up to hubby. Until next time, never give up on your dreams, work toward them!


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Reality TV

Like many others, I too am a reality tv junky. I watch Survivor, both apprentices, Big Brother, Amazing Race, and many others. I think I drive my husband crazy, he says he’s really getting tired of these shows, but yet I catch him from time-to-time getting into them just as much — though he’ll never admit he likes some of them too.

I need your input here folks, so if you’re shy about posting comments just email me, please. Here’s the deal, I’m considering starting another blog. You will still be able to read about my writing life, but I have also pondered the idea of starting up a reality tv blog too. This blog will cover highlights from the shows (for those of you who may miss a show), and I’ll even talk about my takes on the show too. Here’s where you’re help is needed, tell me what you think (would you be interested in this blog), and since I don’t watch every single reality show, and can’t cover them all, tell me the reality tv shows you watch the most. Keep in mind when posting your comments, or emailing me on this issue, I no longer have cable so I don’t watch those, I watch the ones that are on local television stations (see above).

I’ll wait to hear from you on this one. And if this is something the majority of you would like to see I’ll be starting the blog real soon. I look forward to hearing from you.


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