Thursday, November 9, 2017

WHY DO YOU BLOG?


Lots of projects going on these days, but I'm most excited about receiving my much needed new glasses, which help me to see a heck of a lot better, (even for night time driving) thank goodness!  Drivers in NC can rest easy now and the roads are safe again. 
The New Pink Glasses
 


Blogging has been around since 1994, but I didn't really know they existed.  I didn't get into using the Internet regularly until 2004, and that was mostly to enter sweepstakes.  A late bloomer, I started visiting book related blogs in 2012.

These numbers are mind-blowing, but as of 2017, over 410 million people check out 23 billion blog pages on a monthly basis!

Initially I started reading other blogs because it was a great way to find out about new books and to read reviews.  And that's one of the reasons that I spout trivia almost all the time to friends and family - but I don't think they really listened all that much.  Thus the reason that I gathered up my courage and started this blog.  I figured I could share a whole bunch of useless information with the masses hoping that somebody else would  pay attention. (lol)

Over time,  blogging seemed like the perfect platform to talk about the plight of those abused in domestic partnerships, as well as the suffering of homeless veterans. 

Over time, this blog has evolved into posts on recipes, interviews with authors/chefs and sweepstakes. Along the way, I've met incredible people with varied interests who have made me laugh and cry, and I've learned quite a bit. Blogging made that possible.

Why did you start your blog?

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THESE?
Some of these states have some pretty unusual city names that may make you scratch your head or giggle a little.  Here's a few:

Why, Arizona
Tightwad, Missouri
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky
Happyland, Connecticut
Porcupine, South Dakota
Mosquitoville, Vermont
Michigan

Mississippi

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO DO THIS?
In the United States, about 350,000 people pass out from cardiac arrest annually, but you may be able to help save someone's life.  With one hand pressed over the other, press hard at a rapid pace on the chest with 100 to 120 compressions per minute. It sounds crazy, but singing along to Stayin' Alive by the Beegees is actually the perfect rhythm.  CPR Classes are also available by visiting www.redcross.org.

Cranberries seem to be everywhere, so here's a super simple recipe from the book, Martha Stewart's Appetizers.

CRANBERRY SPARKLERS
In a blender, combine 2 cups fresh or thawed  frozen cranberries, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup vodka..  Puree until smooth, then strain and chill.
Fill flutes one quarter with the cranberry mixture.  Tilt flutes and gently pour sparkling wine down the sides of glasses to create the sparkler effect, and serve immediately.











59 comments:

  1. I came to blogging late too. And felt as if I had come home. I learn from blogs (and get tempted by many, many books). I laugh with other bloggers. I cry with and for other bloggers.
    It is the only social media game I play, and I hope to continue.

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    1. LOL! That was my dilemma when I first started reading other blogs, because I learned about so many new reads. It was crazy! Like you, the camaraderie makes my day, and helps me to meet great people like you
      EC! Hugs and Happy Sunday to you!

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  2. I actually started blogging in 2005, but switched my email account and somehow my start date now shows 2011 on my profile, maybe my first six years was just practice ha ha

    I started blogging after I retired from work (due to medical reasons) simply to write stories and make a few friends, and to stay out of Cindy's hair. I am happy with where my blog has grown and really pleased with how our little family is growing.

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    1. That's pretty cool that you started that long ago, and that you got started to write stories. I'd say you've been pretty successful all these years later because we enjoy hearing about your lives. Hugs...

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  3. I ran a Yahoo group for about six years, then started my own blog in 2005. Everyone told me to keep a diary of my art with notes on how I created each piece. Since I don't like to write, and am no good sketching, I decided to start a blog for my satisfaction and a way to document my art. My first two cameras were horrible, but now I have a camera that takes great photos. About a year ago, I heard blogs were dead, but mine seems to be growing steadily because I love to visit like minded individuals. I don't care if they are mixed media artists, I care about what they have to say and if it can relate to my interests in some way. I feel you and I have a very strong connection, and I really want to keep that.

    Now would be a good time to ask if I can add your blog to my left sidebar. I'll only do so with your permission.

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    1. Absolutely, you can add me to the side, I'd be totally honored. Definitely a cool connection. YIKES! I added you awhile ago, and didn't even think to ask, so I'm sorry for asking for permission now. (lol) I like that you keep a diary of your work, and I have to admit to being fascinated with your artwork. For years I've considered art as portraits on the wall or drawing, but you've opened my eyes to wonderful possibilities. I notice that I'm starting to like taking pics, so perhaps I need to put a small camera on my list to Santa this year to pursue it a little more. It's true, you have a ton of readers which is very cool! Hugs...RO

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  4. Hi Roe, I've always wanted to write... I started in 2009 to find my voice. I had lost myself when I married my ex and then he raped me in 2008.

    I needed an outlet to speak my truth, in time my writing helped me to heal and to forgive him

    I may take breaks from time to time but I'll always write.

    As for strange names for places, check out strange or odd names for cities in Newfoundland ... they are quite over the top ... lol

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    1. Forgiveness and healing in a situation like that had to be tough, and again I commend you for having the strength to get through it, and to share with others. I'll always admire your courage, and you've taught me so much. Thanks for your truth! I'm going to check out those cities in Newfoundland. I always seek new ways to entertain myself. (lol)

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  5. I started blogging to promote my online bookshop and continued to blog after I retired. What started out as March House Books Blog morphed into March of Time Books! Blogging has become a way of life for me, and I would miss all my blogging friends if I were to stop.

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    1. I'm so glad I found you Barbara! There are days I get caught up in other things, but like you, something about blogging keeps me going, and meeting new friends is amazing! Hugs...RO

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  6. I am a late bloomer to the blogging community. I've met some wonderful people in blog land, of which you are one of these RO :) I have had my problems trying to keep a blog going. I now feel that my blog is going to work :D

    Hugs RO 💮

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    1. Any blog you do, I'm always in Jan! Hugs...RO

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    2. I really enjoy Quietly from the Hearth, Jan! A positive message that's perfect! Hugs...RO

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  7. We started our website first in 2008

    http://www.lowcarbdiabetic.co.uk/

    The low carb diabetic blog was started in 2010 but both were started to spread the news how by living a LCHF lifestyle can help diabetics... over the years the blog has become a magazine type blog with quite a variety of articles, recipes, studies - even music and the grand-children!

    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/

    I/we have met some wonderful people through blogging and learned a lot about other subjects and places too.
    I really enjoy it ...

    Have a lovely weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. I have no clue how I found you, but it happened right at the time, when I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. You guys have shared some pretty amazing information, and often gets me back on track. Hugs and thanks so much! RO

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  8. I guess as I began in 2005 I think, I have been at it a long time. I started because my comments on other blogs were becoming increasingly long and detailed, so I thought maybe I had something to say that would be of interest, and it turned out to be so, although in the early days I had very few readers.

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    1. You absolutely have interesting things to say Andrew, and I'm thrilled that you've stayed with this blogging thing for so many years! Hugs...RO

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  9. I started my blog along with several of my friends because we thought it would be fun to blog about our lives. I'm the only one who still blogs out of all of us.

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    1. That's really interesting Marvelous Mary! I had no clue you started with others, and you're the only left standing. Do you stay in contact with them still? I like the mix of your blog and always find it interesting and fun! Hugs...RO

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    2. I'm friends with all of them except one. Wes passed away a few years ago. He was the one who talked us all into starting a blog along with him.

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    3. Oh, that's great that you all still keep in touch, but so sad that you lost Wes along the way. I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs...RO

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  10. I love the cranberry recipe! Thanks so much, and have a great weekend!!

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    1. The irony is that most of the people I know can't even stand cranberries (lol), but I still keep trying new recipes that include them. Hugs...RO

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  11. I've actually been through Hot Coffee, Mississippi. It's essentially a slight widening of the road in the middle of nowhere! I didn't get into blogs until really late. I actually got into Pinterest first which got me into food blogs and than I decided to look for more book blogs. I started mine because I wanted somewhere to record my thoughts of books. I had no idea what I was getting into!

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    1. Wow! That sounds so cool that you drove through an almost nonexistent place that's become so famous. If you ever drive through again, I'd love pics!!! That's interesting that your blogging actually started with Pinterest. I'm so glad that you decided to share your thoughts on books and movies. It's always so fun to visit and to get new ideas. Hugs...RO

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  12. Hey, love learning how you came to blogging. I've been a blog reviewer since 2012, but didn't write my own blog post until Feb 2015.

    LOL, I live about an hour or so from Hell, Michigan. They do have fun with their town name when you go to festivities there. Town and City names can be hilarious and makes you know there is a story behind it.

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    1. Wow! You haven't been doing this for long at all, but you're pretty dang good at it, Super Sophia. I would love to visit any of those places if they have festivals and other things tied to it. Some are super funny, but it's pretty amazing how many are actually associated with something sexual. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  13. I've always kept a journal as a girl and into adulthood. Blogging just became an extension of journalling for me with what started first as a personal blog, then a cooking blog, then now a book blog.

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    1. I tried keeping a journal throughout my life, and always ended up forgetting it was around,(lol) so kudos to you for keeping up with it. I like how your blog has evolved over the years, and glad I found you! Hugs...RO

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  14. I started blogging in 2012, too, Ro. And that was about two years after I discovered Goodreads. Goodreads was like a fountain of bookish knowledge, and I got exposed to genres I didn't know about before.
    While I still use Goodreads, I'm happy to have my very own corner of the internet where I can share my love for books and reading :)
    Those city names are funny! Hot Coffee sounds like a nice place to live ;)
    Have a wonderful weekend, Ro. *hugs*
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Ah...Goodreads. At one time I practically lived there, and kept joining all these groups.(lol) I was seriously addicted. Somehow, I discovered all these cool blogs dedicated to reading, and it's been years since I've even checked Goodreads. I like the interaction found from blogging, and to see what people are doing in other states and countries, so I'm glad to pop over to say hello. Some of the cities I found had strange ties to sexuality that made me giggle, but I didn't post them all. (lol) Hugs...and Happy Sunday! RO

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  15. I started in 2010 and I don't know why I started blogging rather than read just reading blogs. I wanted to find more books I liked. When I first started it seemed I would make some money - but nope. I guess I stay in it for the free books and because I don't know how to not lose the entirety of my blog without paying to keep it on GoDaddy.

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    1. I think a lot of us may secretly hope to get rich from blogging (lol), but it's very rare, unfortunately. It's cool to get the freebies when you can though. I've always liked the title of your blog. Hugs...RO

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  16. Blessings.....
    I blog because i like to write, communicate and share lessons life has taught me. Blogging is kind of like travelling around the world without actually leaving the country. People from all across the world blog or visit your blog. Its a good way of experiencing different prospectives.

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    1. Your blog is always thought-provoking and shares great info, and it's a great feeling to see friends from all over checking things out! I agree that the different perspectives make it interesting. Hugs...RO

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  17. I have Martha's Appetizer cookbook RO! :) Alex got it for me last Christmas, it's really good! I don't remember why I got into Blogging...but I started my first one in the mid-2000's. I started reading blogs back in the 90's. I worked for an internet company, the first one in Montreal from 1993 on so I was introduced early. Before that, I didn't even have a computer!

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    1. That book is pretty amazing, Rain, and I've found some really tasty ideas in there. Glad you have it too! Wow! That's cool that you actually got in on the ground floor, and can see how it's evolved over the years! Hugs...RO

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    1. Girl, I'm just happy I can see what in the heck is going on! (lol)

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  19. That's great you got new glasses!! I really need to get some new ones too. I got into blogging through an online friend (I was in an online book club) and ten years later - here I still am! :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Isn't it great to see how things have evolved over the years, Lauren? You do such a great job with your blog, and I really enjoy it! Hugs...RO

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  20. We're all extremely happy that you did start blogging:)
    Woo Hoo, new glasses.
    Those town names are a hoot, aren't they?
    Great info on the compressions to Staying Alive.
    YOU, have a great weekend.
    Hugs,

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    1. You have made my day, Super Sandra. There are some days that I wonder if people will even pay attention to what I have to say, but I'm always motivated by bloggers or writers like yourself, and stay with it. I was sort of amazed that there are so many names that are sexual in nature, which I didn't post. (lol) Ever so often, I do something that's sort of important, and getting CPR Certified is one of them. I pray that I never have to use it, but I have had to do the Heimlich Maneuver on a guy once years ago. That was a crazy situation! Know you won't be online for awhile, so I'm keeping you all in prayer. Hugs...RO

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  21. Ooh glad you got your glasses! They look nice. :)

    Blogging really is fascinating, and it always boggles my mind how many blogs are out there. I love that it's such a creative and social outlet though. I feel like a late blog bloomer, definitely.

    Love the crazy town names!

    Mmm cranberries...

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    1. I tell you Greg, everywhere I go, either online or in cookbooks, I see new dang recipe for cranberries!!(lol) So somehow, I'm pulled into the madness of trying them all. It is fascinating, and a wonderful way to find out about news, new books, trivia, food, trivia and the lives of others. Most of the time I have no clue what I'm doing, but I keep plugging along. The names that are out there is phenomenal, and some are really out there that I didn't list. Hope you're doing well. Stay strong! Hugs...RO

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  22. My blog started as a diary for my writing life - to record the small joys, and the huge heartaches, and to impart small snippets of knowledge and advice I've accumulated over the years. I never expected to have many visitors... and then I discovered the Insecure Writers Support Group, and my blog became a lot bigger!

    We have some great place names in England - my dad was born in Knackersknowle (which later changed it's name to boring Crownhill). Narkurs, Chipshop, and Crapstone are local towns :-)

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    1. I think it's cool to see how a blog can evolve, and then to see that you gain lots of readers and new friends to share new with. Wow! Those cities sure sound super fun!(lol) Hugs...RO

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  23. I blog to keep track of my books :)

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    1. That's a really good idea and a great way to stay organized. Hugs...RO

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  24. Awesome that you got new glasses. Easier to read now! I started blogging to keep track of new books but it evolved into something much bigger!

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    1. It's really interesting how many people started their blogs to keep track of books, and I think it's a great way to stay organized. I love the color of the glasses, and thrilled that people are now safe on the road while I'm around. (lol)

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  25. Great post RO, love the cranberry yummies. I started blogging in 2010 I was a moderator on the now defunct Barnes and Noble reading community there were multiple book clubs and I moderated the General Fiction club. A fellow moderator talked me into starting a blog mostly to mirror my B&N page. It grew from there. Wow I did not know they've been around since 94. Great post as usual my friend. Oh and I'm glad that NC is now safe once again LOL

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    1. LOL! Yes, the roads are definitely much safer. That sounds interesting, and I bet that had to be a huge job as a moderator for so many book clubs. I would have been pulling my hair out. Then again, I don't know how you do so much and stay sane AND fun! Thrilled that I've found you Debbie! Hugs...RO

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    1. LOL! I do everything I can to entertain myself, Super Sandra! Hugs...RO

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  27. I started blogging in 2008 to share my opinions and findings on how to make extra money.

    Along the way, I've met great people, worked with amazing brands, and been featured in magazines.

    Blogging has changed my life because I'm able to do it full-time with it providing my household full-time income.

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    1. Hey Lou, I'm thrilled that you had a moment to stop by to say hello! I sure wish I would have found you so much earlier, but I really enjoy hanging out at your blog, twitter and Instagram. Very cool that you've been featured in magazines too! You always have such neat things going on, and already I've learned so much! Hope your Sunday is amazing! Hugs...RO

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  28. That's great your new glasses arrived! I like the variety of topics you cover. And I enjoy reading those trivia.

    I started blogging after I discovered Goodreads. I slowly got into reviewing books, then joined another blog as a co-blogger for a bit and then eventually started my own blog as I really enjoyed blogging and meeting other bloggers :).

    There sure are some strange city names out there. I remember when I went on vacation as a kid I sometimes read the boards on the highway and spotted some weird or very long town names as well.

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    1. LOL! Sometimes I'm not quite sure what I'm doing, but it's fun. I used to be on Goodreads all the time, and like you reviewed for awhile before it got to be a little overwhelming. I'm thrilled that you've started your blog, and really enjoy it. I don't know how you keep everything together because you have so much going on. That's a great idea for a blog post - long town names. (lol) Hugs...RO

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