PEACE, JUSTICE & BEAUTY

Some time back I refused two awards.

One by D.G. KAYE  and the other by DREW DELANEYMy excuse was a question of time and the unforgiving task of having to nominate bloggers. Who would I choose? Would I offend someone?

I still don’t have any more time than I did then and I still find the task impossible of nominating only seven beautiful bloggers from the hundreds I follow.

The Beautiful Blogger Award is an honor bestowed by fellow bloggers to show how much they love reading your blog and appreciate the beauty in your words.

All the blogs I follow deserve this award. They are all beautiful.

In accepting this honor I am required to nominate 7 people for this award.

Number 1:

 ALL THE BLOGGERS I FOLLOW

I nominate all of you for this Beautiful Blog Award. Through your blogs I learn the craft of writing, I read amazing book reviews and wonderful short stories , you take me to incredibly beautiful places, you make me discover new music, shine my days with your photography, make me more aware of politics, make me laugh with your jokes, I follow your dating experiences and learn from them, you invite me into your world and soul, expose me to novels I wouldn’t otherwise know about (including your own) and movies to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon.  You take me to adventures, be awed by amazing architecture and art and poetry. I travel with you on your journey around the world.  You give me ideas for supper and inspire me by your prayers and inspirational quotes and yes…there are cats.

So, feel free to copy and paste this award on your blog. But if you do so, please follow these rules:

1.  Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.

2.  Thank the person who nominated you and create a link back.

3.  Nominate 7 (yes only seven) other bloggers and say a little something about them.

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I want to thank  Marlyn at Kintal for nominating me for the Peace & Justice Award. No one deserves it more than she does.

Also warm thanks to  Karen at mytrainofthoughtson for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. She is certainly one of them.

Now, for the remaining six and not in any order.

If you don’t already know these bloggers have a look at their amazing sites.

PATTY NGUYEN 

I have a thing for grape pictures.

 I have a thing for grape pictures.

 

KERI (Keri’s Journal)

 

My heart has many cracks now, though I brought it to you whole.

 

JAZZYBEATCHICK

 

I want to awaken listeners around the world to the powers of jazz and literary arts that will heal and transform individuals and communities.   

ANN FIELDS

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Through my writings, I choose to be part of the mass movement aimed at advancing this world in a positive way and aimed at helping humanity truly embrace “all that is good, noble, pure, and right.” 

OJIMA

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Ojima was one of the first blogs I followed. I love the freshness of her writing and the innocence of her graphic characters. It’s a fun blog with great African music to discover.

 

SCANDINAVIAN CRIME FICTION 

This blog is part of a project to document and celebrate the amazing amount of high-quality crime fiction

coming from the Scandinavian countries and being translated into English.

 

 The Peace & Justice Award

According to idealisticrebel, founder of this award:

“I am creating this award to honor WordPress bloggers who support Peace and Justice throughout the world and who are against Racism, Bigotry, Anger and Hatred. It is for the Heroes and the Sheroes who believe in One World and All People of all Races, Sexes, Religions, Creeds and Cultures Living in Harmony.”

here are the given rules for the award:

  1. Recipients should frequently write about Peace, Justice, Love — the goodness in the world, or putting goodness in the world.

  2. Recipients may also frequently call attention to the bigotry or racism that happens in the world.

  3. Link back to whomever nominated you and, since this is about goodness, politely thank them.

  4. Spread the love to whomever and however many you believe deserve it!

So if the hat fits go for it and post this award on your blog.

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COMMENTING ON POSTS

 Not long ago, Damyianti from the blog Daily(w)rite posted this:

If you could give just One #blogging tip, what would it be?

Many commented on quality content. While that is the foundation of a good blog, I also believe that responding to comments on my posts and commenting on fellow blogger posts is as important.

I’m not the only one. Amy A. Corron had this to say:

I have found that the blogs I enjoy the most are the ones where the blogger consistently responds to commenters. I have unfollowed several blogs just because I would comment regularly and the blogger NEVER replied to any comments. I find this rather snobbish, rude and off-putting. So, if you want to get a good following on your blog and build relationships with readers, I would suggest treating comments with respect and trying your best to respond to them, even if it’s just to say “thanks for stopping by”.

So, here’s the thing.

As much as I LOVE blogging and communicating with fellow bloggers, I find that it takes up an awful lot of time.

 

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Yet, there are bloggers who have  many more followers than I have: 500 more, 800 more, some over 1,000, even 6,000 and 10,000 more.

Curious as to how bloggers with mega followers coped with such a large number to respond to, I asked  Alana Munro on her post, Amazing Update: My Blog has over 10,000 Followers, how she kept up her correspondence with her followers.

This was her response:

I guess the best thing to do is treat your blog as a full-time job. Every spare moment I have had I have been working on my blog, sharing my posts on social media and following/networking/commenting on other relevant blogs. Definitely making the time to connect with other bloggers, replying to every email possible etc has helped me build support and friendships. 🙂

What about you: Do you treat your blog like a full-time job?

How do you handle comments?

Guest Post: Fellow Blogger

In her blog It Goes On Suzanne quotes Robert Frost: “In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: it goes on”

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Her blog focuses on “looking for the beauty and blessings in life and moving forward from the dark places that sometimes consume us. We all go through dark patches in our lives. For some, it becomes serious and medication may be required. For others, it is just a ‘speed bump’ on the road of life. In my life I have suffered grief, loss, despair, abuse and an abundance of love.

Right now, I am writing a book about depression. I don’t want it to be a depressing book though. I want it to acknowledge that suffering depression or anxiety in any form is not something to be ashamed of. It’s a learning and strengthening life experience.

Through this page, I hope to share hope and encouragement that may help. On occasion I may post things that don’t fit neatly into the category of moving forward and looking for the blessings.

My goal is to create content that is relevant to the readers that can be put into use in your life. My wish is to reach out and help those who need it.”

Her blog has won many awards including Blog of the year six times.

The categories of her blog range from everyday reflections, to amazing photography, inspirational quotes, grief and well being. One category she posts regularly and generously is Fellow Bloggers.

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I am truly honored to be on her blog today.

You can catch me there at :

http://suzjones.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/fellow-blogger-carol-balawyder/

Thank you Suzanne for having me on your wonderful blog.

Roni Loren’s Writing Tips

Because my blog is basically about writing I am  interested in blogs that help writers. You might have seen my post on Jonas Journey where you can download his amazing photos (with attribution, of course). We all know that  a post with photo adds pizzazz.

So onward to another blog. Well, this is technically not a blog but a menu on Roni Loren’s website. It used to be a blog about writing which she wrote for almost three years. 

10100106-22767230-thumbnail Now, she’s put it all together, very  well-organized under the menu heading For Writers.

Okay, anybody who is in the IN on erotic romance writing probably is familiar with Roni Loren. You’ve probably all been on her blog and web site and read her romance novels.

Not a romance writer? No problem. Her website offers comprehensive tips on any genre of writing. To prove my point go read her post on the literary versus genre debate.

Another thing I like about her is her clear advice on a variety of topics: voice, hooking the reader,  writing love scenes, editing,  selling and publishing your novel, building a platform, guest blogging  and so very much more.

Check it out: You might want to  hang out with her for a while.  I’ve read quite a few of her posts and when I feel I lack motivation I go back to her website. Somehow, there’s always something there to jump-start my writing.

Thanks, Roni.

The Dropout

I don’t really recall how I got in touch with this blogger. She’s a new blogger on the block and a lot of fun to follow.

I’m not even sure if her name is Aladi or Ojima. Still.

If you have a chance to look at her early posts (she doesn’t have that many) you can see the remarkable evolution of her drawings

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and she’s quite funny; for example her post on How to Make a Nigerian Hit Single is hilarious but also there’s  a lot of truth to it. Truth,  which could also be applied to how to make a best seller.

This rambling dropout is very much into music, particularly African music and she posts some awesome videos on her site.

Plus, she provides an insight into what it’s like living in Nigeria.

This is a young woman starting to bloom into her talent. 

Voila, one of her drawings on her reflections on what to be when she grows up.

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Check her out at http://aladiabalaka.com/

You won’t be disappointed.

A Blog I Like: Jonas’ Journeys

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 I love this blog because of the amazing photographs Jonas takes about his travels and the little bits of information that he gives us about each place he’s been to.
I am often looking for photos to place along my posts. Jonas allows us to use any of his photos with a link back to his site:  http://jonasjourneys.com
The above photo is one of my favorites? Can you guess where it was taken?