• Blog,  Blogging

    Blog Tour: Aussie Farms

    Want to climb aboard with me as I take you on a blog tour? Are you keen to find new blogs? Jump on and join me as we spread the blog love, today we’re touring Aussie farms. Chantille Fleur Sarah from Chantille Fleur lives in North Queensland and blogs about life on an organic farm and taking pleasure in the simple; farming organically, baking bread, grinding spelt grains, using rapadura (attention caught:) and sharing her gorgeous photos.  I’ve only been reading Chantille Fleur for a short time but am very drawn to her dreamy pics, to her pace of life. She can also be found on instagram. Mel at Coal Valley View lives on a strawberry…

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    When Drop Down Menus Won’t Work

    The humour of me giving blogger technical tips hasn’t escaped me, however I’d like to share a few tips I’ve recently re-learnt. My technical knowledge is random, I’m quite technically challenged in some basic areas and yet lately I’ve been reading and discerning html code and am going to chat on the topic. I’m still shaking my head in bemusement. A few months ago I was determined to install drop down menus here on my blog.  After reading several blogspot tutorials and hyperventilating over how difficult it seemed, talk of searching within my html code and installing code tends to have that effect, I found this tutorial by Ro Little (thank you…

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    A Reader Survey: Results

    A couple of weeks ago I asked for your help filling in a survey which many of you kindly did. I received nearly 60 responses which I thought a reasonable number for a small blog. It was a lovely surprise to hear from readers who normally never comment, when you took the time to fill in the survey and leave sweet, personal comments I was able to ‘meet’ many ‘new to me’ readers, so special. I poured over your opinions, comments and suggestions. Not only was it interesting (yes I’m quirky that way) but now have a clearer vision for blog direction for the upcoming year. As promised sharing results…

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    Love to Hear Your Voice: A Reader Survey

    Can you believe nine years have passed since I first picked up the pen keyboard here! Some months the words and pictures have flowed easily and frequently, other months sparsely.  One thing is a certainty though, I’m so glad (and so is my family) that I’ve continued blogging all these years. What memories I’ve captured that certainly wouldn’t have been recorded at all otherwise. I’ve definitely grown as a writer and more recently as a photographer, developing and honing my skills, crafting words and pictures together brings me pleasure ’cause nurturing creativity is important, really important. Without you though, my dear reader, we couldn’t have a conversation, we couldn’t be…

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    Your Favourite Posts and Mine of 2014

    As the year draws to a close it’s interesting to look back and note what posts resonated with you my readers, sometimes your favourites are mine, sometimes not.  It’s often a surprise to me which posts are the most popular, sometimes it’s the ones I labour long and hard over, often it’s the posts I dash off quickly, there’s just no way of knowing which posts will appeal to you. All I know is I must keep writing and I want to thank you, my readers for keeping on reading and commenting, I love that, I love the community we have built. Top hits for 2014 are the new pages installed…

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    ‘Why I Write’

    A ‘Why I Write’ meme is doing the rounds of Aussie bloggers at present and I’ve been tagged.  Okay well not personally but when Mel and Bron invited me with an “if you  haven’t yet been tagged, we’d love to hear your thoughts” I took that as, they really, really wanted to hear from me;) So… What Am I Working On? Lately nothing deep, I’ve been mainly writing ‘light’ posts, heavy on photos and light on content.  I have 20 posts in drafts of meatier topics, but I either can’t manage to get my thoughts ordered or I hesitate because it’s “all been said before, better than I can.” In…

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    1000 Posts!

    One THOUSAND posts!! I can’t believe it! Who ever knew I had so much to say?! Okay PC you can stop laughing now… yes I know you knew… I began blogging in September 2006, so that’s 8 years of memories and thoughts to share, so fair enough I think. Blogging has been a journey, I’ve learnt lots and meeting so many wonderful people along the way has been a bonus. A big thank you to all my readers, particularly those who began reading right back in the beginning and stayed with me:){{}} *Linking up with Jennifer’s 7 posts in 7 days challenge

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    What Makes a Blog Captivating?

    Captivate: to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; There is a multitude of variety and quality of blogs in cyberspace to peruse and enjoy, something for everyone.  Why a certain blog captivates an individual is rather subjective, why a blog captivates my interest and how it holds my attention could be different reasonings to yours.  My online time is limited so I am selective in where I spend it, when deciding whether to consistently read a blog or not I consider the following, listed in order of consideration and importance.  Writing Style  Content  Presentation Writing Style Certain writing styles instantly grab my attention…