• Blog,  Blogging

    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…

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    11, 11.. Meme – Tagged Again

    Willa and Chari have responded to the 11,11 meme I sent a while back.  Reading their answers was thoroughly fascinating!  Thank you dear friends, for participating and sharing:) It appears they have tagged me back, oh help.. I not only have to answer but think up some more questions… The Meme Rules 1. Post these rules 2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random facts about you 3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post. 4. Create 11 new questions and tag new people to answer them. 5. Go to their blog and let them know they have been tagged. Normally I’m behind the lens, was surprised…

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    13 for 13: Favourite Photos for 2013

    Joining Pam in sharing my favourite 13 photos from 2013, a photo for each month, either ones shared previously or unseen gems.  In the interest of speed (for myself) I’m sharing previously shared photos from my blog posts. Though after completing this I wondered if I should have shared favourite pics of each child rather than favourite photos from each month. Something to work towards next year, ‘take more photos of each child.’ January Preparing for and assembling our pool, a family effort. This project was nearly our ‘Waterloo’. March Beginner readers enjoying the journey together. April Two brothers sharing a birthday week May I rarely remember to take photos of…

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    “Most” Posts of 2013

    Joining in with a link up over at Sarah’s, sharing our “most’ posts in the following five categories, Sarah does indeed like to issue challenges. Post with the most clicks Top clicks goes to Mega List of Lent/Easter books with 1931 clicks!!  Not sure where all these clicks are coming from, pinterest, spam..?? This totally amazes me and for any book lovers I have more book reviews listed at the top tab under Book Lists or head over to My Book Site.   Post with the most comments The Challenges of Blogging and Changes Within Blogosphere totally blew me away with 42 and 33 comments respectively.  Admittedly half of those comments are…

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    Changes Within Blogosphere

    Last week I chatted about the Challenges of Blogging and was astounded to receive 19 responses, an all time high for my blog!  Even more thrilling was hearing from people whom I had no idea even read my blog!  And the responses were incredible, deep and thoughtful. Today I wanted to address a question posed by Angie. Angie is a new blogger though experienced at other forms of social media, including facebook and twitter. Perhaps you can answer this question … Why are bloggers not very generous with feedback, likes, and comments. Why would a blogger write reams of words, but not give an equal amount to engage others? I know there…

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    The Challenges of Blogging

    When I objectively reflect on blogging I conclude it is rather an odd pastime and yet, it is a powerful and popular component of social media today.  There are a huge variety of blogs in cyberspace of varying degrees of popularity and professionalism.  Every blogger has a different reason for blogging but those who continue find it hugely satisfying.  I fall into the category of a ‘mommy blogger’, coined as a disparaging term by some, though it is admitted ‘mommy bloggers’ have huge power. I’ve been blogging for seven years now and I love it. Primarily I began my blog as a family journal and a creative outlet for myself.…

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    Category Photo Gallery – Flipcard or Snapshot

    It all began when Pam asked for a page of house related posts to see the big picture.  With near 70 Extension posts and the beginning over three years ago, the big picture was no longer clear.  I had come across blogs with photo layouts  that were impressive and gave projects clarity, I knew that this layout would quickly show the big picture rather than having to scroll through so many posts.  Now how to achieve this? As with all blogging changes I googled.  The tricky part of googling for answers is to know what question to type in, it takes trial and error, I often feel like a detective trying different…