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@Danny Brown @lindaw @penneyfox Oh, I wouldn't knock of just yet, Mr Brown. I'm sure if you hang around a little longer one of us will come up with another query.
I'm working on it now..... ;)
1 year, 10 months ago on 7 Things That Make You Look Like a Total Amateur Blogger
@Danny Brown @penneyfox WOW! I'll add my thanks for that little lot, Mr Brown. Looks like my 50 Shames of Earl Grey book gets binned again tonight for a little 'light' techie reading :(
@Brankica @lindaw @MSchechter @ginidietrich Oh good, but I should say... I lie!
But only about being shut up :)
Happy weekend everyone.
1 year, 11 months ago on How To Prevent Content Creation Burnout
@Danny Brown @lindaw That's very kind - you may live to regret saying it though!
1 year, 11 months ago on Blog Comments and Experimentation – Or Why @Livefyre Is Here to Stay
@Danny Brown @lindaw Oooh! That's cool.. want one!
Thank you, Mr Brown.
Don't worry, I'll get there one day.... or you could unsubscribe me or something, so I have to go somewhere else and be a pain in the derriere there!
@Danny Brown @lindaw @Brankica @SarahArrow Thank you for the explanation. Much appreciated.
@Danny Brown @lindaw Ok, Mr Brown - I'll admit I don't know what you mean. Is that the little picture thing at the bottom?
Good afternoon, Mr Brown.
I'm most impressed - even I understood what livefyre's strengths and weaknesses are from your review. If ever anyone comments on my blog, I'll give it serious consideration. Don't think it's worth changing when there's only my Mum....
@Danny Brown @Brankica @SarahArrow Good afternoon, everyone.
By edit, I'm assuming you mean add something separately, not change what's written? Sorry if I'm asking the obvious, but just want to be sure..... don't like the idea of anyone tinkering with my bits!
You are both truly blessed, Rob!
There's nothing quite like having a friend who brings so much joy to your life, whilst helping others too. Keep up the good work, gentlemen.
1 year, 11 months ago on Scott Mills A Life Changer
@Vidya Sury @lindaw @Carmelo @joey_strawn @Danny Brown Glad to have helped brighten what sounds as though it is going to be yet another wet and windy day here in the UK.
Here's to a sunny Sunday whatever the weather, Vidya!
1 year, 11 months ago on Don’t Comment On This Post
@Brankica @MSchechter @ginidietrich Branika - I agree. When there's everything you need on Wordpress, why would one need to use anything else, I wonder?
Draft and dashboard mean that editing and improving over time are effortless. Even I can do it!
ps - just checking - is the 'like' button a way of showing you agree with something, without having to write and epilogue each time? If so, it will help shut me up a bit....
@Vidya Sury @Carmelo @lindaw @joey_strawn @Danny Brown Hello, Vidya. I could be quite cruel and make comment about Mr Cowell needing something to make him a little more tasty too, but that wouldn't be kind so I won't....
oh, I just did - ooops!
@Vidya Sury @lindaw @joey_strawn Thank you Vidya.
I can think of no better reason for blogging than because you enjoy it. That wasn't always the case. When I started it at Christmas 2011 it was for a definite purpose - promoting my holiday chalet. But very quickly it became almost an obsession with me - I even wrote a blog about my blog (a wonderful gift - get one today!).
I may not have achieved my original objective, but it has brought so many more gifts in its wake - not least of which is contact with people like yourself and the ever so understanding Mr Strawn and his mates. I now have friends!
BIG hugs to all.
@joey_strawn @lindaw @Vidya Sury Thank you for your patience, Mr Strawn - it is much appreciated. As is your very clear and reassuring explanation. I'd better go get resonating!
@Vidya Sury Good evening, Vidya.
Sorry to be a pain on this post, Mr Strawn, but your commenting crowd keep raising issues I don't know about or understand...
May I ask Vidya (Messrs Strawn and/or Brown), how does one check to see if a blog is famous or not? It's not something I have considered before and wouldn't know where to start. All I know is, mine isn't.....
@Danny Brown @joey_strawn @Carmelo @lindaw Wrong county mate - Black Pudding is Yorkshire. We're the red rose county - Hotpot is our delicacy... we're the ones that won the battle of the Roses! ;)
@Carmelo @lindaw @joey_strawn @Danny Brown oh... so a lot like a branded beef/hamburger from America, then.....
@joey_strawn @Danny Brown @Carmelo sorry to butt in, gentlemen, what are grits?
And in what way will they benefit my blogging?
If they've helped Mr Strawn to achieve as well as he so clearly has - then I would like some too!
@Brankica @ginidietrich @lindaw Branika, I feel reassured by your comments. One day maybe I'll work out how to make it pay on-line. But so far I have to admit blogging has been life-changing for me in so many other ways. It's truly a gift I've been given and one which brings so much enjoyment I'm more than happy with how things are going.... for now!
Next week might be another matter ;)
@ginidietrich @lindaw Oh! I've got another person can hear me.. I must exist after all. I'm no longer a figment of my imagination!
Ms Dietrich, thank you so much. I think I'll adopt you...
Thank you for liking my comment, Mr Brown..... that's the first time anyone has liked anything I've said... I think I'm going to be all emotional now ;)
Good evening, Branika.
It seems like I'm doing everything backwards again. Whereas finding blog topics and writing poses no problem, it's the other stuff I meet at the brick wall. The promotion side of things is what I dread.
As for people making money with blogging - do they really? Or is it that their other lives make the money and the blogging tops it up? Somehow I can't see mine making me a fortune!
@joey_strawn @lindaw Aw.. that's nice. I've gone all weepy with warmth. BIG hug!
@joey_strawn what's with all these @ things? How do you do that?
My dear Mr Strawn,
What nonsense is this - 'I'm sure you have enough friends already'? How can anyone have too many friends? I'd like one....
With respect to why comments are important to a blog, I'm afraid I'm not qualified to - err - comment. No-one comments on my blog....
The comments on other people's blogs are, however, extremely useful. I frequently have those 'why didn't I think of that' moments when reading them; learn something new; or find food for thought and a good argument with myself later.
I particularly like commenting on other people's blogs, because it makes me feel - just for a little while - that I do have some friends.....
Good morning, Rob.
I understand your disappointment and frustration - it's probably worse because this contact is a 'friend'. But it happens all the time in the world of networking too, where supposedly the whole point is business helping business without there being any sort of more intimate relationship between the players. Some do all the giving and many more do all the taking.
Still, I'm not sure that I would want to 'throw the baby out with the bath water' by stop doing the 'for free' thing. The law of reciprocation would suggest that sooner or later someone you benefit. Perhaps the issue is of being more disciplined about the arrangements for free from the outset?
You seem to have been more than generous with both the time given and the time the other party had in which to get his/her act sorted - much more than I would be. My approach is I can do it this after noon at x o'clock - period. If that's not convenient, then the other person just has to wait until my next available time slot - again given on a take it now or not at all basis.
After being offered 2 opportunities in this way and not taking up, there's no 'third time lucky'!
2 years ago on Why Free Is Not A Good Idea
I so agree with your view that collaboration brings benefits to all involved.
At a local level a few independent wellness coaches have banded together and whereas previously we were getting clients in dribs and drabs, we now work together and get whole organisations full at a time. Collectively we look much more impressive to potential businesses who care about their employees, than we did when approaching them as sole traders. They're now more than happy to open their doors and allow staff to engage with us in work time, not just at home time.
2 years ago on How to Crush Your Competition Overnight
Seldom am I moved to use the awful word 'awesome' (whatever that might mean), but today I take my hat off to you - that was my version of 'awesome'.
Although I wasn't a teacher, for many years I worked in children's services. The parents were pants, but the children were absolutely the 'bees knees' (as we say over here in the UK). How well I remember from my preblogging days the wonders and ways of primary school children - they made each day a joy and it was a pleasure to go to work.
I have to admit I might be a little on the mature side, but in my head the story-teller of yesteryear still reigns supreme. I have cultivated a little world of online 'friends' whose inboxes I regularly invade with my stories of 'Linda's Lunacies' - just stuff from everyday life that I wrap up with a lot of love, a large dose of humour and more than a little embellishment!
The outer covering may be a little worn and tatty round the edges, but I know that the 6 year old inside is as curious and excited as ever. Blogging is absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me - now I can bore the pants of folks with gay abandon!
2 years ago on Show And Tell: What I Learned About Blogging from First Graders
@JudyDunn Thanks for that Judy - you've given me plenty to think about!
The chalet is let all year round, though most interest from potential 'guests' comes in the winter months for the skiing. My mission is to get people to view Austria as an all season destination - lots on offer in the spring, summer and autumn so no shortage of topics to write about!
I think maybe 'holiday haven' has to come into it somewhere, but just haven't come up with anything yet.
I like your 'Products I Trust' idea - for me that could be specific venues/attractions, perhaps?
2 years, 1 month ago on The Hollywood Guide to a Better Blog Tagline
Ooops, apologies for the typo :)
Good morning Judy!
A timely post to drop into my inbox - thank you.
My site was originally intended to attract people to Austria and (hopefully) to stay in my chalet. I didn't think beyond that, nor indeed what I was going to write about other than that it would be something about Austrian Alpine Holidays. Perhaps not the bets marketing strategy!
But I am so glad I didn't tie myself down too tightly at that stage. The purpose is changing and I believe it is now time to think about a tag line. Still Austria, therefore alpine and most definitely still holiday related.
But now I plan to use the site as a business in it's own right to do paid 'advertising' for attractions people might wish to visit when on holiday. None of these trashy banner type things, mind, but proper articles. It's a bit of a cheeky cheat really - I would have had to write about them in any case, but it's so much more fun if I think I can get paid for it at the same time!
Any help anyone can give me in relation to what might be a good tagline for the re-purposed posting would be very much appreciated.
Good afternoon, Branika!
May I add my voice to that of Ray - where might we find something that explains building a list from the RSS feed?
I have an RSS button on my site, but not the foggiest idea what it is or what I should be doing about it!
2 years, 1 month ago on 5 Reasons Why Being a Blogger Sucks
Good morning, Rob!
I was reading a few posts in the past week or so, where people had lost everything, because they hadn't backed up their sites. At that point it was something I hadn't even thought about, let alone done. BIG panic set in - didn't know how to do it. Fortunately, I learnt that my hosting service does it automatically every night for me. Phew! But not everyone is as fortunate.
I have been told that Wordpress free sites are also automatically backed up, but I don't know how true this is.
2 years, 2 months ago on Backing Up Your WordPress Site
Good morning Rob!
I definitely agree with you about rudeness on-line being unacceptable - just as it is in the offline world - too much of it eveywhere!
But you did make me giggle.... towards the end of the post I could almost feel your blood pressure going up ;)
And that picture is wicked! He is sooo cute with just the right expression - well chosen!
2 years, 2 months ago on Why The Adult Temper Tantrum Does Not Belong On Social Media
Inspector Gadget? Mad Men? What on earth are you on about? I think this must be a man thing.....
I've forgotten what the post was about, but I'm sure it wasn't TV programmes!
Oh, yes - asking for comments, I remember now.
I'm surprised the general public are still taken in by the scarcity claim. It's so long in the tooth, it even makes me look young! I'm quite sure it would go down like a lead balloon in my niche and I'm struggling to think where it might work at all. There are so many alternatives around out there, why would one worry about someone's claim that things are time limited when there's an equally good option just sitting in the side wings waiting to make an appearance. And we all know by now, surely, that the 'sale' will get extended and be back again in a few weeks time under another guise?
Or is it just me who has become cynical?
2 years, 2 months ago on Blog: For A Limited Time Only!
Couldn't agree with you more on every point - especially concerns about schools not teaching children how to write properly. Although most of my work is on the computer, I make a point of writing a long letter to several friends each month. They are all too busy for lengthy phone calls and emails tend to be short/sweet, but make time to sit and read a real letter by snail mail. We all agree this is only second best to actually being together!
2 years, 2 months ago on Pencils, Pens and Writing from the Heart: The Beauty of Low-tech Blogging
Tried to listen to the video, but the sound disappeared after the first few words. Could you get back to me and let me know when it's fixed.
2 years, 2 months ago on WordPress Specials For June and July 2012
Thanks for a most helpful review. I've only used Flick creative commons and usually find what I'm after in the first 2-3 pages. After that the subject matter seems to get lost in a load of odd imagery. My preference is for abstract work - something that makes the reader work a bit.
I also came across a Wiki free image site, but can't remember the link
2 years, 2 months ago on Cat’s Eye’s Picks: 5 Good Stock Image Sites for Bloggers
@DannyBrown Too true - the only problem is the writing of the post takes about 20 minutes - then another 8 hours to find just the right pic!
2 years, 3 months ago on The Importance of Images for Your Blog Content Strategy
Good morning Danny!
I see the image as part of my branding. I deliberately choose something that looks as though it has nothing to do with the post title and wherever possible is an abstract or cartoon. The image is related to something written later in the post and I want people to go visit the places and people I am writing about to get their own images - hence the abstract / cartoon image. I don't know if it works out quite as I hope, but I enjoy hunting down the right image that fits. After all - too many images of mountains and pairs of leather pants would be a bit boring!
@Lori Oh, Lori - you just gave me a titter!
I should have said I'm in the UK and Wales is only about an hour drive away... but thinking about it, in those days it was very much like going to a foreign country - and if you promise not to let on that I said so, in many areas of what are affectionately known as 'The Valleys' the Welsh are more foreign than anyone from Pakistan, Istanbul or southern Siberia (if there is such a place)!
2 years, 3 months ago on What’s Your Favourite Food Memory?
@Lori well, I would just have to start telling you about the wonderful Austrian Goulash I just have to have every time I go to Austria......
I'm definitely with you on the fresh bread smell!
My most memorable experience was on a school exchange trip. I stayed on a farm in Wales - way up in the mountains - and the farmer's wife made her own bread, butter and home cured bacon.... served with their own free range eggs. I can still see, smell and taste it now nearly - let's just say lots - of years later. Never has bacon and eggs smelled, tasted or looked better before or to this day.
@joey_strawn ah! so there's the answer to my first question.... it's age! I'm still functioning on orchestras..
My next question - how come your headline shows up in the comments and mine doesn't?
I'm assuming the orange bits are your recent headlines - just off to have a look...
2 years, 3 months ago on Death Metal Chipmunks With Shelves Of Marshmallow Dreams
Sorry I'm late to the discussion - don't know if it's a cultural thing or age ...or what - but I still don't understand the title! And I haven't the foggiest about about the RSS one either (thought my titles were off the wall, but nothing in comparison with these).
However, I do get your points. Not sure I've mastered them yet, but at least now I'm thinking about it. Thanks for the prompt!
You are so right Rob!
And the worst of it is over time it becomes too easy to find yourself slipping into the I's way of being, if only because you get worn down trying to be 'you' or we' or 'them' focused when no-one else is.
Or as in your case, something that you otherwise really enjoyed and benefited others loses out when you can't carry on any longer. I'm not good at Latin, but I try to hold on to the saying that goes something like 'Nils illegitimo carbarundum' - Don't let the ***** get you down!
2 years, 4 months ago on The I Society