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Hi Patricia, How great to see you here at Lori's place. You're right, the relationships we make through blogging is one of the greatest benefits of the medium. I would enjoy blogging tremendously even without the relationships, but with the relationships, blogging seem like less of a lonely journey.
1 week, 2 days ago on The Connected Life of a Blogger
@JoyChristin How cool to live on a sailboat! What a wonderful way to welcome people into your life through blogging.
@Sean McGinnis @wonderoftech I like your ideas, Sean. Doing a keyword search to see what the competition is makes a lot of sense. Just because there's quantity doesn't mean there is quality.
You're right, people who are looking for fireplaces probably won't be return visitors to my site, but it is ironic that "fireplace" is number one for my Google Analytics keyword results.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Finding Keywords: The First Step to Blogging Success
Excellent suggestions, Sean. I use all of these except for Google Trends. I will have to give this a try.
What are your thoughts about going for most searched keywords versus more obscure keywords. Yes, we have less competition for obscure keywords but also we have fewer opportunities to appear in search results.
The most popular keyword that brings people to my blog, according to Google Analytics is "fireplace". On Christmas Eve last year I wrote an article about virtual fireplaces that became quite popular. But there is only so much I can write about fireplaces in a tech blog...
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Finding Keywords: The First Step to Blogging Success
@RyanKBiddulph This has happened to me too, that people I don't know well have endorsed me for skills I don't claim to have. Any thoughts on paring down the endorsements, Megan?
1 month ago on LinkedIn Endorsements and Why they are Important
@Julie | A Clear Sign I've had those types of dreams too that coincide with Earth's events. Isn't it amazing to think that we have a window to what's going on in the world?
1 month, 1 week ago on Have You Ever Had a Recurring Dream?
I often have "Raiders of the Lost Ark" dreams where it's as if I'm in some sort of action movie, being chased by the enemy and have to perform heroic maneuvers to escape their clutches. I usually wake up exhausted.
@Late_Bloomers I've read that when you feel as if you're falling in a dream or right before you go to sleep, it's your mind telling you that you feel as if your life is out of control. After I learned that, I have to say it seems to fit for me.
Hey Patrick, There is a name for this: nomophobia, the fear of leaving your smartphone behind. I wrote an article on this and conducted a poll. More people have nomophobia than you would think!
Glad your phone was safe and sound at home. What a happy reunion!
1 month, 1 week ago on My 4 Hours of Tech Withdrawal
Brilliant idea to hand your Instagram account over to another trusted person. Sure, there is risk by ceding control, but a variety of photographers can offer new perspectives on hidden gems. A Great Little Place in London is the perfect example of using the Web to discover places you might have missed otherwise.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Visit Philly’s Leap Of Faith On Instagram
@Lori Sure. my husband and I went to law school together but never met. Six years after I graduated I met him at work when we were both ready to settle down. If we had met in law school, it probably wouldn't have worked out. We had to connect when the timing was right!
By the way, you were right, I did have very unusual dreams post-Hangout!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Do You Believe in Destiny?
Hi Lori, Yes, I certainly do believe in destiny. I have had too many serendipitous encounters in my life to think anything else could explain my journey through life.
That's an amazing story about your grandparents. My twins are 14 and if either of them eloped with an 18 year old, that barricade wouldn't be enough to prevent me from breaking down the door!
Hi Lori, I love the concept of finding Solid Ground within ourselves. Yes, when life seems to be tossing us in many different directions, we sometimes need Terra Firma.
I understand your struggles with dealing with grief while wanting to present a sunny disposition. My grandmother, who lost both of her children, told me before she died that the worst thing that can happen to someone is to lose a child. I didn't understand what she meant until I became a mom. When my second daughter was born she was in neo-natal ICU and it looked like she wasn't going to make it. She did survive, but I got a taste of the fear of that tragedy.
When I moved to England, I truly struggled with the transition. I kept a smiling face to the outside world so no one there knew I was struggling. When I found others who struggled with the transition and we commiserated, I found they brought me down. When I was around others who thought life in England was great, they lifted me up, even though I couldn't relate to their joy.
Sometimes wearing a smiling face makes the false feeling of joy seem a little more true.
(((Hugs and Love)))
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Where is Your Solid Ground?
@patricksplace @wonderoftech Yes, the arrogance was amazing. The original Titanic was supposedly "unsinkable".
Six years ago I was booked on a cruise ship in Greece that sank on the day i was supposed to board for my voyage. The Sea Diamond is at the bottom of the Adriatic now. Two people died when the ship sank. But I still enjoy cruises...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Would You Sail on <i>Titanic II?</i>
Sign me up! I'm willing to sail on the maiden voyage. The safety fatures are improved, right?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Would You Sail on <i>Titanic II?</i>
Wow, I've been wondering about this for many years. Thanks for letting me know. Very interesting information.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Why Easter’s Date Varies So Much Year to Year
That sucks. I had the flu a couple of weeks ago. Not fun. On the bright side, you can probably charge more for your novels if you die. #GirlWithADragonTattoo #TeamBlogjack
Hope you feel better soon! Hugs from PA.
3 months ago on I Feel Icky
Hi Lisa, Great advice! My daughter is in 11th grade and I'm sharing this with her now. There are so many pressures, it's really down to the wire. Senior year is easier, right?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Most Salient Ways to Help Your Teen Through Eleventh Grade
Wow, thanks, Jerry!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Typography 101 For Bloggers
@Jerry Silfwer I just switched to Droid Serif at my site and really like it. Thanks for being a shining example!