Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Common Writing Mistakes: Grammar Cheat Sheet for Bloggers

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 by by JM Guest Blogger

grammar cheat sheet

This Grammar Cheat Sheet is for ME and I hope you find it helpful in your blogging journey.  I will be using this a lot to remind myself of some of the common mistakes I make when writing.

As bloggers our desire is to share with others our thoughts, our ideas, our life and projects. We want to inspire, encourage, entertain and mostly we want to know our words make a difference even if it’s in the life of one reader. But wouldn’t it be great if we could (more…)

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The 10 Most Influential Kid Bloggers Out There

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by by JM Guest Blogger


I thought I would take a break from my usual sharing of budget friendly kids crafts, to highlight who I feel are are the 10 most influential kid bloggers out there today. Before I get to my list, I thought I should define what an influential kid blogger is, and why you should be reading them.

What: An influential kid blogger is, firstly, a blogger who writes about kid related topics and issues. They provide new and exciting ideas for activities, crafts and play. They offer parenting advice and inspire readers to take action. They have a large following they have acquired over the years (both their blogs and social media sites) and a devoted readership who comment and interact frequently on their posts.

Why you should be reading them: Simply put, ideas and inspiration. I feel like I have become a more engaged, intentional mom thanks in large part to these women here and those who write the numerous kid blogs I read each day. Also, these ladies are real. They are moms. And they get it.

There are tons of great kid bloggers out there. I like to think that I do okay. But when I looked at the above criteria, these 10 bloggers jumped into my head. Not every kid blogger aspires to be an influential blogger, but it’s hard not to be inspired or impressed by what these ladies have done.

So without further ado, here is my list, in alphabetical order, just to be fair: (more…)

Looking forward to new beginnings

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 by by JM Guest Blogger

The first week of school has been one of new beginnings for us all.  The house has been too quiet.  I’ve even gotten up a few times to see what mischief they must be up to (the quieter it is, the greater the potential for trouble, afterall) only to realize that they are both back in school now…

I’ve had uninterrupted time on the computer, managed to get dishes put away before more piled up, fixed books, painted and watched random youtube videos.  Today, thankfully, is the end of my little vacation, as I’m am also much too prone to mischief when it gets quiet.  :)

I soon start as a volunteer at the kids’ school 1-2 days a week, mostly in the library and also in their classes.  There will be work to do for the PTSO, and as a volunteer art mastery instructor in addition to my own artistic deadlines.  If you have a chance, even if it’s only rarely, it makes such a difference to volunteer at schools.  The only downside?  Wearing shoes all day.

Ritchyrd, Safaya and I are planning a big murder mystery masquerade event for September 17th and then there’s Tudor costumes to make for Chocolate Revel….hmmmm, chocolate.

There’s another reason to keep up with my regular blogging habits.  I blog to (more…)

Take heart, mom bloggers…

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 by by JM Guest Blogger

Just a 3am note, because I wanted to share something I’m giggling about right now.

One day, you’re going to be merrily blogging along, and you’re going to start getting emails via your contact form about SEO services or marketing services or some random service. Usually, the email will be written in horrible English. Around the same time, you may start to see an increase in spam comments, spam user registrations, and trolls (people who post hurtful, rude, baseless comments on your site like “ur gay” or “thats dumb” in order to antagonize you).

First, install plugins to combat spam… There are probably a million of them. I like invisible defender because it protects all forms, you might like others.

Two, giggle. Happily.

Getting spam in comments and forms and having trolls on your site means that you’re getting attention. You’re worth spamming. And in a world with a billion blogs that nobody even reads, being worth spamming is something!

It has always been at the cusp of success for every site I’ve ever worked with. We’ve had to develop anti-spam measures right on the edge of a major community forming around the blog.

So if you’re just starting to get spammed and thinking, “sure, I get spam, but real people won’t comment…” – Wait for it! It isn’t far off ;)

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Two Years Later and You Guys

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 by by Smacksy
photo from here

Two years ago today, I hit publish on my blog for the first time. It was terrifying. I have posted everyday since. Sometimes it’s still a little scary, but mostly it’s fantastic. You guys, make it so.

I started Smacksy as a writing exercise. What I didn’t know back then was that this blog world I was jumping into would offer so much more than a place to stack the words. I have made friends here. Through connecting on this site, I’ve had the privilege of meeting a number of you in person, and there are so many others that I hope to some day. Also, I have some memory issues. I have memory holes you could drive a gypsy wagon through (horses and everything). The practice of noticing and writing down the happy bits from my life with my family makes all this stuff real for me. It’s a place I can return to and see what happened and meet up with you guys. I like you guys.

Thanks for hanging out here.
Let’s keep going.

DDL Loves YOU! 2 Year Blogiversary Celebration

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 by by JM Guest Blogger

April 9, 2009 was my first post on this blog.  I started out wanting to make videos about cloth diapers to help parents who weren’t able to see them in stores.  I don’t think I had a clue what I was getting myself into!

My videos were clumsy, long, and low quality.  Now they are clumsy, long, and in HD :)

I’ve also written about cloth diapers, breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, potty training, EC, my home life, my homebirth, and random other things that I wanted to type out.

Without all of YOU I would just be typing to myself.  Not to mention that I have come to this blog asking YOUR advice and been given it many times.

In the time I have been writing this blog I have watched my first son crawl, walk, talk, potty train, and become a little boy.  I’ve also gotten knocked up, given birth in my bedroom, and watched that baby go from newborn to gigantic baby in the blink of an eye. (more…)

Dusting this thing off!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 by by Beth

It’s been a while. I must get back into the habit of blogging. I enjoy doing it, but find myself getting into the habit of questioning who I am doing this for. Its not for anyone else, this is for me. To document MY life, to write down my reflections, gather my thoughts, and I share with other people in case they are curious. But at the end of the day this is for me. I need to stop worrying about offending someone with my posts, or not posting things because of how I may be perceived. This is MY blog, and you are welcome to read it or not :)

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Who I am and Where I am Coming From

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 by by JM Guest Blogger

I am not a “controversial” blogger. In fact, when writing out my posts I am constantly asking myself “Will this offend someone?  Can this be taken the wrong way?” And so on.  Yet, just the topics I write about are controversial in themselves so I do get the upset mother commenting every once in a while.  I’ll admit it, it sucks.  I get a little sweaty just reading it.  Did I really just hurt someone’s feelings?!

I have been afraid to “push buttons” my entire life.  When I have had confrontations in the past they never really went that well.  If a boss of mine was stepping all over me I let them.  The only time I ever stood up for myself was in high school.  I worked as a waitress at a steak house; the manager was a tool.  One day I found out from a friend that he was mocking me and my laugh (which is rather unique and it is a love it/hate it thing) and calling me names to the staff.  I was so upset but not sure what to do.  I stewed over my shift.  I wanted to walk out and tell him to kiss my ass.  So I did.  I calculated my totals and handed him the money for the day from my food sales and the tip share.  I let him know I had heard the things he said and I couldn’t work with him anymore.  As I stormed off, dirty black apron in hand, he shouted after me “You better have all my money!”  To which I replied, “Every last penny!”  I was shaking, sweating, and a little nauseous.  I was also only partially employed (I was working 2 jobs to support myself.) and nervous.  I told myself I never wanted to have that happen again.

Then in college I was the Customer Service Coordinator for TJ Maxx.  This was a stressful job, mainly because no one was preventing the theft of goods and the return fraud occurring many times a day, every day.  So, I took matters into my own hands.  I became a vigilante, upholding righteousness and truth.  I refused returns, I stalked the thieves and (more…)

Ring, ring

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 by by JM Guest Blogger

*bzzzzzz*hear Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”*bzzzzzzz*

“Uh, hello?”

“Yes, may I speak to Trish please?”

“This is she.”

“Trish, as in Trish of the blog “My Life with Two Blues and a Pink?”

“Uhhhh… yeah. Who is this? What do you want?”

“Hi Trish, I’m your blog, and I’ve been pretty concerned with your lack of posting lately.”

“Oh, yeah. Sorry about that, things have just been, well, hectic.”

“I understand that, but you still haven’t even done a post about New Year’s. You took pictures – I know, your external hard drive told the Windows Live Writer on your computer, and it told me. Why haven’t you posted them yet? They’re ready on your EHD, so why haven’t you posted them? Do you just not like me anymore?”

“No! No no no. It’s nothing like that I just – “

“NO! No excuses. Today is January FIFTH, you have had plenty of time to get on here and post!”

“I know, I know! Gosh, I’m sorry! But come on – “

“No! Just shut up and get on there and post.”

“Look, I’m just trying to explain. I’ve been busy, you know, living, enjoying my family, what I post on you ABOUT, as in if I didn’t do it then I’d have NOTHING TO WRITE.”

“Trish, shut up. I don’t want your half-butt excuses. Get on here and do a proper post tomorrow. If you don’t, I’ll sic the little green men on you.”

“Yes, ma’am, but – “

“No, shut up and post.”

“Yes ma’am.”

“Good. Now have a nice day now sweetie! Hope to hear from you real soon.”

Hang up cell phone and mutter to myself “Stupid psycho blog.”

Day Two

Saturday, August 14th, 2010 by by JM Guest Blogger

I went to the emergency room yesterday. They stuffed me full of steroids, anitbiotics and a double dose breathing treatement that sent my pulse skyrocketing and every alarm on the monitor buzzing like Jack Bauer just broke through the security barrier. But afterwards I could breathe without it feeling like concrete was drip drying in my lungs. Hurrah!

And I didn’t need my inhaler to type this today.

On to day two: Explain the name behind your blog.

Well- it’s pretty simple. Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie- Chapter Six. One of my favorite books- especially as a mom.
Anyways, Wendy says: (more…)

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