Turn the volume up to hear Oreo and Casper play-fighting. Any time I play this video, my boys go absolutely wild.
We could all use a little lightheartedness, and here's what we've got for today. Butternut, my black and white boy, is always very excited about the girls who are in the cage opposite my bed. He's the only guinea pig I've ever had who does this particular standing tall move, and I think of … Continue reading Fun of the Day
It's remarkable how a couple of weeks can change everything. I regularly watch the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and that's the marker I use in my head to think back to when things got serious. Two weeks ago they announced that, starting the next week (aka the week just past), all the major late … Continue reading Pandemic Blogging
Valentine's Day is ridiculously commercialized, and it comes with a mix of obligations for the attached and hints of inadequacy for the unattached. However, setting all of that aside, it's also an opportunity to convey affection and appreciation for the people that matter. So, in that spirit, here's a quick Valentine's Day message to my … Continue reading A Valentine’s Day Love Letter
I'm putting together a page on my site that will be a guide for new bloggers on how to engage with the WP community, and I'm hoping to get for your input. There will be a section on blogging etiquette. This is a quick summary of what I've come up with so far. Is there … Continue reading Do you have tips for new bloggers?
Skinny Hobbit from Growing Into Myself recently did a post that contained this Youtube video. The video is about supporting someone who is grieving, but it's a powerful message about validation in general, which is what inspired this post. Many of us have chosen to blog because there are difficult experiences that we're dealing with. … Continue reading The Power of Validation
This post is a look back at both the reading and the writing I did in 2019. The majority of the reading I do is on WordPress, and it's really been wonderful to see everyone's creative output. This is something that is a really important part of my daily routine, and something that I value … Continue reading Year in Review 2019: Reading & Writing
Another year of blogging is drawing to a close, so it's a great time to reflect on both the accomplishments and the weird & wonderful info that WordPress offers up for us in our stats.Total number of posts published: 547Total number of words: 303,000 (average 554/post)Number of countries viewed from (although WP seems to have … Continue reading Year in Review 2019 – Blogging
If you've spent a bit of time in the blogging world, you've probably come across blog awards. You've probably also noticed that some people do them and others do not. I evolved from an award-doer to an award-don't-er, so here's my thought process along the way. When I first started blogging, I really enjoyed blog … Continue reading Do You Do Blog Awards?
I got the idea for this post from a recent post by Kacha at Food.for.thoughts about social media and depression, and I think it's a relevant question for anyone who shares parts of themselves on the internet – how genuine are you online? In-person communication typically involves three levels: verbal, paraverbal (tone of voice and … Continue reading How genuine are you online?
Emilia from My Inner Mishmash has given my a My Inner Mishmash Readership Award, and today Santa arrived at my door. Casper was on hand to supervise the opening of the package. This is Emilia's majestic cat Misha on the front of the Christmas card. Casper is either admiring Misha or contemplating going in … Continue reading Santa Came! – My Inner Mishmash Readership Award
For various reasons, most of us like it when we get brand new blog viewers. It may be because it's great to have a new voice added to the conversation, or it may be for more business-oriented reasons, or it could be a confidence-booster. Even though, at least for most of us, numbers are not … Continue reading How Do You Find New Blog Viewers?
It's week 27 of the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for the details. This week's theme is being thankful and grateful. These five furballs are what I'm most thankful for.
I've read and reviewed some great books written by members of our blogging community, so I wanted to share them with you again in a nutshell version. Click the book covers to be taken to my full reviews. This week we have 3 books by Marie Abanga. Battered, Tattered, But Not Shattered I always … Continue reading Blogger Book Reviews in a Nutshell: Marie
It's week 24 of the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for more details. This week's topic is managing mental health during the holidays. Question Prompt: Do you have a stable relationship with your family and/or friends during the hustle and bustle of the holiday … Continue reading Working On Us – week 24 – The Holidays