Want to Connect with Experienced Bloggers?

I remember when I first started blogging and wondered how I could connect with other bloggers and how my blog could grow. So I thought I might share a few thoughts for new bloggers about connecting with other bloggers, experienced bloggers.

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A recent example stands out to me which is David of davidsdailydose..org. He followed my blog and did something that will catch my attention. He left a meaningful comment that related to my blog post. He did not spam, ask me to follow him, or try to leave a link to his blog.

David did something else. He did not do a one and done comment. He would comment once or twice a week. That really caught my attention, so I checked out his blog. I followed his blog about four weeks after he began commenting on myt blog posts.

Why did it take four weeks?

I really wish I could follow all of the bloggers who follow me, but that would be impossible. So I tend to wait to see if the person seems genuinely interested in connecting with me.

Some things that tend to turn me off

1- people who follow me and like more than one of my posts but I never hear from them again

2- people who leave spam type comments- those I delete

3- people who try leaving a link to their blog but I have not interacted with them before

4-comments of- like my posts too or follow me too.

There is another benefit to commenting-meaningful comments- on the posts of other bloggers. The others who comment will see your comment too and may check out your blog. But if it is a spammy type comment, chances are they will not check out your blog.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Question and Answers with Me- My Answers

I would like to thank the bloggers who participated in my Questions and Answers post. I enjoyed their questions. Please check out their blogs.

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Here are the questions, along with a link to their blogs, and my answers.

Herry of herrychiccounsels.com asked- Do you have a favorite childhood memory and what was it?

My dog was my best friend. She followed me around the house. She slept in my room. She is my favorite childhood memory.

Ryan Callahan of authorryanc.com asked- Of all your trips to foreign countries, which is your favorite?

My second trip to Brazil in June/July 2015. I went to teach English at a small university in a city of about 65,000 people. I was the only American in the city for most of my time there. It was so much fun to experience the culture, improve my Portuguese, and live in an apartment taking care of myself for most of my time there. It gave me a taste of what it would be like to live there.

David of davidsdailydose.org asked– Who is your favorite disciple of Jesus, and why?

John because I love to teach from John in the bible. It gives such a close view of Jesus and his interactions with people. I also admire Paul even though he was not one of the disciples. He was an apostle. I admire him for his passion and missionary work.

Barb of mylifeinourfathersworld.com asked- If someone gifted you cooking lessons, would you use them?

Even though I had a high GPA in college, I am sure that I would fail cooking lessons so better not to try. 🙂

Catsandcoffee of midlifecatlady64.wordpress,com asked- What is your favorite wild animal?

I love dolphins. I have never seen one except on TV. When I was young I was on a swim team and loved the butterfly stroke because it imitated how dolphins move in the water.

Ariel of arielaonthego.com asked- When it’s safe to travel, where do you plan to go for a vacation!

I have some Brazilian friends living in Winnipeg Canada. I could drive up there in 12 hours. I would love to visit them.

Georgetta of journeythroughlifeministry.com asked- Question, how do you repost another Bloggers article to bring awareness of them to others?

At the bottom of the post, you can click on share. This is a picture from your most recent post.

After you click on share, there will be options to choose from. You can choose from. One of them will be for you blog. Once you click on your blog to share, it will create a post for you to publish.

bigskybuckeye.com asked- In your first year of teaching, what subjects and/or grade level did you teach?

I have always taught English Second Language. I started with teaching adults and then began working with teens who want to go to college.

Crissy of walking-by-faith.blog If you could have a conversation with one person, alive or historical, who would that be and why?

First it would be with Jesus to just sit and listen. There are many to choose from. I would love to have a conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King because as a child he inspired me. Mother Teresa would be another person.

Alicia of forhispurpose.blog asked- Do you have siblings?

I think I have four siblings but am not sure. In my family I have 3 brothers and 1 sister, but my sister’s family she has 4 brothers, so it seems we might be from different families. 🙂

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com asked- What is some of the best advice you’ve ever received?

Focus on Jesus while in the midst of difficult times.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Started A Blog? Remember the 3 Cs

Started a blog this year or last year? Wondering how to grow your blog? I would like to share some ideas that I have found helpful.

First please remember that for most people it takes time and patience for a blog to grow. Don’t give up too soon.

The 3 Cs

Consistency

Be consistent about when you post. If you post once a week, try to post the same day each week. If you post daily, try to post close to the same time each day. If you post twice a week, try to post the same days each week.

By being consistent it helps your audience know when to watch for your posts.

Connection

Connect with other social media platforms to share your blog such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc.

Community

Interact with other bloggers but remember it is a community. Meaningful comments get my attention. What I mean by meaningful comments are ones that relate to the content of a post. If you want to get the attention of another blogger, a meaningful comment can do that but a one and done type scenario does not get my attention. I have followed other bloggers because they have been consistent about commenting on my posts.

Avoid spam type comments. If you comment something like- great post, or follow my blog too, or I wrote something like that (with a link) that comes across as spammy to me and I tend to delete those.

Reblogging a post by another blogger is a good to way to build community with other bloggers.

If you like a post, make sure you have also viewed it. There are bloggers who have clicked like on my post, more than once, without viewing the post.

Hope the 3 Cs help you in your bloggin

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Journey Together in Blogging/Ideas for My Blog in 2021

I saw this quote and felt it expresses my sentiment about my interactions within the blogging community so well.

It is a huge blessing for me to see other bloggers grow in their following and in their writing. I love sharing the journey with other bloggers and try to help them in their journey.

Whether it is creating tags and tagging other bloggers, reblogging posts, leaving encouraging comments, sharing links to other blogs in my posts, or sharing blogging tips, it blesses me to be a small part of helping other bloggers grow.

Thank you to those who are on this blogging journey with me 🙂

Recently I tried something new which is sharing posts about John in the bible on Tuesdays. Last year I shared a short term series of Let Their Voices Be Heard. Blogging tip for today- Don’t be shy to try something new.

While praying, one thing I feel led to do starting next Wednesday is a series focused on wellness. Not as a health adviser because I am not a medical professional. It will be spiritually focused sharing my experience on various aspects of mental health, chronic illness, relationships etc. We will see how it goes. The first post next Wednesday will be about Chosen Family.

This year I plan to finally make my blog one with a private domain. When I do, I might explore a different theme for the blog but am not sure about that.

Thank you for being on this journey with me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

What Is WordPress Up To Now?

WordPress sent me a message about something new they plan to do called Native Sponsored Posts. This was the message:

“WordPress.com has started testing Native Sponsored Posts. This is an extension of our advertising program and will have the same controls and restrictions as our standard ad placements. You may see these Sponsored Posts running on your sites as we expand testing. They may be promoting WordPress.com content, marketing initiatives, or brands. Longer term, we hope to offer Sponsored Posts to our users as a way to help drive traffic and promote content discovery. For any questions or issues, see our Native Sponsored Posts FAQ.

Long story short unless someone has a paid plan, WordPress plans to impose these ‘Native Posts’ which may even run counter to the bloggers message, values etc.

It is one thing to have ads but sponsored posts and imposing posts by other bloggers? I am not a fan of this idea at all.

What do you think?

If This Was My Last Post- What Would I Say to Other Bloggers

I was watching The Voice last night and one of the Battleground pairings sang a song by Julia Michaels- If The World Was Ending. It got me thinking about that but not in a romantic song way.

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I thought about if this was my last post what would I want to say to my fellow bloggers and readers. So here goes.

If this was my last post, these are the things I would want to say.

1st and foremost- Jesus loves you. He gave his life on the cross for you and defeated death for you. Look to him.

2nd- Be yourself as you blog. Let your voice come through in your posts. Don’t worry about trying to be like someone else.

3rd- Give yourself permission to try ideas and see what works for you.

4th- Don’t focus on stats. There are peaks and valleys when it comes to views, likes etc.

5th- Interact, genuinely interact, with other bloggers. Spam type comments turn people off. Also if you mostly comment about the awards type posts, at least for me, it does not seem like genuine interest.

6th- This COVID thing will pass. Don’t look at the circumstances around you. Look to Jesus.

7th- Have fun with blogging 🙂

If you have blogging tips, please leave a comment.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Q and A with me- My Answers

Last Friday I shared that for the first time ever my blog went over 30,000 views for the year. It was actually just an excuse to do something I have fun doing which is a Q and A.

Here are my answers. I wrote them while sitting in a coffee shop for the first time in 7 months due to COVID. I may have had too much coffee. 🙂

By the way-Notice the Pink Shirt? Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I want all of my followers who are women to see a doctor and get checked. Early detection is key.

Barb of mylifeinourfathersworld.com asked- Would you consider forgoing a haircut for a while so that you could wear a mullet? Seriously, I want to see it!

Mullet- 2 word answer- No Way, Longer hair I have thought about at times though 🙂

AND- Now for a serious question. Do you have a favorite OT book? NT book?

Old Testament I love Isaiah. It was written about 700 years before Jesus came and has amazing details about the promised Messiah all of which Jesus fulfilled. New Testament I love to teach the John.

jlp of gardenfaith.com asked- Do you have a favorite cartoon character?

This will show I am old school. I loved the Roadrunner as a kid.

Herry of herrychiccounsels.com asked-  What was your favorite childhood cartoon character and movie?.
And what was the weirdest thing you have done?.

Childhood was a LONG time ago. I loved the roadrunner cartoon. As a child I loved the movie Mary Poppins.

Weirdest thing? hmm. so many weird things I have done. What to choose? Maybe the time I thought putting cocoa powder on cottage cheese would taste the same as chocolate ice cream. I was wrong 🙂

My sweet daughter Temi of christianmomas.com asked- Based on your blogging experience, is there a time of the day you consider as the best time to publish a post?

I think for each blogger it may differ depending on their audience. I tend to schedule my posts for the morning early enough so my followers in other countries/time zones can read them in the evenings their time and my followers in the USA and Canada can read them in the mornings or afternoons.

One note- if I reblog a post, I usually schedule it for later in the day. That is mostly because I do not want to flood the read section of other bloggers. I tend to not like it when I look at my read section and someone has 7 to 15 post flooding it.

Crissy of livingbyfaithtravel.wordpress.com asked- How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza?

Pizza. Oh how I miss pizza. I found out I have Celiacs in 2017 so no more pizza 😦 When I used to eat pizza, pineapple was delicious on Hawaiian Pizza 🙂

Brenda of becominghistapestry.com asked- how tall are you?

I am 5′ 10″ so almost a foot taller than you 🙂

Saron of saronsview.wordpress.com asked- What one piece of value advice would you give to your younger self?

Jesus is the answer would be the most important. I would also tell my younger self to study languages because you have an ability for them

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com asked- Do you have a favorite author

The Holy Spirit because he inspired the bible 🙂

For other books my all time favs are J. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis 🙂

Bethany of Flowersonthedashboard.com asked- How do you trust God in the calling He has for you?

There are ups and downs for any calling from God. The most important thing is to know God because the better we know God, the more we can trust him in the down times.

Ruelha of ruelhacom.wordpress.com asked- If you could completely erase one event/timeline from your life with absolutely no memory of it, what would it be?

I have thought about what life would be like if I could go back in time and redo some mistakes in my life. But then I think about what Romans 8:28 says:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 

Even my mistakes and wrong turns in life God used to lead me to the life and ministry I have today. If I were to erase something, I would not want it to alter the course of my life.

Christine of momstronglifecom.wordpress.com asked- How long have you had Celiac disease and what advice would you give to a young one (like my daughter) who is just starting her journey?

I was diagnosed in 2017 but am sure I had it for quite a while. My advice to a young one is that while yes it is not fun to change how we eat, it is worth it because you will feel better and there are fun foods you can still eat. Example- your mom can make gluten free macaroni and cheese by using macaroni made from rice flour.

AND

What is something you love that most people would find odd?

Other people probably think I am odd 🙂 One thing I love to do is go to supermarket just to walk around and greet people in their languages.

Keziah of keziahehome.wordpress.com asked- What is your personal opinion on pain and why do you think humans experience it? And what has most influenced your thinking on this?
(By the way! “The Problem of Pain” by C.S. Lewis is an AMAZING read on this subject!!)

Personally I hate pain but have lived with chronic pain for over 25 years so it is my normal. We experience pain because of the fall when Adam and Eve sinned. We are living in a fallen world where we have pain, disease, death, crime etc. The bible has influenced me the most. The encouraging thing for me is that pain is only in this life, In eternity with Jesus, there will be no pain. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

I LOVE MY JOB TAG

I would like to thank Barb, see link in how to play, for creating and tagging me for I Love My Job Tag.

Webster defines job as a paid position of regular employment. However, there are many jobs for which we never receive a paycheck (ie. stay-at-home parent, caregiver etc.) So for the purposes of this tag a job is any work that you do on a regular basis. No paycheck is required.

HOW TO PLAY:

1) Use the “I Love My Job” graphic above.

2) Tag the creator Barb at My Life in Our Father’s World

3) Tell us why you love your job.  I listed 9 but you are free to list as many as you want.

4) Invite your fellow bloggers to participate by tagging them.  There is no minimun/maximum  number of “invites”.

  1. I should say I love my jobs. I have two positions, ESL teacher and Home Missionary. I love both equally.
  2. I love my positions because I have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
  3. I love my positions because they have allow me to travel on 11 international ministry trips.
  4. I love my teaching position because I can mentor and empower my assistants to become instructors. I love my home missionary position because I have been able to empower others in understanding other cultures.
  5. I love my positions because I get to experience other cultures, their foods, their celebrations, etc.
  6. I love my positions because they give me stories to write about.
  7. The MOST IMPORTANT thing to me is I love my positions because they give me opportunities to share the love of Jesus with people from all over the world.

I would like to tag the following and please remember if you are a stay at home mom/homemaker that is a hugely important job.

Pooja

Temi

Saron

Blessing

Natasha

Arati

Sarah

Purple Rose

Thank you for reading. God Bless.