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Tips on Blogging, What Indie Authors can learn from Fifty Shades of Grey & How to get Readers to want to Spread the Word

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Hey, my blog is called Here she goes again… and  it’s called that for a reason. I tend to go on about a ton of different things and all at the same time. I jump from subject to subject rather quickly and rather unexpectedly and I cannot help it. I can’t!

I’ve really tried.

Some may say its because I’m a Gemini.  That Gemini’s are known to do that. I think its just because I’m me and that’s how I am. I ramble, I go on and hopefully whatever comes out is useful to you.

This is after all why I created my blog.

I love connecting with others and appreciate the help and advice I get along the way. It’s only polite to return that same courtesy and I am so for that. For my readers(thank you!) and for my fellow authors (Unite!).

So being that I’m a rambling type of gal, it should be no suprise to those who know me or are familiar  with me that my headline has three different subjects in it. These are tips for authors, bloggers and I really think for readers too.

Pic courtesy of kaushalpatel.me

Blogging:

From Chazz Writes I was directed to wikihow and their article How to Write a Famous Blog

This was a very interesting article and of course this is why Chazz( I just love him, he’s great) linked this on his blog. There are steps (I love step-by-step) on how to do just that; write a famous blog. How often to post, how to prepare, how to spread the word and what you can learn from other blogs.

Now the  Fifty Shades of Grey mention. Fifty shades has brought a lot of hype and not just for the steamy content. Half hate the writing and half don’t care. Fellow Indie authors                ” groaned or laughed hysterically as they read the negative reviews for Fifty Shades”  Romance sells and so does sex. I’m a romantic, but I have my reasons for not writing erotica. Some have not a problem writing it and some are like me, we don’t want to or feel that we need to. The point to this is even though romance/erotica books are the big hype now, readers still like good writing. Fifty Shades seems to have a lot of bad writing.

So how did it get so popular?

“it’s struck a chord with a lot of readers, both good and bad.” -Indie Author  Ron Hummer

Word of mouth is what helped thrust Fifty Shades into the spotlight. To be a successful Indie Author that word of mouth is so important. So how do we achieve that? Book Clubs is one great idea. (link to article by Ron Hummer)

Blogging is another. Chazz (I just love him, he shares so much great info!) tells you how to get others to spread the word. Blogging helps authors build their platforms. Its been said many of times. Blogging is very useful to bloggers as well. You don’t have to be an author to be a blogger. Many readers blog. Blogging helps connect you with authors and its a great way to get FREE books too. Participating in giveaways and blog hops certinly sends those free books your way. It also helps you discover other authors and a great way to help authors get discovered (if that’s your goal too). I’m a reader, not a writer  is a blog that does just that. Kathy is wonderful and hosts tons of blog hops in which I participate in. Many readers/bloggers do too and so do many authors. Novel Publicity , Author Emlyn Chand’s blog hosts blog tours. This is another way to help each other. The reader helps the author and the author helps the reader. This is also another great way to gain followers of your blog. Readers love giveaways!

In Chazz’s article, he shared some more tips on how to get others to spread the word and you can go here to read it all. While your there check out his other great articles, a lot of useful stuff!

So…I’ve rambled and hopefully you got something useful out of it or at least were entertained. :0) Being that I am a rambler and jump rather unexpectedly from subject to subject, here’s a jump. While your off getting the word spread or blogging, you’re gonna need to still make dinner and here is a slow cooker recipie that will do all the work for you while you are off doing all your work.

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

There are 22 other easy slow cooker recipies there if you’re not to keen on this one.

Happy blogging and thanks for dropping by!

P.S. Speaking of giveaways…here’s my latest one.

I’ve been nominate for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Yeppie!

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Its exciting and oh so touching to find out that you’ve  been nominated for an award! The wonderful Amelia Cruzon nominated my blog for the Beautiful Blogger Award and this is what she said : A.D, Is another prolific blogger who blogs such interesting stuff that should be read.  Aww shucks Amelia, thank you! Now that I’ve been nominated I get to hang this lovely award on my site forever! Yeppie! So lovely….  part of being able to hang this lovely award on my site is I must do these things and so do my nominees:

• I must write seven facts about myself

• Link to the blog of the person who nominated you (click on Amelia’s name)

• Link to seven bloggers who you think deserves the award (too many to choose from!)

• Let those bloggers know they have been nominated!

So now onto seven facts about myself (oh my!)

1. If you haven’t read my bio, I am a mother of six, three boys and three girls. They are all under the age of 13.

2. I used to be active duty in the U.S. Army as a Pharmacy Technition

3. I say “ya’ll” alot.

4. I like to paint Folk Art (haven’t in some months now)

5. I am never a fake. What you see is what you get.

6. I am an “Indie” author, ever heard of The Anna Kippling Series, One of Them or Molly Woodhaven? That’s ok, not many have either…yet. :0)

7. I am a total klutz, the pro to that, I have great reflexes. I’ll trip, but I do catch myself.

Now onto my 7 wonderful blogging nomoniees!

1. Mormon Mommy Writers- I just love this group of gals and the posts they share. Love them!

2.  Katy Upperman-  A lot of great topics and she was the one who introduced me to the blog me maybe challenge, I am blogging still just because of that (although I am not doing the topics :0)

3. Sara Ballance– First she has six kids like me and I feel exactly the same, if I do want anyone to listen to me, I do have to make them up :0) I also love reading about new books and giveaways!

4.   Writing Sisters- I love their writing tips and shares!

5.  Tracy James Jones- I love discovering other authors and their books and Tracy shares her reviews of them among other thoughts :0) Check out Tracy’s books as well!

6. Today I think…-  I love Patricia’s blog and cats! Great topics and adorable pics!

7.  Bex Book Nook-  Again I like book reviews and giveaways and Bex has this! She gives fair and honest reviews of the books she reads and who doesn’t love giveaways!

So there you go! My 7 facts and 7 nomoniees, thanks again Amelia Cruzon  for the nomination, many, many thanks!!!

A.D.’s Reflections of the #AtoZChallenge…

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Hey everyone,

I am a day late, but better late than never right? I’ve been a sick girl this week. A lot of catching up to do and boy you should see my email box WOW! lots. I’ve been able to visit the wonderful blogs that I am following (I followed alot, you guys are just too amazing!) and read their reflections post. I already knew before hand what I wanted to do with my reflections post of this wonderful challenge.

I would fo a final (well until next year) A.D.’s FAV 5… maybe more than five:0) After all blogging was what this challenge was all about and discovering other blogs as well. I think I did make a pretty good dent in the blog list and as many have voiced some fell behind or lost interest and some…well I don’t know what they were thinking. Most, many actually stepped up to the challenge and did wonderfully (yes even those who had a hiccup). It was a challenge, hence the name and I say from experience one that put my brain to work! (I daydream to much)

So without adew….my FAV 5 and then some…

1.  Ophelia London- http://bit.ly/H85lyO  – I picked Ophelia’s blog because I had loved her Audrey Hepburn photo. I also just love Ophelia’s name!

2.  My Little Corner of The World- http://dlwagner.blogspot.com/  – I had picked David’s blog because of his hilarious post for the letter A, you have to check it out!

3. finding Our Family- http://jakeandterriadopt.blogspot.com/-  I picked Jake and Teri’s blog because I loved their wonderful story about there quest to adopt and build their family…

4. Growing up Victoria- http://growingupvictoria.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-brother.html - I picked Victoria’s blog because she is only a 12 year old girl and took on the challenge and did wonderfully! Her attitude and perspective is refreshing!

5. MyWriteSpot -http://donnamcnicol.blogspot.com/ - I just love Donna’s wonderful personality and spirt, you have to check out her blog and read her great posts. I enjoyed reading her reflections post…

6. Super Happy Jen’s Super Happy Blog- http://www.superhappyjen.blogspot.com/ - Jen is a happy gal and I ejoyed her art and her daughters!

7. Living Fossil Images – http://livingfossilimages.blogspot.com/  - I just loved this post, cool camoflauge!

8. NonnasRecipieBox- http://nonnasrecipebox.wordpress.com/ - I loved Nonna’s blog because of all the great recipies from her grandma’s recipie box!

9. Fuzzy Feet n’ Furry Tail Gerbils  http://ffnftgerbils.blogspot.com/  - this had been my daughter’s pick, but it was still a cute site and I had  to share…

10.  Liz Brownlee Poet’s Blog (the A-Z of incredible Threatened Animals)  http://bit.ly/IbKutR - This is how I discovered Liz and her wonderful blog. She blogged about endangered animals and had some great pics with it!

Wow is this longer than FAV 5…I still want to add just a few more!

11. Angie’s Home Cooking- http://angieshomecooking.blogspot.com/ - Angie does have some good home cooking!

12. 1635 A Second Heart- http://asecondheart.blogspot.com/  – I loved this inspiring story, wonderful mommy and daughter…

13. #220 Inky the Hamster Mommy- http://bit.ly/JcSHch  – Another adorable animal blog

14. #1286 philZENdia- http://www.philzendia.com/  - you can still get the Krabby Patty secret recipie here!

15. #1292 Parenting From Aaaah! to Zzz- http://parenting-aaah2zzz.blogspot.com/ - loved this one about oobes and elbows…

16. #1686 Rantings of a semi-crazy blonde girl- http://krissyranae.com/I just loved Krissy’s personality!

17. #868 Katy Upperman- http://katyupperman.com/ - I just loved Katy’s post on your third place here…

18. 710 Solitary Mama-http://solitarymama.com/2012/04/stupid-list-friday-how-to-make-the-woman-you-like-hate-you/ Loved the personality!

WEll, I had better stop here…scroll down all my A.D.’s FAV 5′s and check them all out. If you would like to keep discovering more wonderful blogs from the Ato Z challenge that are not listed on mine, click here.

Have a wonderful week and thanks for scrolling down memory lane with me,

Mother’s Day on Pintrest, What are you getting Mother for Mother’s Day?

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, in fact its May 13th for those of you who did not realize just how close this day really was! A gift for mother is what you need and the perfect one is the most essential thing. You need ideas and you want great ones! Pintrest seems to have a ton of them. Googling will bring you many sources as well, but how varied and how convient does this option give you?  It seems Pintrest has it a little better…at least in my opinion. This is the place where you can find a page full of choices and all you have to do is scroll down and click. Choices of homemade, edible, buyable or even growable are on this page and just from one search word or phrase. If you need it or wonder it, someone has thought of it. Pintrest is bound to have it and oh my what a selection!
Check out these great Mother’s Day varieties that I found on Pintrest…

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Like my picks?  Just simply log onto Pintrest (Oh, don’t t have an account? Now worries! FB friend me and I’ll send you a request! -http://www.facebook.com/ad.duling) and type in these three searches: gifts for mom, Mother’s Day, And gifts for Mother’s Day. From there happy pinning! Wanna get the recipie, instructions or purchase the pretty you find? Click on the pic and at the top right corner above the pic you will see the blog where the pin came from. Click it and there you go!

Check out other great crafts from these blogs below that were showcased on my slide show!

Thanks for dropping in and Happy Mother’s Day gift hunting!

April 5th #AtoZChallenge A.D.’s FAV 5!

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Lucky #5, double 5′s! It seems the blog roll has been trimmed down a little and is now closed! Whew! It was getting pretty long! Now our assigned numbers will stay put, let me go find mine… I am # 836 ! Ok onto my Fav 5!

1. #1875  From Snark to Finish-  http://www.tarynelliott.com/blog/  I picked this blog first because of the name. Snark? I have seen this word another time, took it for something made up, original, silly me :0) This is a new word to my vocabulary, I looked it up and got this:

Snark- Combination of “snide” and “remark”.  Sarcastic comment(s). Thesuarus- sarcasm,humor, insult, criticism,mock, remark and sarcastic  (urbandictionary.com)

Well there you go! I like it! I also liked this blog for Taryn’s choice of topic for letter D. She has not posted her E, but I’m sure it will be up soon and then you get two wonderful posts! D is for Downtime for Taryn, nice post and love the pic. I want that couch!

2. #1694 Seeds and Weeds – http://sowandhoe.blogspot.com/  I clicked this blog and found a very interesting and entertaining story on the other end. Like composte..read this composte humor :0)

3. #1614 Kidbits- http://www.tonjadrecker.blogspot.com/  Tanya talks about the Dark (yes I know it was yesterday’s, but still…you can read her E post too when she posts it:0)  I have kids and liked the title Kidbits. I also have kids who are afraid of the  dark and I A.D. am also at times scared of the dark too. Escpecially after a scary movie, you know like The Ring or even The Grudge…WOW!

4. #1318 Super Happy Jen’s Super Happy Blog- http://www.superhappyjen.blogspot.com/  I went to Jen’s site and found some lovely art work by her daughter! My kids love to draw and paint as well. Look below.  I also discovered Jen is an artist and saw a very pretty work of art of to the side painted by her! (It’s for sale!) I recently discovered the artist in myself (oh a little over a year ago- look down my row on the right) and paint Folk Art…love it! Love Jen’s! Go lookie….

5. #764 Grits and Groceries: Anthony Stemke http://gritsandgroceries.blogspot.com/  My hubbie loves Egg Drop Soup and Anthony has a recipie for it on his blog! Yummy! I shall print and prepare!

Well there it is! Today’s FAV 5! Thanks for dropping by and happy blogging!

A.D.