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Blogging Excellence – A Challenge.

Kiawe tree - from the mesquite family.

WHAT IF we picked one blog this week and visited it each day and left a comment about everything we like about this particular blog?

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We could go over this one blog carefully and note all the details that go into it.

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It would be good for us because it would help us notice more of what we like and why.

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It would be good for the blogger because it would acknowledge their work.

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In this challenge, I invite you to ignore anything you don’t like about the blog. Be like the animal trainers and only focus on the good parts. Only focus on what you want to see more of.

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Will you join me in this challenge? Please leave a comment and say what blog you chose and what you found. We may want to go and check it out too.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

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Posted by on June 7, 2010 in Abundance, writing

 

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BLOG QUESTIONS

These are my responses to blog questions from Denise at Mommy’s Journey.

1. why do you blog?

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I write to creatively express my wisdom and loving with you all.
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2. why did you originally start blogging? have your reasons changed?
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It was always the same reason and it is why I wrote 5 novels. What I love about blogging is the interaction.

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3. how often do you blog? does this vary?

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I blog at least three times a week.  Often it is four.
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4. do you have a routine of any sorts when you make time to blog or just when you have time/are moved to do so?
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I aim for Monday, Wednesday and  Friday. Since I live near the international date line, when I post, for most of the world it is already the next day.

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5. how often do you read other blogs?
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Some blogs I aim for daily because of a committment to ‘Take a comment, Leave a comment.’ Usually the posts that come to my e-mail get read daily.

The other blogs on my blogroll, I try to check once a week.

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6. how do you choose which blogs to read?
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I love accumulating blogs that attract me for one reason or another. And I equally love ruling out the ones that don’t make the cut. That said there are many blogs I have lost track and would have liked to have kept. Easiest for me is the blogs that have e-mail subscription. I used to click to follow blogs but unless they go to google reader, (where I see them infrequently) they are not in a format that is easily accessible to me.

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7. do you follow any?
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I ‘follow’ the blogs that come to me by e-mail and the ones on my blogroll. Infrequently I follow those on my reader. When I get overly busy I sometimes delete all of the e-mail posts and start fresh the next day.

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8. how often do you comment on blogs?

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I make an effort to comment when I read posts.

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9. how do you “thank” people for commenting on your blog?

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I thank people by replying in my comments or replying on their blog.

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10. do you stay on top of comments?

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Usually I comment within 4 days. I group thank you’s on my post. I respond to most but not all comments. I plan to respond more randomly.
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11. how do you encourage meaningful comments?

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For my commenting, I make an effort to find something meaningful to say. I don’t always succeed.  I envy those bloggers who are good at asking meaningful questions of their readers and promote interesting discussion. For e;g;  The Mind Of Ifer. Or who inspire by the honesty of their sharing. e.g. Life On Its Own Terms.

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12. do you blog more for yourself  or do you account for what your readers might want to hear about when choosing what to blog about?
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I blog to express, usually what is present in the moment. I get a lot of hits from google searches on Japan and lei. I will post more about Japan especially when I travel there this October.

I make an effort to keep my blog uplifting and non-ranting. I write in other journals when I am in a funk and may relate about it here, after I get a grip on it. Funny, but when I have been in a funk and said okay, what do I write about that makes  me happy? Japan comes to mind.

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13. do you have ongoing themes  or is your blog more random?

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My blog is eclectic like my life. I am good at going through massive amounts of things and finding the ‘gold’.

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14. when you get in a funk and don’t feel like blogging, how do you keep your readers?

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I haven’t missed blogging at least three times a week. I will be traveling without a computer for a total of 8 weeks this year. I will pre-publish some posts and warn my readers that I won’t be responding.

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15. have you ever made a fellow blogger upset and how has that affected you or what happened?
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It’s not possible for me to ‘make’ someone else upset. They have to choose that for themselves or not.  I wrote this post because of concerns about not inflicting on someone else.

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16. do you list blogs you follow on your blog?

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I have a separate page for my blogroll. I grouped sections, for instance one is titled LESS ACTIVE. I put blogs there that didn’t have a post for a month, yet, I look forward to reading them when they do post.

I’m still experimenting with other groupings and updating it. It’s very convenient for me to open that page and go through all of them.

I invite you to respond to Denise’s questions too, either in the comments or at her blog or on your own blog and link back to us.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Uncategorized, writing

 

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Blogging Comments

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When I was studying art,  I remember hearing a quote,

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. By W. Somerset Maugham.
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This was certainly true of me as an artist.
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In my marriage,I have often thought that I would rather have my husband tell me that I am the woman of his dreams and that I am very beautiful, rather than the truth.
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My husband is bluntly honest – about my creative endeavors, my beauty and me in general. Even though it is not what I would consciously prefer, I have come to see it is far better.
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In my psychology studies,  I learned to ask a person if they want feedback about something before giving it, and of course, respecting their answer.
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In the world of blogging, I find this step is missing — the part about asking if a person wants feedback. If they bare their soul and have their comments turned on, does that mean they are open to receiving feedback? Maybe not. Maybe the issue is too sensitive to them and they want only praise or support.
How can we know?
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Denise over at Mommys Journey posted 17 questions about blogging.
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<p> © 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur </p>



 
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Posted by on May 17, 2010 in writing

 

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The Preppy Mafia Award

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Marianne over at The Diary Of A Fickle White Woman gave me this award.

I love the Loft. We don’t have one here but when I’m in Texas I go. I love Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model. I love clothes.

So here are the questions that accompany the award. I know y’all are dying to know more about me…

1. Who is your style icon?
Goldie Hawn

2. What is your favorite socialite book?
Uh, hmm, Does David Kibbe’s Metamorphosis count?

3. What is your favorite party theme?
Hubby and I at home.
4. What is your go-to Halloween costume?
A witch as that girl in Peanuts says, I dress in opposition to my normal self. hee hee.

5. What is the extravagance you just can’t live without?
My computer.

6. Who is the living person you admire?
My father.

7. What is my greatest fear?
Embracing the dark side.

8. What’s the trait you dislike about yourself?
Lacking confidence.

9. Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d like to have people be positively impacted by my creations.

1o. What is my greatest achievement?
Getting a grip on my feelings and being accountable for my life.

11. Who are the 10 people I’d like to tag with the Preppy Mafia award?
Please take this award if you want to. I hesitate to give it to some of you who are so busy, yet I’d like you to have it if you want it.

XD

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in writing

 

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Ten More Of The Most Ludicrous CAPTCHA Definitions For Those Who Try To Make Sense Of Their Word Verifications.

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Do you find yourself trying to make sense out of CAPTCHA, those word verifications that you enter to let the web know you are not a machine?
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I do, here is what I have found out about some of the ‘words’. See also my previous CAPTCHA defined, also here and here. No offense meant to anyone of any CAPSTRACTION. XD

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How come captcha  tries to autofill in the word you are writing? It should never be the same word twice?
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1. trinest – of, relating to, or being the favorable astrological aspect of two celestial bodies 120 degrees apart
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2. Turiaeu – a form of tiramisu, made in Turkey.
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3. Fultan – a futon for a sultan.
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4. Orism – the study of the word ‘or’.
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5. Oushi – delicious in Japanese
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6. Hydeming – watching high definition TV.
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7. Hologum – you chew it in a holosuite. All it is, is some place holders that keep some cellular distance between your teeth. The flavor comes from electrical stimulation of your taste centers and can be any flavor you can imagine.
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8. Decham – it goes on a pillow to make it look decorative.
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9. Werimm – an emphasized worm.
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And from my husband — 10. Quing – a female King. I quess he knows this because I am the Quing of our house. hee hee.
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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2010 in Uncategorized, writing

 

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Feel Good Friday



The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday thing. Here’s how to do it –

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog! You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile. Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness? Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it? Well then, what is your happy place? What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation? A childhood memory? We want to know!

Step 2:
Go back to Girl Next Door’s Blog and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets. Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun. Feel good. Smile.

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Today I won a free copy of The Hinomoto Rebellion by Elizabeth Staley at her blog.

Photo from Elizabeth Staley

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I found her blog because we are both doing Script Frenzy. I am so excited to win and Guess what. The contest is open until April 30 and Liz will be giving away more copies of her book. You might win too.

I am also having a great time writing my script which is turning out to be a comic book. I’m on page 37 out of 100 pages I need to finish by April 30.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2010 in writing

 

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Script Frenzy

This is my den. I have tatami mats and a Japanese style desk.

I cleaned it up to start Script Frenzy. I never wrote a script before. I am totally loving it.

It’s easier than NaNoWriMo to me. I’m right on target with 3 1/3 pages a day.

With NaNoWriMo, I write intensely and don’t edit or look over my work.

With Script Frenzy I am adapting my first NaNo novel and love how it’s  improving the story. I take some time to go over it and edit. I realize I would show it to my writer’s group.

My NaNoWroMo novels take major revising before I would show them.

This script writing is fun. I am making little cardboard characters so I can act out scenes.

This story called WHERE’S DAD? is set in the near future in globally warmed earth.

A boy sets out to find his father who developed a way to heal the ozone layer.  His father is being manipulated by ruthless politicians with plans to rule what’s left of earth.  People have made major adjustments to survive. Can the boy help his father heal the planet and keep democracy alive?

Wish me luck to complete and to get a good script out of it. XD

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2010 in writing

 

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