Top posts of 2017

Here are the five top posts of 2017 as ranked by you, the reader!

5. This post was my rambling about a week that was nuts at work and pretty crazy at home. I added some jokes and it resonated with readers.

4. This one made number 4 and is one of my ‘If we were having coffee’ posts. They’re a great way to sum up a week in one post and I find that readers really enjoy them.

3. Number 3 on this humble list is an oldie that just won’t fade away. People love this post about akitas.

2. Number 2 also keeps being a huge hit, especially with bloggers. I had no idea, when I wrote it, that I would still be talking about it years later.

1. This one made number 1 by a mile. It has tons of views and continues to create tons of interest. Nothing I’ve written this year even comes close.

Thank you so much for reading and keeping this little blog alive and here’s hoping you have a wonderful 2018!

 

If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you it’s been another very busy week. It’s something that we should expect, since we work with the public and it’s before the holidays, but somehow, it always takes me by surprise.

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If we were having coffee, I’d complain to you about my hubby. He is so hard to shop for! He has very wide feet and is not exactly gentle on his shoes, so he is in constant need of new footwear…that means slippers too. Well, none of the ones we’ve got for him are wide enough for his duck-feet or dignified enough for him. So, I got these…

He didn’t like them.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Little Leonard is still with the vet. They’re concerned about his eye and waiting to see how it heals. Poor little guy.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m still sniffling and sneezing. That cold I had last week seems to like me because it refuses to leave.

Hey, did you just use my napkin? Hm…

A huge thanks to Eclectic Alli for hosting our coffee share. And to you, reader for reading!

A great resource for writers

Publishing…and Other forms of Insanity has this great post with 27 Great Websites for Writers. I should mention that I originally found this post through Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog, another amazing, resourceful website for authors.

A huge thank you to both those websites for incredible support for authors!

Top 5 posts for October

The top five posts for October as voted by you.

5. This one was a wistful ramble but readers loved it.

4. Short and sweet, this one was a particular hit with readers.

3. This one was another Saturday ramble but I still love the cartoons in it.

2. I was super worried about Ocean here and ranted about life with these two wonder-dogs. Turns out, everyone loved what I said.

1. This one continues to be one of the most often-read posts of all time, including the month of October. I wrote it months ago but its popularity hasn’t diminished with time.

These are them. The top 5 posts of the month, according to you. Thank you so much for reading!!

How To Reblog A Blog Post #bloggingtips

A fantastic post on how to reblog with clear pictures on all the ins and outs of sharing someone’s post with the world. A huge thanks to Hugh for this great post!

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Following on from my recent post, What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Is Reblogged, there were some comments from readers who were not sure how to reblog a post.

Today, not only will I take you through a step by step guide on how to reblog a post, but I’ll also cover some of the pitfalls of reblogging. For the purpose of this post, and because I use WordPress, some of this information will only be relevant to WordPress users.

Of course, the first thing we need to do is find a blog post that we want to reblog. Usually, this will be a post that you have thoroughly enjoyed reading and/or will have left a comment on. However, some bloggers use reblogging to promote other bloggers, authors, writers, books, etc.

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A post I loved…

I’ve watched the show The Handmaid’s Tale. I read the book. It was one of those I couldn’t, couldn’t put down. It was incredibly addictive…and terrifying. I had nightmares for two days after I started reading the book…and this week, the absolutely horrible attacks on Manchester haven’t helped.

The book is terrifying because it seems like our world is only steps away from making it come reality and not fiction. It’s also terrifying because all of the things in it have already happened at some point in history, so none can be denied with a ‘that’ll never happen’ sort of comment.

But, as always, words fail me when I think of the great parts of the book and movie. And, then I saw this post that puts into words some of the things my little brain couldn’t. I absolutely loved it. Big thanks to Part Time Monster for that wonderful read.

Last week, as I was watching “A Woman’s Place,” the sixth episode of Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, I was struck with a realization: I had not watched a single episode of the show without flipping through the social media feeds on my phone or my laptop simultaneously. So I started to think […]

via Why I Have to Look away from The Handmaid’s Tale Sometimes, and Why That’s a Good Thing — Part-Time Monster

Best posts of all time

Well, I was curious. Just what do my readers like best about this blog? Well, I looked. Here are the top 5 posts of all time in this humble little blog.

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5. Snow is coming…and I’m not happy. – Where I ramble about snow and winter.

4. 5 Worst things you can do if your internet is running slow. -True and still appreciated by readers.

3. #1000 speak for compassion. -Wonderful and still loved.

2. The amazing abilities of akitas. A ramble about doggies I had no idea would be so well received.

1. The importance of tags: for bloggers. The best of the best, this one still gets viewed, years after it was written.

There you go, the top 5. What do you think? Are they overrated or justified?

Great blogging tip

If you’re interested in finding out how to keep a post permanently on your home page, check out this great post on WordPress Sticky Post from Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog. It’s super easy, comes with pictures and I found it very helpful. A huge thanks to Chris for that awesome post!

 

… on winter hanging on

Just loved this post. Loved it. The humour in it is just delicious. And those pictures are gorgeous. Made me wish I lived by the sea.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Parade!

This has been one of those crazy busy weeks with happenings, some lots of fun, and good, and some very not. So It was amazing to, about twenty minutes ago, pull into the driveway at The Inn*.

The crunch of the gravel drive, the wind off the water causing the ancient tree branches to arch and sway… John said he’d get the dogs out of the back (Marshal insisting he needed out right now!) and I could just head in, turn up the heat and make fires in the fireplaces. All of this sounded so good… until.

Until it was twelve degrees.

But not your average twelve degrees in, like, a normal place.

Twelve salt-water enhanced degrees on the coast of Maine where, I might add, we had nearly spring-like temperatures less than a week ago!

Oh ya, I’ll say it.

Mother Nature?

LIAR!

So after I screamed…

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