Hello friends, I would like to welcome you to my site. My site, CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE IS about photo-blogging.

I wanted to start a site that showed off my pictures. I also plan on doing some blogging but this site will deal mostly in my pictures. I have another site called WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING).

I like to take pictures and have fun posting some of them. Some of the pictures that will be posted will be pictures that are sent to me by family, pictures from our trail camera and of course pictures that I take. I hope you enjoy the pictures on this site.

Enjoy my photo-blogging site.



Monday Cat Quote Of Day



An old cat will not learn how to dance.

—-Moroccan Proverb





Commenting Basics: Day 5 – Commenting On Comments


Hey everyone, guess what? Today is day 5 of 5 of my Commenting Basics Course. To day I had to find a comment that looked interesting and comment on it. It was hard to find a comment but I found one. Actually, I found more than 1 so I commented on more than 1 comment.

Some of today’s tips talked about linking. I’m new at linking but I’m halfway there. I guess I’ll see if there are more courses I need to take. LOL. >”<🙂🙂>”<

Commenting Basics: Day 4 – Try Respectful Disagreement


Today is Day 4 of 5 of my Commenting Basics Course. Today my assignment was to respectfully disagree with a post. I chose a post I agreed and disagreed with so it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. The post I chose was DANCE YOUR WAY THROUGH FALL – PLUS SIZE PARTY CHOICES . You can visit Miss Talkaholic’s site by Clicking Here .

Some things I have learned about Commenting Etiquette is:

  • Read thoroughly.

Before commenting, make sure you’ve read the entire post and the other comments before yours. Your comment should never make the writer or the other readers) wonder if you actually read the material. When you’re sharing a personal story, you want to make sure yours is relevant—-otherwise, it can look like like you’re trying to grab attention away from the blogger. (Also, someone might have left a similar story – in which case you can reply to that person’s comment!)

  • Contribute something of value.

Every post can be the start of a conversation. Try to add something substantial to move that conversation forward. Don’t get me wrong- most bloggers appreciate every comment, even if it’s just a simple ‘enjoyed this post.’  But a meatier response is more likely to result in visits to your own site. Explain why you’re moved to share your story, and how your experience connects to the original post.

  • Mind your manners.

If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it in their comment thread. Criticism is fine, but there’s no need to be hateful. And remember, only a blog author can delete a comment, so if you comment in haste you might repent at leisure. Share your own experience, but don’t disparage another’s.

  • Be yourself.

I’ve discovered many favorite blogs by becoming a fan of a certain commenter. Rather than any one comment, it’s the style and personality of a commenter that really makes me want to read more of their work. Whether you are smart, Witty, or just plain bizarre – be you! No matter your perspective, a unique voice will get attention.

  • Keep your comment comment-sized.

If you have a lot to say on a certain subject, leave two or three representative sentences in the comment section, then link to a post on your own blog where you have expanded on the topic. This is a clever way to engage readers who share your interests.

Sharing a link can be a nice way to flesh out a comment — but a caveat! There’s one surefire way to get your comment ignored or worse, deleted, and that’s leaving a shameless plug. If you’re going to take the time to visit others’ blogs and then press the “comment” button, avoid this basic mistake.

A shameless plug is a comment that exists simply to provide a link back to your own blog. It says little — or nothing — other than your URL.  Things like:

Really informative, I look forward to reading more.



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There is a lot more content on commenting so I will give you the links.  The links are:

Say Something: Commenting Etiquette

The Perfect Host: Comment Moderation

Both of these posts are by Elizabeth.

I learned a lot. All bloggers should read these posts.

Please Share your comments with me. I want to hear what you think of both these posts  + my post.

Commenting Basics: Day 3 – Ask Some Questions

Today is Day 3 of my Commenting Basics Course and my assignment for the day was to read a post and ask 2 or 3 questions. It’s supposed to help spark ideas and possibly make the reader of the questions ask questions themselves and possibly give them ideas.

The post I read and asked questions on was KittyClysm. To read the post I read you can go their link which is https://kittyclysm.com/supawstars-award-sept-2017/ .

2 days left and I’ll be done with part of the blogging course.

A Book Review: A Soldier’s Promise



A Soldier’s Promise  is a book by Cynthia Thomason . This book is a Heartwarming book from Harlequin Romance Books. Don’t let the name Harlequin Romance fool you, Harlequin has more than just romance books. They have:   Suspense, Passion, Home & Family, Inspirational, Western, Historical, Sweet Romance, Medical Romance, Paranormal and even have Books For Teens( That is in a different link listed below in the Link Section of this post). A book for everyone. If you don’t see your preference listed, there is a search box you can use in the link called Harlequin Books

My Synopsis: 

This is about a soldier and his teenage daughter. The soldier is right out of the service and also just lost his wife. He is trying to adjust to civilian life. A teacher who is trying to get over own problems tries to help the soldier and his teenage daughter. The teacher has made a promise  to herself. Will she break her own rules/policy?

Publisher’s Synopsis: 

Brenna Sullivan has a strict policy about not getting emotionally involved with her students. Yet there’s something about the new student, Carrie, and her father that has Brenna breaking all her rules.

Mike Langston’s parenting methods may be more than a little outdated, but Brenna is struck by the brave and honorable man he is and, despite her better judgement, she’s falling deeper and deeper for him. But how can she cross the line when their feelings start to grow?

What I Liked: 

I enjoyed reading a book about a soldier who’s right out of the service. I liked reading that this wasn’t the only problem he had. Between being right out of the service, raising a teenage daughter by himself plus his wife dying, it made the book more interesting to see how he solved these problems. I liked reading that the teacher who had her own problems reached out to try to help a veteran soldier solve his problems. Did the teacher and the veteran soldier get their problems solved? You’ll have to read the book and find out.

What I Didn’t Like:

I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about the book. Yes, it was that good in my opinion.


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Commenting Basics: Day 2 – Share A Personal Story

bloggingu-blue-logoToday is Day 2 of my Commenting Basics Course and today I am to share a personal story.  You can read my story HERE . This was to get us talking and involved more in commenting.

Types of bullying

Very good Post. A must read for everyone.

Stop Bullying

bully-1Physical bullying

Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property. Physical bullying causes both short term and long term damage.

437735ff72e8eb42ab4dbce7796b1f94--verbal-bullying-verbal-abuse Verbal bullying

Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse. While verbal bullying can start off harmless, it can escalate to levels which start affecting the individual target. Keep reading in this section for techniques to deal with verbal bullying.

images.jpgSocial bullying

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as covert bullying, is often harder to recognise and can be carried out behind the bullied person’s back. It is designed to harm someone’s social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Social bullying includes:

  • lying and spreading rumours
  • negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks
  • playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
  • mimicking unkindly
  • encouraging others to socially exclude someone
  • damaging someone’s social reputation or social acceptance.

images  Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying…

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Commenting Basics: Day 1- Just Start Talking!


I started another blogging course. It’s called Commenting Basics and it will last 5 days. Today is Day 1 for me and I had to comment on 3 blogs I never commented on before.

Each day will be a different task to do. They give good advice and tips on commenting too.

A Pleasant Surprise

I named this picture A Pleasant Surprise because my nephew and his family thought the deer ate all his sunflowers. As it turns out, some of those sunflowers still bloomed. He was thrilled because he put a lot of work into planting them.

Below is the result of lots of hard work by this 15-year-old.