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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.

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A PLEASANT  SURPRISE. PHOTO CREDIT: EYTH FAMILY.

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The Newbie Tag

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Hello Everyone, I have been blessed to be tagged by blogger Danielle of the The Introverted Book Nerd . She has an amazing site so I suggest you check it out and possibly give her a follow too.

1. WHY DID YOU START THIS BLOG?

I started blogging for fun and because I enjoy it. Also, I read quite a bit so sharing my thought on books isn’t out of the question.

2. WHAT ARE SOME FUN AND UNIQUE THINGS YOU CAN BRING TO BOOK BLOGGING?

Sharing my thoughts on books.

3. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW BLOG?

I’m excited about meeting other bloggers and seeing what their opinions are.

4. WHY DO YOU LOVE READING.

It helps me wind down and I like seeing the different plots.

5. WHAT BOOK OR SERIES GOT YOU INTO READING?

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and the Narnia Series.

6. WHAT QUESTIONS WOULD YOU ASK YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

  • How do you come up with your plots of your book?
  •  Where do you get your inspiration?
  • On average, how long does it take you to write a book?

7. WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU THINK STARTING A BLOG WILL BE THE HARDEST TO OVERCOME?

The technical aspect of blogging.

8. WHEN DID YOU START READING?

Since I was real young and when I got older, I read the Bible the whole way through.

9. WHERE DO YOU READ?

Mostly my bedroom.

10. WHAT KIND OF BOOKS DO YOU LIKE TO READ?

I will try just about any type of book just to see what the plot is going to be like. Reading a horror book is unlikely.

If you are reading this and you are a newbie book blogger then I tag YOU!!

Crystal

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 14 Of 14 – Create Your Own Feature

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Today is day 14 of 14 for my Fundamentals Of Blogging Course. I’m so excited I made it through my blogging course. Today I have to Create My Own Feature for my blog. What does that mean? It means to find readers on a daily basis I should commit to something on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis.

What am I going to commit to on a regular basis? After some thought, I thought I would do book reviews of some books I have read and book reviews on books I will read. Of course I will continue to post pictures too.

If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let me know and I will look at them then consider every suggestion. Also, please tell me what you think of my idea on doing book reviews regularly. Like I said previously, I will consider all suggestions.

 

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 13-Build Your Brand

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Today is Day 13 of 14 of my Fundamentals Of Blogging Course so I’m almost Done. I haven’t decided if I’m going to take any more courses or not.

What We Learned:

Today we learned how to Build Your Brand. I was confused when I saw the title but when I read on I understood a little better what they wanted and meant. So what did they want? They wanted you to build a custom icon. This is how they told us to do it.

How We Did It:

  1. First, they told us to choose a little image to represent your blog – a small photo, your initials, or a piece of your header image all work well.
  2. Next, we were told to click on the General Settings tab that was provided to us.
  3. Finally, we were to click on the “Choose File” under the Site Icon tools on the right to upload your image, and follow the prompts to save it.

Then after we were given these steps, were told if you want to change your image, you can find the uploading tool by going to My Site > Settings > Site Icon.

I have chosen as my Site Icon a picture of what the country looks like in the Fall. Someone from my sister’s family, the Eyth Family took the picture. In my opinion it is a beautiful picture and makes a good site icon for CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE.

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 12- Make Some New Connections

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For Day 12 of my Fundamentals Of Blogging Course, we had to go to The Daily Post Prompts page and scroll down to the grid of responses. Then I had to pick 6 responses that caught my eye and read them. Then I had to leave comments on at least 2 of the responses. If you skipped the day before, then all you had to do was to leave 2 comments anywhere you’d like and follow 2 new blogs.

Even though I may have the choice to skip a day, my thoughts are if you don’t do the course work you don’t learn anything. Also, if you took this course then do the course work.

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 10- Building A Better Blogroll

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Today is Day 10 and I’m learning how to build a better blogroll. You can do this 2 ways. A blogroll can be built with the Blog I Follow Widget or you can use the text widget. I decided to use both.

4 more days to go and my Fundamentals Of Blogging Course will be finished. It’s hard to believe that it’s gone so fast.

Until my next update, happy blogging everyone.

Fundamentals of Blogging: Day 9- Get Inspired By The Neighbors

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Yesterday I left comments on 4 different posts to meet my blogging neighbors. Today, my course work is to build on one of these comments that inspires me.

What Site And Post I Chose:

The site I Chose was The Joyful Soul Creates and the post I Chose was Elephantastic Birthday.

The Comment I’ve Chosen To Build Upon: 

Samanthamurdochblog: Ah-how sweet! I can never make up my mind how to do light…I just do a vague scribble and hope it’s interpreted as a shadow.

The Joyful Soul Creates answered her and this is what her answer was: Haha that’s pretty much what I was doing, but now ive started trying to really think it through. I just signed up to some online colouring classes too which should help!🙂

The comment I have chosen to build upon and that inspired me is by samanthamurdochblog commenting on The Joyful Soul Creates(Lady Joyful) site. The post is called Elephantastic Birthday and the link is here . The comment is above.

Why I Chose This Comment:

Even though the comments between samanthamurdochblog and Lady Joyful were short, they were thought-provoking. They were discussing shadowing and coloring of the lighting of the card. I found it thought-provoking because I never thought about how to do shadowing, lighting and coloring and how it might affect the look of the post they are working on. They even discussed the interpretation of  how it looks and what other people think as well. Lady Joyful took a coloring class in hopes to help her out with this issue.

This Is What The Card Looks Like When It Is Finished:

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Credit: This card was made by The Joyful Soul Creates. For the link for this card called Elephantastic Birthday please Click Here

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 8- Introduce Yourself To The Neighbors

bloggingu-blue-logoToday is day 8 of my blogging course and what I had to do today was Introduce Myself to my blogging neighbors. I did this by going to Discover and visiting blogs and also commenting on 4 new blogs. I even followed a couple of blogs.

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 7 -Personalizing Your Site

bloggingu-blue-logoI have made it through 7 days or 1 week of my Blogging Course-Yeah!!🙂🙂 Today’s blogging course is on Personalizing Your Site(Examples: Custom Header Image or Background).

I am thrilled in making it through a week of my blogging course. Another week to go and I’m done with this section. So far so good. Hope things stay that way.

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 6- Make an Irresistible “About” Page

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