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Commenting Basics: Day 5 – Commenting On Comments

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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. >”<🙂🙂>”<

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Commenting Basics: Day 4 – Try Respectful Disagreement

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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.

youshouldclickthislink.com

 

What a good post! If you want, come visit my new blog:

ijuststartedblogging.com

 

nothingbutmyURL.com

 

Great!

visitmyblogprettyplease.com

 

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

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Introduction:

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.

Links:

Cynthia Thomason, Author

Reader Service (Member’s Only Offers)

Harlequin Books

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Cynthia Thomason’s Brief Bio

Try Harlequin

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Harlequin Books-Facebook

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Harlequin Teen

 

 

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.

Commenting Basics: Day 1- Just Start Talking!

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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.

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A PLEASANT  SURPRISE. PHOTO CREDIT: EYTH FAMILY.

My 1st Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was just recently honored by WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I want to thank WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) for this honor. This means a lot to me.

Here Are The Rules For The Award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and ask 11 new questions for them.
  • Finally list the rules and include The Sunshine Blogger logo somewhere in the post.

The 11 Questions that WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) asked and the answers are in italics.

  1. How old are you? I’m ??.
  2. What is your job and do you like your job. I’m unemployed and I wish I had a job.
  3. Do you like school and if your out of school, Did you like school? I’m out of school and I hated school.
  4. What is your main goal in life? To Do God’s will.
  5. Do you have any pets and if you do, What kind of animals do you have? I have 1 cat.
  6. Do you like to travel and if so Where? Not at this time I don’t travel.
  7. Do you have any Brother’s or Sisters and if so how many of each? Yes. I have 2 younger sisters.
  8. What’s your favorite sport and why? It’s a tossup between NASCAR and Football. Why? Not really sure.
  9. Where does your best friend live as opposed to where you live. I live 20+ miles away from my best friends.
  10. Do you collect anything? Yes
  11. Tell me a random fact about you. I have natural curly hair.

My 11 Blog Nominees Are:

  1. The Joyful Soul Creates
  2. MiddleMe
  3. Smoky Cat and Sally Dog
  4. Rabbit Girl Crafts
  5. Nut Free Nerd
  6. Her Lost Mango
  7. Books, dogs and cats
  8. Questionable Tortoise Couture
  9. No Dog About It Blog
  10. savedandblessedblog.wordpress.com
  11. For Jesus First Loved Me

My Questions For My Blog Nominees Are:

  1. What’s your favorite television show?
  2. Do you have any pets and if so what animals do you have?
  3. Have you ever been bullied?
  4. What book did you last read and what was the name of it?
  5. What’s your favorite sport(s)?
  6. What kind of car do you drive?
  7. Do you like to shop and if so where?
  8. What advice or suggestions do you have for bloggers do you have?
  9. How  old are you?
  10. Where do you live?
  11. Tell me a random fact about you?

 

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.