UPDATE

This is an update on some comments going to my WordPress SPAM FOLDER. I addressed this 5 days ago and if you haven’t read the post or you just want to refresh in your mind what I’ve said, you can read the post by clicking HERE

To those who are going to my SPAM FOLDER and are wondering why? Let me try to explain. I’ve been getting SPAMMED by certain sites and from what I’ve been seeing WordPress SPAM Filter is not only putting the sites in SPAM but other sites with part of the same URL.

What Do I want from you? I need all of you to patient and bear with me please. Another thing I ask of you especially those getting Spammed please don’t keep commenting me What? If you have a legit blog I will find that out when I check out your site. If you only leave me only an e-mail address well I have no way of checking that out so it probably won’t be approved unless I recognize it. Also to those who have a blog in some other language other than English, please make sure you have Google Translator or another way to translate to English so I can check your blog out.  Please keep commenting.

I can hear the question now she’s told us what she wants us to do but what’s she going to do? Well I’ve done part of it already. Below is what I’m going to do.

  1. Take all e-mails off Blacklist(DONE).

  2. Put certain e-mails on the list to go to moderation first. No guarantees 

    I’ve done everything I can so I guess we’ll see what happens. Also, just a friendly reminder don’t keep asking What? to me or other bloggers if you see your comment  might be going to SPAM. I check ALL sites out before approving. Keep in mind that if I can’t translate your site to English I can’t approve your comment. I will be posting this on my other site also so everyone can see it.

Thanks For Your Patience,

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1337 LIKES – CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE

I’m excited because today WordPress just notified me that CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE just got 1337 likes. My actual total 1344 and counting and it’s all because of ALL my readers. Now I realize that this may not seem like a big deal to some of you but for me it is since I worked really hard to get all these likes. I appreciate and I’m grateful for each like I get.

A HUGE BIG THANK YOU TO ALL MY READERS.  GIVE YOURSELF A PAT ON THE BACK BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU. 

 

Sunday Selfie: 4 Selfies

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Please caption the above picture. Also, please join us every Sunday for Sunday Selfie hosted by http://thecatonmyhead.com.

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Caption Contest

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Below use the Contact Form to send me your caption for the above picture. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s captions.

Shortcode for testimonials is

Your blog really looks good and I really like it. You’ve done a great job putting it together. Kudos to you for setting your blog up so well. How did you do it?  Please use contact form testimonials, testimonials on blog posts or both. —daisymae2017—    

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Love this post as I’m fascinated by the meaning of flowers and studied the carefully before I chose the flowers for my wedding bouquet. Thanks for sharing this and have a lovely day. –Pamela—

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Jessica from PersonalGrowth&Success blog said about my post encouragement the following: Love this post! It was right up my alley since I love encouraging others as much well!! Thanks for sharing all of this positivity!! The world needs more of it🙂

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YeevanieShepherd of https://yeevanieshepherd.wordpress.com from Her Thoughts~Her Ways Blog. If you haven’t checked out her blog you should. She commented Hey great content and interesting pics . Keep it up. Shortcode for portfolio is Shortcode for testimonials is

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The Quotes Say It All

https://violetsvegancomics.com said, 😃Your blog is lovely🙂

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Shortcode for my portfolio is

Peek A Boo!!

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“BIG DADDY BEAR”

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FLOWERS/PLANTS/TREES

 

SUNFLOWER SURPRISE

My nephew thought all the sunflowers he planted weren’t going to come up. Boy did he get a pleasant Surprise when he saw that some of his sunflowers actually did grow. In the above picture is my nephew with his sunflowers.

SQUIRREL FUN!!

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DEER, DEER, MORE DEER AND A TURKEY

   

DOGS, DOGS AND MORE DOGS

QUEEN DAISY MAE

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DAISY MAE AND HER FRIENDS

 

To write a testimonial please use contact form and it will be added manually.

ENCOURAGING ADVICE!!

MY SPARKS FOR THE WEEK IS ENCOURAGING ADVICE. THIS IS ADVICE WE ALL SHOULD TAKE AND REMEMBER.My encouraging advice to everyone  is to remember that we’ve all failed at one time or another in our lifetime and if you haven’t failed yet you eventually will. When you do fail you will feel like giving up.  My suggestion to you is DON’T GIVE UP!!  How is this encouraging? It’s encouraging because failure at something we desire to have or want really, really bad  means one thing and one thing only and that is that we are headed in the right direction to get  what we want and sometimes we find that we are blessed with something better than we wanted. Also, always remember that the Big named people at Big named companies didn’t get to the top overnight. Another thing to remember is that they had to fail multiple times before making it big so don’t worry if you fail multiple times. http://mcguffysreader.com started this project and tries to spread encouragement weekly. She also invites anyone who wants to help her spread encouragement.  If you like this post and/or site please use the contact form and it will be put in manually. Thanks In Advance.

 

CALLING ALL GUEST BLOGGERS!!

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INTRODUCTION

Hi everyone and welcome to CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE.  We are glad you decided to visit us today because we think you might be able to help us out. Intrigued yet? Well it’s really no mystery what we’re looking for and that is a few guest bloggers. Please don’t be surprised if I contact some of you by e-mail or by WordPress.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for people who are willing to be Guest Bloggers on CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE and possibly let us Guest Blog on your blog sometime in the future.

WHAT YOU CAN BLOG ABOUT

  • Cats And Dogs.
  • Animals.
  • Shelter Work.
  • Charity Work.
  • Food/Recipes.
  • Country Living And/Or City Living.
  • Family.
  • Poetry.
  • Appropriate Pictures(I Must Approve Pictures).
  • Sports.
  • If You Want To Blog About Something Other Than What’s Been Stated It’ll Have To Be Approved.

Please Note that ALL work and titles must be approved my me. Also if you’re going to do a Guest Blog, All Work Must Be Your Own.

WHAT’S NOT ALLOWED

  • NO SWEAR WORDS.
  • NOTHING POLITICAL

THANK YOU

Thank You In Advance for ALL your help!! 

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COMPLETED!!

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Can you believe it? I just finished my fourth blogging course. It really feels great. I was looking to see what’s next and it’s on business. I think  for now I’ll skip that one and go on to Poetry. I won’t be taking that course right away though. I’m going to take a break. I’m getting ready to do another guest blog on Pets Overload. Once Again if you’d like to do a guest post on CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!

THANK YOU FOR READING AND VISITING EVERYONE!!

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SEO AND YOUR BLOG

Today is day 10/10 of my blogging course Branding And Growth and you know what that means.  This is my last blogging course and assignment for a while. YIPEE!!

TODAY’S TASK

Today’s task is that  I’m to do an SEO audit on my blog. I’m also to pick one thing to fix or work on today.

WHAT I FIXED AND WORKED

  • I updated my WordPress profile.
  • I worked on tags not relevant to my post. To Many Tags according to WordPress can make seem like a spammer even though you aren’t.

HOW TO AUDIT YOUR BLOG’S SEO

  • Consider Key Words – You’ll want to make sure you brainstorm the most important keywords for your site and use them frequently in your tagline, posts and tags. For example, if you were a travel blogger your key words might include “travel”, “vacation”, “hotel”, the names of destination cities, and other related words such as “nomad” or “backpacking”.
  • Write A Descriptive Tagline – Even if your theme doesn’t display your tagline, search engines can see it. Make sure your tagline accurately describes what your blog is about. Your tagline is a great place for your most important keywords.
  • Ensure Your Profile Is Complete – Ensure your name, screen name, and most importantly your blog’s URL appears on your Profile links. This is especially important when you comment on other people’s blogs.
  • Put Yourself Out There – Make time to visit the reader, follow blogs your interested in and comment thoughtfully on other people’s blogs. Every time you comment on someone’s blog, you also leave your name and URL automatically ( provided your profile is complete). People are naturally curious about the awesome someone who left a thoughtful comment and they’ll follow the link back to your site to learn more about you.
  • Publish Regularly – Make sure that you’re offering new content frequently so that Google comes crawling to index your site.
  • Be Selective With Tags – Choose only the tags most relevant to your posts. Posts with too many tags can be viewed as spammy and those with a combination of 15 tags or more may not appear in the Reader(this I didn’t know). 

MORE READING ON SEO(LINKS)

FOR MORE SUPPORT ON SEO(LINKS)

CONCLUSION

All of these tips, tools and links can help you with your blog. I learned a lot from this blogging course. Any suggestions or feedback please use comment section or contact form below.

 

Grow Your Audience With Guest Posters

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Today is day 9 of 10 of my blogging course Branding And Growth. Today’s assignment sounds interesting and fun. Today we will be talking about how to Grow Your Audience With Guest Posters.

TODAY’S TASK

Find a Guest Poster. If appropriate, plan to publish guest posts on one another’s blog. Does this really work(Bring in new readers to your blog)? I must say it does work. I’ve had a guest post on Katzenworld, Pets Overload and the only had one blog that ever guest posted on my blog and that was The Recipe Hunter. 

WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR

I’m looking to find a guest blogger to post on my personal blog CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. For those not familiar with this blog of mine it’s about Photos, Blogging, Animals, Family, Poetry And Much, Much More. I also hope to be a guest blogger on your blogs too. Another thing I would really like is to start a really good blogging friendship with everyone. I like meeting new people and making friends through blogging. So I hope to get some guest posts. If you are interested on my blog please use the Contact Form below. PLEASE NOTE: I MIGHT CONTACT SOME OF YOU BY E-MAIL OR BY YOUR CONTACT FORM ON YOUR PERSONAL BLOG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resurfacing & Sharing Content

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Today is day 8 of my blogging course, Branding And Growth: Resurfacing And Sharing Content. Please be patient with me because I’m not so sure I understand what they’re asking but here it goes.

MY TASK: TIPS RESHARE OLDER POSTS

Today my task is to create a social media calendar that you’ll use to reshare older posts. In class we are told if we don’t know what to share here are some tips.

  • Share Your Top Posts.
  • Share Posts From Other Blogs You Enjoyed.
  • Share Relevant Links From Your Internet Reading.
  • Share Posts In Other Time Zones Other Than Yours And Those Next To You To Attract An International Audience.
  • Have You Written About A Topic That Became A News Item? Share It.
  • Share Your Least Popular Post.

MAKING A SOCIAL CALENDAR

So If you start seeing posts you thought you saw and/or read before it’s possible you may have. I’m not on the internet much so probably won’t see much from there. Also part of today’s task is to make a social calendar. If you don’t know how to make a social calendar here are the tips WordPress University gave.

  • Friday, April 15: Tweet My “Best Of” Page.
  • Monday, April 19: Tweet My Top Post From March.
  • Wednesday, April 20: Tweet My Top Post From Last Week.
  • Friday, April 22: Tweet My Post From Earlier This Week.
  • Monday, April 25: Tweet A Great Post I Found This Week.

This explains things a little better. I appreciate all the help trying to understand this.

TOOLS FOR MAKING A SOCIAL CALENDAR

  • You Can Keep Your Social Calendar In A Draft Post On Your Site.
  • Create A Calendar Using An App Such As Word For Windows Or Pages If You Use Mac.
  • Simplenote Is A Great App That Allows You To Take Notes From Anywhere (On Your Phone, Tablet And Laptop) So It’s Great For Capturing That Idea You Have For Your Social Media Calendar Whenever Inspiration Strikes.
  • If You Prefer The Analog Approach, Jot Down Your Calendar Using A Pen Or Pencil In A Notebook.

APPS THAT CAN HELP YOU SCHEDULE YOUR REPROMOTION

  • Buffer Is A Great Tool That Allows You To Schedule Posts On Social Media In Advance.
  • CoSchedule Is A WordPress Plugin That Allows You To Set Up A Sharing Schedule For Each Individual Post. Note That CoSchedule Works Only With Self-Hosted WordPress Sites.

CONCLUSION

I don’t know if some of you use a social calendar or not. However, according to WordPress it helps. If any of you have suggestions I will take them under consideration.

 

Wordless Wednesday

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Visit The Neighbors

bloggingu-blue-logoToday is day 7 of my blogging course Branding And Growth: Visit The Neighbors.

TODAY’S TASK

I am to visit 3 new blogs and leave an encouraging comment on each one to get them to visit my blogs. I’m to find new blogs through the Discover and Recommendation buttons/links.

BLOGS I VISITED

  1. BBeautiful Blog – Drea Taylor – Visited through the tag #bloggingbranding.
  2. Flow Art Station – Visited through WordPress Reader.
  3. Poethead – Visited through WordPress Reader – Also Followed This Blog.
  4. https://toyosiazeez.wordpress.com– I Visited This Blog Through A Link. They Followed My Blog, CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE .  Also Followed This Blog.

Encouragement & Friendship Flowers

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WHITE GALAX FLOWER.

INTRODUCTION:

While I was thinking about what to do for Sparks I had a thought and that thought was why don’t you do something with the meaning of encouragement. Of course I tried and tried to come up with something else but all I could think of was wanting Spring to get here and the sunshine and the pretty flowers to stay for a while.  Then I said to myself, flowers that’s it I’ll do it on flowers. So I looked up on the internet to see what flowers are associated with encouragement and friendship and this is what I found. I have included their meanings as well.

ENCOURAGEMENT AND FRIENDSHIP FLOWERS AND THEIR MEANINGS:

  1. Acacia, Rose or White – Platonic love/friendship, Elegance.
  2. Adam’s Needle (Yucca) – Best Friends.
  3. Arborvitae – True and unchanging friendship.
  4. Black – eyed Susan – Encouragement, Motivation, Justice.
  5. Carnation (general) – Fascination, Friendship, Vanity, Worker’s flower, Symbolic for teaching us to find love that is between souls and not purely physical attraction, In the 17th century troops sported carnations as a sign of their bravery, Chosen as the symbol for Mother’s Day in 1907, January birth flower, Used for 1st Wedding Anniversaries.
  6. Daisy, Gerbera – Friendship, Sadness, Needing Protection.
  7. Galax – Friendship, Encouragement.
  8. Gerbera – Gentleness, Friendship, Loyal love, Purity, Strength, You are the sunshine of my life.
  9. Ivy – Affection, Dependence, Fidelity, Friendship, Wedded love.
  10. Periwinkle, Blue  – Early Friendship.
  11. Phlox, Pink – Hope of new friendship.
  12. Rose, Yellow – Friendship or platonic love, Infidelity, Jealousy, Highest mark of distinction, Forgive and Forget.

 

Due to the fact of so many, furfriends, loved ones passing lately I made up a brief flower list for that to in honor of them.

 

FLOWERS OF SADNESS AND THEIR MEANINGS:

  1. Aloe – Sorrow, Grief, Integrity, Bitterness, Wisdom.
  2. Balm, Bee (Monarda or Bergamot) – Compassion, Empathy, Your “wiles” are irresistible.
  3. Canna Lily (or Flowering Reed) – Confide in Heaven.
  4. Clover, White – Think of Me.
  5. Columbine – Resolved to win, Deserted love, Folly, During the Gothic era the columbine gained a reputation of having powers to ward off evil.
  6. Dahlia, Variegated – I think of you constantly!
  7. *Dead Leaves – Sadness (*this is not a flower).
  8. Everlasting – Constancy, never-ending  memory.
  9. Forget – me – not – Memories, Humility, True love, Exactly as it says, mythology describes this as the flower picked by a knight for his sweetheart before going into battle, One legend has it that God himself called it that because the plant was unable to remember the name it had been given when the world was created, Longing for loyalty.
  10. Hyacinth, Purple – I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Sorrow.
  11. Immortal Flowers ( Xeranthemum) – Unfading remembrance.
  12. Lady’s Seal – Be my support.
  13. Pansy – Holy Trinity, loyalty, Strengthens the power of the memory, Loving thoughts or “You occupy my thoughts”, Merriment, Thoughtful reflection, German word translating as “little stepmother”, Used for 1st Wedding Anniversaries.
  14. Periwinkle (general) – Sweet remembrance.
  15. Primrose – I cannot live without you, Young love, Early youth (childhood), Thoughtlessness, Frivolity, February birth flower.
  16. Queen Anne’s Lace – Fantasy, Haven, Self reliance, Sanctuary.
  17. Rose, Black – Deeper feeling of romance, Sense of mystery, Death.
  18. Rose, Dark Crimson – Mourning.
  19. Rose, Tea – I’ll remember always.
  20. Rosemary – Remembrance, Your presence revives me!, Glad you’re here!, Invigorating, Healing balm, Memory strengthener, Devotion, Wisdom, Good luck in the new year.
  21. Strawflower – Neverending remembrance.
  22. Sweet Pea – Meet Me!, Blissful pleasure, Tender memory, Departure, Goodbye, Thank you for a lovely time, These flowers are long-lasting after being clipped, April birth flower, Used for 30th Wedding Anniversaries.
  23. Sweet William – Childhood, Memory, Gallantry, Finesse, Scorn, Grant me one smile.
  24. Thrift (Cliff Roses) – Sympathy.
  25. Verbena – Faithfulness, Pray for me, Sensibility.
  26. Violet Purple – You occupy my thoughts, Blue love.
  27. Weeping Willow – Mourning.
  28. Yarrow – Cure for heartache, Good Health, Heals wounds, Dispels melancholy, Sorrow.
  29. Yew – Sadness.
  30. Zinnia (general)- Thoughts of absent friends either alive or passed on.
  31. Zinnia (mixed) – In memory of dear friend.
  32. Zinnia (Yellow) – Daily remembrance.
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My information and some of my pictures are from Flower Meanings, A – Z Flower Dictionary and Flower Pictures Flower Meanings Chart and Guide to Unique Gift Giving , Images of The Galax Flower and the Graphic Credit for the Purple Hyacinth goes to http://fineartamerica.com.

 

Dig Deep Into A Social Network

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Today is day 6 of my blogging course Branding and Growth: Dig Deep into a Social Network.

Today’s Task:

Pick a social network you’ll use to grow your blog, and outline a plan for how you’ll use it.

Network I Picked:

The social network I picked was LinkedIn. I do share on Google+ but use LinkedIn more. I am connected to have my posts shared to my connections On LinkedIn and on Google+ I can only share to my profile and comment. LinkedIn is my best bet. I’ve added sharing buttons so everyone has the opportunity to share my posts.

 

Oh No!!

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GUESS IF WE WANT FOOD WE HAVE TO EAT WITH THE DEER!!

Make the Most of Your Archives

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Wahoo!! Today is day 5 of my blogging course Branding And Growth: Make the Most of Your Archives which means I’m 1/2 way done. Yeah!!🙂🙂🤗🤗

TODAY’S  TASK:

Integrate a feature to draw traffic to your older content, like a widget, list of related posts, or a “Best of” page.  A few ways this can be done is:

  • A go-to page compiling your best posts is the simplest way to get readers to older content (or add some links to your About page).
  • When writing new posts, refer to past pieces with well placed links. Readers are always engaged with your post, so so pointing them to other content draws them deeper into your blog.
  • The Related Posts Feature automatically adds links to other posts your readers might like at the bottom of each post.
  • Widgets like Top Posts and Pages, Categories, and Archive Widgets Add a variety of navigation to your sidebar(mine is in the footer).

What I Did:

I put some links across the header at the top of my page. The links are: Home, A Sample Of Crystal’s Photo-Blogging, About And Contact Page. I also have in my footer Top Posts And Pages, Archives: Top Archive Posts and I even have a calendar entitled Crystal’s Calendar. Personally I think I did pretty good. I would love to hear what you think and please do read some older posts. 

 

Give ‘EM What They Want

bloggingu-blue-logoToday is day 4 of my blogging course Branding And Growth: Give ‘Em What They Want and I am to do live with the design I have for today and take a step back and focus on my content.

MY TASK:

Do a basic stats analysis and create an editorial calendar. Also, I am to browse my stats page and ask myself the following questions. Please Note that my answers are in Italics.

  • What are your most viewed posts? Topics? Your top posts by number of likes? Sadly today I have only have 1 post that was viewed twice and that was Get Read All Over, In the last week(up to March 5, 2018) I have I have 71 views and my top posts are: ENCOURAGEMENT, Setting Goals, AUDIT YOUR BRAND, Get Read All Over and Photo-Bomb(Deer Style):Wordless Wednesday.That’s for the week From the looks of it my readers like reading Encouraging posts and informative posts.
  • Which topics have the most comments?Encouraging posts.
  • Are there posts or topics you are surprised are popular? Yes. I think it’s because the posts are positive, encouraging and informative.
  • Which times and days of the week bring the most traffic? This question I’m not sure of the answer but my guess is midday to evening.
  • Making an editorial calendar? I’m confused here. I schedule a lot of posts so that’s going to be my editorial calendar. What do you think.

Get Read All Over

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Today’s task is that I have to make sure my site is mobile-friendly, and familiarize myself with the features of a responsive design. The links to see the responsive themes are: Responsive Themes (ALL)Responsive Themes (FREE) and Responsive Themes (PREMIUM). Is my theme responsive? Probably not since it is a retired theme. The one theme I’m looking at is a responsive theme so I might change to that. Please give me your feedback on how my blog looks on a mobile phone, I Pad or computer. Please use the contact form to give me theme suggestions from Responsive themes that are free.  Thanks In Advance Everyone.

 

AUDIT YOUR BRAND

bloggingu-blue-logoToday is day 2 of my blogging course Branding And Growth: Audit Your Brand. Today I’m to look at all the ways my blog communicates to visitors to make sure it’s consistent and focused. My blog Title and Tag line should tell my visitors what my blog is about. I just have to explore themes, widgets, headers and etc… What I would like you as visitors and followers to do is let me know your thoughts and suggestions especially for themes and headers. Thanks In Advance. I’ve put a contact form for everyone to use. Thanks Again.

Photo-Bomb(Deer Style): Wordless Wednesday

I have started joining the Comedy Plus team on Wednesdays for Wordless Wednesday. Wordless Wednesday is when you share a picture which conveys  a message without words. The code for Wordless Wednesday is in the sidebar of Comedy Plus’ s blog or you can enter your link in Mr. Linky’s page which can be found on the Comedy Plus Blog too.  I hope you join us. If you do join us, be sure to put the Wordless Wednesday badge somewhere in your post. Can’t wait to see your pictures.

 

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