When reading a fashion magazine today, I noticed that many things have at some point been labeled the “new black.” Why not blogging? A lot of people are doing it. People blog to express themselves, to record their children’s lives, to increase their creativity, to track their journey. People blog in color, in black and white, through pictures, through video. People blog with big words, with little words, about facts, and fiction. People blog about books, about exercise, about technology, about blogging. They blog about truth and about beauty. Blogging is everywhere and it’s about everything. So, I say blogging is the new black.

Word of the Week: Blogging

Word to the Wise:  “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

Disclaimer: I read only the highest class of fashion magazines for blogging inspiration.

Do you have a blog? If so, what do you write about?

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When I started this blog, it was to fill a void. You see, I was doing very interesting but very serious work at the time, and my creative brain was starved. This blog was the perfect solution for that situation.

As I started this blogging endeavor, I began spending numerous  hours reading blogs and blogs about blogs. I read that to be a successful blog (generally speaking) I needed to study up and read other blogs, write for a larger audience (not just my loyal followers, ahem) about a specific topic, and write frequently. I think these tips are excellent, but they began to take over.

During this time, things changed. I no longer had a creative void that needed to be filled, and I was left with an overactive blog.

So, I began thinking about re-doing the blog, spicing things up a bit. This is when I realized I needed to write my own rules for blogging, some ground rules, if you will. So, here goes.

Rule #1:  I will not blog stalk. I love following other blogs. I even have a few favorites. But, if I start to feel envious of someone else’s fun life, his or her number of followers, or his or her captivating writing, I will not let that feeling take over. I will not blog stalk.

Rule #2: I will not feel obligated to blog. Here’s the thing. I don’t get paid to do this. I would love to…but I don’t. So, I will blog when I want to blog – no more, no less. (my exception is the Sunday post, which started it all. the Sunday post will continue.)

Rule #3: I will not keep track of my followers or the number of site visits. I did. I even set a goal for myself once. I exceeded it a few weeks after my intended time period. It was exciting.  …it was fleeting. I will blog because I want to blog, not because I want people to read it. If you read it, thank you. If you don’t read it, that’s okay too (unless of course you are my friend or family…then, it is unacceptable).

Rule #4: I will blog about whatever I want.

Rule #5: Rules are sometimes meant for breaking.

Word of the Week: Rules

Word to the Wise:  “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”  Romans 10:4

Disclaimer:  I make no claims that my “new rules of blogging” will bring you a successful blog. I only instituted these rules to relieve some of the stress in my own life. Follow them at your own risk. Blog responsibly.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by something? What rules have you set for yourself to stay focused on your priorities?

Feature Friday

April 8, 2011

Date:  April 8, 2011

Blog: BigGameJobHunting.com

Author: Sherry

Link: http://www.biggamejobhunting.com/

Description: With so many people looking for work these days, this blog is a site to be shared! Whether you are looking for freelance, traditional, or residual work, this is a go-to site. Big Game Job Hunting reviews job search engines and provides tips and tricks for navigating today’s job market. Check it out!

Feature Friday

March 25, 2011

Date:  March 25, 2011

Blog: Belly Acres, Alabama

Authors: Sherry

Link: http://bellyacresalabama.blogspot.com/

Description: Belly Acres is a blog recording Sherry’s belly aches…along with anything else in life worth writing about! The subtitle, Front Porch-Pickin’ in the Blogosphere, definitely sets the tone for the blog. It’s like home cooking for the eyes, a cozy blanket for the body…or a virtual front porch for friends.

Word Rummage

March 23, 2011

I am re-evaluating my existing posts and considering some additional options for the blog. Because of this, Word Rummage will be temporarily discontinued with a possibility of permanent deletion.

April Book Selection

March 19, 2011

And the winner is…The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

Results:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 83.33%
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See – 16.67%
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – 0%

Upcoming events for the Bloggy Book Club are listed below:

March Book Club Dates
April 2: Bloggy Book Club – We will discuss March’s book – The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

April Book Club Dates
April 30: Bloggy Book Club – We will discuss April’s book – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

May Book Club Dates
April 12:  May Book Poll
– Vote for the book you would like to read in May.
April 16:  May Book Selection – I will announce the book we will be reading in May.
May 28:  Bloggy Book Club – We will discuss the selected book for May. 

If you have any book recommendations for the May poll (which will occur in April), please leave them below! I will use your suggestions to build the poll. Questions or suggestions? Let me know!

Recent book club posts:

February 2011 – Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Bloggy Book Club
Bloggy Book Review

Happy reading!

Word Rummage

March 16, 2011

Special Edition

Date:  March 16, 2011

Today, instead of researching one word in particular, we are going to look at a list of 100 Beautiful and Ugly Words! Find this list here.

I particularly like the words ethereal and iridescent.  I like the way they sound.  I like what they mean.  I connect to them for some reason or another.

What words do you find most beautiful? Do you disagree with any of the words listed?