These are all interesting facets of her blog, but she had another idea that really made her stand out from the rest of the crowd in my book. Cathy came up with the idea of Blog Blast Friday. This is another one of those "bloggers helping bloggers" ideas that I am so very fond of. The idea is that you submit the link to a post that you are particularly proud of, and Cathy hosts all the links in one place for everyone to check out. It's kind of like a "best of" for bloggers. Kind of similar to "blog carnivals" (like Grand Rounds that Dr. A often talks about.
In any case, Cathy's first "Friday Blog Blast" is THIS FRIDAY! She was hoping to get at least 10 articles, but I'm hoping she gets a lot more. Posts on ANY topic will be accepted this time around (in the future, she may do topics week to week). So, if you're interested in participating and gaining a little extra exposure for your blog while featuring one of the articles you are most proud of. Just send Cathy an email cathy(dot)aus(at)gmail(dot)com with a link to your article. And don't forget to check back on Friday once the Blog Blast is up and running!
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Well, I got my first shipment of Best Buy Bucks in the mail today. I am referring to those that come on the Chicken Selects and Premium Chicken Sandwiches at McDonald's as part of their Monopoly game. If you send me your pieces, I will accept them as cash at face value and apply them towards your being a premium blog. It's a great way to spend those dollars that might otherwise go to waste if you don't shop at Best Buy that much. Just contact me at BobbyGriffin@gmail.com for my address if you are interested. Thanks!
The following is a PayPerPost advertisement...scroll down for more posts The Ford Mustang has always been my favorite kind of car. Red ones specifically. Now, I have long since conceded the fact that I will never own one (barring an unforeseen lottery win), but that doesn't mean that I can't stare in awe at them still. I am a person who spends his money very sensibly, but if someone gave me a check for 50 grand and said I had to spend it foolishly, I would certainly put that money towards a nice new Ford Mustang.
Happy Halloween to all my readers. Up until this year Halloween had been a fun holiday. But now, being a teacher, Halloween is a big excuse for kids to be hyper and doped up on sugar that eventually leads to a headache for me (and probably for them once they come down off of the sugar). I'm sure once I settle in as a teacher it will get better, but as a new teacher little things like this still stress me out.
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On a day when spooks rule and darkness reigns, let's reflect on a small corner of the blogosphere known as Christine's Epiphany Sanctuary. Ahhh.........that's better. 'Creating sanctuary for the spirit, both inside and out' - that's her blog claim to fame and she doesn't disappoint.
Christine loves plants. Did I mention Christine loves plants? Let me say it again. Christine LOVES PLANTS. Listen to this author talk about plants........"Calla lillies, white. I love the old fashioned calla lillies. I pine to have a creek running through a genteel-countryside half-acre, lined with calla lillies and moss and ferns, very sheltered under large trees." I told you her blog was a sanctuary.
Did I mention Christine is creating a prayer garden around her house? She tends her garden like she tends to her soul. Contemplatively and with prayerful creativity and sincerity. What makes her blog special is that once you spend some time there you really feel like you're in a warm lovely corner of the universe where petals are precious and cats named Mackers are human. She will share her faith with you, bare her very tender soul and all the while make you think she's just a hippie girl full of serendipity and spunk. Well.....she is! You'll also enjoy her wacky brand of humor and down-to-earth opinions
So don't worry about those ghosts and goblins tonight. Come sit awhile in the Epiphany Sanctuary and tell her Mimi Lenox and Bestest Blog sent you. The picture shown in this post was taken in Christine's own backyard where in her words, "The glory of God can be found everywhere." I see it. Don't you? We are in a sanctuary you know.
The following is a PayPerPost advertisement...scroll down for more posts This is a post for all you computer geeks out there. Everyone else scroll away. When I was in my advanced programming class in college, one program we had to use was Eclipse. Let me tell you, it was a bitch to figure out how to use. Well, this is an ad for an Eclipse Plugin that makes the functionality of Eclipse that much easier. I wish I had found this when I was writing my complex computer project, it only costs $30 and it's probably the only Eclipse plug-in you'll ever need (though admittedly, many of you out there will never have any need for an Eclipse plug-in...but I told you not to need this anyway!)
GhostRose is a fiction writer in the UK, who is an intrepid young Blogger. One of the first people to switch to Beta Blogger, she is an excellent source for HTML questions to be answered -- such as how to put a photo in your title bar.
I thought her site would be appropriate for the day before Halloween, because her site is decked out for the holiday, and along with being a writer she is a poet, astrologer, and Tarot Card reader.
Speaking of Halloween, check out her Halloween Meme, where -- despite her Blogging name of GhostRose, she says she's fearful of ghosts! Much of her writing has a supernatural theme to it, and she is going to be one of the Bloggers who will be participating in NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month -- where writers attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!), which starts on November 1st. A brave soul, she plans on posting her NaNoWriMo writings as she writes them on her Blog. I look forward to reading what I'm sure will be a supernatural thrill ride.
So get into the Halloween spirit and scare yourself over to The TouchWolf Institute. Make sure you tell her that Morgen and Bestest Blog sent you over for a ghoulish good time!
The following is a PayPerPost advertisement...scroll down for more posts I've turned my "Bestest Blog" idea into a bit of a business here...plus, I like to give out lots of advice on how to manage your own blog. One thing I've mentioned a bunch is how to make your blog rank higher in the search engines, well, here is a blog completely dedicated to that idea: SEO Blog
One of our regulars here will be leaving us (at least temporarily), so I am looking for someone to fill those shoes. If you think you might be interested in a regular stint as a guest blogger here at Bestest Blog, please email me at BobbyGriffin@gmail.com and let me know why you deserve the position. Thanks!
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Thanks to everyone who linked me up this week. Your link should now be appearing in my collection (even if you requested one as recent as 5 minutes ago). There are 47 new blogs for you to peruse in the Recent Additions page. Thank you also to those who made a donation this week. Of special note, we have a new blog claiming the top spot on the Prgemium Blog list. Congratulations and a big thank you to Barb from Skittles' Place for her donation of $125 (which came in 4 separate installments).
The following is a PayPerPost advertisement...scroll down for more posts I have been talking about moving a lot lately. Probably the typical Northeast winter starting to get to me. Maybe I'll buy me some Scottsdale real estate, anything beats New Jersey!!
Your chance to be "Bestest Blog of the Month" for November is going fast! Only 6 hours left until it's all decided...and currently last month's winner is winning again! Guess that goes to show I have at least 1 satisfied customer! If you wanna steal the auction away from him, click here and go make a bid!
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It's a Blog Eat Blog World The whole guest blogger idea was received so well that I decided to make it twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday (otherwise the line would have taken us into October already!). This pick comes to us courtest of Julie from "Flip This Body." Interested in being a guest blogger? Click here to find out how!Morgen, the self-titled “gay gift shop owner” from Michigan, is the author of the hilarious It’s a Blog Eat Blog World, and I proudly nominate him for Bestest Blog of the Day.
First off, Morgen is freakin’ hilarious. Anything that he writes has me chuckling, if not rolling in my cubicle. He is able to take an every day occurrence and turn it into a stand-up comedy routine to rival Jerry Seinfeld.
Morgen’s posts vary in content; from the every-day wackiness of his small town shop visitors to the mating rituals of his pet chickens. He sets a weekly schedule of topics in the sidebar, ranging from “Herbal Soap Stud of the Week” (complete with a studly photo to match the herbal soap he’s featuring at his store) to “Seven Silly Questions Saturday” (he picks a different reader each week to interview with silly questions.)
By far, my favorite posts detail his trip to Egypt, where his flight landed in Cairo on September 11th, 2001. Yes, THAT September 11th. The stories about his trip are really compelling, very often ending in a cliffhanger that finds you logging on the next day to find out what happened. Lost passports, held at gunpoint by Egypt police, blatant come-ons from local men…and this is all before lunch on Day 1! Morgen includes “Extra Egypt” posts to explain specifics of Egyptian culture that are really fascinating (such as the definition of Baksheesh = the tipping that is expected everywhere you go for any service imaginable) and then he links back to these definition posts when mentioning the confusing word in his story, so as not to keep any of his new (or just forgetful) readers in the dark. Very thoughtful!
He LOVES reader comments and feedback, and he does a great job of involving his readers by posting a “Question of the Day.” He really wants to get to know his readers and tries his best to respond to each comment after they are made.
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...on your chance to bid on "Bestest Blog of the Month." Check out the eBay auction here. The current bid is still lower than last month's winning bid, despite the fact that this site is growing every day. In fact, last month's winning bidding is currently winning this bid as well, because he has been THAT happy with the results!
I am on the brink of receiving my first PayPerPost payment. Well, that's not entirely true, I've already received $40 in referral fees...but I am about to receive my first money for actually making a post. One of the site rules is that you must leave up posts for 30 days. So, once those 30 days are over, you get your payment, and you're free to delete that post (if you feel like it). So, 29 days later, I've done 45 posts and $324.55 in payment will start to creep into my PayPal account day by day. Not bad, not bad at all. If you're interested in signing up with PayPerPost, please use my email, BobbyGriffin@gmail.com, as your referrer! I found out about this site was one of the blogs in my directory, The Foo Logs, thanks The Foo (unfortunately, I couldn't find his email address when I was signing up, so he didn't get the referral fee...sorry!).
Sorry that I didn't post a blog choice for today. I was away from my computer during the prime posting hours. Know that I am now back and working hard on your updates! Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
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Chavie (who goes by the moniker "csmc") is a cool former-Chasidic Jew chick, living the swingin' singles life in Seattle. She is an artist and a recent weight "loser." She chronicled her weight loss in a blog called "Success on the Horizon", while maintaining a separate blog for her artist endeavors called "My Own Superhero". She recently decided to put it all together to form Terra Incognita, which is now a nice balance of the two.
The look of the blog is sharp, clean and artistic - you don't even see any links until you scroll all the way to the end, which makes the blog seem more welcoming and easier on the eyes. When reading it, I often feel like I'm reading my own writing, except a little more sophisticated, trendy and intelligent. Her posts are always written well (you'll rarely see "filler" blog material) and the content is personal, thoughtful and funny. You feel like you're having a conversation with your hip alternative friend in a coffee shop in the Village. (No, not The Village. THE Village.)
One of Chavie's more entertaining and thought-provoking posts centered around our youth's obsession with MySpace. Another entertaining post focused on her obsession with video games. You just never know what you're going to read next! Whatever the post, Chavie is a talented and interesting person, so you know you can count on her writing to be a great read.
Freshman year in college, my roommate was a southern boy from a little town just outside Houston. We were nothing alike, but got along really well. It's amazing how good of a job the college did with randomly putting us together... I taught him what it was like growing up in Pennsylvania...snow storms, coal mine tours, railroad museums...he taught me what it was like for him...100 degree summer droughts, ranching, and rodeos. I intend to visit him someday soon down there...he told me he'll take me to a rodeo! Yeehaw! He used to always talk about rodeoHOUSTON, the biggest rodeo in the area and I'd love to attend to better understand my roommate's childhood. Maybe I'll make it when the rodeo comes through this upcoming year, I just found out where I can get my Houston Rodeo concert tickets so I'll be all set! Yeehaw again!
Totally Biased Book and Movie Review Finally, a review site that is honest about their bias. I think that most all reviews that biased, but reviewers like to think of themselves as "unbiased" and "objective." Not Meowkaat, what you see is what you get...and that's detailed, honest reviews.
This is a great site because not only if you like books and movies...but also because you get to learn more about Meowkaat personally by how she feels in her reviews...instead of the standard personal blog "here's who I am and what I did todtay" format.
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Here we go...! The auction for "Bestest Blog of the Month" has commenced (actually it started yesterday, but I didn't have the chance to post about it until now). The winner will have their link and short description in the top left hand corner of my blog for all of November. Also, for each dollar in the winning bid, they will be placed an extra time in the Random Blog rotation. After the month is over, 10% of the winning bid will be put towards a permanent spot among the Premium Blogs.
This is a great chance to really boost your blog's traffic. Bidding starts at only a penny with no reserve. So, check out eBay to monitor the progress and thanks for looking!
The following is a PayPerPost advertisement...scroll down for more posts I'm a firm believer that you can't get a good night's rest without a good bed. We've got the memory foam pillows and Sealy pillow-top mattress (thanks bridal shower attendees!), but the one thing we don't have is a really nice comforter. That's why I felt it appropriate to write about this How To Buy Down Bedding website...man, doing these posts keep giving me great Christmas ideas (which incidentally is exactly 2 months away!)
Scam Alert Ok, I will admit it...I have been scammed on the internet. About a year ago, my wife and I received a message about our join eBay account. The jist of the message was "Someone is trying to hack your account...to protect it you should click this link and change your password." So, the first thing you think is "yikes, I'm being hacked!" The email, the email address, the link address, the actual website we were directed to...they all looked VERY official. So, we input our password, supposedly changed our old password and thought nothing of it.
Within 24 hours, someone had logged into our account and was selling some sort of high powered, super sonic, underwater microphone...a listing price of $2000 which carried a fee of $40. Now, this hacker was smart and I will give him credit for a valiant effort. First of all, he hacked our account shortly AFTER we had purchased something...hoping once our purchase was complete there would be a period of inactivity. Secondly, he listed the item for only 24 hours and directed potential buyers to contact him and pay him at a DIFFERENT email address than was listed with his account. If we (like many internet users) did not log in at all during that 24 hour period, he would've sold the item, got the payment, and we would've been stuck with the eBay fees. Luckily, we did find out, cancelled the auction and eBay was very helpful about getting our account back to normal.
Jerome has done a great job educating, while at the same time entertaining (something I try to do everyday when teaching). So, check out Scam Alert before it's too late! And if anyone would like an invitation to join Gmail, please leave a comment with your email address and I'll send you one over.
The following is a PayPerPost advertisement...scroll down for more posts As I've mentioned before on this blog, my wife and I are currently in the process of saving up money for a house. Not just any house...the house we will raise our children in...the house we will live for the next 30+ years. I really wish we had a realtor in the family...an uncle or something...but we don't. That scares me because the whole process can be (and probably will be) very confusing and daunting. Luckily, there are mortgage loan websites that explain how to intelligently afford and finance the house of your dreams. This site has forums, an extensive directory, and lots of FAQ's that I may need to utilize someday (hopefully soon).
First of all, his head is in an X-Ray or is the X-Ray in his head? Who knows! And just exactly what is ticking inside that blue brain of his? The title to Michael C's blog would lead us to believe not much, so I decided to perform a lobotomy and find out for myself......I found funny. Sometimes sane. Inquisitive. Overly ordinary but not ordinarily so. He confesses to being a die-hard NASCAR fan, family man, BBQ lover and aspiring comedian. Blaming his penchant for humor on an overdose of Letterman and SNL, I'd say the only operation he needs is a good publicist. Enter "Blog Nothing" - his outlet for down-to-earth ramblings and everyday mirth.
I noticed Michael's blog this week when I read an article on Morgen's site in which he answered 7 Silly Questions. (which goes to show it pays to participate in the blog community - you never know who is lurking about) It's hard to hold your own with the King of Silly but Michael royally managed to unseat the Morgenizer by sharing his special brand of silliness. Michael has been getting around the Blogosphere quite nicely these days - he also came in 2nd place in the WIKI contest and kindly visits other blogs to leave comments and encouragement. I see his blue brain everywhere! He's a team player of no ordinary wit.
The following is a PayPerPost advertisement...scroll down for more posts We live about 1 mile from where my wife works and about 15 miles from where I work. Since, we only have 1 car, and since I DEFINITELY need to drive, I end up giving my wife a ride as well. Well, that is since her bike was stolen last semester. This is a website for a new Beach cruisers called XYZ. And they insist you don't have to live at the beach to ride their relaxing bike. Maybe I'll get her one for Christmas!