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My Mistake In Blogging. Don't Let This Happen To You

I am so disappointed in myself!

I started a blog in 2008 and found wonderful guidance through Mom Bloggers Club along with fantastic connections that created a few friendships that I still have to this day.  Recently MBC posted "Spruce Up Your Blog In 10 Easy Steps".  Really good tips and resources.  One I definitely needed, since my blog has been around for so long, was the BrokenLinkCheck.com.  When this service was finished with my free scan I was shocked at how many links I had to…

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Added by Ann Harrison on March 31, 2014 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

When Too Much Is Too Much

I started to let my anxiety and low self-esteem take over my mind this morning.  I really didn't want to feel that way so I fought to keep these emotions at bay and I fought hard.  It's been 3 hours now and, so far so good.  What did I do?  Let's see...

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Added by Ann Harrison on March 14, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

4 Positive Places To Visit While Online

Ann Again and again - 4 Positive Places To Visit Online



A few weeks ago I made a promise to myself that I would not go seeking negativity in the news or on social media.  I have a tendency to hold the sad stories I read in my head and heart and it hurts.  It's one thing to empathize with someone's sad story but it's another when you continue to mull it over in your brain.…

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Added by Ann Harrison on February 5, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments

THIS Is Why She Has A Problem With Bloggers - Blood, Sweat and Heels

The latest reality show from the Bravo network is Blood, Sweat and Heels.  Set in New York and Brooklyn this show features the lives of six women.  A cast member has a web log and in a post she included her feelings on a recent gathering of the six women.  While at a brunch, hosted by one of the women in this series, questions were asked by the host as a means to start conversation.  Questions like "Do you think all men cheat?", "Do you think women can rule the world?"…
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Added by Ann Harrison on January 16, 2014 at 11:28am — No Comments

NOW I Understand Being In A Blog Rut. Has This Happened To You?

I have been blogging since 2008 and yes, there have been periods of time when I think my words are pretty much spent.  'I've talked about this before' or 'No one's commenting so is anyone even reading my words?' or, a thought that happens more often than not, 'I re-e-e-ally want to write out this experience but if the people I'm writing about read this I would be mortified.  I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings'.  These thoughts, and some others, have held me in what I thought was a blog…

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Added by Ann Harrison on August 7, 2013 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Way To Make Back-To-School Spending Stay On Track

As our family counts down the days of Summer time fun I have my eyes on ads for Back-To-School deals.  ’Tis the season to buy packs of pencils, stacks of notebooks, grand entrance tops and shiny shoes.  (My youngest loves anything with sparkles.)  Are you all set with your Back-To-School shopping?  Getting organized with spending is an…

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Added by Ann Harrison on August 7, 2013 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Pacific Northwest Bloggers - Where Are You?

I've been trying to locate Bloggers specifically in the Eugene/Springfield, OR area and it's actually pretty difficult.  I thought I would find many fellow Bloggers who would love to attend a party being thrown by See's Candies just for Bloggers.  They have a new store opening in Eugene and they are sharing chocolate tastings, store tours, party packs, prizes and more.  Sounds like fun!  But, where are my Eugene/Springfield Bloggers?  Or, Portland area?  Hmmm...  

If you are…

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Added by Ann Harrison on June 20, 2013 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Fairly New To Blogging? FREE Online Course To Help You Make $ Blogging!

If you are just getting your blog going and you hope to generate an income, or if you want to brush up on blog skills 101, sign-up for a FREE online blog course   "How To Really Make Money Blogging".  This course begins in June and the deadline to sign-up for FREE is May 31st.

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Added by Ann Harrison on May 29, 2013 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Ready to Move From Blogger to Wordpress.org - But I'm Nervous!

I've received great written guidance (from a fellow Mom Bloggers Club member :-> ) on how to transfer my blog from Blogger to Wordpress.org but I'm stressed about it.  I look at the instructions and I feel my brain swirl.  I intended to make the switch two weeks ago but I find "convenient" excuses and I just keep pushing it back.

Have you paid to have someone do the job for you?  How did it go?…

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Added by Ann Harrison on May 29, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

It's A Party and A Blog Hop In One! You Need This

Sure, there are blog hops, and they are a wonderful way to be introduced to bloggers that you haven't "met".  But how about meeting bloggers and having a little party at the same time?  Back in 2008 I started the Virtual Girls Night Out and it's a great Friday night party-in-your-fuzzy-slippers kind of vibe and, if you choose, you can leave your blog link and fellow guests should…

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Added by Ann Harrison on May 17, 2013 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Why Did I Stop Doing This?

I'm getting back into the swing of things with a party I started back in 2008 (I can't believe it was that long ago!)  Come join the fun at the Virtual Girls Night Out!  

I started this party on a summer night when my girls had friends over and I was in need of adult conversation and fun.  While my girls watched High School Musical I created my own party…

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Added by Ann Harrison on March 29, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Ever Want To Title Your Post 'Please Comment! Pretty Please?'

Truth time here - even though it's embarrassing.  I'm beginning to feel like a loser.  I've been blogging for a few years now and in the beginning I made lots of wonderful connections with incredible people. The connections were constant and terrific. Over the years my attention to my blog withered but I kept in touch with a handful of bloggers that I call friends.  Over the last couple of months I've felt the need to reconnect with the blogosphere and have been paying closer attention to my…

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Added by Ann Harrison on January 18, 2013 at 9:31pm — No Comments

How Important Is Having A "Blog Button"?

I'm in the process of choosing a new blog design.  While looking over my selections I see that if I want to include a blog button there is an additional charge, and I understand that, I'm just wondering how necessary it is to have a blog button.

In the beginning of my blogging experience I remember seeing 'blog button swaps', etc. but I don't see them much any more.  Is it important to have a  blog button?  Is it necessary?

Added by Ann Harrison on December 11, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Scary Night At The Hotel

Do you believe in ghosts?  Hmmmm....

Through Hotwire.com we booked Silverado Resort and Spa. This place is beautiful and can be spendy.  (Booking through Hotwire.com lessened the cost :-> ) The main part of the resort is a beautiful building, surrounded by a golf course, tennis courts, restaurant and spa across the street.  The rooms are not so much hotel rooms as they are, what they call, cabanas.  Each place has its own entrance, your own little home.  We were escorted to…

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Added by Ann Harrison on September 28, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

What To Tell My Daughters?

The decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to change their grant giving policy angered me. When they reversed their decision I was pleased however, the damage has been done to my spirit and I don't think I can get over the hurt and confusion they've caused. My blind trust that Susan G. Komen for the Cure wasn't political, that it cared for the health of all women, has been destroyed.

I support Planned Parenthood. I'm not being political, I'm being a woman who, when unable to afford…

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Added by Ann Harrison on February 8, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

It's Time To Burn The Diaries

Some days, while rummaging through the attic to find gift wrap or suitcases, I would rediscover this box of my history and start reading. I always felt embarrassed and a bit sick to my stomach. As the years went by, and my children were getting older, a panic would go through me, what if my daughters found my diaries?!?! I thought of getting rid of them, but would let it slide, knowing they were well hidden.

A member of the family passed away over a year ago and we needed to go…

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Added by Ann Harrison on January 5, 2012 at 11:53am — No Comments

Champagne Mojito This Christmas Eve Eve! Delicious!

At this weeks blog party - the Virtual Girls Night Out - I have found a delicious cocktail to share, the Champagne Mojito.  Please join us, raise a glass of what ever you wish, watch the cutest "singing"…

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Added by Ann Harrison on December 24, 2011 at 1:06am — No Comments

Are Anti-Bullying Campaigns Really Working?

 

With almost weekly reports of children taking their own lives because they couldn't withstand the bullying at school or on-line I get beyond frustrated.  I hear the stories and cry and cry.  I feel for the child and for the parents having to deal with the enormous loss.  I hear of anti-bullying campaigns that include school assemblies, addressing the need for tolerance and appreciation for the differences that make us who we are. I keep hearing about various programs to stop the…

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Added by Ann Harrison on November 20, 2011 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

Get A Second Opinion!

What is it with the heart these days???



Last October my dad's wife passed away on the operating table while undergoing a procedure to insert a stent into a heart valve.



About 3 months later, my dad discovers that he needs to undergo the same procedure.



This was not an easy time for our family.  So much distance had come between us and then - boom! - we were being tested on our measure of compassion.  What were we made of?  Well, with the amazing guidance… Continue

Added by Ann Harrison on November 3, 2011 at 12:19am — No Comments

My Klout Rant

 

I have been trying to understand Klout for a few months now.  What will it do for me?  And why should I care?  It just seemed like another blogger popularity contest that was proving, literally, I wasn't going to make the grade.  Or, number in this case.



I was playing along, seeing if my increased participation on Twitter would up my score, and it did.  OK then.  I would see if I would receive any fun "perks".  Well, I received some, but they were more of "$10 toward the…

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Added by Ann Harrison on October 28, 2011 at 11:54pm — No Comments

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