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Symptoms to Take Notice of in Children

The NHS has been facing ever-increasing pressures in recent years, with slashed budgets, staff shortages and lack of resources taking its toll on the quality of care. One of the many ways we commonly see the impact of these pressures is in waiting times for GP…

Mother of the Bride Guide

The day you’ve dreamed of for years has finally arrived! Your little girl is all grown up and has chosen a partner to start her life with, and you are officially a MoB -- Mother of the Bride! While congratulatory remarks are appropriate at this juncture, so are a few…

How to Through A Larger Than Life Small Wedding on a Budget

This one is as simple as crowdfunding your honeymoon. It might sound strange at first, but do you really need another blender or set of dinner plates? Instead of having your guests purchase a bunch of things you’ll end up trying to return anyway, why not let them chip in for…

31 Day Comment Challenge: Becoming a Better Blog Citizen

On my library blog, I've been participating in the 31 Day Comment Challenge and it has been inspirational and enlightening.

Normally, I blow thematic challenges off or I lose interest after a couple of days because of my ability to become absolutely and totally obsessed by nothing at all. Or, what my sister calls, adult onset ADH-shiny! However, this challenge has been a worthwhile endeavor because it has encouraged me to look at how I comment on the blogs of others and how they comment on my blog. Although I know people are reading my blogs, it bugged me that no one was taking the time to comment, then I realized that I don't take the time to comment on the blogs of others. Blogging is a lonely business and sometimes the only way people know they're not alone is by the comments we leave.

I blog not just because I want to be heard or "seen" but because I want to become engaged in the communities that interest me, but I also want to build a support system that shares, trades and vents. Each one of my blogs serves a purpose: my library blog is about my life as a librarian, my archivist's blog is about my work in the archives and this blog is about my life as a wife, mom and woman. While it seems like a lot, to me this shows that we women are multi-faceted individuals who need to feed all aspects of our lives.

Anyway, I'd encourage anyone who is wondering how to drive more traffic to their blogs to consider venturing out into the blogging community and see how you can be a better blog citizen by visiting others.

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