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Blog Networking: 4/5/18

There’s no fast track way to grow one’s blog. Just the old fashioned networking.

Dream Big, Dream Often

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Blog networking is one of the most undervalued and underused strategies for most.  But I believe it is at the core for growing a blog.

You will find links in this post to help eliminate some of the work; all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others. The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

Aria-Bella Rises

Cyranny’s Cove

mydangblog

Issues from the Heart

Rafa Farihah

Advocate for Mental Illness

Waldina

The Courage To Shift

The Purple Almond

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Just A Thought…

Last year I wrote this and my thoughts haven’t changed much. Apart from the “Me Too” movement, I’m yet to see better strides taken in the direction of ‘women empowerment and safety.’ I’m not advocating for the emasculation of men, but I know that there are many more rivers to cross and we must keep walking not just talking.

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So the World celebrated The International Women’s Day yesterday – which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong – but, what happens today?

Do we go back to the shadows where women are beaten, downtrodden, objectified, maligned et cetera, et cetera?

Yesterday, this thought played in my mind all day.

The thought played in my mind that right as we speak, there’s a woman somewhere being raped, pummelled into the ground from manly fists, railroaded into sexual slavery and all unsavoury thoughts you can think of.

I am tired of societies false platitudes and putting band-aids on sore wounds.

We as a people must continue to raise strong women. Women who rise above adversity to say no. Women who call bullshit what it is.  Women who know themselves and love themselves. Women who would make a difference to their progeny and generations to come…

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Can You Contribute A Badge For Featured Posts?

Still open for badge contributions.

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I’ve been thinking of revamping this badge below for something fresh.

 Sharing, Blogs, Networking, Growing Readership, Connection, Bloggers, Blog Posts

Initially, I thought that I would produce the badge by myself, but an afterthought to throw it open to others came to me – after all, ‘featured posts’ is primarily to share and promote posts from other bloggers. It’s for all of you.

So, what do you think? Can you muster up something snazzy in the next one week?

All badge entries will be displayed and votes cast for the favourite. The selected badge will be used for featured posts series for the year and the contributors will receive credit with their sites URL link constantly attached to the badge.

Let’s have fun! Share so others can participate. Thank you.

Today’s featured blogs are:

People forget kindness is free

This is guaranteed to make you smile/chuckle and there are lots of nuggets of wisdom tucked in there…

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After The Tremors…

Borrowing the words from Jim Reeves ‘We thank thee,’ indeed I am most thankful this morning for a newborn day.

Grateful, Every Day, A Gift, Life
I woke up to the news of tremors felt in the UAE following the powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake which shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing at least 145 people.

Whilst in the lift, my neighbour was happy to regale details of how he felt the ground shake last night and I felt so glad that I, yours truly snoozed through the shake and turbulence, however, that left me pondering at the transient nature of life as I took my brisk early morning walk.

Each day, we take the gift of tomorrow for granted. We make plans for tomorrow with so much assuredness, our daily lives often lived in auto-drive and rat race. That tomorrow just fades into another day with lots of unfulfilled hopes and dreams, whilst we wait for the next tomorrow.

Many have lost their lives in this natural disaster; their hopes and dreams brought to a grinding halt. That’s the way it is…a time to live and a time to die, but as we live, we must endeavour to make the best of each day and appreciate the beauty of life that surrounds us as it is.

Every day, find three things to be grateful for.

Have a great week.

Jacqueline

November’s Featured Blogger: Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

It’s not every day that I’m honoured with a feature on blogs such as Roberts own. This is truly a pleasure. Thank you, kind Sir Robert, for finding me and my words worth giving the time of the day. 🙂
Take a peek, folks.

Art by Rob Goldstein

It’s my pleasure to introduce Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha  as my featured blogger for November.

She is the creative force behind ‘A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales,’ and ‘The Art of Beautiful Expressions,’

How did you decide on the name ‘A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales,’ for your blog?

Choosing ‘a cooking pot and twisted tales,’ is as literal and as mundane as it gets.  Following weeks of coining names for feel and size, I failed to find anything that settled with me. One Saturday afternoon as I prepared lunch with my children, we swapped stories whilst cooking – it’s the way that my mother raised us. She entertained my siblings and me with folk tales or songs, somehow that made the chores lighter, happier and faster – that was when the name came to me, and as it settled in my heart it felt just right.

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