Thursday, June 18, 2015

HERE WE GO AGAIN. . .

Yep.... As you know I have been a blogger for many years but decided to stop a year ago. Why? Well, I was not sure how much the blog was working for me or if anyone was really paying attention to it. 
Here is what I learned from my hiatus:
1) I missed not writing this daily blog. It kept me writing, whether about everyday life or even just writing about what I was working on. Sometimes for an author, sitting down and actually writing is the hardest part. When you get into a routine of writing a blog post, it jump started my writing for the day. So here I am!


2) I missed the interaction between me and you! Writing is a very lonely activity. Of course I have all the fun characters fighting over time in my head, but it's not the same. I have gotten to know each and every one of you. I can tell you something about you when I meet you and I love that connection. It was the connection to you that got me writing in the first place. 

3) Where will we be if social media ever decided to change? I hear rumblings all the time about how Facebook limits what you see and that scares me. I literally have to get on THREE different devices to see everyone's status. I want to know if you are sick. I want to see your adorable grandchildren or children pictures. I want to know when your cat is being ornery or any fur baby for that matter! I want to know about you!

4) Blogging is sort of like a diary for me! YES! I kept a diary and journal all my life.

I will continue to have a READER OF THE MONTH! And be sure you are signed up for my newsletter. I publish TWO a month. The 2nd Tuesday of the month is a giveaway from a fellow author friend and the 4th Tuesday of the month is news, events, and upcoming fun stuff! Don't miss out and be sure to tell a friend! 

I will also be doing a lot of giveaways here too, just like always! YAY! I'm so glad to be back!!!

**GIVEAWAY of Kappes Messenger bag!**
Do you or did you keep a diary?? How did it help you??? 

42 comments:

  1. I sisnt keep a dart when you get but I do now, I just call is a journal. It is basically a dialogue with myself. I even catch myself saying "you need to..." Really helps to clear my mind and get in touch with me.

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    1. I agree with how it helps to clear your mind!

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  2. I never did keep a diary, mainly because I just speak my peace. It is better for my health that way. I do however encourage my Grandmama to keep one after my Papa died because she was so sad and would not talk to anyone. When she passed I found 4 diary's (the first one I gave her), so she continued writing because it made her feel better and it is always better to let it out than to hold it within you. She got a little less sad every day she would write in it. Have a great day, Sunshine!!!

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    1. Ha!! How do I not doubt you speak your mind! I love it!!!WOW! What a wonderful find. And what a wonderful granddaughter!

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  3. I've always wished I had kept a diary. How wonderful to look back on all the good things in your life. Right now life is hard so for me it wouldn't be a good time to start a diary.

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    1. Oh Karen. I'm so sorry. I hope it does get better for you. Maybe you can start a journal full of positive quotes?! OR even do Pinterest. I have two boards on Pinterest that I love to put quotes on so they inspire me to be happy.

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  4. I kept one for years before my daughters were born. I just purchased a blank one last week in hopes of starting again.

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    1. OH!! How appropriate for this blog then! Let me know if you start.

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  5. I've always kept a diary. It helped a great deal especially when I was in High School. I still have a diary and I do write in it but not as often. When I do write it makes me feel so much better.

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  6. I used to keep a diary when I was a kid, but haven't for a while. I need to, though! I've been thinking about starting a journal. I think it would be something that would be helpful for me - and maybe fun for my kids to see someday.

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    1. Awe. You should. I bet they would love that later in life.

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  7. I started keeping a journal after my husband died. I didn't write in it everyday but on the days I did, it helped. I write as though I am talking to him.

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  8. I kept a journal in 12th grade for my English class. Supposably the teacher didn't read them, just checked to see that we journaled each day. I kept it up for a couple of years then got to fearing I would die suddenly and someone would read them so I stopped journaling and destroyed my written thoughts.

    Thank you for restarting this blog. I am going to love it!

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    1. Hahaha! You are so funny! Now you can journal but nothing that needs to be burned. ;)

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  9. Yes I do. But it's simply weather, what I'm reading, accomplishments/chores, anything special going on and keeping track of appointments.

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    1. That sounds a lot like mine, Cat! I keep a running list with thoughts and things to do.

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    2. Congrats CAT!!! Email me at Tonyak11@yahoo.com to claim your messenger bag! You have one week to email me your mailing address! Congrats!!

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  10. I keep a journal, I don't always write in it but I know its there if I want to. I also keep pictures my kids draw for me, quotes I like, and even recipes in it.

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    1. GREAT! I love how we all use journals to how it helps us. I keep photos in mine too <3

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  11. I keep a journal daily....before my sweet Turbo died (my fur baby...cat) I could go a little time without writing but a week after she passed I found the one way to try to cope with her loss was to write to her on a daily basis....I know some may think I'm crazy because "it's just an animal" but not to me....I can't have children so my fur babies are my children and she was with us for 15 yrs of our lives...so I deal with it by writing in my journal to her, every day since the week after she passed and also to Shadow, who adopted us with our house here in KY and she passed the same year as Turbo (February 4th), but in August (18th) and she was with us for 7 yrs, so I write to my girls....and it has been 3 yrs now....yes...I have a hard time letting go of those I love....but it helps....even if all I can write is..."I'm sick today so this will be short....I love you girls...momma" I still write to them... <3

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    1. I think this is wonderful! I have found that writing helps release any feelings I may be harboring and helps me feel so much better. HUGS to you

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  12. Love the post! I kept a diary from around 8th grade until shortly after I graduated high school. I'll read it from time to time .. some of the entries make me giggle so much. The entries around the time when my Mama was going through cancer and when she passed away still make me cry. However it does make me realize that that was when I learned to be a strong person.

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    1. ME TOO!!!! I have gone back and totally laughed, thanking God I didn't marry the boys I had cried over in my teen years! You did learn a lot of good things. I would probably have cried too. Hugs my friend.

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  13. Welcome back! I keep one every so often, but then I just kind of stop. I want to do it every day because I love to look back and read them. It is interesting to see what I was doing in the past and relive the memories.

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    1. RIGHT!? I found I laugh a lot and can't believe the drama I considered important at that time. I'm soooo drama free now.

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  14. I still keep a diary/journal. There are just some things that CAN'T go on the blog, for a variety of reasons, but still need to be vented so I don't explode!

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    1. Hahaha!! Good reason to keep one secret ;)

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  15. I've never kept a journal or diary, but maybe I should start since I keep forgetting things­čś│

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    1. Haaaa!! Janet, you are so funny! I can't wait to see you at the book signing this weekend!

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  16. Yes I keep a journal. When some one asks u when something happened, I can look in my journal and tell them. I like reading them after a few years and see what all I forgot lol. Must b an age thing. Been keeping one for 20 years. Glad to c u back! Looking forward to following u on here. :)

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    1. That is great, Linda!!! I'm finding it's helping me remember things too. Maybe not an age thing...we are just really busty nowadays! AWE!! I'm so glad to be back :)

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  17. i keep a mini diary...in a datebook that i have. i think i need to start keeping a diary/journal. just to write down things. it would be a great way to start or end the day.

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    1. I have one of those in my purse! LOVE it!

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  18. No didn't keep one. Have a nosy mother. Lol

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    1. HAHAHA!!! Yes...I'd be that nosey mother :)

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  19. I have in the past but not currently! Love the new bags! <3 Glad you're back to blogging!

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  20. I did for years during high school. Reading it in my 20's was insightful, but it was too much information so I ended up burning them all.

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  21. I did keep a diary when I was young. Wish I had kept my diary so that I could glimpse into the mind of my teenage self, now that I am NOT so young!

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  22. I don't keep a diary but I keep a book that I call my Strength Book. Any time I find something that strikes me - good or bad - I either print it out and paste it on a page or write it in my book. It helps me when I'm a little down or keeps me motivated if I'm starting to slack.

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