Category Archives: Blogging

Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – I Spy by author D. G. Kaye

“I feel this technological era has surpassed its scope of being informative and graduated into the extremely invasive.” This quote from Debby Gies‘ article on Sally Cronin‘s Blog Sitting Special is utterly gripping. Entitled I Spy, Debby’s post discusses the many means by which our privacy is not only compromised, but also encroached upon.

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blog-sittingI am delighted to welcome author D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) to the Blog Sitting team and Debby has been very much a part of Smorgasbord since I began posting in 2013. Hugely supportive of all those that she follows, her presence is a constant reminder that virtual friendships are as real as those that are face to face.

D.G. Kaye Author

D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction memoir writer who writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. She writes to inspire others by sharing her stories about events she’s encountered, and the lessons that come along with them.

In her post today Debby explores how the innocent childhood game of I Spy that we would play in the car on long journeys has become a monster…..

I Spy – Is There Any Privacy Left Anywhere?

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Tina Frisco

Please join me in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore for my Book Reading and Interview, a new series on Sally Cronin‘s blog. For those of you who don’t know Sally ~ and I’m sure you are few in number ~ she is a prolific writer and fervent supporter of authors, bloggers, and all creative artists. I am so appreciative of her, the passion she brings to blogging, and the open heart that informs her life 💜

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Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Welcome to the new series that is connected to Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. After setting the cafe up last year I intend now to use as the focal point for all book promotions here on Smorgasbord. Once in the cafe, authors can be updated in the twice weekly posts with their new releases and also excellent reviews… but they can now also do a book reading and interview as they might do in a real bookstore.

I can think of no better author to kicke this new series off than Tina Frisco who is so supportive of all who follow her blog and on social media.  She is a friend, confidente and at times our conscience. Multi-talented with a deep understanding about all aspects of humanity, Tina is an example to us all of how we should treat people and animals.

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#Authors – If you’re SERIOUS about Marketing in 2017 – Read this article…

Christopher Graham with some very good advice for authors … Chris is an ace in the blogosphere, and his posts are widely disseminated. If you haven’t taken advantage of his promo opportunities, the beginning of a new year would be a good time to do so. Join Chris and swing through the jungles of promotion with The Story Reading Ape 😊

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My good friend and author Tina Frisco kindly included my contribution in a recent post on her blog.

However, in case anyone didn’t get the hints I gave, let me be clearer.

I created my blog, in April 2013, to be a FREE TO USE Independent Author Promotions Platform and Resources Hub for author’s, writers, poets and readers.

Since it started, the viewing stats have stunned me:

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As you can see, 2016 saw a staggering (to me) number of blog visitors and followers, leading to viewing stats exceeding 500,000 over the year(as of 29th December).

Note: the number of direct WP followers = 4,000+, but because I use WP Publicize to upload also to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, the blog has a total number of followers = 10,500+ (many of who re-share the posts on their blogs and/or other media)

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Zoe Saves the Day

Zoe the Fabulous Feline saves the day with her keen eyesight and persuasive tenacity. Unfortunately, her person Emily misreads the cues and lands herself in a bit of hot water. Head over to The Story Reading Ape for the full throttle 🙂

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Zoe Saves the Day


¡Hola, mi amigos y amigas—saludos! I just love saying “Hello – Greetings!” in Spanish to my boy friends and girl friends.
I want to tell you about an adventure where Yours Truly was a hero. I guess the correct word is heroine, but, same difference. Before I tell you all about it, let me introduce myself to those who may not know me. My name is Zoe. I live with Emily, and she is lucky to have me. Here’s what happened.

img_7361It was a hot New England night. It was not raining, but we were hearing the deep rumble of thunder and experiencing the occasional flash of dry lightning—that’s what they call the lightning that you get during a heat wave, you know, when the rain is still very far off in the distance. It was beautifully fierce. Unlike some, who shall go unnamed, the thunder…

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This Is How to Monetize Your Knowledge and Make Money Blogging

Janice Wald posted an outstanding article on her blog today, detailing the successful elements of blog monetization. Topics include content marketing, growing our readership, and writing a compelling CTA or call to action. Janice’s new book, An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog, is jam-packed with tips on how to engage readers, increase blog traffic, and much more. This post is a plethora of information that made me realize monetizing a blog is not difficult; it merely requires focus, intention, and tenacity …

Monetize your blog, tips from an expert #BlogMonetization #ContentMarketing

Do you want to know why most blogs fail, abandoned by their owners between three and nine months?

I’m sure you have many theories.

Lack of readers, lack of subscribers, lack of patience to wait for the readers and subscribers, and lack of time are likely causes.

However, according to successful blogger Minuca Elena, the reason most blogs fail has nothing to do with any of those things.

In a recent interview, Minuca explained that the reason most blogs fail is the blog owner has no idea how to make money blogging, also called blog monetization.

My recent content marketing post about how to monetize your blog was met with controversy.

For example, Gilly Madison responded that bloggers fall into two categories, those wishing to make money and those not wishing to monetize. I beg to differ. I believe there is a third category of bloggers– those who might want to monetize one day.

This post will offer two ways you can monetize should the desire to make money blogging ever come.

Fortunately, publisher Lois Hoffman is here to explain how you can make money writing on the Internet.

Lois’s forte is helping writers monetize, so she is an expert in this field.

Are You a Blogger Looking to Monetize Your Knowledge?

For many bloggers, writing is simply a creative pursuit. It’s a way to share what you know or what you’re experiencing and be part of a vibrant blogging community. But if you’re looking to your blog as a source of income, it’s important to think more strategically about your content marketing strategy. It’s not just about getting visitors to your site. Content marketing (or authority marketing) is about generating leads and then driving sales from your traffic.

What is Content Marketing?

The Content Marketing Institute describes content marketing like this:

Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.

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Guest author Janice Wald, Mostlyblogging.com, Book promotion, Content writing, Blogging, D.G. Kaye

Who Has a New Book? – Informative Blogging Guru -Janice Wald

On her Friday book post, Debby Gies interviewed Janice Wald,  a woman I consider The Guru of Blogging. Janice talks about her book – An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog – and shares a few tips on networking as well as starting, running, and growing a blog. She is a wealth of information. If you have a blog and would like to increase your traffic and grow your readership, Janice is your go-to person. Don’t miss this outstanding post!

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Source: Guest author Janice Wald, Mostlyblogging.com, Book promotion, Content writing, Blogging, D.G. Kaye

Today I’m excited to introduce “Ninja Networker”, pro blogger and now author Janice Wald with her debut book – An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog 

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Janice runs her blog, MostlyBlogging.com and for those who aren’t familiar with her blog, you’re in for a treat! Janice’s blog is a wealth of information for writers and bloggers alike. She shares everything you could possibly want to know about starting, running, and growing a blog, from SEO to Apps, to how to effectively use social media. It’s no surprise that Janice is also a Blogging Coach and offers services for hire.

Janice decided to compile her goldmine of information and put it into a book. I’ve been following Janice for almost 2 years now and can’t wait to sink my eyes into her book. I could see by just checking the ‘Look Inside’ on Amazon, and the contents that this book is a must have ‘bible’ for all bloggers to up their game. Not to mention, I was FLOORED when I found my own name and website listed in one of her chapters ‘71 Tips that Will Make Your Blog Successful’.

About Janice:

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In addition, Wald was also the featured blogger in an expert interview series, Janice Wald of Mostly Blogging on How to Make Blogs Better

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My books and Reviews

Sally Cronin is an ardent supporter of other authors and bloggers. She rarely promotes her own work, so it was wonderful to see her give back to herself today. She is the author of 9 books and has plans to publish a few more in the new year. Visit her blog and you just might spot that holiday gift you’ve been trying so hard to find … 💖

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I thought I had better get a promo in for my own books for Christmas!  It if you are into health, dogs, humour, romance or fairy stories you might find something in my directory.. thanks.. Sally

Here are my current books available on Amazon, the Moyhill site and  Smashwords.  I have also included some of the reviews for the books on Amazon and by bloggers.  The icing on the cake.. All exce…

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The Pond Monster

Kate McClelland with a story that might leave you wanting to exact revenge on that childhood bully. I, too, was clumsy as a child. Wait… Who am I kidding? I still trip over match sticks. Even walked into a door jam and literally saw stars ~ in technicolor ~ like the ones you see in cartoons. Hop over to Kate’s blog and enjoy ~ or commiserate ~ or perhaps both 😊

 

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Why I Ditched My Blog Sidebar – Guest Post…

Yecheilyah Ysrayl discusses foregoing the sidebar on our blogs because they are not mobile friendly. Since mobile now represents 65% of digital media time, many visitors might leave instead of browse — or worse yet, might not follow. Hop over to The Story Reading Ape for details, including possibly switching to a WP theme with a slide-side bar…

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Why I Ditched My Blog Sidebar

I took a two-week break from posting on my own blog a few months ago. In that time, I was refueled with post ideas but I also had the opportunity to read most of yours. In that process, I realized something I hadn’t paid much attention to before. I didn’t pay much attention to it because that’s just how ingrained these things are in our lives today. The Cell Phone. During my observation, I realized that I read most of your blog posts (90%) from my phone. In fact, I observed that the only time I read blog posts from my laptop / desktop, is when I am logged in to draft a post that I can’t draft on my phone.

The number of mobile-only users has recently surpassed the number of desktop-only users. According to an article in Marketing Land, “Mobile now represents 65 percent of digital media time…

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Sedna~

Cindy Knoke comes to us from Arches National Park in Utah, sharing her exquisite photography. Southern Utah is red rock country, and the red earth always calls me home… ❤

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Alien Talking Heads.

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Sedna’s Queens. Obviously we are not in Sedna, but we may as well be. I also made up these names.

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The surface of Sedna. Sedna is thought to be the most distant dwarf planet in our solar system and was discovered in 2003.

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The enthroned Queen. We are in Arches National Park in Utah which looks like a cross between Petra, Egypt, and some alien world.

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The Four Pharoahs.

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Valley of the Kings.

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Tower of Babel.

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Balancing Brain.
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Climbing Devils Thumb. (Click to enlarge the photo and you can see the technical climber about thrity feet from the summit.)

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Anteojos. (Glasses in Spanish)
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Six-shooter.
Cheers to you from Arches National Park in Utah~
We are traveling between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, so internet is spotty, but I will touch base with you when I can.

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Christmas Promotions – Starting November 13th – Smorgasbord Christmas Reading.

It’s time once again for Christmas promotions on Sally Cronin‘s Smorgasbord, beginning Sunday November 13th. Soooo… All you authors and artisans out there, hop over to Sally’s blog for the details, as well as a look at John Howell‘s lovely Christmas Tree 🙂

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word-cloudIt is time to talk about Christmas (please see my note at the bottom of the post)… and  from Sunday November 13th there will be at least four opportunities a week to get your book, blog, gifts in front of the people dropping in regularly to the blog.

You will find most of the people who have been promoted or who have contributed are featured in the tree decoration above and I hope will also be included in the three promotions on offer.

Recently I asked for people to send in pictures of their Christmas Trees or those they have photographed to headline the various promotions and I have three images that I chosen.

For this first promotion I have chosen the tree sent in by John W. Howell….

I will be using John’s tree for all the Smorgasbord Christmas Reading.

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Guest author Sally Cronin, book promotion, writing, blogging, author services, D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye interviews Sally Cronin on her series, Guest Author Friday – Who Has a New Book? Sally is well-known in our author blogging community and much loved for her generosity, diversity, and open heart. Like Sally, Debby Gies, aka D.G. Kaye, is a prolific author and generous soul who is always ready to lend a hand. Sally discusses her book-in-progress, The R’s of Life, and how writing it on her blog is benefiting her writing process. Hop over to Debby’s blog and learn more about Sally, her new book, and how she manages a busy life ❤ 

guest-post-header-by-debby-giesI’m thrilled to be featuring today’s guest, Sally Cronin here on my blog! Many of you in the blogosphere may know Sally, and for the many more of you who don’t, you’re in for a treat!

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About Sally:

After working in a number of industries for over 25 years, I decided that I wanted to pursue a completely different career, one that I had always been fascinated with. I began studying Nutrition and the human body twenty years ago and I opened my first diet advisory centre in Ireland in 1998.

Over the last 18 years I have practiced in Ireland and the UK as well as written columns, articles and radio programmes on health and nutrition. I published my first book with a Canadian self-publisher in the late 90s and since then have republished that book and released eight others as part of our own self-publishing company. Apart from health I also enjoy writing fiction in the form of novels and short stories.

Sally is not only a talented and diverse writer of several books, but she’s one of the most generous bloggers around who offers several author promotion series on her blogs for authors to promote their books on her blog. I am honored to have been one of those author’s who she has promoted several times, and blessed to have her friendship. And in today’s interview, we will be learning a little more about Sally, and about her interesting decision she made to write her latest book, The R’s of Life, on her blog.

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“Thank you for inviting me over today Debby …”

It’s my pleasure to have you over Sal, and now let’s get into the goods! 

Sally, please tell us a little about how and why you came up with the idea to write The R’s of Life?

I was actually browsing an online thesaurus looking for some alternatives to describe respect.  While I was in the R section I noticed that a great many words applied to life’s experiences and I jotted down a few. Just for the fun of it I then expanded the list and found around 35 possible chapter headings.  I had no intention of writing another book but I became intrigued about where it might lead me.

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Unexpected Mishaps

So much has been going wrong lately that I feel the need to toss a little cuteness and humor onto the path in front of me 😊

gabby-6-23-12“What has been going wrong,” you ask? Well . . .

savannah-3-31-09 Having a good many blogs that I follow disappear from my WordPress reader. Pleeeeeeezee give them back to me!

gabby-2-11-21-11 Being tossed into WordPress spam, along with oodles of my fellow bloggers. At least I had company there, but I did feel a bit slimed 😊

brea-11-11-13 Being thrown into Facebook Jail for “Liking” too many pages too fast. Geez, FB! Why do you care?

gabby-11-7-15Having a friend commit me to a social event that I neither wanted to attend nor could gracefully decline. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the guy hired as part of the entertainment hadn’t mooned the room with a piece of toilet paper hanging from his behind. Was that what I thought it was?

dominic-11-19-13Having someone smash into my car’s bumper, making a right turn from the left lane, eating while driving. Some people just can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

 All the photos? Well, they are my great nieces and nephews, come to help share my little dip in the pool of unexpected mishaps 😊

gabby-quads-7-31-13Gabby and the Quads   July 2013

john-trips-2-27-14Johnny and the Trips   February 2014