Posted on April 1, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I am happy to participate in the Ultimate Blogging Party 2011 this year. I follow @5minutesformom on Twitter and luckily spotted their tweet this morning and hopped on the party bandwagon! Looks like a fantastic way to meet some fellow bloggers and there are even some prizes offered.
For those stopping by from the party and this being your first visit here … I am Debbie also known as The Running Garlic. I blog about Gardening, Cooking, Crafts and every day life. I am participating in the WordPress Challenge and have started a Facebook group to help support all the bloggers who are creating daily or weekly blog posts. The Challenge has been very rewarding and a wonderful way to connect with others; being Freshly Pressed and receiving 4,500 hits to my blog in 2 days was beyond exciting!
Along with this blog, I also created Garden Dish to share some recipes and Munchie Monday where you can link up and add your own. Ok….enough about me, I am headed back to the Ultimate Blogging Party to make some new friends!
Facebook page = The Running Garlic Twitter handle = @RunningGarlic
Happy April 1st …. Nice to meet you!
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Posted on March 10, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I still consider myself to be in the learning stages with my Apple Mac and I am making it a habit to use it even for the simple searches or mail checks. If I don’t use it I will never learn all the fantastic features it contains. I did purchase the iWork when I first purchased the computer, so I have been dabbling around with iPhoto. I reasoned to myself though if I am in this learning mode at present, I may as well throw more into the equation, so I now also have Adobe Photoshop. I received the software yesterday along with the Missing Manual for it and am excited to dive in!
If you have been following along with the Post A Day challenge and my blog, you may have noticed my list of topics for each day is gone. What I found happening was that I was trying to follow the outline of topics exactly and I was feeling pressed to come up with a new craft or tech idea to write about and, quite honestly, it wasn’t fun. My topics were great and definitely part of what I do, but if you notice my posts have become more centered on photos, recipes and now with the gardening season upon us…much more gardening!
I still haven’t missed a day although there are gaps. These are filled by my other blog GardenDish with gardening recipes which will become more frequent. …and gosh, who knows where this new Photoshop will send me. So like an evolving diary … my blog keeps learning and moving on to new facets in life. The one underlying lesson I am taking away with this challenge is not to limit myself and to write about what I am passionate about – it is much more interesting. Since that changes (almost weekly) you will never know what to expect next. For now it’s ……. Gardening, Photos and some good ole’ healthy eating.
Thank you for your patience as I shift gears a bit. One more note – it seems using the air card brings me back to prehistoric time and my computing is slow and although I can check in … there is not a whole lot of browsing and commenting I am able to do. My trips and air card use will be on the increase and I can read most …. very slowly and very patiently.
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Posted on February 24, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I just recently set up another new blog for “Munchie Monday” and I created it in a matter of minutes. I must be getting good at it, eh? Actually the more you work with something, the better and quicker you get at achieving your final results. I do have a few blogs … this one, The Running Garlic, the one I just created for Munchie Monday and Garden Dish. These three will be the blog triangle I work within. There are a few others I have created in the past…all a learning experience and although they still remain intact, my interests have evolved. I remember being quite intimidated by this whole blog concept and publishing my first post was such a scary experience. The hesitation before clicking that “Publish” button was REAL and finally telling myself to “Just do it” was such a dramatic achievement. Now I rarely hesitate once I am ready to Publish. That speaks volumes to me about getting out there and doing something we are unfamiliar with. I must admit I do try to learn all I can about subjects that interest me, but I think the tricky part with blogging is – You have no clue who is reading your words and you most definitely do not want to make a fool of yourself (even though you don’t know who you would be making a fool of yourself in front of). It’s that fear and that funny voice in our heads creating doubt. Needless to say, I won out over that voice and since participating in the Post a Day Challenge I really enjoy my blogging. I am excited to add content to the other blogs because I know it will be fun!
There are plenty of neat features between all the themes and layouts and different settings with the WordPress blog to keep you busy and your mind active. Learn WordPress is a great start to learn many of the basics and as I said before the more you work with something, the easier it gets. There are different ways to set up features on the blog and even one to set yourself private from the world, so if that aspect frightens you, as it did me…set it to private. With my gardening interests I have found that documenting daily or weekly activity, weather and problems in the garden with a blog is an excellent tool. It allows you to quickly look back at the year before and see what was happening and what you were planting, your harvest and your pictures! Priceless
I have also found that I go out of my way to experience different things or take photos that I never would have if I didn’t have a blog to talk about the experience.
So if you are thinking of setting up a blog, I encourage you to do so. No one needs to read it. I am betting though by the time you experience the ease and the fun that blogging adds to your life, you will be anxious to share it with ….. whoever is reading it out there!
Filed under: blogging, Post a Day 2011, Recipes, Small Business, Technology | Tagged: blogging, postaday2011, setting up a blog, WordPress | 9 Comments »
Posted on February 18, 2011 by therunninggarlic
This week I picked from the long list of people who left a comment on my blog during my bout of Stardom as a Freshly Pressed featured blog. Once again Thanks to all of you ….. I find myself checking out all the new and different blogs listed each day on the WordPress front page now. I still get a shot of excitement here and there each time I relive the moments. Random picks from comments left -
The question was asked “How do you get featured on the Freshly Pressed page? nrhatch left this link in my comments to answer the question – Now that’s helpful for me and them
Don’t forget to have a recipe ready for the new Munchie Monday! Easy to add your recipe and great exposure for your blog!
Have a Fantastic Friday!
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Posted on February 17, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Taking a cautious step off the roller coaster ride of the last few days, I jump right back in front of the computer and proceed to type up a Thank You post to WordPress and ALL the readers who stopped by to comment and lend support to me and my blog! My “Freshly Pressed” experience was a real eye-opener to the power of being on the front page at WordPress. A thrill all good bloggers should experience in their life-time. The sudden surge of attention, comments galore and gobs of “likes”.
The day started like any other day and to be quite honest, I rushed through my post thinking of all the “stuff” I had to do that day. Had I known the whole world would be reading my blog post, I am sure I would have added more pictures and many more words to charm the reader. But little did I know! Upon returning from running several errands, I see several “likes” and a few comments. I answer one and then I see “it”….another comment Congratulating me on being “Freshly Pressed”. I think …No Way! But sure enough ………
Me…….my post……..on the Front Page! For all those who have had the honor of being FP’d you know exactly where I am coming from. You just sit and watch – you don’t know what to do! The good ole Stats number keeps rising and you can literally be there and watch it go from 111 to 150 in the matter of minutes. It takes your breath away!
I knew the moment (or hour) when my post was moved and a new WordPress blogger was being honored. There were no comments lined up for my golden approval and I knew in my heart the “likes” were being given to another.
Quite honestly, I was relieved! Now don’t get me wrong…..I absolutely LOVE attention and recognition and gosh, if I can write something to help another…..I am the happiest person in the world. It was just a shock since I never imaged I would be so honored and recognized.
Thank you WordPress and ALL you readers…..next time though .. I will have more pictures and absolutely more charm! And one more thing … ALL you readers
Be Ready for your Turn!
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Posted on February 13, 2011 by therunninggarlic
As I sit thinking today … I am thinking about writing. There are writers and then there are writers like me. I write about things I know … factual things like planting a seed and the progress of its growth or mixing ingredients and watching as the cookies bake into a golden brown in the oven. I write “how tos” or tutorials to help others do what I have already done. At times I write motivational tidbits and hope it helps others overcome obstacles. I consider myself a “safe” writer….writing about things I know.
In the last few months two very distinctive trends started to surface in my life and opened my eyes to the “other writers”. The first eye opener is my son who recently graduated college and is working on his novel. He doesn’t talk much about it, but I now understand. I get it. I have always just read self-help books or books with a concrete theme (cooking, gardening, sewing) and although I would read a fictional book on occasion I only purchased “practical” books. Then I started interacting with writers in the WordPress challenge and started reading some of their posts. They are writers like my son. They become the characters and build a world from their thoughts; they follow their imaginations to wherever they may lead. They create an environment all its own and they write …. from the depths of their minds. Unlike me, the safe writer, they break the barriers and tread the unsafe grounds.
Now I am becoming aware of different authors or books that I see mentioned. There is a huge world of writers out there and they create works of art that people rush to read. They nod in agreement when they refer to a specific author and his works … it’s a bond that only writers and the readers know.
What prompted my real and final full understanding of this concept was just recently at a family gathering. My sister and aunt were discussing books and authors sharing their insights – I sat there looking from one to the other and finally piped in saying…. If you both love reading so much why don’t you Write! Write a book!
They both looked at me in total disbelief and said no, no we could never write like this … “There are readers, like us, and then there are Writers.”
So as I sit thinking today … about writing …. I know now I totally “get it”.
I think it’s finally time to crack open the book my son handed to me a while back and told me I should read “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. I am sure the writer Peter Weis would nod in agreement.
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Posted on February 11, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Do you use NetworkedBlogs on Facebook? If you have a blog and use Facebook you really should be connecting these two social media tools to gain the most exposure for yourself. All you need to do is follow the steps outlined under the App for NetworkedBlogs and you will be able to display a Blog link on your fan page for readers to click and read your blog. Your blog posts will appear and the reader can go “read more”.
You also have the ability to Follow other blogs that interest you. On the Home page on Facebook there is an icon in the left column NetworkedBlogs you can click and see all the blogs you are following. From there you can Vote, Share or go Read the full post.
For my Feature this Friday, I would like to thank those following my blog via the NetworkedBlog App on Facebook. Thank you Everyone!!
Here are a few that also use the NetWorkedBlog feature – give them a Follow!
Eliz = EOF737′s Mirth & Motivation
Sandra = Give & Get
Leta = Leta Marie Designs
Nicole = Nicole Visions
Paul = Pantry Blogger
Linda = Steider Studios
Me = The Running Garlic
If you have any questions about using the feature, I will do my best to help you out. Thanks again!!
**As of yesterday Facebook upgraded pages so things have moved around a bit. If this affects the NetworkedBlogs I will let you know!
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Posted on February 10, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Many of us participating in the WordPress Post A Day/Week Challenge have experienced the feeling of uncertainty as we jumped aboard embracing this challenge confident in our blogging abilities. The first week or two was exciting and topics rambled through our heads … little sticky notes were posted everywhere with our ideas and plans. A few dropped out but many continued on – the realization of what we had committed to took hold and questions started popping up in our minds.
Would we be able to continue writing daily or weekly and remain interesting, creative and informative? The challenge to prove our writing abilities existed along with the ever-present challenge of our own personal worth which lurked quietly in the background. The mind is a powerful tool, and while it is also a very powerful motivator, it will allow self-doubt to creep in and gain ground if we let it. Then we will become frustrated and unhappy. The key is to stop the self-doubt when it first appears. A little trick that works for me is … the minute I realize negative talk is taking place in the echoes of my mind, I say “one word” and it jolts me away from listening and makes me focus elsewhere. My one word is “Deborah” – I say this, nod my head in agreement and move past the bad talk. When my daughter was younger, she would say my name “Deborah” in the formal version whenever she heard me saying or doing something negative. I now use that same word to shake me back to my senses!
Learning how to move past the negative talk and looking back on the first month … We realize we are quite capable. Encouraging Yes! Only now… we have made it habit to not only create our blog post but to read and comment on fellow blog writers forming a network of like- minded people. We offer support, ideas and the common bond that we can all do this!
—> Tiny little oversight …. there is not enough time to read, comment and balance the rest of our lives – there simply isn’t! We start to feel guilty for not visiting everyone and that self-doubt voice is at it again! What do we do now to jump over this new hurdle?
First, realize you do not have to do it all. When time allows you will visit and comment on those blogs you have an interest in. Keep mindful that this is something you should enjoy doing not something that carries a weight of obligation. When the challenge first started I created this Facebook Group and it seems to be the center I work from to list my daily blog post and then scan the others in the group to see if there is something to read. I can “Like” the post from the group or click their link and read leaving a comment in either place. This allows me a one-stop place to add my support and motivation to others. If I miss someone that’s ok too since there are others in the group who are also reading and commenting. It’s a friendly group with people who realize we are all doing this together and it is a Challenge!
Although I want to believe I am Wonder Woman and can do it ALL … I am brought back to reality by my daughter’s little voice saying … Deborah!
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Posted on January 18, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Deb’s Gardens was my first serious attempt at blogging and it still stands as a reminder to me of the power of blogging. I started the blog in March, 2008 and posted (not daily, like the current Postaday2011 challenge) but on a regular basis for a year until March, 2009. There is one additional post announcing my Garlic Giveaway which directs them to this blog to enter. I used Deb’s Garden as a tool to direct traffic here. The reason I left the blog intact is because of the work and information I put into that blog and it still boggles my mind when I see the hits it receives even after I stopped posting to it. Some days (most days so far) it still receives more viewers than my current blog! During that year of writing I found myself intrigued with taking good pictures to demonstrate what I was experiencing in the garden and beyond. I felt the photos could help me explain and they certainly caught the attention of many folks. I was invited to guest blog for a popular country magazine and all was well except for my traveling between homes. This became an issue for me since there was no internet and I felt I couldn’t commit on a regular basis during the summer months. They still show my blog among the many others they have since invited to blog for them.
Gardening was my main focus for the blog, but I also followed a family of Baby Swans and to date this post along with the photos receives by far the most views. A woman asked for my permission to use these photos in a book she was creating …… I said “Sure”! Not only do I find Swans to be such a beautiful creature, I was contemplating getting a pair for our lake down south. After listening to comments from readers, I decided against this. The interaction on the blog with readers helped me make a major decision.
So it became obvious to me that what we write and post on the internet is important. We can share our own knowledge and write in our own genuine style and there will be others who find us interesting. We all have something to share … even if it’s the simple act of taking pictures of birds. Our daily lives and moments are something we should all be proud to share with the world…… our diary of life. If we choose not to share, those moments will be lost and no one will know the beauty we have witnessed.
I often wonder how many lives these Swan photos have touched and I can only hope that the beauty I was able to capture will encourage others to find and share the beauty in their own worlds.
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Posted on January 7, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Today is Feature Friday and I have decided to feature the ambitious folks who have joined me in the newly created Facebook Group for our WordPress Blogging Challenge.
As I started this challenge I was focused on my own areas of interest and narrowed down the topics I will cover on a daily basis. As I read the blogs of the participants in the FB group, I see totally different areas of interest. Some are passionate about music, others photography and for others writing is their deep focus. I find myself caught up in their writings and my mind is exploring beyond my typical everyday thoughts.
Taking on the blogging challenge is helping us step outside our normal day to day world and see life through the eyes of others, share their passions and lend support and encouragement. As I prepare my blog posts for publishing I am more aware of the people who will be reading my words and find myself anxious to read the works of others. Tomorrow marks the one week anniversary of our challenge and I have one more topic to cover – Crafts. I will be addressing yet another interest of mine and another internet culture I am a part of. In each of my interest topics I have found groups of like-minded people, sites we all visit and forums we all post on.
I am proud to showcase these fellow bloggers and am truly excited to share in their writings as we head on into the days ahead – each day or week taking a part of ourselves and sharing it with others… a grand challenge and a wonderful opportunity.
Participating in the WordPress Post a Day 2011 Challenge!
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