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Woman with Wings (Censored Edition)

This post was edited to be more family friendly.   The original Woman with Wings with some nudity can be found here:  Woman with Wings

You had to live in an ice cave to miss all the news of the Dugger family the past month.  It was in every Facebook newsfeed and news story and just when you think it’s enough a new tidbit would pop up.   There are wonderful bloggers that wrote about the story highlighting the problems with society and covering up sexual abuse.

I was sick to my stomach every time I read a new angle on the story, but every time that we speak out about sexual abuse is a victory.

It breaks down the boundaries of silence and it makes it easier for the next survivor to come out and tell their story.

Here is mine:

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Share the Love at Practicingnormal

Shareday: Links I love

Friday has always be a Shareday on the Practicingnormal Facebook Page.  I’ve decided to carry on this tradition by sharing links I love from my community of friends.

Make a cup of coffee and click through to read how these bloggers experience the world, as what else are we but our collective experiences?

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10 Things you didn't know about me

Blog Award: Ten things you didn’t know about me

Since I started blogging, I have been nominated for a Liebster award four times  (Thank you for the last one, Jessie Singer).   I love the idea of the Liebster as it helps new bloggers make wonderful connections and start friendships that last.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry, in the beginning I had to Google the Liebster as well.   The easiest way to explain it is to think about the basic principles of a chain letter.  You receive an ‘award’ where you don’t have to dress up and give a speech, but rather answer a bunch of questions about yourself or blogging and then you get to nominate other bloggers to do the same.    This is a nice way of introducing your readership to new bloggers, which they might not have known about without these awards.   If you need more information or want to read my previous answers to the Liebster you can find them here.

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Blog Hops and Link Parties: Advice from a Beginner Blogger

When I started blogging five short months ago I had no idea what a Blog Hop or a Link Party was.  I thought if I just started writing people would just magically appear on my ‘doorstep’.   I now blame my arrogance on ignorance.  I was going with the “If you build it, they will come!” metaphor, but like everything in life the more work you put in the better the outcome.

One of the best ways to get your name out there and connect with people with similar interests that might be interested in reading what you have to say is to join a blog hop or link party.

The first question I had was:  What is a blog hop or LinkUp?

The definition according to the Inlinkz website is:

The linkup is an efficient way to connect with your readers and their followers, reach bigger social network audiences, make your blog come alive and increase your traffic.

In other words, a blog hop is a time frame in which a group of bloggers share links to other blogs so that readers can ‘hop’ to them.  Each blog hop is usually hosted by a blogger on the same day every week and can be shared by more than one blog.  The purpose of a blog hop is to visit other blogs and follow the ones that you like and in return gain a few readers yourself.

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It was a dark and stormy night



In the last three months I’ve met an interesting bunch of people.  Not in person, but on the internet.

The only reason why I’ve met all these interesting people is because I’ve decided to start this blog.   I’ve met bloggers from different countries, different walks of life and have been exposed to an amazing amount of viewpoints.  I’ve read less books and more blogs, spend more time on Facebook and Pinterest that I’m prepared to admit and was spending time thinking about blogging even while I was pretending to listen to my children. Read more