Thank Yous & Other Shenanigans

This post is essentially going to be one long life update of sorts. I had quite an interesting weekend and why not start a Monday with a life story?

First, I would like to send a big thank you to yellowfuzzyduck over at Turtledesk. For the last week, she has been absolutely wonderful in creating a new logo for RT. It’s minimal, features my favorite colors and it just fits. She was absolutely great to work with. She’s not offering logo services anymore for now but keep an eye out on her site in the future if you find yourself wanting to spruce up your site!


 

Now on to my life. It all started on Thursday when I livestreamed the RITA awards on YouTube. I was half listening cause I was pretty absorbed in my book but a moment came where I stopped in the middle of a sentence to look up and listen. Author, Beverly Jenkins, had went on stage to accept the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award and the moment she started talking, I was hooked. It was seriously the best, most inspirational speech I’ve heard from anyone all year long. When you can start a speech talking about your roots with slavery and segregation and end it with a Game of Thrones quote, you’re definitely my new hero. If you would like to listen to her speech, click here and fast forward to 1:04:00, when her speech starts. It’s maybe 10 minutes but I promise it will be the best 10 minutes you’ve ever listened to.

Friday evening, I participated in a Christmas in July Facebook event that I was invited to by an author. There were a few giveaways and all around good fun. Then Friday night was interesting. I had a moment where I literally thought I was dying but I refused to go to the ER cause that’s always a good idea. I lived to see Saturday and spent the entire day being a lazy bones doing absolutely nothing except talk theories with Lana, which btw, thank you Lana for distracting me from my real world problems by talking about our buddy read.

Actually I also need to thank my girl Peela. We’ve become quite close since meeting in the blog world. We talk essentially everyday even though we’re like 9 hours apart and I’ve really begun to rely on her wisdom. She’ makes me laugh so much and offers such great advice. I can talk to her about anything and everything under the sun and I’m so grateful for WP for bringing us together.

Sunday. Sunday was my day. I woke up early which is unheard of on a Sunday but there I was, awake at 7am. I sat down and messaged my buddy James to see how his morning was going when I get this message from an author I follow. Now I know this isn’t a huge deal for some cause I’m sure you all are so fantabulous that you speak with you favorite authors on the regular but for me it was like a life changing moment! I’m not really a book blogger as you all can probably tell. However, I am 100% a bookaholic and I’m very active on Goodreads with leaving reviews. So she tells me that she’s noticed I’m really good at leaving reviews for her books and wanted to know if I would like to be on her review team. I jumped off the couch because I was so excited! And you know how authors and other people have assistants or a team controlling their social media but this was the author herself and I just feel really special right now. 🙂

Then later in the day, I found out that I won a Sephora gift card giveaway at the Christmas in July event. I never win anything so that was pretty awesome even though I don’t shop at Sephora; too girly for me. I’ll probably re-gift it to someone who loves makeup and all those other girly things. The evening ended with Game of Thrones (!!!!) of course and James making me laugh talking about cows. I also want to thank James for just being your awesome self. I always look forward to our morning and evening chats cause you just never know where our conversations are going to go. I know you all know this fantastic guy so I don’t have to gush about him too much.

So that was my weekend in a nutshell. Did anything interesting happen over your weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

To The Bone Review

I’m not in the habit of reviewing things on my blog but I watched this on Netflix last night and feel the need to talk about it. A word of caution, I’m going to be talking about eating disorders which is what the movie is centered around so if this is a sensitive topic for you, stop reading right now.

The premise of the story is about a girl, Ellen, who’s been in and out of hospitals and treatment facilities for her eating disorder. After the last time she was kicked out of the facility, her mother decided Ellen couldn’t come live with her and her new girlfriend because she had dealt with the problem so long and didn’t feel like she was in the right mindset to help her daughter. So Ellen goes to live with her dad and her stepmom but her stepmom says that the only way she can stay in the house is if she gets regular weights to prove she’s improving. Ellen steps on the scale and disappoints her stepmom who resorts to using her connections to get her a unconventional type of specialist.

Ellen is sent to live in this house with other people who have eating disorders. They are not allowed to have cellphones or tablets of any kind. Those are taken away when they walk in the door. Also, any vitamins they bring in are taking away as well because even though these individuals claim they’re vitamins, they rationalize that they don’t know that for sure and don’t have time to test them. There are no doors in the house except the bathroom and everyone must come to dinner. They don’t have to eat if they don’t want to but they have to show up and the bathrooms are locked for half an hour after dinner each day. The more they reach their goal, they more privileges they receive like being able to go out and explore the town on their own.

I have to say I learned a lot about eating disorders that I didn’t know before. For example, Ellen’s disorder was she would eat and chew her food but she would never swallow it. She always spit it out. Another girl was pregnant and would only eat the bare minimum. Another girl still was actually a binge eater. So when everyone is sitting at the table and majority are trying no to eat, this girl ate too much and that’s still considered an eating disorder. If you got to the point where you didn’t eat enough, they would “tube” you. That’s basically inserting a feeding tube and forcing the nutrients into your body. There are scientific names for these but since they weren’t specifically named in the movie besides calling them an “illness”, I won’t be naming them here.

The film was very emotional as well. Ellen would have family therapy sessions with her family and you just feel how stressed out all parties are. The family are so afraid she’s going to die, especially her sister and they can’t do anything to help her. There’s one scene in particular that made me cry like a baby because her mother was trying really hard to understand. The support system was there in it’s own convoluted way but Ellen had to figure it out on her own. The specialist made a point in the movie when he said, sometimes you try so hard to help someone that, in some cases, it’s better to let them hit bottom.

I’m not sure if this movie is based off a book or not. I just made a snap decision to watch it cause of cast actors like Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves. Again, I learned a great deal and even though a good chunk of it was heartbreaking, there were happy moments as well such as Luke’s character. He was like the mother hen of the pack. Even though he had his own issues, he was always trying to keep the group smiling each day by singing and just being an all around encouraging, comforting individual.

Have you heard of this movie? Are you interested in watching it? Have you ever watched a Netflix original movie in general? Let me know in the comments below!

Dreamy Book Covers Tag

My favorite internet librarian has graciously tagged me in a neat bookish tag that of course I had to do because I can’t deny her anything. If you have not met theorangutanlibrarian by now, well, I don’t know what to tell you except to give you this look that screams “you have a problem and you need to fix it now.” She was one of my first 10 followers and my 1000th comment (which btw, I’m quickly coming up on the 3000 mark orangutan so I hope you’re ready!). I could wax poetic about how fantastic her blog is and how much she’s made my blogging experience great but that pretty much sums it up so I hope you visit and follow her site because she’s truly brilliant!

RULES:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator of this tag (Tiana @ The Book Raven)
  • Use the original tag image in your post.
  • At least tag one fellow blogger for doing this tag!
  • List the rules.

‘No Ideas But in Things’ A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it.

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Star nomad is the ship. It’s set in space. There’s a fun crew. And space adventures commence!

‘Dark and Lovely’A cover that is so creepilicious, that you want to eat it up.

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This is a pretty creepy cover in my opinion but the story is great! It’s all about alchemy, elemental mages, necromancy and demons from another plane. I devoured the whole series.

‘Sugary Sweet’A CUTE cover that is so fluffy, you want to give it a hug.

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This is the best I could come up with. I realized I don’t have cute, fluffy book covers so I chose this one because who doesn’t want to hug a wolf?? This, and the rest of the series is on my TBR.

‘The Simple Aesthetic’A book cover that stuns with the most minimalist of designs.

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This one was hard to choose as well but I feel like these UK covers are super minamalistic cause they each feature half a man’s face with a different color title. P.S. The Psy Changeling series is awesome!

‘Cover Envy’A book you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet.

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It’s not on my shelves yet but it will be October 31, 2017! I have it on preorder and I’ve never been so excited for Halloween in my life!

‘Traveling Abroad’A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own.

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So the story’s setting is in San Francisco but the stories in the book itself are set in China. There are four mothers who are sharing China’s culture and stories of how they grew up and what it means to be a Chinese immigrant to their daughters who are American born over games of mah-jong.

‘The Colour Wheel’ A cover that showcases one of your favourite colours.

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Purple is my favorite color… (And this book broke my brain for a day)

‘Changing Gears’A cover change you absolutely adore.

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I can’t talk about a cover change without showing you the side by side comparison. The left is the cover I have and the right is the updated one. I definitely like the modern one a whole lot even though the old one isn’t half bad!

‘Oldie but Goodie’A favourite cover of your favourite classic.

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Again, in order to understand why I like the new cover, I have to show you the old one. The left one was the only cover back in high school when this was required reading. I obtained the right one at a book sale for 50 cents and I was blown away by the change and absolutely love it!

And the winner is Which book cover mentioned above is your favourite.

I’m going to do what orangutan did and leave it up to you, dear readers, to decide. Which cover is your favorite? Have you read any of the books listed (besides 12th Grave of course)? Let me know in the comments below!

I nominate:

Facebook Friday 7/28/17

Hey, hey! It’s Facebook Friday!

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

So let’s get to it!

There weren’t any crazy funny memes this week but I did come across and share a picture of a book fountain that I was happy to find out, is located in my home state of Ohio. I’ve added to my bucket list for the next time I find myself driving South because it’s definitely something I have to see.

Next up, I saw this video and I’ll admit I may have stopped an drooled a bit because I mean… hot guy.. But what really amazed me was his exercise routine where his workout partner was his dog! I mean talk about friendship fitness!

And finally, I shared a photo of my cat being the picture of what I wish my life could be on the couch. I was showing the husband all your wonderful comments on the tea post and she was just not impressed.

How about you?? Did you see anything cool in your social medias this week?? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to share me links!

Product Junkie

I was going through my morning routine this morning and realized that I have a ridiculous amount of hair and body products and I don’t even remember when I got half of them.

I’m the type of girl that is too cheap to pay for a salon to do my hair. I’ve probably walked into a salon maybe twice my whole life and both times, all the stylists wanted to do is straighten my hair.

I’m not a fan.

My natural, curly Afro locks were not made to be straight and the times I would straighten my hair, the style would last about a day. Would take an entire day to get beautiful, only for a drop of humidity to hit it and poof back to it’s natural state. I’ve experimented with a few different types of products trying to find a good, moisturizing combination. I’m also a sucker for a good deal. For example, last week when I took my husband to get his eye drop prescription after his eye surgery, I saw some Dove shampoo/conditioner on sale 2 for $8. I don’t even use Dove shampoo or conditioner but I bought it anyway cause it was a good deal and they smelled good! I rationalized that you never know when you’ll need a 2 in 1 shampoo even though I already have plenty of bottles at home.

I also buy a lot of body products like lotions, body washes and scrubs. I also get gifted these types of things if I show any interest in them. For example, a friend of mine gifted me with a grapefruit sugar scrub, a tea tree salt scrub and a tea tree body butter from Bath and Body Works because we walked in their store one day and the retail lady was all, ‘You MUST try this! This product will amaze you!” aka “spend lots of money right now please”.

Even though I have all these products and I don’t use them, I can’t bring myself to throw them away. I try not to be wasteful as much as possible so what I’ve resorted to is giving them away to people who come to visit. I end up asking them if they use this or that and maybe embellish a little about how great the products are (even if I only used them once) so they will take them out of my house. But then of course, I go to the store and buy some more if I see another deal or someone swearing by a product in a YouTube video.

Do you find yourself buying a lot of products even if you’ll never use them? What are those products? Are you like me and justify why you buy things you probably don’t need? Let me know in the comments below!

(For the record this DOES NOT apply to books. Books are the exception to the junkie law. There’s no disputing this.)

Asian Elephant

Today’s endangered post is focusing on the Asian elephant. It is grouped as top 10 most endangered animals in the world. Their population ranges between 40,000 and 50,000 which may seem like a lot but in actuality is not enough. Before the 20th century, over 100,000 Asian elephants existed. Their numbers have been vastly cut down for reasons I will discuss in a bit.

 

The main two elephant types that people are aware of are the African elephant and the Asian elephant. There are actually 4 more sub species in the elephant family: Borneo Pygmy elephant, Sri Lankan elephant, Sumatran elephant, and Indian elephant. And before you ask, yes, all 4 of these subspecies are listed as endangered as well with the Sumatran elephant being critically endangered.

The Asian elephant finds habitat in the forests of India to Thailand and southern Asia. Their scientific name is Elephas maximus (saying that out loud is so cool! Do it, you know you want to). And adult Asian elephant weighs about 11,000 lbs (about 5000 kgs) and can grow up to 22 feet in length and 6-11 feet high. The Asian elephant is smaller than their African cousins. They have smaller ears and smaller tusks. They are very intelligent creatures. It is believed that they are able to recognize themselves in a mirror. They are also very sociable. Groups of six to eight females herd together led by a matriarch. The Asian elephant also plays a prominent role in Hindu mythology. Lord Ganesha, also known as The Remover of Obstacles, was presented as an elephant head and is honored as a powerful deity in all sacred rituals.

The four main causes for the Asian elephant decline are:

  • Habitat loss
  • Illegal wildlife trade
  • Genetics
  • Capture of wild elephants

The forests these elephants inhabit are consistently being destroyed by humans due to infrastructure development. Elephants in general, have very long migratory routes. When railways and towns are built along their routes, they’re forced to come in closer contact with humans to travel as well as for food. Poaching of elephant tusks for ivory, meat and skin are the main contenders in the illegal wildlife trade. Because many of the male Asian elephants are being killed the most, it makes it hard to keep the gene pool from interbreeding. And last but not least, humans like to capture wild elephants for domestic use such as circuses and tourist attractions.

Since essentially all elephant species are some form of endangered, great efforts are being made to protect the wild herds. Organizations have set up patrols in certain areas to find and disable elephant snares and traps as well as apprehending poachers and putting them in jail. Communities are also coming together to make everyone more aware of the elephants plight as well as helping to rebuild the forests. More and more forests and other natural areas are being protected under law. Circuses such as the Ringling Bros. will no longer feature elephants in their shows and countries like China are completely ending the domestic ivory trade by banning imports and exports.

If  you are interested in donating to help the cause of elephant survival, check out WWF’s adopt an elephant program here.

Tea Enthusiast

Today’s post is brought to you by my wonderful husband. The daily prompt word is tea and in the past few months or so, my husband has learned a great deal about different aspects of tea that I would like to share with you today.

I’m not a tea expert but an enthusiast.

 

First thing to note is tea can be made out of a lot of different things. Leaves, pine needles, etc. We are just going to focus on the tea leaf. There are many different types of tea. As I know it, they are all derived from the same plant. The four types I’m going to focus on are white, green, oolong and black tea. The difference between these four is how old the leaf is, how oxidized it is and how long it’s roasted. Other factors include geographical location and the altitude where the tea is grown.

 

So the basic rundown on my knowledge is that white tea is a very young leaf and bud; young as in it’s harvested early on in the plants life. Green tea is a bit older and as a result is green in color whereas white tea is more of a yellow color. Oolong, my favorite, sits in a spot where it’s a little bit more processed than green tea because it’s been roasted a bit. Finally, black tea is usually very oxidized and heavily roasted. There are many combinations of the age of the leaf, oxidation and roasting. There are a lot different types of each tea that have different qualities. I suggest trying a wide variety to find out what you like.

 

Now we get into the actual process of making the amazing beverage. First we talk about water. What’s tea without water? Leaves. I guess you could eat them, but I’m not too sure how good they would taste. Picking the right water is crucial to flavor. There are many schools of thought on type of water you should use. Most people go with tap water as they say it adds character to the taste. Some prefer filtered water and some prefer mineral water. Personally, I used filtered water. Just do. No rhyme or reason for me but I suggest trying different waters to see how they react with the leaves.

 

Next, I’ll talk about steeping and the amount of tea you should use in combination with the amount of water (in ounces). To be honest, I don’t remember the ratio. I’ve been doing it so long that I just eyeball the amount of tea. I want to note here that there two ways loose leaf tea comes in a package. It’s either rolled or twisted.

The primary tool I use is a porcelain gaiwan. You could also use a steeping tool like a gravity cup or a tea ball infuser. The temperature of the water is important. Unless it’s black tea, I was told to never go for a full boil (212 degrees F). But, once again, I think this is something you should play with to figure out what your tastes are. Depending on the tea, I usually go for about 170-190 degrees F. Now, it’s steep time. I would say follow the directions on the package. This is very important. If you steep for too long or the water is too hot, you could compromise flavor. This entails a stronger taste than you may like or a very bitter taste/after taste. I like my tea smooth so I tend to steep it for less than two minutes. Some directions may even tell you to steep for 15 seconds. In order to find your sweet spot,  you have to try different combinations.

 

That’s a lot of info. May sound daunting, but if done right, you could enjoy something truly amazing. Although, if all else fails, you could just get regular tea bags. Just try and remember to remove the bag after steeping.

Happy sippings.

Isn’t he wonderful? ♥ Do you drink tea? Do you prefer easy to use tea bags or loose leaf? Are you more of an herbal infusions tea drinker? Let me know in the comments below!

Taboo or Not?

Today is release day!

My current binge read has been the Hidden Legacy trilogy by Ilona Andrews. I’m finishing up second in the series, White Hot, just in time for the final book, Wildfire; out today.

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I’m thoroughly enjoying these books and then some but it got me thinking.

Does anyone remember when openly admitting that you read romance was taboo? I admit, back in my college days, when I would read a novel that had romance in it and someone would ask me what I was reading, I would say something along the lines of, “it’s historical fiction” or “it’s fantasy” and describe it without literally naming romance.

Traditionally, getting the stink eye for reading romance was a legit possibility. For whatever reason, romance novels were always associated with older women. I remember people dubbing them as “old lady porn”. Fellow readers like myself and others who enjoyed the genre would take pains to mask what we were reading. There used to be a such thing as book covers. They were all different types of designs and colors and were very popular for school books but a lot of us used them to cover up our real reads.

Now you look around and see covers like the ones above and this is normal. It’s actually great. People like to attribute this to the release of things like Fifty Shades of Grey but I think the times just changed and people began to just not care what others thought about in terms of their reading choices. I guess it also helps that 40% (!!) of paperback sales, at least in the United States, are romance these days.

I find it all quite fascinating. I think it takes a great deal of skill to write a good romance novel. For example, looking at the books above, you probably think it’s full of nothing but sex and maybe magic solely looking at the covers. You’d be completely wrong. The tale that is woven throughout the story is completely complex. The authors (it’s a husband and wife team) built this world full of intrigue that takes your imagination places. The tension levels between family members, employers and lovers make you feel like you’re right there, in their shoes, making decisions that may or may not be right. Before I even get to the intimate bits, I’m ready to scream, cry, shout with joy, question why and beg that the author doesn’t leave me hanging.

I look back and wonder why I felt embarrassed about sharing what I was reading. Now I’m proud to share any and every book I read with others. They may not like it, they may not even be interested, and that’s perfectly fine but an author’s hard work should be celebrated no matter the genre they write in.

How do you feel about the romance genre? Is there a different book genre you feel is taboo? Have you ever had to mask a book you were reading from others or downplay the content because you didn’t know how another would react? Let me know in the comments below!

Case of the Mondays

I planned on writing a story today because it’s been a while since I’ve written one but my brain is just not cooperating. All I can think about is finishing this book I’m reading. I’m about halfway and I’m seriously addicted. The other thing I keep thinking about is my cat.

I’ve introduced my cats on here before. Milliardo, the jerk, has been really social lately. We’ve had an unusual amount of traffic come through our house and usually he hides. Well, unless it’s my husband’s brother because they have the same tone of voice and I think Mil thinks the brother is the daddy. In the last week, my mom stayed with us, my grandma came to visit, my mother in law came to visit as well as my cousins.

Lately he’s come out and cuddled with everyone. I don’t know if it’s his older age and he’s mellowing out or what but we like this Milliardo.

So yesterday, we’re chilling on the couch. My husband is playing video games and watching Youtube and I’m reading; our normal Sunday activities.

You ever have one of those moments where you can foresee what’s about to happen, and you could prevent it from happening, but you let it happen anyway? We had one of those moments.

I was deep into my book and he was deep into his game. Even though we’re involved, we’re still aware of each other and our surroundings. Milliardo decides he wants to come up and cuddle with us. Usually he picks a body and makes himself comfortable on said body. This time he decided he wanted to lay between us. The best way for me to describe this is by showing you a crude drawing:

I’m the stick figure on the left and my husband is the stick figure on the right. The green dot is the pillow fort behind us and the brown rectangle is the table that my husband has feet propped on. The red one is Millardo. He decides to jump on the couch at my feet. I’m usually the body he chooses because he likes me a little bit more than my husband most days. He jumps up at my feet and lays down to get comfortable. Then he decides I’m not very comfy and he wants to go lay on the husband instead. Again, we were involved in our respective entertainments but we watched him start to walk over.

Cats like to pat out their path before actually taking the steps; have to make sure its a solid area. He pats the yellow area between us and must have thought it was safe. He placed one paw and all his weight into this spot and SPLAT he landed on the floor! Then he immediately jumped up on the couch and had these huge eyes at us before he ran away.

We both burst out laughing.

Me: Did you see that??

Hub: Yes, I did.

Me: He didn’t judge that very well did he?

Hub: No, he didn’t. I knew that was going to happen.

Me: Why didn’t you stop him from doing it?

Hub: Why didn’t YOU stop him from doing it?

Me: I mean cat’s gotta learn… It was like watching a person trip and fall and get back up like it never happened!

Hub: (laughs) You’re terrible. He’s never going to trust another blanket again.

Me: He’ll be fine! We’re laughing with him not at him. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Hub: Cats don’t laugh?

Me: Says who?

Hub: *shakes his head*

Have you ever had moments where you knew what was going to happen but you let events play out anyway? Do you think we should have stopped Milliardo from his fall? Let me know in the comments below!

Blogger Recognition Award

Good morning! It’s the end of the week and its been all about the tags. I admit it. I did tags because I had a lazy week. Well, it was a busy week and I’m still trying to get my thoughts together to share some stories (in between binge reading amazing books).

I was nominated by the lovely and awesome hsimone for Blogger Recognition Award. This is the first one for me to receive and I definitely thank her for this. If you don’t know hsimone, you should check her blog out. She’s a book blogger; posting reviews and tags. She’s really nice and you’d be lucky to follow her so go over there and click the button! 🙂

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

My Story

Reactionary Tales started after doing a lot of research. Actually, I started a WordPress blog before, a free one (I think it’s still active too), and I wrote on it for maybe a month and then gave up. At the time it was just to prove a point. I wasn’t truly interested. Then I started discussing with M and my husband about blogging seriously. So as with everything, I do a lot of research before I start. I decided that this time around, I’d pay for my server and go all the way. Coming up with a name was the hardest part. I thought the blog would be about book reviews and retail stresses and that’s where reactions came from. Then I decided that every piece is a sort of tale and then the name just popped into my head. This blog was started in late February but writing regularly didn’t start until middle-late March. And the rest is history. I’ve found a niche in telling my life stories in between bookish themes and its quite fun.

My Advice

First piece of advice I would say is if you’re blogging just to get followers, great. But if you’re gaining followers without interacting with them in any capacity, especially the ones who check out you site regularly, then that’s a fast way to lose a good follower. It’s easy to click the follow button and never interact but when someone follows me, I get excited. I check out their site and try to get to know them. I let them know their content is awesome (cause I’m a comment freak) and that I look forward to their posts each day. I think letting people know that you look forward to their content all the time encourages bloggers to want to write more. And the more you all write, the more I have to read and I love to read.

My second piece of advice would probably be don’t stress when you can’t write on your blog everyday. I did at first but then I realized that I can’t do it all some days. We all have a life outside of the internet and even though mobile technology has made it a slightly easier process, life still gets busy. Don’t worry that your readers will be upset with you because you didn’t write for a few days. That’s perfectly okay and, you know me, if your blog is silent for a week or so, I will hit the Contact button and email you to make sure you’re still alive and happy and will look forward to your next post whenever it comes.

I’m going to dedicate this award to my regulars who I don’t even have to tag because they read my posts regularly:

cimmeriansentiment (who was one of my first followers), everydaystrange, Noriko, Stephanie, James, Mischenko, Cherylene, Linda, Lana, Robin, Mr. Mel, Susan, Des, intentowin, Silas, Mr. Mel, Roda, Peela, Patty, theorangutanlibrarian, LizScanlon, Dani, updownflight and ostenomadography. Also, special shout out to jcbkr who follows regularly through Twitter.

You all are pretty great. Thanks for having a reaction to my blog and thank you for every like, comment and interacting with me in general. I appreciate you all very much. 💜💜