Sharing Sunday: Week 13

I was in the shower with the 5 year old yesterday. I needed to shave and he was dirty so we joined forces. At the end of it we were standing in ankle deep water from Bang having put the plug in the drain. I started stomping and splashing. He laughed and splashed with me. The curtain was closed so I thought it was safe. But then DW comes busting through the door like she was a one woman SWAT team. Then I heard the smoke detectors blaring. I thought for sure I was going to have to flee a burning house wrapped in a towel. Turns out the bathroom floor somehow got flooded and water was pouring from the smoke detector on the ceiling directly below the new pool room formerly known as the bathroom. The water shorted the detector and set it off. Since all three detectors are wired together they were all blaring. Because they were blaring, the bird was squawking. DW’s blood pressure soared. We have a guy coming to find out why our pool bathroom decided to empty into the floor below.

For now… happy reading!

Rosie Culture
The best thing to be…

Three’s A Herd
Seeing our days in theirs and learning to love ourselves

Snoozing on the Sofa
Skunks, Kids, War, and Daylight Savings Time

Making Time for Me
A guest writes about being a teen in this day and age

A Opinionated Man
A Beauty, a Beast and another reason why some people suck

And in case you missed it last week, we took a short 3 day vacation to do some visiting and touring. You can catch the highlight video of friends, family, a science museum and animal rescue facility here.

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Sunday Share Week 11

Good Morning, Sunday! I hope everyone had a good night’s sleep. Good luck catching that lost hour for those of you who turned your clocks ahead. Crash was up at 6:30 (really 5:30 before the clocks the changed). Bang was up at 7 (really 6 before the time change). Fortunately, this is our March Break so we don’t have school all week. Lots of time for them to get caught up. Or be so tired and cranky that I’ll fear for their survival.

Have a great day!

The Other World: Book One
A book I beta read and you need to read (or at least see the cover of)

Dorky Mom Doodles
Lost in translation…

Coach Daddy
Boys and Baseball: A guest post

Faradays Candle
Music’s effect on brains

Apricots and Admiration
Instilling and bringing back confidence…

Wonderoak
A letter to our children should we feel we fail them…

SuperDad’s GoPro
See the boys and I ice skating and having fun with the camera…

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Month In Review

My last Month in Review was just 10 days ago as I was late in getting to it in February. Now we’re into the third month of the year. I’m not exactly sure if March has come in like a lion or lamb. Perhaps a gentle lion? Or maybe an aggressive lamb? We’ve had clouds and rain for the first two days of March, but it’s been 9 C. Nova Scotia’s groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam, saw his shadow and therefore predicts an early spring. Regardless of shadows, spring will officially be here on the 20th. Incidentally, that’s the day before my parent’s 900th 42nd wedding anniversary.

Anyway, last month was a rough month in the beginning and it pretty much threw the rest of the month for a loop and barrel roll. If my blog were a soapbox car in a soapbox derby, my stats would be the perfect downhill.

February saw 19 posts. This is down from 24 the month prior.
Since there were fewer posts and I was reading fewer blogs, I received 1,263 views for the month. This is down 62 from January. I hope to turn this around in March and get those numbers climbing again. Last April saw 2,000+ views per month. It would be nice to be there again.

There were 565 visitors which is down 30. I’m as grateful for those 565 that I am for the 595 because they are the ones who came for a read and stayed for a Coke and a chat.

391 people were inspired enough to click that star – the like button. I like that, even though it is exactly 100 fewer likes than January.

My favorite stat to look at though (besides views, of course) are the comments. This is what brings me back to blogging. I could have a million views a day, but they would be meaningless if there were zero comments. Thanks to the 330 of you who were so kind, so moved, and so inspired to leave a comment in February. This is only 12 fewer than January. Not bad considering I had 5 fewer posts. I wonder who left the most comments?

February’s most popular post was Get to Know Me Tag with 77 views. In this post I made up some fun questions and directions then tagged some blogging friends. I’m not sure if it’s still going or not, but it was fun to see it pop up. In a close second was Sunday Share 6.This is one of my favorite recurring posts to do. Here I give a shout out to some bloggers and a post I enjoyed reading. It’s a fun to network as what goes around comes around.

33 countries came to visit. This is down 8 countries. The top three were the US, the UK, and Canada. The Netherlands and Australia were knocked down to fourth and fifth!

When I wrote my last Month in Review 10 days ago I had 777 followers. Since then I’ve gained 10 followers bringing it up a total 787. That’s a follower a day! My latest three followers are Happily TannedGlesgadelic, and Miss Mummy Life. I’m well on my way to 1,000. Will you be next?

Remember, you don’t need a WordPress account. You can sign up for delivery right to your email.

There were some interesting search terms that lead people to my blog. I’m not sure they found what they were looking for, but they came anyway.

  • data entry work from home
  • pounding the pea
  • can i crash and bang your mom
  • toe tapping tuesday
  • traveling with kids

Lastly, my favorite the bloggers who have commented the most. There are some new faces this month. Welcome to this elite group! Thanks to all those who commented. Your discussion and stories and comments are an inspiration that, like the crayon on the wall, does not go unnoticed.

GubbsnCritters (96)
A Momma’s View (55)
That’s What Anxious Mom Said (47)
Larva225 (24)
Elen Grey (23)
Kountry Momma2012 (22)

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Sunday Share Week 9

Nine weeks into the new year. I guess it’s not new any more. Nine is a lucky number in this house. I was always nine in the sports I played growing up. DW was nine in her sports, too. By sheer luck, Crash was handed his baseball jersey last summer and guess what number was on the back. Nine.

I expect this to be a very lucky week.

Harsh Reality
If you’re looking for a new blog to follow this is where you should be looking…

J-Dub
To motherly instinct or not to motherly instinct…

Phickle Philly
A mysterious disappearance (underwear are involved)

True North Nomad
A long long loooooong drive…

Lutherian Liar Looks at Life
Screwing up the English language

Green Grapes
Learning to love roses

Sunday Share Week 7

I could schedule this for the morning. It’s only 6 hours from now. Additionally, it’s called “Sunday Share“. Why share it on a Saturday? For those of you spending your Saturday night browsing Facebook and perusing the blogosphere, I’ll leave these here for you now. Perhaps I’ll have a little something extra for you Sunday evening.

Happy Reading!

Dream Big, Dream Often
Let him know what you want him to share and he’ll share it!

Dramatic Momologue
Anyone with more than one kid knows…

Old House in the Shires
That glass of wine waiting downstairs…

Ethan and Evelyn
Being firm with threenagers…

Kippers and Curtains
#KidsExploringTheWorld

Just in case you missed my two posts this week, you can read Time and the latest instalment of Go Ask Your Father. It was a pretty poopy post.

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Sunday Share: Week 2

It’s a relatively quiet Sunday here. We made it to Church though the boys didn’t earn Tim Horton’s afterwards because of their behavior. On the plus side, their behavior wasn’t so awful to deserve crusifixion. We came home and did a few chores – the boys cleaned their rooms and put away all the clean laundry I created yesterday. I stripped. 

The bed sheets are need of washing. 

We’re getting ready to go ice skating. We went yesterday and Bang broke his skate trainer so now he needs to learn to skate without it. He can, he just needs to improve. I’ll get some more video of their improvement.

Happy reading!

Wonderoak

Forever on your team…

Skinny And Single

Moving to Canada?

Return of the Modern Philosopher

Dating tips…

Buzymum

Angering your kids

A Momma’s View

Food awareness

Sunday Night Share

Another week has come and gone. Another week begins. I’m slipping this post in under the wire. I didn’t want to miss my chance to share some good read with you. It’s still Sunday here. Matthew is on his way. We’re not getting much, just a bunch of rain. Nothing new for these parts this fall. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in Canadaland. Stay tuned Tuesday to read about our hiking/shopping trip yesterday. 

Happy reading!

The Return of the Modern Philosopher
I love reading the conversations with Lucifer…

Coach Daddy
6 word stories and a passport…

Adequate Dad
Finding a real hero in an unlikely place

Not the Average Mama
On speaking to children

Nikki Bayouth
What parents should know about teachers

Bloggers

Last month there were 53,098,938 posts made on WordPress. That’s more posts than there are people in Canada!

There were 43,461,936 comments made on WordPress. Again, that’s more comments than there are people in Canada.

This was from the WordPress stats page I found somewhere on the internet. Unfortunately, I forgot to save the link to prove it.

Anyway, I’ve read many tips on how get some of that traffic to your blog. In a nutshell, here’s what I’ve discovered this year.

Be seen.

If you want people to come to your blog, people need to know about your blog. This would be equivalent to opening a pizza joint, but keeping it a secret. There are more social media outlets than there are pizza joints. Which is a shame because pizza is so much better. Good old Facebook with it’s billion users. Twitter, YouTube, Pintrest, Linkedin, Google+, Flickr, Instagram, Reddit, StumbleUpon, etc… Get your blog out there. Share it!

Been see again.

While social media outlets are a good start, you have to promote your blog by way of promoting yourself and others. Share posts in Link-ups and take part in meet and greets. Reblogs and pingback being the main two ways to share other’s posts with your readers.

Be friendly

When someone takes time from their day to not only read what you wrote, but also leave you a comment, treat it as if they just handed you a fresh from the oven slice of pizza. Thank them, bow to them, and most importantly, respond to them in a timely manner. But not just a “thanks” but make it meaningful. Essentially, hand them a cold Coke Cola to go with that warm pizza.

Be friendlier

Hand someone a hot piece of lasagna. Comment on other’s posts. Find authors who are writing on similar topics or topics you are interested in and comment. Engage. Follow. You’ll be surprised at the the network and community you will build in this manner. Also, when someone follows you, follow them back. I wish I would have learned that one sooner. Lastly, there is more to the blogging world than just WordPress. While the fire inside is so delightful, it’s nice to get out and see what others are up to.

Write write write

Be consistent with your writing. I find the more consistent I am the more readers I attract. And don’t write rubbish. Nobody wants a pizza with rubbish on it. Make it appetizing. Sometimes I have a half baked idea and rather than letting it broil a bit longer, I just put it out there for everyone to see. While some will stop by to see what it is. Not very many are willing to taste it and read it.

Swear

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shit they think is funny. If laughter is the best medicine, then swear words are the sugar to help the medicine go down. Science has shown that people who swear are more honest with their friends and family. I read that shit on the internet, bitches! But you need to be tasteful about, too. For example, don’t call your readers bitches. Going to drop the f-bomb? Better use that fucker correctly.

These are just a couple tips to help gain readers and followers that I have discovered this year. I’m still learning. So if you have any tips that are helpful that missed here, please, please, please feel free to share them with me (us).

Happy blogging!
Happy reading!

Saturday Share

I like sharing. Especially things I like that I think you’ll like, too. Here are some posts I enjoyed this week. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!

Strong Enough to Break
 She indirectly writes about the power of words. Glad to know Daniel grew out of that phase to become a respectful human being.

No Page Left Blank
Tracey loves the horror of Halloween. Do you read scary books? Perhaps you’ve read Nowhere to Hide?

I Read Encyclopedias
Jay Dee is on the road to learning numerous language. How many can you speak?

Harsh Reality
Jason is one of the most selfless bloggers I’ve ever (virtually) met. Looking for the next great blog to read? Chances are good you’ll find it somewhere in his blog. Plus his blog is great, too!

Life Kids and A Glass of Red
Emma has a great project if you’re looking for a cheap, easy way to entertain your kids outside. Bonus? There’s no possibility of your walls getting drawn on. Win Win!

Ah Dad
Idiot frat boys. Geriatric white males. Homeless people. He took a stroll down Bourbon Street.

Jack-o'-lantern carved in the shape of Jack from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and lit with tea lights