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Noticing Newbies: December 24, 2014 Issue [#6730]

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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

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Letter from the editor

“Yes, blogging is entertainment. It is performance. Each blog post a show, sometimes an opera, sometimes a 30 second commercial. Like a show, it may start with a bang, lead you along from song to song, have a great climatic moment, then leave the audience wanting more.” - Lorelle Van Fossen

19 Million People

6.7 million people publish on blogging websites, and another 12 million write theirs using social networks. There has to be a benefit to blogging or so many people wouldn't do it. Right?

In preparing for this article, I googled "Blogging Inspiration" and the first thing that popped up was a blog with that same exact name as its address. I thought great, this should have some really interesting ideas, info, etc. Right? There have been no updates since early October. So much for learning any fascinating secrets and getting inspiration from them. *Laugh*

The topic of blogging interested me because I just took part in a blogging challenge called "12 Days of "Christmas" and surprisingly (to me) the challenge worked and I had a blast writing every day. You see, I'm a bad blogger. I admit it. I actually like to blog BUT I rarely do it. Perhaps it's because I can be a rather private person sometimes. I see blogging as journaling, which for me dates back to being a little girl with one of those adorable little books that comes with a little lock and a metal key that if you twisted it a little too hard, the cheap key would bend. *Laugh* Anyway, perhaps my weirdness about revealing too much in a semi-public journal has slowed me down from writing and enjoying the whole "blogging" journey. Could that be you too?

What I'm getting at is that blogging can be personal, but it doesn't have to be. The challenge I took part in was very open-ended. We had to choose Christmas songs and then write something for twelve days in a row. Now some chose to write poetry, while others wrote fictional stories, then still others just wrote regular personal blog entries. I wasn't sure I'd make it honestly, because my history of blogging twelve days in a row was pretty much non-existent before now. *Laugh* What I found was that as the days passed, I only enjoyed myself more. Perhaps what I'd needed all along was just the right motivation and outlook. This would explain the popularity of the multiple blogging groups and their positive effect across Writing.com and the internet in general. Sometimes we all need a little push in the right direction to get moving. Another benefit of blogging besides writing daily is the connection it creates with other people. Why not give it a shot and check out the most recently updates blogs here below.

*Monkey* Thank you lizco252 for helping me get my blogging mojo back! You are awesome! *Heart*

Write and Review on! ~ Brooke

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[Related Links] *Thumbsup*
This month's links are blogging groups or items that help us with blogging in our community.

*StarR* "Blog Harbor from The Talent Pond"   by Jeff
         A discussion forum and activity hub for Talent Pond bloggers.

*StarP* "Blogging Circle of Friends "   by Witchy woman
         A group for WDC bloggers.

*StarV* "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise"   by Witchy woman
         Blog City - Every Blogger's Paradise.

*Starg* "30-Day Blogging Challenge"   by Fivesixer
         Check out the longest running blogging group on WDC!

*StarO* "Welcome To My Reality Forum"   by Sunnie
         Prompts to help you blog about real life...

Editor's Picks

This month because of the topic above, I've decided to highlight recently updated blogs, check them out and leave a comment on the entry you read. You just might find someone you have a lot in common with. *Smile*

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by A Guest Visitor

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If you're anything like me, life becomes very chaotic this time of year. With all the demands and expectations that come along with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, it's a tough time of year to remain joyful, and not get stressed out.


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by A Guest Visitor

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I love you stars and moon
and cold coffee in a stained mug
and tripping feet and crumbling rust
I love you splinters
and winters
and I love you whole
as a broken thing.


 Blogs on a Life Time of What If's?  [E]
What If is a question never answered, and so Why Do We Ask the Question?
by KM Emburlyn

Excerpt from "Guilt
Over the years I have come realise there are two forms of guilt, one is forced upon us from a court of law, the second is self inflicted. Guilt is a wonderful emotion full of self depreciating anxiety and remorse, a voluntary emotion causing unnecessary pain fed upon by those who can never forgive nor accept their own guilt.


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by A Guest Visitor

Excerpt from "Invalid Entry
It's a amazing how some front of the store personnel do not appreciate servicing customers. Perhaps, they just do not like people. You would think that they would take another type job, if this is the case. I don't like shopping with rude customer service people. Sometimes, I have tried to patronize the stores in spite of their attitudes. However, I soon stopped spending my money in their stores. It would be great if the owners or managers took time to monitor their customer service providers. This is how it's done in a telephone call center.


Ramblings of a Wannabe  [13+]
Blog on my experiences, rants, and raves about anything I want
by abcoachnz-Sometimes around

Excerpt from "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
After scouring the world wide web for the most appropriate way to end this challenge, I happened to land on this particular tune. Thinking that it was as good as anything else, I have decided to end with this. But then, after pausing for a moment, I wondered what the meaning of this song would be for those families out there that are busy preparing for the early morning storm that is the kids opening gifts on Christmas day.


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by A Guest Visitor

Excerpt from "Invalid Entry
Well I finally did it. I really need to learn more about a lot of things. Computer, writing. advertising to name a few. However, I now have a website.

Just as I am setting it up the plumbing went kafuey!! I never will understand plumbing. One week later after attempts with drain cleaner it is fixed


Perpetual Ruminations  [13+]
My thoughts released; a mind set free
by TJ likes Cadbury eggs & Peeps

Excerpt from "Sunday
In here a lot earlier today, and still trying different browsers. This time I'm in here with Apple's Safari, and it seems to work pretty well. It supports some of the add-ins I use, but it also falls short in some areas. One plus is it allows me to use LastPass, which I depend on all the time. On the down side, the browser does not support drag and drop in here.

I could just use Internet Explorer, it does what I want and need, but it tends to get bogged down and it constantly wants to disable my plug-ins. Sure, they may slow it down some, but come on people, if I didn't want them active, I wouldn't have installed them.


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by A Guest Visitor

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It was a busy week. I am on the way to getting everything done, though.
I got ideas for two new stories and I have started the preliminary work on one. It is a different interpretation of the Nativity story, and I hope it will go down well. I am a bit nervous because it is a bit unconventional. I have always thought that writing is about being creative, and that might mean ruffling a few feathers every once in a while. The next is a interpretation as well but not as risky. I love both ideas and hope to get at least one finished before the New Year. I want to enter them into WDC contests.


Wondering about my Wanderings  [E]
I will share the many thoughts that invade my introspective soul.
by drifter

Excerpt from "Missing Mom
I really felt it today, more than any other. I am sitting in church listening to Christmas Carols. One of them is "Silent Night", the last song sang before she died. I was reminded of my last Christmas with her and felt pain at knowing inside myself that I did not recall my last Christmas with my kids. All of a sudden Christmas becomes an awful reminder of how alone I feel.

I listen to the message in a half dazed state. I feel angry and want to tell my ex and children how much I hate the holiday and that it is all my fault. I sit here pondering the Christmas.


My Newbie is Showing  [13+]
This blog will highlight insights from my odd and somewhat weird life.
by Cheri Annemos

Excerpt from "The Best Gift You Can Give
My gig is to support the deployed soldiers. No one appreciates the holidays like the military. I sent a Santa type gift to my friend serving this country overseas and this is part of the thank you note:

Don't ever change who you are Cheri. Embrace those around you for as long as you can. When it's our time to go it will be in a blink and everyone will regret not saying or doing something one last time. So, whatever that one thing is, do it and say it now.


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I received some wonderful feedback to my last newsletter [#6675] "Ten Years and I'm proud to share it with you.

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Great newsletter, Miss Brooke. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary. And don't forget another important link--"The Talent Pond.

Thanks Jace. I've never felt comfortable highlighting my own items for some reason so I usually avoid it but thank you for the well-wishes and plug! *Bigsmile*

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