Blog Linky Time ~ #Let’sLinkUp! {March}

It's Blog Linky Time ~ Let's Link Up {March}. The place for bloggers to link up their posts and readers to find new blogs to read.

THE place to link your blog linky !

(and find others too!)

It’s a monthly linky that opens on the 1st of each month until the last day of the month.  Feel free to add your weekly linkys and your monthly linkys.  If your monthly linky starts near the end of the month, just pop by and add it again to the next month’s linky!

Any linkys you like – as many as you like!

I’ll retweet all that are linked up.
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(and if you’d like a list of linkys, here’s a list of Blog Linkys I love… )

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Let’s Link Up! {February}

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THE place to link your blog linky! (and find others too!)

 

It’s a monthly linky that opens on the 1st of each month until the last day of the month.  Feel free to add your weekly linkys and your monthly linkys.  If your monthly linky starts near the end of the month, just pop by and add it again to the next month’s linky!

 

Any linkys you like – if you run one, you can link it up!
I’ll retweet all that are linked up.

 

Come on, #LetsLinkUp !

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A change is coming for Virtually All Sorts in 2017

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In true reflecting-and-looking-forward-fashion, I’ve shared my goals for the coming year.  And it’s also time to change the running order of Virtually All Sorts, to shake it up ever so slightly.  This is so that I can fit in all of my themes consistently.  You can expect the following from this little corner of the internet (with various other posts slotted in for good measure – sponsored posts, guest posts, reviews, giveaways…) :
  • Monday will be #HighlightsofHappy on instagram…  I’m intent on continuing to spread the happiness far and wide, with your help of course!  Don’t forget that you can share you happy snap on insta, tag it #HighlightsofHappy and I will share my favourites that following week on the blog and also on insta.
  • Tuesday will be wellbeing day… where I will share all things related to wellbeing from yoga, healthy eating, positive thinking, gratitude, crystal healing, reiki, mindfulness.
  • Wednesday will be writing day and will also feature my linky #WonderfulWorldofWriting on the first Wednesday of the month.
  • Thursday will be parenting where I will share my thoughts, observations, occasional poems, general loveliness and wonder that parenting brings.
  • Friday will be #HighlightsofHappy day where I choose one word from my gratitude journal that sums up my happy for that week.
I hope you will continue to enjoy following my blog.  I love my little corner of the internet and it has evolved into an amazing achievement!

 

Are you a writer who would like to get involved in my forthcoming wellbeing magazine or would you like to guest post?  Or are you a brand interested in working with me?  Then drop me a line at virtuallyallsortsofeverything@gmail.com or tweet me @AllSortsHere

 

 

Have you taken the opportunity to make any tweaks and changes to your life (or blog) this year?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  And come and say hi on social media ~ 

 

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Why this year was a great one for me!

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So here we are, right at the end of 2016 and what a year it’s been!  I’ve achieved so much on this here blog and a ton of that is because of Aby from YouBabyMeMummy and the great advice and courses she offers.

 

As a result of her Productivity Course and her Wrap Party, I’m streamlining, I’m more focussed and I’m making some changes for the new year!  I’m a great believer in not waiting for the new year to make changes but it just so happens that a little step back from the blog for a week or so has brought me to this time and place.  So it happens to be the new year that I’m publishing this…

 

What’s going to happen in 2017 then?
I will be:
  • Launching a paid-for feature/course around my theme of wellbeing…
  • I will be publishing and launching a new ebook to go alongside those I’ve already published.  It’s already written but needs a few tweaks and we’re good to go…
  • I will be doubling my brand work and sponsored posts…
  • I will double my freelance work…
  • I will double all of my social media followers, so that’s YouTube, pinterest, instagram, g+, facebook, twitter
  • I will finish my kinesiology course…
  • I will launch a reiki distance healing service.  Being attuned to level 2, I’m really looking forward to this…
  • I will launch a Bespoke Crystals feature…
  • I will launch an on and offline wellbeing magazine…
  • I will double the amount of writing competitions I enter…
  • And I will continue with my linkys ~ #AllSortsofBlogs, #PositiveThinking, #HighlightsofHappy on instagram, #WonderfulWorldofWriting, #TheZenZing
Are you a writer who would like to get involved in the wellbeing magazine?  Or are you a brand interested in working with me?  Then drop me a line at virtuallyallsortsofeverything@gmail.com or tweet me @AllSortsHere

 

What would you like to see on my blog in the new year?  What have you enjoyed about my blog this past year?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.

 

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It’s time for The Linky Linky blog linky!

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I love a blog linky!  What do I love about them?  Lots of things really.

The chance to be a part of a community of like-minded bloggers and the chance to build up a virtual relationship with those bloggers (especially if you link up with the same linkys regularly);

the opportunity to bring more traffic to your blog (as other bloggers know, there’s lots of work involved with blogging and it’s so nice to get the traffic come your way!);

the sheer choice of linkys – there’s something for pretty much any niche!

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So, I’m really excited that Claire from Life, Love and Dirty Dishes has given me the opportunity to co-host The Linky Linky, right here on my very own blog!  Thanks Claire!

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Got a linky to link up?  Here are the rules:

  • The rules are really simple.  There is only one:
  • Please only link up linkys.
  • You do not need to comment. This linky is really a place to find the best linkys in town and join in with the ones you want.  It’s also a chance for bloggers who host linkys to promote them.
  • Please enter the name of your linky, the date it opens, and your blog name as your title for the link up.  For example mine would be: #FridayFrolics – Fridays – Life Love and Dirty Dishes
  • The linky will run Monday to Sunday every week.  Please bear in mind that linkys open at various times throughout the week so please come back on different days to see what other linkys have been added.
  • Please note any posts linked up that are not linkys will be removed.

 

 

The Linky Linky:

Please enter the name of your linky, the date it opens, and your blog name as your title for the link up.

For example mine would be:

#HighlightsofHappy on Instagram – Sundays – VirtuallyAllSorts

Linky up your linky! (the current linky is below the old one…!)

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Why I love taking part in blog linkys and a list of linkys

Blog linkys/parties/hops often get a negative airing, I notice.  Because let’s face it, joining in with linkys can be hard work! But here’s why I love taking part in blog linkys and here’s a list of my favourite linkys (including mine!)

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First you have to write your content, then you have to remember to link up (or put it in your diary!), then you’re obliged to read some of the lovely posts that have linked up too.

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While it’s often regulars that join in with linkys, it’s also often the case that you stumble upon a new blog that is lovely and new and fresh.  Not to say the regulars aren’t lovely of course.  But take the thumbnails… I love the thumbnails!

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After I’ve clicked on the host’s link and saved the post in my bookmarks, I then click on the posts either side of my post and do the same.  Then I have a browse through and see which titles I might find interesting/funny/thought-provoking/positive.

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Now to answer the question of why I love linkys so much.  Some bloggers use a regular picture to link up.  You might even call it a branded picture of their blog.  While some bloggers link up the picture associated with the actual blogpost.  By doing this you can’t see which blogger has linked up… unless you hover over the thumbnail OR you click the link.

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Then for me, it’s that delicious moment when you look in your browser’s address bar to see which blog you’re about to land on.  I just love it when I see a name that I’m not familiar with.  For me, this is what it’s all about.  Might I make it clear that I love reading regular blogs too but there’s an air of anticipation when you land on a new-to-you blog 🙂

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And that’s why I love linkys.  As an aside, I tend to use a template for my blog pics because I’m happy with it and feel that it works with my branding.  But perhaps I should use a ‘secondary’ pic, one that is inserted further down the post… then another reader will get the same air of anticipation when they click on MY link! 😉

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I do also love that taking part in regular linkys helps me to keep up with blogs that I don’t necessarily always get the chance to regularly read.  I find that it’s like catching up with and old friend. 🙂

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What do you like about blog linkys?  Have you found a lovely new blog that you return to time and again as a result?  Please tell me about it by commenting below! 

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How to run a blog ~ getting things done

Running a blog can be a challenge.

As any blogger can tell you, there are many different aspects to blogging and all that comes with it.

To that end, I thought I would give you a little insight into how to run a blog.  More precisely, how I run my blog (as a person obsessed with being organised and getting things done).

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In this little series, I will cover:

  • My daily tick sheet
  • Taking part in linkys (blog hops/blog parties – call them what you like)
  • Blog promotion
  • Social media
  • Ad hoc tasks

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Let’s start with my daily tick sheet.  Without it, my blog diary gets overwhelmed!  By having a separate tick sheet, I can see at a glance where I’m at, what needs doing and what I’ve done.

This really helps because I can timebox more effectively and it gives me that sense of production and achievement, without wading through lots of to-do lists each day, which can be demoralising.

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On my tick sheet, I have tasks broken down into days (as ‘Daily Tick Sheet’ suggests!) and a blank box for the tick if it’s a task for the given day.

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As you can see, (sort of!) I check my comments every day but if the task was ‘write content’ some of the boxes under the days would be blanked out.

There are occasions when I don’t complete all my tasks that day and if they’re important for that particular week, I simply highlight the box in orange and start my blog work a little earlier the following day.

What I find really helpful is at the end of the day, I cross off ones for the next day that don’t need doing that week.  For example, I run a few blog linkys and if I don’t need to write content that week, I simply cross the box through the day before.

It’s similar to ticking the task off as you go but better for the soul!

To a non-blogger, this tick sheet may sound over the top, a little obsessive even…  I would have seen your point in my pre-blogging days.

But now, it keeps my blog diary free for ad-hoc daily tasks.  And perhaps the best thing is that I can print a fresh sheet out weekly for the regular tasks without having to physically write them in my diary each week.

This also gives me a clean sheet for the start of each new week – even better for the soul!

I’ve never been one to colour code my diary with coloured dots or washi tape.  Although I do love a pretty, functional planner.  The more compartments for slipping in pieces of paper and pretty paper clips, the better!

When it comes to ‘blog-min’, I love my highlighters, my daily tick sheet, my retractable pencil, my staples and my jumbo paper clips to bookmark my week in my blog diary.

How about you?  What do you do to keep ‘blog organised’?  I’d love to hear in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Next time I’ll be covering taking part in blog linkys/parties, which there are lots of and if I didn’t organise myself like I do, I’d have one BIG blog party hangover!…

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The Truth About My Blog

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I’ve just given myself a whole 2 weeks away from my blog and off hardcore blogging (apart from an ickle bit of occasional commenting).  And I feel gooood!  Truth be told, (naively perhaps) I didn’t realise just how much it had taken out of me.  I love blogging and all that it brings; writing content, tweaking photos, taking part in linkys, reading, commenting, sharing…  but I was in desperate need of getting away from it all.  And I did.  I had little break away with my amazing family, got hooked on Downton Abbey (I’m up to season 3… no spoilers please!!)  and realised by watching that how very different a world without technology would be.  But this post isn’t going to be a debate about whether we can without technology (I’m a blogger for goodness’ sake!).  No, this post is just me thinking out loud about how much I get out of blogging and how much I should be putting into it.  The truth is (as all bloggers know!), it can be addictive and one quick post can take a whole night to re-tweak…  which, to be perfectly honest, can be frustrating when you’ve still got ‘housey’ things to do.
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Our little girl is just about to go into Year 1 and for various reasons, I’m going to a have a chunk of my time taken away from me as a result.  Something’s gotta give, as they say.  And one of those things is not having a jam-packed blogging calendar.  It’s not about organisation.  I couldn’t be more organised if I tried.  It’s about accepting that, realistically, 2 posts at the most will be published a week, not up to 7.
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I’m streamlining my blog linkys.  They’re not taking over the blogosphere (ahem!) but I really enjoy commiting to them, to setting them up, to promoting them… and so they’re staying!
By making these tweaks, I feel that I’m being ‘me’ again, that I’m being true to myself.  By that, I mean that I can also find time to work on my writing (outside of blogging), practice my reiki, complete my crystal course and complete some ebooks that I’ve got up my sleeve… along with running a house with hubby too of course!
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I feel better for getting all of that off my chest and now I think a nice cuppa is in order… along with another episode of Downton Abbey 😉  See you on the other side… I hope?
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What’s your take on all of this?  Are you really comfortable with your blogging or do you feel parts are a time suck and you’re not being ‘you’?
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What’s your blog made of? ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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What’s your blog made of?

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Is it about sugar and spice and all things nice,

Or a confessional of a particular vice?

Is it lifestyle, parenting, writing and more,

Or reviews and comps and giveaways galore?

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Have you so much to say that you post every day,

Or are you less frequent to come out to play?

Do you follow your stats with an eagle eye,

Or go with the flow with no ‘wherefore’ or ‘why’?

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And how about linkys, do you take part in one,

Or even run one for double the fun?

And blogging support – it’s second to none,

It’s addictive, it’s social, it’s oh-so-much fun!

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With humour and truth and bare-your-soul posts,

A dose of self-help, ‘how to’s’, ‘meet your host’,

The techy bit’s done, SEO and short lnks,

We’re ready to schedule or hit publish, me thinks…

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But wait – one final edit, one final ‘tweak’,

The ingredients are mixed now, you need a good heat,

In an aga or retro eye-level grill,

The method won’t matter, it’ll still fit the bill!

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‘Cos whatever makes our blogs, whether newbie or star,

We write from the heart we are what we are,

And that’s what matters, don’t aim to be ‘pro’,

Just blog what you want to and go with the flow!

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By Carol Cameleon 2015

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Join in with #WonderfulWorldofWriting and link up with any genre of writing… I’ll share every post on twitter and other social media.  Tweet your post direct to me @AllSortsHere and I’ll retweet (it’d be great if you could use #WonderfulWorldofWriting too!)

Linky open from 0600 Wednesday to midnight the following Tuesday GMT

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My happy May #365doh

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So here’s where I sort the juice of my month from the pith and focus on the happy , the positivity and gratitude in my life 🙂

And it’s time to look back on May and its offerings!

But where did May go?  It all seemed to pass by in a blur to be honest.  That’s mainly due to 2 Bank Holidays (if you’re in the UK) and lots (and lots) of blogging.

After completing the #AtoZChallenge I decided to set myself a further challenge and blog every day until further notice (well, every day except Sundays. But even then I’m considering joining in with Silent Sunday…)  Why?  Because I absolutely love blogging and all that it entails.  I’m passionate about it and want to grow my blogging wings 🙂

We could all use a little gratitude…

That aside, I’ve started to do some yoga every other day and it’s really making a difference to my energy levels.  Okay, so I’m not *actually* jumping out of bed and stretching out on my yoga mat with a big smile on my face.  That’d just be a bit odd.  But I am getting up earlier than normal (and earlier than hubby and Our Little Bear) to do 10 minutes of stretching and breathing.  I’m managing to stretch that little bit more each time I do it, so I’m feeling that benefit that way too.  Why am I grateful for doing yoga?  It’s freeing up some time in the evenings to do some writing which I’m very grateful for.

We could all use a smile…

You know that big smile I mentioned just now?  Well there have been plenty, which is always a good thing!  One of those things is that Our Bear is loving a good book and can read by herself now, too.  Amazing!  She’s gone up 2 reading levels in the space of 2 weeks (maybe even less).  It’s a #ProudMummy(and Daddy)Moment indeed 🙂

…And we could all use some happiness…

That’s a snap shot of May.  Let’s see what June brings.  See you next month 🙂

What about you?  What have made up your happy days?

I’m linking this up with Lexie at Those Words She Wrote for #365doh, what will you share?

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