Links Out Loud…Blog, Write, Laugh & Live

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • In my tremendous wana711 group (about 40 folks from around the world that took Kristen Lamb’s summer 2011 blogging class) we’ve been having a conversation about blog commenting etiquette. For most of us, with an average of 5 to 25 comments, responding to each and every comment with some sort of thought-provoking, “aha” moment type response is easy peasy. But what about when your blog gets 50 comments or 100 comments? Or….eeeeekkkk….what about when you start getting 100+ comments??? (A girl can dream…) Well have no fear. Jody Hedlund covered that very topic here and here. What‘s your take?
  • Another question that’s been on the minds of myself and my fellow wana711 peeps is the use of photos in our blogs. I mean, for the most part we are all just starting out in this blogging world (and are all starving artists…writers ARE artist you know!!!) so it’s not like we can afford a jag of credits from istock. So what do we do? What can you use and how do you credit the source? Well this week, Carrie Spencer turned us all on to a great article on 4 incredible free sources for photos to use in books/blogs by Joel Friedlander that answered all our questions and gives us some great photo resources.

Write Out Loud:

  • Kristen Lamb (social media guru) wrote about how self-publishing is the American Idol of the publishing world. I soooo want to be the next big winner but I fear I could end up being featured in the blooper reel talking trash about how Simon knows nothing and spouting rants that all of my friends “said I could write.” Yikes!
  • Chuck Wendig’s posted on 25 things to know about self-publishing can obviously go under this category but it could have easily gone under the Laugh Out Loud category. Dead on, tell-it-like-it-is knowledge, and hilarious. Not for the faint of heart. Enjoy!
  • Tawna Fenske talked about how she values feedback from a variety of sources (published authors, unpublished authors and even non-writers) on her material in her post on who has the right to say you suck?
  • Jenny Hansen posted a great article over at the Writers In The Storm blog about non-linear writing and how she’s come to accept and embrace her writing style; making it work for her. She gives us tons of writing resources that will have me reading for hours (hubby’s gonna get blog jealous again)! And while Jenny was writing about the non-linear approach, Laura Drake took the opposite end of the spectrum with her post on linear writing vs the scattergun approach.

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Ever been to a unisex bathroom? JM Randolph has. One with instructions on how to flush (yes, you read that correctly) and is equipped with an encased panic button. LOL! I’m with her; I’d have a hard time not pushing the button for fun. It’s screaming PUSH ME!!!
  • As promised, I’ve spent oodles our hours out there searching for new and exciting blogs for you to check out and today, I deliver. When I read Telling Dad’s post on buying his wife a toilet, I nearly died.

Life Out Loud:

  • “Do you make decisions without knowing why?” Linda Burke wrote a great blog post about how she had been making unconscious decisions in her life that were shaped by her childhood. Hmmm…sounds very familiar to me Linda. It never ceases to amaze me how unconsciously we all live at times; driven by belief, habits, or patterns we learned as children.
  • Angela Wallace is gearing up to release her new urban fantasy series called Elemental Magic (yeahhhh Angela – you go girl!). As part of her research, she explored the four classic elements and what they represent. After reading it, I realize I am a mixed bag of shit! Seriously, I think I need to go back into therapy. I am a total combination of 3 out of 4 of the elements; water, air, and fire. Hubby can attest to it…to all of it! 
  • It’s healthy to look back and Barbara McDowell did just that last week. When she was 17, she wanted to be the next Debbie Allen but ended up in a marketing communications career. Although there’s no telling what the next 20 years will bring. Go for it Barbara!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…



  1. Thanks for including me in this great list of blog luv Natalie! I’m sure my love of all things performance feeds into my love of those types of reality shows. Some days, I still consider living the dream (a lot of muscle rubs will be needed). I’m a little long in the tooth for “So You Think You Can Dance,” but can still go for it on “America’s Got Talent.” 🙂

  2. Author Kristen Lamb says:

    Thanks for the shout-out. Looooove the log-line. Where did you get one so snazzy? 😀

    • My pleasure Kristen! Thanks for the wonderful compliment. I came up with it during our wana711 class. I was searching for inspirational quotes that “spoke” to me and this one actually summed me up. I thought it was perfect. Thanks for all your instrumental help in getting me to this point. I can’t believe I am posting five days a week and loving every minute of it. More material than I know what to do with. YOU are genius! 🙂

      • Kristen is a SERIOUS over-the-top genius! More Cowbell was born in the class before that. I lo-o-o-ve your log-line. 🙂

        • That she IS!!! I found your site the day I read her post about themes and she used you as a “great” example of success. Off I went and signed-up for her blogging class. I haven’t looked back since…lovin’ it!!
          Thank you Jenny!!! Really appreciate the feedback! 🙂

  3. Thanks for including me. Loving all the fun we are having getting into this blog-thing.

  4. I apologize for your near-death experience at the hands of my post but I can’t say it doesn’t make me smile. Thank you for including me in such great company and hopefully I can finish you off with an upcoming post. 😉

    • I forwarded it to hubby cause it was totally something he would have done! He chuckled through the entire thing as well. Nodding his head with heartfelt “I hear ya man…” I can’t WAIT to read more…death by laughter…not a bad thing! 🙂

  5. Another great mash-up delivered with pizazz! Thanks for the blog love. 😀

  6. OK, now that I’ve tromped all over your comments section, I’ll leave my own! Love the mash-up, and I really like your blog. If you are like me, it will turn you into the energizer bunny to post 5 days a week.

    Thanks for the linky love for this week’s throwdown at WITS – we had a good time. It’s been very interestesting to see which side the readers are on.

    Once I’m logged in as myself again (rather than Writers In The Storm) I’ll go back and subscribe again. Plus, I have to figure out how to resend today’s Sept 11 post from More Cowbell. There was an oops…

    • LOL – girl you are welcome to tromp all over my comment section anytime!! Mi casa es su casa thing. 🙂
      I have found since I’ve started posting five-days a week (and with Kristen’s theme ideas) that I’ve definitely turned into the energizer bunny with it. It’s insane. I love it. I can’t wait to do posts every day. It definitely works for my style.
      I really enjoyed your and Laura’s two-sided view on writing style. Although I haven’t sat down yet to start my WIP, knowing my style, I would guess I’ll be a very linear writer but we’ll see. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂
      Come visit and comment to your heart’s content any day! Good luck fixing the “oops…”

  7. Another awesome mash up. You do this so well! I’m still afraid of it, but baby steps. You blog 5 times a week? It doesn’t seem like that! Probably because I love all of your posts and look forward to seeing them in my inbox!

    • Girl – you have totally made my day – thank you!!! :-)))

      I got my idea for this mash-up from Barbara McDowell’s Sharing is Caring post – loved the way she organized it so I tried to find something that fit in with my blog name and logline and voila, it came to me. I do enjoy it and have some fun things planned to spice it up from time to time. 🙂 Baby steps is great and you will definitely find your rythm so no worries!!!

      Yip, after the blogging class I had so many theme days I wanted to do I just realized that for me, it would be five days a week posting. Monday I post something fun about my life in general but upbeat and motivational! Tuesday is my twisted day where I post some insanely funny things. As an urban redneck, we come across the craziest stuff – it must be shared. Wednesday is my urban word day. I discovered the urban dictionnary and was in hysterics for days reading through the words/sayings so again, had to share it and it totally needed it’s own day. Thursday I do a mash-up cause I want to spread the blog luv and Friday I focus on impaired driving. Right now it’s a mash-up of weekly impaired driving news but I will also post articles, thoughts etc there as well.
      So there you have it…five days…
      It doesn’t seem like five days to me either most weeks – it’s so EASY and I enjoy it so much. Looking forward to watching your blog grow and develop as well Tameri – I have no doubt it’ll continue to be exceptional! 🙂

  8. Wow, I totally admire that, Natalie – blogging five days a week and blogging the way YOU DO clearly shows some hidden talent!

    Love the mash-up: you do it so well 🙂

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