Links Out Loud…more on blogging, writing, laughing and living

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

Blog Out Loud:

  • In my wana711 group, we have been talking about the time commitment of blogging. For most, it seems to take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to write a post (not a cutesy YouTube post…duh…I am talking about our 500-1000 word posts). And that is precious time away from the WIP (Work In Progress…keep up people…) In comes Michael Hyatt to save us all. His post on how to write a blog post in less than 70 minutes offers practical and useful suggestions that I am definitely going to implement in my blogging practices. And he’d know…he’s written like over 1000 posts. Talk about keener, eh?!
  • A great resource for all bloggers is the ProBlogger site. Check out this great post by Kiera Pedley on running a contest in 5 steps on your blog as a great way to generate new readership, reactivate stagnant subscribers, and increase the engagement of readers.

Write Out Loud:

  • Jenny Hansen featured a guest post by NakedEditor Tiffany Lawson Inman about the importance of finding your character’s voice and slammin’ it hard right out of the gate. I loved it and plan to run home and create the appropriate yellow stickies for my office.
  • Roz Morris touched on a fear of mine with her blog post on a critique group gone rogue. I am a real people pleaser with some self-doubts about my writing so my fear working with a critique group is that I would assume everyone knows better than I and that I should (and would want to) incorporate every suggestion into my writing; even at its own peril. Roz has some great advice.
  • If you hadn’t already heard (and if you were following me on twitter you’d have heards…right hand menu folks…click FOLLOW…duh?!?!!?) Steena Holmes is doing a FAB series of posts dedicated to formatting for self-publishing. The first installment on how easy it is does make it sound straight forward and it will help you start things off in the right direction. Follow her blog to get the rest of her installments or heck, click on her design tab and hire her to do your formatting.
  • And you’ve all heard me yang on and on and on about taking Kristen Lamb’s Blogging to Build a Brand course and how freaking incredible it was and continues to be. She’s going to be given the 2-month course again, starting Oct 1, 2011, and I highly recommend it (even to non-author bloggers – seriously – tons of good stuff to learn!) Check out her blog post and comments for tons of great info. Just to note, since taking and applying her course my blog stats have doubled (and are still climbing).

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Poor Laural from Laural Out Loud (yes…nice blog name, eh?!?!) is having a heck of a time at her house with mothagedon. An unfortunate incident that included rotten potatoes, maggots (god, anytime I write or say that word my skin crawls…eewww…) and a dryer vent venting directly into the laundry room/pantry. Go and lend her some supportive comments. Honestly…I think I would have just sold the house! LOL!
  • Have you been back to visit Jenny from the Blog? If you haven’t, you should. Her feature last week on how her husband is a metrophobic and her father is a metrosexualhad me in tears! Alas, the challenges we face in life! (Pppssttt…Jenny…yes this blog post is ALL about you girl…shhh…don’t tell anyone, I hate having people go into jealous temper tantrums – it’s between you and me girl! muah!)
  • And again Noa Gavin delivered up a stellar post that had me in hysterics. Seriously. I hate bad drivers and have been known to suffer from bouts of road rage at said stupid drivers. So her letter to death wish drivers was an absolute riot. I want to print it out and let it fly out my truck window!

Life Out Loud:

  • Amber West wrote a fantastic post about how not everyone likes you (what??? Shut up??? Seriously???) In all seriousness, it was a wonderful read on how standing up for what you believe in and who are you means that not everyone is going to like you…and that’s OK!
  • Life is what we make it. You are in charge of your destiny. Last week Marcia Richards wrote a gorgeous post about life being akin to one of those choose-your-own-adventure stories. She gave her readers three great tips on taking control of your life and making it your own best-seller.
  • Forgiveness, it’s a word that slides easily off the tongue but not always so easily from the heart. Read Diana Murdock’s gut-wrenching post on her battle with forgiveness.
  • Traci Bell is a year away from a big milestone birthday so this year she reflected on how she views life today versus when she was in her twenties and the lessons she’s learned. It is a great reminder to keep these things front of mind – we are only here once after all. I loved her note that nobody likes perfect people (what????) and that “this too shall pass” (an oldie but a goodie)!

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. What a fabulous list of links to check out! Thanks for the shout out! You are a sweetie!

  2. Natalie, you are one of the best at supporting your fellow bloggers/writers! Thanks for the mention! And you find the best links!

  3. Natalie, I just found you (well, your blog) from a comment of yours on Kristen Lamb’s blog. What a flipping delight you are — can’t wait to click on all the links.

    • I soooo agree with you, Amy! Natalie is a portable party. 🙂

      • O.M.G. that is like one of THE best compliments EVER!!! Totally made my night!! Portable Party! I can’t wait to tell hubby – he’s going to die!! LOL!! 🙂

        Seriously though, when I decided to try and make my blog more “entertaining” (since it’s more my natural tendency – you should see when I tell my shit-myself stories, people just about die laughing), I wasn’t sure if I had the chops…and I wasn’t sure if I could make what worked so great verbally work just as good written…but so far, so good! So I am thrilled that you guys have all been enjoying it and are entertained…I am touched and honored that y’all continue to visit, comment, and support.

        Sniff…all welled up now…big night of blog luv!! Y’all rock my world!!! 🙂

    • Welcome Amy – it is wonderful to have you stop by for a visit and the wonderful comment!! I am gushing and blushing. Hubby would say my ego is filling the room, taking over, cutting off his breath (he’s soooo sarcastic!!! LOL). Hope to catch you around the blogosphere! 🙂

  4. I just found more great bloggers to follow! Thanks for the info, Natalie.

  5. I agree with Marcia! I’m always so excited to be included in one of your mash-ups, plus it’s a great time to tromp through your posts and comments section. I can’t wait to read Amber’s and Diana’s posts and I’m a little scared to click the link on the MOTH ISSUE.

    Also, I completely dig Michael Hyett so I’ll be over there to read his blogging tips. As much as I hate the whole post-pimping in the comments section, I didn’t realize the WANA711 group was angsting over this. Here’s my post on the topic (Is Your Blog Eating You Alive? I hope it helps you and your posse.

    • Awwww…well I am glad you don’t mind being featured! Your blog rocks and is always chalked full of such great content. You will love Amber and Diana’s post!! I know…when I saw the title mothagedon and the picture, I nearly clicked off quickly (cause I hate moths…ewwww) but I am so glad I read it. Hilarious and scary at the same time. I felt so bad for her. Laural emailed me that she has a follow-up post coming soon with a story iolving a moth and hair – O.M.G.!!

      Feel free to post-pimp anytime girl. That link rocks. I am going to send it around the wana711 gang via twitter and will include it in next week’s mash-up – it’s a goody! Thanks for thinking to share it. Happy day!! 🙂

  6. Elena Aitken says:

    Oh sure, Natalie…now I have even MORE great bloggers to follow! Seriously though, you are a total portable party!

    • HAHAHA…I know…I struggle with how to manage following all these ahhhmazing blogs as well. Alas, we just do our best! 🙂

      Eeeeeekkkeeee…I love it…Portable Party! Thank you. You guys really know how to make a gals evenin’! 🙂

      Told hubby that when he came in the house with my Mom tonight and they both looked at each like “oh god….they’ve created a monster!!” WAHAHAHA!!!

      Thank you!!!!

  7. Portable Party??? Seriously?
    Dear Lord people…have you no mercy?
    She’s online ordering hats, shirts, pens, note pads and let’s not forget the SASHES – with “Natalie Hartord – The Portable Party”

    I think I just over heard something about graphic wrap for the truck….H E L P M E!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Portable Party! Yes! I’m so sorry, dear Hartford Hubbie, but your wife is absolutely our cybersocialite.

    Natalie, I can’t wait to visit each one of your links. Your descriptions are so enticing. My dear, you are the life of the party. 🙂

    • Awwww…thank you Bridgette…BIG MUAH!!
      Cybersocialite – I love it!! You guys are the best…hope you love the links as much as I did. 🙂
      Happy weekend! 🙂

  9. What a great post, Natalie, thank you!

  10. Portable party? check!
    Cybersocialite? check!
    What’s not to love, Natalie? I have a feeling Wana711 would agree no one makes us laugh like you do … at the same time sharing your indispensable information and links! Awe-mazing, that’s you!

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