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2014 52 Week Photo Challenge…

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Welcome to my first attempt at hosting a weekly photo challenge...

Over the years I have participated in a number of annual blogging challenges. However, this will be my first attempt at hosting a blogging challenge.  Because I am busy as are most bloggers…I have decided that a weekly photo challenge is all I have time to commit to for this year.

I plan to keep this simple…The weekly photo prompt will be posted each Sunday, except for this week we will begin on Wednesday January 1st. Throughout the week I will re-post and share any pictures that link up to my social media sites.

To play along you will want to share your interpretation of the photo prompt on any of the following social media formats;  your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  You can tag me @nolagirlatheart on your social media site so I can see your interpretation of the weekly prompt.

Also be sure to use the #NolaGirl52weekchallenge so everyone who is playing along can follow you and see your photos.

Let’s keep this fun and friendly…I am also challenging myself to leave more comments this year…this past year I “liked” lots of blog posts but I didn’t take the time to write a meaningful comment. I felt more like a creeper than an active member of this community.  This year will be different!

I am looking forward to seeing your interpretation of the weekly prompts...Let’s have some fun and support one another in what I expect is all of our favorite past times…blogging

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twitter.com/nolagirl4real
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Facebook is for keeping up with your friends and family, Twitter is for interacting with strangers, Linkedin is for professional networking…All I ever wanted to know about social media in one place. Great Post!

 

The Daily Post

All of your friends subscribe to your blog, right? What about your coworkers? Your family members? Your classmates or former classmates? People who don’t necessarily know you, but work in your field? People who don’t know you at all, but like to mock the same celebrities you do?

Chances are, your social network is larger than you think it is. Luckily, these days, there are more ways than ever to reach people who share your interests, your pet peeves, and your sense of humor. Done well, social networking is the single best way to make friends and influence people on the web.

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About Jeanne’s blog…A Nola Girl at Heart

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This blog is my story and its filled with random life events from a NOLA girl at heart living in Texas.   My head is filled with ideas about food, books, music, travel, gardening and buying and selling junk and photography.

I am still trying to decide what I want to do when I grow up. Currently my 9-5 is my dream job!  It keeps my head spinning. I am a book and gift buyer, volunteer organizer and ministry leader all rolled into one. I am Loving life…Living the dream…Reflection!

In my spare time I am a dealer at a local antique mall. Lucky for me they allow me to buy junk and sell antiques!  Check out my handi-work!

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My husband and I are best friends and we dream of one day retiring and running a B&B in the Texas Hill Country or the Colorado Mountains…

I think social media is the best invention since the Slinky…My world is a more colorful place because of it…I hope you will add your color to my world.

Jeanne, a nola girl at heart

This post was inspired by the crew at The Daily Post…The About Page 101: Making Them Care and The About Page 201: The Meat Grinder...Is it time to re-visit and revise your About page?

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Social Media…Friend or Foe?

Social Media…it all started off friendly enough.  A few years back I heard about Facebook and I hesitantly but excitedly stuck my foot into the waters of social media.  It wasn’t long before I was sending out friend requests and playing some of the games.  Then I noticed that all I talked about was Facebook this and Facebook that.  Then the May to December affair began to fade and the indifference set in.  Even though I tried to breakup with Facebook my friends would have none of it.  The next thing I knew I was signing up for a WordPress blog.  I was posting, commenting on others blogs and checking my stats like a person with a compulsive disorder.  This naturally progressed to tweeting and then pinning came along and now there is LinkedIn and google+ and the list is every growing and changing. 

My life is truly consumed with social media…from almost the first thing in the morning to almost the last thing at night.  I am checking emails, making status updates, tweeting, pinning, commenting and retweeting.   This is not a complaint, it’s a statement.  The more I try to keep up with the trends the more I discover how fast things change.  Staying relevant is hard work and time-consuming.

I have learned if someone is going to use social media to develop a personal brand or a business brand they must stay focused and committed to keeping their sites current and interesting.  Having a social media site that is neglected is more detrimental than not having one at all. If I visit a blog or a Facebook page that hasn’t been updated in more than a month I assume the page/person isn’t relevant to what I am searching for at that moment.  I am on to the next page with a click of my mouse and not a second thought is given to the previous site. 

Through trial and error I have learned that there should be continuity from one social media site to the next…that is if you are looking to develop an online presence.   I am not sure when or why all of this social media branding will come into play in my life’s journey but I am doing what I can to keep my online presence focused, current and interesting. 

I do know that human resource departments of large and small companies alike are very interested in your online social presence.  They want to get a closer look at who you are when you let your hair down.  This is where your social media presence can turn into a foe.  If you are wild and carefree with your postings and leave your privacy settings wide open you are opening yourself up to being examined under a microscope.  A good rule of thumb to follow…If you wouldn’t want your mother or grandmother to see your post then don’t post it.  Unless of course your mother is Sharon Osborne then you would probably want to choose a different gauge for your postings. 

My WordPress blog, Nolagirlatheart is a personal blog it gives people who read it a glimpse into my hobbies, interests, views and lifestyle.  My Facebook page  is focused more on my friends, acquaintances and business associates with a sprinkling of my personal comings and goings.  I also manage two Facebook pages; Nola Girl at Heart and New Hope Church Bookstore .  I also enjoy the very popular site Pinterest for keeping up with the trends in fashion, home decorating and cooking.  I know this site has a place in the social media spectrum but for know I will keep it for my personal use and not for building my online identity, but that will probably change very soon or maybe it already has.   Then there is my Twitter page nolagirl4real which is a combination of all of the aforementioned social media accounts wrapped up into one place. If I follow your blog or like your Facebook page or am interested in what you do I will follow you on Twitter.  What’s next?  Well I am continually asked to join Linkedin…the professional networking social media site.  So far I have declined all invitations to join…I recently looked into Google+ but I decided not to jump in. 

What will all this matter a year from now?…Who knows… maybe I will get a call from out of the blue offering me a once in a lifetime opportunity that no girl in her right mind would turn down. You know the one that pays you obscene amounts of money to work from home Blogging about your favorite recipes and chalk painted furniture you found on Pinterest while updating your Facebook page with the photos of your attempts at cooking and painting and then crafting 140 character tweets to entice your followers to click on your link.  Ahhhhh….I think I am qualified for that job!

Social media…friend or foe it’s your choice…choose wisely.

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Blogging Hiatus…

Maybe you have noticed and then again, maybe you haven’t.  I have been on a blogging hiatus.    This hiatus was an unscheduled break and an interruption in my efforts as a blogger and a writer. 

My first experience with this sort of hiatus dropped in on me last year after I had completed the 30 day April A-Z Challenge.  Again this year after posting everyday of the month for theApril challenge my creative ideas were depleted.  I even found my brain couldn’t focus on the simplest Wordless Wednesday post.  I think I owe Frizztext a couple of posts for the A-Z Archive Photo Challenge.   

 Then there was the added busyness of my 9-5 job during the month of May; Mother’s Day celebration, Baby Dedication weekend, Outdoor Church Wide Baptisms, Graduation Recognition and Corporate Communion for 3000 people.  Whew…

Everything that was on my plate overwhelmed me and I just had to say NO to something. 

“Sometimes we have to say No to good things so that we can say YES to even better things.”

My blogging hiatus has given me the opportunity to spend time with friends and family.  There have been graduation parties at the park and birthday celebrations on the river.   There was a fishing tournament that benefits returning wounded veterans and new car shopping. 

I have missed the camaraderie of my like-minded blogging friends…I have missed reading about your comings and goings…your real and imagined stories…your delcious recipes…and your junkin’ excursions…and your wonderful photos that usually take my breath away and leave me wishing I was there and thankful that you have shared your view of the world with me. 

I think June will see my back banging away on the computer.  In the meantime…

Unscheduled blogging hiatus’ can be one of those even better things…see you in June!

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Need Balance? Unsubscribe!

Unsubscribe…really…I can do that? 

WOW!  My inbox is overflowing!!  Over the past 2 years I have subscribed to so many different web pages and blogs.  All of them have at one time or another served a very important purpose in my life.  They have provided much-needed information, allowed me to experience places I have never seen and probably never will.  I have been encouraged, motivated and inspired.  I have laughed out loud and I have been moved to tears. 

When the Hubs and I first started talking about building our new home in the country I began subscribing to websites that offered a wide variety of house plans.  Once we chose our house plan I began subscribing to web sites that would help us with the building process; brick, interior design, light fixture and flooring companies…you get the idea.  At little further into the process I began to subscribe to furniture and landscaping web sites.  A little further into the process…well, you get the picture. My personal email inbox is overflowing with notifications and updates that are no longer relevant to what is going on in my life.

The same holds true for my work email inbox…overflowing with website notifications and updates that no longer apply or I have lost interest in reading…so I do what most people do I check the box and hit the delete button…instead of doing the thing that makes more sense…and unsubscribe to the now irrelevant websites.

I find myself asking Why?  “Why don’t you just unsubscribe?”  Will I miss something relevant and life changing?  On the contrary…I will be freeing up precious moments that would be better spent participating in life, rather than beating myself up about unsubscribing to an email notification, update, blog linky party, pinterest pin update or Facebook notification that in the big picture of life will not amount to a hill of beans difference.

I have read several blog postings lately where the blogger is doing the one thing that makes the most sense for them at this time. They are unsubscribing to the overwhelming numbers of blogs they have subscribed to over time. They are cleaning house…starting over…getting back to the reason they started blogging in the first place….to just write…chronicle their lives and the things that make life worth living. I admire their commitment and focus!

I have recently embarked on a little internet spring cleaning.  I am taking the bull by the horns and unsubscribing to all of those web pages that no longer serve a purpose in my life.  I have decided to “like” certain bloggers Facebook pages instead of following their blogs. There are a few other bloggers that it makes more sense to follow them via Pinterest instead of their blog postings.  This has cleared up half of the clutter filling my inbox.  I have also changed the WordPress notification on several blogs from immediately to weekly.  I feel like I have given myself some breathing room…which is much needed in my search for balance and peace of mind. 

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This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.  This post is brought to you by the letter “U”!

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Expect Excellence!

Do it with Excellence!

If you are going to do something you should do it with excellence or you shouldn’t do it all!

What is excellence? 

  • Excellence is the quality of being outstanding or very good.  
  • The quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree.
  • Excellence is the state or quality of excelling. Particularly in the field of business and organizations, excellence is considered to be an important value, and a goal to be pursued.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle

  • Performing at a level of excellence means to exceed the expectations of the intended recipient. 
  •  To perform at a level of excellence is to meet someones unspoken need or desire. 
  •  To go above and beyond what is expected. 
  • To anticipate the need and then at just the right moment to meet the need. 

No matter what I choose to do, I choose to give it my very best.  I remember exactly when I realized that working with excellence mattered to the person on the receiving end.   It is very rewarding to be a part of someones unexpected experience with excellence. 

I have the natural ability to observe a situation, access it from a distance, determine an unpoken yet expected need and react to it.  I have been told that I have my finger on the pulse of my surroundings. I thought I was just being helpful. 

We should always expect excellence.  Expecting less will get you less. 

Excellence begins with a genuine attitude of caring for the needs of others. Excellence requires that you take responsibility for meeting those needs of. Once you commit to a level of excellence you must see it through to the end. 

Once you have experienced a level of excellence from an individual, a brand or company it is what you should always expect.  To expect less or even to accept less will only encourage a lifetime of accepting mediocrity.   

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
W. Somerset Maugham

If you say you are going to do something, then do it.  Better to not make a promise you do not intend to keep.  Thus the problem with automatically generated social media support centers. 

I have come to expect a certain level of excellence from my social media providers.  Just because social media sites are offered free to the end-user doesn’t mean that we the user should accept less than excellent service. 

I understand that Facebook, Twitter and WordPress are continually updating their sites and services.  Which can and will cause somewhat isolated and temporary problems for some users. 

I will not belabor the ongoing issues I am having with my WordPress blog.  I will just say that if you as a provider of a service or a product are aware that consumers are experiencing less than excellent service, Communicate!  Do not leave them in the dark. 

Communication will show you genuinely care about the situation.  Communication will show that you are taking responsibility for the situation.  Communication will show that you are going to see the situation through to an acceptable resolution.

I do realize that we are privileged to have free access to such a great resource.  But in all things…if you are going to do something whether for a fee or for free you should strive for excellence.

Booker T. Washington
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.

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my first year blogging…

It all started with a conversation between friends about blogs they were following.  My interest was piqued.  Then the buzz word was BLOG!  Everyone was either blogging or talking about someone who was blogging.  

After sustaining a back injury, picking up a towel off of the floor to put into the washer, that would have me off from work for almost 3 weeks.  And having more than enough free time to consider, read, follow and even try my hand at blogging it began. 

I decided that I would blog my way through the selling of our home of many years as well as building our new home in the country.  Little did I know how much I would come to enjoy blogging.

I really had no idea what I was getting myself into and I made a few big blunders right out of the box.  It wasn’t like I  borrowed someone elses post and presented it as my own.  I just didn’t think through my blog name and now I am sort of stuck with this one.  C’est la vie!

My blog has given me an outlet for the emotional roller coaster that came with selling our homemoving into a 26′ travel trailer…leaving everything familiar behind and embarking on a whole new chapter in what is the story of my life. 

Blogging has allowed me to fill a space in my life that I didn’t know needed filling.  I have re-discovered a love of writing and expressing my thoughts and sharing them with others. 

My blog is … the rest of the story

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2010 blogging review…I am not a statistic but I might be a cake

Blogging Year…01
Total Blogging Time… 10 months
Blogs …2
Posts…this one makes 101
Drafts…15
Comments…131
Total Views to date…  3038
My best day… 63 views
My best month… 552 views

You are probably wondering why am I sharing my meager stats with you? It is because I have been obsessed with my stats and  I am trying to overcome my obsession.  If I cannot overcome the constant need to check my stats I am going to have to admit a few things about myself that I am really hoping aren’t true.

Stats don’t make you a good writer or blogger just like money doesn’t make you a better person.  Yes, stats and money can give you status but  when it comes right down to it they are just numbers.  In the beginning they meant everything to me.  Yes both money and stats.  But for today’s post I am focusing on my blogging stats.  Anyway, in the beginning my blog stats were how I was gauging myself as a blogger.  Sad but true!

I would be telling you less than the truth if  I said that I have gotten over the whole stats thing.  But I do think there is more to this than just checking the numbers. It’s about the need to be accepted even if it is by people I don’t know. 

Although I love it when someone leaves a comment and a little word of encouragement that begins to form a cyber friendship I realize that those are few and far between just like true friends.  I am taking that to heart!

I admit I don’t comment on every blog I read.  There are various reasons but generally it’s because the post just didn’t resonate with me.  Which is what I guess is the case with those of you who pop in here and take a look around and leave without so much as a word.  I get it! 

As I have been trying to work all of this out, good or bad, this is what I have come up with. 

My blog is the recipe of my life, my thoughts are the ingredients, my posts are the layers and your comments are the frosting on the cake.  However,  I am not that keen on most frosting.  It has to be a really exceptional frosting for me to get excited.  But, I do LOVE cake!!!  I love everything about cake.   I love searching for the recipe and gathering the ingredients.  I love to measure, whisk, melt, cream, mix, pour and bake the cake.  I love to eat Cake!!!  When I make a cake or a meal for that matter I usually share it with a few special people.  People who appreciate the time and effort it took to create the special something. 

These are the same reasons I love blogging.  My blog is about the things that make up the story of my life.  My blog posts are the inspiration that comes from the people and the things that are part of my life.  My hopes are to build a few cyber friendships, encourage and inspire a few people and continue to grow as a wife, a mother, a friend a writer and a blogger.

I think I finally get it…I am not a statistic…but I might be a cake!

After assessing my statistics on my own, WordPress sent me their review of my Blog for 2010.  I was encouraged!

I am linking up with Mega Monday-Sunday Blog Hop!

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