Tag Archives: Blogging

Remember back in the stone age of social media- like around 2010?     I had heard about this thing called a ‘Blog’ and was led to believe, after looking at a few, that all one had to do was purchase a (dot)com domain, snap a few pic’s and share omnipotence.   Easy… I’m in. […]

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  • Myke Todd - I would trip out if someone in the next county over was to recognize me.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - Your posts are always so fabulous! I adore them! You have always been a celebrity to all of us bloggers…………..nothing new here for us.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! If only that were true but I’m going to choose to stroke that sentiment for all it’s worth because it come from you my dear Guru! XXOOReplyCancel

  • Haralee - Get out of Town! That is really very cool! I take it back, it is very very very Cool!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes, and a dozen more readers that have happened upon New Orleans! I’ve agreed to meet every one of them and it has been such a joy! SO cool is right!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - How fun meeting your readers in exotic parts of the world. It’s amazing to find out who is reading and creating your own celebrity.ReplyCancel

  • sue - I love your take on writing and having a blog. I am still stunned that people actually want to read what I write – little old ordinary me! I have been blogging about 18 months and my favourite part are the readers and the friendships I’ve formed with other bloggers. Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really is a shock even though it’s the result we all hope for- when it happens…wow! I LOVE your blog btw! Your advice always helps keep my sizzle in tact. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - How much fun is that! And I am not in the least surprised!
    P.S. when you visit Edmonton, Alberta, can I come and meet you? Please? Pleeeease?ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - how lovely! and aren’t you lucky! Of course, you’ll see me at some point, right?ReplyCancel

  • Alana Mautone - It happened to me in Charleston, SC. Not exactly like yours, but she gave me directions to a place we couldn’t find on a previous visit to Charleston, and ended up meeting me at a Civil War reenactment – with her son and her mother, an amazing woman who just turned 91. I’ll treasure that.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - What a wonderful adventure. Of course, you had to meet her and the London fan. Spread the joy around. I cannot believe how many people I’ve connected with over the years. Blog on!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - I’ve loved meeting up with social media friends and other bloggers during our travels or when they pass through Philly, our hometown. I always thought of myself as reserved, but it turns out that apparently, I’m not. My husband (not a blogger, not on social media) is known as Mr. Excitement on my blog. One day, he came home from an errand after having been quite astonished when someone came up to him on the street and asked if he was Mr. Excitement.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That’s fabulous!!!! My husband has a middle aged male friend that recently told him that he looks forward to my posts in his in-box, that they make his day. My husband had no idea and was amazed. HahhaaaaReplyCancel

  • Kathy Gottberg - Hi Cheryl! What a great tribute and affirmation of your work. Thank you for sharing that bit with us all and reminding us of why we do what we do. I recently had a person I thought pretty well degrade the “blogging life” and while I knew better than argue, it did make me a bit sad. Your words remind me that we usually never know the people we touch but even then, we must remember they are out there. You were just lucky to have met some of them. ~KathyReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - It always amazes me to run into people who know exactly what I’ve been up to because they read my blog. Yes, those are the people who make all the hard work so rewarding.ReplyCancel

  There’s this crazy little ‘thing’ that happens on the way to the forum, or in a self-imposed hiatus from the Kingdom blogging  (due to actual real-life events- go figure) …   You may get the vapors.   The conflict, of course, is that writing a blog is hard work. It takes t-i-m-e and patience and […]

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  • MJM - I freaking love this piece! I can totally relate to what you’re saying here, bottom line, it’s not easy being a blogger.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - No. It’s not. And you write 3? How the hell…..ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I am with you, there are things bloggers do not have to worry about!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Trade-offs to everything in Life. Damn it.ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - My goodness… I have not laughed so hard in weeks. And, respectfully… You could paraphrase a page in a telephone book and make it entertaining.

    I would never survive in the real blogging world. I knew that at the start. My efforts are miniscule, and off the radar. It is like a front porch with a swing at a rural house, just off a country road, you pass, only because you took a wrong turn off the main highway.

    I really like it here.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, it certainly appears you can turn a phrase Myke! The rural front porch has always confused me. Just WHO are they looking at all the way out in the boondocks? Muskrats? Muskrats in Love? (remember that terrible song?)ReplyCancel

  • Judy Freedman - Just the advice I needed to hear today. Blogging is hard work and it’s a labor of love.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And we’re all on the prison rock pile together. < >ReplyCancel

  • Rosemond - Bravo!! Love your points and yes you WILL insult someone just simply by writing, being, or breathing! The first hateful troll is the hardest!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Confession: I love the haters. My very reason for ‘being’. They give me full permission to let loose.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Cheryl !! Love this piece. I am right at this point with blogging. Oh and how did you know I had a perfectly toned ass? LOL Must be all that Pure Barre
    I have a love hate relationship with my blogging. I love my site, I love writing especially when the words flow from my head to fingers and out from the keyboard. I tend to have so much to say all the time, but find other distractions in my day to take me away from sharing my thoughts with the world.
    Thank you for this 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And I love your writing! And I’m certain your ass is Pure Barre toned, but I digress… when the ideas blossom and our brains turn a phrase, and the words rush out (without typos) and it’s all just sooooo much FUN- Life is good. Problem is, it’s not always that easy is it? But then again, you are fit and living in wine country, so maybe it is. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Oh my goodness! No. 4 has been giving me vapors of late. Makes me nuts. I shall now stop worrying about it, though, because YOU said I shouldn’t worry! Thank you! 😀

    PS: Nice list of truths.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m right- right? No algorithm invented can increase readership- just good writing and checking in with your friends from time to time. Glad I have you Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Tea with the Queen? Gotta do it. One day soon. WHy aren’t there 17 months in a year? Why? There are no good answers to that question, right? Yeah, I’m feeling kind of crazy this morning. Don’t mind me.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ehlers - It is so true…that not writing vacant feeling! Thanks for the reminder, Your Highness!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I have been right there with you. It feels good to let it flow and be in the company of the choir or the royal court or whoever shows up, right? Love this so much Cheryl!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Talent oozes from my pores as well. Highly impractical. I wish it would show up someplace useful . . .ReplyCancel

  • Carla Birnberg - Amen to all of this. I’ve been doing this thing called blogging for too long now 🙂 almost 15 years (!)and I still write each post as though no one’s reading because once I imagine someone reading… There goes the post 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Bates - I LOVE this post. LOVE.

    So true. I follow your suggestions with my whole being! And yet – I still make myself crazy now and then. But great tips, great post. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - When you are in the vagina business, your audience can be narrow, large, moist and dry. You just gotta go with it.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - I totally relate to the “changing voice” number 3. Constantly. But, there’s nothing bad about evolving. I do it constantly.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Koepnick - I love this! It is ok to just do your own thing and not follow everyone’s “expert” advice. I found you through a Facebook group, and I’m so glad!ReplyCancel

  • Haralee Weintraub - I will make my own tea and I do love a list. My audience is the menopausal woman, know her, love her, wished she would comment more but understand, or at least I think I do ! As long as they don’t do #7 too often I am OK!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - But I don’t like tea and really am not impressed with the idea that birth would make thee better than me. This means I have alienated a whole group of potential readers. By the way, that facial cream you recommended does seem to work. I hadn’t bought it as it was considerably more than the Old Age product I was using. This one, however, smooths on so easily. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Charles E. Burnham - Gregorian Calendar? Hmmm. Interesting. Because my dear wife and all of her ancestors are Jewish, I have been asked if I ever considered converting. I mean, neither of us believes in magic, so that stops some people, but sometimes I have to say that I can’t decide between becoming a Jew and becoming a Greek. Easter would be May 1, this year if I did. Talk about wacked out! As long as it’s Spring right now, who cares what month it is?ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I just read Ellen Dolgen’s comment and nothing I can say will possibly beat that. And that’s one of the best parts of blogging for me – other bloggers 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - I loved all of these – we all secretly fret about them at times and then find out that everyone else is just cruising along too – the ones busting the butts to be the biggest and the best are welcome to it. Give me fun and interaction and a good laugh here and there and I’m happy (oh and I’ll have a cucumber sandwich – no crusts – with my cuppa thank you) xReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lawdanski - #1 & #4 – I guess the thing to do is just keep hacking away, practicing, learning and doing the best work you know how to do! That’s what I try to focus on when I’m not obsessing about the rest!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’re so right! You remember the old joke ‘How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?’—Practice! HA!ReplyCancel

  • Paul D. Brads - This is so spot on. And there’s a queen, you mentioned Downton Abbey, and tea…who could ask for more ???ReplyCancel

  • Norma Beishir - All good advice. I follow a few blogs that either don’t include images at all, or they put in something so small, you need a magnifying glass to see it.ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - Humour blogging is the writing that I most enjoy, despite my modest number of followers. I often laugh while I’m writing it (I’m not sure what that indicates – self-indulgence? insanity?). And I think you’re right, you do tend to gravitate to a loyal and supportive group of people with a similar mind set.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And I’m so pleased we support each other!!ReplyCancel

  Life changes.     So do trends (…and husbands- not mine).   It’s the natural evolution of Evolution.   What will be, Will Be (I just want to get in on the correct side of the flying car).   So, I’ve been wondering…   Nah. That’s not true. Really not so much w-o-n-d-e-r-i-n-g as […]

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  • Cristina - You had me at bacon wrapped infidelity (love that) and purple sarong.

    Get it, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Isn’t all ‘infidelity’ wrapped in something initially scrumptious like bacon, sugared with a little magic, and THEN you get high cholesterol? No? That’s the way it happened to my father God Rest his Soul (not).ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - Fortunately the blogosphere is about what you make of it. There is no “right” way to be a blogger. Bloggers who support themselves through blogging are few and far between, but there are plenty of bloggers who are making money doing things in addition to blogging – using their blog as an online resume, if you will.

    I’m sure your book will be fascinating and filled with deliciousness. Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I agree on all accounts Sharon! Great minds think alike!ReplyCancel

  • Annah Elizabeth - Brand away!! Bacon and brandy and all… 😉

    You are enough, Cheryl, exactly as “you is!”

    Keep cooking on!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Bacon and Brandy… I like it! Thanks Annah- your’e the best!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why THANK YOU dear Annah. Now let’s go wrap some bacon! Yummie!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - I’m not really into cookbooks, so I hope you continue to blog about your adventures. 😉 My blog, on the other hand, is completely useless… but I like it, anyway!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m sure that’s not true! And WE ALL feel that way sometimes (I know I do), but yes- I will continue to blog- here, and attempt to finish this ‘thing’. Oh boy….ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Haha, this is why I’ll never be a successful blogger – no branding for me, just writing any ol’ thing I feel like. As long as it’s good, I mean. I love that you’re thinking about all these things I’m ignoring…I kind of trust you to handle all this while I just pretend nothing’s changing. Lol.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I love that you ‘trust me’ to handle all of this. I do tend to ‘geter’ done’ so I’ll let you know. In the meantime, enjoy the glories of lalaland. It’s a great neighborhood! Hahaaaa.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Felix Burns - Shit Cheryl, your brand is simply Fabulous Crazy Stylish Lady down in New Orleans. Don’t change a thing because we loves ya!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - Amen. to all of it. I’m excited about your new “brand’ and now you have me wondering what I should have branded…and do I want to be branded? Sheesh, so much for my summer vacation. Now I’m thinking about branding.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Your cookbook is such an interesting idea. I think “branding” is really only important if you are pimping your blog out–I think there will always be personality blogs that people follow simply because we are voyeurs and like peeking into the lives of others. Now, where’s that drink? 🙂

  • Author Shelly Arkon - Interesting take on what to do and how you’re going to do it.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Cheryl,

    You are wise, witty, savvy, snarky, sensational, beautiful, intelligent, creative and, well, marvelous! I love how you are so very authentic, and that, my dear, is your brand. Being exactly who you are. Because in this crazy blogging world we can smell insincerity a mile away (okay, I stole that line from Katherine Hepburn). You are a gem.

    I love you for mentioning me. Quite honored. Big bear hugs across the many miles.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You are a speciaL GEM on my already exceedingly expensive slender, and youthful, ring fingers. Diamonds are forever- as are you my friend. Love and admire you very much.ReplyCancel

  • Di Ane Cooper - hi Cheryl – I am a fairly recent reader and thought you might like to know that it was the word “midlife” that made click on your link in somebody’s sidebar. I love the eclectic storytelling and humor… and the fact that none of it revolves around childcare! (stories about childcare didn’t interest me even when my kids were young…lol.) ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Great idea Cheryl. 1. I love buying cookbooks because then it looks like I can cook. 2. If I do cook and it turns out edible it is because I used a recipe, step-by-step instructions and my ADD didn’t kick in somewhere in the process. I think we are on the same brain wave here. I knew I wanted to write about what is like to take care of someone with Alzheimer’s everyday. So the first 2 things I did was buy my domain and by the logo The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver and went from there. I feel there will be a greater need as time goes by. But then I felt kinda limited so I got the idea of a different king of travel business so I bought million mile blog domain and logo and while it is still in it’s infancy I believe it will appeal to travelers who are weary about travel agents and traveling period. I hope to change that. So between the two of us we have it hooked. People are always going to eat, travel and get old.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Chenell DeNeen - You are delicious Cheryl. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - Hello my Queen. This was another great treat and I can’t wait to see your first fun-filled cooking show. ReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - You are going to ROCK it. Woohoo!!!
    And when you get this published, I will be sure to share it with my 10s of readers (I don’t have “followers”…just people who accidentally stumble upon my little space on the internet..ha).

    • Cheryl - You do not! You are the SUN/SON (prodigal)You have tens of thousands of dedicated and sunscribed followers!Problem is they keep forgetting their sunscreen. We need to get into THAT business. Sunscreen for readers. God knows mine are burnt to a crisp. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - ofeverymoment - Developing my blog has been a little like parenting a new baby. I love it too much to think of its future as being limited … but I am confused by the whole business of finding my niche and branding.
    For now, my strategy will just to muddle on, hope readers like what I write, and wait for my niche and brand to reveal themselves.
    In the meantime, I plan to ”stay tuned” and enjoy watching what unfolds here!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Exactly. Same here. I’m letting the blog take me on it’s own adventure. I still have to change it’s diapers, feed it, clean up after it gets it’s heart broken, but in for a dime. In for a dollar. Baby’s growing up! HA!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell - Cheryl, your brand is AWESOME AND FABULOUS, just like you are. YAY for a cooking book! I love it! Especially one wrapped with a side of infidelity. It will be amazing. Also, I really do believe that all of us have lots and lots to say, and that we should, even on the days we get lost in the masses. xoReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why, THANK YOU Kristi! Yes we SHOULD all keep on keepin’ on, no matter what the chatter. This bloggy thing is HARD, but I love something I think, Mark Twain said (to paraphrase) ‘you may think your life is dull but others may find it fascinating’. And if he didn’t say that- then I just did. HA!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why, THANK YOU Kristi! Yes we SHOULD all keep on keepin’ on, no matter what the chatter. This bloggy thing is HARD, but I love something I think, Mark Twain said (to paraphrase) ‘you may think your life is dull but others may find it fascinating’. And if he didn’t say that- then I just did. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Buchan - I’m a newbie to your site. I love where you are going. You are an inspiration to me. I just published my first book because I needed to find and express my voice in a noisy world.I also wanted to leave a legacy to my children of healing and hope. I am looking forward to reading and trying your recipes when your cookbook comes out!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That’s my inspiration too! Leaving a legacy for my kids in a noisy world (great line btw). I’m glad you’re here. Your voice is full of reason and calm. Thank you for stopping by. DO it again- please!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Ledford - Your blog never fails to make me happy. I lost the heart to write mine for 6 months after disaster struck my family. Coming today and reading this makes me feel that whatever I do is going to be okay and it’s alright that I want to do it just because I like the idea of people hearing me, ME! I’m usually funny, sometimes I’m not, but I don’t have to follow one single path. Thank you for this boost, today, right now. Have an afternoon drink on me and leave a beautiful purple lipstick stain on the rim!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - All well and good. I say I write Twisted Tales from a Skewed Mind. Who else would develop an alien-Earth family saga? My short stories never end normally, well, maybe a few, but that is rare. Yes, I have a following of some sort, but not nearly enough. Let me know when you discover the magic bullet. My Blog, however, tends to be about family. Once in a great number of months, I may post a story, but that too is rare. This time I tried one of your ways. I included a recipe. I hope you’ve had a chance to read it, you may like it. It’s a Huck Finn Pie. All I can say is write on and I wish you much success!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m on my way to see that recipe! Thanks Marie for your friendship. And i LOVE your stories!ReplyCancel

    • Mari Collier - I seem to be hooked on your zany writings too. Best of all, it has turned into another FB friendship.ReplyCancel

      • Cheryl - Yes Mari. It has. I like you and your novels! And your blog. And your recipes….ReplyCancel

  • Darcy Perdu (So Then Stories) - Ha! Love this! Can’t wait to attend your gallery openings you purple-lipstick wearing darling you!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Don;t forget about Miss Peach my ostrich pet. SHe’ll be there too. HA!ReplyCancel

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