4 reasons I have ignored my blog

Somehow the year has just flown by, and I have hardly touched this blog! Do I have a good reason why I haven’t been posting regularly? Not really, but I do have 4 flimsy reasons, and you can use these same excuses for just about anything.




There are many reasons to start writing a blog and there are just as many reasons not to start blogging, or to start one and then ignore it.

One article I read recently focused on getting out to meet other people instead of blogging, which kind of reinforced my recent thoughts about finding local businesses who would carry my Vampire Diaries earrings and bracelet or my handmade rosaries.

That right there would require face to face meetings, and I could probably come up with the same 4 reasons not to solicit!!

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Hit the Ignore blog button on your keyboard

4 reasons I have ignored my blog lately

  1. I have an appointment – that is always a good reason! A doctor appointment, an appointment with the BEACH, a dinner date, you name it!
  2. I just don’t feel like it – this is one of my top reasons, and it is associated with number 3
  3. Takes too much time – it really does take a lot of time, no matter how easy everyone says it is! First you have to write, then look up keywords and think of cool ways to illustrate because some people only look at the pictures!
  4. FREE HBO/Cinemax weekend! – that’s right, because watching a new flick is always a good reason not to blog or do anything 🙂

These 4 reasons are so generic that you can use them for just about anything!!

I do like to share ideas, and new cool beads and I will continue to do that. But somehow this year has just slipped past me. I really just wrote this little article to kind of apologize for not posting much lately.

What are your reasons for not blogging? Are they the same reasons for not beading or not exercising? Or not doing anything?  Comments are welcome!

#FLBlogCon 2014 Florida Blogging Conference

This past weekend I attended FLBlogCon 2014 the Florida Blogging Conference for bloggers throughout the state to learn more about blogging and social media.

I discovered FLBlogCon early in 2014 and signed up so that I could learn more about writing a blog.

I have been blogging for several years but never really considered myself a blogger until I realized that my blog content worked in conjunction with my website, and in some cases totally separate.

If you have started a blog or are thinking about it, I highly recommend this conference for Floridians!

Mayor-Jacobs
Orange County Mayor Jacobs gave a welcome speech to the FLBlogCon

FLBlogCon 2014 Florida Blogging Conference

The day was extremely interesting and filled with knowledge of all kinds, held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

The Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs stopped by to give us all a big welcome and then the conference began with a motivating opening keynote speech by Ted Murphy, CEO of Izea.

There were a large number of speakers on a wide range of topics which covered:

  • Starting and Growing a Blog
  • Content Creation (writing, photography, etc)
  • Different Social Media Tools & Strategies

I took three pages of notes on different ideas to grow my blog, ways to integrate my blog content with sponsors, I made some great connections and new friends. I was really surprised at the number of sponsors and the huge amount of support for the blogging community.

Barnies Coffee Kitchen supplied the much-needed caffeine to start the day, and an awesome lunch was provided by Tijuana Flats! A big thanks to them for providing food selections for us vegetarians!

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Hunger Hero T-shirt and Award from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

I was really delighted to learn that my recent blog post about holding an online food drive to help fight hunger: Hungry for Beads or Hungry for Food? was selected as the winner of a really cool Hunger Hero T-shirt and dinner for two by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida!!

Ford-Swag
Lots of great SWAG from Ford and other sponsors

Lots of SWAG

Everyone walked away with lots of information and a big blue SWAG bag filled with goodies from Southern Ford Dealers, Brighthouse, Juice Plus+, Florida Dairy Farmers Association, MuskIt, Body Check Journal, and lots more!

Do you write a blog? For entrepreneurs, have you considered how valuable an online blog might be to your small business?

Let me know what you think!

Hungry for beads or hungry for food? #FLBlogging4good

We bead jewelry artists may be hungry for more beads and jewelry findings, but many people are just hungry for food! We joke about never having enough beads, but can you imagine not having enough food to eat like fruits, vegetables, milk or eggs?

What does hunger look like?

The face of hunger is unsuspecting and could look just like you or your neighbor. Right here in Central Florida there is an astonishing number of children, adults and elderly people who suffer from hunger due to a job loss, being homeless or on a low fixed-income. So many people are one paycheck away from any number of disasters that would cause them to not be able to feed themselves or their children.

Virtual Food Drive
It’s Easy to Organize a Virtual Food Drive

How you can help fight hunger

I know you have seen food drives run by grocery stores, the local post office or the boy scouts but did you know that you can set up and run a Virtual Food Drive online?  The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has created this online tool that anyone can use to run a food drive to support those in need of a good meal. Illustrated examples in the grocery cart show just how far a few dollars can go when donating through Second Harvest.

Virtual Food Drive shopping cart with easy online checkout

Organizing a successful food drive

Organizing a successful Food Drive takes a lot of planning, volunteer work, and storage room to collect and disburse in the community. Many people would like to help but either don’t know how or do not have the time or manpower to run a food drive effectively. This really cool virtual tool at the Second Harvest Food Bank Website is easy to set up and manage and has the potential for greater participation through the wide reach of the Internet.

Some great ideas for who can hold an online food drive include:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Groups & Clubs
  • Small and Large Businesses

Virtual Food Drives can be promoted on websites, blogs, email newsletters and different social media sites to generate interest and excitement about helping the community. Go to the Second Harvest Website today to learn more about starting an online Food Drive or donate to an existing drive to help fight hunger.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 local non-profit feeding partners in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.

Leap Day Giveaway (Closed)

Leap Day Giveaway

Leap Day is a day that happens once every 4 years and deserves something special!!

I decided to give away a gift certificate for $25.00 to Bead Lovers Korner website. Then I found a blog that is hosting a Leap Day Giveaway Blog Hop at Such a Sew and Sew and decided to add that too, what fun!

Gift Certificate to Bead Lovers Korner

Enter the Leap Day Giveaway

  1. Please leave a comment here on my blog along with your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. No need to be a follower, but that would be an added bonus!
  2. Comments on this day (February 29, 2012) up until midnight PST will be included
  3. I will post the winner on March 2, 2012

Leap Day Giveaway


Instructions for the Blog Hop

1. Choose something to give away on Leap Day. Keep it simple. You can make something, give away a bit of your stash, offer a service, buy your favorite gadget to give away or offer something completely non-crafty. Your blog, you choose.
2. To participate in the blog hop, your giveaway must start and end on Leap Day (February 29, 2012). You can open it at 10:00 am and close it at 10:00 pm, or go midnight to midnight, or anything in between. Your blog, your rules.
3. Post your giveaway and then link up at Such a Sew and Sew. Please include the Leap Day Giveaway button (code found on the Leap Day Giveaway post) somewhere in your post. The linky will open at noon MST on February 28th and close at 10:00 am MST on March 1st, to allow for people in different time zones to participate.
4. If you want to include the linky on your giveaway post so that others can link up from your blog the code in available here. If you choose to add the linky to your post, you MUST include the above rules so that it is fair play for all.
Let’s Have FUN!!