Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 17th April 2017 – #BloggersBash Nominations, Beyond the Flow, Meg Dowell and Kim Gosselin

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the first of the daily blog promotions and today it is a red letter day as the nominations for the #BloggerBash are open.. An opportunity to nominate your favourite blog for one of several categories. You will find out all you need at Sacha Black’s post today and please note that you need to read the instructions first so that your nomination is accepted.  I have not been able to go to the Bash before but this year I promised that I would make it. I have my ticket, booked my flight and my hotel and I am hitting the treadmill daily to make sure I am fit for the shenanigans.. Looking forward to meeting so many friends face to face.

The Bloggers Bash is now less than 2 months away, which means the ABBAs (Annual Bloggers Bash Awards) are back! Every year, we run a set of awards nominated and voted for by you.

And if you don’t know what the Bloggers Bash is, DAMN you should. It’s an annual get-together for all bloggers from all platforms from all over the world, although it’s hosted in London. Wanna come meet your blogging buddies? Get your ticket here.

Each year we stage a two-step awards ceremony.

STAGE 1 – You ‘NOMINATE’ who you would like to see listed in each category.

STAGE 2 – You vote for your fave bloggers.
WARNING – MUST BE READ BEFORE NOMINATING

Read the instructions and get nominating: http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/04/17/nominations-for-the-2017-bloggers-bash-awards-are-now-live/

Just in case you stayed close to home this Easter, I thought that we might do a little trip out to Tasmania. Luckily Rowena of Beyond the Flow is on hand as she is in the middle of an A – Z challenge and has reached the somewhat awkward ‘O’s.  She has a couple of options and the first is a pretty tough climb and the other is a rather more gentler trip entirely. Then she gives us a guided tour down as far as Swansea on this magical island.  I will leave it up to her to get us started.

Welcome to Day 14 of the Blogging A-Z Challenge.

No matter what your theme might be, almost all of us have a letter we find difficult, challenging or outright impossible during the challenge. For me, “O” has proven quite difficult.

Looking at the map, Mt Ossa would make an obvious choice. With an elevation of 1,617 metres (5,305 ft) above sea level, Mt Ossa is Tasmania’s tallest peak. From the summit, it offers a 360-degree view of Tasmania’s north-west, with visibility of nearly 30km on a clear day. Mt Ossa is located in the famed Cradle Mountain National Park and may be reached via a week-long hike on the Overland Track, or via the shorter 36 km Arm River Track.

See the photographs of Mt. Ossa and the rest of the post: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/searching-for-o-a-z-challenge/

Meg Dowell of Novelty Revisions with some unwritten rules for blogging. One of the main things is to have fun and if it is no longer fun then perhaps it is time to rethink your approach to blogging. You will find some find useful points in the post.

New bloggers and seasoned bloggers alike have similar questions when it comes to doing their best work on their websites. What’s the right way to do this? How do I grow my audience? How do I increase engagement? How do I know I’m not somehow messing all this up?

There are the typical blogging rules all bloggers know to follow: write well, insert as much media as possible, use keywords, etc., etc.

But what about the rules not everyone talks about — the “unwritten rules”? : https://megdowell.com/2017/04/17/the-unwritten-rules-of-blogging/

I remember my first visit to Disney World and I was an adult. It was magical and I can only imagine what it must be like for a young child. Kim Gosselin went on a family trip and shares their experiences.

The magical innocence of children…it’s the wonder of it that draws me in like a vacuum hose to sawdust.

Recently, my husband and I spent some time in Disney World with my oldest son, daughter-in-law and three of our young grandchildren. Their eldest daughter, at just five years old was up for anything. Riding rollercoasters of tall and fast, lumbering in a log toward splashing white rapids and marveling at roaming wild animals during a jungle safari. She loved the beauty of colored gardens and especially, getting autographs from her favorite Disney characters.

My only grandson who is just about to turn three gripped his grandpa’s hand while eyeing Captain Hook during a boat ride through storyland. Soon he fell down Splash Mountain, opening his mouth wide in joyous laughter. And later, he was thrilled to discover the Wild Animal Park hopping up and down on windy dirt roads in a bumpy jeep. One of his favorite things to do was climb the ropes around Dinosaur Land, and later, dig for “prehistoric” bones hidden in the cool dry sand under a billowy canopy.

Read the rest of the post and witness the magic on the faces of the children: https://kimgosselinblog.com/2017/04/17/believing-in-magic/

Thank you for dropping in today and please share the link to your most recent post in the comments section.

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16 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 17th April 2017 – #BloggersBash Nominations, Beyond the Flow, Meg Dowell and Kim Gosselin

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  2. Thanks so much for the nomination, Sally. How exciting! I’m longing to get over there for the Bloggers Bash.
    As you’ve linked to my latest post, I’ll put in a book recommendation. I am currently reading Twyla Tharp’s: “The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for LIfe”. Tharp is one of America’s greatest choreographers. Rather than talking about the blank page, she has the “white room”…her studio. I’m only just getting into it but it was a New York Times best seller.
    Take care and many thanks.
    Rowena

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I would be delighted to receive your feedback. Thanks Sally

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