Posts Tagged ‘Online community’

or not – My First Blogging Buddy’s First PostAWeek Interview

March 3, 2011 21 comments
Piglet in Portugal, PostAWeek2011

Piglet ponders on another challenge!

There is nothing bugging me today!

My very first and best blogging buddy Piglet in Portugal was interviewed by hugmamma and I’ve decided to publish the entire interview for your reading pleasure.

interview #2: a portugal connection
Posted on March 2, 2011 by hugmamma

Piglet in Portugal” intrigued me for the same reason that “English Thoughts” did. Both bloggers live in other countries. What I found interesting about this blogger is that she is an ex-pat. I wanted to get her “take” on life abroad. I think you’ll get a feel for who she is and what she’s about, from reading her own words. She’s a woman with great successes, and many friends, that’s for sure.

1. What do you feel you get from blogging? Does it fulfill you personally? Has it opened up new vistas for you?

I discovered the “blogosphere” in January 2010 but it was not until May that I plucked up enough courage to create my own blog “Piglet in Portugal”. My blog was primarily to share my experiences of life in Portugal, hobbies and interests plus anything else that captured my imagination. I also created pages with static information which anyone moving to, or looking to holiday in Portugal may find of interest.

My biggest disappointment was that while I had many visitors to my blog there was no interaction in the way of comments. To be honest, it was rather a lonely existence; I really enjoy reaching out to others and frequently asked myself was it really worth all the effort?

In Jan 2011 WordPress introduced the Postaday/Postaweek challenge followed by a post on “Blogging Buddies”…what were these? I soon discovered and my whole blogging experience and perception of blogging changed for the better! Suddenly, I discovered a whole community of bloggers and some great “Blogging Buddies” such as Classyrose of “Things in life I find annoying” Seashell, Enjoying Creating, Redneck Princess, Granny1947, Wordangell, Jeanne’s Blog, Running Garlic, Soapbird, Wrinkledintime, and Spirit Lights the Way, to name just few. I now love to sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass or two of wine (hence the dyslexic fingers) and read and comment on all my buddies blogs. It feels great to belong to a blogging community where we all support one another and have fun. I do not aspire to be a writer but just enjoy taking photographs, writing about everyday life and researching different topics to post.

The highlight of the challenge to date, for me, was when my post Gazanias in January was “Freshly Pressed” it was great fun and I felt humbled that my little blog had been recognized.

My blog now ranks well in Google for certain long tail keywords and “Piglet” aka PiP has been “discovered” ha ha…and approached by three major expat websites who have asked me to write content, or use my blog posts and even have my own monthly column about expat life in Portugal. Life is full of surprises!!

2. Have you always been a fan of pigs? Would you have one for a pet, if not, why not?

Yes, I’ve always been a great fan of pigs; they are not only cute but extremely intelligent! I could say just like me but that would be telling “porkpies”! (lies). I used to collect pig ornaments but eventually “closed” my collection as over 50 piggy ornaments of various shapes and sizes required a lot of dusting. I’m hardly a domestic goodness and enough was enough!

A young Pot-bellied pig at Southwick's zoo scr...

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If I had plenty of land I would definitely keep Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs. They do not grow very big, are absolutely adorable, and apparently are just like dogs. Unfortunately, I am a realist and it would be unfair for either the pigs or my Mr. Piglet to keep them in our urban garden.

3.You seem to love the outdoors. Was that always the case, even as a child?

Yes, I’ve always enjoyed outdoor life and kept horses until my early thirties.

4. If you weren’t living in Portugal, where else would you enjoy living, and why?

It would have to be Canada. We love the wide opens spaces, stunning scenery and of course the people are so friendly.

5. Is there something you haven’t yet done, that you hope to do next week, next month, next year, or years from now?

Wow, that’s a tricky question! My philosophy is live for today! OK, if we did not have grandchildren on the way, and money was no object I’d love to explore Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile and Brazil. Just get on the plane and go!

an accomplished blogger indeed…very deserving of our kudos…hugmamma.  🙂

Piglet in Portugal would like you to join the conversation on

How do you feel about blogging?

This question is from me.

Have you interviewed anyone or been interviewed yourself?

Please leave your answer in a comment.

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.

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or not – At Last, Here It Is

February 25, 2011 31 comments

RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011It’s finally ready, what everyone has waited for, the new RandomBlog2011 Challenge. There is nothing bugging me today! 🙂

There are just a few things to mention today.

Not a lot has changed but it will make a big difference in the weeks to come when we’ve all discovered so many new blogs to read that we might not be able to keep up with all of them.

I felt that there was no way we could continue at last week’s pace of reading 2 blogs every day. Going forward there is no daily minimum number to read.

Since the poll results showed that most of you read 3-5 blogs per day, that would be far too many blogs along with the ones you are already reading. That is if we want to have a life outside of blogging.

I would like to suggest that you try to read 3-5 new blogs every week. This is only a suggestion. How many blogs you choose to read depends on how many you can handle.

Remember this isn’t a contest, it’s meant to help you connect with other new bloggers to share experiences, to support and encourage each other and to introduce them to others taking part in both the RandomBlog2011 Challenge and the WordPress PostADay2011 PostAWeek Challenge.

In the last update I let you know that I will be using Tweets on Twitter to send out updates to the RandomBlog2011 Challenge. You can find this information by reading the last update and on the new challenge page.

Just something else I want to mention. Over the last few weeks I’ve received several blog postings with no title. Sometimes it’s fixed right away, other times it’s not. It can happen to anyone and what I’ve done is to subscribe to my blog and when I receive the email on the new post I give it a quick check. If there is a title missing it’s easily spotted.

That’s it except to tell you I’ve added new pages to the blog today and if I’ve published everything in the right order they should all be there now with working links. If not, please check back they will be soon.

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess.
The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
Charles Schwab

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Challenges of a New Day

February 24, 2011 12 comments

RandomBlog2011, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011I am ready and comfortable to meet the challenges of a new day. There is nothing bugging me today. 🙂

Each day brings a new challenge and you either face it or run from it.

There is no sense in running and hiding from it because it will be there ready to raise its ugly head again until you deal with it.

Unless you face certain things they will begin to tear you apart.

I choose to face the challenges and learn from them.

From Life Success Zone.


I am thrilled with the set of challenges each day brings. Challenges are the unexpected plunges in the rollercoaster of life.

Even when I don’t know what lies ahead, I am sure that I can make the most of the ride. Each challenge I complete successfully pushes fear further away from my mind.


I love the feeling of achievement. A great accomplishment is a natural high. Yet, triumph only comes after a battle is fought and won. Therefore, challenge must exist if I want to enjoy sweet victory.

This battle is over and I won.

I am comfortable because I know that the tools to overcome any trial are within me. I am comfortable because I know that there is nothing on my plate that I cannot handle. I feel privileged to have been chosen for each challenge that I face.


  • How do you react to challenge?
  • How do challenges make you a better person?
  • What can you learn from your performance in yesterday’s challenges that will help you today?

There is nothing bugging me today!


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or not – We’re Moving Forward – RandomBlog2011 Challenge

February 21, 2011 11 comments

RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011 PostAWeek2011The RandomBlog2011 Challenge is continuing. There is nothing bugging me today! 🙂

The decision has been made to move forward and continue the challenge. But because I’m still working on the details and I would like to publish a new page with all the information it won’t be ready for a couple of days.

Until then you can continue what you’re doing but there is no daily minimum number of blogs to read. It’s entirely up to you how  many you want to read.

People are still voting on the current poll so the only thing I’m going to say about the results is that not one blogger voted no.

With that kind of response there really wasn’t much choice in the matter, the RandomBlog2011 Challenge had to continue.

But I do have some poll results for you.RandomBlog2011 Challenge Poll Results

Most of you are reading 3-5 blogs per day and there are three bloggers who are reading more than 10 blogs per day. I just hope they aren’t subscribing to all of them.

Back in January there was another poll that I haven’t reported back on yet so here are the top 5 answers to WordPress Challenge Hopes.

Were you asking yourself these questions when you started your blog?

  1. 16.1% – Will anyone leave a comment
  2. 14.5% – Will my writing improve
  3. 12.9% – Will my visitors increase
  4. 11.3% – Will anyone subscribe to my blog
  5. 11.3% – Will anyone add me to their blogroll

The poll is still open if anyone cares to vote and you can find it on the Polls page.

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else.
No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
George Burton Adams

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or not – It’s Not Over Yet – RandomBlog2011 Challenge

February 20, 2011 11 comments

RandomBlog2011, challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011As the RandomBlog2011 Challenge Week of February 14 – 20, 2011 comes to a close I would like to say that it’s not over yet. There is nothing bugging me today! 🙂

Well, there might be a few annoying things today but I’m not going to let them get in the way. Everyone who has taken part in the challenge has had such a great time meeting up with fellow bloggers that it would be a shame to have it end today.

So as the creator of the challenge and from early poll results, I’ve decided that my RandomBlog2011 Challenge will continue for as long as I have the support of my fellow bloggers in this wonderful online community that’s been created with the WordPress Challenge.

There will be some changes made to it because we can’t continue at this pace. At least I can’t if I want to do anything else like maybe some laundry and shopping.

I just wanted to get the word out to all the readers of my blog that the RandomBlog2011 Challenge will continue so this is all you’re getting now.

Continue to tag your posts with RandomBlog2011 and stay tuned for further details.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the challenge this past week and for the wonderful words of support and encouragement you have all offered.

I’m still on that roller coaster ride and it is thrilling!

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.
Katharine Butler Hathaway

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or not – RandomBlog2011 Challenge Day 7

February 20, 2011 29 comments

RandomBlog2011 Challenge, postaday2011, postaweek2011This is Day 7 of the RandomBlog2011 Challenge and from all appearances it’s been a huge success.  More than I could have imagined. There is nothing bugging me today!

Since many of you have expressed an interest that the Challenge continue in some format I’m holding off on doing a final wrap up report.

Yesterday I set up a poll and I would appreciate it if you could take the time to answer it. It’s a simple yes or no answer I’m asking for.

For those who say yes, if you have any suggestions please leave me a comment.

Since this is Day 7 I would like to say a special thanks to Seashell for her suggestion.

We could even help drive a little more traffic to the new bloggers by everyone adding a little footnote in their posts about the new bloggers they’ve visited.

Acknowledging the blogs we visited in our daily posts really did help drive traffic and make even more connections in our online community. Many of you wrote introductions to the new bloggers which I’m sure they appreciated.

The other day I was asked how I find new blogs to visit. There is no special trick I have, I tag surf and something about the post title catches my attention and I visit the blog. Most of the times I’m lucky and if I’m not then I’m gone in seconds. There are still people posting their pledges who have just joined the WordPress PostADay2011 and PostAWeek2011 Challenge.

On my list today is Amy – Other Awesome Things and when I arrived at her blog her hit counter looked like this. Talk about finding a new blog!

blog, stats,

Let’s see a few more hits on it.

Also on my list today is Summerfield84 who has not only just joined the WordPress Challenge but has also decided to write in English instead of his native language of Japanese. A new blog has been set up in English and is easily accessed through the Gravatar. Now here is someone who read my blog post PostADay2011 – Bloggers With No Links and knows how important it is to be all linked up.

Blogs I’ve Visited

Simone Benedict – Simone Benedict’s Blog

Alisa N – MOM, Be Encouraged!

Stein Ink – Stein Ink Thinks

Amy – Other Awesome Things

summerfield84 – Summerfield84’s English Blog

pranjalkoranne – TheCreativeRealms

Rocket – Rocket’s “Insert Here”.

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.

Author Unknown

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or not – RandomBlog2011 Challenge – Quick Poll

February 19, 2011 4 comments

RandomBlog2011 Challenge, postaday2011, postaweek2011This is a quickie post – it’s just a poll. There is nothing bugging me today!

Please note there will be no Housekeeping post later today.

This poll for RandomBlog2011 Challenge will stay open for a few days to give everyone a chance to vote.

If you have any suggestions please leave me a comment.




Please continue tagging your posts RandomBlog2011.


There is nothing bugging me today!



© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – RandomBlog2011 Challenge Day 6

February 19, 2011 26 comments
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Having the time of my life!

There are two days left in the RandomBlog2011 Challenge. There is nothing bugging me today!

I’ve been on a roller coaster ride this week and it’s been thrilling. I’ve learned not to be afraid of trying new things and to move forward with my ideas. This challenge was one idea I had considered and I’m glad I took the chance. Now it’s time for me to review my other ideas and projects that have sat on the back burner far too long.

It’s been suggested that the Challenge continue but in a modified way. I’m considering the options and will report back to everyone in a Wrap Up Report.

Saturdays are usually a day when I post Housekeeping but instead I’m going to list two things that I think all bloggers should be aware of to really be a part of the online community and have other bloggers visit their blogs.

When the WordPress Challenge started I would visit The Daily Post to read the comments to see if I could find some blogs to visit. I found some interesting comments but I couldn’t get to their blogs because they weren’t linked up. By that I mean, that neither their name nor their Gravatar had a link to their blog. Well I found that annoying so I decided to write a post PostADay2011 – Bloggers With No Links.


So I ask, Are you linked up?

  • Can people click on your name and get to your blog?
  • Has your blog URL been added to your Gravatar?

If the answer is no, then please read PostADay2011 – Bloggers With No Links. You will find easy instructions on how to link up.


Many of you might have seen my post the other day where my blogging buddy Piglet in Portugal commented “Crikey Rose, you’ve liked a lot of posts!” When I leave a comment I also click the Like button and there is a reason for it.

Reading the comments I also noticed that the bloggers were practically crying out for someone to please read their blog. Because of all these comments I wrote PostADay2011 Bloggers – Click the Like Button Please.

On my blog I give you three ways to let me know you’ve read the post and for me to find out how you feel about it.

  1. If you Rate a blog posting the blogger doesn’t get notified of who did the rating
  2. If you Like a blog posting the blogger receives your information and might come visit
  3. If you Comment on a blog posting the blogger will often come visit and check your blog

The chances of them coming to visit my blog are far greater when I click the Like button and leave a Comment.

Now, if you want other bloggers to visit and read your blog and maybe leave a comment, which option would you choose?

Blogs I’ve Visited

piccolaitaliana – Spoonlighting

Patti – Read Me

DGuidas – whatipic

Ramblings of an Emmett

My regular Housekeeping Saturday post might be coming up later today. I haven’t decided yet and might just skip it this week. I just did mine, did you remember to back up your blog?

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.
Author Unknown

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or not – RandomBlog2011 Challenge Day 5

February 18, 2011 18 comments

RandomBlog2011 Challenge, postaday2011, postaweek2011

Almost there!


It’s been an exciting week and the final days are ahead of us. There is nothing bugging me today!

Just a quick post this time, I promise. I found more new blogs I want to read and need to do some other work.

I know it’s not over yet but I do want to thank everyone who is taking part in the RandomBlog2011 Challenge. The response from the online community of bloggers has been fantastic and being featured on The Daily Post sure did help. Thank you! 🙂

Many of the blogging buddies know that MyEnglishThoughts has been busy working the last few weeks and has not had much time to write on her blog. She had some time off this week and she was chosen by hugmamma for an interview.

Barb19 – Passionate About Pets, a dear friend of mine and a new blogger is featured this week over at Mirth and Motivation.

Blogs I’ve Visited

hugmamma – MIND, BODY and SOUL – Interview with MyEnglishThoughts

mochafrappe – Mochafrappe for me & Inside my Mind

Next-Door Nature


Posky – Posky, Comics and Such

Elzbieta Ewdowiak’s blog

In case you missed it, there was a poll yesterday asking how any blogs you’re reading daily. The poll has also been added to the Polls page. If you haven’t already taken it please take a minute and the results will be reported at the end of the challenge.

I did it, I kept it short today.

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

A smile is something you can’t give away; it always comes back to you.
Author Unknown

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or not – Update on RandomBlog2011 Challenge

February 14, 2011 33 comments
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I know you're there somewhere!

The response I’ve had to the RandomBlog2011 Challenge has been fantastic. There is nothing bugging me today! 🙂

When I first thought of the RandomBlog2011 Challenge I wasn’t sure if I could make it work but I decided I would never know if I didn’t at least try. With the ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ I’m receiving I’m glad I decided to try and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.

The challenge is open to everyone and not just new bloggers. The challenge is to show some love to new bloggers by seeking them out and reading their blogs.

What is a new blogger?

Please use your own judgement but I would consider any blog that is less than 1-year old as new.

How do you find the new blogs?

There is no easy way to find them. Some of the things I look for:

  • I check their Archives to see how far back they go.
  • Read their About page.
  • A lot of them usually end up writing a post on trying to get people to read their blogs.
  • Limited content on the blog.

I tend to spot them fairly quickly by the blog’s appearance. Once you know what you’re looking for it’s not that difficult. 🙂

How do you find them? Do you have any tips to share?

I have a feeling that following a “comment trail” is going to prove to be quite popular and we could all be visiting the same blogs. Can I suggest that if you choose to do this that you’re careful about doing it on blogs that already have plenty of comments.

Don’t forget, when you leave comments ask them to join the RandomBlog2011 Challenge. It might encourage them to check it out, join in the fun and get more visitors to their own blog.

Thank you to every one of my readers who are spreading the word through their own blog postings, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and other social media platforms.

Don’t forget to tag your posts – RandomBlog2011

There is nothing bugging me today!


valentine's day, sweetheart, happy,

Happy Valentine's Day

Quote for today

A winning smile makes winners of us all.

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying