August 25, 2016

Shine Blog Hop 111

Welcome friends and Happy Thursday!

The SHINE Blog Hop is a weekly link up of family friendly posts that have been posted on different websites around the internet. You can add your links (if you’re a blogger).

If you’re a non-blogger, then please feel free to visit the featured posts and/or visit any of the links that are of interest to you. Comments on this or any posts are always welcome!
Features from SHINE BLog Hop 94

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August 22, 2016

3 Simple Ways to be a Kind Blogger

3 ways to grow your blog by being kind via Collecting Moments Blog



Engage Your Readers
One of my biggest priorities as a mommy blogger is to talk to my audience. I learn so much from what they have to say, and often times get inspired by our conversations. Their time and effort in reading my posts, in visiting my blog, and in making comments are among what I value most when I maintain Collecting Moments. So, I love responding “talking” to them—whether it’s on my blog, on social media, or via email.  

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: engaging readers is valuable to any blogger, and one can never be too big or too small to do it. For me, the gesture allows the opportunity to have a healthy discussion with my readers and hear what they have to say in return. It allows me to form a relationship and  give their words as much clout as they gave mine. It’s a give and take—the more they’re in engage, they more I’m inspired, and that’s truly a motivating thing. 

Read and share other bloggers work
For me blogging is as much sharing valuable content as it is generating them, which is why I love sharing other blogger’s work. Social media platforms make this easy, and it adds another layer of interaction with readers. I’ve also found that dispersing valuable content from others allows me to have a broader reach in my audience. 

For me,  putting stock in someone else’s work, and sharing my social media space with others was the best way in gaining valuable followers.  So, I make it a habit of sharing as much of my own content as I do with my readers/followers. I think it adds even more value to their work, and in turn adds value to my space. 

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Choose kind words
I’ve always been conscious of what I put online. Whether it’s the photos that I use or the tone that I convey, I’m always aware that anything in the digital world is permanent. It doesn’t matter if you delete it, clear your cache, or change your hard drive. Once it’s out there, it’s out there for good, and accessible for all. 

That especially goes for the words we use. 

So, as much as I love interacting with my readers and take stock in what they have to say, I choose my words wisely. I’m always aware that my name is attached to this blog and everything associated with it—whether that’s a tweet, an instragram post, a facebook share—it’s all connected to me. So whether I say something nice, or something cutting, it’s a direct reflection of who I am and what this blog represents. 

So whenever I can, I use kind words—whether its directly on to my blog or it’s a comment to a reader’s post, I’m never one to put down or consciously malign another person for the sake of voicing my opinion or getting my point across. 

There are ways to tell my side of the story, to write about controversial issues, and to voice my school of thought without cutting someone else. And in times when I’m at a loss for words, and have trouble saying something kind, I employ the best tactic that’s worked wonders for me:
I don’t say anything at all. 

Because as much as I value sharing my words and believe they matter, not everything is worthy of a post, or a share; not every word and every thought is worthy of public scrutiny or opinion.

What about you? Have any tips on being a kind blogger?

August 18, 2016

Shine Blog Hop 110

Welcome friends and Happy Thursday!

The SHINE Blog Hop is a weekly link up of family friendly posts that have been posted on different websites around the internet.

You can add your links (if you’re a blogger). If you’re a non-blogger, then please feel free to visit the featured posts and/or visit any of the links that are of interest to you. Comments on this or any posts are always welcome!
Features from SHINE BLog Hop 94

We would love to connect with you on social media!

Hosts for the SHINE Blog Hop

Tiffany | A Touch of Grace can be found on:

Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom can be found on:

Maria | Collecting Moments can be found on:

   {Facebook}  {Pinterest}  {Instagram}  {Google+}  {Twitter}

Feel free to grab one of our fancy buttons too!

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So without further delay, here are the top viewed posts from last week's SHINE Blog Hop:
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