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Are you enjoying the DAY OFF? YEA! If you get a few moments, why not join us in the Managing Monday Social Hop?

Click on the button to go to Debbie Does Coupons, our hop host. From there, you can click on over 20 different blogs. Read a post or two, enter a contest, leave a comment. Us bloggers LOVE comments!! If you leave one on this post, comment luv will leave a link to your latest post–and I will check YOU out!

I am always on the look-out for great new blogs to follow, or contests to enter…..Hope you find a few good ones in the list!


I know it is only August, but I am already gearing up for October. Why? Well, it is not because the temperatures will be perfect or that I can take beautiful pictures of the colorful leaves. Those are great things, but I am excited because my friend the Nester starts her 31 Days postings. Last year her daily posts titled 31 Days to a Less Messy Nest captured my attention.

This year she has titled her series, 31 Days of Charming Imperfection. She also features 8 other blogs in this yearly event. The exciting part is that you and I can get involved by taking the challenge to do a daily series for October also. I want to do it, but just can’t think of the perfect series yet. I have a few ideas, but it seems to me that I need to start writing the posts now, in order to stay ahead. I already know that October is a crazy month with my job! If you decide to take the challenge, there will be an opportunity for you to link up your blog on one of the 8 participating sites.

Are you up for the challenge? Could you blog about something everyday for a month? I did a Holiday Entertaining Blog series last fall and I actually enjoyed the challenge. It was for 10 days….and there was a huge prize package for one random winner. Oh by the way, that winner was me! Read about it here!

All the information you need is in The Nester’s blog post here. I hope to see you linked up this October.

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Follow me and these other great blogs! I love new friends. If you aren’t on the list–join up with us! Leave a comment and I will come check out your blog!!

Twitter Tuesday

Diane Hidey —  May 10, 2011 — 2 Comments

I thought I would take a few minutes and write some thoughts about the Twitter World! I have a twitter account -@DiDoodlings. Feel free to follow me! I also have a personal account I use for work related things and to follow family and friends. I started the DiDoodlings account when I began to follow some other bloggers. I have since learned a ton about how to use that account to promote my blog, enter contests, attend Twitter parties and meet a lot of new friends.

So, if you do not have a Twitter account, here is how to get started.

Go to Twitter. Sign up for an account. Your name will appear in your public profile, no matter what your user name is…so if you don’t want to let the whole world know all your business right away, use part of your name. Add a password. Maybe add a picture. (I used a stock seasonal photo at first).

Twitter has some similarities to Facebook in that a group of people begin to follow you and you begin to follow people also. Twitter will suggest some famous accounts you can follow, but I just started following those whose blogs I had read. Now I add people I meet via a Twitter party or blog hop. Go here to follow me. On Twitter you click on the follow button and if they have an open account, you will automatically begin getting their twitter updates. If they have a private account, you will have to wait for their approval. I have an open account, but I watch my list and delete those following me who I think are strange or are promoting things I do not want to endorse. The biggest difference between Facebook and Twitter is that you can only post/share things that are 144 characters or less on Twitter.

I have Twitter on my iPhone so when I have a few spare moments, I check the feed and see what others are saying. I have found out about some great deals, some great contests and some fun twitter parties.

So what is a Twitter Party you ask? So much fun packed into an hour or two. I try to attend at least one party a week. A lot are at night (after the kids are in bed for moms and after I get home from my latest meeting!). Each party is set up a bit different, but here are some generalities.

1. Sign in on the Twitter party hosts blog. Give your twitter account name. Most parties have a random drawing from all the registered guests. Some prizes are given before the party starts, some are given during the party.

2. At the appointed hour sign into your twitter account and make sure you are following the host and any others that you were instructed to follow when you signed up. For example, I attended a party hosted for Turtle Wax. I had to follow the host and two Turtle Wax people.

3. All parties will have a hashtag (#) word. For the Turtle Wax party it was #turtlewax. Every time I sent a tweet, I used that hashtag at the end of my sentence.

4. I use either tweetgrid, or tweetdeck to help me follow the conversation–because at times, hundreds of people are twittering at the same time and it is hard to follow the conversation without using one of those services. Put your hashtag word in the search box and it will begin showing all tweets using that hashtag.

5. Jump in and start talking.

6. Some parties, which are promoting a certain product may ask questions about the product/company’s website. Some parties give prizes to the first correct answer or to a certain numbered tweet. Some prizes are just randomly selected from all those you comment using the hashtag.

7. My helpful hint–I just reply to questions, make comments on others comments, retweet others statements or ask questions of the host. All in 144 characters!

8. I follow several sources to get the latest info on Twitter Parties. Resourceful Mom and TweeParties send out weekly emails with a list of all parties. I usually look over the list and register for any parties that interest me, even if I am not sure I will be able to attend. Why? I forgot to sign up for a party and then when I got home I remembered the party and it was too late to sign in.

How have I fared? I have won $30 of Turtle Wax products, a Purdue prize pack of a cookie sheet and 5 free product coupons, a paper lantern, a gift pack of Calgon products, a huge stuffed dog, a $25 gift card…..and I’m just getting started!

I have met some very interesting people and have enjoyed reading new blogs, entering new contests and growing my followers!

If you still have questions, leave a comment and I will answer you–if I can! I hope to see you on a Twitter party list soon!

Get your own Gravatar

Diane Hidey —  April 27, 2011 — 1 Comment

A Globally Recognized Avatar

Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?

Created by Tom Werner, gravatars make it possible for a person to have one avatar across the entire web. Avatars are usually an 80px by 80px image that the user will create themselves.

Have you wondered how others get those cool pictures of themselves in every post comment? I did too. I did a little research and came across this site GRAVATAR and it is so easy to get your own picture set up. It links with your email address, so if you leave a comment with that email (yourname@yourfavoritesite.com) it will put that gravatar in your comment.

I also like that you get to rate your Gravatar (G, PG, R, X–just like the movies). This way you can request that only G or PG Gravatars show up on your site. You really don’t need much html skill to get the program into your site. They walk you through the process step by step. If you are using WordPress 2.5 or higher, Gravatars are built-in and require no additional Plugins for basic usage and management.

The possibilities are endless! You can load several pictures into the site and rotate using them. You could use your blog thumbnail picture, a shot of your favorite pet, a comical sketch, etc. You get it? So go get one and come back here and comment so I can see it too!! If you don’t have one-for the rest of April your gravatar on this site will be my Easter favorite–PEEPS!