Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog

I'm participating in a fun opportunity today. It's called Grow Your Blog and here's the pretty badge.


2 Bags Full

It's a great opportunity to meet other bloggers. Vicki has compiled a list of people who are eager for new followers. Go through the list and click over. Chances are, they'll read your blog, as well!




The instructions say I should tell you a little about myself. If you're a first-time visitor here, you can probably tell I do a little writing.




My blog also incorporates a LOT of pictures. I like the Buzzfeed style of blogging.



I live in Nashville and I'm a full-time freelancer, in addition to being a novelist. Basically I write until someone drags me out of the house to do something else. Or until I fall asleep.



Oh...and I'm doing a giveaway. Anyone's eligible, whether you read my blog regularly or you're just visiting. Just put in the comments some form of the words "Enter me in the drawing" and you'll be entered to win a signed copy of my latest book for you or the young girl in your life.




84 comments:

  1. Love the books, the covers are delightful. And I shall take a look at the blog list!

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    1. It is...but like many blog hops, it's hard to get people to actually realize that to really grow your blog, you have to read others. That's perplexed me since I started blogging in 2006. People post blogs and wonder why nobody reads. It seemed fairly common sense-ish to me, even from the beginning. If you want readers, you have to read!

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    2. I have someone who reads my blog and always comments how many comments I get on my blog; they don't realize that one has to actually read other blogs and comment on them to get people to comment on your blog, LOL :) Its how relationships are built through blogging :)

      betty

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    3. Happens ALL the time. People say, "Blogging is a waste of time," then ask, "Wait...how do you get so many comments?" I tell them and they look at me like the suggestion, "read other people's blogs" is the same as suggesting they run a marathon or build a house. I consider reading blogs a fun thing, but I guess a lot of people just don't enjoy it.

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  3. Damn, that is a lot of links. Will have to hop around

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    1. A lot of them are crafts blogs...I'm not very crafty so I'm skipping over most of those! Mostly because I don't think they'd like my complete lack of craftiness.

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  4. I heard about this blog hop; looks like a good one! Good luck with it :)

    betty

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    1. This is the first time I'd heard of it...I think it was through Vanessa's blog that I found it.

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  5. Ohmigoodness, Stephanie, that photo of the kitten (looks just like my Samosa!) sleeping on the computer is too cute! I'm writing to say "thanks for commenting on 52 quilts," as your comment came through as a 'no reply commenter.' Hope you don't mind me tracking you down -- but I'm so glad I did!

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    1. The no reply thing has thrown me WAY off today. I changed it, but all it did was put my email address on my profile. I went to your blog and my link is there, but when you click on it, it doesn't bring you here? When I clicked, it brought me right over, but your link takes me to a blank page...SO weird! This is all new to me. But if it allows people to come over, I'm all for changing it.

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  6. Love the photo of the guy typing continuously! So cute. Of course I would love to be entered in your giveaway as I have several "girls " in my life. Thank you for stopping by my blog and hope that you have a great time at this years party. Looks as if you have a very fun blog! Enjoyed visiting you!

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    1. YAY! You're my first entry. That picture of Jim Carrey typing like that is how I feel every day! And I still don't seem to get as much accomplished as I'd like.

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  7. What a fun idea. I always enjoy your blog.
    I've got 25 Roses ordered. I'll have to send you a label to sign in a self addressed envelope so you can sign that and I'll stick it in the book.

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    1. I have bookplates! Send me your address through my contact page and I'll slip one in the mail to you.

      http://www.stephaniefaris.com/#!contact/c1kcz

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  8. Please tell me that's your kitten! TOO absolutely cute!! :)

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  9. "Enter me in the drawing" . Please and thank you.

    Have a fabulous Sunday. ☺

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  10. Enter Me In The Drawing please! :-)

    Stephanie, it's such a pleasure to meet you!

    I just started a new community called The Book Nook at Create With Joy. I hope you'll consider joining our new community - it's a perfect place to connect with other book lovers! :-)

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    1. That's great. I'll check it out! It's wonderful to meet you, too.

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  11. like the new header!! really nice!

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    1. Thank you! It's actually a Facebook cover photo, but I paid for it...so I'm using it as much as I can!

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  12. Your books look so great in your new header. Good luck with growing your blog.

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  13. Yes, your header is beautiful. Good luck with growing your blog. I participated in it last year but I have very little time to blog so I'm keeping low profile for now.

    Vicki is a wonderful woman and has a big heart as big as the sky.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I'm not sure how I found Vicki, but I'm amazed at how much work she put into putting all this together!

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  14. Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today. Much like you I love photo blogs, so I really like how many pictures you insert. (Living in Germany with BY FAR stricter copyright laws, I shy away from using any from the Web though, but I LOVE that other bloggers use them for their postings.)

    Sure thing I would love to read your book -- writing is also dear to my heart (though I am not a published author like you).

    Lots of greetings from Munich, Germany,
    Birgit

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    1. I'm not sure of the laws there--but you can do a Google search, click on Advanced, and choose only those pictures that are free for use. Most of the free ones are from Wikimedia Commons or Flicker.

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    1. It is! I'm seeing a lot of new people in my comments, so visit a few of them!

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  16. Nice to meet you via the GYB party today! I'm signed up to follow your adventures. And I hope you'll take a look at mine, too.

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  17. Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog earlier. I am having so much fun meeting all kinds of new bloggers through the grow your blog party. It would be lovely to be entered in your drawing. My darling daughters are all grown up but if I win your book I would donate it to our library so that other young girls might have the chance to read it...after I was done reading it, of course. I am following you and looking forward to seeing more of your blog.

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    1. That would be great! Thank you for visiting and entering my giveaway.

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  18. I love the picture of the cat! Good luck at growing your blog readership

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    1. Cats seem to be very popular online.

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  19. Nice way to meet new bloggers. Love the cute little kitty

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    1. Me, too. My dog would do that if it meant she got more attention.

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  21. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I can't imagine walking a full marathon. The next half I'm doing is going to be in Nashville for the Rock 'n Roll Marathon series. So excited! We went to Nashville this past summer as well and it's so beautiful. You must love it there! I can tell this Grow Your Blog hop is going to be a lot of fun. What age would you say this book is for? I see you're a children's author, but it might be a little too old for my daughter although she wouldn't think so!

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    1. Thank you for visiting! Yes, I do love it here...although I would love to be closer to a beach. 25 Roses is marked for ages 9-13, which is older than the 8-12 age range for many middle grade books, mostly because crushes are mentioned in the book. Some parents are very sensitive about their young girls knowing that boys are more than a nuisance at age 8 or 9...although I've been told the fact that I didn't have my first crush until 12 makes me an oddity--girls usually have crushes MUCH younger? Some say they had crushes on boys as early as kindergarten.

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  22. What a great idea. Interesting that it's on a Sunday, though.

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    1. I know, Liz! Unfortunately, I have a new blog posting tomorrow morning, too, and there was no way to change the link over there to bring people to this specific blog, so I'm probably going to be wiped off their list tomorrow when they click over and see my blog about a cover reveal. So I'm trying to get all my blog visiting in today.

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  23. Hi Stephanie! I'd love some new followers, so I'll migrate over and have a look!I'd love to be a part of your giveaway. Please enter me!
    I always like your images on your posts. They always make me smile. Thank you for that!!
    Sunday Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you, Ceil! I write blogs for clients all day and none of them have pictures. If they do, it's just one or two. By making this more photo-based, it seems to separate it from my work!

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  24. I love your new banner. What a great hop. I didn't know about it.

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    1. I'm not sure how I found out. I think I saw it on one of our fellow bloggers' pages a couple of months ago and thought, "I could bring a few new people over!" Hopefully I'll make a few new friends who will meet you guys, too!

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  25. I like this idea, but they looked to be all crafting blogs?

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    1. SO true! There are a dozen or so that aren't and I'm clicking over to those. Travel and writing blogs are mostly what I've been clicking on. I've been wondering about that all day, though. Is it just that particular group or are MOST bloggers crafters? Maybe it's just that through Alex and the IWSG we've been able to meet the few bloggers who don't quilt and garden?

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  26. It is a great hop - but I think you nailed it. To get people to visit (and comment) the work starts with you. And if it is too much work then perhaps you need a different outlet.
    I am blown away by the warmth and the wonder of the blogosphere. Each and every day.

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    1. It depends what you consider work, though. I enjoy reading blogs, so it doesn't feel like work...but the big mistake most people make is in signing up for these blog hops, then just waiting for the visitors to come. They don't realize they have to read some blogs, too! You don't have to read all of them, but a few, for sure.

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  27. I have given up my book group because the majority of the reading that I do is out in blogland these days and I love it. I can have the most random conversations at dinner with my family due to things I have found on other peoples blogs! I love your quirky sense of humour and I admire your dedication to writing, my writing teacher would love you in her group, blogging is a big distraction for me - ask my teacher I'm not so good with my writing homework!!!
    You found some great photos & please count me in for your giveaway!
    Wren x

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    1. Aww thank you, Wren! Would you believe when I was in school, I wasn't so good at writing, either? I loved English but I was so terrified every time I had to write something that I would break one of the many rules they had. Then I went to college and took journalism and for some reason, the rules there were SO much more fun to follow. It all seemed to click in journalism class.

      It's amazing how much I learn from blogs. I quote bloggers all the time! I'll start to say, "I was talking to someone the other day about that" and I realize, no, I was commenting on a blog on the subject, not speaking to someone!

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  28. Very interesting idea. The thing is if bloggers want more people to visit their blogs they have to visit other blogs and comment. That's how I garnered visitors to my blog. I would like to be entered in the contest.

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    1. That is definitely true, Mary. When I started blogging on MySpace in 2006, I figured that out when I posted a couple of blogs and nothing happened! Once I started reading, my readership started growing. But I've found that it's hard to find new people to read. I keep up with the ones who read mine most of the time, but to grow, you have to get out there and find new people and it's not easy to do. The blogosphere is so spread out!

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  29. What newbies might not realize is that you give great common sense advice and insight. Follow Stephanie!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Cherdo! I hope so. It's hard to describe what my blog is. Mostly it's, "Whatever's on my mind the day I write it!" I write all my blogs a month in advance, so it's not even what's on my mind today.

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  30. Hi Stephanie, thanks for visiting my blog, so nice to meet you. You commented that it's such an international group and that you're "just a boring old American" (your words!) but you see for me you're an interesting international reader, not boring at all! I'd love to be entered for your giveaway as I'd love to read your book.

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    1. Thank you, Phoebe! I'm watching England's Celebrity Big Brother as I type this and the American celebrities make our country look like a bunch of nuts. I've been thinking, "I hope the rest of the world realizes we aren't all like our crazy celebrities!"

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  31. Lovely to meet another writer in the group. I am more of a travel/adventure writer. I made a vow to not let winter hold me back this year, so I have been out and about with my camera in the snow and writing my thoughts about my adventure when I get back.

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    1. How exciting! I've done a little travel writing for clients, but they've never paid for me to actually go anywhere. I have to write about the Bahamas from my sofa and use research to get my info. I think I'm getting the short end of that deal!

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  32. Nice post. Please enter me

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  33. Stephanie, I like your style of blogging with having pictures in between and I adore the cover of your book... Have a really great week ahead xox

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  34. Howdy Neighbor, I'm in southwest VA and I'm Sandra, one of Vicki's helpers...thanks for being a GYBP 2015 blogger; enjoy the party!

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  35. What a fun post! Please enter me, too. :D

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  36. Judging from all the comments this event worked well in getting you visits.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  37. Enjoyed your blog. Your kitty is great! Please "Enter me in the drawing" !!

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  38. The kitty is so cute! My cat just attacks my hands when I'm typing. It's not a fun game for me, but he really likes it. Can you please enter me in the drawing? Enjoy the blog hop!

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  39. Hi, Stephanie! I will check them out :) have a great Monday!

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  40. i love your book covers. i will have to check them out. i am always looking for new books to read. i recently found Debbie Macomber. & who doesn't love reading a good book. thank you for stopping by to my blog ... always fun to meet new bloggy friends through this Grow Your Blog get together. have a great day!! so rainy here in VA. ( :

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  41. Did you just recently change your header image, or am I just not observant?

    When I first started blogging, I didn't know anything about visiting other people. Then I actually paid attention to those people who were successful at blogging and had an "Ah ha!" moment. There are a few people who I visit who don't visit back. I'm wondering if it's worth continuing the one-sided relationship. What do you think?

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  42. What a fun hop and post! I went to Nashville for the first time this summer. It was such a blast. We were with our friends and their two kids, so my husband and I have to go again. Lots of great music, nice people, and cool sites! :)

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  43. Hi, Stephanie. What a cool idea for a blog party. : )

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  44. Thanks for visiting my blog, here I am at yours! I would love to be included in your drawing, I have three nieces who I'm sure would enjoy your book, me too!

    The last time I was in Nashville was when my husband and I got engaged in '94, but I'd love to go back.

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  45. Stephanie, here you were thinking no one would want to visit your blog. You are very artistic and have a true sense of humor. I laughed at your photos. They were perfect for an introduction.

    Thanks for visiting me earlier. Guess you can tell I really enjoyed visiting your blog. It was a genuine treat. And before I forget, please enter me in your drawing.

    http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2015/01/grow-your-blog-blog-hop-event.html

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  46. You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

    So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

    What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

    Happy crafting!
    SuZeQ

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  47. Please enter me in the drawing! I would love to have another one of your books for the library at Amara's school!

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  48. Visiting from GYB, I decided to skip to the last group and spread some cheer. I have a niece that would love a new book.

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  49. I think I already follow you just about everywhere (from A to Z?), but thrilled to 'see' you here as well! What do you mean by "Buzzfeed-style" blogging?

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