Sep 29, 2014

BLOG TALK: WHERE ARE ALL THE BLOGGERS?

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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I think blogging is a slowly dying art. These past few months I've noticed that more and more bloggers are leaving the blogging scene and telling their readers that they can still follow along and see what they're up to elsewhere--on other forms of social media (and I'm not the only one who's noticed!). Once-bloggers are turning into now-instagrammers, tweeters, and the like. It's an interesting trend, if you ask me, and I can't help but wonder why it's happening.

Well, actually, I think it all comes down to time. Priorities change just as life changes and both readers and bloggers are turning to Instagram and Twitter to stay in the loop because it takes less time to read, scroll through, write, and edit posts. And I'm not just blaming the bloggers who are leaving the scene, I'm also thinking it's a reader thing, too. Everyone is short on time and like our fast-paced society, we want our news quick, fast, and easy. 

Now, I'm not shaming those of you who follow along on Instagram and Twitter because I love both of those social networks and admittedly use them quite often. I actually really enjoy these networks because I can follow along with people while on the go or during a quick work break. I think these social networks give people a quick glimpse into your life and it's a great way to connect over a few written words and pretty photos.

But as a blogger, I also feel like I need to stand up for blogs and blogging. And despite the time and effort it takes to read through lengthy posts, edit photos, and respond to comments, it's so incredibly worth it. Even though people are quitting the blogging world, I have to say that that makes it all the more reason to keep going. To keep it alive and thriving. To not throw in the towel and fall into peer pressure. But instead, to make your voice known and to get to know the other bloggers out there, too.

So what do you think? Do you think bloggers are turning to instagram and the like? Do you think blogging is a dying art? 

Sep 26, 2014

BITS AND PIECES.

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another photo from last year because it's fall, of course. 
Happy Friday, friendsies! I know that nobody says that, but I'm all about bringing back what's already out (aka the obsolete), so work with me, won't ya?

I'm crossing my fingers that this weekend includes a little hiking (if it's not raining!) and some movie and blog-writing time, too. What are you up to this weekend? I mean, aside from checking out all these marvelous links.

And yes, those are my segue/transition skills at its best. 

How to photograph the night sky.

The cutest shadowbox idea out there (and perfect for fall, too!).

Loving this fun house number DIY project.

And this sweet newborn photo session.

Emoji balloons!

How to avoid burnout. So many truths in one blog post!

This tumblr is for my fellow outdoor adventuring friends.

This doormat is way too clever.

So...nobody told me that IKEA has a paper shop!

This photosession. Gahh, Kinsey's so talented.

Have you ever heard of online journaling? I'm all for writing (as in pen and paper!) my journal entries, but I also really love the idea of typing and having all of my journal entries saved digitally, too. Thoughts, anyone?

Because today will be better. 

10 best apple recipes.

Free fall desktop wallpapers. 

And a lovely apple-picking party, too.

I'm really sorry for posting this, but this Buzzfeed is almost so annoying it's hilarious.

This shirt made me laugh and then nod in agreement.

And this has my name written allll over it (or maybe I should say that it has my face written all over it?).

p.s. I was blown away by all of the Circle participants this month! It's been so much fun to find new similarities and re-discover my love for pies, cool crisp air, and scarves, boots, and sweaters. If you linked up, THANK YOU (from the bottom of my heart!) and I cannot wait to read all your posts this weekend!

Sep 23, 2014

THE CIRCLE SEPTEMBER 2014 | FALL FAVES.

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Happy September, dear friends! I have a terrible time believing that it's already September, but I'm excited for all things fall. When I was a kid September always meant the start of school, but now September means new school supplies, new starts, and all things warm and cozy.

But before I share my faves, I want to introduce you to this month's co-host. It sounds cliche to say,  but this friend (and penpal!) has not only encouraged me, but taught me so much about what it means to be a follower of Christ and gracefilled single lady, too. She's awesome, to say the least.

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hey, y’all! i’m amber. i am a small town oklahoma girl who loves Jesus, coffee, photography, and blogging. under the oklahoma sky is a place where i share what’s on my heart, daily happenings, and way too many photos of wildflowers.

I was pumped to hear that Amber wanted to co-host the link-up with me. And even more pumped to hear that she's a fellow fall fanatic. So here's to fall and sharing our fall faves! I can't wait to check out all of your posts!

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Sidenote: You'll notice that the photos in my post are very fall-ish. Well, it's definitely not fall-ish over here right now so I stole some photos from a post I did last year. Forgive me?

1. Favorite fall fashion/clothing item? I'm cheating, but I'm going to say three things because I don't play favorites. So cardigans, scarves, AND boots. Best outfit ever (well, that and some pants and a shirt).

2. Favorite fall drink? I'm all about apple cider. Not the spiced stuff, but the freshly squeezed bottles I get from the farmer's markets in town. The spiced warm cider is good, but the real cider is just like eating an apple but in liquid form. I just made it sound super yummy, right?

3. What's something on your fall bucket list? To go on morning hikes! When the fall weather cools down, there's something about the forest air that gets even fresher and crisper. And breathing in that cool air is exactly what I need on the weekends.

4. Favorite fall recipe? Ooh, that's a tough one. I don't really have a favorite fall recipe, but I realllllly love roasted vegetable pizza with feta sprinkled on top. It's a lot like this recipe, except we sprinkle feta on top instead of using ricotta and we often add a little bit of sausage on top, too.

5. Halloween candy or Pumpkin Spice Latte? If you know me and my distaste for coffee (gasp!) you know what I'm going to say. And while I love plain dark chocolate, I'm going to go with KitKat bars or Twix bars. Because sometimes life calls for an even sweeter piece of chocolate.

6. Favorite fall scent? I'm all about the smell of fall air. But I also love the smell of anything baking in the oven. Or some stuffing cooking, too. I'm alll about stuffing.

7. Favorite fall holiday? You could probably tell from my last answer, but I'm a Thanksgiving girl through and through. I mean, eating AND family AND a focus on gratitude? Yes, please. 

8. What is fall (weather) like where you live? Well, it's been hot lately (think 90 degree weather!) but fall is usually a cooler, drier climate until the rain starts. And then it's rainy. So it's pretty much a little bit of everything.

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So what's fall like where you are? What are some of your fall faves? Write your post and link up below! Amber and I cannot wait to see what you have to share.







Oh, and here's the list of the questions/prompts that we answered. As always, make your post your own and pick and choose which ones you write on (or you can even add a few of your own, too!).
1. Favorite fall fashion/clothing item?
2. Favorite fall drink?
3. What's something on your fall bucket list?
4. Favorite fall recipe?
5. Halloween candy or Pumpkin Spice Latte?
6. Favorite fall scent?
7. Favorite fall holiday?
8. What is fall (weather) like where you live?

And if you're social media savvy, feel free to use the hashtag #thecirclelinkup and grab this button, too! 
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In case you're a planner like me, next month's topic and date has been decided and what better place to announce it than here? I'll be co-hosting a special book-themed post with a very special co-host where we'll share our favorite books of the year, what we just finished reading, what we're reading next, our favorite book(s) as a kid, and what book we'd take if left on a deserted island. The link-up will open on Wednesday, October 22nd and I can't wait to see you all then!

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