5-Year Blogiversary Week – Day 5 – GIFTaway to My Blog Followers!

flat,550x550,075,fI’m in a GIVING mood this week, so I thought it would be fun to send THANK YOU gifts to a couple randomly chosen followers! I won’t post their identities here, I’ll simply be contacting them today by email with a link to their gift: a $10 Amazon.com e-gift card!

Without people following my blog, there would be nobody to write to. It means the world to see the stats rise and to get those “LIKE” notifications, just to know people are enjoying my posts!

I am enjoying these giveaways immensely  🙂


5-Year Blogiversary Week – Day 4 – GIFTaway for my top 6 Commenters!

il_fullxfull.404271872_jm7pI thought it would be a good idea to post a THANK YOU to those who are wonderful enough to leave comments on my blog. Comments are appreciated SO much by those who blog. When you leave a comment, you create a connection and you show the blog writer that their words have meant something to you.

I’ll be GIFTing prizes to the TOP 6 commenters on my blog!

The prizes?

You’ll each get a “Wonder Woman” logo necklace! I bought these off of Etsy. Wonder Woman is my personal icon lately, and you top commenters are Wonder Women to me!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I CELEBRATE YOU today!!

My 6 TOP COMMENTERS are:url-38

Thank you to you all!! I just wanted to express my deepest gratitude for following my blog, and comments are the ultimate gift you can give me to help communicate that my musings mean something to people  🙂 – I’ll be contacting those of you I don’t have addresses for, so I can get these out to you soon  🙂


5-Year Blogiversary Week – Day 3 – My TOP 5 Favorite Posts!

red-heartI thought it would be fun to reflect upon my favorite 5 posts from the entire 5-year span.

#5 = “Farewell to Opus and Bill – My Personal Heroes

Sentimental, and proud that it became the top post ever for me!

#4 = “Engine of Invention Meets in Lyndhurst, Ohio

Just sentimental about “my first” blog entry!

#3 = “Finding Faith in Pixar’s Finding Nemo

My favorite article written for my blog. I just love it.

#2 = “My Arizona Adventure Story – Faith and Hope Rewarded

Recording a story about the most amazing journey I’ve ever taken!



# 1 = “The Pen is Mighty!

One of my first blog entries ever, about an amazing self-discovery at a fragile time in my life. And amazing that one of the two times I have ever heard an “Angel Murmur” happened WHILE I was writing this blog post. I immediately wrote about the Angel Voice in the blog entry while tears streamed from my eyes.


5-Year Blogiversary Week – Day 2 – My Top Ten Posts (and my musings about them)

Trophy Image 3It’s fun to look over the dashboard and watch my stats improve over time. And I have noticed posts that I wrote years ago that are STILL getting a lot of attention. Here is a list and evaluation about my TOP TEN BLOG POSTS over the entire five years I’ve been blogging. It’s a testimony to show that tagging and headlining your posts with popular interests can get some good traffic on your blog!

Some of these are mysteries, though, as to how they made top ten!

# 1 TOP POST – Farewell to Opus and Bill – My Personal Heroes!

When I was an Ornament Designer, my biggest thrill was getting to communicate with Berkeley Breathed (in writing, anyway) as the unofficial Opus ornament designer. Most awesome was when he created a special sketch just for me! In this post I show some of my fan art of Opus and Bill  🙂

# 2 TOP POST – Creative Dreams!

I’m surprised that this rose to the top of the charts. It was just a casual musing, and somehow got a lot of hits!

#3 TOP POST – Finding Faith in Finding Nemo

One of my very favorite blog posts I’ve ever written!

#4 TOP POST – Blogtoberfest, The Hobbit, and an Airplane Napkin

Evidence that including a popular subject in your title will cause some accidental traffic on your blog!

#5 TOP POST – Doggie Caricatures at the Cleveland Crown Classic

I guess a lot of people Google “doggie caricatures!”  🙂

#6 TOP POST – Brian Froud’s Dark Crystal

This one was also interesting to see on the top 10 list. It’s a very brief musing, again, very casual. Just felt like posting it one day.

#7 TOP POST – Signs – No Such Thing as Coincidence

Was thrilled to see this rise to the top 10 list! I had fun writing this article. A concept I had to share.

#8 TOP POST – Holy Water Painting – Luke 23:34

Holy Water Painting, Batman!!! (sorry, I just had to)

#8 TOP POST – Authentic Holy Water Paintings

Was thrilled to see my Holy Watercolor Painting posts rise to the top ten list. This nudged me to get these on Etsy!! Here’s hoping the subject gets good traffic there as well! We’ll see!

#9 TOP POST – Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up!

I’m pleased as punch that this has had so many visits! It’s a mystery to me why, unless people Google Churchill and this quote a lot.

#10 TOP POST – Authentic Holy Water Paintings

Yep – a big kick in the pants for me to get my Holy Water Paintings up on Etsy!