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Get Back Your Ooo With Co-Schedule

Get Back Your Ooo With Co-Schedule

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Dudes. I know you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about, right? If you’re like me, your busy. I mean like don’t have time to stop and think busy. I eat on the go, I read on the go, I go on the go. All I do is go go go! It’s exhausting and sometimes your Ooo turns into Oh (crap). When you’re a busy person you need help. That’s where CoSchedule comes in; I can get back my Ooo.

CoSchedule helps me stay on schedule. Because I’m always either writing a book review or reading a book, I need to stay on top of my schedule so I submit my reviews on time.  The hardest bit about blogging is that after you’ve written a kick butt review, then you have to remember to send them to 47 skillion social media sites so everyone can read the awesome thing you wrote. READ. ALL. THE. THINGS!!!!

But dude, they can’t read all the things (!) if you don’t remember to send them to all your sharing sites.

Enter your new boo CoSchedule. He (or she) will bring back your Ooo. Your new boo will bring back your Ooo.

How’s that work? I’m glad you asked. See, your new boo thang is a calendar. I KNOW you don’t need another calendar to keep, but you do. This is your boo, remember, she will help keep you straight. Take a look.

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See all those entries? Those are your little blog posts of love. Yawn. But there not doing anything for you, are they? Kinda like a bunch of Cinderellas waiting at the ball for Prince Charming to ask them to dance. Once you activate them (PowerRangers anyone?) they will do anything you want them to do; mostly talk to Twitter, Facebook, and Google + but that’s just me. You use your boo however you want to (sorry I just can’t resist a rhyme).

Looky here.

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If you’ve already written your precious little gems and they are sitting against the proverbial dance wall waiting to get asked to dance, they aren’t helping you very much, are they? To be sure, you might have published them or scheduled them to be published but that’s SO 2013. When you go into the magic world of the CoSchedule calendar, you can dress those puppies up and schedule them to go anywhere and anytime!

The best best thing about this social media calendaring feature? You can create individual messages for each social media platform. When sending your blog post to Twitter, you can include one message. Posting to Facebook? Gear the message toward that crowd. Letting the Google+ world know about your post? Include a very special message for them. It’s win win win with CoSchedule. All the beautiful Cinderellas have someone to dance with. They each have a new boo, thanks to you (sorry, not sorry).

I love that this feature works retroactively (no they are not wearing Jetson’s costumes, unless that’s what you’re into). Retroactively means you can reschedule those old posts and make them shiny and pretty by sending them to social media channels.

Have les amies in France? Schedule your posts for 1am EST.  Got a friend in Goa? Schedule at 8:30 pm EST and it’ll arrive as she gets ready for work at 6am. How ding dang cool is that? Now you don’t have to worry about Tweeting a post and hoping your friend will see it amid the 4300 other social media posts they are bombarded with.

The CoScheudle people have made this lovely video for you to watch. There are no dancing cats, but it’s still pretty rad. Check it out.

CoSchedule equals love. You’ll get your Ooo back. If you’re thinking about trying CoSchedule, you can use my referral link link: http://coschedule.com/r/4278  I signed up through a referral link; everyone wins. Everyone gets their Ooo back!

How you use CoSchedule is up to you. But once you get it, you’ll be hooked.

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Conferences Travel

Librarian in the Kitchen: Conference Preparations; Cooking for the Family

I love to travel! There’s nothing like learning new things and seeing new places.  As a blogger, I love  to attend several conferences and while it’s fun to travel, there is a certain amount of prep work that must be done to get out of the door. One of the things many of us do to prepare for conferences is prepare meals for the family we’re leaving behind.  In preparing for my trip to Sacramento to attend kidlitcon, I turned to my friend Heather, from Real, the Kitchen and Beyond, for food suggestions.

Chicken is very easy to prepare in numerous ways and my only requirement for Heather was that the meals couldn’t have dairy in them which meant no cheese. Boo.  Anyway, after reading Heather’s recipes here, I had my ideas!  We secured 5-8 pounds of chicken in bulk and I set to work cooking. If you’re like me and don’t have a crock pot big enough for all that cluck, you hafta get creative.

crockpot cooking

My family is the epitome of  picky eaters so we only buy chicken breasts. I like to divide up the chicken according to how many people I think might eat this particular thing i’m going to cook.

For the Crockpot, I placed 3 breasts and covered in water.  I added half a bag of Lipton Chicken Soup for flavoring. Once this had cooked, my Pumpkin shredded it and used it for chicken tacos.

Next I pulled out my dutch oven for the stove top.

stovetop cooking

Three or four chicken breasts should do the trick here. I was making chicken chili, so the more chicken the better.

I just use basic seasonings here; pepper, minced garlic (I prefer fresh but jar or dry will suffice in a pinch), and onion powder. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for hours. Chicken should break apart with a fork.  Do not remove chicken from the pot; just break it apart right there with a giant fork or spoon or whatever you have.

Then add your fave beans. I just used whatever I had on hand: Canneloni beans, Light Red kidney beans, Black beans.  Any beans that you like will do. When I’m making beef chili i don’t drain the beans because I need the liquid but because I’m making chicken and there is plenty of liquid in the pot, I drain the beans. It’s your choice.

After adding the beans, I add

  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • cumin
  • sofrito
  • stewed tomatoes that have some sort of flavoring in them for a little kick like jalapeños or similar.

If your family is’t much on spices totally back off on the spicy flavors. Just for fun I added little alphabet pastas because that’s what I had in the pantry.

Cover and simmer for an hour or so, stirring frequently.  The longer it simmers, the softer your beans will be.  When chili is ready, I IMMEDIATELY freeze half of it so I can enjoy a meal quickly one day when I’m strapped for a meal.

Finally, the remaining chicken went in the oven.

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I covered the chicken with water and sprinkled a little bit of minced garlic garlic for flavor. Bake at 250 for several hours until tender.  I made no plans for this chicken so that the family could do what they want with it. My husband likes to put chicken on top of his Lean Cuisines or on a store bought salad; my pumpkin likes to make bbq sandwiches,  so I like to leave them with options.

Because my family has weird eating preferences and also because my kids are 22 and 17, I generally tend to cook only on Sundays. The rest of the week they can heat up leftovers or fix their own meals since I am working.

Now that I know my family will have food in the house, I’m free to hit the skies for my own traveling adventures!

What do you fix for your family when you go away? Don’t forget to pop over to Heather’s site and show her some love!

 

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Adult Fiction

Towne Book Center and Cafe Book Club Pick: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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This month’s pick is a book I enjoyed approximately a year ago.

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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Here’s my original post.

You know what though? When you’re facing a dire situation, sometimes it’s nice to have some comic relief. I haven’t laughed this hard at a silly life since David Sedaris. The two could be siblings their lives are so ridiculous. David’s might be partially his own fault, but Jenny’s is ridiculous mostly because of her strange father.  When you hear the tales of the ways Dad wakes her up in the middle of the night (no it’s not sordid or anything) it’s a wonder she can form a complete sentence!

Wait until you get to the part about the puppet. Then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Did you read it? What did you think? Love it or Hate it?

 

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Blogging

The 7 Days to A Better Blog Challenge by Brandi Jeter Riley Book Review

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    You might remember a book blast I featured a little bit ago by blogger and now author Brandi Riley. The book is called 7 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. Now you know Pammy Pam is friend to self published authors but what makes this book even more special is that although I’m proud to call Brandi a friend, her book is genuinely good. Brandi’s writing is concise, clear, and friendly. Imagine if your best girlfriend was telling you how to make your blog better. She wouldn’t mince words but she would be tender with you, ya know? That’s what 7 Daysdoes. She gives you a reason to want to do better. And she makes the methods to change easy. I love easy, remember? In addition to providing concise tips, each chapter is summarized with two headings:

  • You Better Work! which provides important bulleted points she wants you to work on, and
  • Big Better Tip: the really real one thing you must do

I love the Big Better Tip most of all because let’s be honest; sometimes we are in a hurry and want results immediately, like yesterday. If you ONLY do her Big Better Tip, you’re already winning. I’ve worked with Brandi on other projects so I know she knows her stuff and there is information for EVERYONE in this tiny book that packs a punch. I even picked up a couple of tips, because she’s just. THAT. GOOD. Bonus downloads are included smack dab in the book so you don’t have to leave the book and go searching for something. It’s all inclusive. Like a resort. (I AM in Aruba, you know) Yep, one stop shopping with this book. It’s in there. Get this book today and you’ll improve your blog over coffee and brekkies. I did (of course, I’m in paradise but my quest for reading books is never quenched)! When you see Brandi, tell her Pammy Pam sent ya: Mamaknowsitall.com and on Twitter @BrandiJeter

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Blogging

Can’t Get to BlogHer? Try Philly HomeHer14!

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the #AZchat on Thursdays

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the #AZchat on Thursdays

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Every Thursday during the month of March, many wonderful people are getting together during an #AZChat to discuss the #atozchallenge that’s coming up in April. (wooo APRIL!!!!)

That’s my Blogging form A to Z Challenge badge. I’m a co host. I formed an Unconventional Alliance, kinda like Katniss in Hunger Games, but with more cake. And fewer baboons.

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is like a giant party of a  blog hop and since you know I love parties I was thrilled to discover there were other parties happening on Twitter. During the Twitter chats, we discuss the ins and outs, the whos and whys of the challenge. If you’ve not participated, here are FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE TWITTER CHATS.

  1. They are offered at two different times, 1pm and 8pm Eastern, to accommodate everyone’s schedule.
  2. The chats are a quick way to get your questions answered.
  3. You’ll make new friends and quickly!
  4. There’s always at least one Co Host on hand.
  5. Everyone is FRIENDLY

So, if you’re on the fence about doing the A to Z Challenge or have questions as to if you’re doing it correctly, or you want to get to know more people or you have nothing else to do at these times, DROP IN!

Forgot to sign up for the challenge? There’s still time! Here’s the link

 

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge

How To Schedule your #atozchallenge Posts?

You’ve committed yourself to the a to z challenge. You’ve tossed around a few ideas. You’re excited to begin but still you’re wondering…

How to Schedule your A to Z Challenge Posts?

 

Scheduling is VERY important friends, if you want to have a stress free #atozchallenge! Here’s an image that should help you know when to schedule each post.

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Love this graphic? Click the image and it will take you to the site and you can download your own and make it your desktop image!

So, you have your schedule, now what? Do as much prep work as possible BEFORE the challenge begins:

  • preload all your titles for the month with #atozchallenge somewhere in it
  • choose your theme, if you’re having one
  • download/upload the alphabets for the appropriate blog posts
  • try to write 3-5 blog posts prior to  April 1 (that way you’ll have more time to have fun & visit other blogs)
  • when you DO sit down to write blog posts, try to write at least a day or two ahead, in case of emergencies (cuz they will come up)
  • keep your posts short
  • ensure COMMENT VERIFICATION IS TURNED OFF
  •  find a rhythm that works for you
  • read the A to Z blog for tips
  • reach out for help (Tweet me: @Pamlovesbooks)
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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

Blogging from A to Z Challenge #atozchallenge

It’s the Blogging from A to Z Challenge !

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It’s time to start thinking about the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge! This is a chance for us to practice blogging every day for a month, visit other blogs, and general mayhem (well, at least on my end).  April is the most fun month of the year because of this challenge and I’m inviting YOU to ride along!

Here’s how it works:

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!  

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Blogs on the list showing no activity once the Challenge starts will be removed.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:

1. WRITING: (WR)
2. BOOKS: (BO)
3. FILM: (FM)
4. PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)
5. GARDENING: (GR)
6. CRAFT: (CR)
7. ART: (AR)
8. MUSIC: (MU)
9. CULINARY: (CU)
10. LIFESTYLE: (LI )
11. FASHION: (FA)
12. PERSONAL: (PR)
13. SOCIAL MEDIA: (SO)
14. GAMING: (GA)
15. EDUCATION: (ED)
16. POLITICS: (PO)
17. HISTORY: (HI)
18. SCIENCE: (SC)
19. HUMOR: (HU)
20. TRAVEL: (TR)
21. MISCELLANEOUS: (MI)
22. ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Blog.  (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/)

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/

Author Stephen Tremp http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/

Tina @ Life is Good http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

[email protected] http://amloki.blogspot.com/

Jeremy @ Being Retro http://www.beingretro.com/

Nicole Ayers – The Madlab Post www.madlabpost.com

M. J. Joachim’s Writing Tips http://mjjoachim.blogspot.com

Heather M. Gardner http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/

AJ @ Naturally Sweet http://frodofrog.blogspot.com

ME! —> Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian http://unconventionallibrarian.com/

 

We also have a Facebook page, (https://www.facebook.com/atozchallenge)

email address is [email protected],

and the Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge.

Sign up below and join us for a month of alphabet fun!

My blogging theme is always books (duh), but I’m challenging myself even more and only highlighting middle grade books.  Last year I featured Young Adult books and the year before that, all books for kids.  Other bloggers write about life, love, adult content, or whatever they like.  Hundreds of bloggers participate; it’s a great way to make new friends, eat cake, and discover other great blogs to read.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Why not join me and participate in the challenge?

 

 

 

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Blogging Conferences

What to Pack for PhillyHomeHer12

If you’re like me, you’re not going to BlogHer and you want to be part of the fun of getting ready for something.  That’s why some friends and I created PhillyHomeHer12.  We live in the Philly area so that’s why we called it PhillyHomeHer but its really for ANYONE who didn’t get the golden ticket to go to BlogHer. It’s HomeHer. But in Philly.  Yours could be called MississippiHomeHer; whatevs.

We say, no matter, we will prepare ourselves for PhillyHomeHer12! First? Gotta pack.

Make sure you have:

a chair to sit in; makes using your laptop easier.

then you’ll need

wine. cuz not going to BlogHer will make you angry thristy.

you’ll probably want to wear something special

Oh JohnnyD how’d you get in here? (i TOLD him don’t follow me here)

anyway…you could wear something comfortable…

because you really want to express yourself

and EVERYONE needs bloggy business card so get some of those

or some Zoloft or whatevs works for you, right?

Feeling better already about missing WhtachucallitHer aren’t you?

Good!

Now, here’s how we’re better different than BlogHer: No need to get tickets to big name blogger events or stand in long lines for parties.  The party is HERE!  Everyone has something to teach, including YOU.  In the linky below, put your best post forward.  Have you ever written a kick-butt post? Link it!  Are good at teaching something and you wrote about it? Link it! Have you ever wanted to be a keynote speaker at an event but never got the chance? Here’s your chance! YOU are the keynote speaker at this event because it’s all about YOU.

Link up here:


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Blogging

We’re All Mad Here: Finding the right tea party

For me, blogging is like being in Wonderland.  As in Alice in Wonderland.  There are many strange paths to take, interesting people to meet, and odd experiences to try in Blogland. When looking for answers to crucial blogging questions, I suggest one always refer to Alice in Wonderland; there’s an answer for every question.

For example, you’re a new blogger and don’t know where to start.  You ask the question: Where do I  begin?

Answer: Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

Right.  That’s good advice.  Just start blogging.  Begin at the beginning.  When you’re done telling your story, stop.

Next question: What do I write about?

Answer: If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

Right.  If you don’t know what you want to write about, why did you start blogging?  You need to have some idea of what you want to get out of blogging.  Start there.

Question: Does my writing (art, photography, etc) make sense to anyone other than me?

Answer: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?

So…It’s your world; you decide what makes sense to you.

Question: Ok, so I’ve started my blog and I have some content. How do I get people to read it?

Answer: How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly he spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!”

So…find some little fishes to be your friends.  Read their blogs. Make friends. Attend tea parties hosted by mad (crazy) people.

Question: Why do I have to be around crazy people in order to blog?

Answer: Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

Right. Secret: Everyone who blogs? Mad about it.  Otherwise they wouldn’t do it.  It’s their madness that makes them special and unique and FUN! You just have to find the right tea party.

Question: How DO I find the right tea party?

Answer: “Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.”

So.  Attend lots and lots of tea parties.  Try the tea. Then try some more.  Or taste a different tea.  Don’t sit alone with your blog waiting for The Queen of Hearts to find your blog; cuz she won’t.  She’s very busy chopping off people’s heads.  Plus, as a friend, The QOH won’t have much time for you.  Try visiting blogs that are like how you’d like to be or look like someone you could be friends with. You can always have more friends but you can’t make less friends.

Get out there and have fun; it’s always tea time, you just have to find the right tea party!

“Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.”

So.  Go out into Blogland.  Try new things, meet new people.

“Come back!” the Caterpillar called after her. “I’ve something important to say.”
This sounded promising, certainly. Alice turned and came back again.
“Keep your temper,” said the Caterpillar.

Ah yes.  Keep your temper.  Good advice, Caterpillar.

What advice do you have to add?