Visiting the World with Natalie the Explorer and a Cup of Coffee

Lucky #13 of the Challenge Interview Series

Welcome, Natalie. I’m Marsha Ingrao and this is my blog, Always Write.

I love to spotlight bloggers, especially those who reach out to provide challenges or other ways for bloggers to meet and greet. So grab a cup of coffee and something sweet and let’s greet Natalie the Explorer.

Natalie's cup of coffee
Coffee and Beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, USA since we’re talking about Weekend Coffee Share from Natalie

I met Natalie recently as she graced the blogosphere. She’s so bright and talented I could post her picture on Becky B’s BrightSquares as one of this month’s posts. Since Natalie is a photographer, I will sprinkle a few of her photos through the post as well as some links to specific posts that I think you’d enjoy visiting.

What prompted you to begin to host Weekend Coffee Share? 

Weekend Coffee Share link-up has been around since 2014 and had four hosts between 2014 and 2020. On January 1, 2021, Alli, at Eclectic Alli blog, decided to step away from hosting the weekly Weekend Coffee Share. I was a participant and volunteered to continue hosting it. I’m the 5th host. Weekend Coffee Share is neither a writing challenge nor a photography challenge. It’s more like a weekly bloggers’ social event.

Natalie

I love that – a history lesson! Volunteering to host an existing blog a great way to start hosting because you know how it works and can change gradually as you make it yours. The participants already know you, which is a great way to get started. Several of our hosts have started out that way. I included a link to your post this week, which is a wonderful summary of what you did in March. You are so busy!

What is your purpose in hosting the weekly Weekend Coffee Share link-up? 

I hope to provide a friendly virtual place where bloggers meet every weekend to share what’s on, their thoughts and lives. I hope to build a fun, positive, social, and supportive blogging community.

Natalie

Judging from the many comments you get each day, I think you are accomplishing that purpose magnificently. I counted 38 blog posts linked to a recent Coffee Share, and 122 additional comments. Sprinkled throughout this post, I’m including what a few of her readers had to say about her.

“Hi Natalie – I love how you make the most of things even when in lockdown. Your green photos were lovely and the tulip display sounds amazing – I hope you do a post on them when they are at their most colourful. Glad Spring has arrived and things are warming up for you – it must be lovely to be able to get out and about in the sunshine.”

Leanne
Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia in March. Photo by Natalie
Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia in March. Photo by Natalie

Oh, those travel photos give me itchy feet! The emerald lakes in Croatia are beautiful! You certainly have had many adventures. I hope you get the chance to share more travel photos before too long. I love the photos of the trees with the arrows. So cool how you did that! Thank you for hosting and thanks for the coffee!

LAURIE

How long have you been doing this? 

Since January 8, 2021. Weekend Coffee Share takes place weekly. The link-up starts at 8 a.m. on Friday and ends at midnight Sunday night, Canadian Eastern Standard Time.

Natalie

How much time does it take? 

I spend about 3-5 hours on each of the 3 days of the link-up to read 35-45 participants’ blogs and write my comments on their blogs, plus replying to comments on my blog. 

The participants from five continents join at different times from Friday to Sunday so I read a dozen blogs on Friday, another dozen on Saturday, and the remaining on Sunday. Sometimes it takes me into Monday as well.

I also review and approve ping-backs. I oversee the link-up to delete any posts that I deem to be unsuitable for my audience. These may include ads, “drop and run” links, promotions, and any that are offensive in nature, overly political or religious.

I spend another 5-10 minutes to create and verify the InLinkz link and its codes for the next link-up.

I spend several hours to write my weekly blog, select, resize, and upload photos on my blog. I do it in bits and pieces over a few days.  

My guesstimate total is about 20 hours per week for blogging and hosting.

Natalie

What a thorough answer, Natalie. Your blogging is like the commitment of a part-time job. We can tell that we, your public are the most important part of your blogging effort. You use lots of hastags and links in your posts as well as visiting so many people each week.

Lens Artist, Loving LIfe,Weekly Smile, Wordless Wednesday Ice Festival NYC car.
#IceFest21, #Lens-Artist#Lovin’Life#WeeklySmile#WordlessWednesday. Photo by Natalie

These are genius, Natalie.

Thanks for sharing these precious gems with me on #WordlessWednesday and yes, a very welcome aboard #WW.  

Look forward to witnessing more marvel unfold from your side in the coming weeks.  No pressure though. 

Have a fabulous, restful week ahead.

NATASHA

What steps do you take to get your link-up ready? 

  1. Create and verify the InLinkz link-up code.
  2. Write my blog and add the InLinkz code in my post.
  3. Schedule my blog to go live on Friday at 8 a.m.
  4. Verify my blog and the link-up go live as scheduled.
  5. Once the link-up starts, read other posts, write my comments, and reply to comments on my blog. Also review and approve ping-backs.
  6. During the link-up, monitor and delete any posts that I deem to be unsuitable.
  7. Once the link-up ends, verify it’s closed and review stats. 
  8. Repeat the steps for the next link-up.

No one I have mentioned ever mentioned deleting posts that seem unsuitable. Do you get many of them? I don’t get any that are obnoxious on my blog, but I don’t follow up with commercial blogs that are primarily trying to sell something.

How do you follow up with your participants?

I read their blogs and leave a comment. I reply to comments on my blog. I reciprocate blog visits to bloggers who leave comments on my blog.

When I started hosting Weekend Coffee Share in January 2021, I read all blogs and left a comment on each blog. The first link-up had 25 participants. Subsequent link-ups have had 30-45 participants.

I greatly appreciate my blog readers and their thoughtful comments, as well as all Weekend Coffee Share participants.

Natalie
Toronto, Canada COVID sign "Stay 3 geese lengths apart."
Sign from Natalie’s post, “A Year Later.”

Natalie, a beautiful reflective post of the last year! It’s lovely that the weather has brightened for you and you can go out to enjoy some of it. The goose social distancing sigh is sweet and a welcome change from the usual ones! Here we are still in deep lockdown apart from schools going back this week … see how that goes. Exciting news for me today is my first vaccine (owing to health conditions), second one in three months time. It does feel more hopeful. The biggest change I’ve noticed is the fantastically improved air quality, wildlife flourishing and deer in main roads is now a common (and dangerous) sight! Here’s to a good spring and summer full of travels and seeing family! Xx 

ANNIKA PERRY

How did you attract people to participate? How do people usually find out about your link-up?

When I started hosting it in January 2021, there were about 12 regular participants. I have blogger friends outside of the Weekend Coffee Share link-up. I invited them to join and some have. 

I also participate in other challenges or link-ups where I read and leave comments on other blogs. As my blog readership grows, more bloggers join Weekend Coffee Share.

Natalie

I have seen links on many people’s blogs. As a part of the interview series, I have met the most interesting people. My goal is to keep in touch on a regular basis with each interviewee’s blog. I’m impressed with how you have done that through your Weekend Coffee Share.

Are you a part of a group on social media that picks up your challenge and promotes it? Is your challenge like a club where you put a widget on your website or embed something on your post? What about a Facebook Group or Page, or a group in other social media?

I have a page and a link on my blog to explain how to join Weekend Coffee Share. I haven’t used Facebook or any other social media to promote it. I don’t have a fixed badge or widget on my blog.

Natalie
Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh. Photo by Natalie
Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh. Photo by Natalie

I have not been to Morocco or any country in Africa, so I really appreciate seeing the pictures you have shared. It looks like a fascinating place to visit. The doors are huge and so meticulously detailed, I can’t imagine building them in the time in which they built. Thanks for linking to Thursday Doors, Natalie, this was an interesting, educational and fun post.

DAN ANTION

It doesn’t sound like you need to promote your posts on social media or have a widget on your blog. You do the most important thing. You connect with people one by one on a personal level. If you expanded beyond the participants you have now, you’d have a full time job!

What do you do with the entries? Do you post or promote the results or links anywhere? 

I use the free InLinkz plan to display all entries on one dashboard. All Weekend Coffee Share participants can see the results and the links in the dashboard. 

Natalie
Snow on evergreen trees and the ground in Toronto, Canada Photo by Natalie.
Snow on evergreen trees and the ground in Toronto, Canada Photo by Natalie. Coffee ShareGratitudeMonthly reviewPhoto ChallengeTrying new things

I like the idea of thinking of the “gifts” a month gave you. Very positive! February gave us several days where while it was still cold, there was sun and not too much wind, and we could take a walk outside! Thanks for your post, and enjoy your day!

BETTY

Well said, Betty and all of you. I hope you enjoyed this short trip into Natalie’s blog. Enjoy a few more of her amazing pictures to exotic places.


Natalie’s Bio

Natalie the Explorer headshot

Natalie is the author of Natalie the Explorer blog, from Ontario, Canada. She writes about the steps she takes to live a healthy and enriched life. 


She currently hosts a weekly Weekend Coffee Share blog link-up. It runs from 8 a.m. on Friday to midnight on Sunday night Toronto time. Everyone is welcome to join in any and every week. Her favourite part of blogging is the interaction and connection with others. She would love to hear from you. You can connect with her in the Comment section below, or via her blog: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/

Thank you, Natalie for agreeing to this interview. You are one of those wonderful people who make blogging so enjoyable.


Did you love this interview? I sure did. I’ve made a new friend and I feel just like Mr. Rogers must have. Denyse Whelan shared a different interview with Natalie on her site as a Woman of Courage. It is a short, easy-to-read post, and well worth the read.

If you know someone who hosts a challenge you love, someone who participates in a lot of challenges, or whose blog you enjoy, I’d love to interview them. Contact me through my contact page.

A Few Little Plugs

Here’s a BRIGHT idea. It’s not too late to link a #BrightSquare post or Natalie’s

If you’re good at using quotes with your #BrightSquares, Cee Neuner’s Challenges link up one or two of them with Wednesday’s Quotes on the topic of Fitness, Health, and Wellness. You can combine challenges and post any time until next Tuesday.

April’s STORY CHAT with the Twilight-Zone-like story, Miniature Planet is up and going like a Chatty Cathy doll (do I date myself?) Stop by, enjoy some of Natalie’s coffee, a beignet, and chat.

How Do YOU Organize Your Photos?

Hi Friends,

Do you struggle with organizing hundreds or thousands of digital photos? I do. Maybe you have some words of wisdom to share about how you organize them so you can find them when someone asks you for a specific photo.

What are your biggest issues: finding pictures of people for someone (an award, funeral…), finding pictures for a challenge, events, finding the unaltered, printable photos?

Tomorrow I have the privilege of interviewing Lisa Coleman about how a photographer of 20 years organizes her photos so that she can find them again. The post will appear next Thursday or Friday.

In preparation for and to be a part of the interview, if you have a question, tip, or link to one of your posts on this topic, please leave it in the comment box.

Looking for Your Words of Wisdom on These Posts!

How do you teach your children responsibility? How did your parents teach you? How do you deal with people who are not responsible?

Don’t forget to write a post for this week’s #WQWWC using your own quotes about RESPONSIBILITY. To participate in the challenge, it’s YOUR responsibility to find an appropriate quote to illustrate your point, write the post – any genre you want, and link back to my post. 🙂

Do you know what’s in the cabinet? What would you do if someone took your trophy and put it in their cabinet?

Did you read Geoff LePard’s short story, “The Trophy Cabinet” this month? It’s not too late to ask him a question or leave a comment. I can’t wait to read your comments!

Followers Tag Along on Restless Jo’s Walks

Challenge Host Interview # 11

Good morning friends, and welcome, Restless Jo, to my blog, Always Write. I am honored to have you as a guest on my blog. I met you through my friend Carol, The Eternal Traveler, when I started blogging in 2012. When did you start blogging, Jo? 

Where did it all start?  I began, very tentatively, to blog in September 2011.  I’ve always loved to write, but technology isn’t something I took to with ease.  Ask my long suffering husband!  He’s my IT ‘expert’ but with no experience of, or interest in, the world of blogging.  I simply wanted to tell my travel stories.  Once I got the hang of blogging, I wanted to do it ‘my way’.  

Note: To find Restless Jo’s current posts enter 2021 in the search box.

https://restlessjo.me/2018/07/09/jos-monday-walk-that-bridge-and-beyond/

“Got the hang of blogging,” like this guy? Perfect picture. I’d like to be that good at blogging, but I don’t quite have the hang of it. 🙂

So how did you do it?

This usually involved mooching around in my northeast of England neck of the woods, and sharing what I found.  Although it introduced me to lots of people, I found the challenge method of blogging restrictive.  If I have something to say I value the freedom to say it, in my own way.  I guess most people who start challenges do so because they have control over the subject matter.  I struggle now to recall most of my early posts, but I know that I was always conscious of wanting my own voice.

I think I understand wanting to find your voice and doing it your own way, Jo. I wanted to write, thought I knew how to write, but I remember the days of zero to five readers. I began to question what was wrong with “my way.” I wondered what I should write about that people would want to read. I had a hard time finding my voice. It sounds like you started blogging a mind full of ideas about what to write. 

https://restlessjo.me/2018/09/10/jos-monday-walk-a-tale-of-three-castles-2-alnwick/

Yes, I did. Back in 2004 we had purchased a house in the Algarve.  Exploring that region, with the addition of my Polish family story and visits to Poland, gave me plenty of material to write about.  I had A-Z pages dedicated to the Algarve and Poland, and used them to share the culture and personal anecdotes relating to those countries.  Looking back, the blog was ‘bitty’ and I felt I needed a direction.  

So how did you arrive at the name of Restless Jo and the Monday Walks?

https://restlessjo.me/2017/03/06/jos-monday-walk-ponte-vecchio/

Wherever I went, I always walked.  I don’t drive, and it was my style of exploring.  And blogging about the walks became a good way to share almost anything.  So, in March 2014, Jo’s Monday Walk was born.  The posts were far from being ‘start here at point A and continue till you reach point B 2 hours later’.  They were just me, doing what I do best- walking and talking.  

I love that – both walking and talking, kind of like this interview. 

What’s Up, Doc? | restlessjo

 

I found it came very naturally, and people seemed to respond easily to that.  Depending on the subject, I usually included rough whereabouts and direction, but seldom with the thought of anyone walking in my footsteps.  It was my bit of escapism, and was thrown open to the public as just that.  Anyone could contribute what they thought of as a walk.  Sometimes it might only be a couple of photos and a thought or two.  Other times it went into great detail.  I didn’t mind.  It was just fun, and it gave me a way to post whatever or wherever I wanted.

How did you come up with the name of Restless Jo?

https://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/its-show-time/

I am, naturally, restless.  It goes with the territory.  When I told friends back home the name of my blog they fell about laughing.  It was so ‘me’.  I was never a camera buff, and still am not, though I admire very much someone who can take fine photographs and understand the technical side.  

Can you think of any bloggers that you specifically admire and who helped you in your blogging journey?

Running out of superlatives | restlessjo

Jude of Travel Words is one such, and we met, in Edinburgh, several years ago.  I was amazed at how long she spent getting the shot just right.  With a background in IT, Jude had been very helpful to me with technical aspects of blogging.  Then I travelled to Seville to meet Sue Judd of Words Visual, a lady with a style all her own, and very into dereliction.  I tease her about that.  I have yet to meet with Debbie of Travel with Intent, but I’m sure we will one day.  She is an awesome photographer, currently hosting numerous challenges with ease.  Becky, who I know and love, you have already interviewed.

Yes, I loved visiting with Becky. She pretty much set me square with photos. I just found out how automatic it is in Photoshop. I’ve been trying to guesstimate for months. Now I just click a button and it’s automatically squared. YAY! I have my own technical problems, too, Jo. Tell us more about what motivated you in your blogging journey.

The people you meet and who widen your horizons are so much what the blogging world is all about, and I’m sure you’ll agree.  The walks, for me, are a window into other people’s worlds, while allowing me the freedom to ‘walk’ where I will.  The reason I have so many walks is that I’m always looking for another adventure, even if it only varies a little from previous walks.  Somewhere entirely new is the ideal, but you can always put a new slant on somewhere you’ve been.  A future challenge may well be writing a walk about somewhere I’ve never been.  I gather that virtual walks are popular now.

In a way, you are already doing that, Jo. You’re living in the future! That’s what all our posts are for others – virtual walks. Some we might want to see for ourselves, or we might have seen bits and pieces but most of the walks we will never experience. Probably the only way I will get to the region of Algarve, Portugal or the little town of Tavira, Portugal is virtually through your walks.

Jo’s Monday walk : A back street tour of Tavira | restlessjo

You said that your Monday Walks are not an official challenge. Why do you say that when so many people follow you and contribute to it?

I still don’t regard Jo’s Monday walk as a challenge.  Keeping up with the comments is a challenge! Presenting and keeping track of the walks shared can be challenging too.  I’m not an organised person and often am completing a walk late on Sunday night or early Monday morning.  I do try to assemble the walks I receive in a blank post as the week goes by.  Too easy to miss people out otherwise.  Hard to assess the time involved.  Sometimes I add links and background information, depending on the subject and if there’s history involved.  I don’t compile the walks swiftly, but read and reread my words till I’m satisfied with them, and the same with the photographs.  I mind very much how my work looks.  Too much, perhaps!  

Proofreading and editing photographs is an important lesson to learn. Do you have trouble keeping up with your walking schedule?

Still up on the roof! | restlessjo

Posting a weekly walk I find constraining, but that’s partly because I have a very enjoyable outdoors lifestyle in the Algarve.  My planning is minimal and I don’t tend to schedule walks.  I do, however, often find my head full of stuff when my head hits the pillow and words stream backwards and forwards.  I just hope that I’ve held on to the best ones when I wake up in the morning.  I’ve never properly hosted a challenge, nor do I want to.

You have never posted rules, but you definitely host an informal challenge. You are a natural hostess. I love that you also post on other people’s challenges. Has there been a time during the last ten years where you’ve needed to get away from blogging?

Still up on the roof! | restlessjo

I do try to take breaks but it’s sometimes difficult to tear yourself away from the blogging world.  I never write posts whilst away on holiday, but I will pop in on other bloggers and often answer outstanding comments.  It stops them from building up too much and I enjoy the interaction.  There is such a warm feeling when you get a great response from a reader.  It’s addictive.  I planned to step away for a while and possibly reinvent the blog last summer, but somehow Covid-19 and the need to share with and support others seemed more important.  

 COVID-19 has impacted the world, there’s no denying that. If things clear up, what are some of your goals for 2021?

A Call to place : the Azores | restlessjo

2021- most important is to be able to visit my youngsters in the UK.  Hopefully at Easter.  Beyond that I would like to spend more time exploring this country I’ve chosen to call home.  I know very little of the area beyond the Douro, in the north of Portugal.  I would love to return to the Azores– a love affair if ever there was one, but that’s for the future.

Thank you again, Restless Jo, for a delightful look into your beautiful blog and fun non-challenge. We’ve been all over Europe in this short virtual visit. Whee!

Attention Photographers

A friend of mine, Frank, is looking for photographers to collaborate with him on his website. He writes but wants to promote your photographs. It’s a great opportunity for fun and exposure. Contact him here. Collaborators – Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking (wordpress.com).  He will be host #WQWWC on February 10 – LOVE!

Announcements

  • This month our  Story Chat features author Anne Goodwin and her short story, “A Post Card from the Past.” Join in the conversation and give us your perspective. We’ve heard from writers, teachers, social workers and clinical psychologists each with their own theories. What’s your take?
  • I’m super excited that Carrot Ranch ran an interview about Story Chat in the Saddle Up Saloon.
  • Autty Jade, A Day in the Brine hosts this week’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge – Change. There’s still time to write your post and link to her blog. She’d love to visit you, and so would I. Look for a new #WQWWC topic tomorrow back on Always Write – encouraging bloggers in their endeavors worldwide.

Get Squared Up for the New Year with Becky B.

#Challenge Host Interview #9

I am so proud to introduce today the hostess of the Squares Photo Challenge, Becky B. of Becky of Winchester on my hobby blog, Always Write. I met Becky through my Photo Challenge friends, Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photo Challenges, and Terri Webster Schrandt of Second Wind Leisure last summer or early fall. I love the word games Becky B. plays with her photo challenges. She’s so popular with many of my readers that I was thrilled when she said, “YES,” to an interview.

What prompted you to begin to host a photo challenge? – Squares didn’t actually begin as a photo challenge! The very first one began because I need a focus for a month. I was still reeling from the death of my Dad, and with what would have been his birthday in September and a busy month for my first ever festival I wanted something to keep the blog alive and myself distracted. So Square in September was born, and within hours a few friendly bloggers decided to join in the fun. By the end of the month there were around a dozen joining me daily, and I realised there was potentially a great challenge in my hands. So Squares as a challenge was born! I must at this point shout out to a few other amazing bloggers who run challenges such as Debbie from Travel with Intent, Jude over at Cornwall in Colours, Restless Jo and her Monday Walks and the Queen of Challenges the incredible Cee. I have learnt so much from all of them and other great challenge hosts.

What is your purpose in hosting the challenge? How does it support photographers? – I hope to provide a friendly place where photographers can make new blogging friends and find inspiration as well as having the opportunity to share their photographs, thoughts and lives. By making it a requirement that every shot is square it levels out the playing field and so every photographer, whether brand new or experienced, faces the same challenge of creating a great photograph in a square. And it seems to be working as not only has my photography improved, but Squares has become a community. There are now between 50 to 75 bloggers taking part every week during the challenge month, and some of those have become great friends.

How long have you been hosting Becky’s Squares? Have you hosted other challenges? – Squares began in September 2017, and it takes place once a quarter. To date there have been 14 square challenges with the themes of flowers, sky, circles & squares, roofs, in the pink, time, spiky, blue, lines, words ending in light, top, perspectives, kinda and up. I have tried hosting other challenges, namely ‘Past Meets Present’ but as I host two blogs for myself as well as organising a major festival, managing website and multiple social media for a charity I volunteer for I now focus just hosting Squares.

How much time does it take from preparation to follow-up each week? Everyone’s challenges run differently. What steps do you take to get your challenge ready?  – ooh that’s a tough question! I guess each theme takes a few days or even weeks to be born, and then once I have decided upon it I have to start collating my own photographs. Prior to the pandemic I would decide themes months in advance and so I could easily take new photographs specially for the challenge as well as drawing upon the archives. In this new world however I tend to decide much nearer the time and need to dig deeper into my extensive photographic archives. Up to 6 weeks before the start of the challenge month I will share teasers and then an official announcement. Then a week or so before the challenge begins I will set aside a couple of days to prepare the photographs and then schedule every square post in advance. Occasionally the last few days won’t be scheduled until the end of the first week as I like to be inspired by everyone else’s fabulous squares. Everyone is so brilliant in fact that quite often once the challenge starts I will tweak posts or throw in new squares. Once the challenge starts I will spend up to 3hrs each day visiting other posts and responding to comments, and then there are my galleries. These have evolved over the years, but I now keep a record of every participant and my technique of creating prose for each one seems to have become a favourite for everyone. I have such fun collating the galleries, and the half day or so I spend on them is always a pleasure.

How did you attract people to participate rather than to just leave comments on your post? The trick it seems to me is to have a really simple challenge idea that just takes off on its own accord, however I admit it does help if some of the major league bloggers take part! Other things that seem to help is to connect with others both during and outside of your challenge, and this is best achieved by taking part in other challenges yourself and regularly leaving comments on other posts. I love taking part in other challenges so even when Squares is happening you will often find I am also taking part in others. 

Supermarket Views – The UP doesn’t have to mean the direction.

What do your participants say they like most about your challenge? What do you like most about hosting the challenge? It is an honour to host Squares; everyone is just so lovely. You’d probably have to ask all of them though why they like it. If I had to guess I suspect there are three possible reasons 1) there is only one rule your photograph has to be square, 2) it takes place for a whole month x4 per year and you can post as frequently or infrequently as you like, and 3) I collate a gallery so everyone can visit everyone else at least once.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021? Having the vaccine and being able to get out and explore again, and in particular meet up in person with some of my blogging friends and non-blogging friends. It has been so long since I saw them in person.

Do you have anything else to share? Tips for readers, advice for blogging? Take time to understand how your blogging tool (WordPress, Blog, SquareSpace etc) works, it will pay off in the long run, and most importantly have fun with your blog. Not only is it your voice, and a great creative outlet, it is a fabulous place to make friends.

Thank you again for joining me, Becky. I’m sure that my readers, many of whom are mutual friends, will love getting to know you better.

Becky’s Contact Information

BeckyB as in ‘Becky in Portugal‘ and ‘The Life of B‘Twitter – @BBWinch and @beckyinportugal
Instagram – @lifeofbb and @beckyinportugal

Other Photo Challenge Interviews

Attention Photographers

A hobby blogging friend of mine, Frank, is looking for photographers to collaborate with him on his website. He writes but wants to promote your photographs. It’s a great opportunity for fun and exposure. Contact him here. Collaborators – Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking (wordpress.com)

The Versatile and Prolific Robbie Cheadle is my Guest Author with something for Kids and Adults…

Robbie Cheadle has been a good friend in the blogging community for quite a while. I had no idea she was so prolific, though. She still takes the time to comment on her friend’s blogs and participate in Blogging Challenges. Wow! Way to go, Robbie.

Jane Risdon

I am so pleased to have Robbie Cheadle as my guest author at last. I know, you expect crime writers to be my guests. but today is an exception. Just look at her body of work.

Let’s find out about Robbie.

Robbie Cheadle has published nine books for children and one poetry book. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Robbie Cheadle’s Sir Chocolate children’s picture books are written in sweet, short rhymes that are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations.

Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions that children can make under adult supervision. Her books for older children also incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

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