Many thanks to my recent Top Commenters!

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The nicest thing about blogging is engaging with reader comments. Today I want to thank my recent Top Commenters who always visit and stop to chat. They are terrific supporters of the blogging community and I consider them great blogging friends.  I hope you will visit their blogs too!

Fiction Favorites with John Howell – Thriller author John Howell started his blog as a forum for the free exchange of information and ideas. John follows a daily schedule of entertaining themed posts. From views of his neighborhood, top things not to do, and posts about the family dogs to John’s own “Johnku,” personal thoughts and original fiction, there is always something interesting going on at Fiction Favorites.

Jill Weatherholt – Jill is the author of inspirational romance novels and has just finished her fourth, A Home for Her Daughter, in stores August 25. Jill is a great supporter of authors and bloggers and a great blogging and Twitter friend. One of my favorite things about Jill’s blog is her “Would You Rather” feature – great questions that make you think!

The Chatter Blog – Author Colleen Faherty Brown is also a talented artist and deep thinker. She posts original sketches with philosophical thoughts, sometimes light, sometimes heavy and always thought-provoking. I especially like when she adds her drawings to the photographs she takes.

Darlene Foster’s Blog – Darlene is the author of children’s stories, a retired employment counsellor, and ESL tutor, a wife, mother and grandmother. She created her blog for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers and friends, old and new. She believes everyone has a right to dream and everyone has the capability to make their dreams come true.

Retirement Reflections – Prior to retirement, Donna lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years. Leaving international life behind, she and her husband retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. She started her blog to document both this transition and their new adventures. Her hiking photos and descriptions make me want to get outside and experience the same!

Robbie’s Inspiration – Robbie Cheadle is the author of children’s picture, middle grade and young adult books. She also writes adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie is an expert baker and fondant creator and she shares her artistry on her blog. These creations also appear in her Sir Chocolate children’s books. Robbie is a wonderful supporter of bloggers near and far.

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

Welcome Book Blogger Book Club Mom

I’m so excited to be featured on Jill Weatherholt’s blog today, where I share my book blogging experiences. I hope you will visit and join the conversation! I’ll be over later today to reply. 🙂

Jill Weatherholt

Today I’m excited to welcome a fellow blogger whom many of you know. I can’t recall if we met through Word Press or Twitter, but she is definitely one of my favorite people. I’ve invited her to talk about her journey as a book blogger. Please welcome Barbara Vitelli, whom many of you know as Book Club Mom!

Book Club Mom – one book blogger’s evolution

My WordPress blog turns 6 years old this summer, but I started writing book reviews much earlier than that. I’ve been in a book club for 18 years and, after a few rounds of books, I wanted to find a way to keep track of not just those books, but everything I read. I was a lot younger then and had a better memory, but I was also raising little boys and I knew I’d never remember if I didn’t write something down. I…

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Thank you to my top commenters!

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Comments are like the sugar cookies of the blogging experience and these awesome authors and bloggers keep my cookie tin full!

Click on their links and see what’s up with these very supportive writers and bloggers:

Carrie Rubin  – author of The Seneca Scourge and Eating Bull

Jill Weatherholt – author of Second Chance Romance

Jennifer Kelland Perry – Author of Calmer Girls and Calmer Secrets

Annika Perry – author of The Storyteller Speaks –
Powerful Stories to Win Your Heart

Hopewell’s Library of Life – emerging author, reader and book blogger

Norah Colvin – author, educator and blogger

And thank you to everyone who has read and commented on my blog this year. I look forward to visiting your blogs and taking part in more of these fun conversations in 2018!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

Who’s That Blogger? Diane Holcomb


Blogmaster:  Diane Holcomb

Blog name: Squirrels in the Doohickey

Type of blog: humor

Where in the world?  USA

Blogging since when? 2013

Whats your story? I had a daily habit of freewriting, and at some point I thought it made sense to put some of the better pieces into some kind of format that people might read. I showed three of them to a writer friend, who said something along the lines of, “Publish them on a blog. Your family and friends will probably be your only readers, but do it for fun until it’s no longer fun.” She suggested the name, Squirrels in the Doohickey, based on one of the pieces.

What types of blogs do you follow? humor

Early bird or night owl? Good question. Goooooood question. If I’m on top of things, I’ll freewrite every morning before work, find the best of the bunch, and rewrite/edit it on the weekend. The reality is, I bang something out on Thursday evening, rewrite it on Saturday, edit and post it on Sunday.

Coffee or tea? Tea. Herbal.

Most recent binge watch or other obsession: I’ve been obsessed with reading Young Adult fiction lately. There are some wonderful YA authors, and I’m noodling a novel rewrite that’s in that genre.

Check out these recent blog posts by Diane Holcomb:

How to Go Down When the Ship of Life is Sinking
Living Large
How To Escape the Tyranny of Time

Hey bloggers!  Are you interested in expanding your blogging world?  Email to be featured on Who’s That Blogger!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

Who’s That Blogger? Norah Colvin

:  Norah Colvin

Blog names:  Norah Colvin and readilearn


Type of blog:  NorahColvin: education focus; readilearn: early childhood education teaching ideas and resources

Where in the world?  Australia

Blogging since when?  Norah Colvin August 2013; readilearn August 2016

What’s your story?  When I started thinking about self-publishing stories and teaching resources, I did a lot of online research and attended many writing seminars. The collective intelligence promoted blogging as the primary avenue for writers to make connections and establish audience, and insisted on the importance of doing so prior to publication. Social media was also important, but secondary to blogging. At that time, I didn’t know much about social media and had no idea about blogging. Some of the course presenters suggested bloggers to follow, so I quickly got started and developed an understanding of what blogging was about. I was then keen to get my own blog started, and haven’t looked back. While I began with a particular purpose in mind, and that purpose is definitely still there, what keeps me going is the feeling of community, of connection with others, that I have established through my blogging with my blogging friends.

What types of blogs do you follow? My choice of blogs to follow is quite eclectic, but reflective of my interest in education. Education is rather a broad topic after all. I read blogs with any connection to education including early childhood education, children’s literature, psychology, neuroscience, general science, writing, and literature. It is impossible to list all the types of blogs I read. But the ones I follow are those that engage in discourse, who are interested in developing a relationship and being part of an online community. I am very fortunate that I have met many wonderful bloggers who fit this description. A few years ago I coined a phrase to describe us: S.M.A.G. Society of Mutual Admiration and Gratitude. Anyone can join. You just need to be supportive, kind and encouraging.

Early bird or night owl? I’d love to be a night owl and an early bird, but my candle doesn’t stand straight if I now try to burn it at both ends. I am fortunate that I no longer need to work full time for another employer so, although it doesn’t actually feel like it with the schedule I create for myself, I have the luxury of a little more time to devote to my writing. I have maintained a schedule of posting twice a week since I began blogging in 2013. Since the launch of readilearn last year, one of those posts is now published on the readilearn blog, and reposted on I prioritise writing the blog posts and creating the teaching resources which are explained in the readilearn post, so this generally comes first in the morning – but not too early; usually after breakfast and housework if I can’t think of a good excuse to delay the housework for one more day (week or month).

Coffee or tea? Peppermint tea for morning tea, coffee after dinner.

Most recent binge watch: My grandchildren playing! 😊

Check out these recent posts on Norah Colvin and readilearn:

Easter holiday wishes – Readilearn
But why?
Can you guess:  Who am I?

Hey bloggers!  Are you interested in expanding your blogging world?  Email to be featured on Who’s That Blogger!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!