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For The Love Of Blog

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Remember when EVERYONE had a lifestyle blog?  All the friends from college.  Posting away about their families and all the fun adventures detailed in pictures.  It was nice wasn’t it?  I had one.  In fact I was just looking at my old family blog and getting all teary eyed with feelings of nostalgia.  My last post was on May 6, 2012.  The one before that was an entire year prior.  I’m not alone.  Looking at the sidebar roll call I can see that the majority of my friends haven’t posted in years!  So I ask you…  What happened to the world of blog?  What happened to the written word?  I guess Facebook happened.  Then Instagram happened.

Do you have a blog?  Did you used to have a blog?  Do you miss it?

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For the next little while I’m going back to my roots.  My blog roots.  Each week I’m going to be opening up and sharing a part of my life that I’ve never shared with you before.  I’ll be going back old school and sharing posts from family blog.  The one that never sees any action.  I’ll be sharing from start to finish.  With the occasional edit here and there to protect the privacy of others mention in that little ole blog.  *wink*  I’m bringing back the love of blog.  Yes, I am.

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I can distinctly remember the first time that I heard about a blog.  I was in high school, and my computer-savvy tech guru friend (who is still one of the first people I ask about anything related to anything technology) said that he was starting a blog.  He explained that it was a sort of live journal that he would write online and others could read it when they were on the Internet.  I’m pretty sure I stared at him dumbfounded.  “Why would someone want to write online for others to read it?  And, who would possibly want to read about other normal people’s lives?”

Ha.

The irony is not lost on me, as I now follow a good number of blogs everyday and have become a blog contributor myself here at Dandy Giveaway and More.  I’m sure that many of you have your own blogs or have thought about starting one yourself — if you’re not sure where to start or are wondering about taking your blog to the next step, you might consider this FREE online blogging course from Blogelina!

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Days Like These {Book Review}

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I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned before that I love to read blogs — I follow probably 40 blogs through Google Reader, and I’m searching endlessly for a good substitute once Google Reader is gone this summer!  I love that I can read a “magazine” of sorts all about the things that are interesting to me, and I love that “normal” people can share their knowledge, skills, and/or everyday life through writing.

The book Days Like These became available for review, and I knew immediately that I wanted to read it.  The book description explains, “When Kristian wanted to show his wife Rachel how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning millions of hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday.  Social media is often seen as trivial and self-absorbed, but this heartfelt and moving tribute by a young Australian father of two in the midst of a battle with cancer, drew attention to a much larger story we all wanted to know more about and an ordeal so many families face alone.”

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This book is basically a compilation of the entries Kristian made to his blog during his two-year fight with cancer, which makes it unique because it captures emotions and feelings that were present during the events while they happened, rather than those remembered after one looks back.  While the YouTube video was watched by millions who flocked to his blog to learn about his experiences, Kristian’s writing remains very down-to-earth and honest from the first entry to the very sad last entry.

I also loved that this book and the blog was written from a man’s point of view, and more specifically from a husband and father of two boys.  While I certainly recognize that men have feelings and emotions, it’s not always common to see those publicly displayed.  This medium for writing allows readers to feel Kristian’s pain and sadness while also rejoicing in reaching another milestone and spending another day alive with family.  He is also very religious and comments on the strength that he draws from knowing that God knows and is in control of all things.

If you’re looking for a good read for yourself or for a special father in your life, I would highly recommend taking a look at this book!

**I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This is a posting of lots of questions.  Are you ready?  Get set.  Go!

Do you like Dandy Giveaway?  Do you think we are really dandy?  How about liking us on Facebook?  Have you done that yet?  Well, did you know that even if you like us on Facebook you still might not be seeing all of our posts on there???  And we post on there lots!  Here’s how you know if you are in the know with the Dandy on Facebook.  Go to our Facebook page, make sure you like us, hover your cursor over that ‘Liked’  button, and then select ‘Show in News Feed’.  Then you will see all of your posts on Facebook.  🙂   Right now only about 100 of you are seeing ’em, so be sure to get in the know with us on Facebook today!  Have a very dandy week!

Going Nowhere

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As Audi drives us along (somewhere in Tennessee) I figured now is as good a time as any to let you know the news. Dandy Giveaway is no longer for sale, because I’m not selling it! I’ve decided to keep it going by having contributors help with the blog postings and giveaways. Now doesn’t that sound dandy??? Want to be a contributor at Dandy Giveaway? Spots are limited, so you gotta email me soon to find out how! 🙂
Simply email dandygiveaway at gmail dot com to find out all the details.

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