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Online Donating

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Why do people avoid it like the plague? It could be for one of the best and most established charity’s going but people still won’t donate. I myself have had previous experience with this when setting up donation pages such as ‘Just Giving’. You’ve probably thought of a great fund-raising idea which you think will grab people’s attention but still it goes unnoticed. Well not exactly unnoticed, they probably looked at it before turning their noses up and passing it by.

A friend of mine set up a page over a week ago to raise money for the amazing ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ but since then, she has only had 3 donations online, one of them being mine. I don’t know what people are so scared of. Fair enough, times are hard and it is close to Christmas but it’s the same all year through. Maybe they aren’t aware of how donation sites work or whether they are safe to use. At one point I wondered this myself but I found them easy to use and very secure… in fact just as secure as your online shopping sites.

Earlier this year another friend of mine set up a page and his fundraising activity was to create a large mosaic. He began putting a lot of effort in but had hardly any donations. It knocked his confidence hard and he threatened to give up on occasions but I convinced him to keep going. He had a few donations in the end but he deserved so much more.

The charity someone chooses to help is often one of significance and means a lot to them. They are not chosen on a whim. If I think a charity is worth while (and I’m friends with the person who organised it), I will donate. Even a couple of quid goes a long way and makes the person raising the money incredibly happy.

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The Need to Read

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You know you spend too much time on your iPad when you attempt to scroll down whilst reading a book. Yes, this really happened to me as I reached the end of a page in my muchly dragged out ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ which I bought nearly 2 years ago and still haven’t finished. But I expected this of myself when I originally bought the book which is explained in a previous post entitled ‘OMG… I Bought a Book!’ . I put it down months ago and didn’t pick it back up until last night. I’m determined to finish it as I also plan to make reading books a regular thing.

After purchasing some books as Christmas presents for others recently, I realised that there are some great titles out there that appeal to me but the thought of getting through another book is draining. But I’ve come to the conclusion that if I read more books, the more my concentration will improve. Before I think about buying another book, I have to finish ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ first. I WILL finish it though and I will also spend LESS time on the internet.

My True Calling

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Apart from catching up with Supernatural, spending time with family and seeing ‘Man of Steel’ at the cinema recently in my spare time I have also discovered a new recreational activity. I have joined a local Amateur Operatic Society that I didn’t know existed. I’ve always been very fond of singing; usually around the house, on PlayStation sing star games or more rarely on Karaoke. I wouldn’t normally sing in-front of strangers but knew I could hold a tune. For a while now I have also been interested in musical Theatre but realised that it’s too late to pursue a career in this field being nearly 33 years old. That’s why when this opportunity came up, I wasn’t sure whether it was fate (if you believe in that kind of thing) or pure chance.

This week I have to turn up a little earlier to run through some keys with the music teacher to work out whether I am a Tenor, Bass, Alto or Soprano. Unfortunately I may not be able to take part in October’s show as I joined too late and rehearsals are well under way already. I’m happy just to be there and sing a bit.

Anyway, while I’m here I wanted to give a shout out to ‘London Live’ recently created by my good friend Emma. She put this blog together to be able to share her London-based experiences and give you the chance to share yours too. She’s looking for anyone who would like to guest post any reviews and stories about Theatre shows, hotels, events, restaurants, museums, Art Galleries…. well you get my drift! Just about everything and anything of interest basically. Go and give her a follow for me 🙂

Blogging Etiquette

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There’s nothing worse than seeing a nasty comment on a new blog post that you may have put a lot of thought and effort into. Fortunately I’ve been blessed with a kind audience that like and leave nice comments on my posts which continuously boosts my blogging confidence. Yes I’ve had one or two negative comments since I started my blog around 16 months ago but that is to be expected. Not everyone is going to agree with you. Some people are not so fortunate.

A friend of mine has experienced a lot of negativity on her blog for a while now and it has effected her deeply, to the point where she doesn’t want to write a new post in fear that she will get some abuse thrown back at her for it. There isn’t anything offensive in her content and it baffles us as to who could be so cruel and really quite personal with their responses.

My motto when replying to people’s posts is to leave a constructive and friendly comment. I’ve always been one to avoid conflict, even online. You may not know the person you are replying to, but think about how your comment is going be perceived by them. If I read something that I don’t agree with I simply don’t leave a comment. That’s probably not how everyone works but as I see it WordPress is here to be enjoyed, not to get angry at.

What Matters Most

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On much consideration I’ve realised the reason I find it so difficult to open up is purely because I have nothing to open up about. It’s true! I literally have no quarms with life and I am usually pretty happy and laid back. Yes, there are things that annoy and irritate me on occasions but those things are trivial and I feel that moaning about such things will in a way be mocking the people who do have serious problems in their lives.

Of course there are moments from my past that have deeply effected me but I don’t see the point in dragging up the past when I should be looking towards the future, or more importantly the present where the here and now matters more than anything. I now feel better for coming to this conclusion, so personal ramblings may become general chit-chat… and poetry… well poetry stays as poetry and that is what I’m going to be working on today. So hopefully tomorrow will bring my first poetry post that I won’t be using for an e-zine.

Poll Results

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Now that I have come to the end of my ’31 day gratitude experiment’, it’s freed up a little thinking time in my over-active brain. So from the POLL I put up a few posts back (which wasn’t as successful as I had hoped) I decided to work on the two chosen categories ‘poetry’ and ‘personal ramblings’. I’m going to try to base my poetry on the art of ‘Consuelo Parra’ as I have found her work quite inspirational. The idea popped into my head during a quiet moment at work (I don’t get many of those), and once I have an idea I tend to stick with it.

As for personal ramblings, this will be a challenge in itself as I find it very difficult to open up and I didn’t realise this until fairly recently. On a different blogging note, I’ve finally passed 2000 views on sheryl’s bloggy blog, received over 200 likes and now also have over 50 followers. This may not seem like a big deal to most bloggers but it is to me.

I’ve said it before and I say it again ‘Thank you’! I appreciate any kind of acknowledgement, it really does mean a lot to me. Just knowing that my little blog is being noticed makes me happy. It’s still not too late to vote on my poll, I would love your opinion.

31 Day Gratitude Experiment – The Final Days

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I have at long last come to the end of my 31 day gratitude experiment. I must admit it was tough keeping it going but I made it and I’m rather impressed. I knew there was a lot to be grateful for but I didn’t think that there would be as many as I have written down.

Day 28

I am grateful for:

  • The people I know (it’s always good to have connections)
  • For not being as cold as it has been.
  • Cheese (I have cheese with everything even tomato soup)

Day 29

I am grateful for:

  • Conventions and the fact I have a few to look forward to.
  • Birthdays and celebrating life (My niece’s 14th birthday is approaching).
  • SFX Magazine… because they have some awesome film info.
  • Chocolate milkshake (because I love it).

Day 30

I am grateful for:

  • My photography skills (I’m not a pro, it just comes naturally).
  • The days when I finish work early.
  • Catch-up t.v online.
  • Getting to know new friends.

Day 31

I am grateful for:

  • Artists that inspire me.
  • The feeling of leaving work in the evening and realising I’m free 🙂
  • receiving my pay slip at the end of the month.
  • Being able to complete this 31 Day Gratitude experiment.