Calling Volunteers for Wednesday’s Author Story Feature!

Hello, Everyone!

Apologies for the delay in scheduling, this post is to call for volunteers for Wednesdays Author Story feature for the months of July and August 2016. We have 3 remaining slots to fill for August 2016.

We need volunteers for:

July 6 – Cathy Lynn Brooks @cathylynnbrooks
July 13 – Surbhi Sachdeva @surbhisachdeva89
July 20 – Niyati @niyati16
July 27 – Ananya @ananyabha
August 3 – Rashmi @sashay909
August 10 – Colette @colettebates
August 17 –
August 24 –
August 31 –
Please nominate yourself in the comments section below! Thank you! 🙂

@onetarhayes @colettebates @jahnavichintakunta @feelings161 @anushababbar @ananyabha @brendablagdon @cathylynnbrooks @dawnmarie823 @darshith0000 @graceanneoscar @haripriyakm @iamabloggertoo @iamdonovan @indira2412 @jennifernicholewells @kristinavanhoos @kmmyrman @kokoboocro @lulaharp @mylittlespaceinthesun @mkjackie99 @niyati16 @noorainsobiya @nikissimplelife @pamkirst2014 @piyushavir @raforbeginners @sirtonix @thebrunetteinthepinkscarf @vnajac @whatsandrathinks @wanderlusteternal @xaranahara @yentll02 @zenaidawheels

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HELP! Bloggers World needs YOU!!!

Okay, that may sound a bit over-dramatic but the truth is that while we had a few awesome days filled with extraordinarily rocking stats in April and May, June has been a bit dismal.  Continue reading

#discussion, #feedback, #help

Ideas for New Monday Weekly Feature

Mondays are now free, with the current Word Nerd Etymology feature coming to an end.
As this was quite abrupt and not planned in advance, I have to admit being caught off guard. For now we shall have to currently share a variety of interesting guest posts spanning different topics and genres to fill the Monday slots. Continue reading

Weekly Schedule for July 2016

Nominations now open for the weekly features schedule of weekly features from July 1st – July 31st. Continue reading

#blogcast, #schedule, #weekly

The Oxford Comma – A Guest Post

In the English language, most grammar is pretty set in stone. From a young age kids are taught the rights and wrongs, even if they choose to ignore it in their everyday online conversations.
But there is one grammar rule that’s open to opinion: the Oxford comma.

There are two groups of people: those who adamantly use it, and those who don’t. Somehow, I fall into the mysterious third group: those who don’t really care either way.

What is the Oxford comma? It’s the comma that comes before the last thing in a list. Example: “I went to the store to buy apples, grapes, cookies, and pasta.” I could write the sentence without that last comma like: “I went to the store to buy apples, grapes, cookies and pasta.” and it’d still make sense.

There’s a really interesting kid’s book called Eats Shoots And Leaves that highlights the importance of commas, but in more obvious ways. The Oxford comma isn’t all that obvious and that’s why its use isn’t mandatory.

That being said, there are some cases where its inclusion makes for easier comprehension. Take the following sentence for example:

“At the concert I saw my friends, Madonna and Taylor Swift.”

One reading this could technically assume that my friends ARE Madonna and Taylor Swift, when I was really just listing who I saw at the concert. But if an Oxford comma was there, there would be no confusion.

“At the concert I saw my friends, Madonna, and Taylor Swift.”

I know I said I don’t really care about its use but honestly, I don’t have a preference because I was never taught to. I’m very precise about my regular commas and I know how to use a semi-colon, which is more than I can say for my engineer father (seriously!), but I was taught about those in school and because I pursued writing, I’m more aware.

I do understand the Oxford comma’s function. Lately, I do try to include it in my writing, but it’ll take time to become as natural to me.

Do you use it? Do you find it important? Will you try to use it if you don’t?

#guestpost #grammar #feedback

Congratulations Bloggers World!!!

YAY!!!!! We bagged third place in ‘Best Blogging Services’ category at Annual Bloggers Bash Award. We’re thrilled to have been awarded the third spot 🙂

Thank you so much organisers, voters and the entire blogging community. A huge round of applause for everyone, especially those who voted for us. Congratulations to all the winning bloggers and a huge applause for the other nominees – particularly those in our category.
Special mention to Danny and Jacqui who were also nominated in our category and openly support and endorse Bloggers’ World.

@pamkirst2014 @drmegsorick @sashay909 @onetarhayes @kristinavanhoos @wordscoffeeandlacedresses @feelings161 @niyati16 @anandartist @whatsandrathinks @sandeept252 @sumitagrawal01 @gutsy4 @sadhanacs @sumitagrawal01 @anushababbar @ananyabha @brendablagdon @beckyaluoch @booksandothermiracles @kokoboocro @bethanyaharvey @celiacathlete @cathylynnbrooks @chrissiepollock @cthisnthat @clockworkindigo @dawnmarie823 @darshith0000 @laikassuvaikais @foodeezjunction @fictionalkevin @fjjjuneau @flightscarlet @sasmiths1112 @graceanneoscar @garthmr @garyloggins @thegeneviever @hlindschinger @lulaharp @jeanburkespraker @jahnavichintakunta @jenmotivates12 @jaipurthrumylens @jennifernicholewells @kingsoracle @myesteriousgirlneerja @mumbletymuse @mkjackie99 @myusername432 @niciacruz @neildsilva @nicolaauckland @nikissimplelife @ohmyglai @ivanproust @iaminaplace @ranu802 @robertmgoldstein @santoshnc @srinathtk86 @thumbup69 @thepreciouslifeofprecious @thebrunetteinthepinkscarf @ishitarc1908 @vnajac @vellissima @icerene01 @iamabloggertoo @iamdonovan @xaranahara @indira2412 @wanderlaur @wwwpalfitness @arwen1968 @getyourlenson @koolitzable @meloheart @alongthesideoftheroad @meontheroad00 @sheridanj2015 @surbhisachdeva89 @suzannebowditch @himadas @notionlux @adriennea3

Celebration (Photo Prompt – 9 June)

Calling all photographers… that is:

  • people who fancy themselves photographers…
  • people who are photographers but don’t fancy themselves…
  • people who fancy becoming photographers…
  • people who… you got it!

Calling also all and sundry non-photographers who have something to say upon the subject of CELEBRATION – being this week’s prompt – in any shape or form, let it be a haiku or cocktail mixing instructions (as long as you’re accompanying it with a photo, obviously)!

To take part in Shutterbug Showcase:
The prompt is “valid” for a week (from Thursday 9 June to Wednesday 15 June).
Please publish your post upon the theme of celebration during this time period on your own blog and leave a link to your post in the comments. Please also visit other participating members’ posts to give feedback!

For inspiration:

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The Union Jack flying above the village pub, Cookham, England

England’s gone all patriotic in the last couple of weeks with Union Jacks hanging all over the place: one of the two yearly birthdays of the Queen is being celebrated… (Does this mean she gets two sets of presents?!)

CHANGES TO SHUTTERBUG SHOWCASE:

  1. To make all our lives easier (and provide a little incentive for doing the photo prompt post), from now on whoever does the Thursday photo prompt, will choose the prompt for the week after. The June 16th photo post will be done by @niyati16 – your prompt is: Through the Window.
  2. To help out @piyushavir, I’ve taken over the scheduling of Shutterbug Showcase for July & August. Please tag me, @arwen1968, if you want to nominate yourselves for doing the Thursday photo prompts. Thank you.
    The available dates for July are: 7 / 14/ 21 / 28 July
    The available dates for August are: 4/ 11 / 18 / 26 August

Happy blogging! 🙂

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Weekly Schedule for June 2016

Nominations now open for the weekly features schedule of weekly features from June 1st – June 30th. Continue reading

#blogcast, #schedule, #weekly

What does one say to…

What does one say to a blogger who leaves a shameless plug? I’ve tried editing their comments, explaining it politely but it doesn’t seem to be working. Please advise how to deal with this.
#help