Blog Hop Around the World

I was invited by the wonderful Patti Jarrett from A New Day Dawns to join in the fun of a Blog Hop Around the World.  I told her I would join in but as I write this I am not sure how great of a post it will be.  Typical Beth Ann fashion---I jump in and say yes without really thinking it through but I will give it a good ole try. I guess the hardest thing for me was to think about what "creative" thing I wanted to focus on in this post.  I do a bit of writing, a bit of photography and a bit of … [Read more...]

6 Years Later–A Giveaway

When I started this blog 6 years ago today I had no idea what joy it would bring.  I started out on Blogger with a blog called Beth Ann's Musings and in 3 years time I migrated my blog to WordPress and renamed it It's Just LIfe--Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary.  I have never looked back. Over the 6 years we have been on a bit of an adventure.   I have posted 1866 posts and have recorded 22,824 comments on my blog posts over that time (that includes my own comments/responses).  I … [Read more...]

Saving Homes and Holy Lemonade

Ever wonder why I take blogging so seriously?   At times it appears to have become a full time job with little pay but you know what?   It is all about connecting with people and the relationships that we build with one another. Stay with me on this one--it is kind of complicated.  I have followed Rara's blog Rarasaur for quite awhile.  Rara is an amazing lady who is very compassionate and loving and caring and all those things that I like to embrace in my own life.  She sponsored the NaNo … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned

I am on day 8 of the NaBloPoMo challenge and having a great time doing it.  Today the BlogHer prompt is : Tell us what you have learned so far about blogging every day. Since I am a list maker and list lover I decided to approach it this way.  In a list.  Feel free to add yours in the comments below! Blogging every day works well if you have massive amounts of coffee to fuel you. The support and encouragement from a community who is writing along with you is vital.  (Thank you … [Read more...]

NaBloPoMo + Amazon Smiles

Before you think I am speaking in a foreign language let me explain.   In the month of November writers and bloggers everywhere make a pledge to write every day.   For writers the goal is to write a novel during the month.  A pretty lofty goal but what a great way to get started.   The official link for this is located here---National Novel Writing Month.  It's a great thing.  I have dreams of writing a book but honestly----I don't know if that is ever going to happen.  If it does I suspect it … [Read more...]

Are Blogs Dying? Please Say It Isn’t So!

I just read this article in The New York Times saying that blogs are on the way out. Well, that isn't exactly what it said--you can read the entire article if you click on the link at the bottom of the page.  What it did say was that the younger set of folks who had blogged are turning to Facebook and Twitter as a means of getting their thoughts out rather than the typical blog.  Well, yea, that does not surprise me at all.  As a matter of fact I myself post my blog to both and probably get the … [Read more...]