I realized it didn’t state a date the blog will terminate which is this Friday November 22, 2019 which ends seven (7) years as my first blog post ever was November 23, 2012. That is a significant time of dedication and I don’t regret having the blog as a place to write about life, lessons learned, good times, difficult times and topics, decor, quotes, prayers, and as I said many times “A Little of This and a Lot of That”.
I realized my style of blogging is not the most attractive revenue generating genre and even my readers must have been trying to tell me the direction I should go to produce enough revenue to keep the blog’s costs paid. To prove this point, I was curious as to which blog posts was seen and viewed the most. Before I came to wordpress.com, the post Squash Pie was popular but the one that outshone the others on the previous platform was Haste Makes Waste. On this platform, Power Up with Power Air Fryer Oven is the winner. Viewed over 1254 views, it is a good hint, commercialism is the direction for a money making blog should go.
I thought about it, thought about it some more, and I realize I am probably an old soul with a young heart. I love writing about those special times in my life which weren’t always happy times, but they were times of bonding, learning, teaching, and also forgiving, myself included. This is why my genre of blogging is probably outdated and this was a large part of my decision to move on to other things or at least say, this has been fun and it has been real.
I don’t do any of this to discourage any new bloggers…..Seven Years of blogging is a lot of keystrokes so I say Go For It! If you have something to give, something to help, something to teach, and even if it is commercialized, this blogger wishes you the best.
Remember, the blog will still be open until the 22nd, so if there are old blog posts you wish to read again, or even if you are ready to say goodbye too….You are greatly appreciated.
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SIGH!! After 7 (seven) years of blogging about almost any subject and theme, I have decided to discontinue my blog. I thank everyone who has read the blog, but with the cost of renewing and my time constraints, I made the decision I have other interests I need to pursue. Most bloggers are in it for the money, and that has never been my focus, which is a good thing because it has been rewarded through comments from people over the world and some good folks right here in the USA.
I will archive my posts and content for posterity and I sincerely hope one or more posts have reached your hearts and spurred your minds to think a little outside the box.
To each of you, I encourage you to find your dream, live your dream, and be your dream.
Until We Read Again,
Arline Miller, blogger and author
Sipping Cups of Inspiration
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Wednesday Morning Thought: Someone asked me to join a Christmas Central Group. I did and there are a lot of ideas and people displaying their preferences on decorating for the Christmas holiday. While I was looking at some of the photos and remarks, I had a deeper thought about life. Sometimes, we all agree that something or someone is pretty. Sometimes, we don’t and we have very different ideas. Cooking is the same. Sometimes, everyone will like a certain dish someone cooks, but other times, there are debates on who makes a dish better. Preferences! My thought was one which God makes us unique and as perceptions and preferences may differ, we are designed to think for ourselves, make the best decisions for our individual lives. People generally want to mold others into carbon copies of themselves, but that is not how the world works. As long as we respect others and allow them to make up their minds for themselves, we should have the same right. So, Sally makes the best coconut cake according to all who know her, the ones who know Janie would beg to differ, and on and on. It is not necessary to agree on everything even if the one who has a different opinion as you do is the one who you love the most in the world. If everyone could perform as good as the next person, we would never be recognized as a leader or gain an award. Uniqueness is a specialty in itself and must be recognized as a gift from above. Let us agree to disagree, but agree to love all! Until We Read Again…Arline Miller, author and blogger
I posted the photos from the book signing, which was fantastic and all of us had a great time. One of my friends who I have known for a long time, but have become closer on social media and she is such a wonderful person and supporter of my writing commented that I was a leftie. It revealed that even though we share wonderful thoughts and times, there are things about others we either don’t know or have recognized. I loved that she noticed there is something different about me and all of us can learn more about our friends.
My thought for Beg To Differ? is discover new things. Life has more mysteries than we ever can solve but learning and attempting to solve mysteries is the key for all of us to hold in our hands and in our hearts. LIVE LIFE, LOVE LIFE, AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST by LIVING IT UP!
I am posting the names of my novels for those who want to live it up with some page turning reading. 5 Star Reviews and a promise from yours truly to keep you in love’s suspense.
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Tomorrow is my first book signing/release of the third and final novel in my series Reflections of Love titled Riddle Me This, Love or Bliss. I thought I would share some of my pre-book signing thoughts with you. Hopefully some young authors will read these as it will steady the keystroke nerves.
I will start by saying when I wrote the first novel, A Mistress, A Wife I had no objectives other than to test my writing skills, and fulfill a young dream of mine when I said “One day, I will write a book.” My first one took years until I decided either to stop writing or get serious about finishing it. Did I know anything about publishing a book? No, nothing but I can google with the best. I had friends who I trusted to read my manuscript and encourage me with one exception, who thought I should stick to blogging. I listened to everyone and then….I trusted my gut. I self-published after finding an editing service. It cost to publish but hey, I had my first novel out.
My first novel produced 5 Star reviews and encouraged me to continue writing. The second novel, which was a sequel to the first one but made a minor character into the main character and reversal roles. I found this twist intriguing and it set my love of twists and turns to keep the story moving but with a certain page turner development. Now, I could feel the urge to write more and more. The second novel, Tell Me Lies; Love Me Still, produced 5 Star reviews and I was hooked.
I say all of this flattering fluff to get to the nitty gritty of what life has in store for writers. It will test your dedication and ability to reach really deep and find out what you are about. To complete the series, the third novel, Riddle Me This, Love or Bliss became a necessity. It wasn’t for any money or fame. It was for me, as an author to “tell the story” and it was very trying to get it written. I continue to work full time and I only write early, or after work and weekends. Curves from everyday life came almost simultaneously and several times, I put my laptop down and said, “Maybe, it is not meant for me to finish it.” Are you wondering what happened to get me serious and finishing this wonderful completion of the story? My birthday, yes, my birthday clenched the completion. I thought I am turning 70, a young version of 70, but man oh man, it was knocking at my writer’s door and it was evident if I didn’t finish this one when I was approaching this milestone, I wouldn’t write any more and that would not be my personality. I have never quit a job before I finished. I never gave up. I wouldn’t give up now.
The deeper thought: This is for any new writers more than my other readers. It applies, however, to all of us in life. Nothing worth doing is going to be easy. It will test your patience and endurance. Remember, “Does The Journey Ever End?” I have so many new readers buying the set of the three books and this one is making 5 Stars with the initial reviews too. If you are serious, the third time may be a charm, applies to a lot of endeavors in life. I am smiling as it must be very relevant to me. I am on my third book and very happily married to my third husband. Maybe, it takes me longer to get it right. Until We Read Again….Arline Miller, Author and Blogger
I want to give a shout out to some great people to work with if you are an Indie Publisher:
A few years ago, I wrote this post and this morning after a weekend of preparation for my upcoming book signing, I woke up with a big case of the Can’t Help Its. I had to find this post but thought it would spark me a little. It is Monday, a work day and the countdown week for the exciting event. Do you ever have to fight against the Can’t Help Its?
TODAY THE WORDS are THE CAN’T HELP ITS. Oh, my country gal side is coming out this morning, so hang on for a good ole country post. How many of you know what I am talking about when I write, “THE CAN’T HELP ITS”? Most of us who live in the South know what it means and I am not sure if this phrase is multi- regional or not. What I can say is the can’t help its has gotten its grip on me this morning.
Maybe a southern made up definition of this phrase might help: 1) When you wake up and the covers try to kidnap you by not allowing you to get out of bed. 2) When you go to the bathroom first thing in the morning and you look in the mirror and wonder who is that staring at you; and you hurry back to bed to avoid this intruder. 3) When you wonder if a life on welfare would be really be so bad? 4) When you feel you might make someone mad over something you might say; so you decide to not get up and aggravate anyone. 5) When you are dieting and it would mean you have to weigh if you get out of bed; so you put it off as long as possible. 6) When all other excuses haven’t worked so you figure out this day must be Friday the 13th, You don’t check your calendar just in case it’s not Friday the 14th. Maybe now, you are getting the idea of the power of “THE CANT HELP ITS.” This condition is to be avoided at all costs as it is very contagious and seems to spread very rapidly. It is the same effect as someone yawning in an office; in a few minutes the entire office is not only yawning; they are absolutely ready to fall asleep.
Now for the deeper thought……There is a cure! It is very simple and costs nothing to completely do a reversal for this condition…….GET OUT OF THE BED! Fight the covers and make your way out quickly so they don’t wrap around you again. Recognize that intruder in the mirror and love the fact you have the “natural” look down. Remember every nice thing your job allows you to do such as eat, warm and dry place to stay at night and go to work. Realize someone is going to be mad at something someone says so save someone else from that problem and do it yourself. Hit those scales and laugh; laughter is such good medicine and the evil scale will wonder why you are laughing and not crying. Lastly, even if it is Friday the 13th, they have finished the sequels on that movie and you are not likely to run into Jason so go for it…….LIFE IS WAITING TO GIVE YOU GREAT THINGS AND IT JUST CAN’T HELP ITSELF. FEATURED BIBLE VERSE: 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
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