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October Ketchup

Love this Ketchup & wonderful links.

Shannon A. Thompson

October’s Ketchup

October’s Ketchup has arrived! For those of you just now checking in this month, Ketchup actually means “catch up.” At the end of every month, I write these posts describing what goes on behind the scenes at ShannonAThompson.com. Some of the topics I cover include my big moments, top blog post, guest posts, my top referrer, SEO term, and more in order to show insights that will hopefully help fellow bloggers see what was popular. I also hope it entertains the readers who want “extras” for this website.

Thank you for being a part of my life this October!

Big Moments:

#1 Clicked Item was Take Me Tomorrow on Amazon #1 Clicked Item was Take Me Tomorrow on Amazon

At the very beginning of this month, I had my first book signing in seven years! I was able to meet a lot of readers – both old and new – and we even shared muffins and…

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Nurturing Thurs – ALWAYS

Wonderfully nurturing.

"On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea"




Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Tea and Paper
Carol Carlisle
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Crowing Crone Joss
Grace Notes
Pocket Perspectives
Hugmamma’s Mind, Body and Soul
Jacqueline King
Meg Evans


What is Nurturing Thursday, you ask?

In this amazingly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? How often do we extend to ourselves … the same courtesies, considerations, nurturing, forgiveness and understanding we would a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger?

Our culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves. Yet, it is not possible for all of us to be above average at the same time. Don’t we usually know of someone richer, more attractive, “more together” or successful than we are? Even if we discount the material aspects and consider the more…

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A New My Sites Section

It looks like a positive change to me l

WordPress.com News

My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful.

From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own.

The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make WordPress.com faster, easier to use from any device, and overall more wonderful. My Sites will be a hub for an increasingly seamless experience, so stay tuned for more updates, and please pardon the dust as we make a few changes!

My Sites: Before & After

My Sites: Before My Sites: Before

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Time – in 400 words

Time, a man-made construct. Learning how to step outside it

Beyond Steeple Point

Unnerving – to write 400 words straight off. I was taught to think before you speak – think before you write.

Finishing the day-job has altered my concept of time. I spent my working life working in blocks of minutes – 20, 30, 45, 60, always working with the knowledge that this task would be coming to an end in so many minutes and the next task would start.

I am finding that there are people who have never worked that way. Their days are one long continuation – days meld into days until the job is done. This is a novel experience for me.

Last Wednesday I sailed to a river a few miles east of where I keep my boat. By early evening, I had moored, cleaned up, cooked a meal and am sitting reading. The companionway is open and I can see the trees on the steeply…

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VOTING ENDS THIS WEEK!!!! Please vote for “Mage’s Burden” By Whit McClendon

Good luck on the semi finals.

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“Mage’s Burden” By Whit McClendon

We need 11 more votes to reach 50!


Click on the link and scroll down until you see the 5 stars &
click on the 5th one and then, please share this post

Let’s get Whit to the Semi- Finals!



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Furry Baby Friday

I think I’ll need to adopt the idea of ‘furry baby friday’. 🙂

Angie Does Until She Doesn't

Elegant Maggie Elegant Maggie

Mary Grace Mary Grace

I love my dogs. I mean I really love my dogs. My husband and I cherish our Border Collie mix rescue babies. We realize that we are a little crazy and to the non-dog or non-cat lover we may seem nuts but that’s our life.

My phone has thousands of adorable pictures of my pups and every Friday I will share my favorite ones with you. I encourage you to share your favorite pictures as well Please post a link to your photo or post in the comments below.

Visit Furry Baby Friday whenever you need a little pick-me-up.

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