Friday, 15th April 2016
Blogger’s Pit Stop #19 – Welcome
Welcome to another installment of Reblog Thursday. Samuel, of the Word Garage, explains how to attract visitors to a website. Although he writes from the perspective of a business person, any site creator, including bloggers, can benefit from his tips. Samuel offers 14 tips. All but tips #6, #13 and #14 can be, and should be, followed by bloggers.
Welcome to Another Installment of Reblog Thursday!
In 200 Followers (and Counting) A.B. Mood discusses her relationship with her readers and how very important being followed by them is to her. Her explanation of the significance struck a chord with me.
This post will take a break from blogging instruction to air the views of a like-minded individual.
I have written about my relationship with my readers twice, in What No One Tells You About Blogging and in The Great Blogger Hoax.
In her post, written on the day she received her 200th follower, the author eloquently explained the significant, practically symbolic, meaning of the word “follower”. These are views that I share.
Have you heard it said that there are no new ideas in Hollywood? Do you hear people complain that today’s movie plots are based on old concepts? I do.
People often complain that either old classic movies are remade, or sequels are made to hit movies since they have a built-in audience. In either case, the new movies have the same plots as their predecessors.
The first movie was made in 1889. Could it be that after 126 years of movie making, Hollywood has run out of new ideas? Let’s take a look. [Read more…]
a.k.a. Golden Globe Nominations Part III
When I wrote Beginners Guide: Golden Globe Nominations-Comedy, a reader wrote and commented, There has got to be more nominations. Although I’d written in Beginners Guide: Golden Globe Nominations-Drama that I was attempting to respond to the choices of nominees with very little knowledge of any of them (a personal challenge), the reader still felt there was a deficit of information. Now that I have more knowledge of the nominated films, I am writing What You Should Do With the Kids When They are Home From School since I am recommending a family friendly film. [Read more…]
On Thanksgiving evening, while waiting for dinner to be served, I struck up a conversation with my son-in-law who explained the tenets of Buddhism. As a student of Buddhism and someone proud to be called a Buddhist, David explained the concept of karma. As a teacher of the origin and spread of the religion, I already knew. Thus began a fascinating conversation about the religion that arose in ancient India long ago and the concept of karma that its followers believe. Little did I know that I would be viewing a film about the very topic just one night later.
Don’t get me wrong. “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is not a documentary. On the contrary, on the surface it’s a love story. The late author Paul Torday wrote the novel, loosely based on a true story, in 1997. [Read more…]
Last night I gave myself a challenge, not an Ultra Blog Challenge like I’ve undertaken on Facebook, but a Golden Globe Challenge. I dared myself (can I do that?) to critique award choices for movies I’ve never seen and television shows I’ve barely, if ever watched. (See Beginners Guide: Golden Globe Nominations – Drama http://wp.me/p5jxvv-7C.) I divided the categories, and today I bring you the comedies.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Into the Woods: I was not a fan of Emily Blunt in Devil Wears Prada like the rest of the world, but I’ve been a huge fan of hers ever since due to her more likeable roles. I’m excited to hear her sing in the role for which she’s nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, the part of an infertile baker’s wife who longs for a child.
No stranger to a musical, Meryl Streep has a strong singing voice as viewers know from her Momma Mia days. It is a little-known fact she was actually tapped to play Evita‘s title character until Madonna got the part. Meryl is that strong a singer. With her acting chops and her history of success at awards shows, she could take the Best Supporting Actress Award for which she’s nominated.
I am beyond excited that Into the Woods itself is nominated for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. Perhaps the musical as a movie genre is not dead after all. After being disappointed in this year’s Jersey Boys, I feared it was. The music by Sondheim and message, Be Careful What You Wish For alone could make this film a winner. [Read more…]