Fetching Friday – Inspirational Blogging, Resources

This post kicks off a new weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring interesting discoveries and useful resources on the net, random tidbits of news, and a preview for next week’s posts on kikolani.com.

Inspirational Blogging

One of my regular commentators, Evita, runs three amazing websites. Evolving Scenes is a blog of beautiful photography and insightful thoughts. Evolving Wellness covers living more naturally, which goes along with my quest for living a healthier lifestyle. Last, but not least, Evolving Beings shares information on wisdom and enlightenment. Her recent post on Evolving Beings, The Two Envelopes We Are All Born With initially caught my eye because of the photo – a wax sealed envelope that reminded me of the ones my soon to be husband used when he proposed. This insightful article discusses the difference of directing our minds, or letting our minds direct us. It is a must read for anyone looking to live a more balanced, peaceful life.

Useful Blogging Resources

* Tips and tricks for Google Adsense monetizing and getting traffic
* 11 ways to market your blog offline
* 50 awesome blog designs
* 8 things every blogger can learn from Perez Hilton
* How to compose pillar articles
* 3 essential aspects of blogging

Preview for the week of 2 March 2009

* Everyone becomes a bit unmotivated and during those times, suffers a lack of productivity. But the question is… how does one unintentionally prolong a productivity drought? [Prolonging a Productivity Drought]

* I have been on a photography kick recently, and there are so many new photos to share. While doing the macro photography of flowers around my office, I noticed something interesting. At first, I thought it was a very large, elaborate spider’s nest. But when I looked at it again later, it was something much better… [A Hummingbird Nest with Babies]

Be sure to check back next week to find out more, and for another Fetchingly Friday post with more great discoveries on the web. Better yet, subscribe via RSS to have them delivered to your favorite subscription reader or by email.

Related News

Join me on Facebook This week, as part of my research into my 9 ways to use social networking post, I created a Kikolani Facebook Page for this site in an attempt to see which was more effective – NetworkedBlogs or Pages. I like the fact that Pages sends updates to all the fans when you make major changes, and allows direct messaging, whereas the NetworkedBlogs requires subscribers to visit the blog application to see updates, and you have to pay a monthly fee to send messages to all members. So if you’re on Facebook, come be a fan of the page and start some discussions, post some fan pics, and more.

See my videos on Youtube Also on the social networking front, I have a new Youtube account. I grew a bit weary of my vegas1211 username (although I will leave the account up until all my videos are moved over), and wanted something better suited. There is lots to come in terms of new personal videos, including some with Dobby, our Miniature Schnauzer puppy, a full showing on of the fountain once listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest in the world, and maybe some of yours truly, if I get over my camera shyness. Which I should do sooner than later, considering the $500 blogging video contest going on through 14 March. And any tips on finding good background images for the Youtube channel would be appreciated.

Want to be featured in Fetching Friday posts?

Looking for some link love? Articles featured in the resources come primarily from people I interact with in the comments, and on the social networks. So comment away (DoFollow, CommentLuv, and KeywordLuv enabled), and join me on the networks below, and if your article/photo/video catches my eye, it may appear in following Fetching Friday posts.

Join me on BlogCatalogShout out on DiggJoin me on FacebookJoin me on LinkedInBe my fan on Stumbleupontwitter.pngSee my videos on Youtube

StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes     Synthesis Managed WordPress Hosting


  1. says

    “Everyone becomes a bit unmotivated and during those times, suffers a lack of productivity..” – I totally agree with that.

    I guess that most of us have experienced this kind of down, gloomy, unmotivated feelings. Sometimes, for no particular reason, we feel that the whole world is worthless and no one seems to understand us. Sometimes, it happens for a variety of reasons such as when a relationship ends or problems at work. Sometimes it happens when things aren’t working out as what we had hoped.

    I think that it is normal and it is alright to be down and unmotivated for a while as long as we know that we will bounce back to norm soon. The important thing is that we musn’t let the feeling be in control, otherwise, it may lead us to depression and stress. Sometimes, we feel more energetic upon recovering from this down situation.

    zunnurs last blog post..What’s up with me??

  2. says

    Nice roundup. I might consider doing a similar post at my blog, looks fun even though it’s quite a lot work.
    You should get yourself a tablet, you can get a cheap one for 30-100$.

  3. says

    Hello Kristi!

    Oh my goodness what a pleasant surprise!!!! Thank you so much for such a beautiful and humbling mention. I am so happy and passionate to share my experiences with others and so glad hence that it may touch someone’s life in some way no matter how big or small!

    Thank you kindly again :)

    As for your macro photos, wow they are awesome! Macrophotography is one of the major reasons why I got an SLR, mind you I did not get a macro lens (yet), the one I have I got as an all purpose 18-200mm, and it seems to be serving me well so far.

    Anyhow great list of links too. I am really interested to read the ways to promote your blog offline…

    Take care and have a great weekend :)

    Evitas last blog post..The Parts of Life

  4. says

    @Tamal: I included the pillar article link, which greatly helped in my post about social networking. :)

    @zunnur: I agree. Whenever you do get that first burst of motivation, it is like getting a second super wind.

    @Michael: I’m glad. I always find such great posts/blogs when I am getting stumble/digg requests, that I thought it was time to share them here.

    @smashill: I didn’t know the tablets went down in price… definitely will check them out.

    @Evita: You’re very welcome. I love you blogs. And your photography is amazing for not having a special macro lens. I don’t have one yet either, but I’m looking to get one when I upgrade my camera one day. The one I have definitely serves it’s purpose well.

    @Madhur: Thanks! I’ll be sharing new ones on different subjects every week.

  5. says

    Well it depends on the size, but for photo correction you don’t need a big one. Besides this there are a few non wacom tablett that are at least ok, and if you are not paining or drawing a lot those should work out, and they come around far cheaper…
    Or you can always use ebay to pick up a used wacom, those things are pretty much indestructible. It pretty much comes down to what you want. :)

  6. says

    @Ben: Yes, this is my first one. I did a Thursday Things post that was supposed to be similar in December, but just didn’t feel the posting mojo on Thursdays as much as I do on Fridays.

    @Dennis: Why I would definitely be interested in doing a guest blog. I’m getting more and more involved with the social marketing aspect, so I could write about how that is going so far, which is good. :)

    @Smashill: I would like to do drawing on the computer. As much as I’m on ebay, I should have already went that route by now.