Every once in awhile, I run across a blog that makes me think, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Rose’s Pin-Tests is one of those blogs: http://rosespintests.areavoices.com
The blog is written by a college student who takes ideas she finds on Pinterest then actually tries them out. Then she follows it up with a review.
I LOVE this idea. Maybe it’s because I’m the Queen of Pinterest. Or rather the Queen of pinning-things-on-Pinterest-then-never-actually-trying-them. That’s why I love this concept. She has “Made it myself Monday” for crafty pins and “Foodie Friday” for food pins (my favorite kind). And it’s a free for all the rest of the days of the week.
So check it out! Maybe, she’ll inspire you to actually make use out of all that stuff on your Pinterest boards!
Packrats everywhere claim that “a clean desk is the sign of a sick mind.” If that’s true we are about to introduce you to some very healthy people.
The Messy Desk is a celebration of the messiest desks in the region. We want your pictures! Share just how bad it’s gotten. Do your co-workers, family, and friends make fun of you, cracking wise about finding Jimmy Hoffa in your desk drawers? This is your chance to show your pride for your desk. If it can’t be cleared off, it might as well be celebrated for being the pinnacle of clutterdom. Just send your pictures to me at email@example.com and I’ll post them to this blog.
Help might be on the way for the messiest among you!
Consider this story for inspiration. Back in the early ’90′s a co-worker of mine lost his father. His job was to clean out his father’s office. As a college professor, his father was known to have saved a lot of old papers, tests, and documents. But my friend couldn’t imagine just how bad it was. My friend found a memo on his father’s desk from 1974. 20 years old. I know some of you can relate.
So show us your clutter and celebrate MESSYDESKITIS!
I love the first few lines on the new Diva Connection blog:
We believe if angels had access to a social network, instead of using their profiles to show off how high they can fly, they would use this connection to ask: What can I GIVE to help you fly? We can all be angels on Earth and together help others fly higher.
That’s the whole idea behind Diva Connection.
“Diva Connection is a non-profit organization that CONNECTS women who aspire to GIVE their Time, Talent and Donations to women who are yearning to RECEIVE the fulfillment they need in the areas of Personal Support, Health Enhancement, and Career Empowerment.”
It’s a matter of helping women connect with other women. As Executive Director Nicole Phillips says, “Diva Connection Foundation empowers women, not by giving a hand out, but by giving a hand up.”
Founder Chris Linnares says its all about helping women to create healthier and more fulfilling lives so they can become leaders of change in their families and communities.
“Sometimes to start GIVING big things to the world, we need to RECEIVE a little help,” Linnares says.
We’re happy to say Diva Connection is now sharing it’s news on Areavoices through its new blog: http://divaconnection.areavoices.com
Read stories of women empowering women and see if you’d like to join in!
I’m really excited about this week’s list of recommended Areavoices blogs. I’m excited to welcome news from Black Gold Boom, a multimedia project exploring the oil boom in western North Dakota. Stories air on Prairie Public and are produced by Todd Melby. This blog is a supplement to their existing website www.blackgoldboom.com and should provide a peek at life inside the boom.
Cassie, Missy and Lynette call themselves “girls who love junk” so they created Junkfest (the event and the blog). “Now held at the Foster County Fairgrounds in Carrington, ND, the annual Autumn Junk Fest has become a festive gathering of Trash Talkers and Treasure Seekers! You’ll find tons of refurbished and repurposed treasures for your home and garden. JunkFest also hosts the best and fastest growing Flea Market in these parts!” Sounds like fun!
Back in April of 2009, a self-proclaimed, “crazy 8th grade Language Arts teacher from St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin” came up with an idea to create a place for teachers to share their professionalism and passion for teaching. We Teach We Learn is the result.
Here are all of this week’s list of blogs you might want to check out!
Black Gold Boom
How Oil Changed North Dakota.
Life in the Patch
A Forum Communications blog documenting the good, the bad, the ugly and the pretty in oil-rich Western North Dakota.
We Teach We Learn
A place for teachers (and others interested in education) to share their professionalism and passion for teaching and learning.
Family and Living
Your source for family-centered content, for all stages of your life.
Restoring elegance to roadside finds.
Here are this week’s recommended blogs. We’re welcoming a brand new blog from Sanford Health and the YMCA and we’re reminding you of the great video content you’ll find at SheSaysTV. Enjoy!
Words of Wellness – Stories from our Family Wellness Community
Family Wellness is a partnership between Sanford Health and the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties. Together, we are dedicated to inspire healthy lifestyles by connecting people in a fun environment.
Offbeat tidbits and news you can use from the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune.
Movie Reviews by Nate
“Do we need another person reviewing movies? No, but I’m gonna.”
A blog about all things health. One of our most popular Areavoices.com
The place to find She Says related video including The Great Indoors with Tracy Briggs, Hungry for More, and Happy Body, Hot Life with Chris Linnares.
As we get ready to wrap up 2011, my mind is turned to one thing. Okay, maybe two. I keep thinking I should try to make some batches of peanut blossom cookies to win the favor of my in-laws.
But mostly, I’m thinking of one thing: The fantastic year we’ve had on Areavoices!
Over the past year, our number of featured bloggers on Areavoices has grown from about 250 to about 700. That’s also resulted in growth in the number of people reading Areavoices blogs.
In January of 2011, about 207,000 people a month were clicking on Areavoices sites. This past month, approximately 260,000 people a month were reading Areavoices blogs.
That’s a lot of great content out there that you might not have had access to just one year ago. Content about travel, health, money, family, food and more!
If you’d like to start a blog your audience is ready for you. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you get started. You can also find all kinds of tutorials on this blog. One that actually takes you through how to set up your blog. It’s fun and easy. Okay, enough of the sales pitch (actually, it’s not really a sales pitch since it’s FREE to set up and run your blog).
The purpose of this blog post is not just to celebrate our growth this year. I wanted to highlight what I’m hearing from our bloggers: specifically the questions I get asked pretty frequently.You’ll find most of my FAQ’s on a separate page of this blog. But in the upcoming days, I’ll highlight some questions in greater detail.
First up: How do you generate more comments on your blog?
It’s an interesting question posed by one of our newest bloggers. Jess Almlie works with student leaders at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. But now she’s started a blog here on Areavoices which seeks to provide advice for women who wish to develop their leadership skills. In a world where women make up half the workforce, but only 2.4% of Fortune 500 CEO positions, it’s information worth hearing. It’s just the first of this week’s recommended blogs.
Jess Almlie’s blog will offer ideas on how women (and men too) can develop leadership skills and abilities.
HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization)
HERO collects and redistributes donated healthcare materials to benefit those in need locally, regionally and around the world.
Wild Rice Camp
Thoughts and musings from the wild rice lakes of Northern Minnesota by Save Our Rice Alliance , a non-profit which promotes conservation, education and research for natural wild rice in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Social Security Information and Updates
Howard Kossover is a Social Security Public Affairs Specialist who will answer your questions about Social Security.
MSUM Performing Arts
Interviews with artists, theatre directors and students, information on upcoming events, and links to important sites from Minnesota State University Moorhead.