Well, Easter was a bit of a wash-out in the UK; for three days it chucked it down in the south, whilst some of our northern friends opened their curtains on Easter Sunday to more of the white stuff. Sometimes it snows in April, as the Purple One once warbled.
This year, Easter Sunday coincided with April Fool’s Day. It tickled me pink to think of all the mums and dads substituting chocolatey goodness for some less appetising treats on their kids’ Easter egg hunts! Did you participate in any way? I wrote about our first April Fool, where we advertised a ‘Kwidditch’ match (geddit?) at the newly opened Harry Potter studios. Back in 2005 the studios were still being used to shoot those iconic films, the theme park aspect was just a figment of my over-fertile imagination. Then in a case of life imitating art the real Harry Potter studios opened to the public some seven years later. Do you think someone read my post and thought, hey what a neat idea? I’d like to think so.
Dom has started his Everest adventure. It’s been very quiet and a little bit lonely looking after our little planet on my own, but he’s sending regular updates which is encouraging. If you want some factoids to totally blow your mind, you might find my post Top of the World of interest.
Enough of our domestic arrangements, what else has been occurring?
New Tag Line
I published a post asking for input on a new tag line. This post had a great response and opinion was split over 6 of the 10 suggestions. Only four didn’t receive any votes, a bit like Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was a close call, but the winner was ‘Where humour and adventure collide.’ I hope you like it.
My little blog continues to grow and this month I welcomed our 830th follower to Planet Dom. A very warm welcome to one and all, do say hello if you haven’t already introduced yourself and let me know what life is like in your part of the blogosphere.
I’ve received three nominations this month from three of the nicest bloggers in the blogosphere. I love receiving these nominations; it’s a great honour to be recognised by one’s peers and I think it’s a fantastic way of discovering other blogs and interacting with other bloggers. I always make a point of checking out the competition and have discovered lots of new blogs during this process. However, these awards do take up a lot of time; time that I’d rather spend recounting our many adventures, so I try to stick to publishing just one award post per month, but with Dom going away I didn’t achieve it this month, I hope I am excused. I will try better next month.
- The Sunshine Blogger Award from Widow Cranky
- One Lovely Blog Award from Our Little Red House.
- Three Days Three Quotes Challenge from This Door is Alarmed.
I hope you have some time to visit their blogs, there’s a whole lot of talent going on in that there list.
Last month I mentioned that I’d set up a couple of new accounts – StumbleUpon and Tumblr. They have brought no new traffic to my blog whatsoever, but I’ll continue with them for the near future. I’d be interested in hearing if any other bloggers use these as the jury seems to be pretty much divided on whether they’re worth the effort.
Every month I’ll list the blog posts I’ve enjoyed the most. No synopsis or explanation, just think of it as a lucky dip. So grab yourself a cuppa (or your favourite tipple), make yourself comfy and dive in:
Is this all worth it just to not be short?! – Midlife Dramas in Pyjamas
Celebrating Earth Day, Las Gallinas Ponds – Jet Eliot
Winter Walkies in Monte Rosa – World Wide Walkies
The Road to Adventure – doodlewash
The Snowshoe Grind – Grouse Mountain – A Walk and a Lark
Weather, Whether or Wether – Wit ‘n Word
The Representation of Brits in American Culture – Just Another Blog From a Woman
Let me know if you discover something new and exciting from the above list, and if you have a favourite blogger, why not give them a name check in the comments box so I can check them out?
That’s all for now, folks. I hope May sends abundant followers and endless traffic to your blogs!
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