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April Blog Angel reveal

This past month I was a blog angel, spreading cheer through comments.  The blog I chose this time was Simply Smiling . . . Everyday!

I really like helping small bloggers through the Blog Angel program.  I know how much comments mean to me, so I like spreading the comment love to other blogs.  Here’s a few of my favorite posts you should go check out:
This adorable thumbprint frog tote
Fun rainbow cupcakes
Sunset inspiration

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If you’d like to be a Blog Angel, signups for the next round open May 15 for June.  Visit Craftbotic to get the details.  Rosie really wants to get more than 30 people involved for the next round.  It doesn’t have to be anything big or spectacular, just commenting on posts works.  It really doesn’t take much time and you just might find a new blog or two that you enjoy.  Maybe I’ll be your Blog Angel next.

April blog angel – the halfway point

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If you’ve been around for a while, you probably know that I love participating in the Blog Angel program.  Since Rosie adapted the program so you get to choose who you are an angel to each time, I have tried to reach out to blogs that I might not have discovered otherwise.  Sometimes I’ve used a blog that I’ve been paired with for an exchange of some sort, sometimes I just pick from the list of blogs that want to have an angel.  I really don’t have a set plan for choosing, I just go with one that feels right at the time.  I do like to choose smaller bloggers so my comments don’t just get lost in a sea of other commenters.  Plus I think it means more to support someone trying to get their blogging feet underneath them, so to speak.

This month I’ve been an angel to . . . wait, this is my halfway post.  I can’t spill the beans yet!  Just know that I am trying to secretly brighten the blogging life of ______________.  You’ll have to stop by at the end of the month to fill in the blank.

February Blog Angel reveal

Is it just me, or did February fly by?  It seems like just yesterday I was typing my half-way blog angel post and the day before that was when I started this last round of angelling.  Without further ado, it’s time for the big reveal of the blogger I’ve been supporting this past month . . .

I’ve been secretly helping Ang of Juggling Act Mama.
If you’re looking for yummy recipes, search no more.  Just this past month she shared recipes for Biscoff Buttercream, Sweet Potato Muffins that this sweet potato hater just might try, and Sinful Sweetheart Brownies.  She also has some awesome craft tutorials like these adorable suncatchers and pinwheels.
Won’t you stop by and check her out?

If you think you can contribute a couple comments a week or more, you should consider joining Blog Angels.  It really does make a difference even if you’re not a big name blogger.

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Sign-ups for the next round start March 15.

February blog angel – Halfway there

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Once again this month I have been engaged in the blog angel project that is the brain child of Rosie from Craftbotic.  I have to be honest, this round has been a little more difficult for me, just because life seems to get in the way.  Apologies up front to my blogger (to be revealed at the end of the month) for being a not-so-great angel.  My support so far has been a few comments and a few pins. 

One of the struggles I often feel with being a blog angel is feeling like I’m not doing enough.  I haven’t jumped on the social media train for my blog, so my only source of help is comments and pinning.  However, I think any little act of kindness makes a difference, so hopefully my angel feels the love from my meager efforts.

Ultimate Blog Angel Reveal

When I got the email from Rosie that it was time to link up our reveal posts for the Ultimate Blog Angel edition I couldn’t believe it.  Where did December go?  Ready or not, the big reveal day is here.  As a reminder, this edition was different from past editions because we got to choose our own blog to follow rather than being assigned.  So, who have I been “angelling” for the past month?

I chose Megan from Chaos Served Daily.  I first discovered her blog when I was partnered with her for an ornament exchange.  She created this beautiful hand-stamped ornament:

Like most of my blog angel experiences, I think I probably get more out of this than my angelee.  My support primarily lies in commenting and hopefully Megan felt that comment love this month.  Megan posts a variety of DIY ideas and projects.  Here are some of my favorite posts from the past month:

I’d love for you to stop by and show her some comment love!
If you want to participate in the next round of Blog Angels (for February), Rosie will be taking sign-ups on January 15.  Maybe I’ll be your angel next time.

December Blog Angel halfway post

Can you believe that December is half over?  Christmas is just around the corner.  Where did the month go?  Or 2012, for that matter?

If you’ve been visiting the schoolhouse for a while, you know that I’m a participant in the Blog Angels effort.

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This month had a different twist.  Instead of being assigned a blog to follow and help, we got to choose our own.  I hope I’ve been able to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer to my chosen blogger through my comments.  The blog I selected is new to me and not part of my daily read routine.  She doesn’t have the option of following via GFC, so I have to remember to visit on a regular basis.  So, for now I’ll just continue what I’m doing and see if I can come up with any fun ideas for the second half of the month.

December Blog Angel Sign-ups are OPEN!

It’s Blog Angel time again.  This round promises to be bigger and better than ever before.  If you’ve thought about taking part, sign up today!  Maybe I’ll be your angel.

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The Ultimate edition of Blog Angels is about to start and it promises to be bigger than ever. If you’re a veteran Angel then pay close attention as we’ve thrown the rule book for this round out of the window.
This time it is ALL about the giving. You will sign-up to help a blog of your choice, knowing there might not be any chance of receiving help. Most participants don’t do this to be helped so  I am excited what we can, as a community, do to spread the Christmas cheer.
So here are the December rules and the sign up form is right below.
1. Find a blog you want to help in secret – this could be new to you or an existing blogger in need of a boost. Try and give the URL of a reserve blog to help in case your first choice is in hot demand.
2. Fill in the form (on the blog from 10th November!)
3. Wait for an email before 30th November confirming you can help that person. I will make sure that everyone isn’t trying to assist the same person.
4. Help them with their blog in secret for one month, commiting to commenting a minimum of twice a week. See more advice on what else you can do here.
5. Link up a post summarising what help you have given throughout the first two weeks. (15th December)
6. Link up a reveal post on 30th December and contact your blog to let them know you’ve been their festive buddy for the month.

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If you fancy helping me out in promoting the sign-up, I’d be so grateful. If we had 250 people taking part….well…we’ll be a small way to changing the world…..maybe!
Christmas is my favourite time of the year. So what a better way to make my grin 8 feet wide than with helping out?

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Blog Angels – October

With the conclusion of October, that means the end of another round of Blog Angels.  This session was a little different in that we were secretly following and commenting on our Angel’s blog for the first half of the month, then had the reveal and continued helping our Angel for the second half of the month.  This go-round I was assigned to Heather from Keeping Up With the Giffords.

I feel like I’ve been a bit of a fail to her as her angel since she indicated she most wanted shout-outs.  I don’t use social media for my blog, so this wasn’t something I could really help with.  However, I did try to read and comment on her blog regularly.  I don’t know that it made a difference with the early reveal versus the previous method of doing the reveal post at the end.  My help was really the same both ways.  I’ve never really gotten feedback from Heather to know if my comments made a difference, so I’ll just assume they have and choose to remain oblivious if they haven’t.  Regardless, I plan to continue my following and commenting.

This time I think I got orphaned since my blog angel never posted with the reveal link-up.  So, that’s a bit disappointing, but I will still be participating in the next round for December.  This time Rosie has a fun twist in store:
“It will be a true test of selflessness in the spirit of enjoying ‘The Spirit of Giving’ without expecting to receive anything. This December, when you sign up, you will nominate the blog you will help. I will cross check to make sure that no-one helps the same person. The blog you choose won’t know that they are the subject of your help and therefore will have a lovely New Year’s surprise in your reveal post! You will be taking part expecting to receive no help. This won’t be a problem for my regulars who often forget they had a helper along the way too!”

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If this sounds like something you’d like to participate in, follow Rosie’s blog and sign up on November 15. 

October Blog Angel Reveal

Once again I’ve been participating in Blog Angels sponsored by Rosie of Craftbotic.

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I can’t believe how this month has flown by and it’s time to do the mid-month reveal post.  This month I’ve been stalking following Heather from Keeping Up with the Giffords.

I haven’t been able to do much, but comment on some of her posts.  I’m impressed that she has time to blog at all with her teaching, moving and now a computer crash.  I look forward to getting to know her better.  Swing on over and give her some love. 🙂

Time for another round of Blog Angels

 If you’ve been around the schoolhouse for a bit, you probably remember my posts about being a Blog Angel.  If you think this might be a program you’d like to take part in, it’s your lucky day.  Sign ups for the next round are opening tomorrow.  Here’s more information from organizer, Rosie:

You might have heard the name ‘Blog Angels’ popping up all over your social media over the last few months and wondered, what ARE they going on about?

Blog Angels is run by Rosie at Craftbotic. Every two months 100 bloggers get the opportunity to help each other out, build friendships and community in the Blogosphere.
The principle is easy. By signing up to be a Blog Angel you are promising to help another blogger for a whole month.  The least you need to do is comment twice a week on their blog, but the possibilities to do more is endless.
In the first two rounds of Blog Angels we had people commenting, guest-posting, giving social media shout outs, new blog design features and warm words of encouragement. Some people swapped addresses and sent little packages. The choices are endless.
So what’s the catch? Well, it’s all done in secret. For this round, things are changing slightly. Here are all of the details:
1. Sign up is on 15th September. The form you fill in can be found at Rosie’s, but also on these sites:
 2. The form is slightly more detailed to help with the matching process. It still takes less than 5 minutes to complete though.
3. The project will start on 1st October and will be secret for the first two weeks. This will allow you to get to know your blogger, build up a relationship and start to act to help them. You would need to, as a minimum, comment twice a week on their blog.
4. After two weeks you link up a ‘reveal’ post at Craftbotic on 15th October.
5. You can then communicate with your blogger and give them more specific help, build friendships and develop your role. This is the newest part of the project and came out of a long conversation with the angel regulars.
6. On the 31st October you write a ‘reflection’ post reviewing your experience of Blog Angels and what you achieved with your Blog Angel.
It’s pretty simple. These small steps will help you to be part of growing community of bloggers who care.
On a serious note, there is always a ‘drop off’ of Blog Angels. Those folk who get busy and disappear. Apart from being incredibly uncool, it is completely unnecessary. Please make sure you have time to help out in October BEFORE signing up. If life gets crazy you just need to email and let Rosie know. Orphaned bloggers can then be reassigned.  In Blog Angels the only thing you are guaranteed is the opportunity to help some-one else.
What an amazing opportunity that is! The first 100 people to sign-up before 25th September will be taking part. We all hope that it will include you!

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I suppose that counts as my first-ever guest poster here at the schoolhouse.  I had a great time in August with the Blog Angel program and I’m looking forward to finding out who I get to stalk support in October.  Won’t you come join in the fun?

Blog Angel reveal

I can’t believe August is already over and it’s time to reveal who I’ve been helping as a Blog Angel this month.

I have been helping the lovely Celeste from Crazy Beautiful Unique.  She is also the creative mind behind A Girl and Her Clay.  I’m sure this comes as no surprise to her since my efforts during the second half of the month have been less than stealthy. 

As far as what I did over the course of the month, I started by following her blog, Facebook, and liking her Etsy shop.  I did all these a few days before the beginning of the month, hoping that my cover wouldn’t be blown by just showing up on August first.  I tried to comment on most of her posts and just be supportive.  Her shop was on vacation when I first discovered it, but by looking through past sales I was able to get an idea of what she offered.  I decided I could kill two birds with one stone once the shop opened and support her financially as well as getting some Christmas gifts for my girls.  I then had the brainstorm to request a custom chibi-style Lil Red charm for Little Miss Sunshine. (See this post)

The other big thing that I managed to pull off was getting her free ad space on one of my favorite blogs.  That was a frantic day on my end since the free code was only applicable to the first person to claim it.  I didn’t have the time to be super secretive, so I just fired off a message to let her know her blog angel wanted to give her this opportunity.  I tried to make it sound like I was sending the message for someone else, but I’m almost positive I didn’t pull it off.  But, Celeste ended up with the ad and I’m thrilled for her!

So, with all that said, would I participate in the Blog Angel program again?  Definitely!  I’ll be planning on round 2 in October.  (Sign-ups will begin September 15, if you’re interested in making a difference to another blogger.)

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I’m a Blog Angel

A few months ago I saw several of the blogs I follow post about their experiences as a blog angel.  I was intrigued with the idea, and checked out the host blogs (Craftbotic and Dreamy Meadow) for details.  I was bummed that the sign-ups were closed.  So, I was ecstatic when I saw that they were making this a regular event and I decided to join in the fun for August. The premise is fairly simple: find ways to support your assigned blogger over the course of the month, but stay anonymous through the process.

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I can’t reveal who I’ve been helping yet, but I can say that it has been a great experience to get to know a new blogger and offer her support.  At first I was a little nervous since I thought it would be obvious that I’m the Blog Angel when I just show up at the beginning of August and start commenting on posts.  However, I’m finding that there are other commenters that say they just found the blog, so I think my secret identity is safe.  All in all, it hasn’t been very difficult and really doesn’t add much time to my daily blog reading habit.  I feel like I am helping my blogger to feel supported and encouraged. And, I’ve made a new blog friend.  I’m hoping to find other ways to support her through the remaining half of the month, but that might give away my identity, so I’ll save those details for the wrap-up post in a couple weeks.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, keep your eyes open for the next round of sign-ups starting September 15.  Make a difference to another blogger for the month of October.