Good Deeds June 2nd – June 8th

Good deedsWe’ve started the ball rolling! My new friend Harula has had two people say they will join us in this year of Good Deeds challenge which was inspired when I read ” A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. How about joining us?

June 2nd – My weekly catch up with fellow challenger Harula led me to reblog her post here on my blog to show everyone the amazing Good Deeds that she managed this week. I hope we can inspire more people to join us in this challenge.

June 3rd – Back to school this week and I can tick off my Good Deed today when I volunteer at the local school for an hour and a half. Am busy setting up book launches and drafts for the next issue of Fleet Life, plus trying to finish reading another book.

June 4th – Dropped round some sponsorship money for a friend who is going to run a “Race for Life” in a few weeks in aid of breast cancer. My friends daughter started running 3 or 4 years ago while her mum was dealing with the disease, now fully recovered my friend runs along side her daughter raising much needed funds for the charity. This year they have a good friend who is in a hospice whilst they run, please spend a moment sending support for anyone that you know who is suffering at this time.

June 5th – Finished reading another book and wrote reviews, drafted a new guest author post ready for Monday. Robyn will be telling us about herself and her book of memoirs.

June – 6th Bought raffle tickets sent home from the children’s school thus supporting a very local cause.

June – 7th Had a completely mad start to the day when I popped a load of washing on to wash only to realise that my son’s only pair of school trousers were spinning around getting very wet in the machine and he needed to be wearing them in 45 minutes. Frantically reprogrammed the machine to rinse and spin and agonised for 20 minutes until it released the door, shoved the trousers into the tumble dryer for a speed dry then ironed them with a hot iron, they were only slightly damp when we left for school, hey-ho! Helped a man pick up his shopping that he had dropped in the supermarket. Posted a popular book review and got lots of hits on my blog so I must be sharing the book with lots of people.

June – 8th A lovely sunny day today, I was able to take my reading out in to the garden and was surrounded by the birds and insects whilst I read. Nipped out to the shops and left a donation for a Diabetes charity at the supermarket.

Check out my fellow Good Deed challenger Harula and see what she’s been doing this week,

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Week 2 of good deeds…

Please read about the wonderful blog that Harula is wrting each week in her own Good deeds challenge, and Great News! more people are joining us! Will you be next to take up the baton and run with it?

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Here is my second week of Good Deeds, a challenge I am taking one week at a time, with the intention of allowing it to grow and flourish into a full year, and perhaps beyond!

For the original post see:

http://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/a-week-of-good-deeds/

Monday 27th May

Had a long conversation with one of my students over lunch, giving it my full attention even though I was feeling quite stretched as the morning session had run over, and I wasn’t yet fully prepared for the afternoon.

AND good deed(s) received: A fellow blogger left a comment on my previous good deeds post saying she would join the fun! Hooray:-) Thanks so much… http://girlwiththepen1118.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 28th

I agreed for a South Korean teacher, who happened to be staying here in the community too, to join in on and observe one of my lessons. She wanted to see how I combine teaching English with personal…

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Looking back at the A to Z Challenge 2013

After 26 posts during this years A to Z Challenge I’m still buzzing from it all. This was my first year doing the challenge and I only read about it in March, but I was so glad that I took the plunge and committed to the idea.

How I approached the challenge – I didn’t want to divert from the common theme of my blog where I support writers and authors, I’ve got quite a list of books that I’ve read but I wanted to put out new posts, so I sent out messages on the social networks looking for authors who wanted to promote their work through my challenge. This was great it filled most of my letters with books that I may not have otherwise even considered, and added to my TBR pile. For each individual post I thought it appropriate to display the A to Z Challenge badge to help keep promotion going throughout the month. I also chose to display up to 5 randomly chosen links each day to other A to Z Challenger’s blogs to encourage more visitors to the challenge.

What I liked about the challenge – I liked the support from the A to Z Team, their enthusiasm and encouragement. I couldn’t believe how many people had signed up at the start of the challenge (over 1500). I liked the way it brought people together from across the world.

What I loved about the challenge I loved the fact that it changed the way I approached my own visits to other people’s blogs, I realised that just hitting “Like” (at the end of the post) is only part of your relationship with fellow bloggers, what really counts is taking the time to leave a comment.

What frustrated me – A few sites made leaving comments really hard, sometimes I had to search around the site to find the challenge post and it was a shame when people were unable to par-take in the challenge this year or were unable to finish the month for various reasons.

My own advice to others – Planning, planning, planning. Each day your post doesn’t have to be long and detailed, but draft it out ahead of the challenge, that way the hard work is done and you can enjoy the journey. Also committing to visiting at least 5 sites a day was easy when I had previously set up links to them in my draft posts. I usually went to more than 5 because I enjoyed it so much.

Bloggers worth a mention

http://blackfrogpublishing.wordpress.com/

http://pullupatoadstool.blogspot.co.uk/

http://stephenyhoughtlin.wordpress.com/

http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com

http://damyantiwrites.wordpress.com/ (Co-host of the challenge)

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