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Friday, May 15, 2015

Blogger Interview with Arlee Bird


Blog Tour Stops:

Today I'm visiting Elizabeth Seckman - Battle of the First Paragraphs

And I'm sharing odd facts about me at Michelle Athy's blog.

Yesterday I did an interview at Cathrina Constance's blog.

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For everyone who did the A to Z Challenge last month, you should know Arlee Bird. He is one of our celebrities in the blogosphere. And I am happy to bring you an exclusive interview with him. (I feel important saying it like that. *wink*)


1. For those who don’t know the story behind the April A to Z Challenge, can you tell us how it started? 

In short, when I first started blogging in September of 2009 I had no idea how it all worked.  Hardly anyone ever commented on my posts except for a few people whom I had asked to visit my blog.  After a few weeks I caught on to the idea that I needed to visit other blogs and leave comments.  As I watched the traffic pick up in my comment section, I began to grasp the effectiveness of community building techniques such as blogfests, awards, and giveaways. 

When I reached 100 followers on January, 6th of 2010 I was ecstatic.   I saw many of the author bloggers giving away one of their books when they reached 100, but I didn’t have any book.  I decided to come up with something to do when I reached 200. 

That 200 follower date began closing in as the middle of March approached.  Since I had nothing to giveaway I decided that I would do some sort of attention-getting blog stunt that I could invite others to join me.  On a morning walk I pondered the concept.   I was going to reach 200 followers right at the end of March so April would be my celebratory month.  I’d do these special posts every day except Sundays.   That gave me 26 days of posting.   I didn’t have to be a genius to make the alphabet correlation.

On the Saturday March 27th I announced my intentions with my invitation for others to join me.   I saw immediate interest and knew I was onto something that would interest others so I began pushing the Challenge on my blog that week and leaving more comments on other blogs than I usually did.  Over those next few days nearly 100 bloggers signed up.  By the end of April most of those who signed up had finished and the A to Z Challenge was born!

The A to Z Challenge just ended but it'll be back for 2016!

2. What were the themes for your past Challenges?

Since I have four blogs that I’ve participated in most of the Challenges my themes have been many.

On Tossing It Out my thematic focus has been on marketing and promoting with one year devoted to movie sub-genres.

I also have a memoir blog Wrote By Rote where my themes have been related stories about my life and sentiments to which we can all relate.

My dream blog A Faraway View has explored movies and music that evoke dreams as well as a year of exploring some of the things we might commonly dream about.

The there is A Few Words which is my blog dealing with spiritual issues and the A to Z theme topics have related to that.

3. That is a lot of blogs! Tell us about your blog Tossing it Out.

My blog Tossing It Out began as a Halloween blog since I had just ended an 18 year stint as manager of a larger wholesale costume company and that’s where my mind was focused at the time. After not too many weeks blogging about Halloween, I decided that I’d rather not be constrained to writing about just a single topic (and Halloween would be soon come and gone anyway) and returned to my first passion of writing.  Now I’m not stuck on any single topic, but I’m just tossing out all kinds of ideas that strike my fancy.

4. What does Tossing it Out mean?

Since for many years I worked professionally as a juggler and came from a juggling family I wanted to use a title that related to that as well as the idea of the blog content I would be presenting. Tossing It Out incorporates the idea of tossing objects into the air to other jugglers who then return them to you in the same fashion.   On the blog I toss out my ideas to the readers and invite them to toss me back their comments and maybe even have an ongoing discussion.  I almost always respond to the comments I receive.


5. What are the top 5 most-viewed posts on your blog?

My all time highest viewed post was the announcement for the first collaborative A to Z sign-up in 2010 at 21,429 page views. But this was such an anomaly that maybe I shouldn’t count this one.

The next five are:

5/13/2010How Important Are Music Programs in Schools? (6644 page views) 

8/1/2013#IWSG—Whipping Post (6092 page views) (also among my shortest posts)

11/21/12My Thankfulness to Bloggers Post (2565 page views)

5/16/2010Using Your God-given Talents to Serve God (1954 page views) 

2/8/2012This Is Not My Most Important Post Today (1900 page views) I wanted to include this one because I find the correlation of the title to the post ranking among my most viewed to be somewhat humorous.  If it wasn’t important then why so many views?   The power of the title?

6. What do you love most about blogging?

Expressing myself in a forum where I can get exposure without having the fear that my work will be rejected so that it doesn’t get published.

7. Share your number one tip to bloggers just starting out.

If we are assuming the blogger has reasonable content to share, then it’s imperative to reach out, visit other blogs, leave comments, and establish good relationships within the blogging community. That’s what the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is about!


Hyper Round:

1.    Favorite time to post blogs?
5 AM Eastern Time

2.    Blogger or Wordpress?
Blogger, but I don’t mind WP

3.    Blog Hops: Yay or Nay?
Yay if topic intrigues me.

4.    Do you host guests?
     Yes, especially during summer!


Doesn't he look like a cool dude? ;P

BIO:

A juggler of words and phrases. My main blog is Tossing It Out. The focus blog for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge can now be found at a-to-zchallenge.com where updates will be posted until the event in April begins. Wrote By Rote is about memoir writing. A Few Words is my Sunday contemplation blog. A Faraway View is about dreams. Pick what you like or look at them all. I love blogging!


A baby picture of Arlee trying to juggle. He dropped the clubs. :(


Thank you Arlee for taking the time to do this interview!

Please leave a comment for Arlee! J


123 comments:

  1. I blove your interview with Arlee Bird, as most of you know I met him whilst in LA 3 years ago. He is a wonderful person and very comfortable to be with and made an excellent host in showing us around Hollywood.

    Have a good day.
    Yvonne.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the interview, Yvonne! It must have been neat meeting Arlee. :)

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    2. Yvonne is a long time blogging friend and she holds the distinction of being the very first one to accept my A to Z Challenge back in 2010 when it first started.

      Lee

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    3. That is awesome! Way to go, Yvonne!

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  2. I was interested in the story behind Tossing It Out. Like that explanation and it's a great description of blogging.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Patsy. I'm still continually learning about blogging and trying to figure how to do it better.

      Lee

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  3. That was a great interview, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Nice to know more about Arlee. ☺ He truly is "Blogman". Great interview, Chrys!

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    1. He is Blogman! :D Thanks for commenting, Debbie!

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    2. Debbie, Glad that you've joined us for this current round of Battle of the Bands. I think you'll enjoy it!

      Lee

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    3. Loving BOTB, so far. Thanks, Arlee er..Blogman. ☺

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  5. I've told Lee before that's he's a man of many talents and he has to be a VERY organized person to juggle 4-separate blogs all at once. But, the coolest thing is he grew up in my neck of the woods and that kinda makes him special to me. :D Good interview!!!

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    1. That's cool, Cathy! If we grew up near me, I'd feel the same way.

      (And now Arlee probably thinks we're weirdos.) :P

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    2. Cathy, the bad thing for me is that now I'm stuck in L.A. and I think I might prefer to be in Tennessee or somewhere back east. East Tennessee is a great part of the country--especially around Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains.

      Lee

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  6. Little did you know when you threw out that first Challenge how big it would become!
    And very cool an IWSG post is one of your most popular.

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    1. A to Z has grown in a beast. And that's amazing! :)

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    2. I've got to hand a lot of credit to you, Alex, for all the help you've given me with A to Z. Like Yvonne you've been with me on the Challenge from the beginning. You're a great friend to have.

      Lee

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  7. Great interview, you two! I knew from somewhere else that you had been a juggler, but am so tickled you shared that young photo with us! You were dressed so precious and the look on your face!

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    1. Barbara, my mother used to take a lot of pictures in those earlier days and I'm glad she did. If only picture taking had been as easy and as cheap as it is now!

      Lee

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  8. It is incredible that such a casual idea should become so very important and huge in blogland. Love the pic of you with the dropped clubs. Sinlaw tried to teach me to juggle once. It was not very successful.

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    1. Thanks for leaving Arlee a comment, Jo! :)

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    2. Jo, I guess simple ideas are the ones that catch on best. I could see early on how much A to Z clicked with many bloggers.

      Lee

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  9. Good to know the origin story of the Juggler - oh sorry Blogman. Reading between the tossed balls and sticks, there are a lot of lessons here. Thanks Arlee

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    1. Arlee is very wise. I notice that whenever I read his blog posts.

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    2. Roland, "Juggler" was a nickname that some of the kids in high school had for me. It was my claim to fame during that time.
      Chrys, thank you for saying I am wise. Most people who know me think I'm mostly just a "wise guy".

      Lee

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  10. Such a cute picture of Arlee trying to juggle! That's wonderful advice for new bloggers. A to Z is tons of fun for new and old bloggers. I meet new folks every year.

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    1. A to Z is wonderful. I've gained something every year I've done it.

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    2. Christine, I continue to learn from A to Z. So much sharing going on during those months before and during April. All year for that matter!

      Lee

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  11. Great interview with Arlee, fun to read how the A/Z came to be! Cute baby picture of him!

    betty

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    1. Baby? That was taken just a few weeks ago!

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  12. Hmmm, maybe their mind is in the gutter with the whipping post? Great advice indeed. Awesome how big a to z has become

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    1. Fifty shades of #IWSG! Maybe you're right about that "whipping post" connotation.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  13. With my Battle of the Bands post today going on, my wife home from school, this post, and whatever things coming today that I don't remember right now, I've got a lot going on today!

    Thanks for the interview Chrys. I'll try to get back here with more attention personal responses as the day progresses.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. You do have a lot going on today. Wow! Thank you for doing this interview for me. And please take your time with checking in and replying back to comments. :)

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  14. What a FUN interview! I would like to have coffee with the two of you ;)

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    1. That would be fun, Anne. :)

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    2. Can we set that coffee date for tomorrow? I don't think I want anything else today after the big meal I just had at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  15. It's amazing, I still consider myself fairly new to the blogging world and I'm amazed at all the fun ideas like A-Z and IWSG that have come to be. So fun hearing about Tossing it Out! I used to love juggling my balled up socks as a kid, ha, but I was pretty terrible when I added a third pair of socks to the mix :)

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    1. Both A to Z and IWSG are amazing blog hops to participate in. I love both so much.

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    2. Balled up socks would be a great thing to use for learning to juggle--they wouldn't bounce all over the place.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  16. Nice interview. I wonder which was easier juggling objects or four blogs. You can learn a lot about blogging from him and the A to Z Challenge is great fun.

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    1. I can't speak for Arlee but I'd think juggling objects would be easier. ;)

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    2. The basic juggling of 3 spherical objects is probably easier than 4 blogs, but after a certain point you can metaphorically juggle better than actual juggling. When juggling blogs you can bluff your way to a great extent, but it's difficult to fool people who are seeing you manipulate objects in greater numbers and with proficient skill.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  17. Great interview. A to Z has certainly developed into a networking force in the blogosphere. I have not encountered any blog roll, etc with such momentum that picks you up a few months before it begins and keeps you engaged until the next time around.

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    1. Thanks for leaving Arlee a great comment, Ann. :)

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    2. Ann, the engagement of A to Z and the community involvement was something that immediately became apparent in the first year. That's when I, and I think others, realized the concept was something that would endure.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  18. It's great to know more about Arlee through your interview, Chrys. Liked the story behind Tossing it Out and how A to Z Challenge came into existence.A to Z Challenge is my favorite and have been a part of it for 3 years now :)
    Shilpa Garg

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview, Shilpa! :)

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    2. Shilpa, it's been a delight having you along for the ride over the years and I thank you for faithfully tweeting out the link to my Tossing It Out post on a daily basis.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  19. Great interview, Chrys!!
    That Jackson Juggler photo is awesome!
    I've enjoyed Lee's straightforward advice, and earthiness for a while now. I can't go wrong when he's the one 'Tossing It Out' (smile).

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    1. " I can't go wrong when he's the one 'Tossing It Out' (smile)." I loved that! :D

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    2. Dixie, thank you for that comment and for your ongoing support. It's been a blast participating in Battle of the Bands with you.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  20. Awesome interview! I loved reading about how the A to Z Challenge started.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Sarah!

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    2. Sarah, I still clearly remember that morning when the idea of A to Z first came to me. I don't remember a lot since then but I do remember that morning.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  21. I consider the day I first read one of Arlee's posts one of my luckiest! As a natural people person, he's a genius at conversation - and I'm not talking trivial things. He thinks, writes and generally presents subjects that matter to all of us. No wonder he's the Blogman!
    And Chrys, you guys are two peas! Can't you just picture all of us conversing comfortably while gazing at the Smoky Mountains from a (million?) porch swing(s) with a sweet tea in hand? Excellent post, Chrys!

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    1. He is a genius! I think he's one of the wisest in the blogosphere.

      That makes for a great visual, Diedre. :)

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    2. Oh gosh, Diedre and Chrys, now you're being silly. Next time I look in the mirror I'm going delusionally think I see Einstein or Stephen Hawkings. Wait. strike that image. I like the one about sitting in the swings gazing at the Smoky Mountains and conversing, Uh, can you make my drink a brandy and amaretto?

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  22. Great interview! It was interesting to read how the idea of the A-Z challenge came about.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sherry!

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    2. Thanks for your continued support, Sherry.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  23. Thank you for this interview. I learned a few new things about Arlee. He is such an inspiration. I love the A to Z Challenge!

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    1. Paula, keep spreading the word about A to Z so we can get new participants each year to join those who return.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  24. I love this post and I wish you'd do a hundred more bio and backstories of bloggers. It makes them more interesting to me.

    Great job, Chrys and Arlee!

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    1. I plan to do a lot more, Cherdo. At least one a month. :)

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    2. Thanks, Cherdo. It's always interesting to me to find out about the bloggers we read but never really fully know.

      Lee

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  25. What a fun interview, Chrys! Nice to meet you, Arlee! What a prolific blogger you are. I will be checking them out. I admire bloggers who can do the A-Z challenge. Chrys does a fantastic job on it. I have made wonderful friends through this blogging thing and community building is the best part of it.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, Lisa. I can't compete with Arlee though. ;)

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    2. Chrys, you do a pretty good job I think.

      Lisa, A to Z is mainly about the community building and that's the part of the Challenge that pleases me most.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  26. Hello Chrys, and Lee. I'll just say your blogging passion is appreciated Arlee. I haven't participated - not good at commenting so frequently - but it has been an awesome experience for many bloggers in this community.

    I hope you both have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Dolorah! And thanks for leaving Arlee a comment. :)

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    2. Well, Dolorah, at least you do fairly well on commenting on the Battle of the Bands posts. Maybe next year you'll build up the commenting steam to try out A to Z.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  27. Hi Lee! And great interview, Chrys! I have followed Lee for a few years now and I like his Tossing It Out blog best, but I also visit the others when a post catches my eye. Lee sets the standard on how to be a gentleman blogger, and his cross-country trip posts were fun to read. Of course I like his music and BOTB posts too. Which reminds me. . .better go check that one.

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    1. His blogs are pretty awesome, aren't they? :)

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    2. DG, I'll be doing some road tripping again this summer. Maybe I'll do some more of those posts. Thanks for being such a regular visitor to my blogs.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out


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  28. Great to see the interview with Arlee, Chrys. The A-Z was a good idea at the time, but judging by the number of bloggers complaining about lack of reciprocation it just shows how much busier everyone is these days. It's not hard to post every day, but it is downright impossible to get around and comment to a bunch of posts each day. Very few post every day normally. Many bloggers I follow post only once a week, down from three times per week. Once a week is plenty unless something world shattering comes up. :-)

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    1. I post three times a week. I have too many ideas to post less. ;)

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    2. Denise, like Chrys I tend to come up with a lot of things I want to post about, but during the summer I'm going to try to cut back. Regarding the A to Z complaints I tend to see more positives about it than the complaints and I'll bet I could pinpoint a lot of the reasons for the lack of reciprocation if I really spent the time looking into it. A lot of it comes down to educating bloggers about reciprocation and interaction. Then some bloggers are just too busy like you say or overly absorbed in their personal things. There's a lot of reasons and sometimes I'm as guilty as the next person so I'm not going to say too much about it--well actually I've posted on the topic several times.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  29. Hi Chrys and the illustrious dude with hat and sunglasses,

    Delighted to see Lee on your site. I know that Lee is a well-intentioned and embraces the ethos of the ideals of a sharing, caring blogging community. Lee, good sir, you've come a long ways in quite a short time.

    I know we both realise that interaction, commenting on other sites and replying to those who kindly comment on our own blogs, shows respect. Blogging is about learning. The diversity we share in this all different, all equal blogging world, will be an ongoing force for the good.

    At this point, I make no mention that Lee dubbed me, "The official anti-A to Z Challenge spokesman." Doh!

    Nice one, Lee and thank you for having him guesting on your site, Chrys

    Gary

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    1. Blogging sure is about learning...and community. :)

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    2. Thanks, Gary, for your continued encouragement. Sometimes though it may seem we have antithetical views on blogging approach and community building we probably use very similar tactics when you come right down to it. I'd say we are more alike than different.

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  30. Great interview! I loved learning more about Lee. I've come to know him through not only his blogs and the A-Z Challenge over the last 2 years but also through his helpful nature. He has so graciously helped me when I've had blogging or technical questions and he's a gem in my book. Lee is the epitome of what a decent blogger should aspire to be. One of these days, if I ever get out to LA, I would love to have a cup or two of coffee with Lee. I'm sure I would like him even better in person!
    Great photo too. Such a precious expression on your face Lee. Right there was the making of the man! (and were those rabbit ears in the background??) :)
    Fun interview. Very informative and enlightening.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Michele! I'm glad you liked the interview and the photo. :)

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    2. Oh gawsh, Michele, I'm blushing. What a sweet thing to say. Yes those are rabbit ears. That photo was taken in the early days of television when there was no cable and a 15" screen. We always managed to have a TV when I was growing up.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  31. I did not know Tossing it Out was a juggling term.

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    1. I didn't know that either.

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    2. Well, Liz, I don't know if it's an official juggling term, but it is a good description of what is going on in juggling. In fact in the early days of the International Juggling Association at the yearly conventions they would always have a picture taking session called "The Big Toss Up" where just about every one present would be juggling as a photo was shot.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  32. I enjoyed reading the interview.

    I cannot thank Arlee Bird enough for the amazing A-to-Z challenge.

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    1. Neither can I or the other bloggers who love A to Z. :D

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    2. Thank you, Romi! Where else but A to Z can we learn about quilting, cooking, writing, vampires, and learning to speak Japanese along with a myriad of other topics in one singular event. Educational fun way to make friends!

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  33. Nice interview, Chrys. I was wondered how he handled four blogs (two is more than enough for me) until I saw that he was a professional juggler--that skill must play out in the rest of his life.

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    1. One is enough for me! HAHA! :P

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    2. Yes, Sage, juggling is a bit like riding a bicycle. If that analogy works.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  34. Chrys,

    Great interview with Lee! He's right about visiting other blogs and leaving comments so people will visit yours. It takes time to build a readership and you have to put some thought into the posts too.

    I have no idea how he keeps up with four blogs. I find it hard to keep up with two.

    Love the A to Z Challenge. It's a great concept to come up with. I have my thinking cap on to see if I can do anything similar in the future - maybe.

    Sunni

    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sunni, short posts helps. And the fact that 3 of those blogs usually gets very few comments so I don't have too much reciprocation of comments to think about. Glad you were able to join us again this year!

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  35. It's great to read how the A to Z came about and why Arlee started blogging. I knew the term "Tossing It Out" like ideas etc... but didn't realize it related to juggling and that Arlee juggled. Love that picture of little Arlee being somewhat upset that he didn't catch the pins

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    1. Birgit, actually I was probably throwing a tantrum and my father seeing an opportunity to incorporate the juggling theme stuck me in front of his prop stand to take the photo. I get a lot of my marketing mind from what I learned from my Dad.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  36. Great interview, Chrys! Arlee, you had a great idea with this challenge and I like getting to see your story of how it started.

    Elizabeth @ Liz's Random Ponderings *Oops, I don't think I included this tag when I commented on your other post a few minutes ago, but here it is now :)

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    1. Thanks for providing your link, Elizabeth. :)

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    2. Elizabeth, thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  37. Fabulous interview thank you, both fabulous people! Lovely to get the back story and glad it was a walk that prompted the grand idea!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Susan. :)

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    2. Susan, I really need to take more walks--not just for creative thinking but also for health's sake.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  38. I learned so much about Arlee and his blog. Interesting stuff and great throwback pic.

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    1. I was hoping everyone would learn more about Arlee and his blogs through this interview.

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    2. Medeia, I haven't done too many interviews but I talk a lot about myself on occasion on my blogs.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  39. 21K page views. Oh my gosh. How impressive.

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    1. Isn't that impressive? I'm jealous. ;P

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    2. Sandra, that page view count is such an anomaly that I was hesitant to include it, but I was impressed by it too.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
      Tossing It Out

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  40. Great interview! It's fun to learn a little more about him. I always wondered what Tossing It Out meant.

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    1. I had to ask what Tossing It Our meant because I figured others were just as curious as I was. :)

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    2. Stephanie, I've been told that "Tossing it out" means something less pleasant in England. I'd never thought about that though since it always made me think of juggling.

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      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
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  41. Great interview! Gaining followers and developing as a blogger should never be a race, but a continual journey over a longer period. We get the most quality followers and comments that way.

    It's always interesting to see what other people's most-viewed blog posts are. My top Top 6 have held steady for a long time, though I'm still shocked my anti-Arbonne post went so viral and has racked up 12,792 views so far since December 2013.

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    1. Yes, Carrie-Anne, I agree with the journey of quality philosophy, but I still dream of that one post that goes crazy viral with hits in the millions and so many comments that I can't possibly address them all. It's a dream, but not an impossible one as it has happened to some bloggers.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
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  42. Great interview. Nice to see how the A-Z started out. My dad used to juggle too, but I have never been able to duplicate his skills. Additionally, I once had this friend who could juggle but she thought it wasn't a special skill and that everyone could do it. One day there was a local talent show and I suggested she try out. That was when I learned she thought it was nothing special. So she joined the talent show and won third place.

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    1. Jeffrey, anyone can learn to juggle, but it takes a lot of practice to become exceptional at juggling. Not many people are willing to put in the time involved.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Road trippin' with A to Z
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