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Blogging Date to Diarise

It’s a red letter day: June 15, 2011 – at least for bloggers, and more specifically those who would like to grow their readership and maximize their marketing efforts.


BEAUTIFUL LADY CONTEMPLATING BLOGGING

Our wonderful friend Michelle Salater, who has grown her own (Copy Doodle) and other blogs to phenomenal levels of success, is hosting a free webinar on June 15, 2011 at 1pm ET / 10am PT or 7pm here in Johannesburg.

With Copy Doodle recently listed #17 on Technorati’s 100 Best Small Business Blogs, Michelle is well qualified to advise. We have also witnessed the growth of the elite Hills of Africa Travel blog, which she has developed and manages for another special friend of ours, Sandy Salle, CEO. One of the powerful things, among others, that Michelle achieves is to attract media and key influencers via the blogs.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to learn from her first hand via her free webinar, which you can sign up for here: How to Increase Profits and Exposure with a Business Blog. During the webinar, you’ll get an exclusive sneak peek of Love Your Blog, her “new step-by-step system that will show you how to create a business blog that pulls prospects into your sales funnel, saving you time, money, and headaches”.

Despite mine being to date a personal blog, Michelle inspires me to explore improving it, if only to share photography and ideas with a wider audience. I’ll be joining her for sure to find out more, so please stay tuned for something fresh soon 🙂

P.S. While photographing our lovely friend Juanita in our studio, Jina hopped up and settled on the laptop – in her favourite position, right across the touch pad 😀


JUANITA & JINA CHECKING OUT WORDPRESS

P.P.S. Just in case you’re wondering how the screen is so legible and clear of reflected light, it’s with the help of a little Photoshop magic (sorry, purists ;-)). Of course, I had to select the Wordpress sign up page, being such a big fan of this fabulous platform! Continue reading

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Stillness

Stillness speaks. (Perhaps this is appropriate after last night’s party :-D)


Palm leaves in the sky

STILLNESS

A silent whisper,
barely perceptible,
perfectly distinct,
rustles the leaves
of consciousness

Its message murmurs
of mundane magic,
teased to life
by the act of listening
into the Stillness

©Naomi Estment

Quotes to consider:

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse

“No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth.” – Lao Tzu

“It is the stillness that will save and transform the world.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.” – Bruce Lee

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein

“Believe nothing because a wise man said it.
Believe nothing because it is generally held.
Believe nothing because it is written.
Believe nothing because it is said to be divine
Believe nothing because someone else believes it.
But believe only what you yourself know to be true.”
– The Buddha

Synchronicity can be quite amazing. The message “stillness speaks” emerged in a recent meditation, prompting this post. Wordpress and the genius Zemanta feature added the link to Eckhart Tolle’s book by that name. Despite being a big fan of his writing, I’d not come across it yet, so guess what I’ll be reading first in 2011 . . .

On that note, here’s wishing you all a WONDERFUL New Year – lots of love, health, wealth and happiness by the bucketful, interspersed with true stillness. ENJOY it, everyone!

And finally, heart-felt thanks to all of you who’ve taken the time to read this blog during 2010 and leave such lovely, supportive comments. You’re a collective treasure that we sincerely appreciate. THANK YOU!

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‘A Feathership of Partners’ for Birdlife SA

While on the subject of conservation, we have some special photo’s to share. I posted these last September, but the sequence is so exceptional that it bears repeating, particularly since WordPress have introduced their great Gallery feature! Over the years, … Continue reading

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Feng Shui Feeding Frenzy

Inspired by some stunningly creative Adobe training on Thursday, and spurred on by conversation with the special Souldipper, I took my Nikon along to feed our Koi fish yesterday. Resolving not to use Photoshop tools, I plunged into this shoot … Continue reading

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Apple iPhone is birdsong to my ears

This blogging world is super cool. What a great way to discover new things and interact with awesome people around the world. Last week, we were horrified to learn about the fatbooth iPhone app, which appallingly adds weight to an ordinary mug shot. This was thanks to an excellent post by Agrigirl: It’s Only Funny Until Someone Gets Hurt. Take a look – honestly, seeing is believing! Tammy mentioned more apps, inspiring me to investigate and, quite frankly, take my iPhone more seriously 🙂

My number one app, though, is Sasol eBirds. Dave, being my personal techno-wiz, loaded it for me (if it weren’t for him, I’d have an ancient Nokia). So, if I’m feeling like a bush fix in the middle of Jo’burg, I simply tap in, close my eyes and listen to a few calls. Within a virtual moment, I’m lounging in the luxury of the African wild. Of course, when literally there, we have the bonus of identifying birds and reading all about them.

Or even engaging in conversation, such as recently at Welgevonden. A Mocking Cliff-chat (impressive bird knowledge courtesy of our friends who are accomplished birders) took a shine to the lodge bar. Whipping out the iPhones, we returned its warbling (“loud, melodious mixture of mimicked bird song”). It’s so delightful that I’m going to share it with you – via my iPhone, Sasol eBirds app, and Wordpress’ brilliant Post by Voice feature 🙂

But first, here’s a picture:


MOCKING CLIFF-CHAT – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

As well as two photo’s of birds that have my all-time favourite calls. These are the Woodland Kingfisher, abundant in the Waterberg during summer:


WOODLAND KINGFISHER – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

. . . and the African Fish Eagle. It occurs here in South Africa, but is a more common resident of the Okavango Delta in Botswana:


FISH EAGLE TAKING OFF – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Now, for the audio of all three . . . ENJOY!

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Test Audio Post

OMG, how incredibly cool, this is working! THANK YOU, WordPress, for the new Post by Voice feature. I’ve just called my blog via Skype for iPhone. The rates are reasonable too, at €0,06 from South Africa to the USA. Here’s … Continue reading

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New WordPress features

THANK YOU, WordPress, for your phenomenal and ongoing innovation – you’re simply the Best!!! Readers, you will see that there is a new SocialVibe widget on the right hand column of this blog, which offers you a way to help … Continue reading

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