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Fashion Forward Fridays

Fashion Forward FridayHey everyone! As you may know, I’m a Plus Sized Examiner, so I write about news for the full and fabulous woman. I’ve started a new feature on Fridays where I interview a plus sized blogger who features fashion in her corner of the Internet: Fashion Forward Friday. This week, I’m featuring Vivi N. from Heart, Print & Style. If you know of any plus sized bloggers you think should be featured, let me know. Here’s the interview!


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Blogger Ambition (Poem) Creative Buzz Hop 9: Blogging

This week’s topic is blogging. Please take a moment to check out this video to see where I’m going with this.


This one is about blogging. Link up and read others!

I chose to think of hybrid of blogging, feminism and activism. Since BlogHer13 (or as Linda Roy referred to it: the Super Bowl of Blogging) happened, I’ve been thinking about the power of the female blogger. From what I understand, part of what made this conference’s experience so meaningful for the attendees was the chance to meet others (mostly women), doing what they love to do. Networking and learning abounds. How many attendees were there at this year’s event? (I couldn’t find any numbers, so really if anyone has an idea, I’d love to know.) From what I understand, it sounds like a pretty large undertaking. If each of these bloggers had at least 100 followers, regardless of the topic they chose to write, that’s a pretty massive audience. The power of the blogger boils down to the size of the audience, right? Then I thought about the current political climate and a story I heard on NPR today about selling girls into the sex industry. So, I wrote this short piece.

Blogger Ambition

She writes under an assumed name,
Assuming no one would search through the smoke screen
Finding strength in anonymity.

She can be whoever she wants to be.
Donning on mystique as her uniform,
Cunning linguistic her hardhat.

She claimed her internet real estate,
creating foundations of anger at injustice,
shoring them up with the will to bring change.

Her fingers broke the rock of networks
Concealed data, entities whispering behind closed doors
Lies woven traps,
Selling girls to highest bidder.

She’d speak to her masses,
Amassing public outrage, outcries.
She would bring it all tumbling down.


Please check out the other pieces linked up about blogging. Do you have something you’ve written? Please link up. It ends on Sunday.

To participate in this hop, you simply have to do the following:

1) Follow your hosts, Michelle at Muses from the Deep and me, Tamara from PenPaperPad.

2) Tag others to participate (do so in any way you feel comfortable)

3) Grab the Creative Buzz Hop Badge from the sidebar and put it on your site.

4) Run with the prompt in any way you feel comfortable. It can be a hilarious take, a serious reflection, a poem, story, photography. Let your creative side go!

5) Link up with us via the link at the BOTTOM of this post or at http://www.gettingliteral.com

Aloha y’all!


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Am I Addicted to Blogging?


Blogging bloggers everywhere. Maybe I should just drink?

My Mom just looked over her shoulder, frown on her face, “I thought you were stopping 20 minutes ago?” I looked up from my laptop blinking sluggishly.

Did I say I was going to stop? I guess I did.

“Well Mom, I thought I’d write a blog about being addicting to blogging,” I replied as though I had thought about it all night, but seriously it just popped into my head.

I was at the library for four hours today. My brother, who was picking me up, texted me and asked me if I was alright. Granted my family doesn’t really understand my deep affinity for libraries. There was so much writing to do! I went home and continued. Until now…which is 1:20 a.m.  This could be a problem.

I try to comment on as many blogs as possible. I don’t want to give a number, because I have a feeling that it may be a ridiculously high number, so I don’t want to know. I try to respond as immediately as possible to social media inquiries. Trying to develop new relationships with new-to-me-bloggers, finding new places to write. Trying to get the courage to send queries to the big boys A List blogs (haven’t gotten those cojones yet, but I’ll keep you posted.)

I plan to wake up tomorrow and spend another five hours at the library, blogging, outlining future articles, writing ideas for a future book, RT, sending messages, liking things, applying for freelance positions, trying to figure out how to do this sponsorship thing, thinking about tinkering with this blog and how to start the new one. And then I’ll come back to my Mom’s and do the same thing. Again. Rinse and repeat. This is not unlike my life on the island.

I take my laptop everywhere, and when I’m spending the night at a friend’s house, I’m doing all of the above. Sometimes I feel like the writing is secondary to the rest.

A writer, who spends more time talking to people and networking than writing? Is this the what the author world is supposed to look like?

When my girl Starr Bryson the head chick in charge at The Insomniac’s Dream tells me she’s writing thirty posts, raising kids, slaying dragons and whatnot, I felt slightly unimpressive. So, I needed to slay some dragons too. Or at least lay some dragons. (what?!) We’re venturing into the land of smut, or erotica if you will. The site: Sinful Dreams. Check it out. I have a feeling it won’t be what you think.

Remember when I wrote that blog post about what is erotica? I guess I figured it out and here’s my first dalliance into it: Just One Night. If you don’t like that sort of thing, please don’t read it, get angry and send me hate mail. If you curious, check it out and tell me what you think. We’re also looking for submissions.

Then there’s the Creative Buzz Hop, which I’m doing with Michelle Liew from Muses from the Deep. This at least will get me writing once a week, and reading a bunch of posts about interesting topics. We try to tap into something that’s kind of creating a buzz around the internets/pop culture etc. Oh! This week’s topic infidelity. (Oooh…what?! smut and infidelity?!) We’ll still have a video (nothing dirty people, no worries) or quote. Maybe some questions to get you thinking about it, and our own take on the topic. I’d love for you guys to join. This Thursday…though the early birds will get to see it on Wednesday. I’ve even registered a hashtag for it on Twitter #creativebuzz.

Hello. My name is Tamara Woods. and I’m a blogging addict. I can’t help it. What about you guys? Do you find your blogging habit is getting bigger? Have you had to cut back? Can’t wait to hear what you have to say in the comments.

Aloha ya’ll!



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