Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bloggers: I Need Some Help, Please

In an earlier post, I detailed here some of the reasons I started blogging last month. I have been so impressed with the bloggers I have met here and how unfailingly kind you have been to me.

Because I am still so new to blogging, but also because I want to make this the best experience I can for my students when they start to blog, I would really like to read what you consider your best and or favorite posts. If you can provide me a link to them, I know I will have some enjoyable reading ahead of me.

I truly had a ball reading your thoughtful answers to the post I linked to above.

I have already pored through many of your past posts if I follow you, but I want to know which one(s) are your favorites. If you want to include links to favorites others have written, please feel free to do so.



  1. Hi, Shelly!

    The following are three of my favorite posts from Shady Dell Music & Memories.

    My favorite post is also the longest, the most elaborate and the most personal. It was the last post of 2010, The Unmasking of Shady Del Knight. I had started the year with only 4 people following my blog about a notorious hangout for teenagers in York, PA. I had written a couple hundred posts, shared my music and memories, and believed that I didn't have anything more about which to write. Frankly, I had every intention of bringing my blog to an end with that yearender post and publishing nothing but reruns from that point on. Starting last fall, however, my roster of followers began to grow exponentially. Almost overnight I found myself with an international audience of active participants, people of all ages around the globe who had somehow discovered my blog and found value in what I was doing. How could I quit with a rapidly expanding circle of friends? I decided to press on into 2011 and make the blog a mix of reruns and fresh content.

    I called this post The Unmasking of Shady Del Knight because it was the first and only time that I ever revealed my actual name on the blog and showed actual then and now pictures of myself:

    One year ago I came into possession of historic photos of the Shady Dell in its infancy. I posted the rare pictures along with the exclusive story of the family that first occupied the house long before it became a restaurant and teen dance hall:

    Every April Fool's Day I post something off the wall just for laughs and this past April 1st was no exception:

    I hope that you will find something usable here, Shelly. Happy Sunday evening to you, dear friend!

  2. I would love to do this for you, but it will take some time. I will get back to you soon. :)

  3. Shady: As always, my friend, a very thoughtful and informative reply. I LOVED reading your top three. They were interesting, unique, funny, and revealing. You must spend so much time in compiling your information. I am glad that at the end of last year you didn't pack it in, but decided to keep it going. You've had such an interesting life that it's great blogging material. I look forward to reading many, many of your posts, my friend!

    Belle: Thank you so much! I am truly looking forward to reading yours. Take your time-

  4. Hi, I'll give you a funny one, an interesting one and a peersonal one, hows that?




  5. Since reading your post about losing all that weight and finding more of you, I've been thinking about all my struggles and I think my weight posts are pretty popular (of course, breaking my leg and the birth of my last baby had the most comments though!)

    People seem to love to read about struggles and those posts where I'm struggling with life, well, those seem to be the best ones.

    Hope they are not boring:

  6. IWASNTBLOGGEDYESTERDAY: I was so immensely interested by your posts and left comments on them. Thank you so much for taking the time to get them to me!

    Jamie Jo: I agree- I think we become much more human and identifiable when we talk about our struggles. Not only did I enjoy your posts on weight, I identified with SO much you wrote about. I can tell you are a determined woman, and I know after this baby, it will come off in due time. You have everything in place to make it happen!

  7. Here are three, all totally different

    A funny one:

    An interesting one:

    A pe one:

    Hope you enjoy reading :)

  8. oops my mistake, the third one should read

    A personal one:


  9. Lyndylou: I learned so much reading your posts- thank you! I left comments on them, too. That's what I love about blogging- we have so much to learn frome ach other-

  10. Thanks for reading my blog. I would like to follow your blog but for some reason the app that says follow has become invisible on a lot of blogs including yours. I will keep reading your blog.
    As far as my blogs that can help young people, are the ones that show the importance of human life. It has been my dream to have a world free of any kind of prejudice.
    Lately, I have not been myself as the fears of my grandkids getting hurt by strangers are working on my nerves. My husband and my kids have been very supportive. I try not to watch bad news and if there are any I pray for the victims and their loved ones. I think slowly my fear of loosing my memory will go away. I am hoping that I will be of help to others. This is Munir over here at Focus. Greetings.

  11. Munir: Thank you so much for reading my blog. I am still so new to blogging that I am kind of feeling my way through it. The posts of yours that I have read have touched me as I can tell you are a person of compassion and great heart. There are many scary things out there in this world. If I didn't have my faith and belief that the Lord hears and answers my prayers, I don't think I could make it through a day. You are a brave woman to confront your fears every day and work to overcome them. I know I shall continue to enjoy reading your blog.

  12. Hi Shelly, mine would have to be when I told about my time in Viet Nam. Can be found here

  13. Odie: Thank you so much, my friend. I tried to reply to it, but it wouldn't let me sign in. This is what I wanted to say: Anonymous said... Wow, Odie, what a part of history that is. I am glad you are telling your story because so many of our brave vets do not. That was very kind of you to help the orphans, too. No good deed ever goes to waste. That was something about the lizard sub, but at least it was tasty-

  14. Hi Shelly...I'm at the beach on vacation, but wanted to let you know I'm not ignoring your request! If you go to the line at the end of this comment it will bring you to my 'page' of favorite postings as of now. They move up and out or in and out of favor as I post new ones or re-read old ones. Hope these help! Hugs~

  15. Sush: Thank you so much! I am truly looking forward to reading them. Have super, super fun at the beach. It is one of my favorite places to be!


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