Blog love (5-25-14)

I livew in my own little world

Zoey the Cool Cat waiting for Santa ClausMy on my, where do the days go? Christmas is just seven months away!

If you missed my initial post about Blog Love, you can read it here. If you get mentioned in my Blog Love series, it’s a sure bet that I’m following YOU!

During these past two weeks, I visited 1148 blogs, an average of 82 per day. I’m almost caught up since I’m visiting people today who first visited me on April 1, 2014. As the time lag decreases, more and more of the blogs I’m visiting are active; only 142 were deleted or inactive. That’s good, because I really don’t like to visit blogs that have been deleted, only to get a Google or WordPress message telling me the blog has been deleted. That’s just a waste of time, and each day only provides me with 24 hours, or 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds….

StrawflowerOut of the remaining 1,006 blogs, I left 2,734 LIKEs and 438 comments. The blogs where I left at least ten LIKEs and/or comments are listed below. Those bloggers who post pictures with very little text to read get the most LIKEs and comments, so it’s not unusual to find pet blogs and photography blogs high on the Blog Love list each week.

Orange twinsClick on the link to go visit them, and be sure to tell them that Russel Ray sent you their way!

  1. Cool San Diego Sights – 95 (Pretty obvious why I spent so much time here, right?)
  2. laurie27wsmith (The adventure of writing) – 83
  3. The Bonny Blog – 40
  4. Lily of the NileLife in the foothills – 33
  5. I didn’t have my glasses on – 31
  6. Noir – 29
  7. Googsy Photography – 26
  8. Easy Blog – 24
  9. Denisa Aricescu – 23
  10. Kira Moore’s Closet – 17
  11. The Essence can only be seen with the heart – 16
    Antilandscaper – 16
    Jet Eliot – 16
  12. CollTales – 14
  13. Love poems French & English – 11
    My success is your success – 11
    Emandyves – 11

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21 thoughts on “Blog love (5-25-14)

  1. SmallHouseBigGarden

    I like this series! It gives me new people to read!
    I have been spending much time lately rethinking my blog’s setup. I suppose that’s what happens after you get comfortable with blogging and begin to understand how content management drives readers to the archives in a more consistent way. All of this is very time consuming for those of us who came into blogging with ZERO understanding of web design, but I’m enjoying the learning process. You have excellent custom menus, and I want you to know how much I appreciate your good layout! It’s giving me great ideas!


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I went through my own process, first at a real estate blogging site where I resided from June 2008 to January 2012, and then at WordPress where I have been since. It’s fun and brings a certain exuberance to life, to be able to connect with people throughout the world without leaving home. And with Google Translate, I can now read and understand many different languages!


  2. SimplySage

    Impressive and helpful! A couple questions.
    1. How on earth do you have time to read all these blogs?
    2. Do you actually read each one? Skim? Speed read? (I could run through and touch all the stars in my reader but I feel if someone took time to write them, I should take time to read them.)
    I do have photos and text, but keep it under 600 words. My goal is to get it down to 400. (Say more with less.)
    I’m always curious how you keep up with it all.
    Thanks for all the tips and bringing attention to all the blogs.
    Take care,
    Alexandria Sage


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      One of the most useful things I have ever done in life was take the Evelyn Woods Speed Reading course in October 1973.

      Another useful thing was basically abandoning the keyboard in 2003 for voice recognition software in the form of Dragon Naturally Speaking.

      Without those two things, I never would be able to do what I do in the blogging world.

      I have been using Excel since it came out in the mid-1990s or so. I’m quite an expert with it, and I use it not only for budgeting purposes, but it really does run my life. I’m a very organized individual, and my life is in Excel. I shudder to think what would happen to me if my computers or Excel, including backup copies, suddenly went kaput. A devastating fire where I lost everything would cripple my life.


  3. laurie27wsmith

    Thanks for putting my blog up there Russel, I appreciate it. I think you like about 283 posts and made a lot of comments. My WordPress stats page looks quite impressive. 🙂 Thanks again.


  4. narami

    Reblogged this on de monte y mar and commented:
    Russell Ray is al over WordPress, his stats for blog hoping are so impressive he will make your blog hoping feel like crap. He’s doing a Blog Love Series that links to the blogs he visits, this is one od his entries. He also does photography and real


  5. kelihasablog

    Most likely I’m on the deleted list or low on the totem pole…lol… but that’s okay as I’ve been MIA so much trying to take care of my mom, dealing with her insurance and financial stuff and what small bit of personal life I have. Just wanted to stop by to say that I try to read when i can because I enjoy your pictures & content. Zoey is a highlight too, as he looks so much like my little Anna (my inside cat) and your posts are always enjoyable.

    I know, it takes forever to read and comment on others blogs, takes me about two days and in that time I don’t always get to even leave comment. glad you got Laurie on here though, he is one of my absolute favs. I’ll check out your other suggestions as soon as I finish going through my own list. Thanks for the suggestions! 😀


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Not on the deleted list OR low on the totem pole! My Excel spreadsheet shows that I was last by your blog on April 4, 2014. Today I’m visiting people whom I last visited on April 2, 2014, so you’re coming up today or tomorrow!


      1. kelihasablog

        ROTFLOL …. I wasn’t complaining… I was saying I’ve been so slow posting that I can see how many would just drop me..
        Unfortunately, my “real” life has begun to interfere much too often. Love your blogs though so I’m glad I’m not deleted. I know I’ve spent 3+ hours on here today just trying to play catch up…:D



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