Free Images for Social Media and Blogs

Where can I find free stock images for social media or for my blog? This is a question that comes up often in my social media and blogger circles on Facebook. I end up posting a list of URLs that I copy and paste each time. So, I thought I’d collect a few of my favourite resources here and share it with you. I’ve included not only websites where you can find free stock photos, but…

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2014 WordPress Annual Report

Last week, WordPress’s stat monkeys put together my annual report detailing how Stumble Down Under did in 2014. The crunchy numbers made me pretty happy. The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Funny enough, none of the entries I…

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Awesome Gifts for Bloggers

Christmas is around the corner. You know what that means – shopping! Here are some awesome gifts for the bloggers in your life or maybe just your perfect gift to yourself. They range widely in prices so there’s something for everyone. 1. A computer This is a generous gift, but it is the blogger’s single most important piece of equipment. It’s also a very personal gift so if you buy one for the blogger in your life,…

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Blogging & Life Lessons with Gala Darling

Gala Darling is one of my favourite blogers and I had the pleasure to attend her Radical Self Love Ritual event in Melbourne last night. It sounds esoteric and frou-frou, but Gala is just a person that knows that happiness is a process, not a destination, and getting what you want out of life requires dedication and strategy. She is a practical businesswoman who turned her passion into a wildly successful blog in which she writes about personal…

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The Blog as the Hub of the Social Media Spokes

When people ask me what’s the hardest part about blogging, I say it’s choosing a theme. After that, it’s making the time to actually sit down and write. I haven’t been blogging much lately. It’s not because I don’t have anything to say. I have plenty to say. There’s more going on my brain than my mouth and typing fingers can keep up with. I could tell you about my recent experience working in Melbourne, my brother-out-law’s…

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Birdwatching Down Under

I’ve taken up a new hobby: birdwatching. Things like playing Dungeons & Dragons used to be really dorky, but then geeks became cool. So now, birdwatching may be among the dorkiest hobbies on the planet. Birdwatchers are a little crazy too, probably right up there with people who collect orchids. I was never interested in birds when I lived in the United States. I have a good friend who is a birder and if we…

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A Toast to the Expat Blog Challenge Bloggers

Today is the final day of the Expat Blog Challenge. The prompt is, “A toast to…”. A toast to Cristin, the blogger at In an Opal Hearted Country, who came up with the idea, who organized it, and who supported all of us participating. It’s been a challenge indeed. I missed a few entries either because the prompt didn’t inspire me or because I didn’t prioritize blogging over other things that came up. For the…

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Gala, Darling

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is to write about a blog I admire. A blog that I really like and read often is galadarling.com. At first glance, Gala Darling looks like a fashion blog. Or maybe some sort of hipster meets Hello Kitty lifestyle blog. Or maybe one of those annoying, sugary, inspiration blogs. It is a little hard to pin Gala Darling down. She’s quirky, she’s stylish, she’s very pink. Darling admits she…

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Blog Woes

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is, “I wish that when I started my blog I had…”. I began this blog on New Year’s Day 2012. I would be travelling to Australia for the first time just a month later and I was so excited. I built this blog on the free WordPress.com platform and used the premium theme Linen, which I still love. And then I just started writing. Slowly, I met other expat bloggers…

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On Blog Design

This week, on January 1st, this blog turned two years old. In November, I decided to make some changes to it. The first major change, which I’d been afraid of doing, was to move the blog from the free WordPress.com platform to a self-hosted WordPress.org site. There are some great advantages to the free WordPress.com platform. The obvious one is that it’s free, but it’s also really easy to use and WordPress takes care of…

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On Blogging, Pardon the Dust

It seems hard to believe, but in just a month, on January 1, 2014, this blog will turn two years old. Since its humble beginnings as a way to share my journey with friends and family, Stumble Down Under has grown a bit, slowly, but steadily, and I think it’s time for a change. Over the next month, I’ll be experimenting with new designs and perhaps even moving the website off WordPress.com to local or…

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Fabulous

Kimberly LoSavio over at Blogging with Gypsy has honored me with the Fabulous Blog Award. Thank you, Gypsy. I enjoy these kind of awards because they are community driven and give me the opportunity to discover great new blogs as well as share some of my favorites. The Rules Thank the blogger who gave it to you and share the link back to the awarding blog. List five fabulous moments in your life. List five…

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