January 16, 2017



New to me and the only weapon is a pen!


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Using Instagram to Grow Your Blog or Personal Brand

January 16, 2017


The Daily Post

Some of you may not use Instagram as actively as others, but even if you’re not an addict of the app, it might offer a new outlet to build your blog and personal brand. After all, your blog is just one aspect of you — if you’re on Instagram, perhaps you can find ways to bridge these two networks and grow your online presence.

Lead new visitors to your blog

Instagram profileThe simplest thing you can do? Include your WordPress.com blog URL in your Instagram bio, so app users can poke around on (the mobile version of) your site.

But let’s say you’re a food blogger, and you post pictures of the delicious meals you’ve whipped up, courtesy of the recipes on your blog. Why not mention in a comment that users can prepare these plates themselves by visiting your blog? (It’s worth noting that currently, URLs in Instagram comments

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January 16, 2017



Our Lord came,

Born to peasants,

He did chores,

Grew up, chose a few easily overlooked helpers,

And opened the gates of heaven

For generations of us sinners.

He has a special purpose

For each of us.

Ask, listen, believe!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2017


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Extend Your Blog’s Reach with Instagram

January 16, 2017


The Daily Post

Are you using Instagram to grow your following and drive traffic to your blog yet? Instagram hit 600 million users last month, making it a great place to find new readers and make connections with like-minded bloggers and fellow social sharers. We’ve shared some tips before to get you started, so once you’ve got the basics down, here are some ideas for how to use Instagram to extend the reach of your blog:

Make your Instagram feed reflect your life.

Here are some WordPress.com bloggers I follow who share their content on Instagram too:

Sharing the real you is a great way to cultivate a following of interested, engaged readers. Personally, I love sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes looks, so Instagram feeds that include images that show real life are my favorite.

sarahblackstock-instagram-bulletjournalI recently started bullet journaling, so I’ve been sharing little glimpses…

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January 16, 2017

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Oh, the search, so far and wide
For changing leaves or changing tide.
A mansion on a hill so high,
Or sleeping bag beneath the sky?
The road, so long with many lanes . . .     
At times by foot but oft by planes.
Will my journey ever end?
Or, will another cloud descend?
Then, looking in your eyes I knew,
And every doubt suddenly flew!
For home is not a place apart,
But somewhere deep within the heart.
By Martha L Shaw ©2014




January 14, 2017

Open your heart to faith

and pray with hope


You will be amazed

at the previously unseen miracles

Love has richly showered you with,

which you have taken for granted.

It is never to late to bow down,

to say thanks,

to share the good news.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2016

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
Isaiah 26:7-9




January 12, 2017

Light Ministry Blog


My children are spread

throughout multitudes of others.

Can you see their faith?

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