Corner Café (Meet and Greet – All Are Welcome!)

Welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by! 🙂

Relax and Unwind. It’s my favorite part of the day – morning coffee time! The day just isn’t the same without a quiet moment to stop and reflect, chat, check-in, etc. My family knows, the #1 rule of my house is, “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my first cup of coffee and taken a poop!” I’m really much more of a night owl than an early bird – so luckily this virtual corner café is open 24 hours.

Please take a moment to introduce yourself. Don’t be shy. No need to worry about appearances. You can visit in your P.J.’s if you like – I promise no one will notice unless you point it out. Haven’t brushed your teeth or combed your hair yet? No problem. I can’t see your hair or smell your breath from here 😉 Can’t sleep? Something on your mind? Spill it! Now’s the time and here’s your invitation!

The purpose of this page is to get a chance to meet new people, network, and engage. Not sure what to say? I’ll help you get started. Here’s a few links I found very helpful:
Say Something: Commenting Etiquette | The Daily Post
Making Conversation: How to Think Up Good Comments | The Daily Post

Here’s a few questions:

1. What brings you to my blog today? Was it a post I wrote or a link from another blog or website? If you haven’t already commented on a specific post or page, do you have any thoughts or reactions to my blog (in general) that you’d like to share? Would you like to give feedback on my blog?

2. Are you a parent, grand-parent, relative, or friend of a child (or adult) with Autism or Special Needs or are you just a supporter of our cause? Remember all are welcome here and we appreciate support and encouragement wherever we find it!

3. Want to know more about me or our story? Please share any parts that are of particular interest to you. I have so much to say, and yet some days I don’t know where to start! It’s a long story and I like to break it up into bite size bits and pieces, so feel free to point me in the right direction!

4. Was there something you were looking for that you couldn’t find on my blog? Are you looking for Autism, Special Needs, Speech and Language, Feeding Difficulty, Hearing Impairment, Vision Impairment, or Deaf-blindness resources?

5. Do you have any questions that you’re afraid to ask? Don’t be shy. I don’t bite. (Not usually anyway. I promise I’ll be good.) If you prefer, you can leave a message privately. No need to worry if the question is too personal – all comments on my blog are moderated by me. I won’t be offended. I’ll share what I feel is appropriate to share publicly, and do my best to respond privately to anything personal or sensitive.

6.  Do you have any thoughts that are off topic that you’d like to share? A penny for your thoughts… Do you have any ideas for future blog post topics you’d like to hear about?

7. Do you have a blog that you’d like to share with us? Here’s an oppertunity for self-promotion. Self-promotion is a lot like self-advocacy. For me, it means I’m required to step outside of my comfort zone and “toot my own horn” or be the “squeaky wheel” that gets the grease (so to speak.) I’m definitely no expert on self-promotion, but I do support the idea and hope to improve on my own social skills. To participate please click the link “Blogger Meet and Greet”  – it’s a special space I’ve reserved specifically for my fellow bloggers! This page is for everything else. I’d like to give everyone the opportunity to participate in my blog and also keep the content well-organized, relevant, and up-to-date.

Thanks again for stopping by and participating!

Love,
Liana and Stephen

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8 thoughts on “Corner Café (Meet and Greet – All Are Welcome!)”

  1. Hello Liana, having fun checking out your blog today! I enjoyed your article on blogging itself. Some good tips on checking Gravatar links. It raises a few thoughts too about finding a style of blogging. Happy days! Lita

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    1. Hi Lita!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I just found your comment in the spam filter. I wonder how that happened? 😕 Yes, there are all kinds of blogging ideas and suggestions out there. I think the key is finding the tips that fit your individual style and your life. My style is very me – a little of this a little of that – eclectic – honest and sincere. The Gravatar links are definitely useful – I may need to update mine soon. I’ve been using some new (to me) social networking sites. It always surprises me to find I like something I didn’t think I would like. I noticed the image qualities are better on twitter than facebook. I didn’t think I was going to like twitter. I’m trying to add my new blog pals to my social networking sites as I go. I’ve also recently fallen in love with flickr and pintrest keeps drawing me back with something to take another look at later…

      My blog pals are such an inspiration to me. I’d like to start having guest posts. I get so much support for the cause of advocacy for children with autism and special needs here. I’d also like to show my fellow bloggers my support for their blogs by honoring topics of common interest. Your recent post about a play that highlights issues with the healthcare system sticks out in my mind. I forget the name of the play now, but I remember from your description, how much I wanted to see it! I also loved the flash something-or-other plays that brought back some famous and favorite scenes.

      I probably never mentioned I was in drama club in grammar school. I joined just wanting to make props, but I was quickly nominated for the part of narrator (and behind the scenes director.) Quite the opposite of my first acting experience in Kindergarten where I was demoted from Gretel to a gumdrop. lol

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      1. I love your hints on blogging. Your site looks polished and slick. I can imagine you were a great narrator in the play as you curate blogs well and present the story of them in engaging style without losing the facts. I find with writing blogs that is a my big challenge, making things entertaining but also realistic!

        That’s a great point about image quality being much better on twitter. I have abandoned Facebook for now but you are right, twitter is becoming more visual than Facebook (IMO). I went to a marketing talk (for plays mainly) and they said that tweets with photographs gets maybe 10 times as many views/clicks. It’s finding the right balance I guess between words and pictures.

        Thank you for the food for thought! Will stop back later.

        Enjoy your Sunday!

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      2. Thank-you for the compliments! Yes, I agree keeping it entertaining and engaging is a challenge. I think back to my school days – I was always great at writing research papers and informative pieces but I struggled with creative writing until college. I think the creative part is all about harnessing your own unique inner voice. I just recently went back to brainstorming with bubble charts. I think that helps me with the informative part. I like Ali’s ideas on creative visualization: http://alienorajt.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/imagination-exercise-student-teacher/

        Tweet Plays! lol I thought of it as I drifted off to sleep last night. What a neat idea! A picture is worth a thousand words – great way to get more words in without people actually having to read! I admit sometimes I look at long posts and say to myself, I’ll come back later and read that. So with long posts I try to break them up with pictures, short paragraphs, and multi-part posts. I’d read all day if I could, but life goes on and there’s things to do and people to see. Also making it mobile friendly allows me to hide in the bathroom and read 😉 as needed – lol!

        Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

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      3. Hey more great tips! I will check out the bubble chart. Good insight on length of post. Images play such a role in the ‘look’ of the blog but great call to also use them to break up longer posts. Fab!

        I think the background of writing reports before heading towards creative work is a powerful route. Best of both worlds!

        Just catching the last rays of the evening in the garden. Super! 😉

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      4. The bubble chart I have on an iPhone app called SimpleMind (They also have it for android, pc and mac free trial versions.) SimpleMind for iOS – Mind Mapping on iPhone and iPad | simplemind.It reminds me of the way I was taught to brainstorm in school. I have the trial version, but I like it because it’s compatible even though I haven’t done all the latest updates on my phone.

        I’m just having my morning coffee, then I’m off to get a dishwasher (hopefully.) Not having to hand wash dishes will be a treat 🙂

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      5. Ah that’s a great tip! Thank you for that. I love finding new ways of easily making the most of technology. It’s great when it sparks ideas and fits with everything else.

        A new dishwasher sounds a great start to the week! Enjoy! 😀

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