THINKING ABOUT  TRAVEL  WHEN IT’S  A WINTER WONDERLAND OUTSIDE.

Winter is here ,  unofficially . 

December  21st  is the first day of winter here in the United  States . 

When I look outside my window ,  I see snow.

It looks  really  beautiful  and I can’t  wait  to take some pictures . 

Some parts of the United  States  got more snow than other parts as usual . 

If I lived down South, let’s  say in the cities of Houston ,  Atlanta ,  or even New Orleans ,  the 2-3 inches of snow that they received  would cause  all kind of panic on the roads and streets of those cities . 

However, I live in New York  City  and like other cities in the Midwestern  and Northeast states in the country, the three inches of snow is called  something  else . 

We call it, “Nuisance  Snow”.

Some of us play in it when it first comes  down, making snow angels and snow balls to throw at our friends or relatives . 

Some of us know how to drive in it when it hits the streets  or highways.

We definitely  know how to walk in it, because you know, it’s  New York  City ,  we’re  in a hurry to get no where fast.

We also know how to shovel and salt that sucker so that we or our neighbors  don’t  slip and fall . 

As usual ,  the snow coming down is making me think of one thing.

You guessed  it.

Travel and not just doing a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  to some place  warm, although going to Tampa  or Miami sounds wicked  good right about  now  as it was 28 degrees Fahrenheit  outside.

Nashville  sounded really good too, until I noticed that “Music City” was getting some snow too . 

So much for that idea.

As you can tell ,  you don’t  need a warm sunny day  to think  about  travel.

You can do it anytime  and in any kind of  weather . 

Wintertime  should  be  the  time that you really  get those travel juices going and of course,  , you don’t  need to do a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour . 

The Carribean, Australia ,  Greece, or New Zealand  are good ideas as is Italy or Israel . 

There’s  only three weeks left in 2017, go somewhere . 

Just don’t  think about it.

Do a day trip for God’s sake . 

Think about your next trip, even if it is  a winter wonderland  outside.

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HOME, WHAT DOES IT  MEAN  TO  YOU ? 

I  was reading  a blog post from November 30th  written by blogger Sam from Living and he was talking about  the  places where  he had lived and how his current place of residence  felt like  “home” to him.

It made me  think.

Just what is the definition  of  “home”?

No, not the definition  that’s  found in the dictionary.

What does that  word “home” actually  mean  to  you?

Is it  the place where you live now?

Or is it the place where you were born?

Like Sam, I  also have lived in  four places.

New York  City ,  Boston ,  Los  Angeles ,  and Las Vegas . 

I also lived in  Dayton , Ohio ,  but as I  only went there for a year of college, I  really  consider  it as a”layover”.

Looking  back on it now, and nothing  against  the  city of Dayton ,  but outside of a University  of  Dayton  Flyers  basketball  game where it seemed as though  the whole town showed up, there really  wasn’t  anything  to do . 

Even though  I  was born in “The City  That Never Sleeps  “, I really  don’t  consider  it home.

Don’t  get me wrong ,  there are more than  enough  things to do here and even  though  some of my family  members  are still here, nope, it’s  not “home”.

New York  City  is  just the  place that happens  to  be  on my birth certificate  and the place that I  live now.

I liked the  10 years that I  spent in Los Angeles  and the three years that I  lived in Las  Vegas ,  but these places  weren’t  home for me either.

I’m  an East Coast girl at heart and I was “homesick” when I lived on the West Coast . 

Now, when I say I was “homesick”, I  don’t  mean  for my family  and  friends . 

I meant that I  missed  the quicker pace of life that I experienced  and that I was used to back east.

I even missed the rudeness and the no nonsense, take no prisoners  attitude of the two cities  back east that I lived in, New York  City  and Boston . 

Home to me just isn’t  the  city that I happen to  live in, it’s  the city that I can be myself  and be comfortable  as well as safe, knowing  that when I go back to the place where I live, my “home” will always be there.

That’s  why  Boston  will always  be  home to me.

When New York  City  gets to be too much  and I need that personal  space to go to, I  have  one.

It’s  called Boston . 

Yes, I can definitely  do  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  there as well . 

Home means different  things to  everyone . 

What does home mean to you ? 

Drop me a line  in  the  comments  section  or  shoot  me an email  at sportsdiva63@gmail.com  and let me know.

Once again ,  thank you for liking  and  supporting  30 Plus  Teams  30  Plus  Dreams . 

MY FAVORITE  BLOG POSTS  

I started blogging  on wordpress  this past February . 

I have written  a lot of of posts, way too  many for me to count . 

While  I’m  proud  of all  the  blog posts I’ve  written ,  I have 25 of them that are actually  my favorite  ones, and from the responses that I’ve  received  on some of  them, many of  you  seem to  like the same ones.

If you  haven’t  read any of these posts, here’s  a chance for you  to  read them for the  first  time or if you have, here’s  the chance for you to like them again.

I’m  also going to  give you  the reasons why  these posts are my favorites . 

So enjoy them again  or for the first  time . 

All the travel quotes posts that I started writing  in August seem to be a favorite  post of a lot of people . 

The two posts that started the travel  quotes blogs are my two favorites.

1 . sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/travel – quotes – from  -30-plus-teams-tours-because-we-need-them-right-about-now

2. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/travel-quotes  

3 . sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/my-30-plus-teams-tour-bucket-list-all- 15 – of – them

This is my bucket list of  things that I  wanted to  do and see. It was 150, but I did one of them do it’s  now 149.

4. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/social  -media  -I’ve  -got-a-bone-to-pick-with – you

This is a post about my love – hate relationship  with Twitter ,  Facebook ,  and Instagram .  From the comments  that I  received    I’m  not  the only one  who has a love -hate relationship  with  Social  Media . 

5. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/las-vegas-baby-las-vegas-nevada-trying-to-leave-on-a-jet-blue-plane

I was really  excited to go to the newest city on the 30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  but almost  didn’t  make it. Thank you ,  Jet Blue . 

6. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/what-to-wear-to-a-hockey – amendment

If no other blog shows what a sports team apparel  fashionista  that I  am ,  I just don’t  know  what  will. It’s  all about  representing  your team.

7. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/The – versatile  -blogger award

8. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/10 – followers – thank-you – guys

9. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/The – Liebster-Award  

I love these three posts because it lets me know that more established  bloggers like the content that my little old blog has and for  that I thank all of you .  Please continue  to  like 30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams ,  guys.

10. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/team-awesome-my-go-to – blogs

If I was ever to give out an award to bloggers that I made up myself ,  it would  be  the  Team Awesome  award. These are the blogs that I can read over and over  again .  Look for a part two of Team Awesome  coming up in another post, because  I’m discovering more and more new blogs to enjoy.

11. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/how-i-learned-to-love-philadelphia

This city taught me to  not believe  in first impressions  of a place. It might not be the city. It just might  be  the people  who  went with you.

12. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/40 – cities-in-the-united-states-and-canada-that-you-should-visit Parts 1 and 2

There’s  more to these two countries  than the major and we’ll known  cities. I tried to show  them some love as well . 

13 . sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/revolutionary  -tales – boston – massachusetts-visiting-the-birthplace-of-american-liberty.

It’s  all about  Lexington ,  Massachusetts ,  the city where the first shots of the American Revolutionary  War  were fired . 

14. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/what’s  -in-my – suitcase  

This was a wicked fun post to write because I  never thought  that by showing  the contents of junk that I had crammed into a backpack to bring on a bus to go down to Baltimore  would  be  an interesting  read. I was wrong.

15. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/dear-foreign-tourists-an-open-letter -to-the-world-from-an-american

I wrote this after reading  an article  in a travel  magazine  that said some countries are putting  out travel  advisories about coming to the United States . 

16. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/start – spreading  –  the  –  news-new-york – riding  -the-new-york-city-subway

The post lets you know what we New Yorkers  go through  every day with our beloved subway . 

17. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/friends-we-all-have-them-good-and Bay

18. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/thank-you – letter-to-malaysia-airlines  

These two posts were thank you letters to the two people  who meant the world to me, my friends  and  my old job, Malaysia  Airlines  in  Los  Angeles . 

19. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/things – i-would-do-differently-if-i-could-speak-to-my-younger-self  

I was feeling  very sad on the day that I  wrote this, and God willing ,  as I approach another birthday ,  I thought it was time to  write about where I used to be in my life to where I am now.

20. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/what’s  -the-story-with-that – title

If you want to know just how I came up with the title for the blog, the answer is in this post.

21 . sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/not-again-please-tell-me why

22. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/im-tired-of-asking-why-in-the-united-states – too

23. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/im-tired-of-asking-why  

24. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/las-vegas-baby-las-vegas-nevada-why

These four posts were about terrorists, foreign and domestic  and how much I’ve  gotten  tired of questioning  the reason  behind  why these incidents  keep happening ,  especially in my own country.
My final favorite  post is actually  the second part of a post that I originally  did.

25. sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/please – act – like – you’ve  -been – there – before – part-two

This post not only struck a nerve with not only my followers  on wordpress ,  but on my Facebook  and Twitter page as well.

I basically  called out all those “superfans” of all four major sports , (and some of y’all  know who you are!)who made life miserable  for other fans  who wanted to support  their teams as well.

Shame on you fraudulent  fans!
There you have them, my 25 favorite  posts.

If you like my posts, give me  a shout out in the comments  section  or at my email address ,  sportsdiva63@gmail.com ,  and let me know which posts of mine that you really liked . 

I may just reblog it.

As usual ,  thank  you  again  for following  30  Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams . 

GETTING  TO KNOW  THE WARRIOR TRAVELER  

I’m  so wicked excited  to have my first of I hope many guest posts on 30 Plus  Teams  30 Plus  Dreams . 

It’s  Lee, better known  to  some of  my fellow  bloggers who follow  him also as The Warrior  Traveler.

He’s  a member of my Team Awesome  as some of  you may or may not know.

(Sportsandtravelblog.wordpress/2017/11/06 – team – Awesome – my – go-to – favorite  –  blogs . )

Check out  his blog, warriortraveler.com to see what his blog is all about . 

I just know that you’re  going  to  like  and follow  his awesome  blog just like I do.

I even did my own guest post on his blog, so definitely  check out his blog, okay ? 

So without  further  adieu, here he is my peeps ,  the Warrior  Traveler.

I should  tell you though, be ready for his British humor . 

1. WHAT ‘ S  THE  STORY  BEHIND  YOUR  BLOGS  NAME ,  WARRIOR  TRAVELER? DID YOU CALL IT SOMETHING  ELSE?

▪When I  started  blogging ,  I had Travelling Warrior, then my world got flipped ,  turned upside down when  I  tried to upgrade and couldn’t  have it as a dot Com address. However, I’m  a warrior .  One of  my  favorite  quotes is , “I’ve  been  trying to  survive  since I was a child. I’m  not  a survivor ,  I’m  a f..king warrior . ” That rings true to me. I’m  a Lion amongst  men. You noticed that I haven’t  traveled  much lately ,  ha ha, but I’m  definitely  going to  travel  the world .  First stop Europe ,  then Asia, then the Americas ,  etc. I’m  taking my blog with me, so www . warriortraveler.com  it is.

2. LOVE THE QUOTE ,  VERY POWERFUL  AND YOUR LIST FOR PLACES TO GO IS VERY AMBITIOUS. I WISH YOU THE BEST. BUT, WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 10 PLACES  ON  THAT BUCKET LIST THAT YOU REALLY  WANT  TO  VISIT ?  

▪A lot, okay and I’ll  just rattle  this list off for you .  Cuba, Brazil ,  Mexico ,  Peru, Sicily ,  China ,  Vietnam ,  Japan ,  Philippines ,  and The Amazon .Cuba is on the  top of my list.  I want to  visit it sooner  than later  as it may be in for a very  big change with development .  I  really want to  see the old Cuba  not the new.

3. THAT ‘ S  QUITE A LIST OF COUNTRIES THERE AND ONE RIVER. I HOPE YOU GET TO VISIT  ALL OF THEM. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE  IN THE WORLD ,  WHERE WOULD  IT  BE  AND  WHY ?  

▪I’ve  been  so many times to Murcia, Spain and I absolutely  love  the  place. The people ,  the life, the water sports  and everything  in between .  I plan to  settle  there after my travels . 

4. THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE WAY I FEEL  ABOUT BOSTON .  APART FROM MURCIA ,  WHAT IS  THE  BEST  VACATION  THAT  YOU’VE  EVER  BEEN  ON ?  

▪I’d  have to  say apart from  Murcia ,  it’s  Thailand . The craziness  of Bangkok  suits me great. Thailand  is wild, I  love it! It really  is a backpackers paradise .  I’m  going back there soon.

5. SOUNDS LIKE  FUN. I  HATE TO  ASK, BUT I’M  GOING TO  ANYWAY. YOU SEEM LIKE SUCH A COOL, LAID  BACK  DUDE. DO YOU  HAVE  ANY  PET PEEVES?

▪I know  it’s  a normal  occurrence ,  but women  who fart in front of  me .  Take yourself  away from  me  when  you  do it.

6. DIDN’T  EXPECT  THAT RESPONSE  FROM YOU, WARRIOR  TRAVELER .  CHANGING  THE SUBJECT ,  WHAT DO  YOU  LOVE  ABOUT  BLOGGING ?  

▪EVERYTHING! I  love  the  “Buzz of Blogging  “. The community ,  other blogs, people’s  experiences. I like to  read many posts everyday as I’m  a keen writer and reader .I like to read their posts and the places they’ve  been .  It’s  great and  nice to  know that they’ve  checked  out  my blog when you receive  likes on a post. Yeah nan, it’s  all good . 

7. PREACH! THAT’S WHAT I’M  TALKING ABOUT  WARRIOR  TRAVELER .  IT’S  BEEN WICKED AWESOME  TALKING  TO  YOU ,  BUT I HAVE ONE FINAL QUESTION FOR YA. WHY DO YOU  THINK  THAT  IT’S  IMPORTANT  TO  ENGAGE  WITH  OTHER  BLOGGERS ?  

▪It’s  cool to  make  new friends  and work with each other, because  we’re  all part of  one big community .  You never know  who you’re  going  to  meet and communicate  with ,  just like you and me, Sports Diva. Love our working on each other’s  blogs, by the way. It’s  good though isn’t  it ?  US bloggers  got something  in common ,  so let’s  get engaged !
HELLO! Engaged with other bloggers indeed ,  Warrior  Traveler.

Thanks for guest posting  on 30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams ,  dude. YOU ROCK!

If you read and like my blog posts ,  show some love and support   to a fellow  blogger, the Warrior Traveler and be sure to check out his blog at warriortraveler.com

Trust me, you’ll  get inspired to  do a little  bit  of  traveling . 

LIEBSTER AWARD PART TWO

A few weeks ago ,  I got nominated  for  the  Liebster  Award  by Anna from AnnasLittleThing.wordpress ,  and I hope you  all checked out her blog.

(Sportsandtravelblog.wordpress/2017/11/17/The – Liebster-Award)

I  just got nominated  again for another Liebster  Award  by Tashnee  from Tashnee . V.Mavee, so do follow  her blog as well.

Very inspiring  posts  on her blog.

Once again ,  the rules of  the  award  are this:

Thank the person who nominated  you  and link back to  their blog.

Give some info  about  yourself . 

Answer the questions  that  the blogger  who nominated  you  asked you.

Nominate 5-10 bloggers for this award  and  if they accept it, let them know about the award.

Ask your nominees five questions . 
What else can I  tell you about me that you don’t  already  know ? I’m  a fairly  good  cook, I  love to travel ,  I’m  sarcastic  as hell, I enjoy blogging ,  and the same way Beyonce Knowles  has her alter ego, “Sasha  Fierce”, I have my bitmoji alter ego, which many of you have seen  on my blog. Her name is Cece, the Sports Diva. I can talk about  sports 365 days a year, 366, if you count a leap year.
QUESTIONS FROM TASHNEE  

1. Besides Blogging ,  what do you do?

As I’m  retired ,  my day is free to do anything  I want to, which is sleeping ,  shopping ,  cooking ,  going for walks, getting ideas for my blog, and of course, going to as many baseball ,  hockey ,  and  basketball  games as the Good Lord allows me to.

2. If you could be the president  of  your country  for one day, what would  you  change and why?

I  would  make  sure that EVERYBODY  could  have affordable  Health  Care. I just don’t  understand  why  and how in one of  the  richest countries  in the world everyone  doesn’t  have this. It boggles my mind.

3. Name the three people  who inspired you when it comes to blogging.

There are more than three. I would say my late Aunt Ola, who was a teacher and told me to practice  writing. My teacher ,  Sister Eileen  Fitzmaurice, who actually  told me to combine my love of sports and my writing. Finally ,  I’m  inspired  by  the bloggers that I follow  and those that I DON’T  follow . You guys are wicked amazing and help me to step up  my blogging  game . 

4 Why did you start blogging ? 

I  love to write and many people ,  not just a friend, asked after you go to a sporting  event, “what do you do in the city after that?” Writing a blog was my way of getting that question  answered without  writing a travel guide or a book about it.

5. What is your favorite  gospel music ? 

Actually none, not really a fan of  it.
MY NOMINEES  

Fromatoq.wordpress

Scandilifestyleblog.wordpress

Travellingfoodie.net

Smalltimejetsetter.wordpress

Kulsy-a.com
QUESTIONS  FOR MY NOMINEES  

1. If you could win a free trip to  anywhere in the world ,  where would it be and why?

2. How did you come up  with  the  name of your blog ? 

3. What do you do when you aren’t  blogging ? 

4. What do you love about  blogging ?  

5. What is your  favorite  sport and team if you have one?
Thanks again to  Tashnee for nominating  me  for  this award.

I might sound like  a  wicked annoying  broken record, but I  can’t thank you all enough for reading, liking and commenting  on my little blog.

It means the world to me.

Thank you all and God Bless  You,
Sports  Diva64

SOME ADVICE FOR NEWBIE BLOGGERS  

I just started blogging  for WordPress  in February  this year . 

Before that, I  had a blog on Tumblr.

I still do, but I  now just concentrate  on my blog on WordPress ,  because  nothing against  Tumblr, WordPress  is more professional  looking . 

I’m  not an expert  on  blogging  and God knows I have so much more   to learn  about  this blogging thingy.

What I can do though, is share some of  my  blogging knowledge  and offer up some pointers that I like to  call Blogging  101 and Blogging 102.

Before you decide  on that “knock it out of the ballpark  ” blog title ,  know what your blog is going to  be  all about.

Music, Beauty Tips, Travel ,  Technology , Business ,  Fashion  or even Sports, what are you going to blog about ? 

Don’t  pick a niche just because  everyone  else is blogging about it.

DO YOU  BOO!

If you want to  blog about politics  in your country, do it.

This is your blog, remember  that . 

Blog about something  that you’re  very passionate  about . 

Don’t  blog because  you want to make tons of  money  and you want to  go on a lot of  sponsored  trips . 

It’s  not going to  happen  when you first  start and if that’s  the main reason  for starting  your blog ,  stop it.

No, really  quit  blogging while you’re  ahead.

Blog not only because  you’re  passionate  about  your subject ,  but you love to write.

Don’t  stop blogging because you’re  bored and you stop after a few months . 

Be in it for the long haul . 

Where should  you write your posts?

Should  it be somewhere quiet? Or while you’re  waiting  for  public transportation ? 

How about on your lunch  break  if you’re  at work or school?

Write something ,  somewhere no matter where  it is.

Keep a little  notepad handy and write your ideas down in the memo section  of  your mobile device . 

Should  you listen to music while you’re  writing your blog?

Some people can work with  music, others like it quiet.

I’m  writing this post while listening  to  The Weekend  on my headphones . 

I’ve  also been known to write posts while listening  to  Kenny G, also, but that’s  just me.

Do what works for you . 

Most importantly ,  follow as many bloggers as you can, not just the ones in your niche.

You might get some idea for a post of your own.

That’s  right, I said a post of your own.

Don’t  copy their style and be sure to show them some love every now and then in your own  posts.

Be yourself  when you write.

You’ve  heard all the “blogging  experts” tell you how you should write your blog.

That’s  just it.

It’s  your blog, not a thesis on the Theory of  Relativity . 

But please, know your there ,  their,and they’re , just saying . 

Should  you write a post everyday?

You can if you want to, but if you don’t ,  it’s  not a blogging  sin.

Write as often as you can, leave some of those posts in draft if you have to, and publish them later . 

Don’t do a blog every three months or every year, that defeats the purpose  of  doing a blog and it’s  a waste of time.

Plus it shows that you really aren’t  really serious  about  blogging . 

Some bloggers  have a schedule  as to when their next blog post is going to be . 

As this doesn’t  work  for  me ,  I don’t  do it.

What blogging  website should  you go on?

Again, it’s  up to you.

Try GoDaddy.com, Bloglovin, Tumblr or Blogspot.

I like WordPress  myself, and I  find it very easy to use.

There’s  two versions  of  it, the free version ,  Wordpress . Com and what’s  called the “self  hosted ” one, WordPress . Org.

I use the first  version and I think my blog looks wicked awesome . 

Now, where do your original  ideas come from?

Anywhere and everywhere.

Depending  on your niche ,  it could  be something  that  you read in a newspaper or magazine  or something  you heard on the radio  or saw on television . 

The ideas on your post could even be in response  to  a  comment  made by a friend, relative ,  classmate or a colleague . 

Whatever it is, write that suckered down and work from there.

You might even get ideas while you’re  in bed.

Don’t  laugh ,  it has happened  and I’m  not the only blogger it’s  happened  to . 

Be sure to take pictures to put on your blog  or if you’re  very creative ,  draw pictures to put on there.

Show your creative  side on your blog.

You can invest in a good camera, but your camera phone can work just as well.

Another piece of  advice and many bloggers may or may not tell you this, but I am.

When a fellow blogger tells you that  they like your work, thank them .

Get their email addresses  and thank them for liking your blog as well as write a little  comment on their email.

The comment could say something  as simple as “thank you for following  my blog . ”

If you follow someone’s  blog, comment on their comment section.

Don’t  comment with the statement ,  “Follow  my blog  “, no really  comment  on it.

If another blogger  just says that they like your blog  but don’t  comment, try not to take it personally . 

Also if a blogger has a lot of likes and follows , way more than you have it’s  not the end of the world . 

It’s  not about the follows and the likes ,  don’t  get it twisted, you aren’t  in high school.

It’s  not a popularity  contest .

It’s  about your blog and getting it out there . 

Finally, speaking  about  your blog, don’t  be ashamed  to tell people  that  you have a blog . 

Tell everyone  about it and if you have business cards with the name of your blog on it, wicked awesome ! 

Share your blog posts with people  on Social  Media . 

Better yet ,  create  a page just for your blog on Facebook , Twitter,Instagram ,  Google  Plus, or Pinterest.

That’s  right, promote the heck out of  your blog ,  be proud of  it.

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That’s  my advice for newbie  bloggers.

What advice would  you give?

Drop me a line in the comments  section  or on my email  address  sportsdiva63@gmail.com and let me know . 

As usual ,  thank you  for  following  and liking my blog.