MUSIC MAKES THE BLOGGING LESS TEDIOUS

Okay I know the saying is “absence makes the heart grow fonder.”, but in the case of my blogging journey, this isn’t the case.

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs that talk about how boring and tedious writing a blog post is or has become .

There’s many reasons why but some of the reasons might be content, or lack there of, or you just don’t feel like writing a post and you need a break.

I’m one of those really rare bloggers who enjoy what I do and sharing my thoughts and all the places I go with all of you.

What’s my method to not getting bored by writing blog posts?

No, it’s not by writing posts when a game is on.

The Sports Diva would NEVER get a post done if I was watching a sporting event.

I’d be too busy yelling at the referees and players to concentrate on writing a post.

That’s where music comes in.

It can play a big or small part in writing your blog.

You can be listening to some soothing music as you’re writing a post about the sunsets in Hawaii or on Santorini , it’s up to you.

What you consider soothing music, might not be soothing music to another blogger.

You might even want it very quiet as you write or think about your post.

Personally , I hate a quiet room when I write a blog, but that’s just me.

I like music blaring all over the place.

The louder, the better.

No, not Heavy Metal music for me, that’s a little too loud for me .

I like it loud, but I’m crazy like that.

Or maybe I’ve been in too many sports arenas where it is very loud.

This is some of the music that makes writing my blog posts less tedious or even not at all.

You might not be surprised at some of my choices , but then again, yes you might.

1. Done For Me- Charlie Puth ft. Kehlani

2. The Fighter – Keith Urban ft. Carrie Underwood

3. Better Now – Post Malone

4. Girls Like You – Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B

5. G.D.F.R. (Going Down For Real) – Flo- Rida

6. Alone- Halsey ft. Big Sean and Stefflon Don

7. Havana – Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

8. Feel It Still – Portugal . The Man

9. Thunder – Imagine Dragons

10. For The First Time – Darius Rucker

11. One Kiss – Dua Lipa ft Calvin Harris

12. Vegas Lights – Panic At The Disco

13. God’s Plan – Drake

14. Nice For What – Drake

15. Lucid Dreams – Juice Wrld

16. Ocean Drive – Duke Dumont

17. Mic Drop – BTS ft DJ Steve Aoki

18. The Middle – Maren Morris ft Zedd and Grey

19. Feels – Calvin Harris ft Pharrell , Katy Perry and Big Sean

20. Psycho – Post Malone ft Ty Dollar $

21. Trophies – Young Money ft Drake

22. Boo’d Up – Ella Mai

Not the music you expected from the Sports Diva , right?

I actually get my creative juices flowing with these songs believe it or not.

What about you?

Do you listen to music while you’re writing your blog posts?

If you do, just what songs or type of music do you listen to, if any?

Drop me a line in the comments section, and as usual, thank you for liking and following 30 Plus Teams , 30 Plus Dreams .

THANK YOU, NO REALLY, THANK YOU

I’ve been on this blogger journey for three years now.

Two on Tumblr , one with WordPress .

Nothing against Tumblr, but I like the professional look and support that I get from WordPress so much better.

I know that all of the blogging “experts” tell you to not count all the likes that you have or how many followers that you have.

While I don’t worry about how many followers that I have , I do count my likes.

I’m sorry but I get very excited when I see that someone new likes my blog and their niche is no where the topic that mine is.

If they decide to follow my blog, that’s wonderful, but if not, okay.

I have a lot of email addresses from fellow bloggers and I feel bad because I don’t always respond right away or if all to people who have said that they like reading my little story about what to do in a city after you’ve gone to that sporting event.

I always want to thank each and everyone of you individually for liking my posts .

A lot of times it’s wicked hard to do that, so I hope that you can forgive me if I don’t thank you for liking my posts right away.

Instead,I’m writing this “thank you love letter” to all of you who follow 30 Plus Teams , 30 Plus Dreams .

I don’t think you know or realize how much your support means to me, especially those of you who have been at this blogging thing for awhile .

Thank y’all for liking and following my little story, even if I don’t send you an email telling you how much it means to me.

There will be more stories, travel quotes, pictures, videos and other things coming up now that the seasons are changing, and the weather is getting cooler.

There will be more traveling, God willing , to some familiar cities and not so familiar cities because hockey , football and basketball seasons are coming up, and you just know that the Sports Diva has to be wherever a game is going on.

Yes, you’re coming with me through this blog.

God bless all of you, even if you’ve been with me from the beginning or recently just joined the party .

Thank you and keep on supporting me.

Love y’all , Sports Diva

I’M JO JO AND I’M A SPORTS ADDICT

Fellow blogger, Bill Fonda, from Bill’s Writing Place, which I suggest you check out, wrote a post in his blog titled “Sports is a drug”.

Now if you know me or even if you just know me by my blog, my crazy love of sports should tell you that I just had to read this post.

Of course I’m going to put in my two cents because after all, on Instagram I’m known as “Puck Princess 62″, but most people know me as ‘The Sports Diva”.

Bill is right.

Sports are a drug, just as much as alcohol, cocaine, and gambling are.

Ironically , many of us do gamble on sports, and we even have , “fantasy teams” that we bet on.

Sports can be just as dangerous as those other addictions .

Many soccer fans may remember that during the World Cup, the tragic story of Colombia soccer player Escobar, who was killed when he returned to his country by a “fan”.

His “crime”?

He scored the winning goal- for the other team.

That’s right, he put the ball into his own net by mistake.

Many fans don’t go to that extreme, thank God .

It seems to happen a lot in soccer.

Can we say “soccer hooligans “?

The United States isn’t immune from this addiction , and I always tell people who don’t live in the country about the three things that you really don’t discuss with Americans .

Politics Religion , and Sports .

For some reason, sports seems to make us act differently than we normally do.

What happens to people,men and women, whenever a sporting event comes on, no matter what the sport is?

The most mild mannered people seem to turn into raving lunatics.

Since we’re confessing here, I am one of those people who act as crazy as hell when a sporting event comes on.

I rarely get angry at anything or anyone, but let there be a game on.

I will swear like a sailor , using all sorts of curse words that my parents and the nuns at school certainly didn’t teach me.

I will yell and scream loudly at the tv or radio, calling the players, managers , and referees every name except the names that their mamas gave them.

I will even call into the radio sports talk shows and give my opinion also.

I’m not the only one who’s gone to a game in person and acted the fool.

I know my limits though.

I’m not going to go start a fight with ushers, security or fans so that I can get thrown out.

I’m addicted to sports but not that addicted.

Besides, I paid good money for these seats and my brand new team jersey that I bought just for this game to get thrown out.

Like an addict looking for the next fix or drink , sports have made us dependent on it as well.

Many of us count down the days until the season starts up again, and we look at the team’s schedule so that we can plan trips accordingly .

Been there, done that. How do you think 30 Plus Teams , 30 Plus Dreams started?

Some sports fans even name their children and or pets after their favorite player.

I even have named my stuffed animals and electronic gadgets after my favorite baseball , football , or hockey player.

Don’t judge me , okay?

There’s no intervention for being a “sports addict” or even if one likes sports just a little too much.

What does one do if their significant other is so into sports that nothing else really matters?

If you’ve been married a long or even short period of time, sorry divorce is not an option .

Please don’t get to the point where you have to offer an ultimatum .

“It’s you either like the Golden State Warriors or me. CHOOSE!”

Don’t do it, pardon the pun, but you’re going to lose that bet almost every time.

Try to accept that your boyfriend or girlfriend really does like sports and it really isn’t the end of the world if they like sports and you don’t.

Get upset if the family funds seem to be used for gambling on sports, a lot.

Then it’s ‘Houston, we have a problem ‘

Learn to tolerate your sports nut if they turn into someone that you don’t recognize when a boxing match comes on.

If all else fails, it’s not the end of the world .

Move on and maybe find another person who isn’t a sports nut.

Yeah, good luck with that .

200 FOLLOWERS

While checking my email and stats, I realized that I passed two milestones.

It was my first blogversary on WordPress and most importantly, I now have reached 201 followers.

It may not seem like a lot after a year but when I first started my little old story about what to do in a city after you’ve gone to that baseball , hockey , football , and basketball game, I didn’t think that anybody would be interested in hearing about what to do in New York City or Washington, DC , let alone visiting Philadelphia, Baltimore or riding the light rail in Pittsburgh .

I was wrong.

You do want to hear about history coming alive in Lower Manhattan or Lexington and Cambridge , Massachusetts .

Or whether you should stay on the Las Vegas Strip or Downtown Las Vegas .

You even are interested in my bucket list- all 150 things I want to see and do.

Many of you are interested in my blog and for that I thank all of you.

I’m hoping to bring more things to do in a city in up coming posts.

And I hope you enjoy hearing about them as much as I’m enjoying sharing them with you.

Thank you all again and God Bless You

Sportsdiva64

THE  LIEBSTER  AWARD  

Another award from blogging  nation.

Oh wow, thank you  guys!

Big thanks and shout out  to  Anna  from AnnasLittleThing.wordpress  for nominating  me  for  the  Liebster  Award . 

As usual ,  I  so  appreciate  the love from other bloggers . 

If you get the  chance ,  check out Anna’s blog . 

It’s  wicked  awesome  with some great tips . 

Let me tell you a little  bit  about this award.

It’s  an award given  to  bloggers by other bloggers.

It’s their way  of recognizing  fairly  new bloggers and their work.

It definitely  exposes your blog to other bloggers.
Here are the rules  of  the  award.

1. Thank the blogger who nominated  you and  give the link  to  their  blog.

2. Answer  the  questions  that  the blogger asked you.

3. Give some info about yourself . 

4.Nominate 5-11 bloggers for this award and if they chose to accept it, let them know about the  nomination . 

5. Give them 5-11 questions  of your own.
9 Facts About  Me.

1. I LOVE the reality show Chrisley Knows Best. It’s  wicked HYSTERICAL ! 

2. I  love buying wigs, just not grey, blond or some funky color like blue, green or orange.

3. I love buying t-shirts with sports teams logos on it, no matter what the sport is. Yes, I am that team sports apparel  fashionista . 

4. My favorite  sports teams are, in baseball ,  the New York  Yankees ,  basketball , the Boston  Celtics ,  football, the New England  Patriots  and in hockey ,  it’s  the New York  Rangers.

5. Since I’ve  been  retired, I’m  finding  myself  sleeping  a lot.

6. Besides, “staying home is not  an  option  “, you’ll  always  hear me say, “stuck  on  stupid  “, “are you  for real  right  now ? “, or “just because  you can, doesn’t  mean  you  should . ”

7. I  love going  to  the  library  and  reading, what else, travel guidebooks.

8. If I won the  lottery ,  besides donating  money to my friends and family, my high school ,  my church  and paying bills, I’d  travel and buy seasons  tickets to one or all of the teams that I follow . 

9. If I could  write a book about myself ,  the title would be, “Learning  to  travel  with three people-me, myself  and  I .  A guide to solo travel . ”
Questions  From Anna  

1. Worst Date Ever?

No comment  it was THAT bad!

2. What is your most prized possession ? 

The rosary that I carry everywhere with me. It was one of my late aunt’s many rosaries.

3. What is your favorite  all time movie ? 

Gigi. I  love musicals . 

4.One short term  and long term  goal?

My short term  goal was to be able to  do freelance  sports  writing. I accomplished  that in 1992 when I got to interview  Darin Kimble of the Boston Bruins  hockey team. To say that I was wicked nervous  as hell ,  you don’t  even know .  

My long term  goal  is  to  get  better and better in my blogging  journey .  I’m  still working  on  that.

5. Why did you start your blog?

I  love to travel  and going to  sporting  events .  My friend always asks me, “after we go to the game, what’s  there to do there?” Other people  had the same response, so I decided why not tell them?
My Nominees

Libertysfreedomblog.wordpress

NicciMcShane.com  

MyPrettyLittlePassport.com  

The casualvisitor.wordpress  

Iriseatsblog.wordpress

Familyofthetravellingpantsblog.wordpress
Questions  For My Nominees  

1. If you could live anywhere  in  the  world ,  where would  it  be  and why?

2. What is your  biggest  fear ? 

3. What do you love about blogging ? 

4. What advice  would you give yourself  if you could go back in time?

5. What is your favorite  type of music ? 

6. What is your goal  for 2017 and has it happened yet?

7. ,What is your favorite  sport and teams if you have one?

8, If you won the lottery ,  what would  you  do with the  money?

9. What are you  passionate  about ? 

10. What is your favorite  drink?

11. What is your favorite  dessert ?
Thanks again to Anna for nominating  me  for  the  Liebster  Award . 

It means a lot to me that so many  of  you  enjoy reading 30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams . 

Please continue  to  do  so because  I  enjoy telling you about places and things  that you might not know about . 

God Bless  You,

Sports Diva 64

TEAM AWESOME  – MY GO TO FAVORITE BLOGS

I bet you thought  that  I  just write and go on 30 Plus  Teams  Tours  in my spare  time . 

Or that I  spend way too  much  time going to or listening to sports.

I  do but  that’s another  story  for another  time.

No, I actually  spend a lot of time reading a whole  lot  of  other blogs . 

Really, seriously ,  I  do.

If you look on my home blog page on sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com ,  you’ll  discover that I follow a lot of  blogs.

They aren’t  just sports  and  travel  blogs, but religious ,  political ,  music ,  beauty ,  food, and fashion  blogs as well.

I  have  26 particular  blogs that I truly love to  follow ,  and I  try to  follow  them as soon as I see that they have a brand new post.

I  call these 26 blogs my “Team  Awesome  “.

I  hope when you get the chance, take a look  at some  of  these  blogs.
Not only do  they make some interesting  , but you might get some great tips.

1.Warriortraveler.com

It’s  a  blog about lifestyle ,  adventure ,  and travel. Lee, the author, nails it. Not only  does he tell you about his adventures all over the world ,  he gives you great information  on people  and places that you didn’t  know  much or anything  about.

2. Globetrottinggal.com

Sami K ‘ s blog is basically backpacking  for beginners .  You don’t ,  however, have to be a backpacker to travel, and  she gives you all the tips you need  to  know . 

3. FindingNYC.com

Susan ‘ s blog is just what  you  would  expect  it to be, discovering the city that never sleeps, an adventure  at a time . I  was born and live here, but there’s  so much that I  didn’t  know and places in the city that  I didn’t  know  existed , in all five boroughs . 

4. Umaima12blog.wordpress

Her blog is titled “Girl on Top”. Stop it all of you with the dirty minds. Her blog is about bring positive  about being  a  female ,  and taking  life  the good, the bad, and the really  ugly sides of it. I invite you to  check out her blog for  some of the greatest  writing  ever!

5. ThroughOpenLens.com

Lukas ‘ blog is about as you can tell by the title ,  photography .  It’s  more than  that ,  though. If you’re  having a really down  day, his witty puns and humor will put a wicked huge smile  on  your  face. You might even get some great information  as well.

6. BayAreaBeautyBlogger.com

She lives in the Bay area of San Francisco ,  and not only tells you about the latest fashion  and makeup  tips, she tells you about the latest beauty products on the market  right now. My favorite  post by her was when she showed you what to wear when you attend a baseball  game , even if you aren’t  a baseball  fan. Gotta  love  it ! 

7. TheChallenge2017.blog

She calls her blog “The Real Stories- The Obstacles  “, and Yoly isn’t  kidding .  She talks about everything  sad, funny, and all those, ‘are you for real right now?’ moments in the lives of her and her family .  You real enjoy her “realness  “.

8. RolandMillward.com

He states that his blog is about “travel, life, and people  “. Maybe it us, but I  can tell you  that his blog is much more than  that to me .  Not for nothing ,  but I  think that because  of  his excellent  blogging  tips and being a sounding board for my way too many blogging  questions ,  I’ve  been  able to step  up  my blogging  game. THANKS ROLAND ! 

9.Libertysfreedomblog.wordpress

Liberty states that her blog is about freedom of  speech  and besides her traveling  throughout  Europe ,  it is. But this blogger writes about very mature topics and makes a whole lot of sense, and to think she’s  15 years old.

10. Anjage.com

Anna G writes about fashion ,  music ,  and what she likes to  call ‘Other  Stories”. I  especially  like to  read her  posts about her music  playlists. We have some of the same tastes  in music.

11. SparkleofLucy.wordpress

Lucy talks about mental  health ,  lifestyle ,  and  other thoughts .  She’s  always  so upbeat in her posts and the title of  her blog, Sparkle of Lucy ,  says all you need to know about her .  Did I mention  that  she just turned 16?

12. Voyagesofmine.com

It’s  about travel and photography and even though the author, Haley, is from Knoxville ,  Tennessee ,  she travels all over.

13. Lovetravellingaroundtgeworld.worpress

The author of this blog post calls herself ,  ‘Little  Miss Traveller  ‘, and she provides you with all the information you need for your own perfect  trip

14. NicciMcShane.com

Nicci describes herself as ‘an Expat at home’, meaning no matter what ,  yes, you can always go back to where  you  came from and appreciate  even more the places ,  people ,  and things that you  left behind . 

15. Theblogabroad.com

Gloria  calls describes herself  as ‘an adventure  travel junkie ‘ and her blog is just stories  of her travels. As a black female  traveller like Gloria ,  I  certainly  can relate to some of her travel issues . 

16. Sendingpistcardshome.com

Raga and Nandita are a husband and wife pair of bloggers who travel everywhere and have the pictures to show you, just as though they had sent you  a postcard. I truly love the fact that when they travel, their parents sometimes go on these adventures  with them. What a blessing ! 

17. TheCampervanmsnblog.com

This blogger likes to  say that his blog is all about ‘a man, his van, and no plan’. Yeah, sometimes  he has no plan where he and his van are going to  go. He just goes .  Dude after my own heart . 

18. PinkLogs.wordpress

This blog is all about fashion ,  beauty ,  and a big glimpse  of  Indian  culture .  I keep telling  the author ,  Swati ,  that she should be one of those Bollywood actresses . 

19. UsedYorkCity.com

It’s  a blog about, you guessed it, New York  City   However the tips the author, Jessica,  gives you don’t  only apply  to  New York  City .  They can apply to  any city.

20. Shutupandgo.travel

Damon and Jo are speaking  my language here. Don’t  think  about where you want to  go, even if it’s  a day trip  or seeing  something  in your own town. If you have a few dollars to your name, just shut up  and  go!

21. AnnasLittleThing.wordpress

It’s  Anna ‘ s thing about life and beauty .  In her last post, she even talked about  what great finds you can find at your local  drugstore .  HELLO WALGREENS ! 

22. Journeyofalifestylye.com

The author of this post, Rosie, is an English  lady who moved to  Florida .  It’s  interesting  to  discover  her thoughts  about packing up and moving to another country that’s not even that close to yours. By the way, she loves Florida so much that her wedding  is going to  be  at Disney  World in Orlando .  Congrats ,  Rosie . 

23 .MyPrettyLittlePassport.com

Do you want to know what it’s  like to travel with the little  ones? Then follow Mitiele  and her mini me , one adventure throughout  London  at a time.

24. ChrissyAdventures.com

Blogger Chrissy basically  has the same outlook  on life that I do. “Everyday  is an adventure ,  embrace it . ” Like my  blog, her nlog is mostly about travel  in the United  States .  My favorite blog post of hers? The post on her hometown ,  Nashville ,  Tennessee  and taking in the atmosphere  of a Nashville  Predators  hockey game .  You go  Chrissy! SMASHVILLE FOREVER!

25. Lifepunchesblog.wordpress

Efren calls his blog “Crazy Stuff Happens  “, which is life from a married man’s  point of  view .  His blog makes you really appreciate  that guy in your life ,  whether  it’s  your son, brother , husband,  father, or boyfriend .  He also gives you the REAL reason why your boyfriend  or husband  cleans up the house real fast . 

My last favorite  blog on Team Awesome  should come as no surprise  if you’ve  been following  my blog, or you know  me very well.

26. WingspanSports.com

These three cousins  live, breathe, eat, and sleep sports . 

Sounds like the Sports  Diva 64  if you ask me !

There’s  more than covering the four major professional  sports leagues ,  they also cover college sports as well as the sports topics of the day. Like my blig, they also tell you what to do in a city while you’re  attending  that sporting event . 

There you have my list of blogs that I  call my “Team Awesome  ”

What  blogs are on your Team Awesome  list?

Let me know and I’ll  definitely  follow  them as well . 

As always    thanks for liking and reading my little  blig.

I so appreciate  your  support .