And Now For a Word from Our Sponsor

Have you seen the little YouTube screens at the end of some people’s blogs that are labeled as a WordAd?

Maybe you have one.

If you’re like me, whenever an ad pops up to interrupt whatever you’re doing online, you look for the fastest way to close, end, exit, getthisthingouttahere, turn it off, block it, why does everything have to have an ad?

But when it comes to these ads and seeing them on your posts, well, those are okay with me and I’ll tell you why.

I set up WordAd for my blog because I can get money back when people click to watch and I thought it might be a good way to earn enough to pay for my domain name and a few custom features that I subscribe to on WordPress.

So after each month, I can see how much I’ve earned.  So far, after several months, less than $20. And this $20 is “pending” because I have to earn $100 in order to receive my payment.  At this rate WordAds might pay for my blogging expenses once every four years or so!

So obviously it’s not a big money-making scheme, but it can be a way to support a blogger. And most of the ads are really clever and humorous or catchy or entertaining! So I’ve taken to watching these ads on blogs I visit because I know it may help that blogger support their writing habit.

You never know what ad will show up on your post!  If you don’t think you’ll like the ad then by all means, don’t bother watching it. But some of them are pretty good and I’m no blogging snob so I can admit to liking some of these—especially the ones that make me laugh.

I’m watching your ads if you have them and I’m asking, “Please watch mine!”

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It Is Me, Claude, Your Award Show Host for Today

Bonjour! Eet eez me, Claude Mouse.

Eet eez award season très certainement! Grammys, Screen Actors Guild, zee People’s Choice, and of course zee Oscars–Academy Awards–coming up. J’adore awards ever seence I was honored weeth zee LIfetime Achievement Kitchen Inspiration Award last February. Squeek! Squeek!

Zeez eez me weeth my award!

Zeez eez me weeth my award!

And, mes amis, eet eez award season here in zee blogosphere as well eet seems. So many of our blogging friends are honored weeth so many wonderful awards! Mycookinglifebypatty aussi! Pattee shee eez also bestowed weeth such awards thees year. Eeen fact, she eez feeling un peu timide–umm–“shy” eez zee word–about all zeez attention.

But I tell her, Pattee, “Vous méritez, zeez awards!” Alors, I deecide to help her weeth thees post. I eenterview her.

Me: Pattee, what eez zee award you just receive?

Patty:  It was the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award,” Claude.

Me:  And who geeve theez award to you?

Patty:  I received this honor from Kenton Lewis, published author and writer of The Jittery Goat which is an entertaining blog that I recently discovered and have been following. Thank you, Kenton! This is what the award looks like:

Very inspiring blogger award

Claude:  Eet eez tres chic! Now, Pattee, every blogging award comes weeth zee, how you say, rules of zee game, no? What are zee rules for zeez award?

Patty:  Well Claude, there are four things. 1. Display the award logo on your blog; 2. Link back to the person who nominated you; 3. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them; and 4. State 7 things about yourself.

Claude:  Okay Pattee. You have done zee first two theengs. Let’s move on. Who are you going to nomeenate for zee Very Eeenspiring Blogger Award?

Patty: I picked the blogs that inspire me especially on the subject of cooking, Claude.

  1. Fig and Quince. This blog features Persian recipes and cooking which is something I didn’t know much about.
  2. Homemade Delish. Roberta from Philly writes this and she’s become a celebrity chef in her area. Go Roberta!
  3. Foodimentary. John-Bryant Hopkins coined this term himself. Probably lots of us know him. I’m inspired by his seemingly endless knowledge of food trivia and history.
  4. Plant Based Diet Adventures. She does a great job changing omnivore recipes into vegan.
  5. Afternoon Popcorn Snack. The name alone is inspiring. I think of Amy around 3 p.m. every afternoon–wishing I had popcorn. And a snack. Maybe one of her cookies.
  6. Sybaritica. C. John Thompson is a lawyer way up in Northern Canada who is very sybaritic when it comes to food and ambience. (I had to look it up too. It means devoted to or marked by pleasure and luxury.)
  7. Florastable. Authentic Italian meets Traditional American. Anyone who thinks giving us a great scallops recipe is a good Valentine’s Day gift is A-Okay in my book!
  8. Cook Up a Story. It’s the name of a blog and the name of a book both featuring Vinny Grette. No, not kidding you! It’s delightful.
  9. Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy. This mama is all about Indonesian cooking and showing us how easy it is to make very tasty and exotic foods from her part of the world.
  10. Chef Mimi Blog. Pumpkin Pancakes? Wild Rice Pancakes? Yes! That is definitely inspiring!
  11. 1227 Foster. Danny is a very creative and inspired chef plus he’s a designer. I read just about every post he writes.
  12. My Sister’s Pantry Healthy, vegan, easy and great advice and cooking tips. Also excellent and timely use of chocolate!
  13. The House By the Sea. Gorgeously aesthetic blog by Soffia who is an Icelandic photographer, cook and artist. The pictures alone are worth the visit!
  14. David Lebovitz Living the Sweet Life in Paris. Yes he is a professional. But why not give him the shout out he deserves? I have learned a lot from reading David’s blog. He goes into great detail and it’s always interesting!
  15. She Cooks Macro. Been lurking here and now following! Most recipes shown with a gallery of very professional-looking photos

Claude: Merci beaucoup pour toutes ces merveilleuses adresses! I can’t wait to take a look at theeze.  Now, Meez Pattee, can you tell us seven theengs about yourself?

Patty:  Hmmm.  I’ll try Claude.

  1. I prefer cooking with gas.
  2. I do not like microwave ovens at all and try to avoid them.
  3. I would like to live in Italy.
  4. I’m an east-coast girl at heart.
  5. I like to stay busy. Half a day off is about all I can take unless there is something really fascinating to do.
  6. I’m a great cook but not such a great housekeeper.
  7. I love anything pickled.

Claude: Bon. Félicitations à vous, Pattee, et à tous vos candidats!