Monday, March 08, 2010

A Blog Chain for St. Patrick's Day!

Thanks to everyone who participated, our Valentine's Blog Chain was a huge success. We all had so much fun, we have decided to put together another one for St. Patrick’s Day. Would you like to join us for a round March 11 through 17?

In case you missed the last event, you may be wondering, "What is a Blog Chain?"

A blog chain involves about a dozen people who have a blog and want to participate in a fun group activity. Each participant visits the blog of every person on the chain within one week of being sent the list of URLs. When visiting each blog, participants read and comment on one post they find interesting. When you leave a comment on the other eleven blogs you will in turn receive eleven comments on your own blog. And, the search engines smile upon you because this kind of activity increases your blog's popularity and raises its ranks in search engines.

Who's Blogging?

Below is the line up for the friends, family, and clients on this month's blog chain. Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment along with the URL to your own blog. Following these people on Twitter allows you to stay in contact with them after the blog chain is over.

Just like her book, Blast Off!, Allison Maslan's blog is about self-empowerment in body mind and spirit. Learn how to make the changes you want in business, career, relationships, and your body when you visit Be sure to follow Allison on Twitter: @AllisonMaslan

After much debate about which of my blogs to feature in this blog chain, I've decided to introduce you to my book, More Than Meets the Eye. Learn about the process of death and dying, find green burial info, consider activity in the afterlife, and talk about spirit communication at You'll recognize my constant tweeting as @writersinthesky.

On Writer's Journey is a blog owned by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz. Visit her at to read author interviews, book reviews, and all things writing related. She is so generous that she reviewed two of my books and interviewed me twice! Penny is @pennyehrenkranz on Twitter.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is a long-time networking friend of mine. She and I have done multiple joint venture projects like this blog chain. She has several blogs, but we have chosen to honor our soldiers during this blog chain. Carolyn is on Twitter as @frugalbookpromo.

After 15 years of working in the industry as an ASE-certified automobile technician, my son, Robert McCurley, has started his own Nashville business, Wheel Fix It Mobile Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. His rates are much lower than the cost of taking a car to the shop; plus, he comes to your location! Find auto care tips and information about how to contact him for a local repair when you visit his blog at Follow @WheelFixItNow on Twitter.

Tisha Morris is a new WITS client and I am thrilled to be helping her promote her new book, 27 Things to FengShui Your Home. Her blog has some great tips for declutter your life, home, and workspace. I've been cleaning like a fiend ever since I got hold of her book! She's on Twitter as @mindbodyom.

If you are looking for something to do outdoors or some new place to go for vacation, you'll love Loretta Leda's blog Follow her on Twitter: @FloridaSpaGirls.

Schall Adams is a new girlfriend and networking partner I found when working on Allison Maslan's Amazon book launch. Schall's blog is all about women empowering women to live happy, successful, passionate lives! Schall is @SchallAdams on Twitter.

Another WITS client, networker, and dear friend has joined this blog chain. Janet Riehl and I were virtual friends for years before we met in person when she came to Nashville for a recording session with my son-in-law, Scott Kidd. When you visit her blog,, you may read about the audio book they created! You'll want to follow Janet on Twitter as @Riehlife. Historical and light paranormal romance author. Gardening with a focus on herbs, heirloom plants and old Southern recipes. Please follow Beth Tissel on Twitter: @BethTrissel.

Denise DeMaras is a women's health coach, artist, and writer whose medicine is change. She helps women process emotions, reduce stress, and increase creativity, to make changes or cope with them. She is a board-certified nutrition consultant, Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor, Chapman University Certified Art for Healing Instructor, Columbia University Certified Holistic Health Counselor. I love her fabulous blog at ! Follow Denise on Twitter: @ddemaras. is about folklore and family stories, mythology and more. Follow Folkheart Press on Twitter: @Folkheartpress. features the musings of Dennis S Martin: poet, playwright and novelist from Baltimore, Maryland. Follow Dennis on Twitter: @dsmartin49. Tips on Mac computers and graphic design. Follow Jessica Galbraith on Twitter: @leedesign. This blog is all about writing tips for writers and teachers of writing. Each week I will address one aspect of writing. Occasionally, I will post tips about no-fee contests and calls for submissions by publishers. Follow Nancy Kelly Allen on Twitter: @NancyKellyAllen.

The book publicist, Scott Lorenz, is president of Westwind Communications, a public republic relations and marketing firm with a special knack for working with authors and entrepreneurs to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Scott is a regular contributor to WITS Newsletter. Follow Scott on Twitter: @aBookPublicist.

Tom Vancel is a retired pharmacist and now does dentistry in third-world countries to help less-fortunate children. Read his blog about his adventures at .

Long-time WITS client Linda Ballou is about to introduce another book. Find out more about her first book, Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii-Her Epic Journey, when you visit her blog: Follow Linda on Twitter: @LindaBallou.

Happy networking, everyone. Let me know how it goes.

Yvonne Perry,
Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services

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Nancy Kelly Allen said...

I love the blog chain. I'd like to participate in the St. Patrick Day blog chain because I have a new picture book coming out this week and it's all about the environment/pollution and how our actions today affect the earth for years to come. However, if you have more applicants than you can handle, let someone have my place since I participated in the last blog chain. You probably want new blogs each time. If so, I understand.

Dennis S Martin said...

I thought the Valentine Blog chain was interesting. I visited quite a few blogs that I thought were very good. I'll participate again.

Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Sounds like a fun activity. Unfortunately, my blog is about writing, but not about "green" writing. It would have been a great way to connect with other bloggers.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Love being part of the chain, and I am GREEN (environmentally) and a wee bit Irish, but my blogs having nothing to do with shamrocks or elves sitting under mushrooms. Still, we'll have fun.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Tweeting writing tips and resources @frugalbookpromo

Janet Grace Riehl said...

What a great group of bloggers to be part of. Each differentiated and yet united. It's like a village.

Riehlife: Village Wisdom for the 21st Century is dedicated to making connections through the arts and across cultures.

In April I'll be running a Poem-of-the-Day. If you have suggestions for this feature, feel free to contact me.

Janet Riehl

Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Yvonne, thanks for expanding the theme for the St. Patrick's day blog chain. I'm looking forward to visiting and exchanging comments with everyone.

Rachel said...

I would LOVE to participate! This is the first I have heart about this (on Twitter). I write about being a mom and a woman in a humorous way, and what it's like to be a "real" housewife in the OC.

Please let me know how I can play. :) You can follow me on Twitter @RachelintheOC.

Beth Trissel said...

This blog chain is great and I'm glad to be a part of it. Thanks!