October 12, 2012

Blogging + Have an Inspiring Weekend!

I love sunsets.

When I first started up my blog I had no idea if anyone would read my posts, what it would be like, what type of people would be visiting, what I was doing or what I was getting into.
What I've quickly learned is that there are: The unspoken rules of blogging etiquette. One important rule is...
reciprocity. Yep, reciprocity, and reciprocal commenting is key. They say the social norms in the real world should apply to our blogging life and/or social life of online media.

Reciprocity is into play in the aspects of social networking. I know we all have busy lives, but please take the time to comment on your favourite blogs. We all love comments. When you leave a comment on a blog post, your hope is they in return comment on your post as well. I don't know about you guys, but I always get so excited when I receive feedback on my blog. It just makes me happy to know that there are people out there that are enjoying my photos and posts, or that maybe in some small way I touched a reader's heart.

We are all connected and supporting each other

It's absolutely amazing the way we inspire and support each other.
Actually, I was lucky enough to have "met" some incredible people along the way. It's funny how you read about someone's life and you feel as if you have known them on a personal level!

One thing I did know from day one was that I wanted to share the things that I love and are special to me, be inspired and hopefully inspire others on the way. This is still my goal.

I want to take the opportunity to thank you all for reading Cut and Dry. I really appreciate you all more than you'll ever know.

Two random photos for you.
A shipyard, as seen through my eyes.
Drakes Island from Torpoint, Cornwall.

So, what are your plans for the weekend? As for me, oh, I have so many distractions calling for my attention. Inevitably.

Hope you have a great one! xx

90 comments:

Betty Manousos said...

as always, i welcome your feedback. thank you! i appreciate every single reader more than i can express:)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I love the effects you created in your photos. Gorgeous, Betty! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Magia da Inês said...

♪彡♪♫°¸.•♫°`

Muito bonito mesmo!!!! Espetacular!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil

♪♫♫°✿°`╮

Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

You are like your photos--beautiful. I appreciate you too!

Craver Vii said...

Your concept of reciprocation is a view that I share. (I'm not legalistic about a 1:1 ratio. You post more frequently than I do, and have many more people who comment. So I do not expect you to comment on my blog as frequently as I do on yours.) The general principle seems so reasonable, that I regard it as self-evident.

Weekend plans? I have an important discussion/debate this weekend, and I have been studying hard to prep for it. I trust my colleagues (and opponents) have done the same. So, my weekend will be spent scribbling on a notepad, and with my nose in books.

These scenes are delightful. I love to experiment with digital effects and exploring how they might convey different emotions.

Trac~ said...

Gorgeous photos as always doll! I appreciate you too and am always so happy when you stop by to say hello on my blog. :). My weekend consists of relaxing for a change but decorating a pumpkin, some football watching, and cooking some fall goodies. Other than that, nothing too exciting. :). Hope you have a glorious and relaxing weekend as well sweetums! Xoxoxo

Lois Evensen said...

What lovely images. What you have done with color is lots of fun. :)

Mari-Pi-R said...

Estoy de acuerdo contigo en lo que dices de la amistad con blogger.
Unos pintorescos cielos de belleza de imágenes que nos has dejado.
Con tu permiso he conservado una quizás para un futuro cuadro.
Que tengas un feliz fin de semana en todos tus proyectos

TexWisGirl said...

you, my dear betty, are one of the most generous and full-hearted bloggers i know. i so appreciate knowing you and sharing our snippets of life. :)

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful skies, glorious colors and superb captures, Betty!! I love them and the different things you have done with them!! Awesome! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

Cloudy said...

Großartige Aufnahmen mit schönen, wahren Worten in der Blogger Szene unterlegt...

Liebe Grüße aus dem Regenwald...:-)

Cloudy

Craver Vii said...

Mari, cual para el cuadro? Me gusta el ultimo que se llama "Drake's Island." Yo puedo ver algo asi para una pared en mi casa o en la oficina.

Betty, that last painted photo of Drake's Island is pure magic! I love it!

Christa Mavropoulou said...

τέλειες φωτογραφίες Μπέτυ,και μου αρέσουν ιδιαίτερα οι επεξεργασίες σου-)))
εύχομαι ένα όμορφο ΣΒΚ
πολλά φιλιά

Anaximandro said...

Preciosos y mágicos paisajes.
Un abrazo.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Beautiful photos! I am a newer follower and so happy I found your blog. It is one of my favorites! :)

imac said...

Lovely photos, but just love that 1st shot.

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

I am happy for you enjoying your blog.Have a nice weekend!

It's me said...

Beutiful pictures...lovely weekend Darling.....xxx

Sandra said...

so beautiful, i love the blue one and the one that is so colorful above the painting with camera words. you did capture God's amazing sky and the photos are spectacular, all of them.

Ms. A said...

I know what you mean about blogging, although I never thought about inspiring anyone. There are some wonderful, amazing people around the blogosphere! You are one of them!

Big Hugs and have a great weekend!

Robert Geiss said...

Wonderful colours indeed. Yes, blogging changed life. Thought me a lot. Brought me a two year contract with a picture agency. Hopefully remains possible.

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant colouring, and, you give love out and you get it back, cheers Betty.

ξωτικό said...

Έτσι όπως τα είπες είναι !!!!!!!
Υπέροχες οι ζωγραφικές σου φωτογραφίες (ειδικά αυτη με τα καραβάκια απίστευτη) !!!!!
Και η τελευταία πίνακας κανονικός !!!!
Καλό weekend !!!

Leovi said...

Beautiful pictures, I love those beautiful colors and sublime creativity of these beautiful compositions, a hug.

Giga said...

Niestety zasady wzajemności nie wszyscy blogowicze przestrzegają i to jest przykre. Zdjęcia są cudowne. Miłego weekendu. Pozdrawiam.
Unfortunately, the principle of reciprocity does not comply with all the bloggers and that is sad. The pictures are wonderful. Have a nice weekend. Yours.

sky-blu-pink said...

Wow! These are amazing! The blue / yellow sunset one is terrific! Your words, too are beautiful, both here and in your comments on our blogs, and that explains why we follow you! I have 29 followers, and feel I know them all through their blogs and their kind words on mine. Keep up the good work Betty! Have a great weekend yourself, I am watching the Korean Grand Prix and going to a Vintage Fashion fair.

A Cuban In London said...

I love your thoughts on blogging. They echo mine. Have a nice weekend, you too! :-)

Greetings from London.

Unknown Mami said...

That first picture makes me feel like I'm looking at the actual sun. I can feel it's warmth and I'm afraid to stare at it too long. Very cool.

Ellie said...

Wow you have some stunning images here - I especially love your very first one.
I am so glad that I have got to know you too - I agree blogging is great :))

Cloudia said...

Extremely well and wisely put!


Have a Good Weekend,
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dianne said...

Beautiful photos and creative images Betty dear, the blue sunset is lovely.
I treasure the opinions of my followers and the friendships we have formed, if it was not for all of their comments I would just be writing for myself.
Have a great weekend Betty dear.
xoxoxo ♡

George said...

I really like the way you paint with your camera. I know what you mean about meeting wonderful people through blogging. I've met many marvelous people ( including you) through blogging, even if I've never met them in person.

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful post!

rainfield61 said...

And you must have met one of the funniest people in the world.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You, and your photos, are beautiful.

Hugs,
xoRobyn

David Macaulay said...

Tis true re reciprocation and I don't always do it, although I try to - always love your S Devon photos, Betty

anilkurup said...

This is the second post I read on Bloggers and Blogging. Reciprocal mind is necessary for Blogging . I agree with you.

And again let me say your pics are like paintings , splash of colours in harmony!

Bitch said...

Well dear Betty!
I saw you in my dreams..
You tried to fix the outlook on my blog (how strange).
Your photography you created new colors with PS is marvelous!!

Wish you a nice weekend and stay as you are. A beautiful mind!!

diane b said...

It is true what you say about blogging. I love reading about others'lives and interests. Your painted sunsets are beautiful. This weekend we are spending pricing through the country in western NSW. The weather was too poor to drive into the Snowy Mts like we wanted too. We'll just have to come backin summer

Jesús said...

Bonitas imágenes y muy pictóricas, sobre todo la primera que parece una pintura impresionista.

Saludos.

eileeninmd said...

Betty, I love visiting your blog, your photos are just beautiful. Meeting new friends thru blogging is great. I also feel like I am traveling to new and exciting places thru blogging. Wonderful post and I wish you a very happy weekend.

Lynn said...

You have a beautiful blog - I'm so glad I found it!

ANRAFERA said...

Felicitaciones Betty por estas bonitas fotografías. Me gusta mucho sus procesados, muy vistosas.
Un cordial saludo feliz fin de semana, a mí me toca trabajar.
Ramón.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Gorgeous photos! I especially like what you did with the Illusion in the Shipyard. Very neat :)
Weekend plans: yard work, washing windows, house cleaning, stitching & hopefully getting an afternoon Sunday nap :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Wow! Awesome post. The pictures are absolutely beautiful and your views on blogging are spot on. I have met so many wonderful persons since I started my Blog. It is a long holiday weekend in Jamaica. I will spend it relaxing at home, listening to music, watching television and of course blogging. Have a good weekend.

Riot Kitty said...

Fantastic pics! Glad I found the blog I can comment on :) I follow the other one too.

Elizabeth Anderson said...

Thank you for welcoming me to your blog. I've been absent for a while and I missed popping in to see what you're up to.

My favourite photo is Bantham Beach. There's something interesting about the framing. The way the fence tilts around the grasses. Also the layering splashes of colour over the boats and brick wall in the Illusion in a shipyard.

Hope your weekend is going splendidly :)

marijke said...

Beautiful photography Betty. Wish you a wonderful sunday.
xxx marijke

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Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Olá Betty, excelentes fotografias....
Cumprimentos

tossan® said...

Mgistral! I really like these photos. Greetings

Just Be Real said...

It is a law, the law of reciprocy. Lovely photos, especially the boats. Blessings.

SandyCarlson said...

You say it so well. We show up for each other and support each other. It's amazing.

Nancy Claeys said...

Loving your photos and edits Betty.

And how is that little kitty of yours? :)

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Rui Pires - Olhar d'Ouro said...

Fantástic effects!
very beautiful pictures!
Thanks Betty!
Greetings!

Christa Mavropoulou said...

Μπέτυ
στη νέα σου ανάρτηση,έχεις κλείσει τα ''σχόλια''
φιλιά και καληνύυυυυυχταααααα

Hilary said...

I haven't been so good at leaving comments, lately and I apologize for that. I expect my blogging and visiting will get back to "normal" in a few weeks. Changes are afoot!

This is Belgium said...

love your photo's !

missing moments said...

I love all the photos but that last one is just beautiful!

Cloudia said...

love your smashing shots today, and understand. Wishing you well.



Thanks for YOUr sweet visit!
Aloha from Honolulu
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de engineur said...

Wow! Awesome lighting effect.

Rick said...

I hear you, Betty re: blogging - I've had to cut back too, although I don't even have a dedicated blogging day. It's tough to keep up with all the wonderful blogs out there.

But these are gorgeous photos (as is the one on your most recent post).

I wish you luck (and rest ;>)

Pat Tillett said...

It certainly does take a lot of time, this blogging thing!
Love your photos Betty...

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi Betty,

Thanks for dropping by and yes i agree totally with you! You have to give if you want to receive
I am busy as well but take the time to reply as much as i can but it is hard to keep up sometimes, don't you think?

But blogging is fantastic

Your pics are stunning Betty!

Arianexxxx

A Cuban In London said...

Re your plans for your blog, I totally understand you. Blogging sometimes almost a 9-5 job. I loved those photos, especially the first one. Beautiful effect.

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

The Detox Diva said...

First let me tell you, I LOVE the blog!! The pictures are just gorgeous and it appeals to my elegant side.
Second, I totally wish that others would understand the reciprocity of bloggerdom. I am glad you posted this. I do my very best to return every visit to my blog and, though I do understand that I am an acquired taste and many will have nothing to say, it always shocks me when I have taken the time to actually read something and comment, they don't do the same. THANK you for this post! You said what many think!

Theresa said...

What a wonderful post and such lovely photos. I agree, it's all about reciprocating. I have made some wonderful friends through blogging. People I didn't even know a year ago, but now I look forward to visiting them each day.

Thank you for stopping by Theresa's Mixed Nuts and your sweet comment. I am happy you stopped by and am now your newest gfc follower :)

Theresa

Betty Manousos said...

the detox diva, i really appreciate your efforts you put into the blogging community and thank you for being such a reciprocal blogger.
also: thank you for your most generous comments!:)xo

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bridgetstraub.com said...

Well shoot, only the first and last photos came up for me. The two that did however are beautiful!

Creative Atelier said...

First, I LOVE your pictures! Second, as a blogger I loved your post. I too have made friends and thank my readers for the opportunity to share.

Katherines Corner said...

beautiful photos and terrific post my friend. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. did you enter my latest giveaway?

BlueShell said...

,...just to hug you!!!

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Treatntrick Treat and Trick said...

Your photos are amazing! I really appreciate your visit and comment. Will be back to check your other beautiful post..

Theresa said...

Such beautiful photographs, altered photographs. I enjoyed my visit here today! Glad we met via KC hop. I hope your weekend is great too! Drop by anytime. Visiting from DearCreatives.com

Jeremy said...

Beautiful photos. You are a very talented photographer. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Roshni AaMom said...

Those are wonderful photos and I totally agree with your reciprocity rule! I too love comments!! :)

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Emm in London said...

Betty, I wanted to reply to this but it seems I did not do so already! I wanted to say, yes, yes, yes!!! So many bloggers churn out 5 or 7 posts a week, never replying to or reciprocating comments and it doesn't work. Sure, there are times, weeks even, where I can't keep up but I do believe in supporting each and every one of my fellow blogging friends and I am glad that you do too.

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Re your thoughts on blogging thing I totally agree.

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