Tuesday, 21 February 2017

200K PageViews P.M!! A year in Blogging & What I've Learned

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Alfonzo Words



WHistle* How time flies when you're having fun.
Can't believe it's been a year already.
Can I just say....
Wooooooooooohooooo! Yippee Ki Yay! 
From the bottom of my heart
Thank You!!! Thank You!!!

Y'all got me feeling:


& Like....




Wow, woah, WOW! I never thought I'd get here any time soon. 200k/ TWO Hundred-frikkin'-Thousand Pageviews per month. Especially since I'd been away most of December and some of January due to a personal abyss I'd been trapped in. But to come back, seeing my blog stats at 200k pageviews was truly truly humbling and heart melting.
So, obviously I had to test the stats and I waited another month to see if it would hit 200k again and won't you dang too-tin know it. As of today my blog hit the mark for a consecutive month!

To all of you, My Readers:
my inspiration, my magical superstars that have made ALL of this possible through your amazing support & fanatical comments. I'm am irrevocably and unequivocally in AWE of YOU. Truly and truly humbled & honored by your return visits to my posts & content.

SO Again I must say:

Thank You!!! Thank You!!!


I am Beyond Grateful


THE CONTENT:

It's been quite the journey, both as a learning curve and an eye-opening experience. I remember starting this a year ago in February of 2016 after I had written my novel The Cured: Rebirth
An excerpt can be found on this post here:

The First Date


I had read that a good platform to build on for authors was a blog so I decided to test the waters. Soon and without any warning I became hooked, if only due to the amazing people that I met through this and all of the unbelievable support in light of my "newbie" status. Post after post was dished out with no specific "niche" in mind. All I wanted to do was post about the things I loved most.
Things like:
And true to my Author Nature, a bunch of short stories too

Mommy Blogger: How I found out I was Pregnant

&

But soon other "Themes" & Weekly fun began to emerge on the blog.
One such Special Mention has to go to The Blog Tag angels, Cassarica & Sumarie.
Who also collaborated with me on The Zemlja Dosta Chronicles.

Their aim is to provide weekly writing prompts for bloggers & support them along their journey.
I had such hilarious FUN with these!
Wrote outside my comfort Zone on prompts like a Beauty Product Review & I can't remember what this prompt was but it was definitely Beauty related LOL

Confessions of a Teenage Blogger Queen


An awesome weekly prompt that was initiated by them were Various Tags based on that week's theme.
For example if that week was all about Movies, then by the end a Movie Tag with fun questions was created.
After doing a few and lovin' them I thought it was time to hear from someone else least I get boring LOL
From this the

Movie Tag: Akasha Garnier

was born and spanned many more interviews with Super-Fantastic & Talented individuals from all around the world.
Including one with a local superstar social media influencer

Inspire Tag: Karabo Mokgoko


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Then on the 4th of June 2016, tragedy struck when I learned my long time Idol Muhammad Ali had passed away. Man, I was gutted, and I had to release all that grief into something positive. I had to share WHY he meant so much to me.
Which produced:

#RIPMuhammadAli - 5 Lessons You taught Me


Readers really responded to the 5 lessons & the condensed version of them.
So I began taking other Iconic figures that Inspired me like Ellen Degeneres (Who's catch phrase "Be Kind to One Another", I use to end each & every one of my posts), JK Rowling (Who is my All time Favorite Author) then summarizing just 5 powerful Life Lessons from them.


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In the year prior I was introduced to the Wonderfully Wonderful world of Personal Development, from this experience I've also included a few posts on that, most notably:

How to OverCome Self-Doubt: A New Perspective to 6 Tips

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In general I make it a rule not to care or get involved in politics, however on during the week of the 12th April 2016 the news became aflutter with news of "The Panama Papers" & after a work friend enticed me with the summary, my Author curiosity was peaked.

The Panama Papers: Who leaked the biggest leak in history?


The feedback was in a word, shocking. To me it was a passing thought that I wanted aired.
  • Irvin Joel made an Infographic.
  • And by 2016/04/19*
  • The Post was Shared/Featured in the French Online Press: http://panamapapers.press/
  • It was said that I wrote with true journalistic flare & reported on the story with new eyes in a new way.
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MY All Time Favorite Post to Date has got to be this one though:

A Life without Traffic


It was one of my first posts as a blogger & one of the best ideas I've ever had. I love it.
I hope #GhostCars is invented one day.

The MILESTONES:

First Post dated Monday, 8 February 2016

Novel: Behind the scenes


The first one was ofcourse my first 10,000 views on the blog but I can't seem to find that one

so the next one was on 14th July 2016, just 5 months from inception:

With the corresponding FaceBook Post

Then remarkably by the 19th October 2016, just under 3 months later:
With the corresponding FaceBook Post

And Now on the 21st January 2017, just another 3 months later:

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With the corresponding FaceBook Post


Don't get me wrong though, I'm not doing this to boast or proclaim.
My aim is to log the journey & the moments that have been important to ME.
Because, do you know what I see when I look at these?
All the AMAZING, brightly lit souls that I've met and have been helping me #ShineThroughtheNoise

Special Mentions include:

Akasha Garnier


  • My EPIC promo partner, my mentor & friend
  • Author of the incredible Self-Help book #ShineThroughtheNoise
  • Without which I wouldn't have reached all these milestones
  • She inspires me Daily


Shelley Smidt-Booys



  • Ah Shells Bells! Inventor of the Word "Shego Boost" - her unique version of supporting others in her circle.
  • Love her to bits, was totally surprised when I heard her speak! hahaha
  • Author, Blogger, Fur Baby Momma & all around beautiful person
  • Her blog just got it's own domain, check out her soulful posts at thedealis.co.za

 Kathe Messina 


  • Also known as the #TwitterGracious Queen!
  • Featured on the blog & is currently the Most Popular post
  • Kathe has a unique flare for making EveryOne feel special on Twitter
  • She also RT's my content daily #MadLove Kathe!
  • Memoir Author coming soon &  ESL Teacher❤️

Eugenia Nazarova

  • An Account manager, branding consultant, blogger
  • Posts about the most unique & innovative marketing/advertising concepts out there
  • Beautiful inside & out, Eugenia has been a great friend for many a months now

200 Saturdays - Christine Tatum


Not Online at the moment but a super amazing & supportive friend. Missing her.

Novelicious




  • Nove is a highly successful & wonderfully mysterious twitter personality
  • She posts daily inspirational quotes attached to beautiful images from authors & other influential icons
  • Has inspired since the beginning of this journey
  • I'm truly honored to know her
  • Talent Publicist & Writer of Addictive Novels

Monica Wilcox

  • An Author, Columnist, Blogger & another twitter mystery
  • Monica, despite her fame is so down to earth just like the others mentioned today
  • She's always up for conversation, pondering this Roller-coaster we call being an Author
  • She posts daily inspirational quotes attached to beautiful images 
  • Grateful for her friendship, feeling kinship in how much I can relate to her

Lelanie Groenewald


  • Always RT's my content
  • Fun, music & anime loving girl from Cape Town
  • Arigato Lanie-chan

Nicky Drayden


  • Amazing Author of the upcoming 2017 release #ThePreyofGods a near future thriller set in South Africa
  • One of the best clients I've ever had the privilege of working with
  • Honored to have her Author Interview featured on the blog
  • Stay tuned for much more of Nicky's book in the coming months
  • Love Love her writing style & unique creativity 







Anna Othitis

SharkkTeethSolo

  • Rapper extraordinaire with +300k followers on Twitter
  • Love's to Twitter boost & share others
  • Featured in a Music Tag blog post
  • Acclaimed Music Artist/Producer/World Peace Representative from Indianapolis, Indiana

Roy Huff ♛

  • Scientist, Teacher, Writer, Blogger, Traveler, Explorer, Thinker, Philosopher, Artist, #Lifehack expert, Author of Kindles #1 epic fantasy bestseller
  • Honestly the question should be what Doesn't this guy Do LOL
  • Roy is an amazing author & someone I aspire to be like someday
  • Featured in a Literature Tag blog post

Michael MoorcroftVerified account


  • An inspiring down to earth Male Model at First London.
  • A thief in the night. An heir to a throne. A prince with a dangerous face. 
  • Featured in an Inspire Tag blog post


The Wizard of Om


  • A brilliant mindfulness coach featured on the blog in an Inspire Tag
  • Has always made time to talk me through those anxiety ridden moments
  • Taught me a mindful technique that blew my mind & I love using now
  • Richie you rock bro!

Savannah Shea Blake


  • A true Light in Darkness, Leading the charge to a brighter future for us All
  • Vanna is a miracle worker! 
  • A Life Coach, Magic-Seeker & Rockstar Mom
  • Featured on the blog in an Inspire Tag
  • Has always made time to listen & help me through moments of severe pain
  • She's inspired me to lead a healthier lifestyle, focusing on my self care.


To my BEST Friend & human diary, Benita! 
ARIGATO over & over for your endless support. For being the first one to comment on every post & for always being there through the good & the bad, never changing that beautiful spirit of yours.
You are my rock, my tether, my "Grace"
Can never, ever repay your kindness BUT I intend to spend the rest of my life trying

And Lastly to ALL of you, the readers.

Thank You!!! Thank You!!!

I love y'all & can't wait to continue this journey with you.

Now it's time to ROCK OUT this year all the more

Stay Tuned, Happy Reading & #MADLove !!!❤️❤️❤️

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Welcome to 
Alfonzo Words


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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Dragonian Series Cover Revamp Reveal

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The Dragonian Series 

Cover Revamp Reveal



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Firebolt
The Dragonian Series
Book One
Adrienne Woods

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year old Elena Watkins was no different.

Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.

Now Elena's in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a Prince wants Elena's heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh. And the only way Elena's going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.

Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales. Now it's time for Elena to believe - in herself.

Thunderlight
The Dragonian Series
Book Two
Adrienne Woods

Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…

All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.

Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.

Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed.

Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?

Frostbite
The Dragonian Series
Book Three
Adrienne Woods

Losing Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of her heart and discovering her true identity has made Elena Watkins' life almost unbearable. However, new trials will test the 17 year-old's strength and push her to limits she didn’t think were possible.

Only a mysterious offer from Blake Leaf, the Rubicon and a dragon predestined for evil, reveals there may be a light at the end of Elena’s dark tunnel.

With the life she thought she knew crashing down around her, Elena will have to face a monumental decision about the fate of Paegeia. She can either make peace with Blake’s demands or try once again to unravel the Queen’s secrets that lie deep within her dragon, Tanya La Frey’s, heart.

The third heart pounding novel in The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods

Moonbreeze
The Dragonian Series
Book Four
Adrienne Woods

The life or a star-studded royal has not been kind to eighteen-year-old Elena Watkins. With a Council breathing down her neck and a dragon that refuses to accept her as his rider, she must convince everyone that she is ready to rule Paegeia like her parents before her. But she has made a promise to her father, King Albert, that she will not go looking for him and free the people of Etan. Elena has promised to never truly fulfill her destiny. However, situations out of her control will soon force her to confront herself and the evil that seeks to destroy her. Elena must look inside of herself to discover if she can defeat the approaching darkness, be accepted by the people of Paegeia, bring her dragon back to light and fulfill the destiny written in their stars.

Starlight
The Dragonian Series
Book Five
Adrienne Woods

In the Fifth and final part of the Dragonian Series, eighteen-year-old Elena Watkins and her dragon, the Rubicon, need to find the missing ingredients in order to free her father from Etan.

But what could the missing ingredient be?

And will she be willing to sacrifice her life if they don't find it before time runs out?


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About the Author:


I live in South Africa with my husband and two beautiful daughters where I write full time. The Dragonian series is my debut novels and Dream Casters is my second series with book two getting ready for release.
I love life, cherish every special second of it and live my dream.






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In the spirit of this amazing book series, you can take the quizz and find out which Dragon or Dragonian you are! 
How awesome is that?
I got the fiesty "Sun Blast"
Let us know what you get :-)


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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Reese Witherspoon: 5 Lessons You Taught Me


Aloha!

Half way through the week & it's #WednesdayWisdom
You know that means, right? Today I take someone influential and share just 5 Epic Life Lessons they have to offer us. And few are more influential than Mademoiselle Reese Witherspoon.

She's Walked the Line, Stayed Wild & Legally enchanted the hearts of millions of people all around the world with her Tennessee charm, big heart and radiant smile. Forgot Not we shall her acting & singing talents. #Madskills

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon  (/ˈriːs ˈwΙͺΓ°Ι™rspuːn/; born March 22, 1976) is an American actress and producer. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Tennessee, Witherspoon began her career as a child actress. Witherspoon's breakthrough role was playing Elle Woods in the 2001 film Legally Blonde, for which she received international recognition.

In 2005, Witherspoon received worldwide attention for her portrayal of June Carter in Walk the Line, which earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress.

Mademoiselle Witherspoon is voicing the character Rosita in the 2016 animated feature film, SING. She plays a domestic pig, who gave up her teenage music dreams to become a devoted wife of Norman, & mother to 25 piglets.



5 Lessons Reese Witherspoon Taught Me


5. Reading is Sexy
{#Bookconcierge NPR 2016 Best Books List}
Get shoppingπŸ™ƒ

"I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything."~ Reese Witherspoon

She's been featured on multiple accounts as one of the sexiest women on the planet.
So iptofacto if she is so in Love with reading then prestofineto Reading is Sexy!

Books are mankind's greatest invention in all of history. Nothing can heal, soothe, fix, mend, repair, reap, elate, encourage, tickle, beat, become, teach, impress, transport, catch & awaken you the way a book can. It is our supreme honor and responsibility that we ensure Books & reading continue through future generations.

She is an avid reader and has a film production company dedicated to bringing best selling books to screen: Pacific Standard Film: READ Article Here 
She recently produced the critically acclaimed Gone Girl and I'm sure we all remember how gripping that movie was. Brrrrrr{goosebumps}~ the chills.


4. Women Crush 
Wednesday
{I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours😊}

"Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their lives. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out."~ Reese Witherspoon

“For women in this business, ascendancy is always a battle. It’s scrape and claw. I just try to stick to my guns and respect myself. I want to take the ingenues aside and say, ‘value yourself’! It’s okay if you have opinions!”~ Reese Witherspoon

Life is what happens when you forget to LIVE. Don't use your ambition, your career, your goals as an excuse for not experiencing all that life has to offer you. There is true beauty, true passion & true magic out there. You need only take the time to discover it.




3. Selfie Selflessly Self-Love
{Try sayin' that 5 times fast}

"There's no bad consequence to loving fully, with all your heart. You always gain by giving love."~ Reese Witherspoon

How often are we told, "don't wear your heart on your sleeve."
How often are we cautioned against falling in love, too hard and too fast.
Many people say money is what makes the world go round, but I believe it is Love. Love is in everything worth having. Your dream partner, your dream house, your dream career, even your dream weight...can only be achieved through genuine Love in all it's forms and shapes.

Almost Every blockbuster movie or bestselling book has a Love story.
Better to have Love & Lost than to have never loved at all. No other emotion, no other experience can trump what you feel when you feel Real, honest to goody-goodness Love.
LOVE is ALL.


2. Ridiculous Work Ethic
{Don't reach for the stars if ya ain't willin' to build the rocket ship}

“I like work. If it’s not hard enough, I try to make it harder. I like the process of being daunted by it, tackling it and knowing I can do it.”~ Reese Witherspoon

Now that we've covered the essentials of Readin', Livin' & Lovin'.
We get down to what galvanizes them all together and allows you to rise above all else. To conquer, to achieve.
Ridiculous work ethic.
Ridiculous.

Will Smith, who portrays Muhammad in the 2001 film titled Ali had this to say on the matter:

"I've never viewed myself as particularly talented. I've viewed myself as…slightly above average in talent. Where I excel is with a ridiculous, sickening work ethic. While the other guy's sleeping, I'm working. While the other guy's eating, I'm working. While the other guy's making love, I mean, I'm making love, too, but I'm working really hard at it!"

“I’m Not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked. Period. You might have more talent than me. You might be smarter than me. And you may be sexier than me. But if we get on a treadmill together there’s two things that’ll happen. You are going to get off first or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple. I’m not going to be outworked.”

Personal Experience: Put in that effort, your actions become habit and once they do ain't nothing gonna stop ya.


1. Stay WILD
{Feel the motion of the Ocean. Action creates reaction}


“Doing begets more doing. It sounds simple, but I’m a firm believer that action can solve so many worries, and just powering through, no matter what, can give you the confidence you need when you feel like you’ve got nothing to offer.”~ Reese Witherspoon

We live in a world where it is just One complaint after another. There's no end to the stream of people who are constantly complaining about their lives, the world around them and the other people in it. All they want is for you to listen to them, interact with them and become just another negative nelly.
Who would you rather listen to? 
The person who wants everything but does nothing to achieve it OR The person who has everything and was wiling to do anything to achieve it???

The only way through is... Through!
As Han says in Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift. There's no hard or fast way of learning how to Drift. You learn by doing it. 
And in the infamous words of Nike
JUST DO IT!


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My All-Star mentor and friend Akasha Garnier was the one who intro'd me to Reese's inspirational & influential side. And when your mentor is inspired by someone you make sure you pay attention to who that could be.
Akasha's book Secrets to Shine Through the Noise references Reese's influence and quotes. It's a MUST READ self-improvement book. Glowing reviews can be found throughout this blog.

Reese recently ran a twitter campaign with the Hashtag  in honor of her movie WILD. Akasha joined in the fun and here was Reese's response:
Author/screenwriter Akasha Garnier mentions: 
"Reese Witherspoon has a stellar sense of shine on several levels: I appreciate that she shows her strength, beauty and Southern charm as she inspires women and girls of all ages. She is book smart and willing to act on it!"

Her newest venture "Hello Sunshine" will launch in 2017 with ATT Direct TV.
READ Article Here
"As we continue the journey of creating engaging entertainment for and about women at Hello Sunshine, it's exciting to have a partner in AT&T who shares that commitment with us. We can't wait to bring the Hello Sunshine channel to life with DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW customers in 2017," said Witherspoon.

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In other news~
πŸŒŸπŸ’™ Thank YOU, Arigato & Gracias!

Reached +1 Million Impressions in 28 days! 3 months in a row! 
Reciprocation is Key
 



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