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GiG Blog Update

Hello everyone!

Wow, it feels like forever since the last time we posted on this blog. We apologize for the absence but if you’ve joined us on Facebook, you know that we’re very much alive and kicking there! There have been changes in the group, including the number of crew members involved due to priorities and other commitments in life. And I thought (as Founder) to keep you in the loop of what will be happening in the next few weeks or months with the blog and on Facebook.

About this blog:

As much as we love posting here and creating amazing events for everyone to join and enjoy, at this point, we’ve decided to put a hold on this until we know exactly how much time the current Crew members (including the Co-moderators) will be able to give since creating content can sometimes become time-consuming. We all have our own blogs that we also try to organize and keep up with and I can totally understand that sometimes, there’s just not enough time in the day. We don’t get paid for what we do here, but we love to share our passion with everyone. That’s why we try to keep the activities going on Facebook instead, as it’s more manageable there. But, it doesn’t mean that we will ditch this blog completely.

My tentative plans that I’ve shared with the active crew and co-moderators are to make improvements here, have a more organized schedule and get worldwide contributors. So far, that’s all I can give for now.

Moving forward:

Launching GiG was a great experience alongside the Crew we had before. But along the way, I also realized that there were changes that had to be made. We are a growing community (800+) and believe me, trying to coordinate and making sure that everyone’s on the same page can become a challenge sometimes, not to mention time difference. LOL.  But it’s been fun and I definitely have no regrets for deciding to launch GiG and welcoming bloggers to join us. I’ve learned a lot from them and I’ve met amazing bloggers and individuals from across the globe. It’s a priceless experience.

During this journey, we’ve had a few crew members who decided to take a different route and left the team, although not the group. However, we still have very active members right now who have been helping me with running the group (especially when I’m not around) and ensuring that certain activities are posted and I simply can’t thank them enough. And we’re very proud to say that because of our supportive and inspiring members, we now have a much more organized and easy-to-follow through system in placed on Facebook!

Active Crew & Co-Moderators

And of course, I’d love you to meet the girls behind GiG’s management.

Marinella - I Love Green InspirationLisa - Mademoiselle SnowcaitymoiAshley - Stilettos & Tequila

From left to right:
Crew: Marinella from I Love Green Inspiration, Lisa from Mademoiselle Snow,
Co-Moderators: Caity from Moi Contre La Vie, Somdyuti from Stilettos & Tequila

And there’s yours truly: 😀
Donah - Sweet Jelly Bean

Donah from Sweet Jelly Bean

Our lovely Mari is currently touring the States, Lisa is about to embark on a new job and home, Somdyuti is now at college getting her geek on (LOL) and Caity will be our ‘power GiGer’ in the next coming weeks. So yes, these girls are busy bees right now but whenever they get the chance, you’ll see them hovering around the GiG wall. :-p

And if you ask me what I’m up to?
Little bean and I are about to take the biggest step of our lives, which means I will be offline for quite sometime before the end of this month. I will share more info on my blog separately. And during these weeks, Caity will help out on taking charge on Facebook group to make sure all activities will still run as much as possible. If you can give us a hand, we would totally appreciate it. Just let us know.

Lastly…

For all our lovely followers and supporters here and on Facebook, we would like to say THANK YOU for following this blog and participating in our events, giveaway and fun activities. You’ve made blogging for us even much better!

Please stay tuned.

Kisses

x Donah

Top 3 Blogging Tips To Start Your Week Afresh

The blogosphere is a big bowl of inspiration where people mix things up a little.

But what are your golden rules to stay on the right path along with your ever growing audience to a fun journey in the blogosphere?

While doing my blog roll rounds last night, I visited one of my favourite bloggers, Jules, from Go Jules Go, the writer, blogger and chipmunk enthusiast, and may I also add, the Queen of Freshly Pressed? 😉 She’s been featured on Freshly Pressed so many times I lost track already. What got me hook was a fortune cookie post that made me realize that indeed, there is fun and great humor in the blogging world and you don’t have to be serious to be taken seriously. 😀

So we thought that it would be cool to start our week afresh and check out this awesome top 3 blogging tips that are great for all bloggers.

blogging tips

 

Last year, Go Jules Go was featured over at Daily Post at WordPress.com, where you can read more about these tips and the many things Jules love about blogging. (psst.. if you happen to drop by at GoJulesGo.com – tell her GiG says hi 😉 )

Share your blogging tips with us!

Happy Monday & Happy Blogging GiG!

 

by: Donah 
from Sweet Jelly Bean

#GiGCrew

 

Note: Have you joined our giveaway yet? It’s open WORLDWIDE! And don’t forget, for some baking inspiration, join our GiG Spotlight ‘Come Bake With Me‘ Series.

GiG Spotlight #4: Come Bake With Me *Ended*

GIG Baking Spotlight

GiG Spotlight #4 Topic for 4th – 17th March:

Come Bake With Me – Share With us Your Favourite Baked Recipe.

Hi guys and welcome to our 4th Girls Inspired Group spotlight. Instead of running this spotlight for 1 week like we normally do, we will be running this fun and delicious spotlight for 2 weeks.

Why?

Because it’s all about baking! This will give you all time to select and/or bake your favourite scrumptious, yummy recipe then share it with us all. I’m so excited as I can’t wait to drool over all your delicious recipes.

  • What is a favourite baked recipe?

It can be anything from your favourite cupcake, cake, bundt cake, profiteroles, macaroons, cookies, tarts, whoopie pies, bread, cheese cake, etc basically anything baked in the oven (preferably sweet).

  • What do I have to do?

Write a blog post sharing with us your favourite baked recipe. You can bake the recipe and post photos of your baking or you can use images from a recipe you find online (if you do this the source of the recipe and images MUST be credited).

1 recipe per entry.

You can enter as many times as you want.

Remember, you have until Sunday 17th March to submit your entry/entries.

pSo what are you waiting for peoples? Grab the butter outta the fridge,  pre-heat that oven of yours, grease and flour those baking tins and get baking!! We can’t wait to drool over your yummy favourite recipes.

🙂

How to enter:

    • Based on creativity, style of writing and design, you will be chosen as GIG’s featured blogger for the week by the spotlight hosts / GiG crew.
    • Follow this blog and tag this blog post in your entry for the GIG Spotlight.
    • Please Like our Facebook Page here – and tag @gigbloggers on Twitter when you’ve posted your entry.
    • Also include the hosts of the GIG Spotlight series in your blog post  (see below) — giving recognition is something GIG would like to encourage everyone to do as it makes a big difference! It’s one of blogging’s golden rules to appreciate someone’s hardwork.
    • Grab the code below and insert in your entry post.
GIG

Spotlight winner:

  • Your blog and the GIG Spotlight entry will be posted here with your blog’s URL and pic (if you like) for one week!
  • Next, your blog URL and/or entry will be pinned over at GIG’s group wall as well as on our Fan Page so everyone can see you! Hence the spotlight idea! 😉

Host:  Angela of The Charmed Cupcake

Co-Host:  Jessica of Jessiker Bakes

Photo: littlesooti.com.au

Hugs & Kisses from the GiG Crew! Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

valentines day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We hope that your day is full of hearts, lots of chocolates, clinking glasses of champers and filled with love wherever you are!

The GiG Crew would like to thank you for all the love and support and for helping us spread the GiG Love! It’s been an amazing journey for all of us and we’ve meet amazing bloggers in the blogosphere! Have you checked the entries for ‘GiG  A Little Love … To A Blogger? They’re melting our hearts and inspiring us in many ways!

Tara’s Treats → ♥ Grace from All That Slap
Jackaline from M&S and Then Some → ♥ Mari from I Love Green Inspiration
Donah from Sweet Jelly Bean → ♥ Luchessa from Beauty Expression
Alia from Au Naturel Essence → ♥ Tianna from Storybook Apothecary
Rica from What Akirah Thinks → ♥ GiG Crew (awww)
Tianna from Storybook Apothecary → ♥ Taylor from My Lucite Dreams

Thank you all for those who have joined and shared with us these amazing bloggers and for spreading more about GiG!

We have more to come in terms of exciting and fun events so I hope you stay tuned! And did you know that two of our crew are currently attending New York’s Fashion Week and strutting their stuff? Oh my, aren’t we proud of Dee from Haute Frugalista and Mari from I Love Green Inspiration! These girls are rocking and with hectic schedules and snow over there, they are still able to share some amazing photos with all of us! We can’t wait for them to talk about it more on their blogs! So be sure you’re following these beauties.

haute frugalista(Dee – GiG Co Founder)

ilovegreeninspiration

(Mari (right) – GiG Co Founder)

But of course, we can’t end this post without mentioning how this week’s moderators have been so awesome in the group! Want to get to know them more? Feel free to visit their blogs and be prepared to be inspired!

Rica from What Akirah Things & Caity from Moi Contre La Vie

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If you’ve not joined us on Facebook yet, then it’s time you do! Simply click here, and say hello to all of us! We’re waiting! But don’t forget to follow us here too as our main events are shared and updated here, the likes of giveaways, events and chances of guest posting!

(Psstt… we’re 450+ members on FB and counting! Can we make it to 500 before end of Feb? ‘Course we can! Let’s do it GiGers and reach another milestone together!)

Have the sweetest day of hearts to you all!

Virtual hugs & Kisses!

Donah (GiG Founder)

GIG Spotlight #2 Fashion Tag: What’s Your Fashion Statement?

what your style is all about?

GIG Spotlight Topic of the Week: Fashion Tag: What’s Your Fashion Statement?

23rd Jan 2012 – 27th Jan

*Topic will run from Wednesday until Sunday*

Hosts: Mari from www.ilovegreeninspiration.com    Donah from www.sweetjellybean.com

**By showcasing different items you love, tell us what your style is all about, you can make a list, you can use your own pics, you can use stock images, the important thing is you tell us your ‘fashion statement’ and make it creative, both in writing and design!**

  • You can think about the garments you’ll never leave home when getting your suitcase ready. The ones you absolutely consider must haves. Things you feel comfy and sexy wearing. It could be from an accessory to a knit…that’s your style!

♥ The GIG Blogger to be featured will be announced on Monday and will take the glory until Sunday that week.

Remember, you have until Sunday to submit your entry!

To support our GIG members, get their blogs out there, and showcase their creativity both in writing and design, we’re launching a new concept to do this, called GIG Spotlight, where you have all the glory of being featured across all GIG’s network (Facebook + Twitter) including on this blog (GIG’s Official platform) for a good one week! This will give your blog the time to shine and will give you the chance to actually gain more followers and friends in the process! Want to know more? Read on…

So, the idea is simple:

Once every two weeks, myself and one of the GIG Crew will launch a topic that you can join in and write about on your blog.

The lowdown and how to enter:

  • Based on creativity, style in writing, and design, you will be chosen as GIG’s featured blogger for the week by myself and one of crew.
  • Follow this blog and tag this blog post in your entry for the GIG Spotlight.
  • Please Like our Facebook Page here – and tag @gigbloggers on Twitter when you’ve posted your entry.
  • Also include the hosts of the GIG Spotlight series in your blog post  (see below) — giving recognition is something GIG would like to encourage everyone to do as it makes a big difference! It’s one of blogging’s golden rules to appreciate someone’s hardwork.
  • Your blog and the GIG Spotlight entry will be posted here with your blog’s URL and pic (if you like) for one week!
  • Next, your blog URL and/or entry will be pinned over at GIG’s group wall as well as on our Fan Page so everyone can see you! Hence the spotlight idea!

Grab the code below and insert in your entry post.

GIG
<div align="center"><a href="https://girlsinspiredgroup.wordpress.com" title="GIG"><img src="https://girlsinspiredgroup.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/gigspotlight1.png" alt="GIG" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Also please make sure to link up to this blog post and copy the banner above on your post so we know that you’ve joined. Don’t forget to follow this blog.

That’s it! Now go, cook up some ideas, be creative and have fun! We can’t wait to see what you have for us!

Photo credit: Mari from www.ilovegreeninspiration.com

Friday Follow! @ Bloglovin’

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It’s Friday, wohoo! And GIG is now on Bloglovin’ too! Are you following yet?

by: Donah @ Sweetjellybean.com