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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

Old-Fashioned Friendship on the ‘Net (& Giveaway)

I am beginning an experiment in cyber-world and I need you, my friends.  The goal is to prove that old-fashioned friendship counts more, and produces more, than practically anything else.

Let me explain.  We are taking this blog viral.  No, we are not sick, (though that could be debated) this virus refers to our website rapidly expanding its exposure and influence through… word of mouth… by you, our readers.  If you enjoy it, benefit from it, get some food for thought from it, chances are, others will, too.  Our stats are very good, and we are attracting a lot of domestic and international followers, even though we don’t Face, Space, Tweet, or Toot.  The goal is to take it to the next level… through grassroots fertilization, if you will.

There are those out there who fit our profile audience and have never heard of “Destinations, Dreams and Dogs”.  Maybe they are adopting internationally and don’t know that they really should learn a few words of whatever language their child understands.  Perhaps they have issues major or minor once the child arrives home, and need to interact with other parents who “get it”.  They could be a mom looking for a laugh today, and believe me, this family will do it.  Perhaps they love dogs and want to hear about the antics of our cuddly Scotties.  Maybe they need to save money these days and it would help to learn how this jet-setting family cuts back, too.  It’s entirely possible that they long for words of encouragement and faith, or tips on travel, usually with a humorous twist.  Let’s face it:  “Destinations, Dreams and Dogs” is cheaper than therapy.

We’re here for them, but they need to hear about us, and know that we exist.  It’s possible to purchase packages designed for Search Engine Optimization (SEOs), or it’s possible to ask our cyber-friends to create a buzz through word of mouth.  They say that the average person has 8-12 people in their immediate sphere of influence.  Could you e-mail your friends and ask them to stop by the blog?  You might say something like this:

“Need some fun, pool-side reading this summer?  Check out the blog at www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com.  I enjoy it and we’re helping them send their readership through the roof this summer by old-fashioned word of mouth.  If you like it, maybe send the link to your friends, too.”

Now, don’t let me hold you back.  You could expand out beyond your normal friends and post the site to list-serves that feature adoption, dogs, family life, travel, you name it.  The fact is, we’re out to prove that the keyboard and friendship is mightier than the kingpin marketer.

Can you help us during July and August to triple our readership?  Again, here’s what you can do to help:

1.  Send an e-mail recommending our blog to a dozen or so friends.  They might be parents, dog lovers, travelers, homeschoolers, persons of faith, or acquaintances who could use a chuckle.

2.  Visit the “Destinations, Dreams and Dogs” website 2 or 3 times a week yourself.  Every time you visit, our readership stats increase.  Choose whatever’s convenient for you:  M, W, F… Tu, Th, Sat.  There are no closing hours here-!

3.  Leave a comment once or twice a week on one of our blog entries of interest.  This encourages others.  For everyone leaving a comment of any kind during from this date in July & on through August, I will e-mail you an unpublished short story involving our dogs, just a few paragraphs to say thank you.  (Don’t worry, if you make more comments, I won’t keep sending the story…!)

I am not a betting person, but I’ve been told by “experts” that readers are callous and fickle, and not available for me, as I am for them.  I prefer to disagree and prove the experts wrong.  You are my cyber-friends and I appreciate every one of you.  Will you rally for me?

Call it old-fashioned friendship in a high-tech sort of way.  Let’s send it through the roof in the next seven weeks.  Don’t send money, just send readers.  Bless you!



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11 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Ivanka says:

    Funny timing! I just sent this link to a couple we had dinner with last night. They are adopting from Ethiopia, and getting the usual mixed reactions from friends and family. Love to share your blog with a number of friends.

    • avatar admin says:

      I know what you mean, Ivanka! Sometimes it’s easier for friends to also refer the blog’s web address– somehow sounds better if “Alexandra said so”, hah. Look for the doggy story in your inbox….

  2. avatar Sybil says:

    You bet I will send your blog address to friends. It will be my pleasure! I am even going to send it to dear friends in Russia who were involved in our adoption.

  3. avatar Kathleen says:

    I love your blog and have passed on the link several times to others, but I will gladly share it further. I’m all for sharing 🙂

  4. avatar Heather says:

    You are my blogging BFF’s. I am in the middle of my adoption journey to Russia, love a crazy mutt and laughter is the only therapy available in my price range 🙂
    I will post you on my FB page and even better my sister Cat’s FB page who is a super awesome publicist and has over a thousand cyber friends. She probably has that many real friends too.

  5. avatar admin says:

    And the hits are going up, up, up…! Thanks, everyone. Keep it up, it’s working. Refer a friend… or acquaintance… or whomever. We’re not particularly choosy….

  6. avatar Amber says:

    I follow your blog, don’t fit your regular audience, just stumbled on it randomlyand have it in my favorites to look at when I’m bored at work or have spare time. Have you heard of the book, A Watershed Year? It is ficiton, I borrowed it from the library recently and it made me think of your blog, its about a woman who decides to adopt from Russia.

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