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Weekly Adoption Shout Out #WASO Week 169

Another Friday, another #WASO!Week 169

Hello again, and welcome back to the Weekly Adoption Shout Out. It’s week 169 can you believe it? We have a theme this week – don’t worry it’s optional so you don’t have to join in, but if you want a little inspiration or a starting point for your blog you could use ‘What Makes You Feel Good’.

As always, please do like, comment and share as many #WASO posts as you can. It’s a great boost to bloggers to see comments and shares, and it’s nice to see that readers can relate to and empathise with posts. Be sure to include the hashtag #WASO in your comments, tweets and Facebook posts too.

Because it’s a bank holiday weekend, we’ll be extending the linky so it’ll remain open an extra day. Go forth and link you lovely people….

Weekly Adoption Shout Out #WASO Week 163

Welcome to another week of the Weekly Adoption Shout Out!

163We’re back for another week of blogs about adoption – this time with the theme ‘Finding Inspiration’ which could mean in your daily life, with your blog, with your work or with your children. We’re really excited to see what you’ve written.

So without further ado, please bring your blogs and link them below. Read, comment and share others too.

Weekly Adoption Shout Out #WASO Week 157

It’s the end of the week and time for the Weekly Adoption Shout Out!#WASO

Open now until late Sunday, the Weekly Adoption Shout Out is here for you to add all your adoption blog posts to. We’ve welcomed a guest editor for this month – the lovely @CraftiKitty, and she’s chosen a theme for this week ‘Survival Strategies‘, so come along and link up any posts on that theme, or indeed any posts you’ve recently written.

Life for us both has been a little hectic recently so we’ve not been able to share as many of your posts as we’d like – but we do round-up our Top 3 favourite #WASO posts each month and add many posts to the Britmums Adoption & Fostering Round-Up each month, so keep adding and even if we don’t have a chance to share your posts during the week, we’ll aim to share your blog elsewhere.
You could help us out by sharing your favourites, and if you see us sharing on Twitter, perhaps you could give us a quick retweet?

Anyway, for now, here’s the linky, go on and add your blog posts…

The Adoption Social Times




Our monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Many thanks to everyone who has linked up over the last month – there are so many of you blogging and sharing now. It’s great to see how the community has developed and grown over the last few years. Keep on joining in, reading and sharing posts, to keep our amazing community going.
Themes for the forthcoming weeks:
18 December – Looking back
15 January – If I were a child…

***We’re taking a break over Christmas so the above #WASO will open on 18th December and remain open until 3 January. The #WASO after that will be 8 January and is theme free.***

TAS Awards
Well, I mentioned some awards news last month, and here’s more about it. We’re holding our very own awards this year, and winners will be announced in a live Twitter party, 9pm on January 7th. If you want to join in by nominating your favourite blogger, or best twitter friend, then find out more in this post, and drop us a line. Come on, let’s give our online friends and supporters a bit of love.

Our next #TASchat takes place this week. Are you coming along? You’ll find us on Twitter, Thursday evening at 9-10pm. This week we’ll be having a fairly general get to know you chat with a festive twist! I’m bringing the mince pies – will you bring the brandy?
Use the hashtag #taschat to find us all.
Future #TASchats:
January – 7 January – Awards ‘ceremony’
February – 11 February – Personal hygiene
March – 10 March – To be confirmed

Christmas break
We’ll be taking a break over the Christmas period to enjoy some time with our families and maybe plan a little for next year on The Adoption Social (stranger things have happened). So our final #WASO before we break will start on 18 December, and we’ll leave it open during our break – it’ll close on 3 January. During the break we’ll be sharing our most popular posts of 2015 during the week before, and the week following Christmas Day. We’ll be back with brand new posts on 4 January.

As always, TASPic has provided a bit of creative relief for some, and our theme of ‘all for me’ was another popular one. In keeping with the time of year, this month’s theme is ‘festive fun’. See a round up here of some of our favourite images from last month.

Adoption Sore Points
This year we’ve run a couple of our #SorePoints weeks – on subjects that are a little harder to think and talk about, but are important all the same. The next #SorePoints week takes place 8-14 February, and the subject will be ‘Personal Hygiene’ – body odour, refusal to wash, wetting/soiling, periods and puberty too. If you’d like to write a guest post on your experiences of the above, anonymously or named, then please drop us a line at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com as soon as possible. What have you or your child experienced? How have you handled it? What worked? What didn’t? What do you need more help with?

During the #SorePoints week, we’ll be sharing guest posts, book reviews, resources and on the Thursday of that week we’ll be hosting a twitter chat too. So put that date in your diary and come and join in.

A Problem Shared
Have you got an adoption related problem? Want some advice but not sure where to turn? Why not drop us a line at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com? We can include your problem on our ‘A Problem Shared’ page where our supportive community can make suggestions and share advice. You can do it anonymously or in your own name. Previous problems can be found just here, so you never know, someone may have already asked your question…

Some posts you might have missed:

This mum speaks out about disruption. Can you share any more advice?

Thinking about starting your own blog in the new year? We share 5 Top Tips to starting a blog here.

Still looking for presents? Here’s a great and popular post on gifts for children who are destructive.


Free images for your blog

Photos – we’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again “Use them on your blog!”

Quite a while ago, we wrote a post about the importance of using images on your blog, and well, we stand by that. But we know not everyone has a camera phone, or photographic skills, so today I’m going to tell you a way of getting images on your site that have been taken by some photographers who have serious skillz. And, they are free AND the credit is already included, so you don’t need to gain permission (which you DO have to do if you take a photo from anywhere else, Google Images included!). sarah meets camila

We learnt this little tip after attending the Britmums Live! conference last year. By the way, if you’ve not given much thought to Britmums Live! then do, they have some really good workshops and speakers where you can pick up some great tips. And you might get to meet someone you really admire…

Anyway, we discovered that Getty Images – you know the amazing stock photographers who provide images for use in all sorts of places – have a royalty free section. This means you can use some of their images without having to pay a royalty charge to do so. It’s especially for bloggers and non-commercial use.

Not only that, but they’re high resolution (good quality) and easily searchable too, with an enormous amount of photos covering an enormous number of topics. 50 million images in fact. Yes for actual real.

Here’s the link: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/CreativeImages/RoyaltyFree

And it gets better. I was going to write a post with instructions on how to embed the image into your post. That means transferring the code from Getty Images to your blog, so that you don’t have to faff with downloading the image, and then uploading to your own blog, you just paste the code into the ‘text’ or ‘html’ option on your blog.
However, Getty Images has done that for me here, so I’m not going to repeat it. Just click on that link and the instructions are there for all to see:
Screenshot 2015-03-10 20.19.51Need a family image, no problem:

Want something school based?

Or maybe you want something to depict the tough days?

Whatever the scenario or theme of your post, you’re sure to find something to accompany your words.

Two ways to share a post

Every week on #WASO, we talk about sharing your favourite posts on Twitter, Facebook and amongst your networks, but do you actually know how to do this?

Well worry not, because this week we’re going to talk about a couple of ways of sharing posts.

Copy and paste the URL

So the URL is basically the address of a blog post or web page. It begins with http:// or sometimes just www.
When you want to share a blog or website, you share the whole www. address i.e www.theadoptionsocial.com.

However, if there is a specific page or post then you need to use the whole address i.e http://theadoptionsocial.com/weekly-adoption-shout-out/weekly-adoption-shout-out-waso-week-106/

To copy the link, you need to highlight/select it in the address bar of your browser, and then press ctrl+c. This stores it to your computer’s clipboard.

To paste it, create your facebook post/tweet/email etc, then press ctrl+v. This will paste the link in from your clipboard.

We appreciate that if you’re sharing on Twitter then sometimes these long URLs aren’t easy to share, so we wrote a post about shortening links so they better fit in tweets.

**Incidentally, this is what you should do for linkys too, as it helps direct people to the exact post you are linking rather than your blog, when people then have to scroll through to find the relevant post**

Use the social media buttons

On the bottom of many posts, articles, web pages and images, you’ll see some icons for different social media platforms. If you want to share that particular post, it’s really easy for you to select which platform you want to share to by simply clicking on the button. Below is the bottom of one of our #WASO posts, along with all the sharing buttons…sharing buttonsSometimes the icons can look a little daunting, especially if unfamiliar to you. The ones we use here on The Adoption Social are, in the order shown above:

Sharexy (if you hover over this, you’ll get a host of other sharing options too)

Whichever you click on will take you to that platform and you can log in and hit share.

It’s really quite simple, and once you’ve managed it a couple of times, you’ll be sharing all your favourite posts!

Weekly Adoption Shout Out #WASO Week 98

Welcome to the final #WASO of the year.
Yes, the FINAL #WASO OF 2014.#WASO 98

As much as we love running The Adoption Social and especially The Weekly Adoption Shout Out, we’re now taking a break for a couple of weeks to recharge our batteries, spend time with our families and crack on with Christmas. We’ll still try to read your posts and share when we can, but we won’t be adding new #WASOs each week, instead this one will be live for a few weeks (from now until 4th January), so you can post multiple times if you like!

As well as being the last #WASO of the year, it’s also the last new post for a couple of weeks, as instead of sourcing guess posts, problems and reviews, we’ll be re-sharing some of our most popular posts of 2014. Do make sure you check back when you get a chance and read those you might have missed. If you want to contribute any posts of your own – please do still email them to us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com and we’ll publish those as priority posts in the new year.

For now, go link up. No theme until January now. And finally, if we don’t catch up with you on Twitter, Facebook or in any other way, have a peaceful and calm Christmas. Love and best wishes to you and yours,

Vicki and Sarah x

The Adoption Social Times 4

The Adoption Social Times is back again, sharing all things The Adoption Social with you…

We need youFirst up – a MASSIVE call for contributions.
We receive SO much feedback from SO many of you, telling us how much you like The Adoption Social, how much it’s brought a community together, how useful it is. And we’re really pleased that we’re able to provide something that so many of you appreciate. We both enjoy running the site and have met some wonderful people along the way.
Now we want to make The Adoption Social bigger, better and more useful but we can only improve our community if we all join in. One of our strongest points is that The Adoption Social is user-led – that means we know our stuff. We know the issues that adoptive parents face, we can support each other because we understand the challenges, we know that support and understanding are lacking in many areas, we know that many of you feel the same – please share your views by writing for us and make use of The Adoption Social as a platform for change.

We are always looking for posts in the following areas:
Monday – Handy Tips and Advice
Tuesday – The Blog (anonymous or in your name)
Wednesday – Meet The Blogger
Thursday – The Review or A Problem Shared

As always, #WASO is our most popular linky. And is firmly set in the linky calendar as THE place to share adoption related posts.  If you read, don’t forget to comment and share your favourites. Forthcoming themes for May are:  2 May –  ‘When I grow up…’ 16 May –  Music

With a nod to the Easter bunny, we turned our usual WASO into a blog hop over the Easter weekend. This meant that just by copying and pasting our code onto your own blog, WASO could be shared across multiple sites. Did you do it? Would you like to do it more often? Did you get any new readers? Let us know…

openNestThe Adoption Social fundraiser
As you might already know, we’re friends with, and supported by The Open Nest – a wonderful post adoption support charity that provides respite, support, lobbying, and much much more.
One of the amazing things The Open Nest has, is a campsite, just outside Whitby, full of vintage and kitsch caravans. This is where it can provide respite for adoptive families, but also functions seasonally as a campsite for the public.
The Open Nest has very generously offered to donate all profits from the campsite on the weekend of 15-16 August to The Adoption Social, so that we can develop the website further.

If you’d like to find out more about booking, either on The Adoption Social fundraising weekend, or any other time, have a look at The Open Nest’s site here. Alternatively, if camping isn’t your thing, then you can still support The Open Nest charity by staying at their gorgeous boutique hotel – La Rosa – in Whitby (we’ve both been and it is truly scrummy!).

Getting recognised
As we mentioned up the top there, we get lots of lovely feedback from you all about how useful and supportive you find The Adoption Social. We’ve now also been recognised by the new UK website for the DDP Network (I’m sure most of you have heard of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy? First developed by Dan Hughes, and now used widely with adoptive families). The site launched this week, and we’re proud that The Adoption Social (and our friends at The Open Nest) have been included in the resources section of the site. You can find it here.

And finally, here are a few of the posts we’ve published on The Adoption Social this month:

We shared a problem about growing up and keeping friends – can you help advise this mum?

– This month we’ve met Three Pink Diamonds, Travels with my son, Misadventures of an AProblemSharedrequestadoptive dad and Relative Strangers through our Meet The Blogger series. Catch them all here.

We published a question from Carol, on how best to support her daughter and son-in-law with their challenging family

– We wrote about how to include links in your tweets, without using up the whole tweet in How to make the most of 140 characters.

Gareth Marr gave us an update on the work he’s doing with Pupil Premium Plus.

– One mum asks ‘Do they still remember?’ – an interesting post about memories, physical and emotional.

The National Fostering Agency shared a post with us, sharing information about what is involved in fostering.

If you have any posts that you’d like to contribute, then please do send them into us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com. We also love hearing your feedback, so do get in touch.

The Blog – what’s it all about?

The Blog images           WE WANT YOU!

The Adoption Social has been live and running now for 3 months, and in that time we’ve had lots of contributions in this section, ranging from thoughts and feelings on letterbox contact, searching for birth family, being part of a same-sex relationship, to reflections on topical stories, judgemental parents and more.

Some of our contributions are from people who don’t have their own blogs to write on, but have something to say. Some are anonymous – and that can be for a number of reasons.

But we’re always looking for more posts for this space. Do you have something to say? Perhaps a recent news article has got you riled? Have you written some poetry that you’d like to share? Do you want to write a public thank you to someone who is supporting you and your family? Maybe you want to reach out and just meet others who might have experienced the same as you? Or you might have attended some useful training and want to share it with others who might benefit?

The important thing about The Blog is that it’s YOUR space. 

Don’t wait to be invited to write, just send us your posts and we’ll put them live for you! If you have any questions, get in touch.

You can contact us here, or email us directly at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com