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Readers' Chat, part 1

           I'm responding to a few of your comments; 

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"I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I'm looking to design my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thank you. " 
         ----- I use a blog template from Blogger,  but I add a few things here and there. 

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          "Do you have a spam issue on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; we have created some nice procedures and we are looking to trade strategies with others, be sure to shoot me an email if interested....."
            I have some spam comments, but they are usually easy to filter out. I look for similar comments, comments made by the same person and off-topic comments. Not all of these are bad- but it's just one way to sort them out. It's not a fail-proof plan, but it's what I have now.

            "  Hey tҺis is kind of of off topic butt Ӏ waѕ wondering if blogs uuse WYSIWYG editors оr if ʏou have to manually codee witɦ HTML. I'm starting a blog soοn but havе no coding expertise so I wanted to gett guidance frߋm ѕomeone with experience. Any help ԝould be enormously appreciated!" 
                   Coding isn't a must, but it definitely helps. Blogger has panels for writing with code (or html) or without. If you'd like to learn more about coding, check out Pinterest  


            "My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post's to be just what I'm looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content for you personally? I wouldn't mind composing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome site! Feel free to visit my web page...."

                  Guest posts are welcome and encouraged, as long as they are PG and won't harm anyone.  I prefer posts that are related to Clay Aiken, music, American Idol and similar topics; but others on occasion are okay. I sometimes have writer's block or illnesses and emergencies, so guest blogs are great.
If you are interested in doing a guest post, please send me your post ideas or examples of your previous blog posts via email 
or via twitter 

That's all for now; but keep on reading and commenting so we can do this again very soon--- and not Clay's soon :D

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"Clay Aiken appearance at NBC Experience Store, Rockefeller Center, NYC on 5-18-2012" by Mark M. Sugino - Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

At The Movies

Phineas and Ferb (soundtrack)
Phineas and Ferb (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

             Do you remember when going to the movie theater was a big event? Instead of watching at home, we went out with family, friends or a date. 

             Time to get some popcorn. These are a few movies that feature Clay, his music, or mention him;

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  • Aladdin- Clay recorded the song, "Proud of Your Boy" for a scene with Aladdin's mother which was cut from the film. Clay's performance was later added as a Special Feature to the DVD
  •  Phineas and Ferb- Clay and Chaka Khan or their animated likenesses were featured in Summer Belongs to You. .
  • Without A Paddle- features one of Clay's songs.
  • 17 Again - mentions Clay

              So, what do you think? Got any suggestions for this list? Please comment in the form below.

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"Clay Aiken Waukegan 06-12-01" by Judy Butler. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikipedia -


Photo: Chattanooga Strong

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In memory of the five men killed in the Chattanooga shooting last week.

God Bless The USA!




        Happy Birthday America! It's hard to believe that it has been 11 years since Clay Aiken performed in Washington, D.C. for PBS' s A Capitol Fourth

                 What are your plans for the Fourth of July? Are you getting out to celebrate or watching fireworks on the T. V. ?

           Here's some music and a photo to get you in a patriotic mood;

Clay Aiken "God Bless The USA" PBS - A Capitol Fourth

American Idol Ends in 2016

                            So long to American Idol!

            Thank you for jump-starting the music careers of Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Phil Stacey, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Phillip Phiilips, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, and many more.



<a href="" title="Who's Your Favorite Star to Come Out of 'American Idol'?">Who's Your Favorite Star to Come Out of 'American Idol'?</a>

2003: 'A Very Good Year'

Back - Josh Gracin, Clay Aiken, Kimberly Caldw...
Back - Josh Gracin, Clay Aiken, Kimberly Caldwell, Kimberley Locke, Charles Grigsby, Carmen Rusmusen, Trenyce, Ruben Studdard Seated - Julia DeMato, Corey Clark, Vanessa Olivarez, Rickey Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

                2003 was a great year for launching the music career of Clay Aiken via American Idol and for launching Apple's music program, iTunes!

Frank Sinatra - "It Was A Very Good Year"

Always and Forever - Clay Aiken 2003 AI2 Audition

Clay Aiken: AI 2003 Tour - Can You Feel the Love Tonight + The Girl Is Mine

Apple Music Event 2003-iTunes Music Store Introduction

                             What else happened in 2003?

                        __  A few key events by History Orb
  • Jan 16th - The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
  •  Jun 10th - "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco
  •  Jul 6th - 110th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (4-6 6-4 6-2)
    Tennis Player Roger Federer Jul 6th - 117th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats M Philippoussis (7-6 6-2 7-6)
  •  Jul 30th - The last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico

         If you have any special 2003 memories that you'd like to share with me, please comment below and/or tweet @ccol4him with #2003.

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