One More Time

September 5, 2008 at 12:41 pm (Blogging)

Sorry, folks, but I’m outta here!

There is so much fun to be had with a blog, but wordpress doesn’t exactly make it easy.  I have set up a new shop (again, I know, I’m sorry) back at blogger and would love to see you there.

Stop by and see the new place.  The decorater has been through and it’s shaping up nicely!

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Blog Management Tip

August 26, 2008 at 5:40 pm (Blogging)

Do you read blogs?

 

Well, by default, since you are here, reading this, you read blogs.

 

They’re beautiful, aren’t they?  Various designs, various colors, photos and graphics, little personalized touches of this code and that.  It’s like going into that person’s home and seeing their living room – it shows you a bit of their personality – a peek at what they’re like.

 

The problem is, if you have several that you like to visit on a regular basis that means clicking on each link in your bookmarks and waiting for that page to load.  If that person has not updated, then there you are, having spent that time to find out there is nothing new to read.  You’ve driven across town to their home, but they are out for the day.

 

Enter Bloglines.  Think headlines here.  Go to Bloglines, set up an account, and ‘subscribe’ to your favorite blogs.  Then, the next time you want to read them, go to your Bloglines.  Down the left side of your screen will be a list of the blogs to which you subscribe.  Those that have been updated since you last read will be in bold type.  Click on them one at a time and their content will come up on the screen to the right.  Super easy.  No, you don’t see the beautiful graphics, but if you want that you can click on the title of the blog at the top of the page and be taken to the actual blog with all the pretty foo foo and everything.  You drive across town when you KNOW they’re home!  When you’re done back up to Bloglines and go to the next bold typed blog.

 

It’s also a nice way to manage the blogs you enjoy.  I know one person who thought their list was out of control at 10, and another who thought that at 50 there were finally too many to read.  Set a limit for yourself, and then every once in a while go through and revisit each one.  Have you changed?  Has the blogger?  For better or worse?  Are there other blogs you enjoy that are better worth your time?  Are you learning from this person or is it more like a talk show where you relate but nothing gets accomplished?  Delete a few; make room for a few more.  Work within your limits so you don’t end up spending way too much time that should be spent elsewhere.

 

Oh yeah – and it’s free!

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Moving In – Again!

April 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm (Blogging)

I’ve been tracked, moved (physically), relocated under the blogger protection program, dropped in on (literally), and blog-stalked.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

While we aren’t talking someone threatening my children or even my safety, we are talking common courtesy crossed, and standard protocol being completely ignored.  Two pet peeves of mine.

What’s really annoying, is that some of it was my own fault – and I blew it through my old blog.  I didn’t say anything wrong, or start an argument or anything contrary.  People simply started using information there to weave scenarios other than truth.

I’ve considered not blogging, the ramifications of blogging vs. not blogging, the impact on my life, spiritual, emotional, physical, etc.  The fact is I don’t want to stop.  When I did something was missing.  I want to write, even if I’m only amusing myself.

Blogging forces me into introspection, double checking of priorities, and makes me pay attention to what is being taught.  Writing publicly requires me to consider my motive.  The tongue and it partner in crime – the keyboard – needs to be bridled.  Bridling isn’t required in a private journal – one can spew forth foul and never be called on it.  One can stew in bitterness and hurt, sprout and cultivate a negative spirit, or wallow in an ongoing pity party.

Life is too short for that and my faith does not allow it.

So – here I am, prayerfully, and bridled.

Q.

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