Almost forgot to blog today! Wednesday is kind of my unofficial day to blog about writing, blogfests, or books in general, and I’m having a hard time staying consistent. So I think today is as good a day as any to make a post on something I’ve been struggling with lately.
Thanks to blogfests, campaigns, awards, and finding new blogging friends, I’ve had a lot of new followers in the past few weeks. Yay, excited me! I actually get comments now! Hee. And I try to follow back whenever I can (more on the few reasons I can’t in a minute). I’ve lost count of how many great blogs I’m following now, and some of you guys are very active bloggers! That’s great, I’ve learned so much from you all. Right now I have 6 windows open with some friends’ blog posts for me to read and comment on, which leads me to my small conundrum: how to keep up with the blogs I’m following, spread the comment love on as many posts as possible, network the crap out of myself and my friends, tackle my TBR pile, write my own blog posts, and still have time to write actual books? Oh, and maybe be a mom somewhere in all that too. Some of you guys, myself included, participate in more than one blog. How do we balance all of it without staying up until 2 or 3 in the morning to catch up on all the reading?
Now on to the subject of following blogs: I try and follow everyone who’s following me. I’m nice that way. 😉 Sometimes a follower doesn’t seem to have a blog of their own, but I’ll look. If you don’t, well, not much I can do about that. Sometimes there’s a great blog that I haven’t figured out how to follow because I’m dumb and I can’t find a follow button anywhere. Or there’s only a “follow by email” button and I’ll admit the fault is mine here, I’m a creature of habit and I really like catching up on blogs through Blogger’s dashboard page. Or you might use a different blogging platform, like WordPress or your own website, and that’s when I really start to panic. I have followed a couple of WordPress blogs, but I get notifications in my email and I just don’t like filling up my inbox too much if I can help it. Plus WordPress has this weird thing that makes you fill out a form to subscribe to everything from comments to following each individual blog post, and that can get to be a pain. So I guess my question here is whether I’m doing this the hard way. I’ve heard about something called Google Read? Or Google Write? I have no idea what it is, but some people have mentioned that’s how they keep up with all the blogs they follow. Help! I’m such a noob, I’m sure there’s an easier way to do this that I just haven’t figured out yet.
|Robin: “Holy long paragraphs, Batman!”
Batman: “Forget the paragraphs, what happened to our pants?”
Oh! I have a personal update: Yesterday the hubby got an email from a company in Texas that he’d sent his resume to, asking if he was still interested in the position. I assume interviews will follow. We have mixed emotions about this. I’d miss the Sierra Nevadas and snow. The kids will have a hard time being uprooted. I’ll have a hard time being uprooted. We’re going to have a heck of a time getting this ratty old house fixed up and cleaned out for selling. He may end up moving out there on his own until the end of the school year, meaning all the packing and cleaning will be up to me (except I’ll have a blast getting rid of all the crap we’ve accumulated over the years). But on the positive side: MONEY! Oh, I mean a better paycheck and security. Hopefully decent health insurance. A nice house! And the idea of going to a whole new place is kind of exciting. (Not looking forward to the summers there, though.) I’d been hoping for Idaho or Utah, but I guess you gotta go where the jobs are. Please keep your fingers crossed and the prayers going out!
Speaking of new blogging friends, one of my new friends Cheryl just gave me the Versatile Blogger award! I love her blog name, Off Wi’ the Fairies, and her fun little fairy avatar. I’ve been a faithful reader of her blog since I started following her a few weeks ago. Thanks, Cheryl! I’m supposed to share 10 random facts about myself, but I think I’ll do that in my music post on Friday, since this one is long enough now. And I have to think of 10 facts I haven’t shared yet.