If We Were Having Coffee . . . (Back to School Edition)

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m having social media withdrawal, but I had a stellar week offline. I have this job I’ve been struggling to get a handle on since October — almost from the moment Diana, Jeremy, and I threw in together and started the blogs. I got a handle on it this week. I shone, and I put myself in a position to keep shining.

The price of that was neglecting my online life since Tuesday, and it’s looking like I have another week of the same. The price is totally worth it, but I am a little concerned that a lot of the people who have been following me for most of a year will think I am withdrawing. I am not withdrawing, I’m just busy helping people get through school.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I had a birthday this week, and it’s one of those lackluster numbers that doesn’t mean much. Not like turning 30, or 23, or 50. I survived another year, and my family gave me a whole new wardrobe with work in mind,because I really don’t spend money on myself these days. It was a sweet, happy day.

I’d tell you I am not doing the linkup thing this week, but you are welcome to drop a link to your coffee post on this thread.

I’d tell you I don’t know where these blogs are going, and even though my social media strategy is pretty good, it requires time and attention I don’t have at the moment. I really need an administrative assistant or a surrogate to maintain my presence at this point. And that’s all I’d say.

Except to ask you what you’ve been up to lately.

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Thanks for all the Happy Birthdays!!

Aside

I wasn’t going to mention my birthday on the social media, but Diana did it for me in a fabulously amusing post on Thursday. Sadly, I didn’t see that post until yesterday.

This is me.

This is me.

Without going into too much detail about my professional life, I’ll say I coordinate a large, busy, academic support unit for a university. I LOVE the job, and I take it very seriously. We opened our doors to students for the fall semester on Wednesday, so I haven’t been online since Tuesday. Sourcerer’s been publishing scheduled posts all week, and my Facebook and Twitter accounts have just been piling up notifications.

I do catch snippets of social media communication on my phone, though, even when I’m unable to respond. I knew something was up on Thursday when I noticed, while taking a breather, that Conrad of The Wine Wankers had wished me a happy birthday on Twitter; I just didn’t have time to investigate. I find it very amusing that I saw Conrad’s tweet, but I didn’t see Diana’s post, even though Part Time Monster publicizes to my @Sourcererblog Twitter account.

I’ve got at least one more Very Little Blogging week before the rhythm of my life returns to normal, but over this long weekend I’m going to try and crop a dozen photos and set up a few things (such as regrouping and preparing to resume the Feminist Fridays). I’m also hoping to squeeze in a coffee post for tomorrow.

Thanks again to everyone for the birthday wishes. I think I’ve received more this year than I have since I got too old for birthday parties. Have a safe and happy weekend!!

About that Coffee Linkup . . .

It was awesome.

I read every single post on the thread closely enough to leave an intelligent human comment and be ok sharing them. I will tell you, those are some marvelous bloggers. This weekend I flitted about the blogosphere reading posts. I didn’t approach them as a blogger or as a critic. This weekend I was a reader and a friend. It felt soooo good.

If you go to that thread, to or this very convenient Pinterest board I created to commemorate the event, you will be surprised by the savvy and the honesty of the bloggers who chose to join in.

So much human experience on that thread, it is overwhelming. There’s joy and loss, loneliness and confusion. Pain. Happiness. Anxiety. Most of the posts come with well-conceived art. Seriously. Take a look at these blogs. They’re personal and they are smart. If you are a reader, you’ll love them. I am honored to have all those links shared on a blog that’s barely two weeks old.

Here are  a few things I got out of the linkup:

  • Learned some things about how to bring a group of bloggers together.
  • Realized how much I miss reading blogs. Once the rearrangement of my online life is complete, I’m going to get back to the reading part of blogging. It’s important, and I’ve neglected it this summer.
  • Lots and lots to think about. There are so many people having so many different experiences in those posts, it helped me re-discover a little perspective.

All good things, I say.selfportrait1

I’m working myself up to one good post per week on this blog and trying to integrate it as quickly as I can into my crazy patchwork social media. I’m not there yet, but I am connecting this  blog to @sourcererblog and the Just Gene’O fanpage before I publish this one. It’s time to re-enter the wider social media world.

An early heads-up:

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