#WeekendCoffeeShare (Afternoon Edition)

If we were having coffee, it would have to be afternoon coffee, because I slept in today. I’d tellyou this has been one of those weeks that just seemed to go on and on. It’s hard to believe that Natacha’s first post at Sourcerer ran a mere five days ago and that Luther is already back with a Walking Dead post. It has been a very eventful week for me on the internet.

Getty stock image.

Getty stock image.

The first Feminist Friday discussion of 2015 is going well at Part Time Monster. I am looking forward to next week’s Feminist Friday at Victim to Charm, and am glad to have these rolling again. I also announced Blogging A to Z participation at both blogs and visited a few of the co-hosts. I am trying to visit them all at least once over the next couple of weeks. I’ve also been keeping tabs on 1000 Voices Speaking for Compassion and I’ve joined the Blog Blitz team. Like I said. Eventful.

The offline life has been equally busy with work stuff and grandson time. The highlights of the week were me hitting a hole-in-one in Kinect Golf and a conversation we had last night about Star Wars. That conversation started out with a simple-enough question about why Boba Fett works for Darth Vader instead of for the Rebel Alliance and ended with me explaining what mercenaries are. Which made me think of this song. I did not play it for my grandson, because neither the lyrics nor the video are age-appropriate. But you might like it, and the art development is interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

And I would tell you next week is probably going to feel just as long as this one, but I am looking forward to it. We’re kicking off a series by Rose B. Fischer at Sourcerer on Monday, and I am announcing that one tomorrow. I am also hosting #SundayBlogShare on Twitter tomorrow, and I am looking forward to it. The last time I did it, I had a blast. If you happen to be tweeting tomorrow, do share a link or two with us.

Then I’d ask you how your week is going.

Featured Blogger The First: Taylor Grace, Author


Hello, pup!

I am featuring Taylor Grace‘s five most recent posts at the top of the sidebar until further notice. She inspired this feature (see below for how it works) and is one of a handful of bloggers I think of as “bloggers I have known since I started my blogs.” Unless I am super-busy, I comment on her blog once a week. That is the most I comment anywhere consistently except the ones I run.

Taylor has lots of good features.

Taylor links to me a lot — she’s probably linked to my blogs more than any other blogger in the last year except me, and I have an advantage because I run two blogs and have permission to run amok on a third one. And a lot of links means a lot of pings.

I nearly always follow pings, and most of the time, I comment when I do. I see them as reminders to stop by and say hello ๐Ÿ™‚

This is part one of a new feature. Here is how it works. I choose a blogger and put their five most recent posts at the top of my sidebar. No notice until the post publishes and the pings go out. The surprise makes it better, you see.

Everyone who qualifies has two things in common.

  • Consistently produces quality I appreciate enough to share.
  • Has had enough conversations with me that I find them interesting enough to interview if I had the time to do a more proper feature.

So, mostly bloggers I’ve been chattering with for awhile. It’s like a Follow Friday. Only it’s in the middle of the week and comes with a sidebar ad.

You won’t see this on either ofย  the other two blogs — it’s exclusive to this one. But I don’t mind other bloggers borrowing the idea. Not a bad way to spread some blog love, I say. It won’t be weekly at first, but eventually I will sit down on a Saturday and schedule four of them, and then it will become weekly.

This is not a test run. It’s a winner and I know it. It gets me a mid-week post that I can do consistently and allows me to do something nice for a friend. (Remember, despite the recent flurry from me here, the only post I promise at this blog is the #WeekendCoffeeShare post on Saturday.)

Obviously, if the feedback tells me readers of this blog like the idea, it will become a weekly feature much more quickly than it will if I have to share the next one on Facebook with a world domination meme to see what people think about it. Just sayin’

I’ve Found Something Called a Blog Blitz! (And Other Mayhem)


You’ll notice a couple of new badges on the ol’ sidebar. One is the A to Z badge.

Click to sign up!

Click to sign up!

Sourcerer‘s come together so nicely over the past couple of weeks, I’ve decided to go back to my original plan and give it a go here, too. I’ll have the full announcement for this blog sometime in the next week. Sourcerer’s announcement will run on Thursday and will include a few tips to help first-timers avoid some of the pitfalls I ran into last year.

There is also this one.

Click to learn more!

Click for more info!

This has been on my radar for a couple of weeks, thanks to Conny, who you might know from the #WeekendCoffeeShare. If you’ve been following my blogs for any length of time, and you read what the Blog Blitz about, you’ll see why it grabbed me.

I went over to Write On! Sisters, who also do the coffee share (and who I met through last year’s A to Z Challenge), before work yesterday to be sure they knew the A to Z linky was open. Found the Blog Blitz badge on their sidebar and had to go give it a good look. So blame them for me jumping on board with one more social blogging project, lol.

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A Part Time Monster production.

There will be a real post about this as soon as I can manage it and a Facebook share when I think the time is right. I am already tweeting it around. Once I see a couple of these blitzes and have a feel for the vibe, I’ll give you the full report. For now, I will just say it looks like some awesome getting ready to break out and it isn’t a weekly thing.

I’ll be at Part Time Monster this week for the Feminist Friday kickoff. And of course, see you for coffee this weekend!

Oh yeah, just in case you haven’t heard, I’ll be your #SundayBlogShare host on Twitter this weekend, too!

Suzie's graphic. Just assuming it's ok to use since I'm promoting here ;-)

Suzie’s graphic. Just assuming it’s ok to use since I’m promoting here ๐Ÿ˜‰

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