For you, PartTimeMonster, on your One-Year WordPress Anniversary :-)

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It’s hard to believe this happened a year ago. I scheduled this for you on Monday before I left for Florida. Right after I wrapped up the #SundayBlogShare madness. While I was supposed to be writing this Doctor Who review which ended up running a day late. I nominate you for the “I Survived My First Year of Blogging Award.” If you know anyone who’s celebrated their first year recently, or is about to, do pass it on. No other rules except nominate them and tell them “Happy Birthday.”

Going on about how great we’ve done will have to wait until my own blogiversary. The rest of this is unsolicited advice.

  • No more anxiety about posting every day. Our friends will stick with us unless we formally withdraw.
  • We need to post as often as we can, but as long as we remain present enough on the blogs for people to be sure we’re still in the game, and as long as I keep Tweeting, our readers will stick with us through the winter.
  • We’ve accomplished the three goals we needed to accomplish this year to continue: 1) Make Sourcerer viable. (Be sure to thank Jeremy, David, Luther, and Will for that!), 2) Establish a real presence on another network (um, @Sourcererblog), and 3) build a deep network. (Our network is small, but the depth is a little scary. When we talk, people don’t just listen. They answer.)
  • Think about spring. Write ahead. Don’t publish just to publish.
  • Support our friends when you see a way to do it. Make introductions.
  • Recruit contributors and be smart about when you debut them. Contributors only get one debut, and I believe I have demonstrated the value of the week-long promotion.
  • Once I’m done with vacation and get the ol’ job squared away, we’ll have a public discussion about where to go with the Feminist Fridays and everyone will be invited to join in.

  • On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, my personal social media will go dark and I will not be back until I’ve cropped, tagged, categorized, and watermarked 600 of my original images for next year’s run. That’s right. I said 600. And Sourcerer’s contributors will continue to post while I do that.
  • Once that’s done, we get serious about planning A to Z and I start writing for 2015.
  • Think about what suffix you’d like to use when we remove the wordpress domain from our addresses. I am not using .com for either of my blogs, but it might be appropriate for you. Time to spend that little bit of money so we can put the blogs on a double-sided business card and use #SundayBlogShare to make personal introductions.
  • For the love of all that is good and holy, keep pinning the world domination humor and the Feminism images.
  • No new long-term projects. We have two viable ones and we need to focus on doing them right next year.

You are the most awesome sister in the whole multiverse, you beautiful creature. Let’s keep blogging.

One Foot on the Platform, the Other Foot on a Train

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Today is my 10th wedding anniversary, and I have an awesome marriage. It’s the best personal decision I’ve ever made, and one of the few good ones I made before I was 35. Vicki’s agreed to allow me to tell the story of our wedding day on one of the blogs, and I’ll be doing that in the next couple of weeks. I’m still not sure where I’ll post it, but I’m thinking, perhaps here. Because it’s a story. What writer doesn’t like a good story?

I’d planned to tell the story today, but wasn’t able to write it in time. Because life. When she gave me permission, Vicki asked me to include this video. It’s her favorite song, and in my top 20. We collect YouTube videos of it, and this version includes an extra stanza that’s played so rarely most people don’t know about it. So here’s a video, because it needs to be posted on the actual day, even if the story isn’t ready yet.

I’d intended to have an A to Z reflection tomorrow, but it doesn’t look like that’s happening. It has to happen before I can move on to other things with this blog, though. I need closure, and it helped me figure out some things about where to go here. I need to write them down and invite people to comment.

I’m two days away from being done with the most hectic three weeks offline I’ve had in six months. I’ve had to step away from the blogs lately to take care of business, do family stuff, and just recharge a little in general. And I have a commitment to Sourcerer.

My blogging friends really came through for me today. I have four Sourcerer contributions in my inbox, another one coming, and an out-of-the-blue submission coming this weekend. We lucked into traffic today, we have a post on a trending pop culture topic to talk about tomorrow, and a first post by  a new contributor posting tomorrow who you may already know. 😉 We have a plan laid out through the end of the week over there. So it will likely be the weekend before I can get things back on course here, but it will be relatively soon.

I’m on track to have my professional obligations squared away by close of business on Thursday. My grandson’s little league season ends this weekend. He’s in his first year of coach-pitch, and he’s a slugger. That’s what I’ve been giving a lot of my time to over the past couple of months.

I’m gearing up for a week of serial blogging and frequent tweeting next week. I’ve been just keeping it going for the last little while and taking care of other things. I need a personal vacation, and I need to spend it with my social media peeps. So I’m taking one.

Here’s a preview of my plan for this blog.  I’ll discuss it in more detail when I post my A to Z Reflection.

  • I need to give more space here to poets, poetics, and poems. There are tons of poems in the public domain, and I am well-versed. It’s the first thing I spent years trying to master.
  • Worldbuilding. The worldbuilding and the post about my personal fantasy project were both well-received. I know lots about building convincing worlds, and it’s one of my favorite things to talk about.
  • Posts in which I take a single writing concept or principle and explain it on my own words with a short, conversational post. That’s what I did for all of April, and the 26 posts I wrote for the challenge barely scratched the surface.

I’m thinking of focusing on those three things here and working myself up to twice-a-week posting with frequent reblogs of things I like, then building from there. That’s doable, but it may take me all summer to get there.

Thanks for following, and for reading. I’ll be back in business here soon.

 

Happy Blogiversary to Me, to Me.

Six months ago today, I took my lunch and my laptop to Starbucks and launched Sourcerer. I’d kicked off this blog half an hour earlier. I didn’t trust the scheduled posting – I published every post manually that day, and spent a lot of time between posts watching my stats.

Our page views and visitors that day, on all three blogs, tripled my expectations and convinced me to keep going. I haven’t looked back since. I’m not linking to those first posts here — I’ll do that at Sourcerer later today. Here, today, I’m nominating bloggers for the I Am a Part of the WordPress Family Award.

The rules as I understand them are to nominate 10 bloggers, display this image on your blog, and link back to the person who nominated you. That’s my kind of award, so:

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If you don’t do awards, no worries. Think of this as me encouraging people to read and comment on your blog, and just keep being yourself. I’ll continue to read whether you acknowledge the nomination or not. Just know that if you are on this list, I love your blog.

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