In which I ask an actually serious question in a straightforward way


Who’s read Saga, either in whole or in part? What do you think of it and is it worthy material for a pop culture blogger who needs to buy one set of texts and get a lot of mileage out of them?

saga Cover

The reason I ask is that I need a large, rich text to fuel the next phase of my blogging. Puppies and personal problems are going to get old quickly, and the stand-alone photography has pretty much played out until spring.

I need books or comics to write about, and I have Amazon money to spend.

What I need is a relevant, significant, contemporary, ongoing thing that I can approach from different angles and write about for several blogs.

Saga seems to be the best bet, and my closest friends are telling me to pull the trigger on this one.

What do you think? Worthwhile, or should I order something like Civil War and go hard at Marvel?

I am at a crossroads here. Big decision, because it’s going to determine the content for most of my blogging through the end of March.

Advice, plz!

Note to the Crew


The #WeekendCoffeeShare is going great at Part Time Monster. The linky is still open for a few more hours. I have to be mostly offline until this evening, but do keep the sharing up and I’ll be doing off-and-on retweets from the phone.Emanuel_Wynne

I’ve done great with the networking and making of friends lately, but I have to change my social media habits for a few weeks to ensure that I deliver on my commitments to friends through April. Basically, I am in power-writing mode. I have to write, load, and finish a lot of stuff over the next few days in order to get ahead and stay ahead. What this means:

1. Twitter is a weekend thing for me for the next little while. I will check in there during the week, do some retweeting, and scan my notifications. And I am always happy for friends to share my stuff and tag me. But do not trust me to see an individual tweet or DM in good time. If you have something important, private Facebook communication or dropping it on a blog thread here is the order of the day.

2. You will see me sharing things to my Facebook timeline, because that is easy. But I’ll be doing less liking and commenting there. Basically, I am doing a big check-in on Monday and Friday, and answering the private and group communication that must be kept up for Sourcerer to keep rolling as I need to. Contributors and collaborators, feel free to contact me with important info on Facebook any time, and I will answer that. But Tuesday-Thursday, #amwriting, and I have to hit Twitter and the blogosphere hard on Saturdays and Sundays. Because that is where the weekend interaction is working. My Facebook activity consistently dies early Friday evening and doesn’t come back until Sunday night, so I see no need to spend time there on the weekends.

3. I will continue to answer my blog threads, produce blog posts, and be active in long-term discussions. Those are my first priorities.

Pending the time tonight to get the posts loaded and illustrated, I may run a four-part series on trolling behavior this week. If I do that, it will start tomorrow and at that point, I will unpin the Feminist Friday schedule, just for one week, and pin my #1000Speak post topic until Friday, at which point I will re-pin the Feminist Friday schedule.

Thank you, as always, supporters, for keeping me going. The social part of blogging is what makes it worthwhile for me. And we have made all kind of progress since the fall. Let’s keep that up.

If We Were Having Coffee . . . (Commencement Week Edition)

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve made it through my first fall semester in the job I got just and Diana and I were kicking of these blogs. Everyone says I’m doing great at it, but even after a year, I don’t feel as though I am really on my feet with it yet. I’ll get there.

Getty stock image.

Getty stock image.

I’d tell you my family is doing great. No funny stories today, but my grandson’s school Christmas program was this week, and of course he was the cutest kid on the stage 🙂 We’re looking forward to a fabulous holiday, even though we haven’t gotten enough of the preparation done.

Then I would grouse a little about how much work the administrative side of blogging is once you’ve got one established. About how I want to be writing and posting, but instead I am redesigning Sourcerer. The redesign is going great, though, and lots of friends have given me positive feedback on the basic idea.

I’d give you a word of advice about blogging. Work out your category structure before you start. Before you add new ones, think very carefully about whether you need them or not. You don’t want to have to blow your categories up and rebuild them once you’ve published hundreds of posts.

And I’d tell you all that time I spent on Facebook over the last couple of weeks has been worth it. I have enough friends over there who are bloggers, and who are mutual friends, for my fiendish plan to work even if I never send another friend suggestion. Though I certainly will make introductions from time to time.

I don’t have to get all the bloggers I know over there to be friends. I just have to be interesting enough to stay in their newsfeeds. If I can do that and keep making friends with bloggers, a timeline share from me will eventually be worth something. And I know how to do it. Images are the key to the whole thing. I’ll explain how it works once I’m a little further along.

Then I’d remind you about #SundayBlogShare and ask you what your plans are for the holiday, because I am just not feeling all that chatty this weekend.