Weekend Coffee Share: A to Z Eve Edition

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you my grandson got his standardized test results back this week, and he did super-good in math. Better, in fact, than I ever did with math in school. He’s also moved up two reading levels in the last few weeks. I am so proud 🙂

Getty stock image.

Getty stock image.

And I I’d tell you it’s been a busy week at work, and an equally busy week in the blogosphere. I’ve spent most of my time this week in the WordPress dashboard finalizing Sourcerer’s posts for the Blogging A to Z in April Challenge. I’ve done well.

We’ve got 16 of our A to Z posts finalized – we only lack two posts to be completely scheduled for the first two weeks. I have also managed to load a Sunday morning Weekend Music feature for every week in April and get started on the Tuesday and Wednesday photo features. That hasn’t left a lot of time to do anything else except answer my own threads.

Speaking of answering my own threads . . .

Thanks to everyone who commented on my coffee post last week. I wasn’t able to get back to that thread in good time, so I finally just posted a final comment there and liked everything. I appreciate the support, truly, and I will not often allow a thread that good to slip through the cracks unanswered.

I’d tell you I did my first ever blogger interview this week. Chouett.com was kind enough to interview me and feature Sourcerer on the sidebar for the week. That was a lot of fun, and I appreciate the opportunity. (Give Chouett a look!)

And, just to be sure there’s no post-April lull in my blogging life, I’ve signed up for the Beach Party Blogathon in June. It’s sponsored by the awesome film blogs Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. I’ve been following their blogathons and wanting to join in for awhile. I’ll be writing about Captain Blood for this event, and my post will run at Sourcerer.

Featured Image -- 3218I’d tell you, too, that 1000 Voices Speaking for Compassion is going monthly. The next linkup day is April 20. The topic is “Nurturing.”

I’ve not had much time to keep up with the group this week, but I am still checking in as I have time and trying to help them build a Twitter following. I’m still planning to keep hosting the linkups, whether I am able to write a post for 1000 Speak or not; the linkup post on April 20 will likely be the only post other than these coffee posts I publish here next month.

And that’s about all I’d have to say, because April is almost here, and I still have a lot to get squared away before Wednesday. Now I’m away to have coffee with an online friend I’ve known for a year, and have never met offline until today, then spending a big part of the afternoon out with the grandson, so I won’t be around much today.

Happy weekend, and keep blogging!

Weekend Coffee Share: Blogging A to Z Edition

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’ve decided not to do the Blogging A to Z April Challenge here at the the personal blog. Sourcerer is still in for 100% sure. We‘ll have a theme reveal there soon, and I’m pulling out all the stops for A to Z on the wider social media. Just not doing it here. I’ll remove the badge from the sidebar and ask that Just Gene’O be removed from the list later this weekend.

Getty stock image.

Getty stock image.

I’d tell you that despite the fact I have a theme and topics for an awesome Tolkien-themed challenge, this is the smart thing to do because I have so much going on. Given the number of guest blogging commitments I have and the amount of time it’s already taking me to keep the blogs going, I don’t think it’s a good idea to try and write 26 posts to run here in April. Among other reasons, that would give me 26 threads to answer in addition to Sourcerer’s A to Z threads.

Blogging A to Z here while Sourcerer is also doing it would be a magnificent blogging feat, and I have no doubt I could do it. But I’ve worked extremely hard to push my blogging schedule far enough into the future and make enough friends to have Sourcerer publishing every day without ever waking up in the morning and needing to write a post for that day. This is why Diana and I blogged at such a frantic pace last year — to make enough friends and generate large enough archives to be able to publish every day without needing to write a blog post every day.

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The bottom line is that if I were going to do A to Z here, the posts should already be written, but several things came up in January and February that I just had to prioritize, and they did not get written. This isn’t an everyday blog, and every like and comment I leave on WordPress points people to Sourcerer. That’s the blog that’s going to benefit from my A to Z visits. So I may very well write and load 26 posts in the next three weeks — I’m capable of doing that. But they will not be A to Z posts to run at this blog.

I’d tell you, too, that I won’t be around much on the linkups nor on Twitter this weekend. I’ve got the spring run of Tolkien drafted. I have to load the last two posts at Part Time Monster and do the finishing work on those. Then I have to track down links and do the final edit on a guest post I’m doing for a friend to run at the end of this month so I can send that one off. (Done)

Once that’s done, I have this list to work through. It seems like a lot, and it is, but keep in mind I can produce four to six posts in a day if I stay off Facebook and Twitter and just work, and I routinely finish and schedule a week’s worth of blogging in about two-and-a-half hours on Sunday evenings. It will not all get done this weekend, but most of it will.

  1. Finish the A to Z theme reveal for Sourcerer, which is drafted and just needs links and art.
  2. Load and finish two emailed drafts for Sourcerer to finish out our Wednesdays for this month.
  3. Crop and load photo features for Sourcerer for the next two weeks.
  4. Write the Feminist Friday wrap-up post to run here next Friday (this week’s STEM discussion at Drifting Through has been good, and that thread may in fact still be active).
  5. Write four A to Z posts for Sourcerer (I have the letters C, E, L, and T. If you are familiar with my blogging, you can probably guess what at least three of those are going to be about 😉 )
  6. Write two A to Z posts for Part Time Monster that Diana and I brainstormed this week.
  7. Load the rough drafts of three guest posts for Comparative Geeks to run post-April just to get them in the queue so I can finish them later. (Done).

    arrrr, mateys!

    arrrr, mateys!

Quite the list, eh? Once it’s done, though, I’ll be free to write at a leisurely pace for May and spend ALL the social media time in April finding readers for Sourcerer contributors and making friends by visiting from the A to Z list.

I’ll use the day and tomorrow morning to get as far ahead on it as I can, then tweet for @1000Speak for an hour or two tomorrow afternoon. Basically, I’m volunteering them a couple of hours on Twitter on Sundays when I can manage it, and other bloggers are keeping the account active during the rest of the week.

Then I’d ask you how your weekend’s looking.

— Edited at 6:30 my time on Saturday, March 14, to tick off the Tolkien and the guest post items as (Done). I’ll use different colors to tick the rest off so I can analyze the workflow later. This is not bad, considering I also gave my family 5 hours today, answered a few comments, made a new friend, spent some time in private collaboration chats, and retweeted from the phone a bit when I was not able to be at the computer. #AmWorking, always.

Weekend Coffee Share: We Made it Happen Edition

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the big news of the week is that we’ve compiled most of the 2014 Feminist Friday discussion posts into an e-book,  Feminist Bloggers: The 2014 Collection. We left out a few of my posts that were’t essay-quality, but all the other hosts’ articles are there along with several of my own. Natacha Guyot edited and published it for us and Gretchen Kelly wrote the foreword. Jennifer Miller was kind enough to design the cover for us using a background by Rose B. Fischer. It’s available for free on Smashwords.feministbloggersLOGOVERSION

I’d tell you we went into the book project with every intention of offering it for free. But so far, Amazon has not allowed us to mark it down (we’ve contacted them about it). So it will be available tomorrow for $0.99 on Amazon. The royalty is $0.35, and any money it generates will be donated to a charity agreed to by all the authors.

We’re in the process of brainstorming and doing research right now, in the event it actually makes a money. If it does, it will not be much. But it’s important to us that we not take a profit from this project. Since it’s available for Kindle on Smashwords, we aren’t even promoting the Amazon link, and if we aren’t allowed to mark it down after the release, we will not be publishing next year’s volume on Amazon.

We chose the release date to coincide with International Women’s Day and we worked very hard to get the book together in time to make that deadline. This year’s theme is “Make it Happen.” Natacha only had this idea a month ago, so this is definitely a case of some feminists making it happen. The whole project is, really. A little over a year ago, this running conversation we’re having was three bloggers talking about gender inequality occasionally on comment threads.

Featured Image -- 3218And I would tell you there are so many other goings-on, it is hard to keep up. I’ve been joining in A to Z Challenge Twitter chats on Thursdays for the past couple of weeks. These happen at 1 pm and 8 pm eastern, and they are fun. A few co-hosts show up and post questions using #azchat and #atozchallenge. Everyone answers them using the hashtags, and there is conversation.

If you’re doing A to Z, I recommend giving the Twitter chats a try. I’m planning to do both chats this Thursday, and I am hoping Diana will be able to join us for at least one of those. And speaking of A to Z . . .

I am not sure yet that I am sticking in with this blog, and that is why I haven’t announced in a post yet. I have my topics and theme, but I also have a LOT of writing commitments to work through over the next couple of weeks. Whether I can produce 26 posts or not is going to depend on how much I get done this week. If I am not 100 percent by reveal day, I will contact A to Z and request removal from the list.

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Sourcerer has a theme and is in for sure. I’ve created a Facebook group for contributors to help manage that blog. It’s a secret group, so you won’t be able to find it and send a join request. If you’re a contributor, and I haven’t invited you to the group yet, you have an invitation and feel free to say you want in. If not, I’ll contact you soon.

And I would tell you that’s not the half of it.

Comparative Geeks issued a call for guest blogging contributions to help them keep their blog going when their baby arrives. I promised them at least three posts a few weeks ago, and two will be written soon. Several other bloggers have signed on as well. You should check out the thread on the call for contributions. It’s heartwarming.

1000 Voices for Compassion is posting again on March 20. The theme is “Building After Bullying.” You can find more information in the pinned post in the Facebook group. I’m not writing for this one or giving it a lot of public promotion, but I am still on board with that project and helping them build their Twitter account, which is now above 400 followers and has been tweeting compassion links all week thanks to the help of Roshni from Indian American Mom.

And I am sure I missed something, but I am out of coffee now. Don’t forget to add your “If We Were having Coffee” post to the linky at Part Time Monster and share it using #WeekendCoffeeShare.

Have a great week! I’ll see you on the Twitters.