Haven’t posted at a good West Coast/Sydney time for awhile, so I’ll just put this here. If you are a fan of the weekend coffee, you want to check it out! I will have a bit to say about it in a post of my own soon.
If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you holidays went. Mine were fabulous, and I hope yours were, as well. I’d tell you am looking forward to the New Year. I’m headed back to work on Monday after a nice break and lots of family time and the blogs are in fine shape.
My grandson got his first gaming console for Christmas this year, so aside from all the time I’ve been spending on the social media the last couple of weeks, I’ve been racing dirt bikes and playing sports. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any gaming, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is. It also delights me that a six-year-old can beat me fair-and-square in tennis two matches out of three.
I’d tell you we’re starting the New Year in fine form at Sourcerer. We’re announcing four new contributors on Monday and Tuesday, and I’ve started the photoblogging back up there already. That blog took a lot of work, on the part of many different people, to develop. When I look at it, I’m genuinely impressed by what we’ve accomplished there. I still find it a little hard to believe that so many bloggers want to contribute to it, but I am gratified, and am thrilled to be the person who runs it.
Even though I didn’t get around to everything I’d hoped to do by today, I think I’ve accomplished enough of it. We have three weeks of Feminist Friday discussions scheduled to start on January 30 and a page we can share to make the promotion easier. We’re in good shape for the April A to Z Challenge at Sourcerer, even though it means I probably won’t be doing A to Z here.
I’ve also changed my blogging style a bit. I’ll still do essay-type writing sometimes, and detailed explanations when I think people really want them. But for the most part, I am using short paragraphs with lots of numbered lists and bullets. I am also experimenting with making my own memes. Both the new style, and the memes I’ve shared so far, seem to be getting my posts more reads, so I am keeping that up.
I have a lot of rough drafts I hammered out during the latter part of November to sift through and revise, as well as a new set of About pages for this blog. All that stuff will have to be done incrementally, but I’m further ahead on content now than I have been in six months. Hopefully I can stay ahead until Spring Break.
I’d tell you I am eager to touch base with a few friends who took the holidays off from blogging. And I am genuinely glad to be through the first year here. I’m also through the first full year of a job I got just as Diana and I were starting our blogs. So I have a feel for the rhythm of the year now. I know when to speed up, when to slow down, and how to best use my downtime to keep the content flowing consistently.
I’m looking foward to an awesome year of blogging. I am hoping that this is the year I get them running smoothly and easily enough to spend a less time on the computer and pick up a few other things that I let go last November when I decided to build a multi-contributor blog.
I wish you a fabulous year of blogging as well, and much success with your personal goals for this year, whatever they happen to be.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had an awesome Christmas.
I spent lots of time with my family, ate tons of good food, and my grandson has had a couple of fabulous days with his very first gaming console. If you’re wondering what I got for Christmas myself, I received a pair of texting gloves and a leatherbound planner with time zone tables in the back which is just perfect for keeping track of the social media. My family knows me pretty well 🙂
I’d tell you that even though I did not get as much done over the last couple of weeks as I’d hoped, I’m in good shape. I sent WordPress invitations to three new Sourcerer contributors last week. I have a Litflix on the latest Hobbit movie at Comparative Geeks today. People are sharing some of my posts on Facebook and liking a few of my status updates. Life in the blogosphere is good.
And I would tell you to look at the nominations in this award post at CompGeeks, if you’re looking to meet some nice bloggers. I am familiar with all but three of of those blogs, and most of the bloggers listed in that post are friends. Even though I recently went Award Neutral with Sourcerer, I may actually pass these on just to give you more links to friends’s blogs.
And I’d tell you I have two more important posts coming before the new year. My revised April A to Z plan is up at Sourcerer, and tomorrow I am posting a timeline and explaining what I need from my friends to get the Feminist Friday Project rolling again.
I’d tell you I am planning to resume my photoblogging immediately after the new year, to announce new contributors at Sourcerer the first week of January, and to make some improvements here over the next couple of days.
Then I would wish you Happy New Year, and encourage you to keep blogging.