Hello Feedly

Over the weekend I did a final proofing of my book and it’ll soon be going off to the printer! Exciting, it is, to see your hard work come to fruition, to hold that book in your hands for the first time and to know, really know, it was all worth it. It won’t be long now.

Now to the purpose of this post.

July 1st saw the end of Google Reader. I’d been using it for several years to follow the blogs I read. But now that’s gone. But lo and behold someone mentioned Feedly to me, and so I imported the blogs I follow to Feedly. It was really quite simple.

Now comes the whining. There always is, you know, when something is new or different from what we’re used to. While Feedly does allow me to keep up with you all, it’s not Google Reader. I found there were features in Reader that I quite liked but of course are no longer there. Over time, I expect, I’ll get used to it. What other choice do I have?

I also want to say congrats to Linda Cassidy Lewis whose book, “A Brevity of Roses” is a finalist  The eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. You can read all about how to vote for Linda’s book HERE. 

Now I’m curious. How do the rest of you keep up with the blogs you follow? Are you a previous Google Reader user? Are you using Feedly or some other site?

 

Hello Blogging Blahs

I’ll admit this past while I’ve been feeling a bit blah when it comes to blogging. Maybe I’ve simply been busy with other things and finding ideas to blog about has been taking a back seat. But today, I read a post over at Author Jody Hedlund’s that seemed to resonate with me. 6 Ways to Beat the Blogging Blahs. How the devil did she know what was on my mind?  I felt a wee bit happy to know that others go through this as well. Truth is I didn’t even have a name for it before.  Blogging Blahs….Who would have thunk it? Thanks, Jody.  🙂

Now, I’ve also found myself a tad bit bored with facebook lately as well. Oh dear, am I seeing a pattern here? And Twitter? Well, Twitter just doesn’t seem to speak my language. I’m just not a Twitter kind of gal.

Could be that I’ve just been spending more time reading and writing and the urge for social media just hasn’t been striking me all that often. It’s difficult to do everything, be everywhere. Yet I know some of you seem to be able to juggle it all and then some. By the amount of new posts I see each time I log into google reader I’d say most of you are doing a pretty good job of it. You amaze me. Not only that, you remind me of how far behind I am at visiting your blogs.

I’m not going to say that winter has had any effect on my mood because I really don’t think that’s the case. I’ve got plenty of energy for other things. I’m just feeling a little content to spend time away from the internet. But I’m going to try and get back into the swing of things. Hopefully I’ll be able to take some of Jody’s suggestions and come back even stronger. Hmmm. Time will tell.

If, like me, you’re finding yourself in the midst of the blogging blahs, I suggest you check out Jody’s post. Hopefully, you’ll find some helpful advice.

Have any of you experienced the blogging blahs and if so how did you get yourself back into the groove?

Am I Really Jinxed?

There’s the phenomenon that my children used to joke about when I was sending short stories out for publication. If you want to go out of business accept work from Laura Best. They used to say I was jinxed, and I guess there were times when it kind of felt that way.

Come in a little closer, what I’m about to tell you is not a secret but did in fact  happen to me more than once (okay maybe five or six times to be truthful.) I would receive an acceptance from a literary magazine saying they wanted to publish one of my stories. Great. Woohoo! Music to any writer’s ears. But that’s not where the story ends. Before my work ever had time to grace their pages, the magazine would cease publication.

Gone without a trace…Zippo!

Add to that the fact that my work has appeared in the last issue of about three more literary magazines over the years, and I began to wonder if my kids didn’t have a point.

So it’s no big secret that literary magazines struggle to keep going, and quite often they are forced to cease publication for various reasons. It’s a sad truth but a truth nonetheless.

I feel jinxed when it comes to blogging sometimes too. I find a blog I decide to follow, add it to Google Reader, everything goes along great, and then all of a sudden the blogger stop posting. Gone without a trace…Zippo!

This evening, as I was catching up on some blog reading, I realized that my Reader has quite a few blogs that haven’t updated for many, many months. It makes me wonder if they’ve abandoned their blog or simply taking an extended blogcation. Life sometimes becomes complicated and blogging simply isn’t an option for us. We can all understand that.

I resist the urge to unsubscribe to these seemingly abandoned blogs because well…they may start blogging again. I’m loyal if nothing else.

Bloggers come and go as do blogs. Usually, we begin a blog with a certain objective in mind. Sometimes we stay true to that objective and never stray far from it, while other times our blogs change, and become something totally different over time. So while I know it’s ridiculous to think I’m in any way jinxed, I’ll keep hoping that some of those wayward bloggers will feel inspired in the New Year and pick up their blogs where they left off.

How about you, has your blog stayed true to itself or has it shifted and changed over time? If you’re a blogger, have you ever abandoned a blog to start a totally different one? If you’ve subscribed to a blog where there hasn’t been any activity for a long time do you unsubscribe or do you stay loyal to the end?

Where Have All The Bloggers Gone?

I can’t help but notice the decline in blogging activity these days each time I sign into Google Reader.

Can we blame it on the season? These glorious spring days? All those months of being trapped indoor for hours at a time?

Hmmm…..What do you think?

Used to be I’d nearly panic when I logged into Reader and saw all those unread blog posts waiting for me. Although I have a good number of blogs that I follow through Reader it’s not an outrageous number or even close to the 200 number that one blogger claimed the average blogger follows. But still….

A lot of people start out blogging with great enthusiasm but eventually run out of steam. I’ve sometimes wondered if that won’t one day be my fate as well. Some days it’s tough to even imagine we have something worthwhile to blog about. Ideas become stale. We feel uninspired. I mean, how many different ways are there to blog about the same subject?

Blogging is a big commitment. Life happens. We get busy. We enter times of tribulation. Our job takes us away, and our family life. Many bloggers are also authors, and when push comes to shove we’ll choose writing over blogging. It’s just the way it has to be. There’s no getting around it. And yet, there is no saying we can’t take a break from our blogging activity from time to time. Why not? Aren’t we all entitled to a vacation from time to time?

Have you been as committed to blogging lately and have you also noticed a decline in the number of people updating their blogs? Do you periodically take blogging vacations?

I Have a Comment to Make

Just thought I’d pass along a thank you to all of you who read my blog. You make my day 🙂

I started this site shortly before my book came out as a place for people to come if they were looking for information about my book or me. As authors we’re told it’s the thing to do.

Being new to blogging, I never expected to form online relationships as a direct result of blogging. I had no idea what blogging was all about. In fact, it took me a long time to come to terms with the notion that I was actually blogging…I know, sounds kind of silly.

I read quite a number of blogs myself—when I get the time that is. I read somewhere that the average blogger follows at least 200 blogs. Wow! All I can say it thank goodness for Google Reader.

WordPress allows us to subscribe to blogs by email which means each time a post is written it comes to our inbox. I gave up my email subscriptions after I discovered more and more blogs. For me, Google Reader works much better. I know by the number of email subscribers to my blog that obviously not everyone finds this method overwhelming. In fact, it obviously works quite well for them.

I don’t comment on all the blogs I follow (I wouldn’t have time to write if I did) but I try to comment whenever possible. I like for people to know that I’m out there and reading the posts they took the time to write.

One thing I’ve noticed through blogging is that various bloggers treat the comment section on their blog differently. Some bloggers disable the comment section altogether, while some leave theirs open to comments, and reply to each one. As you know, this is what I do. For me, I find it helps me to get to know all of you. I do like getting to know people. 🙂

I’ve noticed that not all bloggers respond to comments on their blog. One blogger noted she felt it was similar to inviting someone to your house and then ignoring them once they get there. Again, some bloggers respond to the occasional comment or acknowledge the comments in a general way.

Make no mistake responding to comments is time consuming, and I can understand why some bloggers might not have time to respond to each and every comment left on their blog— especially those blogs that typically receive many comments.

This post isn’t meant in any way to be a criticism about how other bloggers relate to the comment sections on the own blog. We’re all free to do as we please.

What I’d like to know is, what are your thoughts on this issue?

Here’s what I’m curious about: When you leave a comment on a blog do you feel slighted if you receive no response? Do you feel ignored? Or do you even check back to see if the blog host responded to your comment? If you’re a blogger yourself how do you respond to comments on your blog?

One last question: Do you even care if the blog host responds to your comment?

I think that’s it, unless you can think of your own questions…

Ooops! Nope I thought of something else. Do you use Google Reader or email subscription or perhaps you just bookmark your favoutie blogs? That’s the last question, I promise.

Getting Organized.

When I was a kid receiving mail was always an exciting thing. Pulling an envelope from the mailbox with my name on it was a delight that was difficult to describe and having a parcel arrive was THE VERY BEST. The mailboxes back then were huge things compared to what the rural mailboxes are today. Right up until a few years back we still had one of those old boxes (Great for parcel delivery) until one day the snowplough banged it up, damaging it beyond repair. Here in E. Dalhousie Canada Post has graciously supplied several of the big green mailboxes for the homeowners who live on the lakes. But the majority of the mailboxes in the area are the kind where the mail driver can pull right up, open the door and load it up!

These past couple of days I’ve been cleaning out my mailbox. No, no, no not the regular mailbox that sits out at the end of the driveway, my inbox. I love my inbox for the sheer convenience of it. I don’t have to worry about the snowplough hitting it or Canada Post telling me I must move it to the right or left, but I do have to contend with things like viruses and power outages, not to mention the dreaded computer crash.

My how times have changed!

Most of the mail I get today comes into my inbox at all hours of the day and night. While it’s more convenient in some ways, it actually makes more work for me— sorting, deleting, and reading the mail. Before I know it my inbox has over a thousand emails in my inbox, my sent messages and my deleted messages (Yup, I  have to delete from my inbox, from my sent meassages and then I have to go through and delete all the deleted one…sheesh!)  That’s a lot of emails to contend with and time consuming since I tend to wait until it is out of hand before deciding to deal with it.

But I am getting organized. Yay me!

As for any fellow bloggers out there whose blogs I am subscribed to through WordPress do not feel snubbed if you notice that I am no longer subscribed. I’ve discovered Google Reader awhile back and while I have many of my favourite blogs added to it already I didn’t have you all. That’s been changed or soon will be. Google Reader is great. It lets you know when blogs have been updated without having the emails arrive in your regular inbox. (Much less deleting for me.!)

Now I’m off to unsubscribe and subscribe. But not to worry, I’ll still be seeing you all later.

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