337th Friday Blog Roundup
So there was actually a reason to why I wanted to pull back from writing for a bit and just read through my Google Reader. On Monday, I start a new position at BlogHer. I am the section editor for the newly launched Blogging & Social Media section of the site.
So what does that mean? It means that I am curating, syndicating, and assigning out any posts having to do with blogging, commenting, Twitter, Facebook, etc. It also means that several times a week, I am highlighting a blogger or pointing you towards amusing tweets or celebrating someone else’s blog project.
In other words, I am essentially hired to read blogs. And then to help cull out the amazing posts, spaces, tweets that I think other people should make sure they don’t miss. My entire job is about directing people towards good posts and bloggers to read on the Internet. Can you imagine a better job?
So, I wanted to just spend the week leading up to the kick off reading. I’ve gotten behind in blog reading; it’s easy to do. But now I’m back.
Cherry blossoms are the pigeons of the tree world. If you live in the DC area, they are everywhere. Tourists think they look pretty — and they sort of do — but the trees make the tourists stop and gawk on the sidewalk in the same way that the pigeons do. The tiny petals blow into our house every time we open the door, which means that I need to vacuum three or four times a day. People track them through the house on the bottoms of their shoes which makes me curse them. I recently started calling the petals “rats with wings” as we do the pigeons which Josh said was confusing since the petals were neither an animal nor had wings. But still — for something that lasts for a very short period of time (cherry blossom time is maybe three weeks long), they are a huge pain in my ass.
I would just like to write a tiny ode to technology. I have no fashion sense, therefore, I need to ask people fashion advice before I leave the house so I don’t embarrass myself. One day only Josh was around, which was no help at all. So I went on Skype and called Calliope. And I could stand in my living room and try on stuff and show it to her — all over the Internet! How crazy is that? And then walk out of the house with confidence?
I love video calls.
Remember how I’m offering one NaBloPoMo prompt in the Roundup to entice you to one day commit to doing NaBloPoMo? It’s a chance to test in a comment if you have the brain power to do a full month of NaBloPoMo.
So try your hand at a single prompt each week and if you can think of an answer, perhaps consider doing the entire month at some point.
ComOnNaPro (Comment on NaBloPoMo Prompt): If you could have a tree in your yard that would sprout anything, what type of tree would you have?
You can either answer this in a comment, or if you’re moved to do so, answer it in a post on your blog and then come back here and let me know the permalink to the post.
And now, the blogs…
A Half Baked Life has a post about what fuels a blog. She explains: “I think that our stories–regardless of what those stories are about, whether it’s food, or running, or pets, or children, or infertility, or meditation, or Capitol Hill–are advocacy, for a way of life, for an approach to the world.” It’s really a fascinating post on redefining advocacy — broadening the definition. And it may just make you a better blogger to read it, especially if you’ve been wondering about your blog’s direction. (And there’s a recipe to boot.)
Four of a Kind has a moving post about taking the statistical bullet and pairs it with a story about her father that will make you rethink the whole start of the post where she explains that she is that someone in the sentence, “it has to happen to someone.” It is about re-examining suffering from two different angles.
Lastly, I’m a Smart One explains why it took her so long to return to blogging. She writes, “The logic of mind reasoned rightfully that I had no cause to feel guilt. The affective capriciousness of heart told me that not only should I feel guilt, but that I also deserved guilt. The opposing sides canceled each other out at best and crusted into a stiff stalemate at worst.” It is about not fighting the silence, but instead embracing that period of time and how she came through it to the other side.
The roundup to the Roundup: Starting a new job at BlogHer on Monday. Not loving the cherry blossoms. All hail Skype and giving fashion advice from afar. Answer the ComOnNaPro. And lots of great blogs to read.
That ComOnNaPro one more time: If you could have a tree in your yard that would sprout anything, what type of tree would you have?