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496th Friday Blog Roundup

This is the last Roundup I will write in my thirties.


I wrote all of the previous Roundups as a thirty-something.  What if something happens to me next week when I turn 40?  Like I start writing in all-caps?  Or I get an urge to change my font to a lurid shade of pink?  Or instead of the Roundup, I feel moved to rename it something New Age-y like The Encircling?

I guess we’ll know what is what in the 497th Roundup.  Whoa… I’m going to hit 500 Roundups by my blogoversary.  I mean, that is unless I get all-caps-y with The Encircling.


I told you I’d do it, and so I shall.  As I said in this post, I am going to annoy you every week with a reminder to create a backup of all your important documents, images, and sites.  It will appear in this top section of the Roundup, like so:

This is just your friendly nudge to do your weekly backup.  I know, I know, who has the time to create backups on a weekly basis?  No one.  But you still need to do it and forgo ten minutes of something else, once a week.  Right now, before you do anything else, use this post to roll through a quick backup of your email, documents, images, blog, social media accounts, and mobile devices.  Reading the Roundup on the go and don’t have the ability to do your backup right now?  Email yourself a copy of the Roundup so that the email will serve as a visual reminder to get this task done.  Ten minutes of your time once a week may save you a major loss of time and data down the road.  Don’t have regrets.  So, on your marks, get set, back up!

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


That wasn’t too annoying, right?  By putting a reminder every Friday in the Roundup, I will remember to do my backup.  And in turn, you will remember to do your backup.  And we will all walk around patting ourselves on the back for taking a small step to ensure that we don’t have a major headache in the future.


So the first time I saw this on BlogHer — before I read the post — I was taken aback. BlogHer featured my image in their badge for the Selfiebration?

And then I realized that the coding pulled your profile picture into the 10.  So everyone who visits that page on BlogHer (as long as they’re logged in) sees their own picture.  Oh my G-d, I love this so much.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

  • And, One” (Tales from the Waiting Room)

Okay, now my choices this week.

Thinking Miracles has a post about reclaiming her space.  She left her blog during a difficult time, and even though life is not currently easy street, she wants to document moments lest they slip away such as the breakfast with her nephew that features in this post.  Welcome back, Thinking Miracles.

A Woman My Age has a gorgeous tribute to Maya Angelou.  It was the single best one I read all week, and that includes every tribute I read on every literary site.  The heart gets it best, and her post made me cry.  I love this: “I just wanted her to see me, really see how much I loved her, her words, her very being in this world.”

Serenity Now has a post about the twenty years that have passed since her cousin committed suicide.  Wow.  This post blew me away.  From the twist in your heart lines — “Have they all changed? Or did I just not KNOW them before?” — to the story of her cousin crashing someone else’s psychic reading.  If you read nothing else this week, read this post.

Lastly, No Ways to Say It has a post about the hashtag, #yesallwomen.  She writes, “Social media can bring us together in ways we never dreamed were possible. How many of us felt comfortable talking about our experiences with sexual assault before now? Probably not many. I know I certainly didn’t. Yet, seeing other women speak up and share their experiences made me that much more willing to share mine.”  I especially love the end of her post.

The roundup to the Roundup: Last Roundup written in my thirties.  Your weekly backup nudge.  Fun with code in the Selfiebration badge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between May 23rd and May 30th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 a { 05.30.14 at 10:15 am }

Happy almost Birthday!

2 Luna { 05.30.14 at 3:48 pm }

This is my newbie- my brand new first-ever real blog. It is so brand new I just started writings posts this week. We are about seven days from beginning our second round of IVF after a failed first attempt. I love to write and have loved what I read about other women’s experiences in all fertility aspects. Most of all, only my mom and husband know that we are going through I.V.F. It would be nice to have some extra cheerleaders. I’m learning the techie stuff and would appreciate any comments you have. I like the post: “How I Prepared for I.V.F. #1 a.k.a. “The I.V.F. Drinking Game”. It’s the first post on the page.

3 Jenny { 05.30.14 at 4:48 pm }

Stupid Stork has also written an excellent post about #yesallwomen:


4 andy { 05.30.14 at 7:55 pm }

Don’t sweat 40! I’ve got 4 years on you and I haven’t imploded yet!!

5 Mali { 05.30.14 at 8:07 pm }

I’ve been thinking of a post about #yesallwomen too. Off to read the ones recommended here.

Happy 40th Birthday this week, Mel! If you liked your 30s, you’ll love your 40s.

A post that really moved me this week was from My Scar Smiles at Me, talking about grieving publicly, and witnessing public grief.

6 Chris { 05.30.14 at 8:37 pm }

Thanks for the reminder. I tend to only remember once a month. I totally need the once a week reminder since I work from home and my life is on the pc. Thanks!

7 Elisha { 05.30.14 at 10:18 pm }

A post about envy when your friend gets pregnant with twins (naturally).


8 Liz { 05.31.14 at 12:24 am }

Just don’t use the tag (does that even work anymore?). I’m right behind you sister! 40 is knocking at my door and I’m still not pregnant and god where is the tequila?

9 Cara { 06.01.14 at 7:48 am }

I just stumbled upon this blog post this week and I’m completely and utterly dumbfounded by it, I have no words and am struggling to even grasp what the bloggers is actually saying.

I’d be interested in your thoughts on it Mel and others in the community think of it….


10 Lauren { 06.05.14 at 7:26 pm }

I like this response to the issues at stillstanding magazine this week. http://carlymarieprojectheal.com/2014/06/an-open-letter-to-the-baby-loss-community.html

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