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504th Friday Blog Roundup

Ooooh, this is so trippy, but it totally worked for me. By this point, I get how he did it, but without touching the pause button or doing anything other than watch and play along (it’s only a minute video), tell me if it worked for you.  Make sure you watch all the way to the end!

Did it work for you?


Yes, this is your weekly reminder to back up your blog, social media accounts, and email.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

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.


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:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Better Full Than Empty popped up with a post recently.  (I’m late with this, and strangely, I read it and commented BEFORE I wrote the last Roundup.  But I missed my bookmark until now.  And since it’s my blog and I write the rules, I’m including it.  So there.)  She imagines the-child-that-should-have-been as a two-year-old.  She writes, “On days like today the giant pile of what isn’t weighs me down. I have hit a wall.”  It’s a beautiful, brief post about mourning.

Birds, Bees, and Medicine has a post about baby showers: why she doesn’t want one and why she is having one.  And I just liked the idea of a clambake/non-babyish baby shower.  It’s fun to see people thinking outside the box.

Lastly, The Road Not Travelled is reeling after being laid off from her job.  She compares the sensation of disbelief over hearing the news to the astonishment she felt after her daughter died.  She brings us right into the moment with “sitting on an almost-empty homebound train, staring out the window…”  As she says, she survived 16 years ago, and she will survive this too.

The roundup to the Roundup: Did the magic trick work for you?  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between July 18th and July 25th) 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 JustHeather { 07.25.14 at 9:40 am }

It worked for me, only because I changed my mind at the last second. 😀

2 a { 07.25.14 at 9:44 am }

I am a skeptic and I knew he wanted me to pick that one, so I picked a different one to see if my suspicions were correct! So, I guess that makes ME the magician who can read minds through my screen…

3 Katie Lamparyk { 07.25.14 at 10:24 am }

Thank you for the shout-out. I always find it so interesting which posts speak to people (either your round-ups, our view counts, or comments) and it is never really predictable.

Also, to pay it forward, I was left in awe in a post by Katherine at Inconceivable! about the Ghosts of a lost child. Her writing is so beautiful and while ghosts aren’t normally something I buy into, how she explains it makes complete sense and is so logical.

4 Aislinn { 07.25.14 at 10:54 am }

I’m with “a.” I figured he’d want me to pick the last card, so I purposefully picked a different one!

5 Northern Star { 07.25.14 at 11:26 am }
6 Northern Star { 07.25.14 at 11:42 am }
7 Northern Star { 07.25.14 at 11:42 am }
8 andy { 07.25.14 at 12:52 pm }

Yup, worked for me!! I’ll have to show that to the kid when I get home (and yes, I get how it works too!)

9 loribeth { 07.26.14 at 4:28 pm }

Thanks for the mention, Mel! 🙂

10 Katherine A { 07.28.14 at 8:01 am }

A sequence of two posts that really spoke to me:

There are so few ceremonies or tangible rituals surrounding miscarriage. I love these posts for highlighting one.

11 trendyvulcan { 07.29.14 at 2:12 pm }

I found this moving. It’s a “coming out” post about her secondary infertility journey.


12 Brianna { 07.31.14 at 6:36 pm }

He totally didn’t guess my card.

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