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516th Friday Blog Roundup

Last year, I opened the Creme de la Creme for submissions on October 15th to give you (and me) two full months to create the list which goes up on January 1st.  This year, the task has been on my to-do list with a little question mark next to the word.  Creme?  Yes?  No?

I think all things run their course.  Certainly the Lost and Found has fallen by the wayside from lack of use.  I post it as often as I have stuff to post.  I am trying to get that project to a nice, round number, and then I will shutter it.

And I wondered if the Creme had reached a similar fate.  If you got enough out of it anymore to make it worth doing the work, and if I got enough out of it anymore to make it worth doing the work.

I decided that yes, it still had enough juice in it to make it through this year, the 9th time constructing the list.  So I will open the list for submissions on Tuesday, October 21st.  A few days later than I would have liked, but still plenty of time.

I know there are people who like to be towards the top of the list, so I give you this heads up so you can peruse your archive this weekend and choose a post.  If you’re new to this blog and have no clue what I’m talking about, you may want to familiarize yourself with the Creme de la Creme by looking at old ones.  Because it would rock if we got a wide range of voices on the list.

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Raise your hand if you read this section.  Okay.  Now raise your hand if you ACTUALLY DO A BACKUP.  People, it doesn’t help to just think about doing it.  Go do it.  Make your backup.  Don’t have regrets.

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.

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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.

Persnickety Chickadee has a brief post that packs a punch about books.  She always worried that she would have a child who wouldn’t love books as much as she does.  She didn’t realize she had to worry about whether or not she would have a child at all.  It’s a moving post in its brevity.

Another small post: Days of Grace has the most absolutely perfect response to the idea of whether or not you should blog: “Write for the future you.  She won’t let you regret it.”  Go read the whole post.

Small is big this week: Created Family has a heartbreaking post on processing her loss while still under the anesthesia for the D&C.  With four small words, she sums it up perfectly.

A Little Bit More has a post detailing her Thanksgiving weekend that looks at the good in between the hard.  She talks about a moment when she was starting to feel down, and then she observed something that brought her back up.  And I love this line: “So God has a sense of humour and was reminding me that there is so very much to smile about, laugh about, love and be thankful for.”

Lastly, I love the distinction A Fifth Season makes when she says she isn’t blessed, and why she has a problem with that word.  She bluntly states: “Blessings, you see are relative.  One knows to call something a blessing when one knows the antithesis. I live the antithesis so that others know what to call their blessings.”  It informs how she views the world, and why she refuses to look at her life as a comparison.

The roundup to the Roundup: The Creme de la Creme opens this week.  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 October 10th and 17th) 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.

14 comments

1 Persnickety { 10.17.14 at 8:44 am }

Thank you! I don’t have any posts to mention- it’s been a bad week for my blog reading.
On the creme- I have found it a really useful place to find new blogs in the past, but I think microblog Mondays are replacing it as that. But I would still be happy to see it again this year. The blogosphere, and the internet are very different from 8 years ago- how and where things are expressed has moved- more FB, more Twitter, more something I haven’t quite worked out. It does mean that unless you find that Twitter, or that FB link, you do never find that connection.

2 fifi { 10.17.14 at 9:06 am }

Somewhat related to the egg-freezing conversation:
http://eggedonblog.com/2014/10/14/in-the-news/
This one is from a single woman who has frozen her eggs, but is still somewhat dubious of the Apple/Facebook deal.

3 Northern Star { 10.17.14 at 9:41 am }
4 Kasey { 10.17.14 at 9:44 am }

I do back up every week! And I have you to thank for it. We finally bought a Time Machine that auto backs everything once a week.
I always like reading Creme but have never submitted. I blog so little about ALI but maybe this year…

5 Laura Z { 10.17.14 at 10:33 am }

I love the Creme! Please don’t discontinue it!

It really does make the IF journey less lonely and awful to read about ladies going through the same thing.

6 Jen { 10.17.14 at 10:47 am }

I would love at least a farewell Creme de la Creme, and really appreciate the time and effort you put into it. When I was first blogging about loss and secondary IF, it was a map to the only people I could find who had an idea of how I was feeling.

If it is to be the last we will all do our bit to make it the best!

7 Amber { 10.17.14 at 12:57 pm }

I enjoy the Creme and plan to submit a post this year. Thanks for all you do to keep this blog community going.

8 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.17.14 at 6:48 pm }

I’m wondering what the round L&F number will be.

So glad to hear you’re willing to do Creme again. I know it’s an enormous labor of love for you.

I have two second helpings: http://inconceivable12.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/microblog-mondays-the-waiting-game/

http://ahalfbakedlife.blogspot.com/2014/10/what-do-you-do.html

9 Queenie { 10.17.14 at 7:08 pm }

I loved it when Lost and Found was really active. It was such a great way to connect, especially when things were at their worst for me. It got me through such a tough time–both the support I received from others from it, and because it gave me a way to find others at 3am when the stress/insomnia got to me. So, thank you. You created something that really mattered to me for a long time, and it made all the difference.

10 St. Elsewhere { 10.18.14 at 12:46 am }

Dear Mel,

Well you did have me crawl out of the rock and read and reply to this RoundUp. First of all, I have already thought of what post to put in this year’s CDLC. Oct 21 won’t be a date of internet access for me…because it is festival season here and I will be busy with family…but I am in already. You must know that.

I suck at backing up my blog.

11 Northern Star { 10.18.14 at 1:02 am }
12 Rachel { 10.19.14 at 11:42 am }

Thank you for including my post! I also love the cre me and would be sad to see it gone! If you do discontinue….maybe something new in place of it? 🙂

13 Bronwyn { 10.19.14 at 1:25 pm }

Seriously, The Creme? Last one? I do know what you mean but I… wait! If it’s the last I have to dig something up and join in, for old time’s sake, even if it’s not part of my original blogging subject matter… so I don’t have time to comment…

14 Jamie { 10.20.14 at 11:48 pm }

I look forward to the Creme because it highlights a variety of blogs and leads me to finding others on a similar path. Microblogging Mondays is great. But, I also enjoy reading the longer posts or the ones that meant the most to the authors. Maybe I’m old fashioned. I’ve been thinking about which one I want to submit. Thank you, Mel, for all of the hard work you put into it.

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