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585th Friday Blog Roundup

I joined LinkedIn this week.  I don’t know why I resisted for so long considering that I’m a freelancer.  That site was essentially created for people like me, and yet I would ask Josh to poke through his account to find stuff for me whenever I needed it.  No more.  I am now a big girl with my own big girl account.

So if you are on LinkedIn and would like to connect over there, please click over and hit that blue connect button.  I’m not giving LinkedIn access to my address book, choosing to manually add everyone rather than have the site send a message to several thousand people on my behalf.  So… um… help me find you.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  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.


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.

No Kidding In NZ has a post about being the keeper of memories for her family after her mother’s death.  It resonated with me because (I think) I play this role in my family, being the keeper of the family tree and the collector of photographs and audio interviews.  She wonders if she has become a keeper due to the fact that she doesn’t have children, but I ultimately think my reason for doing this is the same as her reason: “Doing it out of love and a feeling of connection, a belief that the past will matter to the future. That without the past, there is no future, even if personally, I am not going to be part of that future.”

Bent Not Broken recounts the conversation she had in her head vs. the things she said aloud when her sister complained about life after pregnancy and birth.  While her other sisters were difficult during pregnancy but amazing after delivery, this one sister was the reverse, implying through pregnancy that they would be able to easily navigate the chasm and yet complaining to her sister once the baby arrived.  It’s as much about the things that are left unsaid as it is about considering the world from another person’s point-of-view.

Lastly, Two Adults, One Child has a post about how miscarriage made her an accidental expert, and how what she thought was set aside from her life, no longer affecting her, bubbled up as grief when she had to use her expert knowledge to comfort a friend through a loss.  She explains, “But then I realized that those very thoughts and emotions are what makes me the perfect person to help her through this.  She can tell me everything she is feeling, and I won’t judge her, because I’ve felt those things, too.”  Loved this post.

The roundup to the Roundup: I’m on LinkedIn.  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 February 26th and March 4th) 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 Catwoman73 { 03.04.16 at 7:58 am }

Thank you Mel! I wasn’t even sure that post was coherent- I was super tired and emotional when I wrote it. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

2 Northern Star { 03.04.16 at 8:24 am }
3 Infertile Girl { 03.04.16 at 9:52 am }

I really related to this post, as I am a bit (ok, a lot) superstitious, and collected many talismans through out IF journey.

4 Infertile Girl { 03.04.16 at 9:52 am }


5 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.04.16 at 10:40 am }

I second Infertile Girl. I, too, marked this wonderful bookendy post from Cristy http://searchingforoursilverlining.blogspot.com/2016/02/microblogmonday-signs-and-symbols.html

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.04.16 at 10:41 am }

And we’re Linked!

7 Jess { 03.04.16 at 4:41 pm }

I third Cristy’s post about symbols and signs, it brought tears to my eyes:

I’m not on Linked In… I don’t see much value in it as a teacher, but maybe I’m missing something?

8 St. E { 03.05.16 at 12:34 am }

I will find you on LinkedIn. I procrastinated a lot but joined last year, because it helps me professionally (it is supposed to).

9 Mali { 03.07.16 at 4:38 am }

I’m late to this, but want to thank you for recognising my wee post. The other two posts were both on my list, as was Cristy’s. There’s a clear consensus this week!

I’ll look you up on LinkedIn. But it seems to me that you’re doing just fine without it.

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