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603rd Friday Blog Roundup

I’m not going to play Pokémon Go.  It sounds like something I would play, but I’m just… not feeling it. Maybe I’m in a video game cocooning moment right now, maybe I don’t love the idea of anything that makes me turn on location services on my phone, maybe I just don’t like the art.  I don’t know what it is, only that I am not going to play it.

But it sort of feels like I’m hanging out at the dog park without a dog every time I surf the Internet right now.  Every other headline is for Pokémon.


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.

River Run Dry has a post about the computer version of your life that sort of blew my little mind.  Because we all peek at people’s walls on Facebook… but I guess I never thought about how people peek at mine.  I don’t know how I missed that idea, but I sort of only thought about that peeking flowing one way.  She asks a great question: “If she was looking at MY page right now, what story would she read?”  Go over and read the whole post and discuss.

Torthúil has a post about returning to the fertility clinic.  I love this attitude: “A meeting is the place to start, and putting it off wasn’t accomplishing anything.”  I think I like this post because it is just a slice of life: the logistics of assisted family building and the ducks you need to line up in a row.  Plus, the crocheted eggs are pretty much the cutest things I’ve seen all week, and I totally want to play with them.

Lastly, A+ Effort did an informal examination of race and social media, noting which status updates got the biggest response.  A picture from her daughter’s party: 150 likes!  A really great piece on white privilege… 10.  She ends her post with a simple request: “My words aren’t that important right now. If you don’t already, do me a favor, go read something from a person of color.”

The roundup to the Roundup: No Pokémon for me.  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 8th and July 15th) 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 Lavonne @ the OCD infertile { 07.15.16 at 8:18 am }

I can’t get behind the Pokémon thing either. I almost downloaded it just to see what the hype was about, but I just can’t.

A huge thank you to Jess from http://mypathtomommyhood.blogspot.com/ for linking my blog in the open thread and a thank you to you for including me in the round up. I hope everyone has had a blessed week!

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 07.15.16 at 10:54 am }

Whenever there’s a “phenomenon” like the current one with P-Go, I wonder how much of it is actually spontaneous and how much of it is somehow corporately manufactured.

3 Sharon { 07.15.16 at 12:35 pm }

No interest in Pokemon Go. I was already an adult when Pokemon became popular, so I wouldn’t play it for myself, and at age 4, I think my sons are still a little young for this kind of game.

4 torthúil { 07.15.16 at 3:18 pm }

Thanks (again) for drawing community around one of my posts. I’m glad it resonated. A note about the crocheted egg. (It is only one egg, with two parts: a shell that “peels” off and a yolk/egg white inside). I did actually write down the instructions, although they are scattered around the house on various sticky notes lol. But if there are any crocheters out there who would like to make an egg, I can probably track down the pieces and share the pattern. As for what affected me this week, it would have to be Persnickety Chickadee’s posts about her pregnancy ending. I feel very sad for her. I have not had the experience of repeated losses but it makes me think about how that affects a person. http://persnickety-chickadee.net/wordpress/2016/07/hospital-experience/

5 Jamie { 07.16.16 at 2:53 am }

I’m on the fence on the whole Pokémon Go. I missed Farmville and Candy Crush, so I feel this could be an opportunity to be on the in. It seems fun. But, I’m not sure I want to eat up my battery and data. I kind of like that I’m a minimalist when it comes to my phone.

6 Beth { 07.16.16 at 8:22 am }

I’m not playing Pokemon Go but that’s not surprising. I’m not a video gamer and I get very uncomfortable with anything that tracks my location, etc.

How’s Truman?

7 Aly @ Breathe Gently { 07.17.16 at 6:52 am }

I guess I’m in the minority.. but I’m loving Go! Gets me out of the house and walking around while I’m with miss G in the park!

8 Jess { 07.18.16 at 9:29 am }

I do not understand Pokemon Go at all. We were on vacation, first in Salem, MA, and it was BIZARRE how there were suddenly these hordes of people viewing the world through their phones, collecting Zoobats and whatever at all these beautiful places that now were just places to collect virtual monsters. I guess it gets people out and about, but not really experiencing the world around them.

I loved Mali’s post about empathy for experiences outside your own scope: http://nokiddinginnz.blogspot.com/2016/07/make-effort-to-care.html

9 Jess { 07.18.16 at 4:55 pm }

Also, this one from Raven. I love the simple revelation that’s not really so simple to grasp and hold on to, and the wisdom of 4-year-olds:

10 JustHeather { 07.20.16 at 3:22 pm }

No PoGo here…I didn’t know what it was until a couple of days ago. My nephew (and niece?) is playing it, he’s 16. I’ll stay away from it. However, I don’t think it is crazy-crazy here in Finland like it is in the US. At least I haven’t been hearing stories about it in the news.

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