Friday, March 27, 2015

A Day in the (My) Life!

First, thanks to Trish for hosting such a fun event. I can't wait to read about everyone's days!

Join the event! 
Events as recorded Monday, March 23, 2015. :::drumroll:::

Early Morning

Up at 5:30 a.m. - Hubs working WAY out of town (comparatively, he usually works from home).
5:40 - Shower while David gets Greyson to wake up and move to the couch.
5:45 - Do hair and start makeup, teeth brushed, lotion slathered, etc.
6:00 - Hubs out the door.
6:30 - Makeup on, hair done, get kid into clothes and teeth brushed.
6:49 - I'm dressed, struggle to get kid away from TV.
7:00 - Out the door, only forgot one thing.

Drawing pics!
It's a miracle I had time for makeup.

7:08 - On the road to work/school, 30-minute commute.
7:40 - Drop Greyson off at pre-school.
7:45 - Zip into Walmart to buy kiddo new clothes so he's not stuck in belly shorts and daisy dukes. How DO they grow so fast?

Work Day Morning

8:00 - Drive through McDonald's for oatmeal and morning coffee.

The oooold, very collegiate-looking building where I work.

Messy office! Don't look! 

8:05 - Arrive at work, eat oatmeal, drink coffee while...
8:10 - Computer starts up (takes ages), wade through a gazillion spam emails from spring break, and answer the three legitimate emails waiting for me. Coffee coffee coffee, pleasantries with co-workers.
8:35 - Take to the Twitters. Retweet good stuff, answer Tweets, address some personal emails that got lost in the cracks. Includes: bloggers I love, Panels and Book Riot editorial backchannels. Start a blog draft of this day.

9:07 Dive into the fray. Post university's new social media headers, sift through Google alerts, touch base with my employee about her to-do list, set up a social media boosted post for an upcoming graduate event, request some URL redirects, wrangle a rogue dean, second proof of the alumni magazine.
10:33 - Break to call and make Greyson's 5-year check up and an appointment for taxes. Brief Facebook convo with G's dad.
10:45 - Resolve URL redirect issues, scan through to-do list for the week, finally get that Facebook post boosted, random chit-chat with co-worker about our real estate empires because mine is the PARTY OFFICE!

11:55 - Five minutes on Facebook messenger with hubs to let him know I made our tax appointment and our prospective honeymoon dates to somewhere tropical are a GO! Hurrah! He also shared his Audible credentials so I can listen to Game of Thrones in the coming weeks.

THE chicken sandwich! Image credit.


Noon - Today I was lazy and didn't get leftovers into a lunch box to bring with me, so go to Sonic for a chicken sandwich, jalapeno poppers, and a ginormous raspberry water because I love their ice. Sit in the quiet of my car, windows open to the beautiful day, and read The Vacationers, by Emma Straub. 

Work Day Afternoon

1:00 - Email catch up! Negotiate copy for summer ads, test-drive some social media graphics, touch base with writer-employee about an upcoming speaker series, assign an athletic department press release syndication to one of the student writers. 
1:20 - Departmental leadership meeting with Executive Director, Creative Director, Project Manager and myself to set the week's priorities. 
2:30 - Hand off alumni magazine copy until the next review is due. More ad copy debate and requests for approval. 
3:00 - Popping into #Bloggiesta chat while I multi-task conversations with co-workers and more changes to alumni magazine copy. 
4:00 - THINGS. Mostly cleaning up remaining messes from the day and trying to knock a few things off my to-do list.
5:05 - Pick up kiddo from pre-school and drive 30 minutes home.

Evening! Finally!

5:45 - Dinner! Leftovers. We had the BEST smothered steak from the slow cooker yesterday, so we don't even mind the leftovers this time. 
6:30 - Play outside, take a walk, wrangle dogs, talk to hubs about our day.

7:30 - Bath time. 
8:00 - TV time for kiddo, reading time for hubs and myself.
8:30 - Try to get the kiddo to stop flipping and flopping and sleep already!
9:00 - Read, watch beauty videos, and other general laziness. 
10:00 - ZZZZzzzzzZZZZZzzzz

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bloggiesta: The Best Blogging Advice

This week decided to SLAM me with work, so it's been a little slow here on the blog, but that happens to lead me into today's Bloggiesta prompt...the best blogging advice you've received.

After 10 years, I've received and given a lot of blogging advice but two points stick out to me over them all, especially during a busy week and with a long stretch of chaos ahead:

1. If you need a break, take it. Most of us do this as a hobby...something we should rightfully enjoy...and our friends and fellow readers will still be around when life straightens out. It can be hard to accept this, to see our traffic die down for a bit, but it is true that our reading friends will still be around.

2. It's ok to talk about yourself and your life beyond books. Sometimes we just need to vent, or we feel the urge to share a big life development. I love getting to know bloggers for WHO THEY ARE in their reading and beyond the books. That's why we have events like Trish's upcoming "Day in the Life."

We have to be true to ourselves and authentic for our audience. That's when this blogging thing gets really rewarding. Let it all hang out!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 Spring Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Organize Your Reader

Hello there, Bloggiesta guys and dolls! I'm here to talk to you about organizing your feed reader for easy blog hopping. I know this is a topic I see people talking about a lot, and it's always hard to get around and visit our favorite blogs when life heats up and there's reading to do. I hope these tips will help you stay up to date, efficient, and as guilt-free as possible in your own blog hopping.

I use Feedly for keeping track of my favorite blogs, but while others may use Bloglovin' or any number of other services, if you can create folders and organize the blogs you follow, these tips are something you can use.

If you follow tons of blogs like I do, the best thing you can do for yourself is break them down into chunks. Maybe you want just a few folders to help guide your blog visiting, or maybe you want to be in-depth. That's a personal decision. For me, four book blog-related folders do the trick:
  • Daily - blogs I check, you guessed it, daily!
  • Weekdays - blogs I peruse during lunch or down time during the week.
  • Weekends - blogs I check on the weekends, usually Sunday mornings.
  • New to My Reader - blogs I've recently discovered and think I want to follow for the long haul. 
As you can see in the graphic above, I have LOTS of blogs (and blog posts) in the weekday and weekend folders. I find that I can easily skim through the list of weekday blogs during the week during lunch hours, Same with the weekend blogs. I have gotten behind this week, but I will inevitably skim them and "mark read" for the posts I can't get around to. 

If you're more detail-oriented, perhaps it would behoove you to set up a more intricate set of folders. Something like this: 
  • Daily 
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
  • Weekend
For the sake of example, I think it's safe to say we all have a shortlist of blogs we check on the daily. The rest of the week should be tailored to your schedule. If Wednesdays are traditionally busy for you, leave it out of the list! Are you a blog reading machine on weekend mornings? Then put a few extra blogs into that folder in your reader. 

These are simple tips, for sure, but coming to terms with your reader is different for every blogger. Tackling it in pieces is probably a safe bet. And remember, we all "mark all as read" sometime! 

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