Bloggy bits: a medley in five parts

Part 1: Meeting the DC Bloggers
I was Lucky McPlucky last weekend to meet Lindsay, Lea Bee, Mel, Yoka, Beagle (password protected), Deanna, Jendeis, Meghan, and S for coffee and s’mores in Washington, DC.

Are you jealous? I would be. Let me assure you that meeting the DC Bloggers WAS all that it was cracked up to be. NOTHING disappointed my lofty dreams of meeting these amazing women.

Mel is…delicious. Such a ready smile, and full of the self-assuredness that comes from being a truly kind and well-balanced person.

Lindsay cracks me up. She tells her stories as wittily in person as she does online.

Lea Bee, Beagle, Deanna and Yoka were open and friendly and smart, just like you’d expect. And Beagle’s jewelry is stunning. You should treat yourself to one of your own (this one is a photo of Mel’s; I’ve got a blue one).

S, Jendeis and Meghan were rockin’ at the other end of the table. All fabulous women — three more blogs to add to my Google Reader.

A special thanks to my sister Tami, whose generous care for my children enabled me to slip away for these gatherings.


Part 2: The Poll

Well. I mistakenly thought that with a masters degree, I knew a bit about research, about testing assumptions. Maybe not so much.

I assumed that my 40+ blogs on Google Reader put me firmly on the extreme right of the bloggy bell curve. WRONG! Consequently, my polling scale was not very enlightening — nearly half of respondents voted for “I regularly read more than 50 blogs.”

The next time I research blog numbers, I’ll include more appropriately descriptive categories.

I feel safe in drawing this conclusion: WE READ A LOT OF BLOGS!! Many of you had counts in the hundreds or even thousands. Keep on working your fingers to the bone, ladies!

Part 3: Managing blogs
The advantage, as far as I can tell, to using Bloglines is that it manages not only your blogroll that lists on your blog, but also it manages your blog feeds that you read. Let me know if this assumption is not correct.

The advantage to Google Reader is ease of use and features. Although, I have never investigated the features. Does anyone use Google Reader on their iGoogle page? Blogs in my inbox show up right on my desktop (go ahead an enlarge the pic to see what I mean).

Thanks to a tip from Pamela Jeanne, I have set up an account on Personal Bee to see how that works. Anything worth sharing will come in a future post.

Part 4: Confirmation of my special guest
I am so excited about this part. I can now announce that Crystal, Tessa’s firstmom, will help me teach the adoption profile class at Colorado Free University later this month.

In the past, our students have thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to get a birthmom’s (a term she calls herself) perspective, ask her questions, and run profile ideas by her.

Part 5: Colorado bloggers?
Please contact me (bestlightlori at gmail dot com) if you’d like to join a group of Denver-area bloggers. No matter when you read this post — 2008 or 2018 — drop me a line and I’ll let you know what’s going on with Front-Range blogging.

0 thoughts on “Bloggy bits: a medley in five parts”

  1. Glad you had such a great time! And I’m officially jealous.While I have a slightly over 50 feeds in my reader, admittedly they are not ones that all post often. So I don’t really read that many daily.Have a great class!

  2. Glad you had such a great time! And I’m officially jealous.While I have a slightly over 50 feeds in my reader, admittedly they are not ones that all post often. So I don’t really read that many daily.Have a great class!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful experience all around in DC. Glad you had a chance to put some faces to the names and get a richer understanding of each other.Sounds like your adoption profile class brings great information forward. Really impressed the Crystal is willing to take questions…she must be very highly evolved!

  4. I’m delicious!But you didn’t let readers know how fantastic YOU are. And how amazing it was for us to meet you.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful experience all around in DC. Glad you had a chance to put some faces to the names and get a richer understanding of each other.Sounds like your adoption profile class brings great information forward. Really impressed the Crystal is willing to take questions…she must be very highly evolved!

  6. I’m delicious!But you didn’t let readers know how fantastic YOU are. And how amazing it was for us to meet you.

  7. Man it totally sucks I missed you. TOTALLY SUCKS! I am still ticked about it. I even woke up this morning pissed about it. UGH! Maybe it will happen one day.

  8. I know how much it means to you to get to spend real time with your virtual friends. They sound as amazing as you!As for your readers, if you get the chance to meet Crystal at Lori’s class, don’t miss it! To Lori and to our family, she brought a bright and shining light when life felt rather dark. May she enlighten you as well. I hope you will find this rare opportunity to speak with a real birth mom to be a healing, heartening experience.Lori, I am grateful to have you for a sister!

  9. Man it totally sucks I missed you. TOTALLY SUCKS! I am still ticked about it. I even woke up this morning pissed about it. UGH! Maybe it will happen one day.

  10. I know how much it means to you to get to spend real time with your virtual friends. They sound as amazing as you!As for your readers, if you get the chance to meet Crystal at Lori’s class, don’t miss it! To Lori and to our family, she brought a bright and shining light when life felt rather dark. May she enlighten you as well. I hope you will find this rare opportunity to speak with a real birth mom to be a healing, heartening experience.Lori, I am grateful to have you for a sister!

  11. It was so wonderful to meet you!!! I love conjuring up your face now when I read your blog. Just makes the whole picture come together in a most delightful way. Hope you enjoyed your visit!

  12. I am so grateful that in the big, wide wonderful world God sent you to enrich your father and me with your insights, intellect and imagination. And what a blessing Crystal gave our family. She will be the “rest of the story” at your class when she add her special wisdom. Feel the love we all send you. Love and Blessings! Mom

  13. Had a wonderful time meeting you also! Sorry I was directionally-challenged in my own city and didn’t get to spend as much time there (and that I missed the smores!)

  14. I am beyond jealous that you guys could all get together! :)I’m one of the crazy blog readers. I read instead of doing laundry, cleaning the bathrooms – you know all that fun stuff :)

  15. Amy — I’m glad I’m in your feeder.Beagle — the honor was mine.Mel — “delicious” is somewhat of an understatement.PJ — Crystal is amazing. I’m so glad to know her, for so many reasons.Tami — awwwww. I am actually speechless. Thanks for saying what you did.Sunny — missing you was the only disappointment of the day. I hope we get together sometime soon.

  16. It was so wonderful to meet you!!! I love conjuring up your face now when I read your blog. Just makes the whole picture come together in a most delightful way. Hope you enjoyed your visit!

  17. I am so grateful that in the big, wide wonderful world God sent you to enrich your father and me with your insights, intellect and imagination. And what a blessing Crystal gave our family. She will be the “rest of the story” at your class when she add her special wisdom. Feel the love we all send you. Love and Blessings! Mom

  18. Had a wonderful time meeting you also! Sorry I was directionally-challenged in my own city and didn’t get to spend as much time there (and that I missed the smores!)

  19. I am beyond jealous that you guys could all get together! :)I’m one of the crazy blog readers. I read instead of doing laundry, cleaning the bathrooms – you know all that fun stuff :)

  20. Amy — I’m glad I’m in your feeder.Beagle — the honor was mine.Mel — “delicious” is somewhat of an understatement.PJ — Crystal is amazing. I’m so glad to know her, for so many reasons.Tami — awwwww. I am actually speechless. Thanks for saying what you did.Sunny — missing you was the only disappointment of the day. I hope we get together sometime soon.

  21. It was so great to meet you. You are in real life as sweet as you are in your blogs. :-) I feel very fortunate to have met you.

  22. It was so great to meet you. You are in real life as sweet as you are in your blogs. :-) I feel very fortunate to have met you.

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