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).
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.