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These are all such good calls! Glad to know I'm not the only one who uses the bottle washer for all kinds of hard to reach things.
1 month, 1 week ago on Forget the Baby: Five Baby Items I Use for Myself
I've had that exact thought--"we don't do cute food."
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Meal Ideas for Kids: Food That Looks Like Food
First, very moving piece. Second, let's see if this comment posts!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The In Between Place
Okay, so glad you said that about summer because it really DOES feel slower. I guess it's good that people are away from their computers and phones, right??? I should do the same!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on What Is The Value Of Comment Sense?
I'm all about non-niche! Keep doing what you're doing!
10 months, 3 weeks ago on You Don't Need A Niche To Be A Successful Blogger
@TheJackB Thanks for the advice. I think the designer I'm going with uses Genesis and not Headway. I know you didn't love Comment Luv, but I really like the idea of it. Did you find it didn't work?
11 months, 1 week ago on Triberr, Twitter & Blogging
Hey Jack! I'm working on a new blog--self-hosting and what not. Any advice? (I know that's a broad question. Anyway, I've posed it on my blog for people like you who have done it before me.)
As for this post, you know my feelings on Triberr. Of course my bad feelings are as someone who has never used it but is on the receiving end of a barrage of broadcast type tweets. You said, "Twitter has turned into more of a broadcast channel than it used to be. It is harder to get attention there." I really think the tit-for-tat nature of the Triberr system has created that feeling on Twitter. Maybe the problem is, as you say, that the tribes are too big. Hopefully that tweak will do the trick.
Manage over control is a GREAT mantra and goal.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Change Isn't Coming, It Is Happening Now
I like getting comments and leaving comments. I find that the people who comment on my posts tend to share a lot of their own stories and I couldn't ask for more than that. It's wonderful! My issue is figuring out what to respond to and how much, how often, etc. I personally don't want to litter the comments section with my little avatar every two seconds, but I also don't want it to seem like I'm not reading and appreciating because I AM. How do you handle that?
1 year ago on What Is The Value of A Comment?
Thanks for the tweet and comment today. Looking forward to your dad 5 post!
1 year, 5 months ago on It is Almost Time To Celebrate Chanukah
Jack, I'm always tinkering, but in the safe mode of wordpress.com, which really is limited. I assume some day I'll "graduate" to a more advanced blog platform, but it scares the crap out of me! It's almost been a year since I started (it was nov 2010.) You were one of the first people I "met" and I appreciate your support so much!
1 year, 7 months ago on Adventures In Blogging
Okay, so I didn't really follow what's going on here. Feel like I'm missing something. BUT--did understand the beginning. Have you really had content stolen? I have recently (a guest post I had on Writer Unboxed). Doesn't seem there's much I can do about it. :(
1 year, 8 months ago on I Should Have Slept With Her.... Again
Hey Jack! I think when you first installed this system I was one of your complainers. I can't remember why I didn't like this system, but I have a feeling I'm about to find out when I try to make this comment post. But you're more pertinent issue of blog comments in general is interesting! I think about this from time to time . . . I'm more concerned about whether or not to respond to every comment and how to be a good blog community member (getting around to other blogs, retweeting, etc.) There's definitely more to blogging than just adding our own thoughts to our own blogs. I think the people who truly "get" that stand out from those who don't. You are definitely a stellar community member and a great example. I mean it!
1 year, 8 months ago on Blog Comments Are Not Currency
I liked this post a lot, Jack. I often enjoy coming here once a week to catch up on several posts at once! As for success and reaching for goals/dreams--I think it's enough to work towards SOMETHING. We can't always do it every day, but it's nice to have something larger in the cooker.
I agree the relationships made via blogging have been incredible! Are you going to BlogHer? I'm way too pregnant and it's too far away. But I thought since you're out west . . .?
1 year, 9 months ago on The Search For Success
Hey Jack--great discussion here (in the post AND the comments). I don't pay attention to SEO, headlines, or any of that "stuff." I also rarely read posts about them. The best way to turn off that noise is to do exactly what you mentioned here--turn away from it, ignore it. If what you're doing is working why rethink it? I guess we all have our definitions of "working." for me, knowing people read my posts means my blog "works." I haven't monetized or anything because then I think I WOULD have to pay attention to SEO and all that. Do you think it's worth it to monetize? Has it been worth it? I suppose I wouldn't mind a little extra change. Will you make sure to email the response to this (if you respond) so I see it??? thanks! Nina :)
1 year, 10 months ago on Help Me?