Two weeks ago I set out to revive blogging.
I didn't feel great all week.
My schedule was messy.
The dog ate my blog.
Want more excuses?
I wanted to apologize.
I made a commitment and didn't come through.
It may take me a bit to find my swing again.
I keep having to learn that pronouncing a good intention is not as powerful as taking action without saying a word.
Already wrote a post for Monday.
Next week I want to tell you about a hummingbird that calls our house his summer home.
The innie post is shaping up.
I've also come up with some ideas for weekends.
It's Columbus Day weekend. Enjoy it. Go get recharged!
When I first started, I had a bunch of site I liked and I would visit each one page every day.
Then I was introduced to a blog reader.
I use Google Reader and love it.
A reader is great. Blog feeds come to me, so I do not have to go visit every site.
Convenience has a downside. Once I start receiving feeds, I stop going to sites, so I start to miss out on changes a person has made to their blog. New banners, added gadgets...all this stuff gets overlooked.
That stinks! A person spends a lot of time personalizing their blog and I was missing it.
My solution is a Chrome extension called Google Reader Notifier. It sits at the top right of my browser and displays a little number of the blog posts that I have not yet read. The cool part is that when I pull down the list and hit the link, it takes me to the original site.
Many days, I just look at posts in the reader list on my iGoogle page, but when I have some extra time, I like to go back to the home page of my sites.
I'm a huge Google Reader fan. I push it on my friends. At the same time, check out the original site every one in a while. You might be missing something cool.
BTW...The picture in this post is the original from which I designed my banner. I took it on a pre-dawn walk with Shellie a few years back when we went to Sanibel. I love the lighting. If you click it, you should be able to see its full size.
Wow, that's a long time ago.
Ok, not really, but in dog years it's over 40.
Maybe dog years serve as the best point of comparison to tech years. Just when people figured out what the word "blog" meant, Facebook took center stage. Longer post and thought-provoking interchanges have been replaced with Tweets and Like buttons.
So, are blogs dead?
I guess it depends. It depends on why one blogs.
If a person is blogging for stats, well, that ship seems to have sailed.
If, on the other hand, the blog is a place to hone writing skills, to communicate at a meaningful level and to express reflective thinking rather than just report ones status or location, then blogging still has a pulse.
Blogs need to be re-purposed, or maybe they just need to return to their original purpose.
I've been quiet for a while. Not a lot of posts. Lots of reasons for that.
As I started to craft this post, I realized how much I miss this.
I'm ready to get started again. As I do, I want to try a new approach--
Gone are the days of three or four posts a day. I can't believe I used to do that. I'll save the piddly stuff for Tweets and FB. I won't worry about weekend either. This will mainly be a weekday thing.
I'd like to approach the week topically, dedicating certain days of the week to specific topics.
I haven't figured out all the categories yet, but here are a few I've been bumping around--
I have more. Maybe you have an idea or two, or ten as well.
Bottom line, the blog has been a good place for me to think out loud.
I've missed it, and I'm ready to get writing again.
If you're here, it will be more fun.
It's never been about the stats for me. It's not the way I'm wired. As a communicator, I enjoy a conversation more than a monologue, so I hope you read and weigh in.
Give me some time to get up to speed. Soon we'll be clipping along again.
One of the best parts of blogging is showcasing the writing of others.
I have a few reasons for this:
Recently I added a few more blogs. What I did not know is that my typelist was set to only show 12.
The last three, including my sister's and Kelly's, a person I personally encouraged to blog, were no longer visible.
I'm going public to say, "Susan, Kathy and Kelly, I love you and your blogs. I would never drop you without telling you first. Forgive me?"
So, this week, take some time to look at my friend's blogs. The list is called Stories From the Field.
You'll find the blogs of moms, tech geeks, a football coach, runners, and a vegetarian.
I've been thinking for a while about a new blog address, mainly for ease of memory. It is not quick and easy to remember http://rockrunner.blogs.com. Rockrunner is a holdout from a past chapter of our journey together. Also, as a principle, it is helpful when the blog name and address match.
Suggested modifications included:
None of them really hit me.
Yesterday I decided that I have to decide.
While blog tweaking, I added a prayer to the sidebar that I found a few years ago and started incorporating into my prayer life this summer:
Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.
I spent time this summer trying to sort out the past and figure out the future. Through this prayer I heard God telling me, "Would you just live today!" For me, the new name is one of those Old Testament rock piles, a marker, a reminder of a place I met with God.
I also like playful names and hidden messages. Stare at it for a while and see what you find in there.
BTW-- http://rockrunner.blogs.com still works. No need to change anything if that's how you get here now.
I was going to wait until the time change to introduce the new winter design, but I'll be gone to see Brian as Illinois "takes on" Michigan, so here it is, a few hours early.
Typepad just rolled out this new theme. It is supposed to be designed for microblogging.
Don't know the guy in the image, but he's scribbling field notes!
The first couple sidebar items are not optional or I'd change them.
Tweets will now be found in the top post rather than a sidebar.
Thanks for continuing to be part of the conversation.
Many of you don't visit the blog directly because you use a reader. For those who do come by, I hope you like the change.
In October the blog turned four.
It's been a fun ride! Thanks.
Last night I got a call from a friend. He was laughing at my latest typo. It was on the post I had clipped from Mark Batterson on Intelligent Design. I named it 747 From Scratch, or so I thought. The title now read 747 Front Scratch. Yikes!
Given my propensity for typos, I was not surprised, though I could not figure out how an "m" could have so randomly become an "nt."
As I was browsing my Google Reader this morning I saw my original post. Guess what...no typo. Someone changed it. Someone hijacked access to my TypePad Account. Someone, I am guessing, who opposes Intelligent Design.
Here's a screenshot of the original:
Here's the irony. The saboteur proved Mark's point. It took someone with intelligence to change one letter to two. The letters did not randomly or accidentally change. They could not.
Thanks for the object lesson anonymous friend. You said it better than I ever could have.