New(er) Blog Features I Love

I’ve been adding a few new features to the blog that I wanted to point out (in case fellow bloggers might like them, or in case you read through a Google reader and can’t see them).

One is “Comment Luv,” which is accessible when you leave a comment. If you have your own blog, and you check the “Comment Luv” button when you leave a comment, it will show me (and other readers) what your last post was. Fun way to let others know what you’re writing about and possibly get more traffic to your own blog.

Another is “Link Within,” which I’m sure you’ve noticed for some time. It’s the series of thumnails and links at the bottom of each post that says “You might also like. …” I love this because it reminds me of old posts that I may otherwise have forgotten. If you have your own blog, I highly recommend adding this plug-in: it’s fun and easy. (To add for your own blog, just click on the “Link Within” icon in the bottom right and it will take you to their site.) I want to add a fourth thumbnail, instead of three, to span the entire column, so I’ll probably do that this weekend.

I’ve also added “Pages” to my left sidebar, which are pretty much the same as the top nav bar, but thought I’d put them in both places. One “page” that got sort of buried a long time ago is the “About the Header” page, which explains where I got the header, why I chose it, and who helped me design it. 🙂 Continue reading

A New Blog in the Works. …

Guess what? I’m starting another blog!

Yeah, I know — This blogging thing is getting out of hand. I’m blogging all over the place, and getting very little other writing done. And I’m trying to write two novels, and find an agent, a raise a family, and have an actual full-time job. …

But I really, really like it. And I just want one more. …

(Does that sound like addict talk?)

Anyway, the new blog is going to be a bit more professional — just me giving actual, usable advice. This Mizwrite blog, meanwhile, will be my “main blog” — where I come to chat, and whine, and ask you guys questions, and check in to see what you’re up to. It’s my first love, afterall. …

So I’ll let you guess what the other blog will be — any ideas? One hint: It’s what I was doing here.

100th Post! And a Thank You to Commenters. …

Wow, I hit my 100th post! (The one about my daughter.) That’s exciting. And kind of amazing. Hard to believe I’ve written that much already.

I’ve also received exactly 700 comments. (A day of milestone numbers!) I can’t tell you how much it means to me when you guys leave comments. We bloggers don’t get paid for blogging, so our “payment” comes by way of response — comments and feedback and pingbacks and general all-around fun “conversation.” It’s the best. It makes me feel great every time I see one pop into my inbox.

My “regular” commenters have been from all walks of my life, so I thought I’d introduce you to each other. You’d all be good friends if we could sit in a room together:

  • You know Chris (or Christopher or Charles) is my hubby Superman, and “Nene” is my daughter.
  • Dave (a.k.a “The Bubbynator”) is my brother-in-law and an all-around fun guy and terrific conversationalist. (And single, ladies.)
  • M., DebiBarbara and Dawni are all friends from jr high or high school. I absolutely love keeping in touch with them.
  • Barbara is also from the book club, as is Rosy, Carrie, Pam and Lauri. These women know how to talk about books! Always insightful. …
  • Nancy is a friend from college (and crit partner for decades) who lives in Switzerland now and introduced me to verbivore who keeps a book blog in Switzerland (and has become a wonderful crit partner). They’ll both be on the literary shelves soon.
  • Grace, Bill, Texan Penny and Dixie are all friends and former coworkers from the newspaper. I miss the days when we used to have the most interesting conversations ever there. In fact, many of my posts here feel like “work conversations” I used to have with these folks.
  • Patti, Sharon, Sonja, Andrea and Rachel are all crit partners I’ve met through online writing classes — all hardworking, great storytellers. You’ll see their romance and historical novels on the shelves soon.
  • Arlene is my mom, and Helene is her sister. They both love to read and have great book insight.
  • Johnny is my father-in-law, and Jersey Girl is his wife. They both read voraciously and are the first “dual-Kindle couple” I’ve met.
  • Debbie C. is a friend of Superman’s who has become a friend of mine.
  • Geraldine is my sweet niece-in-law and a great mother to an adorable baby boy.
  • Jen Kelly, Marla, Judy, Nicole, Brianna, Beeb and Celeste are all smart women who’ve worked at, or freelanced for, my current job.
  • And there are sooooooooo many super-cool new blogging and/or Twitter friends that I’ve met in the blogosphere. Most have blogs themselves and are fun and amazing. Some of the wonderful regulars I’ve just met have been Jeanne, Kat, Crystal Posey, Kristibug, Anastasia, Kwana, Jen Roland, beckylevine, nanna95, doart, December, WindyA, Amethyst, denisebump, chickenbetty, Joanna D’Angelo, Lisa MacColl, Lynn Daniels, joemmama, Ashley Ladd, Trish (heylady), Sherry, Conrad, Alyssa Carter, Debbie Sanchez and more. I’ve also had thrilling visits from IzzyMom, Jordan Summers, Misa Ramirez, Lori Borrill, Carolyn Burns Bass, gretatiki (Rebecca Regnier), Carla (mizfitonline) and others.

I can’t tell you all how much it means to me when you stop and say hello or add your thoughts to the conversation. Please continue! And those of you who haven’t commented yet, please throw a “hello” anytime you want — you’re truly welcome here.

BlogHer09 and My Blogging Identity Crisis

Girl on ComputerOh mine gooze-ness … (as my husband’s great-grandmother used to say) … BlogHer09 is in full swing right now in Chicago! A 3-day conference of cameraderie, blog topics, inspiration, ideas and (as I imagine it) some good times at the hotel lobby bar!

Ayeee …

Last week was a killer, with me wishing I could tap my ruby slippers and be transported to RWA09 (Romance Writers of America). And now this weekend sees another major annual event I’d really love to be at.

I guess I’ll have to start saving my pennies and set my sights on one or both for next year, eh? : )

Anyway, I blogged about BlogHer09 over at Health Bistro today. Some of the famous bloggers I’ve got lined up to guest blog for us at Health Bistro (such awesome women!) are going to be at the conference giving workshops, so I wanted to send out some hellos.

Of course, all of this makes me think of my own blog and feel a bit of an identity crisis. Continue reading

Funny Blog Names

At my job, I’m always looking at blogs, and some of the names really catch my attention. The funny names always intrigue me. Here are some of my favorites:

Do you have some blogs whose names you just love? Share them with us! I love a little “clever” on a Monday morning. …

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