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I said blogroll not cinnamon roll!

Source: myrecipes.com via Gret on Pinterest

 

Just like cinnamon rolls, your blogroll should not be too big to eat.  Overly long blogrolls are intimidating and tiresome.  I would like to keep my blogroll to 10 blogs but that is difficult.  At the moment I have 13.  The number of blogs, and what I choose to feature, changes from time to time.  It’s a fluid process, like life.

My blogroll is a combination of blogs I like, blogs I think you might like, and blogs that are on subjects of interest to me.  It’s not just blogs I follow.  Sometimes I use my blogroll for myself.  For example, there may be a blog that I can’t easily follow (it’s not on WordPress or Facebook).  So I put it on my blogroll for easy access.   I try to update my blogroll from time to time.  My tastes change.  Blogs die.  😦  I hope you will a moment to check out the blogs that look interesting to you and in doing so maybe fin a new blog friend or two.  🙂

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Turning my blog into a book

 

I had a marriage blog called I Love This Husband & Wife Stuff: 365 things I love about being married.  When I got to the 365th thing, I decided to stop.  The blog is still online but I am no longer adding posts.

I wanted some physical record of the blog so I made it into a book on Blog2Print.  It is a personal keepsake.  But I also wanted to make it into a book to sell on Amazon.

I have been working on this book for a few  months.  Whereas writing the blog was mostly fun and exciting, turning the blog into a book is tedious and requires discipline.  I still want to do it but when I sit down to work on it it’s just not fun.  And, I like to have fun!

I guess that’s where commitment and hard work come in.  Just like marriage isn’t always fun, when you want to do something important or good, you have to push though the challenges and difficulties.

There is no substitute for hard work.

Thomas A. Edison

So, that’s where I am now.  I have about 127 pages of text from the blog and I’m about a third of the way through.  Have you converted a blog into a book?  Are you considering it? If you have any tips or encouragement you’d like to share I’d appreciate it.  Thanks.

Blogging about blogging

Cover of "Fame (Extended Dance Edition + ...

Cover via Amazon

I am pretty new to blogging.  I’ve had this blog since May.  I actually started the blog with the intention of publicizing a book I had written but I didn’t really want to confine myself to one topic.  I, like most people, am an eclectic, multi-faceted person.  There are many things that make me tick.  What I most enjoy writing about are my family and friends, cooking and baking, my faith, and fun, colorful things.  I also like posting pictures, but not my own.  That’s why I use Flickr and give credit to the photographer.

I read other people’s blogs a lot more since I’ve started mine.  They are loads of fun to read.  They are all so unique just like the authors.  Just like there are many kinds of friends (next door friend, old friend, school age friend, work friend), so are there many types of blogs.  Professional, cooking, personal, private, etc.  Mine is public and yet I don’t share things that are too personal.  Well, that’s not true.  Of course everything I write is personal.  My faith is very personal and quite intimate.  I’m still figuring out why I’m doing this and what my goal is.  I’ve made a commitment to myself to blog for 1 year.  I think I will figure out some things about why I’m doing this and probably a few things about myself.  I guess that’s the biggest part of it.  Self-discovery.  In the process of sharing bits of yourself to the world, you are on the road to better figuring out who you are.  I know who I am but it’s always fun to learn new things about me.  What really makes me tick.

One more thing, and this is a secret, so don’t tell anyone.  I secretly want a million people to read my blog.  To like it and to like me. To find me interesting and worthwhile.  That is silly but I know I am not the only one who seeks just a moment of pure fame.  🙂