There are a few bloggers who post at least once a day – sometimes even twice – and on occasion I have done this, too. But of late I have had more stuff to do – all good – but lots of stuff nonetheless and I am sometimes take a day – or two – off. While I am writing every day, sometimes I have several drafts that I am working on and I bounce back and forth between them. ADD or more thoughtful writing? You will have to judge that when I finally post them.
When I started this blog I thought I would use it as a way to let other Moms know stuff that I already know. You know, stuff that I have done or been through. As it turns out, I am okay with sharing that stuff but I like writing about stuff that occurs to me now. Maybe I should change Capability Mom to Capability’s Soap Box…no, I am not so much doing that as pulling ephemera out of the air, the web or my life and sharing it. I am enjoying the entire process from writing and “finding my voice” to learning about social media (Digg, del.icio.us, stumbleupon and about different hosting platforms – WordPress (.com versus .org), TypePad, Blogger, how to buy an URL (godaddy, bluehost) and how to manage Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
With my (geographically close) friends – we don’t use Twitter to communicate, or Facebook. So I am learning social media when four months ago I didn’t even know to call it that – and am still not sure where this is taking me but I am enjoying the journey. I am also getting to know a great group of women over at CoffeeShopBloggers where we learn and share our experiences in setting up a blog and social media in general.
Hopefully it is enough that I share and if you care about what I write about you will read it. Happy Sunday.
Sorry, I am not writing much now. I am reading, working (oh, so I also went swimming today – and had lunch poolside…shut up) and setting up my (new to me – five years old to someone) Mac desktop (with keyboard and mouse from Pragmatic Mom – many thanks!) that I scored on Freecycle. So, so happy. It is working and we are all thrilled. Our Dell laptops continue to be temperamental and that means so am I…nothing like an unexpected shutdown to really add to your heat addled-haze. Did I mention that Mommy Car better pull herself together or she is going to the special farm for high-maintenance cars? Her A/C is gone and only hot (like the heat of a thousand suns) air blows out of all the vents at preset level HIGH. I cannot do anything except redirect the air to less bothersome places…feet instead of face until my feet feel scorched. Dear Spouse is trying to get me to test drive cars (I may hate this process more than anything…car dealerships are a circle of hell in and of themselves – I think I need a third row and am looking – so far – at either a gently driven Acura MDX or Honda Pilot, I think) and does not want to put any more money into Mommy Car…so I guess I better get started or maybe this is an excellent weight loss program…sweating it off while you drive carpool. Pretty.
Anyway, that is not what I stared to write and not what I meant for a lead-in to David Pogue’s article on social media. Please pardon the tangent and my apologies to Mr.Pogue who deserves better.
This is a New York Times article from David Pogue that is a great tutorial for the non-tech savvy –STATE OF THE ART – For Those Facebook Left Behind
Great info and, as always, a great read. I tried to add the video – it is pretty funny – but can only add it to Facebook. It is on the linked page above, too.
Have a great weekend – I will try to get up to speed on my new computer and also tell you more about Hootsuite, Google Buzz and Listorious next post.
First thing, after getting kids to camp and dog and self walked, was to cool off with a giant iced tea (it was really hot today and note to self – a bit speedy now – should have skipped that Starbuck’s green tea at 3 pm – make a pot of decaf iced for tomorrow) and plunked myself down in front of the computer. I worked on two Facebook business pages, a Twitter account and set up some links. Sounds easy and parts of it are but it is time-consuming. Luckily I can Google questions when I get stuck which was only twice today. Also cleaned up some left-over LinkedIn messiness (Note to all: if you hit invite all of your contacts and import your contact list it is not enough to delete the contact list, somehow there is a cycling effect and unless you go to your Inbox and Sent Invitations and manually delete them, people will continue to be harassed invited by you in perpetuity. Unless you have a thick skin and never get tired of emails asking why you invited your Aunt Flora to join LinkedIn, do this). You are welcome.
So, some social media and then I used a great resource Freecycle…and you will not believe what I got. First, read about Freecycle:
Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,810 groups with 7,245,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun!
I have located a jog stroller for a friend and cross-country skis for me. When you have something to give away, you write “Offer” in the subject line and if you are looking for something “Wanted”. It is best to balance the two and now I am certainly on the ‘need to offer’ side as I asked (hope springs eternal) for an older Mac laptop. I did not get a laptop, I got a desktop model – maybe 5 years old seemingly in good condition. I drove it directly to the Apple Store where I was relieved of my very heavy desktop by a staff member and helped by a wonderful customer service person. Really knowledgeable and kind and patient with this Mac novice. I was embarrassed to admit I got the computer from Freecycle so I said it was from a friend – which it was, well, sort of. It feels very friendly to go to someone’s house and pick up something. Nice community building.
So, I am at the Apple Store and everything was going well until we tried to connect to the internet and when it didn’t work wirelessly – we tried the ethernet connection and that was a problem because the back of the unit had been removed by a previous tech-y owner. I left the newbie (to me) with the lovely Apple people and am waiting for the results of the diagnostic. How great is that? All I need is a mouse and a keyboard (hopefully) and I am good to go. What you don’t know is that I am using the family computer – which means I have to wrangle for time on it – to write this as my aging useless stupid Dell laptop shuts down periodically and then I freak out. ‘Cuz it sucks to be working on something and then to see it crash. I hate Dell. Sorry, Dell. You have not been kind to me. I have given you too many chances, Dell, I am afraid it is over.
I decided I wanted to try a new theme for my blog and I really liked the notebook idea (as did my youngest). I’m not exactly sure about the color but I tried it anyway. I can always change it back to Simpla (the theme I had before). Sometimes you get involved in the mechanics of the blog and it can be a slippery slope. I spent the morning adding categories. I, the newbie that I am, didn’t really see the value of them or, frankly, even the need for them. Once you have a significant number of posts it is easier for readers to search by category – so – about halfway there. That is when I trolled around wordpress.com and looked at new themes. You can preview your site in each theme and it does drastically affect how you approach the blog. So – vote and let me know what you think. Is it easier to navigate? Are you freaked by the change? Do you care?