changes

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Yesterday, during a bout of procrastination, I found myself changing my blog theme. Here is how that went:

  • Gets email from WordPress: “your domain ‘Transatlanticpinswap.com’ will automatically renew in 1 month.”
  • Me: “Oh! That doesn’t even exist anymore. I need to cancel that.
  • Goes to cancel transaction. Notices other WordPress things I’ve purchased in the past, including a theme that I bought for $75 in 2011 that I don’t use anymore.
  • Me: “Why am I not using this theme? This is is a nice looking theme!”
  • Activates theme. Realizes why I stopped using theme.
  • Looks at other themes.
  • Finds one that uses the portfolio custom template-y thing. Activates it.
  • Spends day figuring out how to use the portfolio thingy.

So yeah. I made a little section that features some highlights of my creative life. I’ll add to it little by little. You can find it here. This month, since it is National Poetry Month, I will add new poems to my portfolio thingy everyday.  My feed will not update but if you follow me on Twitter or we are FB friends, you might be notified of the update.

Yay for new, shiny, bloggy things!

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My blog in 2012

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I found this New Years post the other day and thought it would be fun  to try it for this year. Here are the “rules” are for the post:

Copy the first sentence(s) from the first blog post you made each month. Provide explanatory context if needed.

I think I’ll skip the explanation and see how this all shakes out. Here we go!

 

I always like to start a new year with a blog post about things to look forward to.

I love this song. 

I am testing the new WordPress Editing-on-the-fly feature.

I swim through the storm, the driving rain & wind, but your love is like a ship soaring through the sea. 

Raf and went to Cannon Beach and Ecola Park for Easter and had a really great day.

I tried the Ektar 100 next.

It’s funny how things work out sometimes in ways you don’t expect.

Me and my friend, Heidi in 1992.

Leaving on a jet plane. Paris.

Raf and I have decided to, everyday, try at least one new thing.

I am the luckiest girl in the world to be loved by such a wonderful person.

This is what I’m doing today. 

In which I lay out a plan for the rest of the year

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If you have been reading this blog for the past year you know that I have been attempting to post something everyday. I’ve enjoyed this daily practice of checking in with the blog everyday. However, it’s getting difficult to find things to blog about. In order to help me stay motivated I am going to try to adhere to the following schedule:

Sunday: Hmm. A photo maybe? A post about running? Let’s call it “Random Sunday.”
Monday: Weekend adventures, In which I tell you about the exciting things I have done the past weekend (Weekend for me = Sunday and Monday).
Tuesday: Writing prompt Thursday, in which I spew my guts on the computer screen.
Wednesday: Wayback Wednesday, in which I post an old photo and reminisce about it.
Thursday: The day after my Sangha meeting is always filled with deep thoughts. Let’s use this day for these types of things. Or, if I’m not feeling the deep thoughts, a  Flickr Time Machine post.
Friday: Photography Friday. Sometimes everyday is Photography Friday
Saturday: Six word Saturday, in which I condense my thoughts/day/life down into six words.

Some of it I’ve been doing for awhile, some of it will be fairly new, or at least more structured.

So there we go! All orderly and nice.

A new theme for a new year

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Today’s post might be kind of boring and techie. But I’m kind of excited. I actually bought my first WordPress premium theme. They wrote about it on the official WordPress blog yesterday and when I saw it I had to have it. It’s quite near everything I’ve been looking for in a WordPress theme. The theme is called Duet. So instead of writing up a blog post of any substance whatsoever I am going to play with my new theme and prettify my blog.

P.S. I am told my Holga prints arrived today. So stay tuned! I will post them here tomorrow.

P.P.S. And because Preita asked, here is a photo, grabbed off of Flickr, so you can see what a post with an inline photo looks like. This is the medium size and the theme will size it all up automatically to fit in the two column layout.

12.28.2011

Thanks Dianne

Life

blog of distinctionMy friend, Dianne from both Dianne’s Dishes and Daffodil Lane gave me a blog of distinction award! It totally made my day. So, I need to pass the honor on to three other blogs. This is very hard because I am a very picky blog reader. I don’t subscribe to a lot of blogs so the ones I do subscribe to are ones that I really, really enjoy reading. So I think, instead, I will talk about some of my oldest blogging friends.

Well, first of all, Dianne. Since she awarded me with this I can’t choose her but I have to just say that her blogs are both awesome. and worth the read. Dianne’s Dishes makes me hungry all the time and her recipes are fantastic. I met her through her other blog Daffodil Lane. I have that tale chronicled here if you would like to read all about it. I stumbled on Daffodil Lane one night in the Summer of 2004 (almost 4 years ago!!) and was disturbed by the conservative trolls that were swarming the comments section. I made a decision to post my own comment in response to them. And we have been blogging friends ever since. I agree with her when she says we are kindred spirits. Indeed, we are.

Okay, on to my three.

I have known Amanda from the blog Etc. for about as long as Dianne. I can’t remember who started reading who first. I think I was searching for knitting librarian blogs and found hers. Her blog has been an inspiration ever since. I want to be Amanda when I grow up :). (well, except she is, like, 10 years younger than me). She is a luminary in the library field and it is such and honor to know her virtually. She is a fantastic writer and I always enjoy it when I see that she has posted. At Etc she writes about all kinds of things (kind of like my blog is here). At Blogwithoutalibrary she posts about library related web 2.0 technology. Both of them worth the read.

Lolly started blogging around the same time I did. Lollyknitting Around took the knitting word by storm and now girlfriend is writing articles for Interweave Knits ! I am so proud of her :). Her blog started as a knitting blog but has evolved over the years to include her other interests, travel, photography, green living (and lots more). Lolly is also an knitter/librarian, which explains our connection. She is also a fantastic writer. Every one of her blog posts are well thought-out and engaging. I believe I found Lolly via either Ei Knit or Pixiestikz (two bloggers that I MISS). We kind of clicked when we found out we were librarians and we have been friends ever since.

And now for something completely different… Frank! I think he is my only male reader after my brother stopped reading (are you still reading big bro?) and I hope I’m not boring him with all of my crafty talk. I think I found Frank’s blog back in 2004 when we were on the “Bush Sucks” webring. Or I may have been sent there by Etherealgirl (anther blogger I miss!). Nevertheless, his adventures in Philly have kept me reading for about 3 years (maybe even longer). I think the first blog post I read sent me to a video of someone driving through Paris really fast. It was really cool…He has lots of great finds like that, and interesting adventures. Go read his blog, if you don’t already. Definite must read.

So there you go! Thanks for the great blogs, guys. Feel free to pass it along or not. It’s up to you.

I like the idea of sharing my blog reads with you. I may just make this a regular thing.