I read a lot of blog posts during the week – I kind of consider them like a little retreat during the beginning, middle, or end of a day – thus the title of this series of posts – weekly retreats. I try to remember to collect the best of them here for you each week so you can be as entertained or prodded or as moved as I am.
This week, the following things are making the list:
- How to Put Your Writing in Public – Zen Habits. Strangely, I don’t necessarily fear putting my writing out there in public. I’m not sure what that’s about, but it hasn’t ever really bothered me much. Maybe its because I don’t have so many readers. Yet.
Writing in public is like speaking in public, if you’re doing it right. You’re baring your soul for all to judge, and there are few things as scary as that.
- 29 Ways to Get More Traffic on Your Blog – World of Wanderlust. There are a few of these that I don’t really understand, but I need to find the time to make sense of it all because it’s important for the path I want to create for myself.
- Top 10 Writing Mistakes Editors See Everyday – Blot the Skrip and Jar It. I’m guilty of some of these…particularly 1 & 10.
- A Prayer to Begin – Stacy de la Rosa. I’m not sure how or why I was introduced to her blog, but Stacy hasn’t been producing content for quite awhile now. She is apparently back, and I’m very excited to see that!
- Blogging Survival Tips – Life Love and Hiccups. There are some great tips here. I have to really work on that finding my tribe piece. I like the idea of scheduling time to read and respond. I need to do that.
- 3 Foolproof Ways to Network on Twitter – Lauren Dugan on the All Twitter page for Media Bistro. Lists have made a world of difference in my life. If you’re not using them on twitter, really think about it.
- Putting Off Some Horrible Task? Try These 7 Tips – Gretchen Rubin in The Happiness Project. I’ve been putting off grading for weeks now. Knowing about the concept of the “Power Hour” would have been helpful to me.
- Big Challenges and Small Wins – This (sorta) Old Life. I identify with this in so many ways. There are a ton of things that need doing around our house. None of them are getting done. That will change, eventually, but right now bigger things matter, and I’m OK with that. That doesn’t mean I didn’t go to Michael’s to take advantage of their frame sale to hopefully make some additional progress on what’s going on in our bedroom, but I’m OK with what little progress we make on whatever it is that we are doing.
- The Task or the Moment – Your Courageous Life. This is a great reminder for me…who often choose the task over the moment. I need to remember that sometimes there are more important things than just go-go-go-go, do-do-do-do. I’m sure SH would appreciate it if I chilled out a little more frequently.
- 10 Ways to Refuel Your Creativity – Write to Done. Because every once in awhile, we all hit a wall, and it’s nice to have ways to get beyond it.
- Learning to be an Authentic Teacher – Jen Louden for the Ruzuku Authentic Expert Podcast. I love this reminder of what I need to be in the classroom and what I want to be as I transition out of this phase of teaching.
- How I Shoot with my iPhone – Susannah Conway. There are some great tips here. I want to be shooting more, and that means using my phone. I love my Big Girl Camera, but dragging it around is a hassle, particularly when I think about the fact that it is still so hot here that leaving it in the truck during the day isn’t an option – and leaving it in my classroom means it might get stolen.
- Warm Up with the Campfire Sour – The Mason Shaker Blog. We are bourbon drinkers in this family…and this looks just tantalizingly yummy to me. I think it may have to get made and enjoyed while lounging on the front porch with my sweet, sweet Husband.
- Kindness & Marriage – Finding Serendipity. I try to remember this. Sweet Husband is my greatest ally in this world. I need to remember to treat him that way.
What did you read of interest this week? Share it with me in the comments as I’m always looking for something new to add to my reading list!