Jun 25, 2014

8 Blog-fessions for the Humpday Confessional

8 Blog-fessions for the Humpday Confessional | Business, Life & Design

I actually kind of hate the term "humpday" but I think this link up is a lot of fun, so I'll overlook it.  Just this once.

My Blog-fessions

I started writing this list of confessions and then realized they were all blog related.  Since my brain is stuck on blog topics, I figured I'd go with it.

1. I Was a No-Reply Blogger

For way too long!  The worst part?  I saw tons of references to it and instead of reading what it was all about, just arrogantly assumed I knew what it was and had already fixed it.  Nope.  Kristin @ Kristin's [k]Nook and Taylor @ The Daily Tay saved me from myself on this one.  (Edit: If anyone else is like, "Oh hey, what's this whole no-reply thingermajig?" Sarah's tutorial at Venus Trapped in Mars does a great job of explaining.)

2. I Get an F for Link Up Etiquette

Well, maybe more like a C.  Hear me out, though!  I just started participating in them about a month ago and I'm still trying to figure out all the rules.  And this post about link up etiquette over at A Peek at Karen's World has really helped cement my vague ideas of what I should be doing.  I'm gonna visit all the blogs for this one, I swear!  (Edit: apparently comment forms are not my thing - I've had 4 of them go blank after I hit "submit."  Maybe it's IE?  Edit #2: Visiting all of them is my goal; not necessarily Karen's advice - see comments)

3. I Can't Stop Blogging at Work

After today, I'm going to have complicate my passwords/browsers to the point that I can't access it at work.  Self discipline, where are you?  You're never around when I need you!

4. I Have No Plans to Monetize

But not for any sense of integrity or any personal scruples.  It's just too much work.  And I'm having fun and don't want to ruin that.  Plus, it would require having the confidence in my writing to sell it, and with all the self improvement projects I have going on, the idea of one more just makes me tired.

5. I Get Bored by Regularity

Sticking to a post schedule is one thing, but the idea of having to write on the same topic at the same time every week?  Nah.  I like the idea of doing link ups once in a while, but I don't have enough things to confess to do it every week!  And you know, I don't want to alienate my primary readers (family and personal friends) by talking about the blog world too too much.  (the phrase "in the blog world" is guaranteed to make their eyes glaze over)

6. I Wish Everyone Used Blogger

It's just so much easier to read all the blogs in the same interface as where I edit my own blog.  And it's easier to subscribe - if I'm reading blogs I'm probably already logged into my gmail, not necessarily feedly or bloglovin.  So yeah, that lazy thing again.

7. I Am Completely in Awe

of this whole blogging world I've started to uncover.  I've been "blogging" (barely and poorly) for several years and only now in 2014 have I discovered some of you amazing people.  I know I've only scratched the surface but what I've found so far has been so amazing and enriching, I don't think I can ever go back.

8. I Don't Know How to Go About Finding Blogging Conferences/Conventions/Workshops

I'd really like to get more involved.  You know, like, in person and stuff.  Recommendations, anyone?

Edit: I've found a couple and gotten a couple suggestions.  Here's the small bit of information I've gathered so far.
  1. The SITS girls - blogging community, with conferences, linkups, and other resources (suggested by Frikken Duckie)
  2. Alt Summit - definitely a conference and maybe other stuff? (suggested by Frikken Duckie)
  3. The Blogcademy - has in person workshops, lessons available online, and also mixers
  4. Bloggy Boot Camp - conference (affiliated with the SITS girls, but is separate?  I'm a little confused, they've got 3 logos)

Linking up with Kathy over at Vodka and Soda.

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  1. i get that some bloggers use "rules" for their linkup but i really don't care about rules for mine. i think when there are too many things to follow, people just get tired of it...sort of like when your'e forced to do something, it loses its appeal. so for my linkup, i don't have any "rules"...if people link up and post my button or link back, great! if not, it doesn't bother me.

    thanks for linking up!

    Vodka and Soda

  2. Eeeek I'm glad someone helped you out of being no-reply! I totally don't subscribe to having to visit everyone who links up - it's a sorry not sorry for me. I just can't visit 50 other blogs in addition to the ones I already love, but I do try to hit at least five if I've linked up. I hate how blogging is so defined by link-ups these days though I confess that I have definitely fallen in the trap. I try to at least do my best to make the things I want to say work within the confines of the link-ups, rather than solely writing to be in the link-ups rules, if that makes sense at all!

  3. I have no idea how people go to Blog conferences, I've never heard of any here. Also I was also a no-reply-blogger but finally I'm free ;) lol

  4. I was a no reply blogger for the longest time too! Oops! You aren't alone there! And I agree, I wish everyone used Blogger! So much easier!

  5. It took me forever to figure out to just reply back to comments in email. I was replying to them on the comment page duh. I am slowly learning the rules of blogging, I just started last year. Blogger conferences & conventions would be so much fun, let me know if you figure it out!

  6. I was a no-reply blogger in the beginning too and had no idea how that happened! And I really wish more people just used Blogger too so I can stick to one blog feed and not two and checking through my email. #bloggerproblems haha

  7. I'm so glad you aren't a no-reply blogger anymore! And thank you so much for linking up my post.

    In reply to a couple of the comments above, I just wanted to clarify that I in NO way mean that you should visit every blog in a link up. But you should visit some. And definitely visit the ones that visit you. It's courtesy.

  8. I was a no-reply blogger, but it was hard to figure out b/c I don't use blogger as my platform. I thought it only applied to people using blogger...whoops...I worked it out :) There is so many little things to learn when starting blogging.

  9. yay for fixing the no reply blogger! i was one for awhile too, oh well! It took me ages to realise I could email reply and not on my blog. Duh.

  10. I've only been blogging for a couple of months (or less), so I'm a total newbie. No idea what this "no-reply blogger" thing is, haha. I'm terrible... I'll try to figure it out though. I'll get there, slowly.... Great blog!!

    1. It means that for most of the comments, I get a notification in my email, and I just respond to that to respond to their comment. If you don't have "show email" checked in your blogger profile, I can't email you back and then you have to keep checking the blog to see if you got a response (and I have to respond here instead of in email).

      Venus Trapped in Mars has an awesome tutorial for it: http://www.venustrappedinmars.com/2013/06/google-ultimate-no-reply-blogger.html.

    2. Ohhhhh! Okay, got it. I think I fixed it then. That's awesome!! :)

  11. So many no-reply bloggers dont realize they are so its a good thing you did and fixed that right up!

  12. I try to visit as many of the blogs as I can, but it gets frustrating when i can't comment.

  13. I'm still not sure what the proper etiquette for blogging is, but I'm pretty sure that I'm doing it wrong to. So, no worries! I can't quit blogging at work either! (Like right now) But I won't tell if you don't :)

    1. I don't think there's a "wrong" way to do things. But you can make it easier for other people to connect with you, if that's your goal. I'm still in the process of doing this, because the blogging community is awesome and I want in!!!

      The secret is safe with me.

  14. I hate linking up to different link ups all the time but sometimes I just don't have any other material for the day. lol.

    Great job on getting out of being a "no-reply" blogger!

  15. i have also admitted on my "confessions" that it's hard to come up with them each week!! but i really enjoy this link up so i continue to find something to write about.

    i really loathe the term "humpday" it makes me cringe.

    and i was a no-reply blogger too and read the daily tays. it was a life saver! (well that is a little dramatic, but you know what i mean) :)

  16. I use Bloglovin to follow all my blogs since I'm on Wordpress. I can see the beauty of having it all on Blogger though!

  17. OMG! I was a no-reply blogger for the longest too and had no idea. Then I was reading Venus Trapped in Mars and realized I was making a bug blogger boo boo. Say that 5 times fast :)

  18. I hate when my google account switches out and I become no reply until someone points it out to me.

    I hate the term hump day. A LOT.

    I'm a blogger blog but I use bloglovin' as a reader.

  19. When you figure out those conferences and whatnot, totally hit me up! I'm in the dark too :/

  20. Blogger is so much easier because it's everything in one. I'm super lazy too. And I blog at work all the damn time because I'm staring at a computer screen anyway. Lol. As for themes and post schedules, I just started doing this because it makes it easier to post throughout the week, especially when I don't have anything else to write about.

    As for the conferences and stuff, check out the SITS girls, Clever Girls Collective, and Alt Summit.

  21. don't forget to check meetup.com for blogger groups in your area! that's another great resource, other than conferences, to meet fellow bloggers and learn things! also, it probably is IE that's causing the comment problems. IE is a hugeee pain to develop for and has a lot of issues. eek!

  22. Great post! I am so sorry it took me so long to discover your blog! I am slowly getting better at visiting everyone cause at the beginning I really sucked at it!


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