Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What's happening from tomorrow?

Hi all! To all of my old friends, thanks and welcome back. To all my new friends, welcome.

I am trying very hard to get around to everyone's blogs, but it gets a little hairy, considering that I am following in excess of 400 of them.

In short... I need a system. Sooo... Any of you have any suggestions? I have one in mind, but I'm not sure if it will work. What works for you?

Then, I just want to give you guys a heads-up on how  things will work from now until Saturday...

Tomorrow, I have a surprise guest post and a competition.

On Thursday, I have my first ever guest post, so please please go support me.
Promise? OK!

Finally, We have yet another installment of Friday Guest Posts.

So... Lots to see and do. I hope that you all enjoy it.

While we are still moderately close to the GPF posts, please go check in the toolbar and sign up. I have 27 March and every Friday after that open. For those that are new to the blog, the topics are open, as long as it is related to writing and/or the literary world. I ask only that you click to follow my blog.

No wait... one more thing. Probably the most important.

I just want to say: To all of you with friends and family in Christchurch, I keep all of you in my prayers.


  1. I'm still trying to work out my own system, but I think a good place to start is to visit the followers who comment on your posts - like a link back.

    Then it gets tougher. If you use google reader you can end up only commenting on the newest posts. You could use your dashboard, but again the same thing happens. The other option is to go into the 'manage' section of the blogs you follow and concentrate on a different letter of the alphabet each week i.e. blogs starting with m one week.

    Just a few suggestions. Not sure if any of them are the answer!

  2. I usually sift through posts on the Dashboard--I'll read the ones for the past, say, 8 or 10 hours back and if I have more time I'll go back 24 hours. Or I'll skim a lot of them and find the posts by certain bloggers. Most of the time I don't miss any posts I really want to read and I find it easier than Google Reader.

  3. You only follow 400 and you’re having trouble keeping up?

    If you manage a workable system, I’d be interested to hear it. Although I’m so disorganized, I’m not sure I’d be able to keep to the best laid plans.

  4. I'm like Golden Eagle--I only skim through posts from the last 10 hours or so. Plus I try to visit blogs of commenters. I miss a lot, but that's the only way I can keep up. I wish Blogger had a series of "lists" like Twitter for the Dashboard.

  5. Google reader. If you have a google account it takes the blogs you're already following through blogger and puts them in one folder. From there I organized like crazy with sub-folders for agents, editors, authors, writers etc. Organization is the best weapon for following a lot of blogs.

  6. I can't really help you. I'm guessing I'd be considered super unorganised right now ;)

  7. The poor people of Christchurch.

    I just saw a post about organizing posts. Let me find it. Here it is:


    Hope this helps!

  8. Ugh, I don't have a system, so my commenting is haphazard at best. Good luck!!

  9. At the moment, I currently follow 23 blogs. I cut some time out of my day after waking up to quickly read through the posts and comment. I see it as reading the newspaper with my morning coffee. Except I don't drink coffee. I wish you luck with whatever system you come up with, 400 blogs is a bit daunting.

  10. My system WAS comment on as many as possible, along with those that regularly comment on my blog. Because I love my bloggy friends!

    Since starting graduate school and interning, it's looking a lot more like this: "Dang. Six hundred seventy-three unread posts? I should probably work on my critical essays...."

    Yeah. I've been ignoring the blogsphere lately, even though it hurts me.

    But! New approach: no more than a half hour a day. Grab my bloggy peeps first, and hit a few blogs that look exciting and fun. Sometimes, you've got to cut your losses (and keep your sanity!). If you feel yourself being spread too thin, don't be afraid to cut back.

    And yeah. My heart goes out to all the folks in New Zealand. :/

  11. Hmmm... You're right, Ellie, I really should link back the commenters. I usually don't because I used to get round to everyone's blogs anyway. But obviously now that this will be impossible, I will have to make this a priority. :-)

    Golden, I also did that - drawing the line at 13 hours, but then I realized how many people's blogs I regularly miss because of it...

    Lol Blogs, I will let you know. But then, I always derail my best laid plans. ;-)

    Anne, if you have google reader, you can sort your blogs into files. I knew this, but I need to work out how to sort the blogs so that I get round to everyone... :-)

    I agree with you there, SM. I also divided into agents/industry blogs, book blogs, writing advice, creative writers and writers' blogs. Only thing is, the writers' blogs number in the hundreds. I need to figure out a way to get to them without killing myself trying. :-)

    Hahaha I know what you mean Lynda. I usually don't even plan my lunch. :-)

    It did help. Thanks Thereasa! :-D

    Thanks LB. :-)

    I used to do that too, Laura. But I need to follow lots of people and take part in their discussions if I am to grow this blog... :-) After all, I want people to come back to my blog, so I have to go back to theirs.

    You make a good point Shayda. But there are so many exciting blogs. *cries* ;-)

  12. I blog for two hours every other day, I start from the top of unread in my dashboard and work backwards. And then I visit those who comment on my blogs too, and any new followers. Hope you find something that works for you.

    My heart goes out to those in Christchurch too.


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