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My Top 10 Curated Links for the Week

I post my own stuff, but I curate a lot of posts on my Facebook fan pages and on Twitter. Simply because of the nature of social media, I know that not everyone who follows me will see everything I post. Some of those links are pretty popular with my readers, though, which leads me to believe that some of the people who missed out the first time might like another chance.

Hootsuite conveniently already sends me  a weekly report of my most clicked links.  Obviously, clicking on a link doesn’t mean the reader enjoyed the article, but I try not to post click-bait headlines, so there is at least some interest there. So we’ll give this a shot. Let me know what you think. I’ll share my top ten links from the previous week, just in case you missed them the first time around.

(I’m not David Letterman. Because these come to me in order, that’s how you’ll get them.) Continue reading My Top 10 Curated Links for the Week

Kid Quotes (1/11)

B: Hey, Mama, after I drink this, I’m going to watch something with you.
Me: Okay. What do you want to watch?
B: I don’t know.
Me: Well, you think about it and let me know.
B: Okay, but it’s going to be hard to think while drinking.
Me: It often is, son.

We were discussing Christmas wishlists. Jack wants a new laptop. [Spoiler: He isn’t getting a laptop.] He found one that is $570.
B: Why would you want to spend that money on a computer when you could get the Lego Death Star set?

I had Jack send his dad links to the two laptops he’d found (because they won’t be coming from *this* Santa this year). Dad sent him an email back asking him to call him. They’ve been on the phone a while. Blake wants to talk to Daddy, too.
Blake: Jack won’t let me talk to Daddy!
Me: Hang on. Let them finish. Jack will give you the phone when Daddy’s through talking.
Blake: But Daddy never stops talking! Continue reading Kid Quotes (1/11)

Recipe: Bacon, Egg, and Hashbrown Casserole

Bacon, Egg, and Hashbrown Casserole Recipe


I feel as if I’m cheating here. I don’t have pictures because I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe. Next time I make it (which should be sometime in the next couple of weeks), I’ll take pictures and update this post. Pictures aren’t the only updates I’ll need, but I’ll explain that in a bit. I posted about this in passing on Facebook (as a post about how much my 13yo eats), and several people have asked for the recipe.

I’m sure this would be a good brunch recipe, but we always have it for supper. I also used to make with ham, and I posted that recipe a while back. This is only a slight variation of that recipe. Read the whole thing before you start, because I’m in the midst of some experimentation and which direction you go will determine your pan and your ingredients. This is a little convoluted and I apologize. I will clean it all up when I get it figured out. I hope it’s enough that you can make your own version. Continue reading Recipe: Bacon, Egg, and Hashbrown Casserole

How I Got 8,000 New Twitter Followers in Six Months (Without Shelling Out Any Money)

How I Got 8,000 New Twitter Followers in Six Months (Without Shelling Out Any Money)

I’m not good at keeping track of my stats. Whether it be blog visitors, Twitter followers, or Facebook fans, I just don’t pay much attention. There was a time I did, of course. We all do. I just stopped worrying about it somewhere along the line. I only know my Facebook page reach because Facebook has stuck it on my newsfeed page.

So it was completely accidental that I noticed I had more than 18,500 Twitter followers a few days before the end of the year. Being a tad bit OCD, and enjoying those round numbers (and a little bit just to see if I could), I decided to see if I could make it to 20,000 followers by the end of the year. (I made it with few hours to spare. By noon on New Year’s Eve, I had 20,000 followers.)

Of course I was excited, and of course I shared on Facebook and Twitter, which led to several people asking how I got that many followers. When I looked at TwitterCounter and realized that I had gained 8,000 of those followers in the last six months, I was even more excited, and knew I had to share my “secrets.” (They’re not really secrets, but it makes me feel important so just roll with it.) Continue reading How I Got 8,000 New Twitter Followers in Six Months (Without Shelling Out Any Money)

January #Giveaway: Letters from the Closet by Amy Hollingsworth

This month you can win a hardcover copy of the wonderful book Letters from the Closet: Ten Years of Correspondence That Changed My Life by Amy Hollingsworth. You can read my review here. Continue reading January #Giveaway: Letters from the Closet by Amy Hollingsworth

My 2014 Reading Stats

So, I apparently spend way too much time reading. I joined Goodreads in 2011, and in 2011 and 2012, I logged 300+ books each year. I didn’t do a very good job of logging in 2013, and my Kindle is full of books that I’ve read and not checked off yet. I finally determined that I just wasn’t going to get to it and I’ll just have to mark those book read without a confirmed date as I run across them.


Continue reading My 2014 Reading Stats

6 Twitter Auto-DMs We’re All Tired Of Getting

I don’t know who was the first person to come up with the idea of automatically sending a private message to everyone who follows you on Twitter, but it was a really bad idea, and has rendered the DM function almost useless. I know many people who don’t even check their DMs anymore because 99% of them are auto-DMs. The 1% that are legitimate messages just drift off into Twitter oblivion.

Twitter really should just ban auto-DMs. They’ve banned apps that auto-follow; surely more common sense can’t be far behind.

If you’re wondering if your auto-DM is annoying, the answer is most likely yes. I’ve seen a few — very, very few — that were funny or clever. That’s out of 10,000 or so. (Just rounding here. I haven’t actually archived or counted my DMs.) Those are pretty low odds.

If you’re still not sure, I’m happy to spell it out for you (and vent a little in the process). Continue reading 6 Twitter Auto-DMs We’re All Tired Of Getting