If you are someone who has “liked” my Facebook page — Thank you! — you may not be receiving all my updates in your news feed. That’s because the beloved Facebook wants me to pay to promote my page. For reasons I’m sure you can guess, I’m not going to do that. I’ve known about this for a while, but I wasn’t sure how to get around it until I learned (thanks to Simple Homeschool) that you can make sure you receive the notifications by going to my page and hovering over the “liked” button and then making sure there’s a check mark next to “Get Notifications.” That is, if you want notifications. And if you do, thank you so much. It humbles me that so many people are following my page and blog. (I was happy when I got to “10!”)
You guys are keeping me going. Thanks.
I have a few pieces of blog business to announce, but I’m sure you are most interested in knowing the winner of the e-book “Nuturing Creativity: A Guide for Busy Moms” by Renee Tougas. If you didn’t win or didn’t notice the drawing, I highly recommend that you buy the e-book from Renee. It’s only $3.00, and Renee offers a lot of practical advice for busy moms on how they can work creative pursuits into their everyday lives while rearing children. She gave me a lot of food for thought, and I plan to go back through her book at some point because it’s very inspiring, and I don’t want to forget her advice. (Click here to purchase the e-book.)
I’m also going to write a little more on exactly how I organize and make time for my writing and other projects in a future blog post, and if you scroll down, I’m listing some other “blog post goals” too!
Without further ado:
- Okay, so I know you have already seen the winner of the drawing in the photo. This afternoon my son volunteered to cut out all your names from the paper I typed them on. He meticulously folded them and put them into a basket (the two-year-old added a few bits of his own paper too), and then he drew one name: sherilynorton! Congratulations, Sherilyn! Renee will be sending you your copy shortly.
- My second order of business is to let you know that I created a Mama of Letters Facebook page, and I have also been adding my blog posts to my Google+ account. I had been reluctant to create the Facebook page or do anything with Google+ for a long time because I just don’t have time for more social networking. I know a lot of people don’t like it if you’re not “social” or join in conversations. The only place I post regularly is Twitter, and even there I’m off and on because as a busy mom, I have to sort my priorities – I’m sure you understand. Though I love connecting with other people – in real life and online, I have to tip the scale to my family and my personal pursuits. Having said that, I know an enormous amount of people use Facebook and Google+, and it’s really no trouble for me to simply add my posts to it. At this time I can’t commit to more than that, but in the future who knows? If you use one of these mediums and don’t mind someone who is “anti-social” I will appreciate you liking my Facebook page or adding me to your group on Google+.
- When you write regularly like I do, it’s amazing to notice that new ideas keep surfacing. This is a blessing, yet it can also overwhelm me if I start to think I have to do it all right now. I stopped thinking in terms of right nowa while back and instead, I make lists, lists, lists. Since I have a good working list of what I want to write for my columns and blog, I thought I’d share some of them with you. I hope some of this will interest you and you’ll come back to read it:
- Finally, despite the ideas spinning in my head that I want to get down on paper, I am considering taking a blog vacation in May. We’ll have family visiting us at that time, and I have other writing and photography projects that I need to work on, so I may take 2 or even 4 weeks off this blog. I find that sometimes it helps to just focus on something in a planned period of time instead of trying to do everything at once. I’m sure blog advisors might tell me this isn’t good for my blog, but as I mentioned before, I have to sort my priorities, and I’m sure those who already enjoy my blog (I hope you do) will understand.
Thanks to everyone who have subscribed to my blog. You really inspire me to keep going, and I hope you find some of the information I post here helpful.
This post will serve to tell you about three new things: my FAQ page, my spam policy & other places you can find me on the Internet.
~ My NEW FAQ Page: I have just added a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to my site. I thought it would be good to answer some basic questions that people may have when they meet a homeschooler for the first time. Most of them are questions or comments I have received from other people. A couple I threw in because I know other homeschoolers have been asked them. Please read over it when you have time and send me some feedback.
~ My Spam Policy: Just thought it would be a good idea to mention that while I love comments, I will delete any comment from a person who uses a link that goes directly to a page trying to sell something. Even if it’s homeschool curriculum and the comment seemed to come from a legitimate homeschooler, I will consider that spam. Bloggers can and should promote their blogs by making comments and fostering online relationships with each other, but I don’t think it’s cool to search the web for possible site pages related to what you are selling, make one bogus comment, leave the link and never return.
~ Twitter: Though I have neglected Twitter ever since my second son was born, I have started to use it again. Hopefully I’ll keep at it. If you’d like to follow me, I’m at @mamaofletters. And, FYI, I have created a second account for my photography business, which is at @S_P_Photography. While that one will focus only on photography related topics, @mamaofletters will have a little bit everything: my writing, photography, and of course, daily life.
~ Facebook: I don’t advertise my Facebook account very much because it’s mainly used for my face-to-face family and friends. I keep them in touch with my boys and my life. However, I also follow some of the people I have met online and have formed a mutual, friendly online relationship with. If you are one of these people, you’ll know who you are, and I invite you to find me on Facebook. If I don’t accept your friendship, please don’t take it personally. I just keep Facebook rather private. (Well, as private as a Facebook account can get.)
As always, thank you for visiting me here on my blog! Have a great week!