Friday 5: 5 random thoughts

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  • How did I survive before RSS feeds? Once upon a time I used to simply bookmark blogs in my browser, then visit them one by one. Do you have any idea what a tedious process it was to read blog entries on different blogs that were in different fonts, sizes, and colors?
  • I really wish Twhirl offered the option to filter by lists. Twhirl was my Twitter client of choice, but once I began following hundreds (literally) of bloggers for product review/giveaway purposes, I switched to TweetDeck, since it gave me the option to filter columns by lists.
  • Does anyone use Myspace these days? I still maintain my profile, but I’ll go weeks between logins.
  • Facebook or Twitter – what’s your preference? I prefer Facebook for keeping in touch with family members, but I prefer Twitter for keeping in touch with online friends and acquaintances.
  • I need to go update my WordPress installations as soon as I get the chance. People: never slack on this! Doing so can mean the difference between a safe blog and one that winds up getting hacked.
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May 2012
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I love being able to schedule tweets!

Scheduling Twitter updates is quite handy when it comes to promoting blog entries that are scheduled but not yet published, doing additional promotion of blog entries, or just scheduling out tweets to be promoted at various times in the coming days, weeks, or even months.

While I don’t schedule tweets all of the time, I do it enough that I would be quite lost without the handy service. Yet oddly enough, Twitter themselves does not offer this handy service. Fortunately, the following free third party Twitter applications do:

More and more social media companies and brands and general advertisers are taking advantage of scheduled tweets, and I myself am taking advantage of them.

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May 2012
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Photography memes I love

Digital photography I love digital photography. I was hooked in January of 2002, when my husband gave me my first digital camera, a Fuji FinePix 2650. A few years later I upgraded to a Kodak Z7000, then an HP R960, and finally, in June of 2007, my very first DSLR – a Nikon D40x. This past Christmas, my husband gifted me with the ultimate Nikon DSLR, a Nikon D7000.


I don’t have the time/desire to participate in photography memes all of the time, but when I do, these are my favorite ones:

When it comes to digital photography, I’m not a professional, but I have produced some pretty decent shots. However, I refuse to “go into business” with photography. I did that with blogging, and to be honest, while I still love blogging, doing it for a living has definitely sucked some of the fun out of it. I won’t make that same mistake with photography.

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May 2012
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Morning blogging routine

So, what does your morning blogging routine consist of? Typically I turn on my laptop or desktop, set up my browser (none other than the very awesome Google Chrome) to the tabs I’m going to be working on that morning, then head off to grab my early morning protein, a glass of water, morning vitamins/supplements, and then start a load of laundry or do whatever other morning housework chores there are to be done.

Right now it’s about 10:00am (eastern time), and my blogging is a little distracted because I am watching Mad Men. Oops. This is why I generally don’t watch TV while I’m blogging, though I know a lot of bloggers do so all of the time. Then again, they may not have the work load and deadlines that I do, so in their case it’s probably not a big deal if it takes them several hours to bang out just a few blog entries.

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May 2012
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