Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a good week and have something fun planned for the weekend.

To recap the week:

1) Monday we discussed how blogs get blacklisted or boycotted

2) Avani was introducted as the New Blog Of The Week

3) Wednesday we learned how spammers are getting more creative with their messages

Yesterday for my “day off” post, I included a “signature”. It’s not my real signature, but one I found on My Live Signature.com, thanks to Annie Anderson. For anyone who has been reading Lorelle On WordPress, she’s been using a signature for some time now, and wrote about it in a blog post titled, “Adding A Signature To Personalize Your Blog Post”

The process for acquiring a signature is easy. Just follow the simple steps on the My Live Signature website. While on the site, check out their other options, as well.

My Friday question for all of you is:

1) If you weren’t blogging, what would you be doing?

My answer: When I took yesterday off from blogging, in between working on my paying job, I painted. Not on a canvas, but on our house. We recently had the siding painted and the trim needed to be done as well, so I’ve been working on that. It’s been great to be outside doing something I enjoy.

The floor is yours. You know the rules.

Questions, comments and concerns are welcome.

Have Fun!

Keep it Clean!

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Happy Blogging!


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  1. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve lead an insightful week.

    My favorite part was seeing the range of spammability and how others are dealing with it, since I’m still learning the blogging ropes.

    If I wasn’t blogging, I’d like to say I’d be swimming with the dolphins, but my new project is a higher hurdle than I’ve jumped before, so it’s my priority and my growth.

    J.D. Meier’s last blog post..Use Stress to Be Your Best

  2. Scott McIntyreNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I guess in a way I am kind of blogging- though not full time yet…

    If I wasn’t doing blogging, research into blogging, or planning for a blog, I’d likely be trying to develop my skills as a photographer.

    Just now, I’m an enthusiastic amateur armed with my digital camera! πŸ™‚

  3. Ulla HennigNo Gravatar says:

    When I am not blogging, I am working (got an 8-4.30 job), or reading, or watching tv or having a nice evening out, or having a walk and take some photographs (Greeting from one enthusiastic amateur to another, Scott!), or meeting dear friends.

    Ulla Hennig’s last blog post..Friendly Waters

  4. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    If I weren’t blogging…I’d be sleeping! Ok, on a more serious note, I’d be getting outside for a run. Maybe working in the yard a bit. Probably annoying my wife somehow…. Really, I’m still doing all of these, just not quite as much. And that’s ok for me. It’s ok, because I’ve found real joy in blogging. I’m doing something that I love, and that’s what it’s all about.

    Lance’s last blog post..Cheerful Wins!

  5. Mark SalinasNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t be doing anything different just slower. Nice post! πŸ™‚

  6. BetsyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara!

    If I weren’t blogging, I suppose I’d be doing more birdwatching and biking. I definitely would have started making some Christmas presents. Oh…and exercising. <—at least blogging is keeping me from doing something really harmful! πŸ™‚

  7. If I wasn’t blogging I’d be at our local airfield flying my Radio Control gliders. I just love riding the thermals with the other birds, the buzzards, hawks and Bald Eagles that frequent the airspace above.

    I also love to just go out there with my dogs, let them run around and just lay in the grass and watch the clouds roll by. It’s my escape from the business of life.

    “Motivate Thyself”‘s last blog post..Balance: Finding The Perfect Combination Of Simplicity And Success

  8. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    My question – What’s the point of including a signature on your post that isn’t your own?

    I mean, it looks cool but it doesn’t mean anything. And I don’t think it really adds anything to the post.

    Just my two cents.

    Oh yeah, and if I weren’t blogging, I’d be writing fiction or songs.

    Chase March’s last blog post..Allyson Felix

  9. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    good day barbara.

    if i wasn’t blogging, i probably would have my face in a lot more books. i would definitely be on the computer learning something, a program or a language. have a good weekend.

    @ chase, it’s just pretty, my live signature, i like it. :). I use it once in a while and maybe people don’t want to put their real signature out there, I guess for security purposes. it also helps people remember your name….it can be like a logo or brand and did i mention, it’s pretty?

  10. Love the signature. I’ll be checking that out tonight.

    If I wasn’t blogging I’d still be searching for an outlet to share my inner voice. I also think I’d be watching more TV.

    Stacey / CreateaBalance’s last blog post..Bingo! Embracing Money

  11. SpaceAgeSageNo Gravatar says:

    If I weren’t blogging, I’d be jumping back into finishing and editing my techno-thriller novel.

    SpaceAgeSage’s last blog post..What kind of mark do you make on the world?

  12. I am trying to be very disciplined now about not blogging on the weekends. This weekend I am FINALLY moving all my stuff from my apartment into the Lion’s house. We are both very much looking forward to making the Lion’s house, the Panther’s and Lion’s home.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  13. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    If I were not blogging, I would be sailing and doing some diy projects.

    have a great weekend everyone! πŸ™‚

  14. Wow, MyLiveSignature is cool! In theory you could write your entire post in beautiful calligraphy (25 characters at a time), though that would be a bit much! I think it adds a nice personal touch, whether it’s your real signature or not. And now it’s much easier to collect autographs from your favorite celebrities!

    Hunter Nuttall’s last blog post..The Monty Hall Paradox (And The Real Answer)

  15. TumblemooseNo Gravatar says:

    I’m glad I found the site. Now that I’m a ‘scriber, I won’t miss a thing!

    If I weren’t blogging, I’d probably be trying to keep a journal to keep my creativity chuggin’ along. Or maybe I’d get a few more pages done on the Great American Novel. Or maybe I’d take a nap. MMM, nap. MMMMM.

    Tumblemoose’s last blog post..Well, I guess it’s all been said…

  16. Dude! Could you give me any more love???? Gosh what a treat! You mentioned me two days in a row!

    Thank you so much! I’m so glad I was able to point you to mylivesignature.com and that it worked out well for you.

    If I weren’t blogging, what would I be doing?

    Hmm . . . probably writing, reading, gardening or any one of the bajillion projects that need doing around our house. Or maybe just hanging out with the kids. I think maybe we’ll go see a movie this weekend. We haven’t done that in a while.

    ~ Annie

    Annie Anderson’s last blog post..Meltdown in the kitchen

  17. If I weren’t blogging, I would sleep more. πŸ™‚

    Right now I average 6 hours per night, when I KNOW that I need at least 8.

  18. When adding a signature, it’s best if you can add a link to the image file directly in your theme’s files and not use a plugin. Lorelle shows how to do that.

    It’ll shave a little time off the load time of your blog.

    For me, I’d be flipping more houses if I weren’t blogging as much. That reminds me, I need to write another post on my real estate series. It’s been awhile hasn’t it?

  19. Hmmm . . . I often wonder what I did with my time before I started blogging! For the last few years, I’ve gone from passion to passion (or compulsion depending on how you look at it) and blogging is the latest phase.

    If I didn’t work on blogging in the evening, I would probably be knitting more or reading.

  20. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    It’s interesting you ask that. That’s what I’ve been asking myself this week (not that I’m going to stop blogging – I’m not going to stop!!!). Just trying to figure out how I can be more balanced. I haven’t really come up with all the answers as far as what I would do. However in my time off this week I did do some painting (on a canvas) and did some sculpting. I haven’t done art in a long time! It was great! It’s a part of me, but it doesn’t fulfill me like blogging does. So a little here and there will be good.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Are you in Balance?

  21. Avani-MehtaNo Gravatar says:

    If I weren’t blogging, I probably would be doing a lot more cooking, reading and t.v. Although now, I can’t think of a life without blogging. I reduced blogging activities to a post a week for last month to take more rest and it was very difficult. Blogging is kinda addictive.

  22. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    Hopefully, I would be getting paid for my words.

  23. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    If I wasn’t blogging, I’d be dancing more, going to yoga more, reading and sleeping more.

    Blogging and our BWAB community is definitely fun and addicting. I had a non-stop day yesterday AFK, filled with off line appointments and people. While I was sitting in a restaurant at dinner, I found myself spacing out of the conversations and thinking about whether or not I’d have time to check my reader and “visit” with all of you last night! It’s a little scary to think where this might lead . . . . . πŸ™‚ I really missed my computer time!

    Is it OK if I ask some technical Q’s here too this weekend, Barbara? It seems way off topic at the moment.

    Even with one less post this week, you still gave us super lessons and knowledge, Barbara. So go easy on yourself!

  24. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi J.D. – Yes, the spam messages are getting interesting and creative. Just today I had one that said something like “don’t delete this spam message as it helps to pay for world hunger”.

    You’ll have to keep us posted on your new project. Is it another book?

    Hi Scott – Photography is a fun hobby, isn’t it? I wish I knew more about it, too.

    Hi Ulla – Ah ha, another photographer. πŸ™‚

    Hi Lance – Sleeping. I hear you. Blogging is a great hobby, isn’t it?

    Hi Mark – Welcome to the BWAB community. Blogging does have a way of making us work a little faster, doesn’t it?

    Hi Betsy – LOL – I’ve been trying to figure out a way I can walk on my treadmill and blog at the same time. No luck! So, instead, I blog πŸ™‚

    Hi Eric – I hope you have a chance to do some of your favorite things this weekend.

    Hi Chase – What I like about the signature is that is adds something different to a post that’s all typed words (and/or pictures). To me, it doesn’t matter if its authentic. I just think it’s pretty cool.

    A song writer? Have any of your songs gone public? Maybe you could do a video of you singing one. Yeah?

    Hi Natural – Like you, I love researching on my computer. There’s so much out there.

    Hi Stacey – Blogs have become a great way to share our inner voices, haven’t they?

    Hi SpaceAgeSage – Another book writer. You’ll have to share your book title with us when you have it complete. I’ll bet it’s a great read.

    Hi Urban Panther – Taking the weekends off from blogging is a great way to catch up on those real life things. Happy moving.

    Hi Linda – Sailing sounds fun. I know all about the DIY projects. My list is long.

    Hi Hunter – LOL A blog post 25 characters at a time.

    Hi Tumblemoose – Welcome to the BWAB community. Thank you for subscribing. I see we have another novelist on board. It will be fun to watch your progress.

    Hi Annie – You’re welcome. It’s funny as I always saw Lorelle’s signature, but until I saw the comment on one of your posts, I didn’t realize it was a something we all could do. Have a fun weekend.

    Hi Vered – I hear you. Eight hours of sleep would be a real treat.

    Hi John – I saw there is a plugin for the signature, but I’m adding it as a image link. I agree, the plugin could slow down our loading time.

    Flipping houses? That sounds fun. I love the show on HGTV when they flip houses. It sounds like with each one you run into different “surprises”. Yes, it’s been awhile since you wrote one of your real estate posts. I’ll be watching for it.

    Hi Ann – Knitting is a great hobby. I save that for the cold winter evenings (if I’m not blogging). πŸ™‚

    Hi Jennifer – Finding that balance is so important, but often difficult to do. I see your latest post addresses the issue. I’ll be by later to read it.

    Hi Avani – Blogging is VERY addictive. It’s easy to justify not doing other things and blog instead, isn’t it?

    Hi Writer Dad – I have no doubt you will be a paid author. Your writings prove that. Keep doing what you’re doing.

    Hi Linda – That’s funny….you thinking about visiting your feed reader friends during dinner. Yup! Blogging has you hooked.

    If you have a question, ask away. That’s what Open Mic is for. If I can’t answer it, I’m betting someone else can. The floor is yours……..

  25. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    OK, here are a few quick ones:

    When you download an image from Flickr (I don’t have a Flickr account myself yet, in case it matters to your answer), do you let the photographer know via the comments below the photo that it’s being used in your post? I’ve seen some people do this, and wondered if there’s netiquette on it.

    Is there a way to force a line break where you want it in a headline via WP.org? I can’t make the headline break where I want it to. See my Family Caregiver Communication Class Part 1 post this past week as an example.

    With Statcounter, is it important to upgrade to a larger log size once your free 500 page views are full? Have you done this and do you recommend it for a relatively new blog?

    If you’re a baby boomer or older-than-that-age-group blogger, I’d like your input on this one, other wise you can skip it:

    I want to use social networking to grow my readership, but don’t have the time to use all three of these. Which do you think would be the best use of my time — Facebook, Twitter or Stumble Upon? Which do you think baby boomers are now using? Personally, my friends have recently been trying out Facebook as their kids go off to college, but I don’t hear them talking about the other two at all. But that’s only my teeny tiny corner of the world. Survey says ?????

    Thanks in advance! (Told you I was saving them up for today!)

  26. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, I love the idea of “signing” your posts, right now I just type in “Marelisa” at the end of each of my posts. I’ll look into getting a signature, thank you πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend Barbara!

  27. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I think the signature is quite a nice touch and I think it is pretty.
    I don’t think I understand the pictures and how to get them to your blog, I would give them name/credit details but I am still working on the freebie zone so far – I just want to be ready for when I get some income and can choose more pictures I want to use.

    I am a boomer and my friends are just discovering Facebook but only about 3 are using it with any regularity. I can’t get folks to understand if they order from Amazon.com off my website – I get paid? And then Amazon.com colors the words in many articles to tell folks that they carry a certain book using those words and then folks think I am trying to sell them a book they do not want, plus are surprised!….I have written a post about it but it is now way far back in the pak!
    I have been writing for Amazon.com for years and doing reviews, but this all seems too weird – I just keep talking about it – in hopes Can you help me?

    I can’t seem to connect via email with people who comment on my blog?

    No one I know uses Twitter or Stumble upon and I haven’t taken the time to figure it out.

    What is your paid job?

    When I am not blogging I am counseling, reading, doing workshops and giving guest lectures, I had to give all that up 14 years ago, with a special needs child who was very needy and needed me to go to school with her everyday and then my 94 year old mum broke her back and that was 3 years of my time 24/7. I am feeling reluctant to going back to my old work.

    I also exercise 17.5 hours a week attempting not to get diabetes, which I am finding hard after chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer. I exercise my brain as part of that routine.

    We live almost right downtown, but I take care of my husband’s mini farm and flowers, clean the house and spend hours cooking for my family members with Celiac Disease.

    I get between 5-17 phone calls a day from my one child and numerous phone calls from folks who’s counselors/caregivers take a day off and they have no back up plans or anyone else to talk to….

    I am failing at house cleaning big time, but have no funds to pay for help

    This is overwhelming me. I only blog for 10 hours a day 5 days a week.

    I have so many things I want to do, I am never at a loss and I love to write and discuss things – share information…
    Another great day in the world of blogging – and you get to learn new things all the time. WOW

    Patricia’s last blog post..Factoid Friday: Bonus

  28. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    We were camped on in Pottawatomie State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin all week until today — NO internet all week!

    I pre-posted some photographs and one blog post.

    Now we’re at a campground with wifi and I’m working on catching up.

  29. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Linda – Great questions. πŸ™‚

    Re: notifying a photographer on Flickr. I’ve commented on their Flickr site on a couple of occasions, but not always. Providing photo credits would be proper etiquette/netiquette.

    Re: forcing a line break in a headline. I’m not aware of how to do that. Does anyone else know?

    Re: Statcounter and upgrading to more than 500 page views. I have not signed up for any paid statistical analysis programs so I can’t say if it’s worth it or not.

    You might try Google Analytics as they don’t have a limit and they are free. Woopra is also worth signing up for even though they’re still in the beta testing process.

    Re: social networking preferences. A lot of people (of all ages) are leaning toward Twitter, however, with them all being free, you might try each one and see which one fits into your schedule the best. I’ve only used StumbleUpon, but as of late, don’t even have time for that.

    Hi Marelisa – I was thinking about that. “Signing” a post does add a bit of personalization, doesn’t it? I’ve noticed you always sign yours. I’ll now be watching for your new “signature” πŸ™‚

  30. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Patricia – The Live Signature site gives over a hundred options, so there’s something for everyone.

    Getting pictures into my posts was something I struggled with for a long time. I now use the “visual tools” WordPress offers, plus sometimes use “Image Manager” – a plugin. Keep in mind, there are a lot of free photo sites online. Flickr is one of them. Giving credit for the image is as easy as inserting a link.

    A lot of non bloggers don’t understand how we are affiliates for companies such as Amazon. When my friends have asked me, I’ve explained it as “I work on a commission only basis”. The content embedded links can be confusing. Although I know a lot of people make money with them, personally I find them to be a distraction, especially when a little window opens and blocks the other words in the post.

    When you say you’ve been “writing for Amazon.com…”, do you mean you work for them, or you’re an affiliate?

    Re: connecting via email to commenters on your blog. In your dashboard, if you click on comments, it will show the commenter’s email address. You can either copy and paste that address into an email or click on it and your email “account” should open a new message.

    My paid job: We have an excavation business. I work in the office doing all of the admin stuff.

    WOW! You sound like one busy lady with all of your commitments. Take time to catch your breath and have a fun weekend.

    Hi Mike,

    It sounds like you are have a grand time on your camping trip. Being without internet service is a great way to concentrate on other hobbies, family and friends. I hope you’re enjoying the time off.

  31. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    @Barbara – Yeah, it’s another book … way smaller, but lots tougher. It’s a v2. The original guide had more than a million downloads, and it was way before social media went big. I didn’t work on the original.

    Here’s my initial blurbage on it, though it’s early (http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2008/09/02/patterns-practices-app-arch-guide-2-0-project.aspx)

    I think of it as a way to help me scale being a mentor for solution architets in my industry.

    If it were relevant for you, I’d send you a copy when it’s done. Instead, wait until I switch to more relevant domains, hopefully, in the not so far future πŸ˜‰

  32. chrisNo Gravatar says:

    If I wasn’t blogging, I would be playing with my children, cuddling with my wife or watching sports.

  33. I would be (don’t groan) playing a video game. I love Point & Click Adventure games and hidden object games. I used to play 1 or 2 a month and I’ve only played 3 this year.

    @ Linda This is the html character code for a space & nbsp ; (remove the space before n and after p – I had to add them for the code to be displayed in the comment)
    If you use a bunch of them after the point where you want the line break it should move the text to the next line. My guess is that you will need 5-15 of them – just copy and paste until you get the result that you want. Keep in mind that this the quick and dirty way – I’m not sure if it is considered good coding practice.

    Kim Woodbridge’s last blog post..Social Media Marketing Best Practice: Reflect

  34. Ari KoinumaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    When I’m not blogging or working, all my time is taken up by my family. If I had a room and time to myself where I can be noisy, I’d be plugging my electric guitar in and doing some wailing. πŸ˜‰

    I do have an open question. How do I get listed on alltop.com? And under what category? I didn’t see self-improvement or personal development as topics listed on there.

    And who else uses entrecard? I’m experimenting with it this week.

    ari

    Ari Koinuma’s last blog post..Blog Carnival: 10 Posts about Realizing Your Potential β€” September 2008

  35. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Your signature looks great! I am going to try out the site to see what I can come up with.

    If I am not blogging, I’d probably be picking up a new hobby. I’ve always got a hobby at any point in my life. Maybe scrapbooking.

    Or I may have gone back to work. Back to my previous profession in a bank! Yikes!

    Evelyn Lim’s last blog post..Attract Our Travel Dreams

  36. Avani-MehtaNo Gravatar says:

    Ari, you can get listed under lifehacks category. How, I don’t know. Would love to know πŸ™‚

  37. Pink InkNo Gravatar says:

    If I weren’t blogging, I’d have revised my ms by now and then some. Or at least come up with some other distraction.G’night! πŸ™‚

  38. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi J.D. – I checked out the link to your book. That is WAY over my head. In fact it’s “Greek” to me. Based on the responses and the downloads of the first guide, I know you’ll make it a huge success. Keep me posted on your progress. When you’re done, we can showcase it here. πŸ™‚

    Hi Chris – Family time is great, isn’t it? They are what are the most important in our lives.

    Hi Kim – **smiles** Your answer didn’t surprise me as I read your profile and knew you love video games.

    Thank you for helping Linda and sharing with the rest of us.

    Hi Ari – Playing your guitar is another real passion of yours, isn’t it? Will you be sharing a video with us?

    Re: Alltop.com. and Entrecard. Hopefully others can share what they’ve learned, as I haven’t tried them.

    Hi Evelyn – Scrapbooking is something I want to get into, but it’s on the back burner now. Have you already done some?

    Hi Pink Ink – It’s easy to come up with distractions, isn’t it?

  39. Barbara – Thanks!

    I always wonder if people read about/profile pages. I always do – I want to get a better idea of the person who is writing the blog. Thanks for reading mine. So many people my age and older think that if you play video games that you are some kind of over-violent maniac. While some of the extremely violent games get a too much publicity, there are many gentler ones that a puzzle and dialogue based. Although, most of these are being developed in Europe rather than the United States.

    Kim Woodbridge’s last blog post..Social Media Marketing Best Practice: Reflect

  40. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I’m full of cold, so if I weren’t blogging, I’d probably be in bed reading right now.

    But if there were no such thing as blogs, I’d probably be writing a whole heap of stuff nobody else would read.

  41. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I want to professionally record some of my songs and post them up as MP3s. I just haven’t got around to it yet.

    Thanks for the request though.

  42. LucasNo Gravatar says:

    If I weren’t blogging, then I would probably be dedicating 90% of my time to studying. Thank God I’m blogging.

  43. If I weren’t blogging, hmm… I will be still in front of my puter and coding or reading junk and news online…

    Love the signature, I was intending to put one on my feed πŸ™‚ thanks barbara.

    Cheers,
    Ajith

    Ajith Edassery’s last blog post..I am not John Chow, still…

  44. Amy DerbyNo Gravatar says:

    If I wasn’t blogging I would probably be watching television. Of course, then I would have to buy a television…

    I was just thinking about this the other day: what would I do without my computer? I use my computer for everything — business, watching movies, keeping in touch with friends, reading books. Without it I might leave the house once in a while. (The horrors!) πŸ˜‰

    Amy Derby’s last blog post..Fiction Friday: Stories & Markets

  45. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,
    Thank you for answering ALL of my questions – I had to print off your reply to keep them all in mind…Thank you so much.

    I have read and written book reviews for amazon.com for a long time before they changed their format and now hundreds of folks write reviews….They would send me a book (Mostly religion/psychology/ new age) and I would read it write the review, return the book (which then they sold used) Back in the days when live people actually took your orders off the screen – the dark ages of Amazon.com? I got a small stipend for each review and it kept me going when I was caregiving at high intensity levels.
    I don’t like how the books pop up in one’s reading space…I think I have that taken off now….
    I also make recommendations for books that are great reads for book groups.
    Now I am going to work on your list of answers! Again Thank you

  46. Ari KoinumaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I will not be sharing a video of my playing any time soon, but you can hear my rock CD in its entirety. It’s at http://aries9.com.

    I hope to do more overt promotion of my music at OBV down the road as well, though it’s not the highest item on my to-do list at the moment.

    Thanks for your interest!

    ari

    Ari Koinuma’s last blog post..Blog Carnival: 10 Posts about Realizing Your Potential β€” September 2008

  47. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. Wow, I go away for almost 3 weeks and am amazed at all the new visitors to your blog. Is this a great community or what?!!

    I like the signature very much. I went to the site to create mine, but didn’t like any of the options. I’m pretty partial to my own personal handwritten version.

    If I weren’t blogging I would definitely be keeping a journal. Cooking, doing yoga and getting a lot more sleep that’s for sure!

    Davina’s last blog post..Stepping Out Of These Old Shoes

  48. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    @ Barbara — Thanks for answering my questions! And I forgot to tell you I like your new signature.

    @ Kim Woodbridge — Thanks for your idea on forcing a page break for my headline. Warning: I am a non-techie. I see the html tab for the content section for a post, but there is no html tab in the headline area, and I have no idea how to get into it any other way.

  49. @Linda – I didn’t think of that. You can still put the break code in the headline and the post will read it as html. I just tested it on a draft I’m writing and it worked. My guess of 5-15 may be too low – it will probably require 15+.

  50. Dr. CasonNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think it’s blogging that takes so much time but rather visiting people. There has to be some balance. πŸ™‚ Sorry I haven’t been around in a while. Busy sleeping and recovering from a pretty bad URI.

    When I’m not doing this I’m practicing pediatrics, writing, raising my three little children, cleaning house and taking photos!

    Lately my blog is looking more like a photo blog from Bali!

    Sheila πŸ™‚

  51. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Kim – Like you, I enjoy reading blogger’s “about” pages. Like you said, it gives us a better perspective of who is writing the blog.

    Hi Catherine – I hope you feel better soon. I know you love to write, but I’m guessing sooner or later, you will be a published author (in addition to your blog).

    Hi Chase – Keep me posted on your recordings. I’d love to hear them.

    Hi Lucas – Studying can get to be tedious. Blogging adds a little bit of fun to life, doesn’t it?

    Hi Ajith – You sound like me – not the coding part, but being on my computer reading “whatever”. Blogging lets us make it all worthwhile, doesn’t it?

    Hi Amy – Welcome to the BWAB community. Computers are much more fun than TV, aren’t they?

    Hi Patricia – You’re welcome, and thank you for answering my questions. That sounds like a fun endeavor – writing reviews for Amazon.

    Hi Ari – Thanks for the link to your rock CD. I’ll check it out.

    Hi Davina – You’re back. Just think of all the new blogs you can check out. πŸ™‚ With regard to the signature, did you see where you can use other options to create one?

    Sleep? Yup, I hear you. I should be doing that right now.

    Hi Linda Abbit – You’re welcome.

    Hi Shiela – Yes, visiting other blogs is very time consuming. There’s so much to read and commenting takes time.

    I love the photos on your blog. The ones from Bali are beautiful. I hope you’re feeling better.

  52. I agree with Dr Cason (Sheila). Blogging itself does take a while, but I have found that now that I have more blogs in my reader, the reading and visiting side of things can take a lot longer.

    Even though I am capable of skim reading, I don’t like to do it very much. I like to read each post fully. I have only a few hours a week for reading and commenting and feel like I never have enough time left to comment on blogs.

    So to answer your question If you weren’t blogging, what would you be doing? I would spend more time reading and commenting on other blogs.

    Leanne Magraith | Forever Change’s last blog post..Positive Thinking vs Positive Focusing

  53. If I weren’t blogging I’d have to market more in other ways to attract coaching clients. So blogging is a blessing. Also I’d be reading more hard copy non-fiction like I used to before blogging. Right now I read so many self-improvement blogs that my head has no more room for improvement. I need to pause and just be more often.

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work’s last blog post..Spirit and Business

  54. Blogger DadNo Gravatar says:

    If I weren’t blogging, I’d be spending more time on my other projects – my comic strip or my book in progress. So one might argue, I should probably blog less.

  55. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. Yes I did see the other options. I suppose I could scan my signature and use it, but I was feeling lazy and looking for an easier option πŸ™‚ My unpacked camping gear was waving at me from across the room too, and I was oh so slightly short on time. I like to know that this is available though. Glad you shared about it.

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  57. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Leanne – As the blogs in our reader grows, just like you said, so does the time it takes to read all of the new entries. When time is limited, some don’t get read. Like you, I hate to skim the posts if I’m going to comment.

    Hi Tom – That’s funny, “…I have no more room for improvement”. I agree, there are a lot of self improvement blogs out there.

    Hi Blogger Dad – I’m laughing, thinking I should also be blogging less, too, but it’s so addictive.

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  60. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,
    I didn’t really know WHY I was blogging until Blogger Dad did an interview with me and asked me flat out. The answer came to me immediately: I blog to keep away the physical pain I live with daily. Since I don’t get out much – except to teach a few hours a week – blogging has put me in touch with interesting people whom I might never have had the opportunity to meet in “real life.”

    Blogging – and reading the blogs of others – keeps me in touch with humanity.

    Rita

  61. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Rita,

    Isn’t that great how blogging can divert our attention and take it away from real life “hurts”? And like you said, with blogging, we have the opportunity to meet many interesting people.