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Organizing…Where to Start?

I bet you have made a New Year’s resolution to get organized this year, haven’t you? Well, I did to. My goal is to restore order to my home and finances this year. So on Wednesdays, I’m going to share with you what I have done to get closer to my goal.

Pouring over all the Pinterest and blogs about organizing has gotten me both motivated and scared out of my mind! On the one hand, there are awesome sites out there to help you whip your life into a semblance of order and control. But on the other hand, it takes some work to begin to tackle the job of restoring order to your home. It’s scary! Where do you start?

I decided to take action and tackle on thing in my home that has been driving me crazy! The shoes in my closet. I share a closet with my husband and my shoes are on the top shelf. I can’t tell you how many times I have reached up to get a pair and several shoes fall on the top of my head. It doesn’t start my day off well, I can tell you this much. Here’s a look at the BEFORE picture:

To solve my problem, I headed to Family Dollar and purchased some plastic shoe boxes with lids and organized my shoes by season. Green lids for spring and summer. White lids for fall and winter. See the finished product…
Now I was ready to try something a little more involved. I was so excited to stumble upon something to help me organize my blogging schedule and I’m soooo excited to share it with you! I found a free printable blog planner created by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. It is truly amazing, and I am hoping it will keep me more organized as a blogger. Check out what you get!
Yearly Calendar

Monthly Calendar with check
 boxes for if you have scheduled
 or shared the post with  social media

Blog Notes page with space for
 giveaways,  post ideas, and statistics.

Beautiful cover sheet (with a matching back cover)
Isn’t this brilliant? I have needed this for a LONG time and am thrilled to have found it. Now…I just have to USE it! 
This is my foray into simple organization. What tips do you have for me? What do you use to organize your blogging? (if you are a blogger).

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Friday Fun

Today is my last Friday off for the summer. Next week we go back to regular hours. While I won’t miss the long work days, I will miss my free day all to myself. So here is just a bunch of “stuff” that I think are fun:

I’m featured today on Mary Vee’s blog. She is a fellow Alley Cat at The Writer’s Alley and I absolutely LOVE her! You can check it out here: Mary Vee’s Friday Feature

I got crafty a couple of weeks ago and made a couple of items for my “adopted” grandson-to-be. I found a burlap bag at Hobby Lobby and decided to “dress it up”. Then I mod podged a plaque with scrapbook paper, then using wooden letters, put the baby’s name on it. They turned out okay.

So today I am going to be lazy, read, watch movies, and be selfish with my last free day.

What do you have planned for the weekend? Anything fun? 

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Copyright Issues

Photo by Zscout370 at Wikicommons

Bloggers need to be aware of copyright issues. In fact, you need to be very careful. I’ve learned the hard way. I’ve found pictures mainly by googling the topic I’m writing about and then looking at the image search. Well, I found out that is the wrong thing to do. I’ve been contacted by the artist of a picture that I used and if I can’t get it to quit showing in Google’s cache image search by today, I will be added to a list of people this person is taking legal action against.

Last Friday, I deleted the photo in the post, as well as in another post from my group blog. I’ve deleted the photo on my hard drive and downloads. I have deleted the photo in Google+ cache and in Picasa Albums (all google products linked to blogger) I have even sent Google a request to remove the photo from their image search. But I don’t know that it will be done by today.

Since this happened, I went through all my photos in my blogs, hard drive, Picasa, Google, etc and deleted ALL photos that I do not have rights to. I am trying to do what is right.

All this has got me thinking, what about Pinterest? What about You Tube? If it is not legal to use other people’s pictures, then how do these sites keep track of the legalities? I don’t get it.

Another thing that is bugging me. As I was researching how to get that photo completely deleted, I realized how interconnected things are. Blogger is connected to Google, and Picasa, and Google+. I had no idea Google+ kept a cache of all the pictures I use in my blog posts that I post in Google+. It’s crazy. And it makes me just a bit reticent to blog.

Anyway, just wanted to share what I’ve been learning….the hard way.

p.s. The picture is no longer showing up! Thank goodness!

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Blogging VS Writing

I know I have been vocal in my confusion and wishy-washy writing plans. Well, I’m going to continue to share my struggles. Many of you may have read Jody Hedlund’s post Friday, and I do believe I was the inspiration for the post. I could be wrong about that, but if it wasn’t me, then it might as well have been. I’ve jumped in too soon. I’ve let the internet and writer’s networking take over my time and energy. I’ve given in to the race for publication before I am ready, not being able to let go of my first manuscript, and not developing the skills needed to be successful.

You see, I am a young writer. I have completed one manuscript, and have written half of another. I never finished editing the first, because it was beyond my capabilities at the time. I have carried shame about that, especially since won first place in the TBL contest last year. I mean, what writer doesn’t edit? If I cannot make myself edit, how can I call myself a writer?

I started a new story and got half-way through it, but wasn’t loving the genre as much. Contemporary is easier  in some ways, but was harder for me to keep the tension up. So I decided to go back to historical and try that, all the while trying to keep up a blog, visit other people’s blogs, and read books. I remember how I could devour books in one sitting…for pleasure! I miss that.

I work a full time job and am a pastor’s wife, so my time is limited. I have spent so much time on blogs that it has sucked me dry writing-wise. I am struggling to do it all, and I am failing. I’ve been so bummed about all of it, that writing hasn’t even been fun! Imagine!

So, I am taking the pressure off. I am scaling way back. I will post on Mondays and I will post at The Writer’s Alley on every other Tuesday. I will also be pulling back on my blog reading. I am so sorry to everyone who I can’t get to, but at this time in my life, I need to feed my inner writer.

I need time. Time to be creative. Time to let the words flow. Time to learn to edit without pressure to be perfect. Time to become a real writer.

* Tomorrow at The Writer’s Alley, I am talking about the First Glance of Love. You know, the moment that a person sets eyes on their destined love. The heart pounding, breath-stealing glance. Stop by tomorrow for a look at two of my favorite First Glance scenes from Lynn Kurland and Jenny B Jones. 

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Someone Is Reading My Blog

My husband and I took off part of Friday, got our kids out of school early, and went to Houston. The church where my husband grew up was having it’s 50th Anniversary. My husband’s dad was the preacher there for 28 years and so the whole family was there…all 6 kids flew in/drove in for the event. Many people showed up at what turned out to be a wonderful reunion of friends and family.
What blew me away was how many people asked me about my book. Was it finished? Was it finally edited? Was it published? Can they read it yet? I was taken aback by the fact that people knew about my book. What I had forgotten was that I now write a blog and this blog feeds into Facebook. And LOTS of people are on Facebook.
Isn’t it interesting the amount of information that is made available for all to see? In some ways it is a bit frightening. In some ways, exciting. It makes you realize the usefulness of the Internet as advertising.
It makes me wonder what publishing and advertising will be like in the future if I get published. What will publishing, advertising, and marketing look like in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years? Do you ever think about that?

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Top 10 Worst Blog Post Ideas

I was stuck on what to blog about and Katie tweeted that I should blog about terrible blog ideas. So…here is my list of the 10 worst blog ideas ever.

10. Report on the studies done regarding the cleanliness of public bathrooms. Can anyone say eewww?

9. Gripe about your mother-in-law. (I happen to love mine, and have nothing but praise. But I have heard stories….oh.my.goodness!!!!)

8. Gripe about you mother. (Can’t say that I could do this either, as I have the sweetest, most generous mother in the world!)

7. Plastic surgury updates. (though before and after pics might give us something to smile about!)

6. Bed bugs. Those creepy crawlies that news crews love to expose on TV and gross everyone out to where they develop phobias about sleeping in hotel beds.

5. Blog about dieting tips when you have never worn a size greater than 8. Really?

4. Toenail fungus, and where you might have picked it up, and the treatment of it. Please, no pics.

3. Mole and wart removals. (Unless it’s cancer, then by all means post so we can at least pray about it.)

2. How to train your cat to cough up hairballs OUTSIDE instead of INSIDE the house!

1. The best ways to pick your nose and not get caught. (Okay, I confess that Jill’s post got me thinking about this…and I thought Jill’s post was EXCELLENT, btw!!!!)

So there you have it. Surely you can come up with worse ideas than that!