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Yup, it’s been over a month since I’ve posted.  My attention has been diverted by other things (like the job hunt, my daughter graduating from college, and preparations for a soon to be niece or nephew).

It feels as though I’ve been juggling like crazy, trying desperately to keep dozens of little life-balls in the air.  Yesterday I came to the realization, not only have I been doing it for a couple of weeks, I’ve also picked up one or two previously dropped balls, wiped them off, and thrown them into the mix. For one thing, I’m starting research on a possible NaNoWriMo novel for this year.  We’ll see how that goes.

So, yeah.  Busy.  Productive even.  I’m torn between wanting to congratulate myself and being afraid that everything is going to come crashing down all at once.  Fingers crossed, I’ll add more regular posting here into the mix.

Wish me luck.

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A Blog Post about Posting in Blogs

Well, the shop is expanding to take on more of my online time.  Not ‘expanding’, as in actually getting much traffic or generating any income (yet) but it has spawned Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as an actual Menagerie Imagery blog*.  I’ve got plans to start a Facebook Fan page. All of which means I’m going to have to change the way I run this blog.

I’m definitely still going to be posting here. I have a draft which I’ve been writing, a little bit at a time, for a couple of days now. I’ve got Ravelry WIPS and FOs to post about.  I’ve got all kinds of stories and ideas for posts.

Some of these post ideas are things I think would be of interest to my hypothetial Etsy customer (have you met my hypothetical Etsy customer?  Her name is Bettie, she likes jewelry and crafting and enjoys things which are cute, but not too saccharine cute).  I’m supposed to build a picture of Bettie and come up with content which will be of interest and/or use to her.  This part is almost too easy – between gaming and writing I have a lot of experience in inventing people, it would take very little time to get to know Bettie very well, well enough that we wouldn’t have to worry about TMI.  At the same time, I’d like to have actual customers, you know, real people who wouldn’t necessarily be interested in all the details of my life.

If I talk about having a low-spoons day here (because of migraines or depression) that’s one thing, but if I do it while wearing my ‘merchant’ hat, it might be something else.  Admittedly, if I’d done the shop solo I would have probably just named it Eyebehold and used this as the shop blog, but this is definitely my space, and for various reasons (good or not) the shop is a joint venture with Jan, and deserves to be it’s own thing. On the other hand, the post about the earbuds (which has just gone up on the shop blog) or the cute story about the tea (which is coming soon) are things I would like to share with everyone, but I think are particularly relevant to Hypothetical Bettie.

The immediate solution has been to link the RSS feed in the sidebar here, so anything I post in the other blog will be easily accessible to you (though you’re still very much welcome to subscribe to both blogs).   I’m starting with the model that posts which are (at least) tangentially related to the shop will go there, everything else will go here.

But what about the blog contest and giveaway links?  I don’t know that anyone here is particularly attached to them, and they might be of some interest to Hypothetical Bettie.  I’m thinking of posting them there instead of here…

I’m definitely still going around and around about how this is all going to shake out.  I’d love to hear your opinions on how I should break this thing down, so please do comment with your thoughts and suggestions.

* Links to all those accounts are available from the sidebar of that same blog. Convenient, no?

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As viewership on this blog fluctuates, I’ve been noticing the expected pattern of comments and relevance to the theme, content, or even language of the blog and of the individual post to which they are added.  The blog is set with the usual WordPress security features, and I review every comment before it is actually posted.  There have been some of them which have totally left me scratching my head (one in Russian, when no hits that day came from a Russian speaking area).

In the interests of perversity, all comments on this post (and this post only) will be allowed through (though I might feel the need to edit if there is anything I find more offensive than amusing involved).  Most Hormel products are welcome!

In Other Blogs

Craftingismybliss has won a blogging award!  Pop over and give her a cheer.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I entered the Techno Hooker giveaway for Dora Ohrenstein’s “Custom Crocheted Sweaters” book (April 2 deadline) and the Knitting Project of the Day Submission drawing. Did not win the spin/knit along giveaway, Windy’s Squishy Yarn Giveaway or Year at the Wheel’s Suri Dreams giveaway

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