Today I got to go on my first Whrrl assignment, I must say the kids and I had a lot of fun looking at all the cool new back to school deals. We missed a bunch by hitting them early, before coming out here but still managed to grab some stuff today. Check it out please!! Take a peek at all the pics. Let me know what ya think.
I can’t believe I’m about to type this. Can there really be a such a thing as….too many books? For those of you that know me, you know I have this big thing with books. Any time I go inside a store I have to leave with at least one book, I don’t care if it is a paperback book. That book fascination has actually caught up with me in this house. See the house is only a one story and has less room than my Missouri home.
I’ve never been able to just get rid of my books, since many of them have signed autographs inside it feels like a part of me. That author and I spoke, I actually know him or her. Course I do like a clean house and I would like to use my garage, so I’m forced with realizing I will have to get rid of SOME of these books. I figure I can donate some to our local library out here too. But first I must realize how to do a real garage sale.
Why a garage sale? It isn’t just my books I’ll be selling, but a few toys the youngest has outgrown but still in great condition and of course clothes. Now how in the world do I do a true garage sale? Any advice for those of you that have done it? I have been reading Karen’s blog “Thrifty Mommy” has a post called, “31 Tips for a Successful Garage Sale.”
Since I am just now unpacking I’ll put items that can be hidden out of sight. No matter what it seems if the youngest sees even a rattle it becomes his favorite toy, but the truth is he hasn’t played with it in many years. Karen states to place prices on things as you go so you don’t have to do it later. This is the one thing I’ve learned from the kids doing their own mini garage sales, we use cardboard boxes and lay them on it with a price on it. How do you do it?
She also states to check to see if there are any restrictions in your area. I will need to check with my landlord to find out if garage sales are even allowed though. If not I’ll have to think of another way to get rid of these books. Any suggestions.
Today’s lesson, err that should be Day 6’s lesson was to have us read 27 informative posts from some very well-known bloggers: Darren of course, Seth Godin, Jeremy Schoemaker, Yaro Starak, Liz Strauss*, Maki (DoshDosh), Daniel Scocco, Chris Brogan, Chris Garrett and Rand Fishkin. The goal was to tell us one thing we learned from any or all of these bloggers. One thing I didn’t learn but already knew is these are the people to follow, they know how to get your blog going and how to keep it at the top.
I picked Liz Strauss, no not just because she’s a woman but because I’ve been following her blog for some time and I could just relate to the post. What post? “10 Reasons Readers Don’t Leave Comments” which she actually went out and did a survey asking various bloggers why they did and did not leave a comment, tallied them together and got the answers. First, how many of you have ever did a poll on your blog and revealed the results later? This is one thing readers love to do. (just a thought)
One reason that caught my attention was “you rarely respond to comments” which tells me no matter what we should always respond. Even if it is at the end of the day or week, respond to those that have replied to your post.
A few others were basically don’t feel bad if no one commented, maybe you wrote something exceptional or something they agreed with so they didn’t see the point in replying. What were the going to say, “Good job. Great post. I agree.” No way. Others don’t like commenting when they have to break through all the barriers, sure it keeps spam out but sometimes it keeps your readers out. I know there have been times I went to leave a comment but I had to belong to the blog or the host so I surfed away.
There were ten reasons so feel free to hop on over and read the rest but these three really hit me because I’ve either experiences those types of posts or thought about it. What keeps you from commenting?
Feel free to just….
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I must say spending the past week on the floor was really beginning to hurt my back. Yes, I’m old, at least that’s what the kids keep saying. But also staying in a house with only the items we brought with us was beginning to drive everyone in the house a bit nuts. The kids were beginning to pick on each other or argue over the smallest of things, “Yeah well I’m not playing with you if you make Barbie be the boss.” I knew it was only a matter of time before someone starting pulling hair or screaming at the top of their lungs. I got on my trusty laptop and got on Netflix to order a movie to be sent to the house, I figured just in case the movers were some reason later than a few days we’d have something to watch on the laptop.
The kids ordered: Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief, Flicka2 and Land of the Lost. Flicka 2 popped up in my inbox telling me it should be here by Thursday, and it did get here…right after the movers left. Which means as soon as they left the kids set up the DVD player and began watching as SoccerBoy and Myself started unpacking.
So far my office is looking nice, as you can see I’m still unpacking and have a long ways to go. BUT I have my computer, desk and comfy chair up so I don’t have to access the net from the ground anymore. Woo hoo! I have a bar in front of my desk where I can see right into the living room and backyard when I have the blinds open. (not that I’d ever let Little A out there by himself, but I do allow the older three) Currently the four of them are playing some video game with all four remotes. I think I’m going to love this set up.
The kids set up their bedrooms and I must say I’m a bit shocked the beds fit in their so nicely. They’ve even got a book corner and a dressing area, BabyGirl has been putting on her Princess outfits all afternoon yesterday. Very cute!
Little A wasn’t sure what to think, in fact he was a bit of a pain. I guess he isn’t adjusting to all the different changes that keep happening in his life and I really can’t say I blame him. Poor guy has went on a vacation to look for a house, been in hotels for over a month, slept on the floor in the new house for over a week and now has stuff. His dad has left and he had been seeing him every day, he won’t see him now for about a month. Not to mention the fact his brother and sisters will be starting school in two weeks and leaving him during the day. I can only imagine his feelings then. I say in a month, when everyone has a schedule and daddy is back he will be back to his normal self and adjusting to life.
By the way, the movers were from the Guardian company and I must say they did a really awesome job. When it came time for the dryer to come out I was afraid I’d have to leave my brand new dryer in the garage since there was already one in the laundry room. The problem with that was the one already here takes you drying twice to get anything done. (big bill that could end up with 4 kids) They offered to move the one out of the laundry room for me, they not only moved the other out and this one in but hooked it up and realized there was a clog and unclogged it. Way to go!! They also set up the beds, entertainment center, fixed bikes but also hooked me up to the internet. They were great, a lot better than the ones that packed us.
Hmm, talk about really getting out there. I won’t lie, I do use my email very often but I don’t normally email any new readers and I guess I should. How would you feel if I “out of the blue” wrote you an email and asked how your day was? This isn’t something I’ve ever really come across but I think it could be something nice to do every few weeks. I can’t do it to every new comment due to the fact that’s what I normally get are newbies. Those that are regulars have been here a while and basically communicate with me in one way or another already. So when I read, “Email a reader” I thought Oh well I email and chat with my readers all day.
See, that doesn’t or shouldn’t count. Well I did write one reader back personally because she asked me how to do something. So I guess that means I can move on to day 6. Are you taking part in the 31 DBBB? If you are leave your link, even if you aren’t so I can drop by your blog. So when was the last time you wrote a reader?