Open Thread v. 0.1

Trying this out because I just thought of it. Wish I’d done it much earlier in the day. Here’s a thread where you can do any of the following:

  • Ask me questions
  • Share things about yourself
  • Geek out on something you’re passionate about
  • Tell me something you like or dislike about the way we blog here
  • Anything else that works on a comments thread, as long as you play nice 🙂

I’m going to muck about with these until I figure out whether or not they’re worthwhile and what the best time to post them is. This post has the top of the page until Weekend Music runs tomorrow, and we”ll have a Silent Saturday as well.

What do we do for Feminist Friday this week?

These days, the minute the Feminist Friday post hits and I see the discussion taking off, I start thinking about the next one. I floated this idea on Sunday:

I believe what I heard, if I understood correctly, is that talking about #yesallwomen for another week is a fine idea, but if we do, we need to talk about what the next step might be, or where to go from here. Which I take to mean how to take these stories and use them to change peoples’ behavior. Correct me if I’m wrong. These late Tuesday posts are about getting stuff straight and figuring out what I need to do next to keep our discussions going.


I don’t know that I have a lot of wisdom about what to do next. My advice from the very beginning has been to help keep #yesallwomen going for as long as possible, and Diana and I had a conversation on last week’s thread about the importance of documenting those tweets before they evaporate. I’m happy for someone else to post about it, but I’m also willing to try one myself and see what happens.

My other option is to try and push forward on education. The CompGeeks discussion and Brandie’s #yesallwomen post both gave me ideas about that, and I’m confident I can put something together. The blog is otherwise covered for the week.

I can go either way, and I’m open to suggestions. I’ll need to make the decision tomorrow evening at the latest.

One last thing. I’m discussing with Diana the possibility of moving my own Feminist Friday posts to Part Time Monster. That makes sense to me, for a lot of reasons. I’d like to know what the other folks who are supporting these discussions week in and week out would think about that move.


A Splash of Color, and a question about Feminist Friday

It’s a gray, dreary day here, and those are always the best days for posting bright, sunny photos. This little wildflower was about the size of my thumbnail.


Question: What do we want to do about the Feminist Friday discussion this week? The final push for the A to Z Challenge at The Writing Catalog and editorial stuff here are taking all my time. I was mostly offline this weekend, so I’m a bit behind compared to where I usually am on Tuesdays.

It’s entirely possible that I will still be playing catch-up on Thursday. I’m not confident in my ability to write a discussion-worthy feminism post by Friday morning. Natacha had an awesome discussion post last week, and it went very well.

If any of you regular participants plan to write one for this week, let me know. Once I’m sure it’s running, and if I have enough notice, I’ll be happy to do all the things I normally do to encourage a good discussion.

Have a fabulous week!

Feminist Friday Preview

Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by this week. It’s certainly been a wild one. I hope you’ve been entertained, and that you know me a little better today than you did when the week started.

I have a post scheduled for 9 a.m. central tomorrow. I’ll tell you the story of how I met one of my favorite bloggers, and leave you with a question or two which I hope will prompt a discussion of feminism and activism. The post is illustrated with images from Part Time Monster’s Feminist board on Pinterest.

If you’ve never commented here, and you want to be a part, you have until about 9:30 in the morning to post your first comment so that I can put it through and you’ll be able to comment without the first one being held while I’m at work.

This song doesn’t have anything to do with feminism. I just like it. It’s from one of my favorite concerts, and I read it as an anthem of hope. If the discussion goes as well, I might not have the weekend music post until Saturday, so enjoy!

I have a note about a new Follow Friday strategy I’m trying on Twitter tomorrow at The Writing Catalog, and it also includes a music video.