We have 11 contributors publishing A to Z posts this month, and we’re also running a few of our regular features. We’re here to make friends, so be sure and leave us a comment! Our theme is #geekpastiche, and some of our contributors are using that hashtag as well as #AtoZChallenge when they share A to Z posts on Twitter and Facebook.
We have Diana to thank for this theme. I started planning in October for an A to Z Challenge with 12 contributors. It worked. The way we did it was I picked a few topics we write about often, invited some of my geeky friends to take those topics, and once we had enough of them nailed down to be sure we could do this, I invited the other contributors to take the letters that were left.
Once the topics were in, I set about reverse-engineering a theme. Then I asked the group privately what they thought of it, and we had a conversation. The original theme I came up with was “Pop Culture Potpourri,” but my beautiful sister, who happens to be one of Stormy’s Sideckicks, dropped this line on the thread:
I discovered last night that I can build lists in my WordPress reader. I asked the two bloggers I talk to most often if they knew this, and they did not. Posted on Facebook and someone else told me they noticed it after one of the upgrades a few months ago.
MONTHS! I’m kicking myself.
Every list I have on Facebook and Twitter is to keep up with bloggers. Soon I shall have lists for that here, too.
Those of you who have wondered over the last few months why you see so little of me despite your faithful likes and comments are in luck.
The reason you’ve seen so little of me is that even though I follow a relatively small number of blogs, most of you get lost in my reader. I don’t have a lot of time to spend with the reader, and gave up on it awhile ago as useless for keeping up with anyone. Well, now I can keep up. I can carefully and deliberately build a set of small-ish lists along these lines.
Friendly bloggers I interact with on three networks.
My closest Tweeps.
Photobloggers to share on Facebook.
Regular commenters who I should be giving more attention to, because comments are the gold standard of engagement to me.
People who like almost everything we post, but we just never talk.
Bloggers I had friendly conversations with and linked to in the beginning, but who fell off the radar as I moved into other networks and had less time to scan the reader.
People I know from specific Facebook groups.
Then I can use those lists to see who is not on my Twitter and Facebook lists but should be. You get the idea, eh?
Do you you use the lists in the reader? And can anyone tell me when they were implemented? At one point I bookmarked 75 blogs because that was the only way I saw to keep up with them.