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Boom. I’m Calling This New Year’s Resolution Done.

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You guys, I don’t know if you know this, but I make websites for a living. Nice websites. Mobile-friendly websites. Websites that work wherever and whenever you see them.

So, needless to say, my website has been driving me crazy for a good long while. While I loved my logo to the moon and back, the rest of it was looking (and acting) a bit outdated.

I knew I needed to fix it, but it was one of those things that kept getting moved to the bottom of the list. There was always something else that needed to come first.

So I made a New Year’s Resolution to give it a little love. Bring it up to speed. And make it work on my phone.

And guess what? I kept my resolution. Last night I gave it the facelift it needed.

There aren’t any fancy bells and whistles. But it’s done. On January 9, no less.

I told you. This year is going to rock.

So, what do you think?

Because I Don’t Want To Say Good Bye: A PSA

For years and years, bloggers have relied on that handy Google Friends Connect Widget to, well, connect.

I remember fondly the day I got my first follower. And my 25th. And my 100th… They were all good days.

I celebrated with Bubbles champagne

I cracked open a fresh bottle of bubbly for each one.

But now, the Google gods have decided that we can no longer be friends. Why? Because I abandoned ye old Blogger in favor of a newer, fancier, much bloggier blog platform (i.e. WordPress).

That’s right. They’re taking Google Friends Connect away…probably in hopes that we’ll migrate back. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to work out for them.

But, anyway…if you are a GFC subscriber, and you like me even a little bit, you need to change your subscription options. Like, now. Because I think GFC is going away in a matter of days.

You can subscribe to my RSS feed.

Get all my posts delivered right to your inbox. Subscribe to Amber Page Writes by Email.

Or, if you’d rather be more social, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, or even Pinterest.

I hope you do. I love our conversations, and I don’t want to lose you as a friend.

XOXO

Amber

 

 

Finding Your Blogging Tribe.

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Have you found your tribe?*

Just as in real life, people (and their blogs) come and go in the blogging world. Women you consider to be good friends today might disappear into the ether tomorrow.

And, since it’s difficult to judge tone and intent from a few flat lines of text, it’s easy to inadvertently offend someone—sometimes to the point where she no longer wants to associate with you (and your blog).

That abandonment can hurt. It can make you wonder what you did wrong—and why no one seems to like you anymore.

So, the problem becomes, how do you find your tribe? How do you find those women who think like you do and write about the same things as you do? Who laugh at the same jokes and cry the same tears?

How do you find the friends who will always have your back—in good times and in bad?

Sometimes you make a connection through a shared experience (like a pregnancy) and form a rock-solid bond.

Sometimes you make a connection through sheer persistence—commenting and tweeting until the person on the other end can’t help but notice.

And sometimes? Sometimes it’s just luck. You stumble on a blog, start reading, and before long find yourself saying, “me too! Me too!” Then, when she visits yours, she finds herself saying, “oh, I know. That’s so true!” And a friendship is born.

But even so, it’s hard to hang on to those people. Everyone’s busy, and when caught up in work,  life, and keeping your own blog up and running, it’s hard to give your blogging peeps the love they deserve.

I think that’s where Triberr comes in. I’m just getting started with it, but from what I can tell, it’s designed to make supporting your best blogging peeps effortless.

How it works is this:

  1. Someone sends you an invitation to join their tribe (membership is by invitation only).
  2. If you accept, you not only get to be in that tribe, you also get three tribes of your own to populate as you wish.
  3. Everyone within a certain tribe is networked together, so every time you tweet a post, they automatically tweet it out too.
  4. Suddenly your posts are seen by thousands of people you’ve never met, but your tribe mates have—increasing your chances of not only getting seen, but also of finding new friends—and making more of those lasting connections.

There’s a lot more to Triberr than that, but that’s the basic premise.

So even if you’re overwhelmed by life and can’t spend the time you should, your friends are there for you—keeping your blog strong and your traffic high (and you’re there to do the same for them).

And that? Is pure awesomeness in my book.

What do you think about Triberr? Have you joined yet? Do you want to be part of my tribe? Let me know if you do—I have lots of invitations to give out!

Photo courtesy of Sean Dreilinger.

Mama’s Losin’ It

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