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March 26, 2011

New post up at Babble. “You personal bloggers have to kill what you eat,” my editor-of-sorts at that particular website said, which is why I link, tediously, from this site to that one. It’s a total mystery to me why certain posts over there have many thousands of hits, while some have only many hundreds (I can see the numbers, but not the websites they came from or the search engine terms they used)–and sometimes the entries with the most hits have the fewest comments, and vice versa. I do not facebook, neither do I tweet (because the person who writes these websites is, after all, a cipher, correct?) so I am probably missing out on, oh, twenty bucks a month by failing to self-promote. Anyway. I cannot quite figure out whether it’s best to tell you all when I post over there, or not. If it’s annoying, I’ll stop, but you have to promise me you’ll check on the site by yourselves. I keep vowing to be a better babbler.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. almostclouds permalink
    March 26, 2011 10:49 pm

    I for one appreciate being notified here when there’s a new babble post.

  2. Momsy permalink
    March 26, 2011 11:14 pm

    I only go to Babble when you have a new post, so I really appreciate the “heads up”.


  3. katherine permalink
    March 26, 2011 11:48 pm

    I, too, appreciate the heads up, but you can also insert one of those sidebars that link to your latest post on babble, and contain the first few sentences of that post. No idea how to actually do that — but I remember when Julia Hippogriffs wrote for Redbook, that’s how she’d send us there (maybe you can ask her?)

    • irretrievablybroken permalink*
      March 26, 2011 11:55 pm

      Oh, good advice. And if anyone reading just happens to know how (I’ll poke around on wordpress tomorrow, but I am a rank amateur….)

  4. Banannie permalink
    March 27, 2011 2:09 am

    if you google “wordpress sidebar thingy” you can probably come up with how to’s galore. as far as the heads up, i also appreciate it as i don’t have babble through my reader.

  5. SarahB permalink
    March 27, 2011 10:52 am

    I like getting notified. Babble’s main page has so much stuff that I find it a pain to navigate (though I finally found the list of personal blogs waaaaay down at the bottom of the page), so it’s nice to know I’ll hit pay dirt when I go to your site. I suppose I could also add it to reader, but just have not done that.

    • irretrievablybroken permalink*
      March 27, 2011 11:13 am

      You guys do see that I have a link to the Babble site (it takes you right to my blog, though it doesn’t show when it’s updated) over to the right, correct? Under “I also write here”? I will try to figure out a way to get it to show when I’ve updated, maybe?

  6. March 27, 2011 8:07 pm

    Please link when you post at Babble. Otherwise I will forget and miss out on your posts! It’s not like you’re linking to an ad. You’re linking to more writing goodness. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t enjoy your writing in the first place.

  7. Mizasiwa permalink
    March 28, 2011 7:38 am

    Please post here when you post there – I dont go onto babble for any other reason!

  8. March 28, 2011 8:07 am

    Ha! I think I’m the only one going the other way. I check you on Babble and use the link on your bio to get here. I don’t think anyone who enjoys your writing could object to making more of it easy to get to.

  9. Anne permalink
    March 28, 2011 10:43 am

    Yep, keep linking!

  10. Eliza permalink
    March 28, 2011 11:19 am

    I like the notification, too!

  11. Pinkie Bling permalink
    March 28, 2011 11:28 am

    Yes, keep linking!

  12. March 29, 2011 12:29 pm

    Please keep linking. Would read you anywhere you post.

  13. Kristina permalink
    March 29, 2011 7:21 pm

    Yes, do link. I do check in on your blog, and I only click over to Babble when you have a link.

  14. Maggie permalink
    March 31, 2011 10:23 pm

    I like the links because I don’t check Babble often and anyway find that site hard to navigate.

  15. Suzanne permalink
    April 2, 2011 8:15 am

    Please continue to tell us when you post on Babble. I would never go there otherwise, and I am oblivious to sidebars. But I really enjoy your writing.

    • irretrievablybroken permalink*
      April 7, 2011 8:18 pm

      Thank you, thank all of you.

  16. corinne permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:04 pm

    I like it when you let us know. I would not check on my own.

    Also, not specific to you, but this commenting thing makes me crazy. Are we all supposed to participate in a continuous faceless call and response? Why do I have to say something (usually inane) to be paying attention? I’m reading, I’m listening, I’m just not saying “Hey! I’m reading and listening!”

    • irretrievablybroken permalink*
      April 7, 2011 7:45 am

      I know, I never used to comment on anyone’s blog, ever, no matter how avidly I read. But know that all the comments on mine delight me, so there is a response to your call, if that makes sense. No one is REQUIRED to comment, but the comments are what make writing here different than writing for print magazines, for instance. I know in the abstract that people read magazines, sometimes (at least so the magazines claim) LOTS of people, but I never hear from any of them. So, the comments are a favor to me, if you will. Of course you are never obligated, and now that you’ve popped up once I know you’re reading, and that makes me happy.

      • corinne permalink
        April 7, 2011 11:26 am

        Well, that’s a good way to think of it and something that I am happy to oblige. Occasionally. When I am able to overcome my fear of saying dorky things. Thanks for the reply. (Oh! I see what you did there!)

  17. Anne permalink
    April 7, 2011 6:57 pm

    I found you from Babble. But now, it’s easier to come here than to click through all the junk in Babble. Also, I’m realizing that website is bad for my mental health, so I’m about ready to phase out reading articles over there (can we say “mommy wars?”). Anyway, this is my long-winded way of saying a link on this site is a good thing. I’d follow it.
    Is it OK that I said that about Babble? Feel free to moderate me, someone’s got to.
    In any case I’m glad I found this blog.

    • irretrievablybroken permalink*
      April 7, 2011 8:17 pm

      God, I’m happy SOMEONE found me via Babble. I still feel like the invisible woman over there….

  18. K8blujay permalink
    October 28, 2011 5:46 pm

    Ok I was going to save this until the end but I can’t contain myself seeing as I totally understand the *need* (if you will) for comments. 😉

    I found you through your babble postings. But not on Babble. Babble is one of the many contributing partners with Yahoo! Shine ( if you haven’t been there before). And just earlier this week (or perhaps late last week, I can’t remember without looking) your first babble post came across the newsfeed. Then I just followed the proverbial breadcrumbs here, because your story somehow intrigued me and drew me in and I have been reading from the beginning since.

    Anyway, I wanted to say that though I am not looking to be divorced anytime in the near future (if at all) reading your story is helping me be reflective of my own marriage and who we are as individuals. For that I thank you for posting your story.

    • irretrievablybroken permalink*
      October 31, 2011 7:24 pm

      Thank you so much, and thank you for taking the time and effort to follow the breadcrumbs. I had no idea about Yahoo Shine (I’m never sure to think, yay, more traffic, or huh. I’ll be damned. No one ever told me this would be syndicated on THAT website…) Delighted to have you as a reader, though. I’m feeling so unbelievably guilty about my inability to finish the story I started on Babble–it keeps me up at night, it’s horrible. Must bite bullet and write new post.

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