I so appreciate those of you who come here faithfully! I like to think of it as leaving my back door open, and you are always welcome to come in and (as we say here in Texas) "set a spell." I'll be putting some chocolate chip cookies in the oven in a minute, and we'll chat over a cup of tea or coffee. It means the world to me that you would take a moment from your busy lives to share a moment with me!
I wish I could get out more on a regular basis, but that's just not realistic for me. However, there are some things that can help us get to one another better! I've blogged about this before, but I thought I'd reiterate here:
1. Add your blog name to your Blogger profile name. It's so simple. Just add a comma to your name (Katherine, Raising Five) or an "at" sign (Katherine@RaisingFive). Or use your blog name for your profile name. I personally prefer it when people use both, because then I can get to know you AND your blog name. Think of it as your bloggy last name. There are many bloggers with the same first names, so this helps me know which Jen, Lisa, Jennifer, or Janet is leaving a comment.
2. Check the "show my email" box on your Blogger profile. This allows me to reply to your comment by email. Set up a special email just for blogging so you don't compromise your family's name or clog up your personal email with bloggy business. It's easy, even for a non-techie like me. I can't always reply, but it puts us one step closer to each other.
3. Remind me again of your children's ages. You never know who is visiting for the first time, so when you blog (or comment), I like it when you mention your child's age at least once in EVERY post. Just a personal thing.
4. Email me. I can't always reply right away, but I love PICTURES (especially from those of you who do not have blogs), and little personal notes from those of you joining me on this journey make my day!
My parents are here this week, so I may be a little scarce. My mom and I are heading out after lunch to check out the shopping here in Small Town. We have a couple of cute little shops, which should take us all of an hour to browse. Then we'll go to the drug store for a fountain drink (Ruthie-4 will probably beg for a $1 milkshake. I'm not kidding. I love this town.).
Do you have any "blog preferences" I can add to this list?