In all, 18 trips in 2009. The courses, particularly the Self Expression and Leadership Course, which accounted for 15 of the trips, were time intensive but well worth it. Landmark Education has had a profound impact on my life, and I'd recommend it to anyone. If you want to know more about it, feel free to email me. But to get back to what I've learned ...
- Blogging has a long, steep learning curve. It's been challenging, frustrating, but beneath all, addictive. As of now, my plans are to stay on, see where my blog and and my blogging community and I will be in a couple of years.
- I can see my blog taking a winding road, rather than a straight path, into the future. I can see its raison d'etre slowly shifting, or I can see having more than one blog.
- Regarding reading and reviewing, it's been a struggle to read all the books I read over the past few months ... What is that telling me? That I'm not as much of a reader as I'd thought?
- It's been a struggle to write reviews, and I'm seldom happy with them. There's always five times more to say, but not five times more time to write the review. What's that saying? I've often wondered if the other book review bloggers loved writing/giving book reviews when they were in school. I was never crazy about it.
- I'm unwilling to read more than one full-length book each week. I love to jog, and to scrapbook. To ride bicycles and fly places with my husband. I love spending time with friends and family. And watch Dexter. And House. And Grey's Anatomy. What's that telling me? (Repeat of #3?) But I AM a reader. Before I worked full time, I often used to read a book a day.
- I'm not interested in being an Amazon affiliate. I was never in it to earn money per se. I was curious enough to try it, with the expectation that I'd eventually earn a mocha latte out of it. In the two weeks I was running hyperlinks, and after 51 clicks into Amazon, I "sold" precisely one book. Amazon's a great source for cover images, though. For that alone, it's worth taking the time to sign up as an affiliate.
- I'd set an impossible task for myself to try to review four books/week: a nonfiction book, a picture book, a MG novel, and a YA novel. It's a worthy goal, but it doesn't suit me. I'll read and review what I can, but I'm not going to burn myself out attempting it.
- I really enjoy posting pictures for wordless days. I think I might also enjoy weekly writing memes such as Mama's Losin' It. Or the One Minute Writer. I might also get into Teaser Tuesdays and Waiting on Wednesdays. I can see Nonfiction Mondays frequently, and Poetry Fridays, sometimes. Library Loot and In My Mailbox don't appeal to me. Sunday Salon could be interesting, but the secret is that I NEVER, EVER read on Sundays. It's the one day that my husband and I can play.
- I love playing with blog backgrounds. Here's a list of my favorite places to find them:
Cutest Blog on the Block
Hot Biggity Blog
That Blog Place
Simply Blog It Backgrounds
My One Cute Blog
Izzie Grace Blog Backgrounds
- I like reading other people's blogs and commenting on them, and getting comments on my own blog. Virtual friendships make blogging worthwhile. I often think about my blogging friends throughout the day. Really!