2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

Image via Wikipedia (If you think you’ve read this post before, you may be right – it accidentally got published a couple of weeks ago, and got into the feed before I could pull it back to the correct date. Oops!) Total posts in 2010: 305  – includes 11 guest posts, 10 progress updates during two 24-Hour Readathons, and 30 daily posts in November for NaBloPoMo Most-viewed 2010 post: “My Festival of Books Report, 2010 edition”, 4/27/2009 Most-viewed older post: “Vacation Books and Beach Reads”, 8/6/2009 I’m always curious to see which posts get the most reads during the course of the year – and then I try to figure out why they drew so many eyeballs. Sometimes I think I know, and sometimes I have no idea…but, of course, I’d like to think it’s because they’re particularly good. On that note, here are 2010’s most-viewed posts, and I’m pleased to see that some of […]

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The Year in Review: ‘Riting and Randomness, 2009

The Year in Review: ‘Riting and Randomness, 2009

I “borrowed” this first line meme from Kristen at BookNAround – it suggests that taking the first line of the first post of each month of the year will make an interesting portrait of your blogging year. I guess it depends on how you define “interesting,” but let me know if you can spot a theme here. I don’t see one, other than the fact that several of my “firsts” were Weekend Assignments. However, you may notice that I was providing disclosure statements about my review books before all that FTC business got started… January: I’m not a stickler for reading the book before I see the movie adaptation. (At the movies: “Marley & Me”) February: I’m substitute-teaching “guest-professoring” another Weekend Assignment for Karen. (Weekend Assignment #253: Roughing It) March: Thanks to Anna Jarzab of Authors on the Web for providing an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book! (Book Talk: “True Colors,” by Kristin […]

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Saturday Review 1-17-08: Pre-long-weekend/Inauguration edition

Saturday Review 1-17-08: Pre-long-weekend/Inauguration edition

Bulletin Board **** I screwed up and missed the official DeLurking Day this past Monday, so I issued a second-chance invitation for lurkers to come out and comment on Tuesday’s post. If you didn’t take me up on it then, please consider this your second second chance – speak up and say hello! **** Y’all know I participate in the “Weekend Assignment” writing exercises based at Outpost Mâvarin. Karen‘s been asking for topic ideas. I sent her a few last week, and now I am “guest professor” this week! This is the prompt: You have a six-month paid sabbatical, and you can spend it anywhere you like EXCEPT on a beach drinking margaritas. Where do you go, and what do you do while you’re there? Please join in – you have all week (till next Thursday) – not just the weekend – to write a response, post it on your own blog, and link to […]

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The year in review, part 2: ‘Riting

The year in review, part 2: ‘Riting

Participating in NaBloPoMo last year was good experience in establishing a schedule for writing and posting, and I wanted to carry it forward into 2008. I was also discovering that I wanted to do more posts that gave me a chance to stretch my muscles with the “second R” in my blog title. Of the 157 posts (at this count) labeled as “‘riting,” 98 of them were done in 2008, so it looks like there’s been a lot more writing around here this year, and I’m pleased about that. I’m including excerpts from, and links to, some posts from that category, and I’d love to have you go and read more! Almost half of those posts this year came about from my participation in the Weekend Assignment, which is hosted by Karen Funk Blocher on her blog Outpost Mâvarin. As this year began, Karen was new to hosting the Assignments, having recently taken them over […]

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5 To Read on Friday: Links of the Week, November 6

5 To Read on Friday: Links of the Week, November 6

It has been over a year since I last posted a Friday link round-up, but since I am attempting to do NaBloPoMo this week (you read that right–I’m taking this month one week at a time), it seemed like a good excuse to resurrect it!  “NaBloPoMo is your experience. It’s your 30-day posting process, and you can use the space on your blog in any way you choose: You can access daily prompts through BlogHer. You can post a work in progress. You can experiment with a new style of writing. You can join in with NaBloPoMo to bring you back from a writing hiatus. You can meet other NaBloPoMo-ers if you’re hungry for community.” –This post from Alexandra Rosas on BlogHer.com is what made me officially sign up for NaBloPoMo, even if I am committing myself to taking it just one week at a time. ————————————————- “Basic Rules of the Candy Giver: give candy to kids don’t give […]

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Weekend Cooking: Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup)

Weekend Cooking: Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup)

Even though we don’t seem to be having much of a winter here in Southern California this year, it still feels like it should be soup season, and this soup is perfect for cooking on the weekend. I grew up with an Italian interpretation of meatballs, served with macaroni and a red sauce (often on Sundays at my great-aunts’ apartment). The homemade meatballs in my husband’s family kitchen were served in the Mexican soup called Albondigas. His Mexican grandmother taught his non-Mexican mother her recipe, and his mother passed it on to me. And I lost it. But I’ve adapted a version from Simply Recipes to suit our tastes…and here’s where you’ll find the original version, which may better suit yours.  (Note: I did not have to change anything to make this gluten-free.) INGREDIENTS 2 Tbsp olive oil (I use 1 tbsp each olive & grapeseed oil) 1-1/2 Tbsp dried/minced onion (or 1 large onion, chopped) 1/2 […]

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Sunday Salon: Thankfully Reading, and (Weekend) Cooking Too!

Sunday Salon: Thankfully Reading, and (Weekend) Cooking Too!

I didn’t officially sign up for Jenn’s Thankfully Reading Weekend, but I’m thankful that I have gotten some reading time in every day since Thursday, and hope to continue the trend today. I finished one very long e-book, my last read for Kim and Leslie’s Nonfiction November, and started on the two January releases I’ll be reviewing for Shelf Awareness (I’d like to start 2014 right on time over there, which means getting my reviews in three to four weeks in advance of publication dates). I also got all of my Nonfiction November reviews written this weekend–even though none will post till December, I’m feeling like things here are running right on time for a change, too. It’s been nice to have four straight days off! One thing I haven’t done so much during the past week is watch TV–partly because it was mostly reruns due to the holiday, and partly because I’m still coming down […]

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2001: A Blogging Odyssey–Reflections and Projections After 2000 Posts

2001: A Blogging Odyssey–Reflections and Projections After 2000 Posts

It has taken 6 years and almost 7 months to accumulate 2000 posts on The 3 R’s Blog, but it happened yesterday. Post number 2001 seems like a good place to pause and consider how I got here, and where to go now that I am here. The last time I reviewed blog stats was the end of 2011 (I only looked at reading stats in 2012). I think this is a good occasion to revisit them, with a little bit of context from each year of the blog’s life. Care to come along? 2007: 332 posts for the year Top 5 Pageviews in 2007 (*=all-time Top 10 pageviews) The “responsible” child (?)–a parental perspective Book Talk: THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER The American vacation: an endangered species? Factors for a successful marriage: The Pew Survey * Book Talk: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS I read a lot of posts about blog development during my […]

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Question Time! Part Two: The Blogging Life

Question Time! Part Two: The Blogging Life

I offered a bonus entry in my Blogiversary Giveaway to anyone who asked me a question (I will be announcing the winners tomorrow!). Last week I took on a variety of queries; this post primarily but not exclusively includes the ones specific to the blogging life. Sheila from Book Journey asks: “5 years… what things have changed since you started blogging?  Community?  Your own style of posting?” My reflections on the five-year milestone are the long-winded answer to this question, but in response to the items Sheila singles out: I didn’t really have a community when I started, and it took quite a while to build one. And that community shifts over time–not everyone sticks around, for various reasons, and new ones enter the fold. And I find that the ones I feel closest to are the ones that I’ve gotten to know beyond our blogs. And as for my style of posting, I’d definitely say my […]

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Sunday Salon 4/18: Get your Festival of Books tickets!

Sunday Salon 4/18: Get your Festival of Books tickets!

If you’re planning to be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (at UCLA) next weekend, don’t forget that tickets for the panels will be available at NOON TODAY! Tickets are $1.00 each (Ticketmaster processing fee), are limited to four per session/eight per person, and are required for the panel sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. Of course, there will also be plenty of exhibitors and vendors to visit too – what’s a book festival if you can’t buy books? And what makes a book festival better than sharing it with other book bloggers? I recently e-mailed a list of regional bloggers about their FoB plans and interest in meeting up, and included a response form for ease of organization. If you didn’t get that e-mail or haven’t responded yet, you can go to that form now and reply (by this Wednesday, April 21, if at all possible, so we’re not scrambling to get […]

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Bloggiesta Wrap-up: Missions accomplished

Bloggiesta Wrap-up: Missions accomplished

I didn’t create an overly-ambitious to-do list for Bloggiesta, and it was just as well! I didn’t have much time to work on it either Friday (did the work I get paid to do instead, except during lunch) or Saturday (out most of the day – coffee with my sister, errands, and buying a new car). I did spend most of my available time on Sunday working on blog-related tasks, but after spending most of six straight hours on this stuff, I actually did get kind of tired of it! (Blasphemy, I know…) Across the three days, I probably spent about 12 hours on Bloggiesta projects. Here’s my original to-do list, updated to reflect what I actually did: Complete drafts of two posts for the LA Moms Blog to meet my commitment for January 1/10/10, about 2.5 hours. I finished a post I started last week and uploaded it to the blog to be placed […]

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Time to Blog! (Weekend Assignment #278)

Time to Blog! (Weekend Assignment #278)

For about a year and a half now, I’ve been a (mostly) regular participant in the Weekend Assignment writing exercises hosted by blogger Karen Funk Blocher – I’ve missed some due to other commitments (or, a few times, honestly not having any idea what to say in response to the prompt), but for the most part, I’m there. Sadly, though, there aren’t many of us turning out for the Assignments lately, so I wanted to invite you to join in on this one – if you’re a blogger, no matter what your focus is, you probably have something to say about this week’s topic. And yes, I know it’s Tuesday – the Assignments are posted on Friday (or sometimes Saturday) with the idea of giving participants something to write about over the weekend, but you have until Thursday to post your response. If you need some blog fodder over the next couple of days, here […]

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A summer snapshot, starring my town (Weekend Assignments #271/272)

A summer snapshot, starring my town (Weekend Assignments #271/272)

I didn’t intend to blow off last week’s Weekend Assignment from Professor Karen at Outpost Mâvarin, but I did have some trouble getting a handle on it…until now. It’s being worked into this week’s Assignment. I hope that it will be accepted as my make-up exam! Weekend Assignment #271: No matter where you live, the daily sights you take for granted are bound to seem exotic to someone who lives in very different surroundings. Describe your home town, city or whatever to that theoretical someone, entirely in words. You don’t have to write the proverbial “thousand words,” but do not post a photo to aid you in conveying a sense of what the place is like. Extra Credit: Summarize your description Twitter-style, in 140 characters or fewer. Weekend Assignment #272: What are your plans for the summer months? Do things get busier for you this time of year, or slow down? Do you go on […]

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TV in My Memory (Weekend Assignment #266)

TV in My Memory (Weekend Assignment #266)

Weekend Assignment #266: The release of the blockbuster Star Trek prequel movie reboots a franchise for a cult TV show that had a huge impact on generations of SF TV viewers. Is there a TV series from your youth that you remember especially fondly? Extra Credit: Have you bought the aforementioned TV series on DVD? If not, would you if it were readily available at a reasonable price? Karen‘s own post for this Weekend Assignment was about her history with the TV series that inspired the blockbuster movie she mentions here. Despite my own nerd credentials, that won’t be the show I choose to talk about. I was aware of, but actually didn’t love, Star Trek as a kid, although my mom enjoyed watching it – and judge me for it if you must, but I still am not a huge fan of the Original Series. I really didn’t embrace the series till it went […]

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“You’ve Got Q’s, I’ve Got A’s” – Part Two: The Sequel

“You’ve Got Q’s, I’ve Got A’s” – Part Two: The Sequel

Welcome back for the second edition of “You’ve got Q’s, I’ve got A’s,” in which I will visit a few more of the respondents to my blogiversary survey and address the questions they left for me. And for those of you who missed – or skipped – the survey the first time around, I’m re-printing it at the end of this post. C’mon, y’all, I really don’t enjoy groveling…but it would make me very happy to see you joining in and responding in the comments here! ** I’m glad that Mike chose to participate. If you’re a frequent visitor, you’ve probably seen him around here – he’s one of the most regular commenters  – and you should check out his take on the world at his blog Everything Under the Sun. He’s a lifelong resident of the Chicago suburbs who works a very weird schedule sometimes, and he has a wife, two kids (one of […]

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