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 […]

The Year in Review: Reading – 2009 Final Bookkeeping, and my Books of the Year

The Year in Review: Reading – 2009 Final Bookkeeping, and my Books of the Year

Before getting into the discussion of the quality of my reading this year, let’s run some numbers: BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Number of books read and reviewed in 2009: 47. This is an improvement over my 2007 reading, and a nice return to form from the dismal 35 I read in 2008. Given the pace at which I usually read, which isn’t aided by big chunks of reading time (other than my “Starbucks hour” […]

Post #1000 – The 3 R’s Greatest Hits!

Post #1000 – The 3 R’s Greatest Hits!

Nine hundred ninety-nine posts ago, this blogging adventure began, and I hope it goes on for another 999 (at least!). For post #1000, I thought that it might be fun to see what posts have been the most-viewed on The 3 R‘s during its history. Even though the first post here was March 16, 2007, stats don’t start until June 3; there were 11 page views recorded that day, and 9 of them were my […]

BlogHer’09: I think this about wraps it up…

BlogHer’09: I think this about wraps it up…

(I’m sure y’all HOPE so, anyway! Next week should be a return to as close to “normal” as it ever gets around here. Thanks for putting up with my public processing of the BlogHer experience!) BlogHer’s organizers have asked for feedback on the conference. Rather than subject you to the ridiculously long comment I left there, I’ll just give you the link, and you can read the whole discussion over there if you like (it’s […]

Book Blog(H)ers, we need to talk…

Book Blog(H)ers, we need to talk…

…because we didn’t get to do that at the BlogHer’09 Conference! I mentioned in my BlogHer Bullet Points that book blogging doesn’t even begin to show up on the BlogHer conference radar, and I think this is a big mistake. I pitched a “Room of Your Own” session for book bloggers – it didn’t get the votes. We couldn’t even get a dedicated table at one of the “Birds of a Feather” lunches. BlogHer is […]

My BlogHer’09: Yes, it actually WAS a conference!

My BlogHer’09: Yes, it actually WAS a conference!

I went off to Chicago for BlogHer’09 knowing I was not going to be a party animal. While there’s certainly no shortage of parties surrounding the conference, a conference is what it is. Some attendees have noted that it’s changing; as it’s grown bigger and bigger, there seems to be more emphasis on various forms of marketing than on blog-building and writing, but since this was my first time, I can’t say much about that. […]

Ten Items (More or Less): BlogHer Bullet Points

Ten Items (More or Less): BlogHer Bullet Points

If I were to link to all the BlogHer’09 recap posts out there – and you know I’d do that; I’ve done it before, when I haven’t even been there myself – I would never get any of my own impressions about it written up to share. There are a few things I’ll mention here that I’ll expand on in subsequent posts, but I thought I’d start the ball rolling with some BlogHer Bullet Points. […]

The post where I talk about going to BlogHer’09

The post where I talk about going to BlogHer’09

I’ll be glad to make room and share the corner, though. It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone with a blog and plans to attend a conference must write a post prior to said conference discussing her hopes, plans, and fears surrounding her attendance at the event. This is mine. Too early on Thursday morning, I’m boarding a plane at LAX headed for Chicago, a city I’ve never visited before and probably won’t get […]

“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 […]

Saturday Special: You’ve got Q’s, I’ve got A’s

The “Saturday Review” will be back next week in its regularly scheduled time slot. Due to blog-reading backlog as a side effect of Disneyland, it’s being pre-empted in order to answer questions from this week’s survey responders. (Did you take the survey, by the way? It’s not too late!) This is the first installment of “You’ve got Q’s, I’ve got A’s” – another will be posted soon, so don’t worry if your query isn’t addressed […]

Blogiversary, part 1: Crossing between communities – a reflection

Blogiversary, part 1: Crossing between communities – a reflection

In a recent comment about some links in one of my Saturday Reviews, Lenore said… “Gosh I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Mommy blogs. I am very focused in my blog reading on book blogs I guess.” I’m definitely less focused. My interests are pretty wide-ranging, and so is my blog reading. On the Internet, I’m a bit of a wanderer, but I find that I have two communities that feel […]

The year in review, part three: Randomness

The year in review, part three: Randomness

This year – my first full year of blogging! – I established my postings on a general schedule, and as much as possible, I drafted posts in advance and used Blogger’s “scheduled posts” function (thank you for getting that out of draft, Blogger!) to publish. I tried to stick to one post per day, and by the second half of the year, I wasn’t usually posting on Sundays; they became my main writing and catch-up […]

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 […]

The year in review, part 1: Reading, featuring my Books of the Year

My Book Talk Master List, which is always linked in my sidebar, contains links to all the posts where I have reviewed books, and has been updated for 2008 year-to-date. Strictly from a number-crunching perspective, 35 books works out to about 1.5 weeks per book or 0.6 books per week, which is probably not bad generally, but for someone who counts herself as a member of the book-blogging community, it’s just sad. If I were […]

The year in posts – beginning and end

While we’re reviewing…I came across this meme via Average Jane, and adapted it.Rules: Paste the first line of your first post AND the last line of your last post for each month, starting with January 2007. Links are optional. Well, my blog did not exist until March 2007, but I’m playing anyway. March start – I’m not sure how much I remember about some of these now, so the notes may not be too long.March […]