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My Apologies

“What are you apologizing for?”, you might ask. Well, for not visiting more of my ROW80 friends’ blogs. I used to sponsor almost every round in the beginning of ROW80. But Kait has been getting plenty of sponsors lately, so I’ve not been needed. This has caused me to be kind of lax in visiting blogs. Because I don’t HAVE to. And I feel bad about that. The reason I don’t? Mostly it’s a time thing. I have so much going on with my full time job, plus the writing, and the reading, I just run out of time. Really, do I? What about those times I get addicted to a Big Fish game on my computer and can’t stop playing? Or that movie I just HAVE to watch?

Okay, I’m not going to count the time I’ve starting spending on Facebook as a waste. I’m connecting with people there and getting my name out there. I’ve got to do SOMETHING about promoting. I’ve tried ads in various places, and other paid promotions. It seems like interacting with people on FB works better. So that’s taking up a lot of time.

Then there’s the house to clean, the hubby to pay attention to, the friends to spend time with. But no more excuses. I’m going to MAKE the time to visit more ROW80 check in posts. Probably not on Wednesday, but on Sunday. Because we are supposed to encourage each other. Lift each other up. Laugh and cry with each other. So I’m adding blog reading and commenting to my goals. And I ALWAYS respond to comments on MY blog. Always. That’s the courteous thing to do, in my opinion. (If I don’t respond, I’ve somehow missed the comment.)

I can’t visit everyone every week. And there are some blogs that won’t ALLOW me to comment. But I’m going to try my best to visit as many as often as I possibly can. I want to interact with you. And I’m sorry I haven’t been.

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Pet Peeve

I’ve said this before…one of my big pet peeves is people having blogs that are hard to comment on. I tried to post a comment to a blog today (it was one of the ones I was supposed to post to as a sponsor) and they had the open id option disabled. So if you didn’t use FB, Twitter, LJ, or some others I never heard of, you couldn’t post. I couldn’t post from my WordPress ID. I have a LJ account, but I never use it anymore. I wondered why no one else had commented on the post, and that’s apparently why.

Yesterday, I wanted to comment on a blog where I would have received a free ebook (it was that IBC indie author cage match). The author’s site thought I was spam. I answered the question that proved I wasn’t (math problem, 13+2), but when I submitted the comment I got this message “Sorry, but your comment appears to be spam.” What? Really? I tried several times because I REALLY wanted the book, and I wanted to comment on this blog (it’s a contest for the most comments). My friend didn’t have any problems commenting. Why didn’t it like me??? I promise, I answered that 13+2 was 15. 😦 I wouldn’t mind just buying the book, but I’m aggravated enough that I just won’t.

I’ve tried to make my site easy to comment on. The first time you comment, it has to be approved (to weed out the spammers), but after that, you should have no problems. But if anybody EVER has problems posting to my blog, PLEASE email me at lauralynnelliott@yahoo.com! I never want to make it hard for people to talk to me.

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