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Saturday Evening Post

The time has come to exercise the theory of less is more, in a totally left-handed way. And from a natural lefty, it is not a swipe at those who are right-challenged. It is truly a matter of me listening to the inbox and the M3 Readers. So no one gets a complex…it is all my fault.

Over the last few months, we have gotten to know a little bit about one another and ourselves. No, I am not the do as I say, not as I do type…all the time. I admit my foibles regularly to keep me grounded. In the discovery, I have learned a few things about M3, too. A visit to Your Wish Marketing did not hurt anything either.

Lessons in Spam SEO

Waffling on about waffles.

M3 is one of those blogs search engines hate. The posts are not a monotony of 412 ways to look at waffles. I do not waffle on about waffling in a criss-cross waffly hatch pattern.

The categories are so far removed from one another they do not share keywords. I have recently gotten to saving the tag cloud to see how much it changes from week to week. Apparently, other than talking about myself, the posts have very little to do with one another.

M3 even has posts about the confusion it causes to search engines and spam bots just trying to do their jobs. How ironic is it the most common theme here is identity?

What’s in a name?

To be frank, far too many letters. M3 is so much easier to type, but Momma’s Money Matters is not too long to pop in a search box. Most of you had taken your Dramamine and were not nauseated by the move from WordPress to the .com. It was as close as we are going to get to shortening the name.

Point Me To The Steps!

Up at the tip top.

M3 has discovered the need for more than a dozen 12-step programs in the hunt for identity, its own and yours. This path led to the pages Story Time, The Map and The Office (look at the tip top for them). In the ever-expanding archive, some things were getting lost in the shuffle and others were being stolen.

Work With Me!

After being deemed a completely spammy site by Google and Alexa, some drastic changes were in order. A few are going to be a secret reveal when I rearrange the furniture the next time, but one is an ongoing project. The Green Room is changing the blogosphere.

Over the last few weeks, I have noticed an increase in the number of bloggers who are creating their own brand of The Green Room. Imitation is the grandest flattery, just in case you were wondering.

I encourage everyone who blogs to ditch the spamroll in favor of a DIY or YDI (you did it) page which serves as a hang out for your blogging buddies and a resource for you. I accept all pingbacks to Green Rooms on other blogs, WordPress, Weebly, Blogger/Blogspot, self-hosted…ping away.

If you are reading this and have not left a link to your blog in the Green Room, how, precisely, do you expect me to find your blog and send more people your way? Hmm?

Many thanks to the M3 Readers who have left praise for other bloggers in the Green Room.

Digest it.

All stuffed into one.

Many of the M3 followers have opted for daily or weekly digests. Some of you are a scream when you open your email. We play a game of Blog Trap. The virtual cat-and-mouse of me following you from post to post to comment back. Yes, it is as much fun as a Friday Folly hatemail.

I completely recognize each of you have some semblance of a life outside the blogosphere (and it is perfectly okay if you do not). Not everyone can stop by here everyday to see what is on the menu. When you do, I am amazed at some of the things you do whilst you are here.

Share it.

You pay me forward to your social networks. I cannot begin to adequately express how much I appreciate it. You give me some of the best tag lines when you share, too. Some of my favorites recently are:

  • +Ann Marie Dwyer speaks out against litter and the environment.
  • Shopping until the end…
  • Red’s the Momma blogger!
  • Here’s to the irony of expanding self-awareness with a shrink, whether it’s just one, or a pair-a-docs.
  • Pay attention!

Yes, I gently ribbed the author of the first one…I am still the Grammar Nazi. If you haven’t shared some of my pieces with your social media, you just may be missing out.

One conversation following a Facebook share ended up with more than 50 comments from a group of friends who otherwise would never have gotten together to share ideas. Harness social media. Be more social.

3 - 1 = 2

Simple Mathematics

Subtraction

There will be some things missing from M3. You may have noticed something was missing today. It will also be missing tomorrow. I am officially cutting weekend posts to two on Saturday and Sunday. This is a personal, professional and creative choice.

Professionally: I have to finish two books. One is already sold to its target audience, but I have yet to finish the final edit on it. Since it will go to press in another 60 days, I really need to be proofreading.

I am also embarking on another venture. After much consultation, I will be producing ebooks from the posts on M3. Some of the bits which hit the editing room floor in the interest of a blog post less than 1,500 words (bet you never would have guessed they start out LONGER) will find their way back into the work. Even if you were here for the first run, you will find more nuggets to take away.

Personally: The little ones have just taken another four-hour bite out of my week with a new therapist. I am not willing to sacrifice what time I do own to socialize and sleep to creating even more content. This will negatively impact my current quest for a million, but in the end, I will be saner for it.

Creatively: Even though I am totally sick of calling it “Story Time”, I am on a quest to whip the story into shape. The football play of a diagram I have for the plot sequence has made for some difficult arranging to post it here, but it is interesting. At least to me, it is interesting.

Now, I happen to know there are a minimum of three people who have been following the story since the beginning…or have retro-read the story. I am still sitting by the inbox waiting for a suggestion for a title. Or do you all believe you have to know the end game to name it?

Questions

Always with the questions...

Always with the questions...

Recently, I have exposed you to one portion of what many others call my dark side. It is the poetry which is not lighthearted, not whimsical, not nature-related, not kind. In fact, it is apocalyptic, cruel, death-laden and at times outright frightful.

Based on its revelation and the increasing amount of discomfort being expressed by the M3 Readers (and hatemailers), I am currently considering splitting M3 into two different blogs which will both live on different pages: One for creative work and one for informational posts.

Things you should not consider in helping me choose:

  • The amount of work to reroute the posts into different blogs
  • The convenience of fewer categories and a smaller tag cloud
  • Smaller archives
  • Less content

Since my most faithful bloggers and readers are the ones who stuck with it long enough to be reading this question, please tell me what you think of this idea.

Until next post,
Red.

PS I need to recognize a few blogs who have stepped into the comment box since the last round of awards. If this award is new to you, learn why I award it. Some of them are not the award-accepting type, but once you visit their blogs, you will understand why I appreciate what they do. In alphabetical order…

Christy ~ Poetic Parfait

Derek ~ No Throw Aways

EG ~ Guapola

Mike ~ Saturday Sunshine

SIG ~ Refrigerator Magnate

Tony ~ Powered By Mental Pills

Bloggers, please take your awards.

The Red Educational Shoe Award

Honorable Spam Mention: Bot # a983058f with its comment: I’ve said that least 4523877 times. SCK was here


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  1. You are against the environment??? I tried splitting a blog once waaay back when I just did regular type blog posts before I discovered cartooning.

    I was still including the Doggy posts like I do now into that previous blog. Anyway I started a separate blog for Misty The Poodle, Dixie’s much missed predecessor, for her doggy posts & my regular blog. I found however that with working full time & other necessities outside blogging like eating, breathing, sleeping etc. I simply didn’t have time to run 2 blogs.

    I have thought in recent times of having 2 separate comic sites, one for “Ratbags” & another for “The Krittles” but then I feel like it’d be more hassle so I keep it all in one place. I guess ultimately you should do what you feel is best for yourself.

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    • Perhaps, there is a part of the blogging world I misunderstand…Once I set this place up, there was very little in the way of truly maintaining the rest of the space other than answering comments and changing dated things. Since I post so stinking much any way, I have been informed it is not M3 the way you read it in a line, but M cubed, as in how in the Sam Hill do you write so much?

      The only way I could possibly see it being any busier is if Liquor Store Bear is right. After all, I do not eat or sleep and tend to hold my breath a lot.

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  2. Oh… How rude of me. Thank you so much for the shout out & for that sexy red shoe. I’m sure it’ll look great with that little black dress I keep for special occasions.

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  3. And…
    So far no one really seems that interested in my “Green Room”. Maybe they are all overly conscious of being associated with something called “The Looney Bin”
    Guess I’ll have to keep promoting it in my blog posts. I deleted it this morning & put up a regular sidebar blogroll but after reading this post I undeleted it & removed the blogroll again.

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    • To get it started, invite a few friends to post specifically. You have friends. I have met some of them ;)

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  4. PLEASE don’t take on too much Red – the last thing you need is more work given you have so much in the real world to do!!!

    The last thing we need is you getting a free trip to the rubber room!

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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    • My dearest Pren, I have a rubber room in the MIL quarters. It is where I go to relax ;)
      {HUGZ}
      Red.

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  5. Wish I could be more helpful with advice on your bloggy decision but, as you’ve probably noticed, pretty much the only thing I’ve ever decided is I am completely indecisive!
    And thank you so very much for the trendy footwear, Red! You are far too kind! I tend to shy away from awards, but I sincerely appreciate your incredible kindness! (Okay, just between you and me I PUBLICLY shy away from them… an award like this is going to have me gloating for weeks! It will definitely go to my head, but I’m totally okay with that.) :)

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  6. I need to start a “green room”. I started one with links to blogs I like, but don’t like it. Blog roll is beyond me at the moment. Get other people to post their own links, hmmmm, brilliant!!!

    I know I don’t have to read everything, but then I might miss something! That’s said, I’m glad you’re cutting down a bit (if you really are). I’m sure you’ll pull it off. I’m behind on story time, but I am reading it :)

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    • I did. I cut too posts over the weekend to allow for other things this week. Not so sure I will stick to it, but if I do, I stand a shot at getting far enough ahead to take a vacation!

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  7. How amazing! A book coming out is so wonderful. Good luck with that.

    I am not going to assume I have a suggestion that would be better than anything you will come up with and do anyway. You are a genius and a creative one at that. In whatever way you work it out, it will work out.

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    • It will end up being like most of its predecessors and get a label the day I press it for lack of anything else to call it.

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      • Well…..I’m excited for you and I’m not even involved. How silly is that? I need some writing mojo. Send some my way geni, oh wise one, magic person…whatever you are.

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