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