Is it crazy to have more than one blog?

16 10 2007

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I’ve been thinking about starting another blog. Durff made a comment while were were talking in Second Life “I am who I am” in reference to the fact that I have a second blog where I post things of a spiritual nature (Ms. Tina’s Place for Prayers and Praise). I agree with her.

But the reason that I started my second blog is because I have always had a prayer journal. I thought by starting a separate blog, it could be a place to only focus on things that would be of a spiritual nature, where as I wanted this blog to a place to talk about things such as education and technology. I guess I like to categorize things. It’s not that I don’t want my true nature to shine. I think that you can see in my writings here that I don’t hide that I am a Christian. It just seems easier to have blogs focused on particular areas of topics. Am I wrong? Or, is there a wrong and right way to blog?

With that in mind, I have been thinking about starting a new blog to post my views on life and politics. With the presidential election coming up, I am sure there will be lots of interesting debates that will range outside of technology and education. I have found that blogging can be educational and open the mind to other view points. We are not alike and thank goodness we are not. God did not make us all the same.

Would having 3 blogs be a nightmare to manage? Experienced bloggers, how do you feel about this? I’ve seen some of you move your blogs back and forth. Have you tried having more than one blog? Tell me what you think. Before I add one more blog, I would love to hear your opinions!

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Thank God for Freedom!

1 10 2007

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Patrick Kirby

This is Patrick Kirby. He is my cousin’s husband. He is preparing to be deployed again, possibly to Kuwait, Iraq or Afghanistan. He is a former U.S. Marine, and is now serving in the U.S. Army. I am so grateful to him and others like him who fight for our freedom. He serves our country on a daily basis. He is proud to serve our country.

When I was a little girl, I was evacuated during the Six-day War while living in Tripoli, Libya. I remember riding between a car pressed between two mattresses because of the possibility of our car being attacked. I also remember spending the night on the floor in the schoolhouse at the base and being evacuated in an military airplane. My dad says they were shooting at our airplane as we were flying out.

People sometimes think that we should move past the 9/11 event and get on with life. I think we should not get complacent. We shouldn’t live in fear, but we should always remember that there are terrorists who hate us, and hate our way of life. Therefore, I am thankful for people like Patrick Kirby who are willing to protect us.

Thank God for America and the freedoms we have!






Stoopid Sooner Fan Has Entered the Blogosphere!

23 09 2007

Stoopid Sooner Fan has Entered the Blogosphere!

We have a new blogger in our midst and I am so excited! I am hoping that I had a part in him joining our company. I came back from NECC07 and David Warlick’s Advanced Blogging workshop so enthused that I have been a blogging fool ever since! Stoopid Sooner Fan works with me and has quite a gift with words, so I am very pleased to see that he has come over to the “dark side.”

I have attempted to share my new knowledge of technorati, tags, widgets, rss, but am still learning myself. Please visit his site and encourage him. He already has 4 posts and is well on his way.

http://stoopidsoonerfans.blogspot.com/

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Expanding Myself…

16 09 2007

OK. I’ve done it. I’ve expanded myself with a second blog. Actually, I could count it as my fourth blog, because in the last week, I started a “MySpace” and a “Facebook,” as well. I decided that MySpace is somewhat personal, while Facebook is more professional.

My blog here at WordPress seems more professional, while, the one I have just created entitled “Ms. Tina’s Place for Prayers and Praise” is definitely more personal. I decided that I needed a place to write about spiritual things and have a more spiritual theme — a place where I can document and express my spiritual thoughts.

I would like to reserve this blog for technology, education, and things that are not spiritually-related. I am feeling a need to separate the two. So, if you wish to read my other thoughts, please rss my other feed. Otherwise, please stay tuned here!
Ms. Tina

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I’ve Been Tagged by Durff!

12 09 2007

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Yes, I’ve been tagged by the “Recent Bookmarked Pages” Meme by Durff!

Here are the rules:
1) Once you’ve been tagged, link your most recent bookmarked pages back to your blog
2) Name the tag that you have used so others can access the links easily in a blog post
3) At the end of your post, tag 6 people and list their names, linking to them.
4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged.
So what have I bookmarked on del.icio.us lately?

1. The Teacher’s Lounge
2. Carrie Underwood’s Official Site
3. Shift Happens Wiki
4. Bit by Bit
5. iStockphoto
6. Healthy, Low-Carb Living Blog

It’s a wide variety of interests, so enjoy!

I tag (& if you have been tagged, please pass the tag along)

Amy Dungan

Bonnie K

Jen Wagner

Wes Fryer

Ragon Steele

John Pederson

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Narrowing the Focus

2 09 2007

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I’ve been thinking about how busy both my husband and I have been this year. At school, our staff has been learning and working through the criteria for the Malcolm Baldridge award. The ultimate goal is school improvement. One of the keys is to narrow the focus and find the one thing that our school can do well.

I’ve been thinking about that in my personal life. I get involved in a lot of things and find myself irritated because I tie up my time and don’t have time to do other things I want to do in my life. My husband can retire in a couple of years and he’s always talking about things he can do when he retires.

He told me today he could (1) expand his art business, (2) become a personal trainer, (3) teach at a college, (4) teach at a private school, (5) sell insurance, and (6) build up our rental business. He actually could do several of these things at once and still be okay. However, I think he should narrow down his focus – AND – I’m also preaching to myself!

Some of the things that I wish that I could have accomplished, or even enjoyed, this year, include:

(1) kept up the checkbooks – we have about 5 or 6

(2) kept up the filing

(3) filed taxes on time – here it is Sept. 1st and I’m trying to beat an Oct. deadline!

(4) Converted business bookeeping over to QuickBooks (when I bought it in January)

(5) Updated my husband’s art web page and my piano web page.

(6) Exercised on a regular basis.

(7) Had time to scrapbook.

(8) Had time to continue researching genealogy .

(9) Learn how to do podcasts.

(10) Do a better job cleaning my house.

(11) Spend more time having fun with friends and family.

(12) Spend more time in the Word, prayer, and fellowship with God.

Something has to give. I hate to sound selfish, but with so many demands, one has to take care of one’s health, both physical and mental. I have been seriously considering quitting my piano teaching. Last year I taught 4 days a week. I dearly love the students, but it just occupies too much of my evening time. We are now going to have 12 units that we are going to be managing. It takes me 4 hours on the 15th of the month, just to do all the personal and business bills and send out statements to our renters. Then, I also have the 1st of the month.

I feel that if I can narrow down the focus and work towards our long-term goals, it will be wiser, than to spread myself so thin. I know that if I do decide to stop teaching, it will be difficult for my students. It is hard to find another teacher, and I feel like I will be letting them down. I have decided to put it to prayer. Letting things go is always difficult, but I am feeling a prompting to do so.

Attempting…to narrow…the focus…

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Counting My Blessings

28 08 2007

This morning I received a love note from my husband. It was a pleasant surprise. Our anniversary is coming up Sept. 12th. We’ve been married since 1998, and together since August 1996. We are getting ready to take a weekend get-away to the beach. I look forward to doing this every year.

As I was eating breakfast, I was thinking about how blessed I am. Sure, life has had its troubles, but not like some people. Sometimes it is so easy to focus on the negative instead of the positive in life. Every now and then, I need to remind myself to count my many blessings. I like how my husband does it. He’ll just say out loud, ” Don’t we have a wonderful yard with beautiful trees and grass?” “Don’t we have a beautiful house with wood floors and beautiful glass windows?” I love how he so appreciates all that we have.

More than anything, I am thankful for the people in my life. I am thankful for my husband, who is positive and upbeat. He is energetic and fun. He has a great sense of humor and loves to play little jokes on people. He is my cheerleader and tells me “Just remember honey, you’ve got a big red sword!” I am very blessed to have him in my life.

I am blessed to have had 2 terrific boys, and then added 3 more wonderful children through my husband’s prior marriage. They are all bright, intelligent, caring adults. We are now up to 9 grandchildren, with more to come! What a huge blessing all of them are! I have proudly taken on the new name of “Nana Tina!”

It took me a very long time, but while single, God made a way for me to go to college and get my Bachelor’s degree. That was one of the single, most defining moments in my life. It was an accumulation of close to 15 years of work. Then, I was even more fortunate to get my Master’s degree. Receiving those degrees has truly been a blessing in that they opened doors for me that I never dreamed would happen in my lifetime.

I am also blessed to have a job where I am able to work in education and technology – two areas that I love. How great is that? The good Lord has richly blessed me. He has always made a way for me, even when things were difficult. He has been so faithful to me.

Some days, things don’t always go perfectly. On those days, it really does help to stop and count your blessings. Those bad things will suddenly diminish and you will be reminded of what’s really important in life – love, your health, friends and family.

Have a blessed day!

Tina

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