Weekly Recap| Aug 10-16, 2014

Weekly Recap
Weekly Recap

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In Case You Missed It

Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.

And in other news… Kelley also finished her lexicon for Citadel of the Autarch (finally)!

Our Lives This Week

[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Hello lovely people! What can I say about this week? Well, I’m feeling like myself again. I don’t know what it means that the second I break out of my routine of staying home everyday and working on my dissertation and blogging that I suddenly crash and burn, but it is what it is. I will have to learn to cope with it eventually.

The only really traumatic thing that happened for me this week was A GIANT SPIDER on the wall next to the stairs at Dave’s house. You see, growing up I’ve never really had to deal with spiders because my Dad doesn’t like them and kills them off. But at Dave’s? No! They all treat them as friendly little pets, and they’re EVERYWHERE. If I see them, I have to yell at Dave to get rid of them, which he does by escorting them out of the building instead of killing them. (Lucky bastards!) But yeah, I literally almost had a panic attack trying to go up and down the stairs with this massive freaking spider on the wall. As soon as Dave’s parents came home from work, I brought it to their attention so they could remove it, which they did. Of course, Dave’s Dad had fun the rest of the night walking up the stairs and going “Oh hey, when did you get back there?” Trying to freak me out that the massive bugger was back! Ahh! But apart from that, my week was alright.[/stextbox]

[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]So um… Hey… Hi guys. I uhhh… Well, I’ve sort of been recovering this week? I’m back on my meds, but they’re only mildly helping, which sucks. This week has been one of personal care (doctor appointments, hair/nails/eyebrows getting “done,” etc.) and remembering things. For some reason, I keep being reminded of stuff I wanted to do years ago, but haven’t done yet.

Also, a lot of contemplation about about people, relationships, lives, deaths, and choices. (My friend’s cat went missing, my oldest living uncle died this week, all of the goings-on in Ferguson, personal goals and desires for my future, etc.) Oh, and I’ll be out of town for the next couple of days, so see you mid-week![/stextbox]

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Tweet of the Week

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blogging tips & resources
arcs, ratings, & reviews
A blogger’s life

On Writing

Things Bookworms Think About

A Reader’s Life
buying books & bookstores
reading it again
inside the books
when it comes to series
genre-related thoughts
audiobooks, ebooks, physical books
Hot Topics (gender, sexism, rape, piracy)
recommendations and lists
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Personal Experiences
Videos of the Week

Question of the Week

Asti has a question in relation to a future post: What fears do you have when it comes to having a co-blogger/joining a group blog? Why do you think so many bloggers are hesitant to share a blog?

So, how was your week?

Asti Kelley Leanne

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  1. Lol, Asti, I’m totally someone who catches the bugs and lets them go outside. Unless it’s ants because screw them. I’m glad you’re feeling more like yourself though!

    I hope your meds start working better for you again Kelley.

  2. My dad and I are bug killers while my mum prefers to escort them outside. I’m too afraid to try and catch them in case I loose sight of them in the house. I have to know they are totally gone.

    If I joined a group blog or co-blogged I would be most frightened of letting the other bloggers down. Sometimes I neglect my blog in which case the problem is limited to me but if I neglect a shared blog the problem belongs to all of the people involved so it would feel like a more substantial commitment to blogging which might encourage me to blog more in a good way but if it didn’t I’d be scared to loose a friend over it. I guess I wouldn’t trust myself right now? I think I wouldn’t be afraid to regularly guest blog though because that sounds like a more relaxed relationship.

    • Yes! That’s how I am! That bug was in the corner and I told my boyfriend I wanted to just throw crap at it and kill it, because I couldn’t just bring myself to get close to it, and he said I should since no one else was around and I was freaking out. But it was a massive spider so there was no way I was going to get close to it with a shoe or something and see it move – I would of had to throw the shoe at it instead. But then I freaked out because what if I threw it and missed and then it ran away and disappeared? Would it end up in my room then? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN? So I decided I rather wait until someone could escort him out of the house. Lucky bastard. :P

      And that’s definitely a legit fear! I do think each of us sometimes have a little worry about that, myself included, but we know that if we were to just share that fear the others would be understanding. (Or at least, for us they’ve been!) But yes, it is a bit more of a commitment than guest posting, which may be easier!

  3. Ugh and NO to spiders. Come on, the things are vicious and if left unattended…*shudders* Just look at the mess they constantly get into in Lord of the Rings and the Hobbits. SPIDERS ARE THE PROBLEM.

    I’ve always co-blogged so I’m not really a good one to answer the question. Although I’ve always been the organiser of the co-blog…I think maybe it’s control? I don’t mean that in a bad way either! But a lot of people like to have things Just Right and it’s hard to strike that balance between keeping everyone happy and no taking over and all that stuff.

    • YES! SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS! You just can’t trust those pesky bastards. I don’t care if they’re as big as a house or as tiny as a thumbtack. They’re no good!

      I do see what you mean about control when it comes to a blog. I feel like all three of us share pretty equal control over the blog (well, maybe a little less Leanne but that’s just because she doesn’t blog as much and is pretty easy going when it comes to everything that she doesn’t mind), but sometimes we still do worry about stepping on each other’s toes. I think we just combat that by checking in with each other regularly, so we may be doing our own thing and making our own decisions, but we’ll still pass that info along to others to keep them in the loop. Even within our group blog, we have our own independence I think. So it’s worked well for us (so far)! :)

  4. I’ve never really considered co-blogging, because I like having a space that’s just mine. Even if I don’t post as often as some other bloggers, even if the blog has to go quiet while I’m on a hiatus (like now). I’d be more open to having guest bloggers, even recurring guests… but it would always be my blog.

    And along the same lines, if I were going to be part of a group blog, I’d want it to be sort of the opposite… where I don’t consider the space as mine, someone else takes care of all the behind the scenes stuff, and I just provide occasional content.

    I do love reading about how you guys came together and made co-blogging work for you, and all of the thought and planning that went into it from the beginning… but that level of coordination just isn’t for me. I find it tough enough on a small scale, when I’ve co-hosted or co-moderated various projects. It’s not something I’d want to be doing all the time. I’d rather be in charge or not, not be caught in the grey area in between.

    • I see what you mean. I still feel like this is very much “my” blog, but it’s not anywhere my blog on the level that A Bookish Heart was. I still put my personality into my posts and do my features and all that jazz, but the focus is no longer just on me and I can’t take claim over everything because it’s very much a joint effort. So I definitely understand! But of course, I’m also slightly opposite than you in that I had a very hard time having quiet moments on my own blog just because my inner-perfectionists wanted there to always be something! So this has worked out well for me.

      But yes! Thanks for this comment, I think it’s very interesting and will help me in my future post :D

  5. LOL Asti at Dave’s parents giving you a hard time about the spiders. Jerks. :D

    Kelley no wonder your eyebrows are so awesome. I didn’t know you went to someone and actually got them “done” professionally. I thought you were just innately lucky in the eyebrow department. :p (Don’t ask me why I notice the things I do about people.)

  6. Excellent round up ladies :) Thanks for including us again this week. As for the weekly question – we run the blog together, but we started it together so the co-bloggering is working quite well since we can get together in person and discuss. Though my cob-logger has started taking classes after work and I’m about to have a baby so I’m wondering if we’re not gonna try to add another person to help us out. I don’t think sharing a blog is particularly hard, as long as you trust your partners to do their part and you touch base often on the schedule so you’re posting as expected and nothing gets missed.

    • Yes, I do think you’re pretty spot on with your co-blogging bits. I think it’s a lot of it has to do with trust and just being honest with each other. Let each other know when things might interfere with what you’re doing or if you’re having troubles, and if you guys can work it out you will! Of course, I think it can be a lot easier said than done, especially depending on how comfortable you are with your co-bloggers. Since Kelley, Leanne, and myself are friends and quite comfortable which each other, we’re all usually good at communicating! :)

  7. Asti, I just have to say, you would NEVER survive as a Drow in the Forgotten Realms universes. They live basically underground and they worship spiders. They’re never allowed to harm one ever, and they are EVERYWHERE. Truly, I would not like it either. *shudder*

      • Yeah, I’d definitely need to be raised in that environment in order to feel comfortable with it too. (You’d probably be okay as a Drow otherwise, since you’re an evil mastermind and everything.) But yeah, spiders terrorize me too. They seem to LOVE living in my car and then dangling right in my face while I’m driving! I hate it! I have some spider horror stories lol.

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