18 March, 2014  |   3 Comments

February, March, April, May, June, July

So February’s Nablopomo was a bust. Grin.
Things changed and those things required attention.
Those things are still requiring attention, and it brings to mind how much I appreciate yours. So I’m putting this site on hiatus for 5 months.

Dottie Thinks

One of my resolutions was to cut down my to do list.
And I’ve realized I can’t possibly look at and leave,
“Update hj.com”
on my list one more day.

It’s sucking up some important creative energy.

Everything is fine, great actually.
I just need to cut “Update my internet web blog site” from my to-dos.

So I’ll see you in five months!
There are lots of wonderful writers on the internet.
There are nearly so many, you’ll never get through them all, not even in 5 months.

I’ll be on Instagram.
But not on any of the others. If I can help it.

Planning to be back around my birthday, in July, with something to say.
I can’t wait to see you then.


In the meantime, I wish you tons of creative building energy.

You’re going to knock it out of the park.


1 February, 2014  |   3 Comments

February NaBloPoMo


If you’re in any sort of job where you’re the go-between from the public to a product — like if you were a buyer for BevMo — I imagine that you would have a learning curve from “this is what I personally love” to “this is what’s popular in the world right now.”

For example:  thanks Target buyer, I’m glad you like Shabby Chic, but mid-century owl mirrors are what’s making the Instagram ladies say “Adorbs!” and you need to make sure there are 500,000 of them in stores.

Well, I sort of do that for my day job.
But for bloggers.

For my job, I recommend themes and bloggers for campaigns. In that I walk the line between recommending for paid content, what I, personally love (Long Rambling Narrative Posts About the Exquisite Joy/Pain Of Our Human Existence) and what’s actually going to work for the next campaign.

I see clients’ campaign whims swing back and forth:
We want storytelling!
No! Pinterest!
Selfies are in/not in!
I’m SO over illustration.
Bigger Pictures!

What did they want again?

There’s always a good fit, but it’s mostly luck.
This person is the right age, this person has the right color hair, this person already drives this car. It’s rarely something you can prep for — this being in the right place in your life at the right time.

The places where sponsored content comes from changes fast. The requested media is all over the place. During this exciting time, it’s all crazy — you can make informed choices, but you can’t be everything to everyone.

There’s no one way to be the “top” right now outside of doing what you do.


So this short month, I’m taking my own advice.
I’m having fun with this medium.
I’m going to be me.

I’m not going to stress out and worry about the next big social network, but I’ll experiment with those too.

Thanks for granting me the freedom to experiment.
I like your open point of view.

31 January, 2014  |   Comment

Resolvation Update

At the beginning of the month, I said that I was resolving in 2014 to:

  • More Healthy
  • More Sillier
  • More Patient
    • Yell less
    • Use my calendar
    • Cut my to dos in half

So how am I doing?

For More Healthy
I’m signed up for Kristen’s DietBet. I’m running and jumping rope and logging my calories. I didn’t start until near the end of the month, but hey. These things are happening now, right? And that’s enough?

For More Patient > Yell less
I found a yelling buddy on the internet that I can check in with. And I’m identifying when I’m likely to get upset — low blood sugar on both parts is to be avoided at all costs.

For More Patient > Use my Calendar
I have been tracking my actual activities in a calendar — and found that outside of my day job, I was spending a lot more time doing meal prep and housework than anything else. That’s great, but not really where I want to be spending the majority of my time.
(Three cheers for tracking!)

For More Patient > Cut my to dos in half
I’ve been writing fewer things on my list. And just disengaged from a gang of responsibilities. So better than the list, the life is on purpose chopping things out.
(Maturity is dovetails nicely with a drop in FOMO.)

For More sillier
We’ve done a few goofy Instagram videos, and I’ve been fond of telling my favorite joke* but my silly has a ways to go. One silly thing a day in February? Go!


* Q: What does the Jellyfish have on its tummy?

29 January, 2014  |   2 Comments

Great sites I like to read

Six great sites and a line from each
Frozen Soundtrack 4EVA

Damn Gina
“Our school song had the line “like the astronauts bravely flying in the sky, we are proud our flag to fly” but no one really ever got into the details with us of how the astronaut our school was named after actually burned up on the launch pad, even after we watched the Challenger explode live on TV.”

A Cup of Tea and a Wheat Penny
“I can barely remember nineteen.”

Inspired by Charm
“It’s all about the presentation, isn’t it?”

Rage Against the Minivan
“But really, it’s the mind games. It’s the daily, hourly micro-aggressions involved in living with totally volatile and irrational people.”

Staffs and contributors and stuff
The Toast
“How To Tell If You’re In A Hemingway Novel – 1. Everyone respects you. This disgusts you.”

The Hairpin
“No one pays attention to a quiet creek ; likely few have noticed yr still surface. & those who have & who love you will stand near & know you in yr new way, as long as it lasts.)”

26 January, 2014  |   Comment

Meal plan, January 26

What we're eating the week of January 26

This week we’re eating up the things in the fridge while we recover from Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. And we are also hugging more. And taking more baths.

Hugs + Baths = Last week of January

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