Saturday, April 28, 2007

Weekend Update

Update from T13: both Spring programs were awesome. The Mexican hat dance performed by three and four year olds was really something to see. I had fun with my mom (and so did my youngest son, whom she taught to headstand against the wall), my diswasher's fixed, and I've had Key Lime pie every night since Wednesday. For Sara: the Key Lime pie I know and LOVE has a graham cracker crust, a filling made with Key Lime juice (from tiny limes grown in Florida) and condensed milk, and whipped cream topping. I highly recommend it. My front door is currently off it's hinges (being re-stained)and will hopefully be replaced in the very near future as I'm ready to go to bed.

I know I've seen the button on other blogs before, but I finally discovered (through my mom) Technorati. Fascinating stuff. You can see who's linking to you, what they're saying, and why. Just recently I was reading on Stacy's blog how she was researching what brought readers to her site. I haven't tried that yet, but it's on my list. I've always be sort of afraid to add a counter, figuring the lack of hits would dampen my spirits just slightly. Without one, I imagine I have all these strong, silent-type lurkers who find me witty, funny, and insightful. It's fantastic!

Having never had a critique partner (and being a little insecure and needy), I'm having a little trouble deciphering some of my critique partner's comments. We've never met and only communicate via email. She has lots of good advice, and I really like her, but I'm stymied. So we're having our first phone call Monday night. Interestingly enough, she told me she thought there was enough to discuss for our entire first phone call on my first chapter alone. (!!!) I'm not sure how to take that, but she assures me, 'it's all good'. We shall see.

I'm also debating entering a couple of contests. Has anyone out there had a good experience with the 'Get Your Stiletto in the Door' contest? Any of you wildly successful, intelligent lurkers? Or, of course, any of you wildly successful, intelligent, and communicative posters? Do tell!


Stephanie Janulis said...

Good luck with the critique call! I always heard of people who made critique partners via the web, but I've never really known them! You'll have to tell us how it goes :)

No contests for me except the Harper Fanlit contest and I don't think that's quite what you're referring to!

(and I'm scared of the site counter too...but I always thought that you had a lot of visitors!)

Trish Ryan said...

Omigosh...the image of the little kids doing a Mexican Hat Dance will have me giggling all week.

Let us know how the critique call goes - what a cool way to get feedback (you're very brave).

And yes, the site counter can get depressing once you realized how many of the hits are actually you (or some dude in Argentina looking up a random picture you linked to). Best to stay with the imaginary lurkers, in my book :)

Stacy said...

I occasionally find statcounter depressing, as I don't really have many lurkers and most of the lurkers I do have are my family. Still, I find it entertaining to know how people find my site and what countries they come from.

Sara Hantz said...

The Stiletto is a good contest to enter. thanks for describing Key Lime Pie (as a dairy free person, all that cream and condensed milk is a no go!!)

Hope the phone call goes ok. I'd love to hear about it.

ERiCA said...

Much luck with the new CP! It was quite a change when I first got mine, but I wouldn't trade them for the world. Amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can catch!