Good morning, beautiful blog friends! Come in, come in! Grab some coffee (the dinosaurs have really outdone themselves with the coffee this time, but they refuse to share their secrets) and cozy up on a couch. It’s a lovely 50 degrees (and heading up to nearly 70), so you probably won’t need a blanket to keep you toasty this time.
For yet another week, the dinos and I have only store-bought snacks to offer you (hummus, anyone?), but this week’s lack of home baked goods is brought to you by the completion of a huge project…so we’re all giving big sighs of relief and merrily munching those store-bought snacks in a fog of happiness. 🙂
Okay, let’s get our chat on!
Let’s talk about that huge project that the dinos and I finished up…it was the Playbill for the Sweeney Todd production at Grace’s school. Boy howdy, who knew how much work that would be??? To get the official “Playbill” mark (yeah, it’s trademarked) on the cover of a program, you have to use a very specific program and set of parameters and whatnot…and there was definitely a learning curve. (I, personally, would find it quite reasonable to ditch the Playbill markings and just create my own thing, but the theater people seem to rather strongly disagree with that notion.) In addition to having some ripping-of-the-hair-on-my-very-own-head moments due to nearly insane formatting and glitches, I also had people continuing to send me ads well after the clearly stated deadline…and that wouldn’t have been that big of a deal (it actually helped to prevent any blank pages in the program), if some of those people hadn’t been asking for more than just an ad inclusion…noooo, they wanted me to pretty much create the dang things. Well, I’m no graphic artist, but I did the best I could. 🙂 I was really quite pleased to tell the last last-minute ad submitter that I couldn’t possibly do all of the editing and formatting of another ad because the Playbill had already been finalized and sent to printing. Shew! 🙂
The whole experience (though sort of fun, extremely educational, and really fulfilling when finished) made me wonder about something. When did deadlines become suggestions? In the information I provided about submitting ads, it was very clear that there was a deadline (as well as format and size specifications), and it was like not a single person even glanced at that information. I continued to get incorrectly sized and formatted ads for days after the deadline. Of course, I’m not going to be the jerk who refuses money for the theater program, so I accepted those puppies right up till the Playbill was finalized, but I sure did grumble. (That’ll teach ’em, right?) 😉
So, I’m trying to decide what I can do next year to make it a little more clear that these deadlines and formatting specifications aren’t just suggestions. I’ve come up with a couple of ideas, but I’d love to hear if you have any thoughts. (And I know saying, “I’m sorry that you can’t read and follow basic instructions, Bob and/or Sally, but you’ve missed your chance” would appeal to some people, but, as I said, I’m not really wanting to turn down money for the school’s theater program.) Do you have any ideas for gently encouraging people to do things correctly and on time…or do you just suck it up and take care of it for them? (I went with the suck it up method this time…which would have been less stressful if I hadn’t been running out of time to get the programs to print.)
And you better believe that once I get a copy of that Playbill in my little hands, I’ll be taking pictures for Three Things Thursday! 😀 (At the age of 42, I’ve gotten my name in the credits for a high school theater production for the first time ever…neat!)
Okay, that was quite a lot of babble for “made a program, got frustrated, learned a lot, want people to follow instructions.” Sorry about that. 😉
Speaking of instructions! I know a lot of people have said they’re having a hard time finding the Weekend Coffee Share posts now that the series is hosted here at Nerd in the Brain. Nerd in the Brain is a self-hosted blog, so “following” isn’t quite as easy as following a WordPress blog, but it can still be done, I promise. 🙂 Even if you used to follow Nerd in the Brain when it was on WordPress, you would need to re-follow using the method below now that the site is self-hosted. You can actually use the WordPress reader to follow any blog, no matter where it’s hosted. In order to help you find the Coffee Share link ups each week…and to make it easier for you to keep up with any blog you might be interested in, I thought I’d show you an easy way to make it happen. (If you already know all of this, feel free to scoot to the next section…I won’t mind a bit.) 🙂
Step 1: Open your WordPress Reader.
Step 2: In the Reader, look at the menu on the left. Next to “Followed Sites,” there’s a “Manage” button. Click that. It will take you here:
Step 3: At the top of that page, there’s a space for you to manually enter a site to follow. Just type in www.nerdinthebrain.com (or any blog that you’d like to follow). In the case of Nerd in the Brain, it does seem super-important to include the www. Without it, strange things happen.
Step 4: Click that follow button that pops up just below where you typed in the blog address…and you should now find Nerd in the Brain in the list of blogs you follow with your WordPress reader…and that means those posts should now show up in your reader. Neat! 😀
If you know of other ways to easily follow non-WordPress blogs, feel free to tell us about it in the comments. I’ve tried Blog Lovin’ and Feedly, but neither of those is the perfect fit for me, so I’m always looking for ways to easily and efficiently keep up with my blog friends. 🙂
Okay, again, I haven’t shared very much of substance here, but I’d like to hear what’s going on with you! What’s new (or continuing) in your world? Tell me all about it!
And after I hear all of your news and thoughts, I need to mozy…but not to go hiking with John. What?!? It’s actually a bit rainy today, but that’s not what keeps us from our usual routine. Nope, we have different plans. A little later, we’ll be picking up one of Grace’s best friends and then we have a big outing planned…which involves ridiculous amounts of food and heading into Charlotte to see a ballet…two of my favorite things! 😀 This all hinges on how Grace feels when she wakes up though…she’s had a horrible, terrible, no-good virus (but tested negative for the flu) that has had her at home sick (like really sick) since Monday afternoon. (Her illness put the brakes on a visit from my mother-in-law and husband’s cousin, too. 🙁 I’m hoping that gets rescheduled soon, but I’m glad we weren’t responsible for spreading the plague across multiple states or anything.) Grace was showing some improvements yesterday, so we’re hoping she’ll be up to the outing. If not, it may be a quiet day at home. What about you? Any plans that may or may not happen for today?
And now it’s time for you to show me (and the rest of the Coffee Share crew) yours!
And until we chat again, I hope you have an amazing week full of love and hugs and giggles and learning and fun! ♥