This week flew by and all day Thursday I thought it was Wednesday so it was a super surprise when I finally figured that out! For this weeks Friday Favorites I thought I would highlight a few things in the blogger world.
First up is my very favorite! I absolutely love receiving comments and feedback from readers. I would like to apologize right now to any of you I have missed along the way as I was not exactly doing this “reply to comment” thing correctly. I previously read about no-reply bloggers and knew my settings for that were correct. What I didn’t know is the best way to make sure YOU know I have seen and read your comment is if I respond to your email directly. Wow…this has been so much fun since figuring this out and I have enjoyed a little back and forth discussion with a few of you even. Unfortunately there are still quite a few who are still operating as a no-reply blogger and guess what? I cannot reply to you directly and have no way of knowing if you are checking back for a reply to your comment on my blog. Really….does anyone have time for that? Now, some of you may totally have this setting on purpose and have no desire to receive a response but for those of you who do please, please change your setting so I can reply to you! The best tutorial I found is this one from Hi Sugarplum. There are definitely others on the internet but she’s also hilarious so it is bonus material! So again, thanks to all of you who have responded as it absolutely has been so much fun getting to know you all. I have also looked into using Disqus but am still on the fence.
Second on my list are all these amazing bloggers out there who have great link up opportunities! Are you using link as a noun or a verb?
1. a relationship between two things or situations, especially where one thing affects the other.
1. make, form, or suggest a connection with or between.
I don’t know about you but I have found both noun and verb in the blog world. I definitely choose the link ups I’m interested in based on the relationship of the link up to my blog post but even more fun is reading all the other posts which have joined the party and making some great connections!
My friend Holly over at While I’m Waiting put together a list of link ups she is following and you can find her post here. I’ve seen so many others do this over the past few months and it looks like a much more efficient way to give credit to those you are linking to as well as an easy way for my readers to find new link ups that may be of interest. My list is a work in progress but you can definitely take a quick peek here. I have added so many new bloggers to my Bloglovin feed after finding them on linkups and I keep thinking I have got to draw the line somewhere! And then bam another one of you write some amazing post and there I go adding a new blog.
Thirdly, we are off to a great start with meal planning this month and have limited our eating out to date night once a week and one lunch or dinner on the weekend. My very favorite recipe from this week comes from one of the very first bloggers I followed, Mix and Match Mama. Several of her recipes have shown up on my table this past year but this sausage tortellini soup is by far my favorite this time of year. Bonus, it is even better on day two! The Shull 5 arrived home on Thursday with their beautiful new little girl, Ashby, and while I don’t know them personally I have so enjoyed following their family and their adoption story.
The sun came out for a bit today and the temps are forecast in the 60’s this weekend! I’m super excited and hope we get to spend some time out doors soaking it up. Have a super weekend!