Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Guest Blogger: Donna B. McNicol

Please join me in welcoming another guest today, Donna B. McNicol. I'm so excited that so many of you are taking advantage of this great opportunity! If you're not sure what I'm talking about, it's all in this invitation post.
Donna is a prolific blogger (and that's putting it mildly). I think you'll enjoy getting to know her as much as I did.

Hello, my name is Donna and I am a blog addict. Doesn't matter if you are talking about MY blogs or YOUR blogs, addict applies to both. It all started so innocently back in 2006 when I started my first blog, From the Lily Pad. I was a 59 year old widow, considering selling my house and belongings and becoming a full-time RVer.

Of course, considering a lifestyle change that massive meant research, LOTS of research. I started using Google Reader to follow some RVing blogs. I slowly added in other blogs having to do with motorcycles, computers, cameras, and anything else that grabbed my interest.

Fast forward to 2008 and I retired my From the Lily Pad blog and started 2 Taking a 5th with my soon-to-be husband. As our interests expanded over the next two years I added a few more blogs to write:

Hopping through Life was created for my 'writing' urges, for things that might or might not interest our RVing friends. That was the reason for Fire Lily Base Camp and Riding Route 66 as well - topics that wouldn't interest everyone so I didn't want to clutter up our personal blog.

In 2012 I added My Write Spot and Write 4 Ten but I retired the Toadily Pets and Foto Footprints. Then family called and I created and now maintain a blog for my daughter's casting company in Atlanta, Catrett Locke Casting. Of course none of these are daily blogs.

Reading blogs is harder to control, I use RSSOwl as a standalone reader and have categories for Authors/Writing, Riding Friends, RVing Friends, Simple Life, Gadgets & Computers, Ebook and Humor/Misc. At one time I was following over 500 blogs. I have tackled that list a couple of times and now have it down to 370. It grew to the largest during the last April A to Z Challenge. I followed a lot of blogs that disappeared after the event or turned into something that I was no longer interested in reading.

I still follow too many RVing and Writing blogs and I'm trying to weed my list down even more. I do have some blogs that I read daily and I've moved them into their own category. The others can be quickly marked as read if 1) I don't have time or 2) they don't interest me. If I do that too many times on the same blog, they are a candidate for pruning.

How do control the number of blogs you follow? Do you write more than one blog? Am I crazy? (No, never mind, that is a rhetorical question).

So again, hello. My name is Donna and I am a blog addict. And you?
Wake me later, I'm napping...
Donna B. McNicol 

Thanks for being here Donna! Can't wait to see you in the next challenge.


Tina said...

Hey Donna!
Thanks so much for being our guest today. It's not easy to admit addictions...but my name is Tina and I'm a blog addict as well.
Tina @ Life is Good

Donna B. McNicol said...

Thanks for letting me rant and whine a little, Tina. I love to blog and I love to read blogs, now if there were just more hours in the day!

Cally Jackson said...

I read probably about 15 blogs on a regular basis but even that is hard to keep up with sometimes. You're a blog super hero! :-)

Donna B. McNicol said...

Cally, I'm thinking "blog super hero" translates more to "insane blog addict". LOL!

Lynn Proctor said...

i wish i were keeping up with blogging as well as you---congrats :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina and Donna - crumbs .. I couldn't do so many blogs - but you've certainly rationalised your approach to following blogs etc - I found that interesting ..

Thanks for the info .. cheers Hilary

Anonymous said...

Well, Donna, should you per chance decide to drive your RV up to Alaska, I'm a fellow writer/blogger, retired and doing whatever the hell I want. he he.
There are mountains beyond mountains...