I’ve been doing some housekeeping on the blog this week. My lovely web designer, Steve, taught me how to play with widgets. If you cast your eyes over to the right you’ll see that I’ve been shuffling things around on the sidebar. I’ve added an interviews section and some copyright information and there may be a few more additions and changes to come. I’ve now moved on to exploring plugins. If anyone else is using WordPress, I’d love to hear which plugins you find effective on your site.
Oh, and I’ve been sorting out the comments too.
Confession time: I had unanswered comments from November of last year. Oh, the embarrassment!
I’ve been replying to the most recent comments but I’ve decided not to reply to most of the older ones. Sorry about that. I do love that people take the time to comment here and I promise that I read and appreciate every single one; I’m just really, really bad at replying to them. If it’s any consolation, I’m a bit rubbish with email too. Wait, that’s no consolation at all, is it!
One change we’ve made that should hopefully speed up the way I answer comments is by adding a button at the end of your comment that lets you decide if you want to see follow ups. This means I’ll just be able to reply on the website instead of having to copy and paste my replies into email, which is what I have been doing. I know it sounds like a very small change but I’ve learnt that I am easily defeated by very small things, especially when it comes to admin.
I’m currently working on this issue. I plan to start blocking in some time every week to reply to comments and I’m experimenting with ways to make email less overwhelming, including unsubscribing to things and improving my email folders. I also want to get into the habit of only checking my email if I’m mentally prepared to answer at least some of the stuff that comes in.
I don’t know about anyone else but I find the amount of information in modern life very overwhelming. It seems like we’re all constantly running to catch up, doesn’t it…
Here’s a few good articles about the overwhelm problem:
A good general overview of what overwhelm is and how to tackle it.
An excellent article from Christine Kane, whose blog I recently discovered through Twitter.
6 tips for organizing your email – short and to the point.
10 Tips for Organizing Your Email – some very useful information on the different ways people organise themselves. Are you a searcher or a filer?