Blog Housekeeping

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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.

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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?

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

4 thoughts on “Blog Housekeeping

  1. I like the commitment to not open email unless you are prepared to answer a few. There have been times when i have been waken in the middle if the night and on my way to the kitchen i decide to check my email. There i am at 3 a.m. with an inbox full of questions. I want to go to bed, but now i really cant sleep thinking about all the work ahead of me the next morning. Im going to try to not check mine either until I’m ready.

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  2. I like the commitment to not open email unless you are prepared to answer a few. There have been times when i have been waken in the middle if the night and on my way to the kitchen i decide to check my email. There i am at 3 a.m. with an inbox full of questions. I want to go to bed, but now i really cant sleep thinking about all the work ahead of me the next morning. Im going to try to not check mine either until I’m ready.

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  3. I know exactly what you mean, EcoGirl, I do this sort of thing all the time. I’m trying to improve but it’s still a bad habit to just think ‘ah, I’ll check my mail’ when I really don’t want to actually answer any.

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  4. I know exactly what you mean, EcoGirl, I do this sort of thing all the time. I’m trying to improve but it’s still a bad habit to just think ‘ah, I’ll check my mail’ when I really don’t want to actually answer any.

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  5. This idea that you should only work when inspired otherwise you make rubbish is a load of bollocking crap

    LOL. I agree. some of my best is done it didnt come from the heart, some of my worst is when i was "inspired"

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