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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Look Ma, three blogs!

I've been at this blogging thing for about eight months and I really enjoy it. Blogging gives me a chance to write in a different way than I spend my days at work writing. Even in my "darker" posts -- and I know there have been several of them lately -- I try to infuse a little humor.

One unexpected benefit of joining the blogosphere is that I have gotten to know a handful of people I probably never would have encountered in real life. Liz, Shannon, Momza and Joanie come immediately to mind.

I also never expected that blogging would net me so much free stuff. Since July, I have been given or won:
  • Tickets to 2 (soon to be 3) plays at the Indiana Repertory Theater
  • 7 packs of Peeps + 1 plush Peep (thanks Joanie!)
  • 5 Ridemakerz cars (total value $450)
  • 2 sets of magnets, six in each set (won in a blog giveaway from at Junior Mints & Reese's, which sadly, is no more)
  • 6 packs of Energizer lithium batteries
  • 1 book by Bob Harper of the Biggest Loser (won in a blog giveaway at Shrinking Sisters)
Soon after I started blogging here at the 4th Frog, I began to feel it wasn't enough. So I started a blog at work last November. I haven't mentioned it here before, but thought I would now.

All Things Aging
is about, well, duh, aging. My role is to edit and publish the blog. Entries are written by various members of the faculty and staff at the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community. Because several of them are a academic types I had to implement rules like "no footnotes in the blog." I think we offer a nice mix of aging in the news, promotion of our online graduate programs and personal experience stories. Do me a favor and check it out!

Next week, I'll be adding a third blog to my repertoire as a regular contributor to the Visit Indiana blog. I'm excited about this opportunity because I'm getting paid to do it and because I love Indiana. Sure, we don't have much in the way of beaches (though we have a few -- none connected with an ocean). But we do have plenty of affordable family fun and Hoosier hospitality to go around. I have some ideas of what I plan to cover in my Visit Indiana entries, but if you know of something terrific to do in Indiana, I'm all ears.

If (when!) you wander over to one of my other blogs, be sure to leave me a note and say hi!


Lynette3boys said...

I too love Indiana. It is my home state where I lived for 30 years. And the best thing to do there is visit The Dunes state park where they have a great beach and tons of sand dunes to climb on.

Best of luck with your new blog adventure.

Joanie said...

My brother lives in Evansville.

That's great news about the paid blog!

Momza said...

Three blogs? I don't know if I have enough marbles to do three!
I have two--one is private for the familia--but you brave woman have 3 that the whole world can take a peek at! Maybe if I hang out with you long enough, it'll rub off on me. Ya think?
And thanks for counting me among your blog friends. The feeling is mutual. Happy Saturday!

Amy said...

@Lynette -- We vacationed near The Dunes a few years ago but didn't actually make it to the park. We'll definitely have to do that again.

@Joanie -- My dh is from Evansville. His folks still live there. Small world! The paid blogging gig won't make me rich, but it is enough to make me not feel guilty spending even more time blogging!

@Momza -- I tried to start a private family blog with my brothers and sisters and it just never caught on. Bummer, b/c I think that would be fun.

Eternal Lizdom said...

Thanks for the blog-love. I've really enjoyed getting to know you and really hope we get to do lunch sometime soon!! Very cool about the Indiana blog!

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

Congratulations! That's great news! I can't say anything bad about Indiana... It's been my home for almost 5 years now!

Visit Indiana said...

Thanks for mentioning the Visit Indiana Blog! We're very excited to have you join us on the blog!