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Yeah, I haven't been as consistent with my blog posts these past few weeks and I blame it on the weather.
With the unusually mild summer in Southern California this year, I admit that I have been lured outside much more in the past few weeks. That and I have a garden bursting with green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and other vegetable delights that vie for my attention.
Inspired by my current bumper crop of cucumbers, I am delving into the world of refrigerator pickles this weekend.
It's inevitable that when I spend more time and energy doing new things, I have less time and energy for my other pursuits, like blogging. Such is life of a person with chronic illness! So bear with me during harvest season and know that my blog is still at the top of my list of priorities.
Introducing Graceful Agony
August 15th marked the inaugural edition of the Graceful Agony blog carnival. My post I Am Not My Chronic Illnesses made the list of incredible submissions and my blogging friend Jolene wrote some wonderful words about me when she introduced my post--thanks Jolene! Please support this new blog carnival by heading over there this weekend and leaving some comment love.
If you are a patient blogger, you are encouraged to get in on the action too! The best way to get involved is to join the Graceful Agony Facebook Group and the blog carnival discussion there.
What Is the New Normal?
If you want to find out what I think the "new normal" is, you'll have to head over to Colloquy Moms and read my latest Thursday post there...
I just finished the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge hosted by the SITs girls and The Blog Frog. Or should I say, the challenge ended and I did my darnedest to keep up but didn't quite get it all done! Thankfully what I was able to do helped me generate a lot of new ideas for my blog.
As the result of this training, I anticipate making some changes around OMA&P! that will make my blog a better place to visit. In fact, you can already see new items in the linkbars at the top and bottom of my blog header image: About Me, Get to Know Me in 7 Posts and the OMA&P! blog roll.
Perhaps the most important thing I can share with you is that participating in this challenge really helped me reaffirm my commitment to becoming the best blogger than I can be.
That's it for this edition of bits and pieces. Be sure to let me know what summer has lured you outside to do by leaving me one of your wonderful comments. (Did you know your comments really make my day too?!?)