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    Ramblings

    Should I Break Up with my Blog Journal?

    I had a scary blogging crisis—I didn’t want to write my post into my journal. “Um. Your point is?” you ask? Really. Hear me out. I was midway through copying an already-published post into my journal when the thought hit me that this is fucking insane. Why am I rewriting something that already exists online and will never be looked at again in written form? I used to write posts out for editing purposes. I’d write them on scrap paper, edit and recopy them into my journal, and then type them out for my blog. But lately, I’ve been skipping the journal step and going straight from scrap to hitting “publish.” The result…

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    Goodbye, My Blog Journal

    Farewell my dear friend, it’s been a great year. When I started my blogging adventure, I just knew I had to have someone by my side. Then you came into my life. I ran every word of every blog post past you, and together we made some magic happen. Thanks to you, All In Stride has grown into a pretty fun blog. People questioned our relationship, but you never left my side. “You’re crazy,” they said. “Don’t bother,” they said. Well, forget them all. Writing is a lost art. Computers are overrated. Your pages hold many memories, and few, if any, mistakes. You let me pour my thoughts into you, and…

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    The Time My Post Went Viral

    Remember my Birmingham – I Run This Town post? Or the time I wrote about thigh gaps? For one reason or another, you guys liked them. And by like, I mean that you made them go viral—well, viral for my blog at least. I’m a contributing writer for See Jane Write Magazine, a women’s magazine that Javacia Bowser launched in July. Javacia asked me to write my thoughts about these two posts and why I thought they were more successful than anything else I have written. Here’s a snippet of the post; check out See Jane Write Magazine for the full thing: “Back in June I wrote “Birmingham – I Run This Town,” a…

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    100th Post

    Woohoo! All In Stride has hit 100 posts! I know 100 posts in 9 months isn’t a lot for consistent bloggers, but it’s a big number for someone who was hesitant to write even one post. It’s funny to look back to when I wondered if I would have anything to say or if anyone would want to read my blog. Now I just don’t care! I’m going to write, and if you read it, great. If not, your loss. 😉 For real though, I’ve met so many new friends through blogging—I love it! Plus, blogging has changed the way I look at things. Every experience and interaction makes me stop…

  • Birmingham

    Creating A Blogging Community

    This past Friday I attended another Alabama Bloggers lunch meet-up. We discussed how to build your blog community—the perfect topic for a newbie blogger like me! I know many Alabama Bloggers couldn’t make it, so here’s a quick recap. We had an entire room to ourselves at Nabeel’s Café in Homewood—perfect for fostering some great conversations. I had been to Nabeel’s once before and was less than impressed (though I think it was the group I was with), but Friday’s lunch made me a fan for life. Maria Gambino, the manager, warmly welcomed us and took care of our every need, and the owner, John Krontiras, introduced himself to us, thanked…

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    A Home for My Blog – WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

    My blog has felt unsettled lately. I’ve been trying to decide whether I should make the move to WordPress.org and self-host, or keep it here on WordPress.com. Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly happy where I am—at the moment. WordPress.com is easy to use, has plenty of themes and widgets, and has a great community feel since it’s a social platform in and of itself. I never considered self-hosting when I started my blog, because I didn’t see the purpose at first. After watching my dad and Zack make the shift over to self-hosting, I realized how much control they have over the appearance and SEO of their blogs, but…