Thursday, June 25, 2009

Feeding Flu...



I have been learning about RSS feeds and Google Reader.

Yeah I’m slow, but remember the purpose of this blog is learning about marketing and the web and what’s out there for authors. So I am learning in public as it were.

As I stumble around I find all sorts of interesting things. Sometimes I link to them in a blog post or put them in my cool websites list. Elizabeth Pulford is my latest add and what a cool little site this is...

Sometimes I overwhelm myself with new information...it could be delaying tactics on my part tho. (I am rewriting, Fleur... slowly.)

This week has been the Flu week.(excuses excuses)

Wellington has a third of the swine flu cases in NZ at the moment and schools are recording a lot of absentees. Middle child came down with the flu this week. The speed of it was alarming.

Treat the symptoms. Isolate. Also wash your hands after every thing... That’s all the ministry of health can tell you. So we don’t know if it is swine but you take no chances....as you can’t go anywhere to confirm it.

The baby is happy and healthy and sleeping in our room...that means we are grumpy and sleep deprived. The middle child has thrown up over three beds so far... missing the buckets, bowls and towels...
The eldest has lurched from room to bathroom to room to fridge to room for the last two days, coughing...but had to go to school to sit an internal and go to work tonight...She just has a heavy cold...It’s not the flu as she doesn’t have all the other symptoms...(we hope)
Meanwhile husband is working from home.(just in case)

So before it all went flu shaped I was finally investigating Google reader...a nifty invention by Google designed like your personal magazine with articles that you want to read because you have subscribed to the RSS feed of that site.
Updates are collected in the Reader which looks like an inbox and you can just scroll down and have a look.
If you have a gmail address just go to the top and click on Reader...

The two sites I have subscribed to this week are
Kidlit.com...because I found their post ‘The pros and cons of going to writing conferences’ very good reading...( go and have a look if you are thinking about it in the future or you are coming to Spinning Gold.)

And Author Tech because it had a great post on a survey done about what readers want to see on an author website....

We have posted a question on the Spinning Gold website writers and illustrators pages about the best books on their craft that they would recommend to others. We have a chance to locate the books and arrange to have them for sale at the conference.

If you are coming to the conference jump on over to the website and add your favourite to the list. If you aren’t joining us but you think there is a must have, that should be there, feel free to jump on over to the website and add it.


maureen -staying healthy....


4 comments:

Elizabeth P said...

Thanks very much for nice words about my website. You can keep the flu though!

Maureen said...

oh darn Elizabeth....
Just when I wanted to package it up and send it on...didn't you know that if you share the flu it magically goes away from your house...LOL

Johanna said...

I hope your children are on the mend Maureen, and that the other three of you are still keeping well! We have now all four been sick. (3 of us feeling a bit better today, but No 4 now down with whatever it is.)

I did wonder if I could ask for a swine flu test on the grounds of the children's asthma ... It would just be nice to know, wouldn't it!!

Maureen said...

yeah...remember isolate(yourself from the sickies) fluids(whiskey was good)and wash...wash... wash.
long hot baths to relive the stress of coping with them...

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