The past week on Tossing It Out has been a highlight week for this blog to date. At least, that is how I look at it. The focus was on the exceptional author Athol Dickson and a review of his current book LOST MISSION. I hope everyone had an opportunity to read these entries and if not I hope you will click on the links above and check them out. Quality authors like Athol Dickson deserve recognition from those of us who call ourselves writers and we should let our non-writer friends know about some of the truly fine literature that is currently on the market.
Speaking of recognition, I raised some questions in my Friday blog post about bloggers and blogging and also gave some recognition to some bloggers of note. I hope some of you will go to some of these recommended blogs and recognize them. As Sig at BeadedBear pointed out in her post on Thursday , most of us bloggers are not writing just for ourselves, we hope that somebody is reading, and just a little note to say you stopped by is encouraging. But I guess I don't have to tell you that. On Monday I will have some more things to say about blogging and some hints that I've found helpful.
On Sunday, I will continue discussing the importance of Christians becoming involved in a "community" of other believers. This goes back to my thought in the previous paragraph. We are part of a blog community and it's pretty nifty when one blogger gives another encouragement and support. I've been seeing a lot of this lately, especially with the 12 days of community promotional effort. A strong, supportive community helps all of us.
Now, let's see--Sunday, Monday-- got those covered. Here's where the uncertainty comes into play. I'm sure many of you are in my situation. With the holidays many of us are travelling, spending time with families, or just doing things that come this time of year. I am no exception. I've noticed some blogs essentially shutting down until after the first of the year and others expressing uncertainty. You can put me in the uncertainty crowd.
While I hope to make every effort to post each day, I'm not going to make any promises. I'm trying to prepare articles ahead of time that will be scheduled to post automatically, but I don't know if I'm going to get nearly 20 articles prepared between now and Wednesday. So I'll be winging it I guess and if I disappear for a while don't forget about me. I plan to be back full strength after January 2, 2010.
In the meantime wish me well. One of my daughters is getting married in New Jersey next weekend. Then I'll be visiting my son in Virginia the following weekend. I'll wrap up my trip visiting my mother and other family members in East Tennessee. And poor ol' me still doesn't have a laptop. If anyone is looking for something to get me for Christmas, a nice laptop will do.
Maybe some time away from computers is not so bad though. Some of the other bloggers have mentioned that they plan to take a hiatus from their computers. I don't know about that. I was feeling for Stephen Tremp of Breakthrough Blogs when his computer was down for several days. You get kind of used to the darn thing and kind of feel lost without it.
So how about the rest of you. Has anybody looked at any of the blogs I suggested? Have you been promoting anyone elses blogs? Has someone else's promotion of your blog had any kind of effect on your following or comments? Are you travelling for the holdays? Are there any loved ones that you usually only get to see a few times of year? Is anyone else planning a break from their computers?
Now there's some questions that should keep you busy. I'm just tossing it out to you.