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Serving God by Serving Girls

Today’s a special edition of Works-for-me-Wednesday. Instead of focusing it on making my life easier, I’m hoping God will use this post to help out a fellow blogger. Thanks for stopping by from Shannon’s blog, but please don’t stay long! Go help Amy Beth!

I’ve been reading Amy Beth’s blog since the beginning of the summer, and I’m continually blessed by her heart for God. She heads up a ministry for girls in a small town in Tennessee not so far from where Christian is from, so I feel a special bond with her.

Her program, Starlite Ministries, serves elementary, middle and high school girls in her area. She does it by enlisting the help of college girls at the place where she went to college. Starlite is God-centered and girl-focused, and it’s not surprising that God has grown the ministry in big ways.

But times are tough. One of their biggest donors isn’t able to give as much this year, so Amy Beth has been looking for other ways to help fund Starlite.

She just posted about an opportunity from Microsoft on her blog. All you have to do is download a toolbar into Internet Explorer (I don’t even use Internet Explorer, so it doesn’t bother me at all to download it). Starlite will receive money based on the number of downloads.

Sure, obsessing over calendars and figuring out how to cure toothaches work for me, but serving God by serving these girls really works for me.

So head over to Amy Beth’s blog and download that toolbar!


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Promote Your Site For Free @ Brown Eyed Basics

Because I want to get to know my readers better, I’ve got a proposition for you that may help you get a few more clicks to your blog.

My blogroll is one of my most clicked-on pages, and most people who visit it click-through to the blogs listed. If you’ve been reading brown eyed basics regularly and have a blog you’d like to promote, let me know, and I’ll happily include you in the new “readers’ blogs” section of my blogroll.

Leave a comment on this post or e-mail me letting me know you’d like to be added!

Update: I’ve added a little widget with the number of readers I purportedly have, but I’m really discouraged. Not because it says that I have only 3 readers (when clearly, I have more, since I’ve got 5 people on my blogroll in less than 24 hours), but because Feedburner can’t seem to decide. That widget says 3, but when I sign into Feedburner, it says I have 0 subscribers. I seem to be the victim of its wily whims. Anyone else ever have this problem?


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The Great October Blog Purge (Part 3)

I’ve been pleasantly surprised how unsubscribing from only 10 blogs in the last two weeks has really helped out in Google Reader. In fact, this week it was very difficult deciding which ones to let go. I think next will be even harder!

For more information on the Great October Blog Purge, check out the last two weeks of the purge.

This week, it’s a variety of blog genres – and, surprisingly, no personal finance blogs.

Cranky Fitness :: I’ve been interested to realize that I don’t enjoy reading fitness blogs as much as, say, personal finance blogs. I guess I have a broader range of knowledge about fitness than I do about finance, and it’s easier for topics to be less applicable to me since people differ so much in their fitness needs and wants. That said, Cranky Fitness is a refreshing read from women that covers a lot of different issues. They also have some great giveaways!

The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar :: This one is going the same way as The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks – not because it isn’t funny, but because 1) I don’t need any more encouragement to be a grammar nerd and 2) It doesn’t encourage me like, say, personal finance blogs (can you tell I really like personal finance blogs?). If you are a stickler for appropriate diction, this is your blog.

Flowerdust.net :: I subscribed to this blog after hearing numerous other blogs I read refer to it. Probably my only beef with it is that she doesn’t capitalize her sentences, but that’s minor compared to the depth of thought she puts into her writing. The real issue with removing this one from Google Reader is mostly that I have other blogs that I’ve been reading longer that are just as encouraging and thought-provoking, and really, I don’t have that many thoughts to be provoked in one day.

Owen Strachan :: I don’t even remember how I found Mr. Strachan’s blog, but he writes a lot of issues in Christianity. I think he’s an excellent writer, but his posts are sometimes long, and I feel like I never have time to read them. It makes me feel guilty. Then I remember I’m not obligated to read every blog post published online.

Baby Bangs :: A mom blog, which actually beats out personal finance blogs as my favorite kind to read. The interesting thing about these is that I really have to read them for a long time before I feel like I really “know” the blogger. Unfortunately, this is not a good time in my life for me to get to know bloggers who I don’t actually know. Sad.


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A Wee Little Announcement

To the uber-bloggers who get 20,000 hits a day, this probably won’t seem like a big deal, but today this humble little blog received its 2000th hit on the 40th day of its existence. I haven’t done a whole lot of promotional stuff since the first couple weeks, so it seems like the content is doing its own work now.

Thanks to those of you who read every day, whether or not you comment!


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Blog Action Day – Is God Calling You To Sponsor A Child?

I wish I were more on the ball and had realized today was Blog Action Day. Thankfully, Gather Little by Little has written plenty about it, and I was incredibly humbled that he again mentioned the post I wrote about the little girl I sponsor through Compassion.

I have a post in the works about my experience with Compassion for my own blog, but I want to emphasize that one of the things I love about Compassion is that they are a holistic organization. They provide children with food, water, education and clothes, but they also offer them Jesus.

Please go read his post and consider ways that God might be leading you to aid those in poverty. If you’re interested in Compassion, please consider sponsoring a child. I’d be happy to answer any questions. I also have a child packet on my desk right now for a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania named Herieth. If you’re interested, I can either bring it to you (if I know you) or mail it to you.

I’m a volunteer child advocate for Compassion, but I don’t receive anything for publicizing them in this way. God has given me a passion for these children, and I’m so blessed to have people like GLBL help me spread the word.


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The Great October Blog Purge (Part 2)

If you missed last week’s explanation of my attempt to simplify my blog reading, check out this post.

I think my first purge last week really motivated me. All week I was ready to unsubscribe from blogs, but I held myself off so I would remember which ones I was unsubscribing from. So I could write this post.

I wish I could tell you how many times during the day I think This would be a great thing to blog about.

I think that means I need medication or something.

Clearly, I am obsessed with blogs.

Anyway, this week there are actually a few that I’ve been subscribing to for a long time, but I feel like I’ve reaped enough benefit from them for the time being.

I also have to add: I got two comments last week from people whose blogs I’d unsubscribed from, and I felt like the biggest jerk ever. I don’t mind the comments at all, but please know that I’m really trying to get you new subscribers by linking to you! Promise!

And now, with trembling fingers, I present the next five victims of the purge:

The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks :: Bethany’s blog almost made me wet my pants the first time I saw it, and I’ve been reading for a long time. But with so many other blogs, I don’t even look at the pictures anymore. Sad, but true. If you’re a grammar nerd like me, you will love this blog.

The Passive Dad :: If you read my explanation from last week about personal finance blogs, you’ll understand why I’m getting rid of another one. The idea behind this blog is to promote “passive” ways of earning income; that is, income from blog ads or things that you don’t really have to spend time doing. I’m already doing a lot of this myself (and working on posts about some of the ways), and I just don’t have time for another blog about money. Sorry, Passive Dad. You seem really nice.

Girls Just Wanna Have Funds :: First of all, catchy name. That was what drew me there. They have a great blog geared towards women and personal finance, so…. yeah. Another personal finance blog (I kind of went through a phase, in case you can’t tell). They have a great carnival of personal finance they participate in that has lots of great links. You should check it out.

Conversion Diary :: I really, really want to have time to read this blog. She write deep, thoughtful posts and gets linked to by other people all the time. But I read a lot of blogs by moms and I have some favorites that I’ve had for a long time. Someone had to go. Unfortunately, it was Jen’s blog. But please, go and read some of her writing. I guarantee it will touch you.

Movie Pastor :: I went on a kick a year or so ago where I subscribed to a bunch of pastors. This one actually came on my radar due to something controversial that was posted. Since then, I’ve kept up with this church planter and his church in Alabama. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he types, but I think it’s important to know what other Christians are doing even if you disagree on certain points.

And just in case you’re wondering, I’m thinking in November I’ll highlight some of the blogs I make time to read because I love them so much. Stay tuned, though – I still have two more weeks of the purge.


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The Great October Blog Purge (Part 1)

In the two months when I didn’t have a job, and for most of the summer when I did have a job, I spent a whole bunch of time reading blogs. I started reading personal finance blogs over the summer, then moved on to fitness blogs, which led to cooking blogs, which… well, you get the picture.

It was no problem when I had hours upon hours to read all my subscriptions. But this week, what with my new job starting and all, I have constantly had unread items in Google Reader. And that drives me crazy.

When I checked last night, I had 164 subscriptions. Granted, some of those are sites that are rarely updated. But I’d say at least 100 of them post something every day, and that is a lot of reading. The problem is that many of the blogs are ones I added all at once, so I haven’t really had time to differentiate. It used to be I’d add one blog every couple weeks, and I really got to know the blogger through their posts. That’s still true of some of my oldest subscriptions, but some of the newer ones are just cluttering up my eyespace.

Thus, it’s time for The Great October Blog Purge. It’s hard for me to let go, so I’m going to be getting rid of at least five subscriptions a week for the rest of the month. That means by the end of October, I should be at least 20 subscriptions lighter. And, if my hypothesis is correct, I won’t even miss them much.

At the same time, I know what it’s like for your feed reader count to go down unexpectedly. It can be disheartening. So I’m going to link to all the blogs I’m unsubscribing from. Maybe some of you will decide to subscribe and cheer them up.

Because honestly, these are good blogs. There are just so many good blogs.

Without further ado, the first victims of the purge:

Cheap Healthy Good :: A food blog that posts a great compendium of links every week. There are great recipe ideas, great tips for being frugal, etc. Really well written.

Epicurious :: Great recipes, but they’re more gourmet and sometimes a little obscure. Also, only the picture and recipe title shows up in my feed reader. Most of the time, I don’t bother to click-through.

The Wisdom Journal :: A blog that focuses on wise living, mostly in the area of finances. In finance blogs especially, I’m finding a severe overlap of topics. Honestly, there is only so much you can write about, and very little of it hasn’t been done before. This one isn’t bad; it’s just one of my more recent subscriptions, and I have others that I’ve been reading longer that I felt worse about letting go.

Prime Time Money :: A personal finance blog that is much like others you may have read. Good tips, helpful posts, but not much different than the majority. See explanation above.

The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl :: Because I consider myself a “Dietgirl,” I thought this blog would be good to read. And it is. But there isn’t a whole lot I’m not already reading elsewhere, and I don’t feel like I connected with the author as quickly as I have with other blogs. If you’re looking for a fitness blog to subscribe to, though, this could be the one.

Let me reiterate: These blogs are not “bad” blogs. It’s just that I have so many in my feed reader. I’ve got to start somewhere.

I would ask you guys which blogs you would recommend, but clearly I don’t need help in that area.

Instead, tell me how you read blogs. Do you use a feed reader, or do you just keep a few in your favorites? Do you subscribe by e-mail?


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