Month in Review – May ’11

Ben —  June 1, 2011 — 20 Comments

One more month left and these “reviews” are going to go away, or possibly transition into something else. Having a list in my “about” page is starting to be an eyesore. I’m over it.  Thanks to KC over at Some Wise Guy, I signed up w/ Book Sneeze so maybe I’ll start giving away books too. Giveaways rock.

Overall, May was pretty awesome.

“I wrote a song about it, like to hear it hear it go.”

March and April sucked, but I’m not sure what happened in those two months. Reflecting back on certain events that transpired that I could place the “blame” on my lack of writing wasn’t happening, so I guess I was just in a “rut.” Maybe.

The month of May was different, thankfully. Kim’s birthday went off without a hitch, mother’s day was easy, and Kim also wrote an awesome piece about being Just a Volunteer, as well as a promise to our future son. Double posting for a month is exciting for both of us, because usually she only posts once. Every other month. She also updated her sidebar with a pretty sweet photo from our Christmas party, you should go check it out here. I guess I’ll go ahead and just say I dedicate this past month to my bride. She’s all kinds of awesome.

Ok, so May (aka Month #5). Here we go.

1) Publish at least 3 well-written posts a week.

Winner! With a grand total of 15, I think I made up a bit for April. No?

7) BE a guest poster

Once again, somebody thought I had something valuable to share, so I posted over at Dad of Divas. Go check it out if you haven’t yet.

9) Have 100 subscribers

Added 5 more for a grand total of 44. I’m thinking if I posted 5x a week I’d have hit 100 by now, but I would probably have already quit blogging too…

11) Influence at least 2 people to start blogging.

Another win! I can’t say who yet, as we’re in the process of setting it up now. I’m thinking it might be a long process, but they’re focused and I can’t wait to show what they have to share! Oh no, I said too much…

Added Goals

17) Purchase the support license for Pro Photo Theme from the 8Bit team, and integrate it into the photography section of my blog.

Top 5 Posts of May
Shout Outs:

Alex over at Alex Speaks, and Mo over at The Blogging have been studs at commenting, and really engage their readers through their blogs. Go check them out.

I’ve actually met Allen over at Harley in the City, because basically he will be hanging with Kim and me for a week in Venezuela.

Orange Parents is a definite must read for parents, go read it. Do it.

I’ve not personally spoken to Adam over at his personal blog yet, but his story is tremendously heart wrenching and has touched me in ways I cannot even explain. Check out how completely awesome it is as  he shares his last few moments with his son. If you hit either of the 2 links, be prepared to have your life changed. I also wanted to do a quick shout to Adam because of their current adoption process, which will finalize the adoption of their Angela come June 9th. This is definitely a blog worth reading. You can also check out Adam’s interview over at Beta Christian here.

Ok May, thanks for showing up and getting me out of March and April. Let’s kick June in the a$$.

So how’d your May go?

20 responses to Month in Review – May ’11

  1. Wow sometimes I am amazed how we move in the same circles of motion. I signed up for booksneeze last week as well. I am retiring from writing of the NASCAR news site, so I figured I might squeeze some reading time in again. Definately ought to be able to read a few books on the Venezuela trip.

    May was an awesome month at our house as well. I look back at it and get exhausted realizing what was accomplished.

    I am looking forward to our trip and to y’alls upcoming adoption.

    I am praying for you, brother.


    • You’ll be amazed at how little time we have to actually read, other than the time on de plane boss.

      So, when are you migrating to WP? I want to head the campaign to get you to switch!

      • That’s the time I planning for reading. I can usually digest a book in 2-3 hrs. When I was a traveling consultant, I carried books for the flights. Got a lot of reading done 🙂

        Migrating to WP? Hmm, really not interested in spending money to selfhost when blogger is free 🙂 Go ahead, call me cheap.

  2. Yay for goals! Keep at it duder. I tried booksneeze out a year ago. I still need to review that book. 🙁

    • LOL, I did notice their ‘selection’ is kind of limited, but still it’s free.

      I also noticed spanish titles in there, I did not check espanyole. What gives?

  3. Booksneeze is cool. I reviewed a book last year (@pwilson’s Plan B) but stalled through my second book. I need to finish and review.

    Congrats on your goals. Love seeing that.

    Btw, Adam shares more of his story on today. Good stuff.

    And, I agree – Orange Parents blog is one of my favorites.

    • Hmmm… maybe I can convince the Orange peops to have you or the wifey guest blog. Maybe?

      • I’ve been trying for quite some time to get my wife to blog/write more regularly. She has some really good thoughts. But alas, I’ll have to settle for a guest post 1x a month for now. Maybe an Orange post will provide a little jumpstart…. Maybe…. 🙂

  4. Ben,
    Thank you so much for those kind words I really appreciate it. We are beyond excited for the adoption to be finalized with Angela. Cannot wait for it to finally be official in the states eyes that she is our daughter! Plus then we can post her picture on your blogs with out the little dot on her face 🙂

    • I sent you an email earlier, I really like reading y’alls stuff. Like I said in the email, thanks so much for sharing with the interweb folks.

  5. Benjamin Linus, I mean, Ben the man. You had a good month and I had a great time reading and commenting on your blog as well as Kim’s. She’s the real deal and I’m happy for you. She just may be funnier than you (which I would never have guessed).

    Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

    Oh and that Adam guy? Yeah, he’s the real deal!

  6. BTW, In her blog, I see a picture of her. Not you. Did she crop you from the Christmas photo? LOL.

  7. I definitely agree about Mo over at The Blogging. How does he do that? It’s admirable fo sho.

    Major props to you on getting 15 posts in, Ben. I feel like keeping up with it keeps my motivation going. Also, guest posting helps me to strive to be better. Those are a couple of the things I’ve been working on. 🙂

    • It’s weird, the 15 count kind of snuck up on me, I don’t even know where they came from! Thanks 🙂

      I’m really having mixed feelings on guest posting now, for some reason I get all anxious, because it’s not “my place.” It’s fear, I suppose… and we know who has NOT given us the spirit of fear. Right?

      I’ll get over it.

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