If we were having coffee, you’d catch me on a second or third cup, perched on my big purple couch, amidst a controlled chaos of sorts. We’ve several kiddos, lots of adults, and the pup in the house today, and it’s a wee bit crowded. I don’t generally have so many cups of coffee, mind you, but it’s been A Very Long And Busy Week, and today will be A Very Long Day. I’d bid you hello and grab a cup of coffee, especially if you’re new around here.
And some of you very well might be new. In addition to A to Z-ers who are visiting, some of you have probably wandered over from the amazing feature that The Daily Post published on Thursday about the weekend coffee share community.
If so, welcome! You might be wondering what this is all about. I started the Weekend Coffee Share last year after lots of feedback and several months of writing posts that imagined a conversation with my blog readers that started with the “if we were having coffee” line. The coffee share runs on the weekends, and there aren’t a lot of rules—-posts just need to be formatted like a conversation over beverages (we’ve had tea-drinkers and cocktail-hours as well as coffee) AND be written within the past week (so you don’t need to publish on the weekend to join the link-up). The hashtag #weekendcoffeeshare is in use all weekend on Twitter and Facebook, and it is sometimes used a bit during the week as well. For even more info on the coffee share, go here, and if you’re looking for more about me, go here or here!
I try to visit each coffee post added to the link-up on the weekends. And while you’re certainly not required to make visits, I encourage you to bounce around the linky list rather than just posting a link and scooting away. I know that sometimes that’s all you guys have time for; hell, sometimes it’s all I have time for, too! But the coffee share works best as a community because we read each others’ posts, comment, and share them.
You’ll find all kinds of bloggers here—some political, some lifestyle, some authors. You might not see them all each week, of course. Many people only write a coffee post when they have something personal that doesn’t fit into the regular schedule of their blog. Some people write posts every week. Some choose to make the coffee post a temporary feature. It can be almost anything a writer decides to turn it into, and that’s the beauty of the style.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today is Little Jedi’s birthday party. He’s turns 7 this coming week, so today we are celebrating by taking Little Jedi and 3 of his friends to play laser tag and putt putt golf, then we are having pizza and cake with the kids and some of our family– which, of course, is why my house is so full. 🙂
Funnily enough, although this is not Little Jedi’s actual birthday, this is the anniversary of the day I was admitted to the hospital with preeclampsia. I went for what I thought would be a regular check-up at 32 weeks, but that turned into a “go directly to the hospital” kind of appointment, and Little Jedi was born a few days later. He stayed in the NICU for 5 weeks afterward, and so every birthday in some ways ends up being a time to think about how incredibly lucky we were, how incredibly luck we are, that he is healthy.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the A to Z Challenge has also kept me pretty busy this week! I’ve been working on my list of Witchy Women to share with you guys, and of course yesterday was the first day of the challenge. There’ll be an A to Z post here in the afternoon, featuring Robin of Write On, Sisters! Robin sometimes writes about Hispanic monsters for Monster Mondays, an ongoing series that grew out of the A to Z Challenge last year, and I’m excited to have her talking about Brujería for the A to Z Challenge. (And pssstt…Those sisters have some awesome A to Z things going over at their blog, too, so go take a look!)
If we were having coffee, I think my cuppa would be almost empty, and I’d probably need to return to the birthday festivities. SO—Link up your posts below, keeping these 4 little things in mind:
1. Posts should be framed as a chat over coffee or some other beverage.
2. Posts should be current.
3. Links go on the link-up, not in the comments section.
4. Comment and share each others’ posts using #weekendcoffeeshare on Facebook and Twitter!