Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Update for Wednesday

Okay. So several things have happened while I've been on Hiatus.

I've lost 4 followers. I don't suppose I can really blame them, I mean why follow when there's nothing new to read.

I've added about 15,000 words to the re-write of Warrior-Monks. I'm basically proud of that, but I still need to get a lot more done, and still won't have much time to read as many blogs as I would like this short week.

My kids are now officially both out of school. Madison will be in 5th grade this fall, and Kylie is technically now a sophomore. We've been spending lots of time at the pool.

We joined a Gym. Yep. It's time for this writer to get in shape before my heart implodes from being pickled in too much alcohol. This place has TVs built into the treadmills, so hopefully NFL Live will make 30 minutes of cardio feel like 10. Hopefully.

Anyway, I've got something special for you guys tomorrow, so stay tuned. And followers? Please stop leaving. I promise to write more if you stay.

57 comments:

Suzie F. said...

Well done on the rewrite! Don't worry about the missing followers. Blogger was mighty hungry last week.

Sounds like you're enjoying the summer!

Josin L. McQuein said...

Suzie beat me to it - Blogger was definitely wonky last week, so it's possible the missing followers are a glitch.

TV's in the treadmill are great, but someone needs to invent one for writers that's equipt with Word, so we can edit while walking.

mooderino said...

Well, I've only just started following you so not all bad (depends how you look at it though).

mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino
(not sure what your twitter is but if you follow me I'll follow you back)

Melissa Bradley said...

It might be a glitch, but it still stings when they're gone. Ah well. Good luck on the gym thing and congrats for getting 15,000 words added. Very cool!

Old Kitty said...

I will never leave!! I lost one too - oh well!! Bloggie life goes on!! Oooh will tomorrow have chocolate too?!?!? Yay!

Take care
x

Sarah said...

I lost 3 followers in 24 hours one day last week, so I doubt your follower loss was much more than a glitch, or maybe a few people deleting their gmail accounts. Wow--15k words! Keep at it! (And have fun at the gym. You are a better person than I)

Jess said...

I want to join a gym, but I'm using our limited finances as an excuse not to :) I bet you'll end up loving it, though~ it might take a few weeks, but you'll start to get twitchy if you don't go.

Congrats on the revision break-through and added words!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I also lost a follower or two last week. Okay, I'm going with everyone else. It must be because of the Blogger glitch. :)

I love working out (not that I do as much as I could). That's when I solve plot problems. I couldn't go running yesterday, and was annoyed because I NEEDED to figure out the problem with my WIP. Fortunately a shower had the same trick. It must have something to do with not being near pen and paper at the time that inspires the ideas/solutions to hit. :D

Laura Pauling said...

It's got to be b/c of the Blogger glitch, I can't imagine unfollowing someone. I wouldn't even know how to do it. :)

Anne Gallagher said...

My monster gets out of school next Friday, which means I have exactly 7 working days to get the rewrites done on my 89k ms. hahhahahhahahhah yeah, I'm not sweating that one.

Em-Musing said...

That's what I love about the world of bloggers...sharing angst. I hate when I lose a follower because I never know why. I never thought about glitches. Enjoy the workouts.

B Kaur said...

Hi Matthew, sorry you lost some followers, but you got one new one today: me! :)

Gina said...

I'm a newer follower. I've yet to un-follow a blog, so I'll be around for a while!

Jessica Bell said...

That's so weird that you lost those followers! Their loss I suppose. So glad to hear you got some writing done. Now you just have to keep it up! :o)

aspiring_x said...

WOW!!! that's a lotta writing! keep it up! and now i feel guilty about taking a (very long) hiatus from my exercise program. yech. :)

Creepy Query Girl said...

I lost a couple too recently! And for the first time ever, I actually 'unfollowed' someone who was posting new blogs every three seconds and blowing up my google reader. It takes some serious time and effort to 'unfollow' I'm almost offended so many people have intentially taken the time to unfollow me! Have a heart people!

Summer Frey said...

I can't do the TV thing while working out. I'm all about the power rock cranked up on my iPod. Then again, I don't go to a gym anymore--just run. It's hot as balls and sweatier to boot, but I like it.

Sara McClung ♥ said...

AWESOME progress!! Congrats :) And don't worry about the lost followers... it happens to me all the time, but new ones show up even more frequently, and they stick around! Plus, I think sometimes people maybe delete their blogs, so it may not be anything personal...

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mshatch said...

I know how you feel about the working out thing; I just started running again (I'm a total fair weather runner) in the hopes of not looking the stay puft marshmallow man's sister this summer.

And, you added 15,000 words! Holy cow, I'm trying to cut twice that from my finished but bloated manuscript.

Ted Cross said...

I lost a follower last week. I would hope it wouldn't be about lack of posts but rather that the person's particular wants were not being met here.

Anita said...

The un-following thing is weird. Who has time for that?! I've unfollowed about five people, but it was because they were offensive or something, not 'cause they took a break (said the woman who's taking a break).

Laura Marcella said...

I haven't taken a hiatus and I lost 3 followers last month! I'm choosing to believe it's because those three people deleted their own blogs. Oh well! So anyway, I wouldn't worry about the lost followers. It happens!

Congrats on the increasing word count!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Wonder if the lost followers decided they'd had enough of blogger's glitches and went elsewhere? Just sayin'.

I'm glad we all seem to be on the same wavelength: June=hiatus. At least I know I won't miss anything big. :)

Liza said...

Well, I'm a new follower, and I'm sticking around!

Kelly said...

I used to watch my soap opera while doing my 30 on the treadmill. A guilty pleasure and I didn't watch it unless I was exercising! Unfortunately our treadmill is kaput and gone so haven't watched the soap in a while! Good luck on your new exercise routine and hurray for 15,000 words! WOW!

Cindy Blog-A-Liddle said...

Nine days is a hiatus? Shesh, on my blog that's often the norm between postings. Bloggers are entitled to have a real life occasionally--aren't they?

For those that "unfollowed" you--whether or not it was because you went a whole nine days without adding anything new *oh the horror!* or whether they stopped following you for some other reason, new followers will take their place. Hopefully, they will be more dedicated followers too.

Welcome back. ;-)

Michael G-G said...

Dude, you are rockin'(the writing, the pool, the gym.) I'm proud of you, man!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

i've also lost 2 followers recently, so maybe it's just a few people cleaning up their lists? Bahdunno. I did get four new ones after that, so i guess things even out.
Go you on the 15K, that is rockin! And also, good luck at the gym. I always need something super entertaining on the tube to make my 60 mins bearable

Michelle Merrill said...

Congrats on your re-write. I'm currently in the re-write stage and it can be daunting.

I've lost followers lately too. I wonder if some people are just done with blogging and they delete their blog. At least, that's what I tell myself :) But, I haven't been the best at posting lately. It makes sense.

I'll be back tomorrow.

Steve C said...

I lost all twenty of my followers when they found me in bed with another monk. Now I gotta dye my beard and change my name if I'm going to keep the ashram open for the summer.

And congrats on the exercise! Nothing like walking to get the ideas going.

Bryce Daniels said...

Just keep writing, Matt.

"If you build it, they will come." (Shameless plagiarism)

"What's a 'follower?'" (Shameless inside joke)

"Can I e-mail you a few pounds to work off for me?" (Shameless inappropriate usage of Al Gore's magnificent Internet machine)

Here's to your continued success in the word output department!

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Sorry, Matthew. Once you're friends with me, you're stuck with me for life. I'm one of those stubborn pups who just won't go away no matter how many times you whack him on the nose with a newspaper!

Munk said...

Warrior-Munks??? What?

Paul Joseph said...

Lucky! My stupid gym, despite being a mega corporate franchise worth gazillions, only has a few television monitors hanging from the ceiling that broadcast annoying political banters 24-7. I think a personal TV on my machine would be awesome; I might even up my cardio time to an hour during my primetime shows. Good luck, Matt. I think you'll find it has a lot of benefits beyond the physical ones.

Carrie said...

glad to hear your rewrites are going well. Congrats on joining the gym. I'm so jealous of the treadmills with the TVs. TV is what I need to stay on the elliptical.
Don't be bummed about the followers. Blogger has been weird with comments and stuff so maybe people are just leaving blogger.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Sorry. Those four followers were talking smack and I had to kill them.

Christina Lee said...

Whoa,15 K is darn good--go YOU!!!!

Candyland said...

I lost followers with my lack of posting, too. And, the comments have dwindled. And, please don't let your heart implode.

Lindsay said...

Awesome job on the wordage! :)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Don't feel bad about your lost followers - it's their loss. When your hiatus is over, they'll probably come back. :)
And congrats on 15,000 words!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The TVs and my iPod keep me going at the gym. And don't worry about those followers. You'll probably gain twice that many during the blogfest next Monday.

Marsha Sigman said...

I will not leave you. And I want to pick up your slack on that alcohol consumption. I need it today.lol

mmshaunakelley said...

If only treadmills had TVs AND beer coozies! That would be MY kind of gym...

ali said...

First, many people have lost a few followers lately due to the ongoing blogger weirdness. Just sayin'.

Also, a GYM. Dude. You and me BOTH!! You'll have to let me know how that turning-30-min-of-cardio-into-10 thing works out for ya :)

And how sad the girlies are growing up. :( I have mixed feelings about my own dudes. It's weird and awesome all at the same time. My guys will be in 6th grade next year. *sigh* They are getting long and lanky, growing dark hair on their legs and, um, noticing girls. *sigh again*

M Pax said...

Glad you're back. Especially glad your commenting is set up so I can comment [stupid blogger issue].

Yay on the word count. I think people are purged periodically and that they didn't unfollow you. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what I choose to believe.

S.B.Niccum said...

Lost four, won one. Two more and you're back!
Good luck at the gym.
S.B. Niccum
Author Website
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B.E. Sanderson said...

I never left a blog for not posting - just for posting something I found really really offensive. I doubt seriously that will ever be the case here, so if I suddenly disappear from your followers, blame Blogger. And let me know so I can re-follow you. =o)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Boooo!

If it's any consolation, they suck.

JUST KIDDING.

Followers come and go all the time. It's not you. It may also be Blogger. *grumbles*

Also, I have a feeling you and Simon will be trouble this October. TROUBLE. Hide the vodka.

Lydia K said...

Every now and again I lose a follower. It happens. I'll jump on the bandwagon and say it's just a glitch in the system. That Glitch is a hungry little bugger, ain't he?

Clarissa Draper said...

I would gladly exchange four followers for 15,000 words. I'm trying to lose weight too, my husband and I are doing a challenge.

Angela Ackerman said...

Okay so I might have an answer to the Follower thing, sort of.

With the blogger cap on blogs that can be followed, sometimes people have to go through and unfollow some when they reach the limit. I know, I know, they are still unfollowing (it happens to all of us), but at least it isn't active dislike to the point where they are compelled to unfollow...right?

(Yeah, it doesn't really make me feel much better either, but that's how it goes.)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

BTN Hip Hop said...

One follower here that will never leave. you post great stuff man.

good luck on the workout, the tv should help.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Don't sweat the follower count. It goes up and down with the seasons; I always lose a few in January.

And enjoy the exercise! We want you to stay around for a long time!

Lisa Gail Green said...

I will try to stop by and read your piece later today! In the meantime you've made me feel better. I lost a few followers too, and I was bummed. But if YOU did also... It must not be us! :D

Michael Winchell said...

Okay, you just gained a follower. Only a difference of three now.

LTM said...

1-I still haven't figured out how to stop following a blog, so you're stuck w/me... :D LOL!

2-Starting a workout routine is tough--hang in there. And yes, those little TVs help. Until you start running, then they'll make you hurt yourself. ;p

3-Is "If You Stay" your response to my book reviews? Love the writing~