44 Responses to “Pen sluts unite…”

  1. Imogen Howson August 3, 2007 at 10:19 AM #

    Don’t separate. I originally came to this blog to find out about editing stuff, but I keep coming back because it generally entertains me. I really like the mix of editing/business/Brianna/Roomba/you flirting with your husband posts.

    People who only want to read one thing can use the categories. Don’t make me travel all the way to two blogs to read all your posts! :poke:

  2. Megan August 3, 2007 at 10:21 AM #

    I agree with Imogen–I like the diversity of posts you do, from Brianna, to editing, to cooking, to everything else.

  3. Jody W. August 3, 2007 at 10:28 AM #

    I’m fine with it the way it is, but for newcomers, maybe there is a way you could put an obvious link to the category page with editing posts near the top instead of down the sidebar? It’s what I did with my blog, since I share with my cat :). In fact my Mom told me off this morning because she only wants to read the cat posts, and I showed her how to use the tag link. Take that, Mom.

  4. Michelle August 3, 2007 at 10:31 AM #

    Don’t separate. I like both sides of your blog. I love to learn from the editor side, but I also like to see the personal mom, wife, real person side. Tells us you’re really not that evil! :evilha:

  5. Jaci Burton August 3, 2007 at 10:35 AM #

    some of my favorite author blogs are the ones who share not only information about writing, but also about their lives. Because face it…we all have lives. We’re not machines here. And I like the blending of the two. Makes it more balanced.

    Now I can see your point about you being a professsional and wanting to keep the professional side of yourself just that, and possibly separated from the fun “just Angie” side of you. Of course since we’re so close I always just think of you as Angie, so for me it’s different. You’re all wrapped up into one. So maybe it would be a good idea to do your fun “Angie” blog separately from your editor blog.

    I’m not helping, am I? :giggle:

  6. Melissa August 3, 2007 at 10:39 AM #

    I like your blog as a whole and think that you should keep it as one blog.

    If you get contacted about people just wanting editing posts or life posts you could offer some instruction on how to set up their RSS reader to subscribe to your category.

  7. Ember August 3, 2007 at 10:39 AM #

    I love both – your business, and your personal entries.

    I second the motion of tagging them Work and Life, or something similiar, so peole can have an easy way to just read the business part if that’s all they’re interested in. But really, blog readers are a nosy bunch in general – I think most people are going to want to see both :poke:

  8. Lesley Speller August 3, 2007 at 10:41 AM #

    “But then again, maybe the people visiting love all of my blog content and just want more, more, more. *snort*”

    I for one love all your blog content and just want more, more, more. hehe And I’m not just saying that to suck up because submissions are opening up again next week. :muahaha:

    But in all seriousness, I don’t think you should separate them. If someone is truly not interested in your personal stuff then as the lovely ladies above mentioned all you have to do is click on the categories.

    Personally I like a little of everything in my blog reading. I get a bit on the bored side when people do nothing but post about business. It’s like all the personality gets sucked right out of them, and really if I wanted to read nothing but the facts of editing I’m sure there are some really dry books at Barnes and Noble I could pick up. So please! Continue to entertain AND inform me at the same time. :popcorn:

  9. Jana J. Hanson August 3, 2007 at 10:53 AM #

    I like your blog as is. Editor, mommy, book fangirl — all sides of you — and I like reading about you.



  10. Annie August 3, 2007 at 11:06 AM #

    Ditto on keeping just one journal covering both your professional and personal posts. Though I’m not in the industry, the editing posts are intriguing and I enjoy reading both. Perhaps just make tag links more pronounced for those who are interested in only one or the other.

  11. Patrice August 3, 2007 at 11:22 AM #

    I like the combination of Nice Mommy/Evil Editor topics. It seems the catagory tags might be a good solution to seperating the information. Since I first “met” you online as fellow fan girls on an authors group, I enjoy seeing your successes in ePublishing as well as how big .5 is growing. And I used your Roomba posts to show Capt Bob that they really are a good idea! 🙂

    I can’t read all the blogs I have bookmarked daily, so having yours cover a variety of interests is cool.

    And yes, my name is Patrice. I am a Writing Implement Addict. LOL


    TGIF! 🙂

  12. May August 3, 2007 at 11:37 AM #

    Another commenter said you can create another RSS feed for industry-related posts only, and I second that.

    It’d be really cruel to make me subscribe to two Angie blogs. You’d be living up to your Meanie tag again.

  13. Laura August 3, 2007 at 11:41 AM #

    Don’t separate. You aren’t just an editor anymore than I’m just a writer. There are many different aspects to your life and it’s perfectly fine to write about all of them. It’s what makes this blog seem like it’s written by an actual human being. I think everyone can relate to that.

  14. Dan August 3, 2007 at 11:42 AM #

    There are many different editor blogs out there, and plenty of mommy blogs. But how many editor-mommy blogs?

    I’d say keep it together. If someone just wants to read about Samhain Publishing they can always use the category link.

  15. Charlene Teglia August 3, 2007 at 11:44 AM #

    My opinion? Keep one blog. A large part of the power of blogging is building personal connections. You can’t do that if you turn your editor blog into an impersonal one. My blog talks about writing, the business, etc., and then I post pictures of the garden we planted or walking at the beach with the kids. It’s more interesting and more human. I’d rather know the human side of Samhain than the business side. It was the human side that made me want to publish there!

  16. Tonni August 3, 2007 at 11:44 AM #

    I agree keep one blog. I come here daliy and read everything that you have on here.

  17. bettie August 3, 2007 at 11:46 AM #

    Please don’t separate. I like the nice mommy/evil editor thing. I think a “just editor” blog might be intimidating. I originally came here to read the editing entries, but I don’t read editor blogs on a regular basis–I might go crazy if I did. It’s the combination of observations on life and work that makes this blog a regular read for me.

  18. Kat August 3, 2007 at 12:43 PM #

    Everyone else has said what I was going to say…use categories and put a link with flashing lights at the top of the page. Plus a separate feed, if possible.

    Unless you were planning to name the editing blog “Pen sluts”. I’d vote to separate just for that.

  19. Jane August 3, 2007 at 12:43 PM #

    Why change things? You’ve been a great representative of your company and probably 99% of the reason Samhain is so well respected in the online community. It’s debilitating keeping up two blogs.

  20. Lindsey McGurk August 3, 2007 at 1:36 PM #

    I agree with everyone who loves the niche you’ve created for yourself. Editing is a lot more interesting when accompanied by cute pics of Brianna.

    But if you did want to “professionalize” and separate, I don’t think it’s a problem to not update as often – plenty of industry blogs don’t update daily. Or couldn’t you collaborate with some other editors – either at Samhain or elsewhere – to have a daily blog about editing in the epublishing world?

  21. Mad August 3, 2007 at 2:00 PM #

    Don’t change a thing…love it as it is. 🙂

  22. Jessica August 3, 2007 at 4:06 PM #

    Please don’t separate the blogs! If you either, take the categories list and raise it higher, or create a tab/link/etc at the top that gives them the page for “editing” only topics. Just thinking out loud. Does it make sense?

  23. Cherry Bennett August 3, 2007 at 4:24 PM #

    I’m with the rest; don’t change a thing! :bat:

  24. Carrie August 3, 2007 at 4:32 PM #

    I like your blog as is. 🙂

  25. Ciar Cullen August 3, 2007 at 5:24 PM #

    It’s nearly unanimous–keep it as is. This is one of the few blogs I read regularly, and it’s partly because of the mix.

  26. sandy l August 3, 2007 at 5:34 PM #

    You do whatever feels the most comfortable. Right now I enjoy the blog how it is.

  27. Angeleque August 3, 2007 at 5:42 PM #

    I say keep it together. Don’t separate it. I like the blog the way it is.

  28. Imogen Howson August 3, 2007 at 7:30 PM #

    See, everyone agrees with me. I should get the pens because I said it first.

  29. Marcia August 3, 2007 at 8:20 PM #

    Don’t seperate. I just now found your blog. If anything having two blogs will send me into an existential crisis. 😥

  30. Cherie J August 3, 2007 at 11:28 PM #

    I don’t think you need to separate either. i like the diversity of the content of the posts. Even though I am not an author, I think you have to offer a variety of content for everyone. That’s what keeps it interesting.

  31. Cheryl S. August 3, 2007 at 11:50 PM #

    My vote is to not separate your blog. I’m another newbie that just found it and I enjoy it just the way it is.

  32. Crystal August 4, 2007 at 12:32 AM #

    Nooooo please don’t split the blog up. I love coming here and reading both sides of it. The balance that you’re working on (and blogging about) helps me keep in tune with my two sides – and I love that.

  33. Ann August 4, 2007 at 1:43 AM #

    I agree with everybody else, don’t separate it. I found your blog through the Thursday Thirteen, and have enjoyed reading about both sides: the editor and the person. And I too am addicted to writing implements :popcorn:

  34. Willa August 4, 2007 at 5:09 AM #

    Keep it together and you won’t have existential crisis!!


  35. Karen Scott August 4, 2007 at 9:01 AM #

    Don’t separate. I like the variety of personal stuff, and publishing stuff. All of one or the other would personally bore me stupid.

    Seeing as I haven’t bothered reading anybody else’s comments, this could just be me though.

    Erm, by the way, you don’t have to send me pens, I have millions already, and they end up in all sorts of interesting places…

  36. Jackie C August 4, 2007 at 10:43 AM #

    One blog please. Don’t feel kindly about doing without pink cowboy hats and riding trikes.
    The editor part is good but there are those of us who want to read about what is happening in the Nice Mommy part of the blog title.

  37. Patrice August 4, 2007 at 12:36 PM #

    PS: Please do not attempt to deny Pens to a Pen Slut for their own good. There is no cure for Writing Implement Addiction. It is much the same as Book Addiction. You must feed the beast! Arrrgh!


    Oh and seems the consensus is…Work/Life Unite! lol :goodevil:

  38. Jenn L August 4, 2007 at 6:59 PM #

    Don’t seperate them. Editing is part of who you are and that love of books is how I got to know you over on Jaci’s yahoo group back when Brianna was still only .5.

    You blog is a good balance, it’s gives all of us a glimpse into the world of e publishing and as a reader of many ebooks i like to read that as much as I like to see pictures of Brianna. I’m with Jaci, my favorite blogs are those that combine who you are and what you do together.

    Just my thoughts. Hope this helps

  39. Jackie L. August 4, 2007 at 11:01 PM #

    I like it just the way it is. Why change something that is working?

  40. Jackie August 5, 2007 at 8:17 AM #

    Angie, I recently merged my two blogs so that instead of me having one and Jezebel having one and neither getting updated too frequently because deadlines and real life can really suck at times, now there’s just one blog, on my website, and once in a while, Jezebel posts or will do interviews.

    I just couldn’t keep up the two blogs.

    I’m much happier — well, saner; no, happier — this way.

  41. Jackie August 5, 2007 at 8:18 AM #

    Angie, I recently merged my two blogs so that instead of me having one and Jezebel having one and neither getting updated too frequently because deadlines and real life can really suck at times, now there’s just one blog, on my website, and once in a while, Jezebel posts or will do interviews.

    I just couldn’t keep up the two blogs.

    I’m much happier — well, saner; no, happier — this way.

    So I would say that you should keep the one blog instead of separating into two. Just my two cents. Er, nickel.

  42. Jackie August 5, 2007 at 8:18 AM #


  43. erinw August 5, 2007 at 12:24 PM #

    I think you should leave it one, big, happy blog, Angie. If you separate into two blogs, I’ll just have twice as many blogs to visit, lolol. I like how you split between editorial stuff and personal stuff… I think it’s a nice “well-rounded” blog! Just my two cents!

  44. Crystal B. August 6, 2007 at 10:59 AM #

    Don’t separate the blog. I like reading all your posts.

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