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Why I’m Revamping My Blogging Routine + Happy Links

{This week: My blogging routine, The Year of Living Danishly, Messy, and more.}

Photo by Tammy Strobel

Hi all,

I’ve been thinking about revamping my blogging routine for the last six months, and Alexandra Franzen’s recent essay—What else?—helped me finalize my decision.

Moving forward, I’ll share the following on RowdyKittens.com:

  • a weekly essay or photo roundup
  • a monthly roundup of 10 happy links

I’m posting my happy links monthly—rather than weekly—for the following reasons.

1. For the last 9 years, I’ve curated a roundup of happy links for blog readers because I enjoy sharing helpful articles and books with others. In 2017, I’m dialing back how many links I share because my focus is changing slightly. This year, I’ll be giving my attention to pursuits like writing longer essays, teaching, cooking, CrossFit, swimming, and reading more books.

2. And speaking of books, my aim is to read 200 books in 2017. To make that intention a reality, I’ll be reading fewer articles online and focusing on activities that help me retain what I’m reading.

I’ll post my next happy links round-up on Friday, February 24, 2017. With that, here’s my last link roundup for the month of January. Happy reading friends!

1. What else?—advice I took to heart.

2. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country—Helen Russell’s book is a gem. I loved the blend of storytelling and research in Russel’s book. Plus, she is hilarious!

3. Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives—Tim Harford’s book is filled with fascinating research and stories. There is a lot to ponder in Harford’s pages. It made me rethink my assumptions about creativity, tidiness, resiliency, and more.

4. The Heart Specialist—last month my Canadian pen pal sent me a copy of The Heart Specialist. I started the novel ‪on Sunday night and finished it ‪on Monday evening! I’m a sucker for historical fiction.

5. Tiny House Magazine—The latest issue was just released. Grab your copy!

6. Why I’m Taking Back My Mornings—a lovely essay by Cait Flanders.

7. Momentum—a beautiful app that helps me stay focused during the day.

8. The Crossroads of Should and Must—a beautiful essay about finding your passion. The book is awesome, too.

9. Terry Gross on the Longform Podcast—I loved listening to Gross’s commentary on interviewing, writing, radio, mass media, and more.

10. The books you want to read (and write).

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed my link roundup, please share this post with a friend.

With gratitude,

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  • Sandra Pawula, Always Well Within January 20, 2017, 9:21 am

    This is a wonderful decision, Tammy, since it feels so right to you! I fully support you. I share a link-roundup once a month. When I surveyed my readers, it’s not like they don’t like it, but it’s not in their top preferences. I realized this year that I was skimping a bit on my articles by only writing two substantial essays a month and then a link round up and stress tip. So like you, I’m making a shift in 2017. I’m writing 4 substantial articles each month (so far, they’ve all been mega too), and the link-round up will be like an extra 5th, but only when I have time. If I write about stress, it will be something more substantial than a tip. I’m flexible, of course. If I don’t have time, I’ll still share something with my readers even if it’s modest.

    Nice to be moving in the same stream together. I look forward to reading more of your essays. Enjoy all the wonderful activities you have set for 2017. Reading 200 books is an amazing challenge, but I know you’re an avid reader so I’m sure you will accomplish it.

    • Tammy Strobel January 21, 2017, 7:45 am

      Thanks Sandra! xoxo.

    • Anne George January 21, 2017, 8:08 am

      Hi Tammy, I’ll miss your weekly emails! I love waking up Saturdays, having my coffee and reading through the gems you find. Absence makes the heart grow fonder;) I’m excited for you though , and can’t wait to read about your new endeavours.
      Much love,

      • Tammy Strobel January 21, 2017, 8:55 am

        I won’t disappear completely. 😉 I’ll still send folks an essay or photo roundup once a week. Thank you for reading my blog.

  • Galina V. January 20, 2017, 4:20 pm

    Thank you Tammy for these links. Especially “What Else?” – it hit the right spot.

    • Tammy Strobel January 21, 2017, 7:46 am

      Thanks for reading Galina! “What Else?” was such a good read. Have a great weekend.

  • Linda F. January 20, 2017, 7:41 pm

    While I understand completely why you are cutting back to doing your happy links to monthly rather than weekly I wanted to let you know that I shall miss my weekly routine of coupling up on the couch with a cup of coffee to see what you had to share! Best wishes on the reading goal! Maybe I’ll trade my weekly links reading for a book myself!

    • Tammy Strobel January 21, 2017, 7:45 am

      That sounds like a great idea, Linda! Books are the best. Happy reading. 😉