I’ve been having some back issue over the recent three to four weeks or so. It’s had me at the chiropractor’s office. When it bugs me the worst is when I am at the computer sitting in my chair. It’s been so bad that I’ve been quickly writing blog posts, squeezing in a few “have to address” emails, and then moving on to some other task that doesn’t involve sitting at the computer.
I had a talk with my chiropractor and she suggested that many reoccurring back issues happen because people do the same repetitive motions…or continue to use the same chair…or mattress. With that in mind, knowing that at the computer is my problem area where the pain acts up and the easiest and cheapest area to try to fix, I ordered some new things for my computer desk.
It’s a mess yet but I am enjoying the new updos.
I bought this monitor stand. It raised the monitor up a few inches. It’s adjustable so can raise it 3 – 4 1/2″ higher.
This is awesome as not I’m looking down at the monitor. This helps my posture not slump. It was only $17 and was totally worth it especially if you are spending a few hours at the computer each day as I am.
It’s making my desk a whole lot neater looking too. I had thought about getting one a while back and didn’t. Now with how much I love this, I’m kicking myself. You can find the one I got HERE.
The other thing I did was…get a new office chair. I wasn’t going to order one without sitting in it but then finally just bought one from Amazon. I got THIS one. So far, I’m really happy with it.
I spend enough time at the computer taking care of the blog that I really do need to watch out for my back while sitting here.
It’s a much more pleasant work environment.
I finally got some real time on the computer trying to catch up with emails. What a chore. I was talking with Kalissa telling her about some of the emails that come in and she suggested to me that I make a public post that would help many of you solve some of your own problems that you write to me about. So…here goes.
I get a lot of emails asking me to find a previously published blog post. Many of you read a blog post and don’t bookmark it. Later you’re talking with someone and tell them about something you read in a blog post…for instance, the cleaner I bought to clean the tombstone at the cemetery. Days have passed and now you can’t find the post.
Rather than emailing me and asking me to find the blog post about that, please go to Google. Type in something that includes the words you need. I typed in “Jo’s Country Junction Cemetery”.
You can see blog posts where I talked about going to the cemetery. If you read down the list, you can see the one where I talked about the product that I hoped to use to clean it.
That would be super helpful to me if you would use Google to find your way back to the blog post that you are looking for.
I have had readers make suggestions on how to organize the blog. I get them regularly. As is, I spend about four hours a day on the blog writing posts, answering emails, doing behind-the-scenes stuff, and keeping up with other things related to the blog. If I go back and reorganize something, for example, reorganizing all of the recipes. I would have to give up weeks worth of other stuff I could do. Do you realize there are over 8000 blog posts that I’ve written?? It would take me forever. I have a blog reader who volunteered to do that for me…I think she’s crazy (but sweet) and give her complete and total permission to stop at any time. It’s too big of a task. I should have started with it at the very beginning of the blog but didn’t. Here I am 8000 posts in and I feel like it’s too late. Did you know that I’ve been blogging since June 2nd of 2009?
I have had many people request to friend me on my personal Facebook page. I don’t do that ever unless I’ve met and visited with you in person. I live a pretty public life and I prefer to keep some things private…my personal Facebook page is one of them. I hope you can understand that. You are welcome to join my Jo’s Country Junction Facebook Page. You can message me there anytime if you need to talk with me.
I have gotten several requests recently to speak at Quilt Guilds. Hmm. I hate that one. Kelli is so busy with the kiddos that she can’t go with me anymore and I hate leaving the house. On top of that, I never feel comfortable booking things a year out. I have no idea what is going to happen in my life a year from now and I don’t want to be committed. My family forever and always comes first. I don’t want to be speaking at a quilt guild when I’m needed at home. I am always happy to be on someone’s backup list. If the person you have scheduled suddenly can’t make it. Give me a call. I can show up with a week’s notice. I feel so much more comfortable with that…but I only have one program and at this point, (I retired my previous ones) I’m not writing another one.
I have recently gotten a request for a blog reader to call me on the phone to chat because they would love to chat with me. I don’t do that unless it’s something related to charity quilting and even then I have to know you in advance. I would however be happy to meet anyone who is traveling through. Email me and let me know. I recently found out a blog reader from out of state went and visited Maker’s Market in Sumner Iowa. I had said that I loved the shop so when the blog reader was going through Iowa, they stopped at the shop. The owner let me know they stopped and they mentioned me. I would have happily met the reader there to say hello. I am actually sad I missed them.
I have gotten a lot of emails from people wanting to share recipes, quilt ideas, and the like with me. I very much appreciate those but don’t be surprised if it takes me a week or so to answer those. Each day I shuffle through email answering only what HAS TO BE answered…items regarding bills, things from my family, correspondence with quilt magazines over quilts to be published, and personal emails from people I know. Then once a week, as time allows, I go through and answer emails from blog readers. If you are sharing a recipe or something else similar to that, your email has to wait. I’m sorry about that but it’s the system I have in place. If something is urgent and I missed it, please send another email…if not, those emails have to wait.
I often get emails from people who are offended I don’t answer emails right away and they will contact me through email three times in the course of a day…they will then email my other email address and contact me on Facebook all in one day. I am very sorry but, if I don’t answer these emails, I have more pressing things going on. That’s why I’m not answering. If the grandkids are here, I rarely read any email. I am not ignoring you. Please email me once and then wait a day or two for a response. If I don’t get to you then, send another email. The quickest way to get a response from me is actually through the comment section. I read through the comments once or twice a day and address most of the questions as I read the comment section.
Please continue to use the quilt donation page as much as possible. I get lots of emails from people about quilt donations. I’m always happy to help if you have trouble. HERE is a link to the donation page. You can find it at the top of the blog heading anytime.
Please know that your correspondence is important to me and if I don’t answer immediately it typically means grandkids are here…or something else is pressing.
I think that covers most of the things I wanted to tell you about helping me manage my email. Now you have a picture of where I’m sitting when I am at the computer…and a look at my new chair and monitor stand. I’m so loving the updo. Sometimes, it’s the little things. Hopefully, the new goodies will allow me to sit here a little longer without back issues so hopefully, I can get to your email quicker. Thanks for understanding.