What you should know about Tumblr


Even if you have no interest in Tumblr, it is still worth learning about it because the site is very popular with kids, teenagers, and young adults. When Yahoo purchased it earlier this year, they sent a clear message that this format is here to stay for awhile. Micro-blogging is easy and many people prefer it over having to create large amounts of content themselves. I will list some basic resource links about Tumblr and what it is all about at the end of this post.

I became interested in Tumblr because my son loves to follow several blogs there about video games, Disney, and comics. I was concerned about this because every time he logs on to even the most innocent of Tumblr blogs, he ends up running into a lot of vulgar language and some questionable material. We’ve had many conversations about this and he tries to be careful with who he follows, but we have found that there is definitely more need for caution with Tumblr than we expected.

While I try to be very aware of what my kids are doing online, I can’t spend my life hovering over them.  We have filters set up and we use a lot of the Google online safety tips and tools, but Tumblr seems to be a different kind of animal than most websites. I’ve spent several months researching how to make the experience more family friendly. I completed an online course about Tumblr from Lynda.com and I’ve even set up 2 Tumblr accounts of my own.

In a nutshell, I’ve learned that you are always a minimum of one click away from questionable content on Tumblr. That most usually comes in the form of someone’s user name (there are very few rules for what those can be) or from a comment that someone leaves on a post. There can also be disturbing images. There are “adult only” sites, but if they are marked as such, you can avoid those. Even the Tumblr site itself uses the f-word on their community guidelines page and frequently includes several profane words on it’s company blog posts.

What I’ve done:

  • My son knows that I pay attention to what he is doing online. We keep our computers in common areas and talk about what we are doing. I’ve encouraged him to share funny stuff he finds on Tumblr with me and we look through the blogs together from time to time and talk about what we find.
  • We’ve all installed the Simple Profanity Filter extension (free) for Google Chrome. This inserts *** where profane words appear. It’s not a fix-all, but it does help. I’m sure there are similar tools out there for other browsers.


  • I set up a Tumblr account where I reblog things to share with my son. If you want to take a look at it, here’s the link. I’ve disabled comments and I’m super careful about what content I post and who I choose to follow. I try to only post from corporate or well-known sources like Disney, Sony Animation, Jim Hill Media, etc. Those type of accounts are going to be careful to maintain a family-friendly web presence. This has been a lot of work and I’m sure most people out there won’t want to spend this kind of time. It’s been a good solution for us because it is something my son and I enjoy doing together.

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  • I also have a Tumblr account set up for my Scrapbook Lady interests. I don’t post to it very often, but if you want to check it out, here’s the link. I’ve taken the same precautions as I’ve done for our Toy Tumblr so if you are looking for a clean Tumblr account to follow, this should be a good one. Again, I can’t control what you will find if you follow the train of links that can occur from reposting. I have disabled the comments though so that helps.

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Further Reading

Obviously, I’ve only skimmed the surface here on what Tumblr is all about and I haven’t even touched on the copyright issues that are often a concern with this platform. Micro-blogging is still a relatively new format in the online world and it will be interesting to see how it evolves over time. There are a lot of good features to be found on Tumblr and I do love that it is so easy to post there. However, as much as I want to like it, there are still so many things that require extra vigilance. I’ll be interested to hear YOUR opinions on all of this! In the meantime, here are a few good articles you might find interesting as you learn more about Tumblr.



Games & apps we love to play with!

games and apps we love

If you like technology, chances are you’ve found some games and apps that are just for fun. Nothing wrong with that – everyone needs some play time! With easy access to entertaining material on computers, tablets, and smartphones, there are a lot of great options out there. I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite games and apps and even talk about a few that our kids like as well. After all, many of us share our devices with our kids!

My Favorites:

  • Minion Rush (I’m addicted to this silly game!)
  • Mancala – great for when I need something mindless to help me get to sleep

My kids love:


From Heddy:

  • Boggle – I love this game in real life, so the app version is perfect for me. Available for Apple & Google.
  • Outworded – A timed word search game. It’s the perfect thing to do when I need a mental break.
  • Songza – I love the curated playlists. So much good music to fit any mood!
  • Devour app – Each day the editors at Devour select a handful of really amazing videos to share.

My kids love:


From Anne:

  • Carrot – a fun and slightly strange alarm to wake you up in the morning.
  • Wunderlist – for things to remember (Ronnie also loves this one)
  • Mailbox – to read and archive email
    Human – to track your movements outside, giving a thumbs up if you’ll walk/run/bike for 30 minutes a day
    Notability – to write and draw
    Lumosity – fun games to give your brain a workout (I’ve only used that one on a iPad)
    TED – to watch videos Apple & Google


Other Team Favorites:


How about you? What apps and games do you turn to when you want to have fun? We’d love to know!


Terrific tablet cases and covers

great tablet cases

Crossbone Cuts designs Instalove & Libby Pritchett Be Awesome. Pacifico font.


I adore dressing up my technology (see fun and functional phone cases) and I’ve found that there are some really great tablet covers out there. I was standing at the checkout counter at Barnes and Noble the other day and I found myself wishing I had a Nook when I saw the dozens of darling cases they had for them! With the wide selection of tablets and e-readers out there; Apple iPad (regular size and mini), Kindle, Nook, Samsung Galaxy Note, Google Nexus, and more, you’ll find an enormous array of case and cover choices. When it comes time to select a case or cover, it’s important to think about how you use the device. If you share your table or e-reader with children, you will want something sturdy. If you want to minimize bulk in a purse or bag, consider something like a skin or thin cover.

We’re an iPad family around here. I have a 3rd generation iPad, my husband has a 2nd generation, and my daughter inherited my original iPad. We’ve all been through several cases as we’ve tried to find the perfect fit for each of us.

My case is the most expensive one in our house, but I haven’t regretted the splurge at all. I use a Bluetooth Keyboard Pro from Brookstone because I wanted a removable keyboard. For me, I want the functionality of a small laptop computer when I use my tablet. I’ve tried other keyboard cases, but they were very bulky and heavy. I love that I can easily remove the keyboard from this and I really only bring it with me when I’m traveling or when I will be taking a lot of notes. The most important feature for me in a case is being able to prop up my tablet and use it hands-free. I to prop it open at night and watch movies and tv shows to unwind. I can put it into almost any viewing angle. My case is red leather and I love it!

brookstone iPad case


My husband is always on the go and doesn’t like having an extra keyboard to manage. The most important feature for him is simply having a good protective barrier on the tablet so it doesn’t get scratched up in transit. He doesn’t care about propping it up and will just set it on his lap or another surface if he wants to go hands-free for viewing. He uses an iFrogz luxe lean case that simply acts as a protective shell.



My daughter inherited my first iPad and the Mickey Mouse case that I bought for it when I was in Disneyland a few years ago. It is a soft and padded leather case that has a prop up feature to use in 3 different positions. It has held up really well with hundreds of hours of use.

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I’m hoping to get my son an iPad-mini soon so he can read while we are on the go. I’m considering this Snugg mini case since he likes to use a stylus with the app Paper 53.

snug mini-brown


I love looking at all the other cases out there for different devices. Here are some that caught my eye:

Beautiful typographic case for the Nook

jumbled quote nook cover


Oh, how I wish there were iPad cases that look like this mod Happy Chic Nook case by Jonathan Adler!

mod floral nook cover


I just love this cities word art case for the Kindle Fire. Stunning!

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Or how about disguising your Kindle as a composition notebook? Clever!H

composition kindle fire


And if I didn’t love my iPad cover so much, I’d be really tempted to get a Fit Folio from Speck. Love all the design choices with these!

fit folio


Do you have a favorite case or cover for your tablet or e-reader? Please share in the comments. It’s always nice to hear what works for all of you!

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P.S. As always, no affiliate links were used in this post.

functional and fun phone cases


I love shopping for cases to protect (and show off!) my technology. I’m a huge fan of the Speck brand phone cases because they have an extra little rubberized bumper feature to protect your phone if it drops. The above image is the exact case that I keep my iPhone 5 in. I love that it isn’t too slippery and it’s very thin and compact. I’ve dropped my phone a few times, and the case has really helped protect it!

My son carries his phone everywhere with him, but doesn’t want to carry a wallet. This Speck smartflex case was the perfect solution for him because now he can keep his ID card with him and not have to carry anything extra.



My daughter wanted a phone case with more storage and asked for this one for Christmas. It’s quite bulky (which would drive me crazy), but she loves it! Several of her friends have asked her where she got it because they want one too.



My husband likes a very minimal case that doesn’t add any bulk at all to his phone. His favorite case is the iFrogz Breeze.



I confess that I always browse through the phone cases when I see them in stores because I just think they are cool to look at. I wish I could buy more of them! Here are some that have caught my eye – some are only for iPhones, but several of them are available for other brands of smartphones as well so be sure to check the linked websites for more options.

monogrammed cases from Pottery Barn Teen



a Lego phone case? Why didn’t I know about this?!



The Speck flexcase has a popout back for viewing ease.



This wooden case is so beautiful!



How about a decal to make your phone look like an instant camera?



The pocketbook case is very elegant.



Isn’t this the perfect theme for a Galaxy phone?



I love the whimsical look of this case!



Check out this made to order phone case. So creative!



If you need the toughest case around, you might like OtterBox armor series, which is waterproof and drop-proof.



And if you want to get really fancy, try making your own custom case.



You can use your own photos to make a custom case, or choose from branded logos.



If you’re the noncommittal type and like to change covers often, you can buy a clear case and change out photos and/or scrapbook paper (think digi!) as much as you like.



What’s your phone wearing? Do you love your case? Let us know if you have a great one that hasn’t been mentioned here.


P.S. As always, no affiliate links were used in this post.

P.P.S. Congratulations to last week’s reader, KT, who has won $10 to Captivated Visions. Thanks for commenting!

Five Sentences


Have you ever heard of Five Sentences? The people on my email list will tell you that this is a new concept for me. I tend to get a little wordy with my emails. However, sometimes I just have a lot to talk about! lol!

I do think it’s important to keep emails manageable, and in today’s world of text messaging, many people just won’t respond to lengthy messages. The creators of the Five Sentences concept put it this way:

The Problem

E-mail takes too long to respond to, resulting in continuous inbox overflow for those who receive a lot of it.

The Solution

Treat all email responses like SMS text messages, using a set number of letters per response. Since it’s too hard to count letters, we count sentences instead.

five.sentenc.es is a personal policy that all email responses regardless of recipient or subject will be five sentences or less. It’s that simple.

Ever since I read about this approach, I feel like I’ve become a more effective communicator via email. Steph did make me promise not to just start sending her more emails now that I’ve started writing shorter ones. ROFL!

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Print your own December Fun


Last week, I posted a bunch of ideas for keeping life fun and interesting in December. Today, I have several great printable resources to share with you. Yes, you can print out your own fun! Some of printables would work well with digital scrapbook pages or tucked in a Project Life binder. Others are great ways to create some fabulous December-related memories. Oh, and did I mention that these are all free? Bonus!!!

Print out your own little holiday village to use as a decoration or to play with.


I love finding free printables to add to my December Daily album!


Wouldn’t your house feel so festive with these big subway prints? They are free to download!

christmas subway ikea frames after

You don’t have to be a kid to color on these free coloring pages. Get out the crayons and have some fun!


I love that Crayola’s site has free printables for several December holidays!


It’s so easy to print out your own gift tags. These sure are cute!


Print out a list of photo ideas to inspire your holiday photography.


Print your own Christmas cards with free downloads from Becky Higgins.


We will continue to post more resources on Pinterest as we find them so be sure to follow us there!

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The title graphic was created with Meg Mullens & Jady Day Studios A Merry December collab.

But my life isn’t interesting enough for December Daily


Do you worry that your life isn’t “interesting enough” to do a December Daily project? I’ve heard this exact statement from my own mother and I know countless others out there feel the same way. Many have expressed that their biggest concern with participating in Ali Edwards’ December Daily challenge is that their life is “too boring” to document each day.

I bet you will feel a lot differently about the topic after you listen to our podcast with Ali from a few weeks ago. I know it helped my own mom feel like she wanted to try the project for the first time.


Even with all the encouragement in the world, December can still turn into a long month. It can be a bit tricky to feel like you have something to document, or even celebrate each day. I personally love the challenge because it inspires me to do something special each day. Others look at it more as a record of what their everyday life is like and December happens to be the month they are capturing. Whatever your approach is, I thought it would be fun to share some of the ideas I have to make the month of December a little more fun and merry. You can use these as prompts for a December Daily project, or just as a list of fun things to do.

Adding interest and fun to your December:

  • Take your camera or smartphone shopping with you. Snap pictures of seasonal displays, long lines & crowds, and special items you buy at this time of year.
  • Make a list of favorite holiday recipes you love at this time of year and decide which ones you want to make. Document the recipes, the process, and the finished result.
  • Go see Santa – even if you don’t have little kids. It’s a great photo-op and it’s something fun to do!
  • Send out an email (or facebook post) to your family and friends and ask them to send you their favorite holiday memories and photos. Use these stories as material for your own album.
  • Watch your favorite holiday (or everyday) programs. Take pictures of the screens or snap a screen shot if watching on a device. Write out a list of your favorite shows.
  • Go to the bakery and buy a holiday treat. Take a picture and then enjoy!
  • Build a holiday puzzle or Lego set. Take photos during the process and also of the finished project.
  • Look up local events in your area and attend some of them. Save programs and take pictures where permitted.
  • Go see some holiday lights and practice your photography skills.
  • Do the 12 days of Christmas for someone (it can even be anonymous). Think up special treats for them each day and take pictures of what you deliver to them.
  • Do something out of the ordinary from your routine and document the experience.
  • Work on a craft project and take pictures along the way. Pinterest is a great place to find some ideas.
  • Write a letter to Santa and have him leave one for you also.
  • Make some hot chocolate and make it pretty enough to photograph.
  • Go on a photowalk around your neighborhood and take pictures of the decorations. If it’s too cold for an outside walk, head to the mall instead.
  • Work on a photo series throughout the month.
  • Throw a party!
  • Invite some friends and family to go out to breakfast or lunch.
  • Keep a list of the websites you visit during the month and include some screen shots.
  • Write down your favorite holiday songs. Take pictures of the cds or find screen shots and images online to use for illustrations.
  • Look through some stock photo sites for ideas for holiday photos and then try to replicate them.
  • Schedule a day to stay home in your pajamas. Don’t answer the phone, door, or email (unless it’s an emergency) and have a staycation in your own house.
  • Spend 1 night in a local hotel for a fun adventure. You will get to enjoy someone else’s food, decorations, and hospitality, while you get away from the stress of your own preparations. Experiences are often the best gifts!
  • Make a paper chain or use an advent calendar to countdown the days until Christmas. Photograph it several times during the month.
  • Keep a December gratitude list and jot down (or photograph) something each day that makes you happy.

These are ideas should work for just about anyone. You don’t have to have kids or a spouse to do fun holiday things. Even if it’s just you on your own, you can find something special in every day at this time of year. Documenting your December days will help you appreciate the fun in this time of year and will also be a great snapshot of your everyday life!

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P.S. the title graphic was created with Pink Reptile Whoa Santa cards

How to Skype and why you should


With the holiday season coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to go over how to use Skype. More than likely, you won’t be able to see everyone you want to during the next few months. Expensive travel and busy schedules can make it difficult to get together with our loved ones, even for the holidays. Skype is a wonderful solution because not only can you talk to your friends and family, you can SEE them at the same time!

Here’s a link to an article on howstuffworks.com that explains the very basics of Skype. There’s also a helpful video for those of you who are visual learners. Once you have the program installed and can navigate the general settings, here are a few extra tips and tricks that will be helpful.



Take a minute and set up a profile picture for yourself. It’s so much nicer if you are not on a video call, to be able to see more than a question mark on your screen. It makes me happy when I’m doing The Digi Show and I can see pictures of who I’m talking to. Just go to the drop down menu in the top toolbar to access your profile settings.



If you are ever having audio trouble on Skype, go to Tools, Options, and then audio settings to be sure your mic and speaker settings are correct (The settings are different on a Mac). I always have to remind myself of this if I make a call without my headset and then later switch back to my headset.



Every once in awhile, it’s possible to just have a bad connection. It seems to help if you hang up and call again. If anyone is using a plug in microphone or headset, they might want to unplug it and then plug it back in again. We’ve learned these little tips after a lot of calls for The Digi Show.

There’s a lot you can do to make sure you have a great Skype experience. Use a plug-in microphone or headset for the best sound quality. On video calls, make sure you are looking into the camera when you speak instead of watching the screen. Try to avoid background noises so everyone can focus on who is actually involved in the call. Skype is wonderful for including several people at the same time, but it can be a bit overwhelming at first while everyone tries to figure out how to get their turn in (especially for little kids).


Why Skype?


  • Loved ones live far away or you are going to miss an event. Steph says she has her kids open their presents from their grandparents while they are all on Skype. That way the grandparents can see their kids reactions. Skype is wonderful for family interactions like this so consider giving a webcam as a gift to a family member who might not have one so they can join in the fun.
  • Keep in touch with the family you live with. My daughter has been known to call me on Skype when I’m downstairs and she’s upstairs. We loved Skype this past summer when she went to stay with my parents in New Mexico for two weeks. It helped her not feel homesick.

  • When you need to share screens with someone. Steph and I use Skype all the time when we are planning projects for this site or the podcast. It’s great that we can show each other exactly what we are thinking of by sharing screens.
  • Steph and I have even had virtual shopping “dates” together over Skype. We can be talking to each other while browsing through online stores. We will share screens as we find something fun. We even compare totals at the end. It’s a great way to get together and do something fun, even though we live hundreds of miles away from each other!
  • I’ve been working on helping my Mom learn to digi scrap through Skype calls. It’s so much easier to show her something than to try and explain how to do it. We live in different states so it isn’t really possible to have real-life scrapping time together.
  • Even without sharing screens, you can talk to each other while your hands are free to type notes or do other tasks. Much easier than trying to hold a phone while typing!


Why we LOVE Skype


  • Skype has a wonderful help and support system. Be sure to browse through their How-To Guides and FAQS.
  • You can use Skype on your mobile devices and if those gadgets have frontward facing cameras, you can also make video calls without a webcam.


Oh, and did we mention Skype is free? What a total WIN! They do have some paid products, but for general person-to-person Skype calls, there is no charge. What a wonderful way to keep in touch with the people who are important in your life!

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PS. Congratulations to this week’s readers who have won $10 to one of November’s featured designers: McAmy (Michelle Godin Designs), lizanne (Dawn by Design) and Leslie M (Mye De Leon). Thanks for commenting!

Our favorite TV shows + an important P.S.


The nice thing about technology today is that you can watch TV shows from many different genres and eras. A lot of people watch their television programming online  through services like itunes, netflix, hulu, and more. The team here at The Daily Digi is especially found of using technology for their entertainment. Not surprising! I thought it would be fun for us to share some of our favorites with you.

Katie – I really don’t watch a lot of tv, but when I do watch, it’s always recorded on TiVo first. I have some definite favorites from the past and also some current ones as well.

Currently watching
Survivor – everyone in our family loves this one!
Sherlock – the new modern BBC series (date time for me and my hubby)
Mythbusters – another one we all watch together
Burn Notice – for the grownups (but we are a few seasons behind)
White Collar – another date night favorite (a few seasons behind on this one also)
Phineas and Ferb – our entire family enjoys this cartoon, it’s hilarious!

Past favorites
LOST – my most favorite TV show ever!
Alias – another great one from the same guy who created LOST
Friends – I can’t count how many times I’ve watched the entire series and I still enjoy it.

Steph We don’t have cable, local channels, or satelite so anything I watch is through Netflix or iTunes.  There aren’t many shows that I stick with for more than a season or two: So excited for new seasons of:
Once Upon a Time (a.k.a Once)
Downton Abby
Beverly Hills Nanny (season just ended, this is my guilty pleasure)
Currently watching:
Shark Tank (LOVE this show!)
Good Luck Charlie (watch as a family)
Switched at Birth (American Sign Language was my foreign language in college, so I love watching this one for that)
All time faves:
Cosby Show (have been rewatching on Netflix and die at how funny it is now that I’m a parent)

Trina – I’m a reality TV junky lol.  I really love Survivor and the amazing Race.  I love Big Brother too, but it’s only on in the summer.  I also watch The Vampire Diaries, NCIS, Hawaii 5-0, How I Met Your Mother, The New Girl and a British Soap Opera, Coronation Street.

Kimberly K. I  love that with Hulu, Netflix and Amazon on Demand I can pretty much watch anything no matter where I’m at in the world. My current favorites are:
New Girl
Downton Abbey
Modern Family
Mad Men
and anything on the Food Network!

Jenn – I used to be a reality tv junkie, but have pared way back in the past year or so. My current faves are:
Breaking Bad
Dexter (still getting caught up, and only on season 4 right now)
Modern Family
Top Chef
The Middle
Sons of Anarchy
Amazing Race
Downton Abbey

All-time faves:
Six Feet Under

Jacki – We don’t have TV, Netflix, or anything like that so we get our TV shows via DVD. These are probably a little old:
West Wing
Survivor and Amazing Race

Lauren – I don’t watch much tv, but DO love me some New Girl as well as The Office. Sometimes I watch netflix streaming while I work… my favs are the British shows like IT Crowd. And definitely love Seinfeld… that’s one of the shows I can watch over and over and over!

Heddy – I always PVR instead of watching live. I love to fast-forward through commercials and start and stop watching, as needed.
Current Shows:
Big Bang Theory
Grey’s Anatomy
Revolution (Just started this year and looks promising…)
Game of Thrones
Past Favourites:

Melissa – Oh, boy, I do love me some TV!!
My favorite all-time show is Friday Night Lights. Hands down.
I find that since my cancer diagnosis, I enjoy comedy and more lighthearted fare. Some of my current favs: New Girl, The Office and Modern Family, Dancing With the Stars, Survivor.
And some that I are not as lighthearted, but I love: Parenthood, Covert Affairs, White Collar, Downton Abbey.

We’d love to hear what your favorites are if you want to share in the comments. It’s always fun to get recommendations from each other!

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P.S. This coming Tuesday, October 9th, The Daily Digi site will be down while our webhost provider works on some software updates. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about this so we just wanted to give you a “heads up” that there will not be a new post that day and not to worry if you can’t access the site for a few hours. Thanks so much for your understanding! Smile

Organize Your Online Life Part 2


If you followed along with part one of this post a few weeks ago, you have now taken some time to evaluate and organize several parts of your online life. If you haven’t gone through the steps I listed there, it’s not too late! Taking a few minutes to streamline the ways you access the internet will be one of the greatest timesavers you can implement when it comes to using your online time wisely. Now it’s time to really dial it in and delve into the individual applications you use.

Step One – Review + Make Adjustments

Go over everything you organized in part one (or go back and do it now) and decide if anything needs to be added or subtracted from your lists. The benefit of having done this a few weeks ago means that you will have lived with your system for a few weeks and know if it is working or not. You will realize if you forgot to add any shortcuts, bookmarks, or apps because you will have tried to access the information. Go ahead and tweak anything that you need to now.

I realized that I needed some more subfolders under my “digi” bookmark so I filed several of my most used resources in the applicable places.



Step Two – Whittle and Refine

This is like cleaning out your closet – it’s one thing to just hang up all the clothes, but every once in awhile you have to go through and get rid of the stuff that doesn’t fit anymore or part with things that aren’t meeting your needs. It’s just easier to put together outfits if you aren’t distracted by a lot of “junk” that doesn’t work. Even though the internet can expand far more than my closet can, I still don’t need to wade through unnecessary items!

If you’re like me, you set up accounts on sites or bookmarks without fully understanding how you will use them. Then as you start using the resources, you will either make them work for you or abandon them. Because I do so much online, this can result in an unorganized and unproductive mess sometimes. Let me show you an example:

I’ve been using Twitter for a few years now and I’ve recently wondered if it’s still as useful for me? Since Pinterest came along, I’m finding that I share a lot more of what I used to tweet about on my Pinterest boards. I’ve let my follower number grow without putting much effort into who I was following. I also have followed a lot of people who are not tweeting things that are relevant to me. In the beginning of my Twitter days I just followed everyone who followed me. It was new and exciting and I didn’t know any better. Then I got overwhelmed and stopped trying to keep up. It’s time for me to make a choice:

  1. Do nothing and not worry about it
  2. Quit using Twitter
  3. Whittle and refine how I use Twitter


I’m going to choose option #3 – whittle & refine. After I looked around Twitter for awhile I started to remember why I like it there and even though I’ve changed the way I use it, it’s still useful to me – especially in my digital scrapbooking life. It’s just time for a bit of a refresh!

I started with the cosmetic stuff; my logo was outdated, my blog link was outdated since I now have a dot.com address. I thought it would be fun to also change my background to give my profile virtual makeover. Nothing like a little spiffing up to make things feel better!


I’ve gotten out of the habit of checking Twitter on a regular basis so I went in and changed some of my email and setting notifications. I can always change these later if I decide I don’t like them.


The next thing I did was to go through the list of people I’m following. I unfollowed the ones who I never hear from or who aren’t really in my circle of influence anymore. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend on it, but just cleaning out a few unnecessary contacts made my twitter feed a lot more useful for me. I need to spend some more time following those who I want to keep in touch with so I will revisit my organization on Twitter again in the future.

That was just a quick example of how taking a few minutes to evaluate and refresh my Twitter usage can help me be more productive in how I use the site. It also contributes to my overall experience there so it’s not just about feeling organized.

Step Three – Go Through Your Lists

Now that you’ve narrowed down your important online stops (and apps), it’s time to go through them with an eye for streamlining as explained in step #2. This can seem overwhelming, but I suggest just spending a few minutes on each place once a month or so until you feel like you have a good handle on things. Here’s my list of what I’m working on based on the places I talked about in post #1:

  • Go through all my email folders and get rid of outdated messages.
  • Unfollow twitter users who I don’t interact with, follow the people who influence me, evaluate the usefulness of twitter in my online routine.
  • Unfriend those on facebook who I never interact with. I’ve decided that for my personal facebook profile, a “friend” needs to be someone I’ve met or talked to in person (even over Skype) or that I’ve had significant online interaction with. Everyone else would be a better fit on my scrapbook lady facebook page.
  • Go through the people I follow on Pinterest and see if I need to unfollow anyone there. Look for new people to follow and inspire me there. Look through my past pins to see if there are projects I want to actually tackle.
  • Try out and actually use every app on my iPhone and iPad and decide if it’s worth keeping.

Do you get the idea? Isn’t it interesting how many “UN” things I’m trying to do? Sometimes when we jump on a bandwagon (like Pinterest) we just follow everyone at first to get the feel for it. Usually after you use a site for awhile, you have a better understanding of how it will really apply in your own life. I’ve found that after hanging out on Pinterest for awhile now, I’m not really interested in seeing pins of hairstyles or buff exercise bodies. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those things – they just aren’t what I’m wanting to view when I’m surfing for “pinworthy” things. lol!



Obviously, we all have our own tastes and interests when it comes to spending time online. The best thing about taking some time to evaluate and organize how you use the internet is that you will enjoy it more and get more done. That leaves more time for scrapping! Smile

katie big

P.S. The title graphic was created with The Tattered Pear Chalklet. The font is Sharpie.