Amy’s Life in Brief

Something funny…
October 25, 2010, 10:31 pm
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A friend sent a link to this blog…things have been stressful for us and she thought I could use a good laugh. Check it out, but make sure you have an empty bladder first.


Hey there folks!
February 24, 2010, 8:29 pm
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By trolling through the Trench Warrior’s blog roll, I discovered another awesome blog by a social worker! Please check out Mrs. Basement!

The things I learn when I look through my stats page…
September 27, 2009, 10:30 pm
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I’ve said this before, but I always find interesting things when I check out my blog stats page. Like this website! If you were going to have more than one twitter account, this would allow you to do it!

September 20, 2009, 9:05 pm
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I, like most bloggers out there, check my stats page. I always enjoy seeing where my readers (if I have any) for the day have come from. For awhile I got some really wacky links to my blog. I haven’t for awhile and I just realized why. I haven’t really been doing anything with traffic generators like . So, I visited this website tonight and realized how many of the great blogs (and not so great blogs) that I have been missing out on!


So, what do you do about them? I don’t necessarily mean those people who try to spam your blog or leave mean/inflammatory/flaming/fill-in-the-blank types of comments on your blog. I’m talking about someone who is maybe just an acquaintance, someone you’re not particularly close to.

I’m currently having a situation with someone like this. If I forget to make myself “invisible” on certain social media websites or email, this person pops on. This person has little to no interest in what is going on in my life. They knew about my current recognition but made no comment about that. They will maybe ask one cursory question about what I’m doing or how I’m doing.

Then, they launch into a long explanation of the current social strife going on in their life. They will ask if they can call me on the phone. I have come right out and said, via chat, “Look, I have a really emotionally challenging job. I really don’t have it in me to have long conversations with people about their problems when I’m at home. I want to spend time with my children.” Or, “Look, I have to get up and go to work in the morning.”

I’m thinking I may just have to tell this person, “Look, I don’t know you well enough to get this much personal information about your life. It almost feels like a clinician/client relationship, what you’re asking of me….and I’m not in private practice.”

I don’t want to be mean, though. I have close friends who I will talk with at length about the difficulties in their life, but they will also ask me about my own difficulties. There’s a true reciprocity.

And I guess that’s where the difference is in this relationship with this acquaintance. It’s all one person taking and expecting the other person to give.

July 24, 2009, 8:59 pm
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I’m really kind of excited right now. I approved a recent comment that was essentially a ping back. Initially I didn’t pay much attention. I was thinking to myself, “I better check that again to make sure I didn’t accidently ping back to a porn site or something.” Holy cow! My blog was mentioned in the National Association of Social Workers’ Blog! I’m feeling a little bit proud! And a little vulnerable…..

A new social networking website….
July 14, 2009, 6:53 pm
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I don’t know if it is new, but I just stumbled across it today. There have been a few I have found such as bebo and we follow. But this one seems to be the most practical in the list of websites that are following in the footsteps of facebook and myspace. The website is humanbook. It seems to be pretty similar to facebook or twitter. The thing I find intriguing is that you can track who has visited your profile…I guess a little reverse cyber stalking.