Blogmas, AOL, murder, and all the things…

How have you lovelies been? I’ve missed you! I was out sick (Boooooo) and then busy with birthday plans (Woohoooooooo), and now I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things.

Last week I blogged about my birthday spy mission, so I figured I’d save my “I was sick” explanation until this week.

But I have great things lined up, if you have a little patience as I work through them!

  • A collaborative Christmas eerie horror-esque story, which will then spin off into a monthly-ish series probably. (Still in the planning stages, so tbd.)
  • Editing my quirky psychological meta murder mystery so I can finally eventually share it with all of you.
  • Setting up an email newsletter for updates such as this. It’ll be the insider’s place, the first to see the book cover, a chance to be a character in a story, win my books, stuff like that.
  • Oh and hey, I’m learning about the publishing process more, lots of research. It may bore you to know I’m even researching Gmail because I’m trying to get out of my AOL email and into the 21st century. Not fun! I feel like a grandma, I’m so lost with this technology 🙂

I’m trying to figure out how to juggle all these things on top of blogging – which has always been a huge priority to me, and still is.

If you want to school this grandma on Gmail or join a holiday blogmas or be a character in my story or – hey, even hear how my mermaid curse has been broken – stick around. I’ll update you soon. You’ll always be my first and biggest fans, and my greatest community <3


11 thoughts on “Blogmas, AOL, murder, and all the things…”

    1. “Kind of a tech-wiz” is more than I can say haha. Thanks! Right now I’m struggling with getting emails go straight to their appropriate folder, not the inbox,. The filters are set up “Skip Inbox, Apply Label ____” and it still goes to the inbox and I have to move to its folder. If you know something I’m missing, let me know, otherwise I’m assuming it’s some glitch I’ll have to deal with.

      And if you happen to use HubSpot CRM or Zapier, I could probably pepper you with questions! 🙂 haha

      1. Oo! A challenge! 😀 *goes to investigate*

        Hmmm. Okay. I just tested those settings in my gmail and it seems to work just fine. Definitely want to add the ‘skip inbox’ like you did.

        From what I found online there is some discrepancy about replies to emails (I’m not sure if that is the case for your set-up).

        Dumb questions ahead: You did set a specific email address/subject title/etc for your filter and you definitely selected a specific label? (I gotta ask questions that I’m sure you have figured out, but it’s so I can get a better picture of what’s going on on your end.)

        I have no idea what either of those are, but if they’re free I could take a look. :p

        1. Wow, you really tackled this!

          maybe it’s about the replies, but it’s happening for WordPress emails and the like too, so I don’t think so.

          What I have set is the “to” email is with the label of AOL and the “skip inbox” checkmarked. I also tried the “to” field having since I know that goes to the same place, and I tried and because that’s how it looked when the email arrived, but sure enough that’s not working. Maybe it’s some random glitch with AOL (since WHO uses AOL anymore, am I right? hahaha), because it works for Gmail emails, if I create a folder for ones to the Gmail address.

          And yes! Zapier and Hubspot CRM are free, which is why I chose them. I’m using HubSpot CRM to track all my customer conversations, and I figured out how to use Zapier to automate adding new emails and newsletter subscribers to be added into HubSpot. It’s awesome and exciting to be able to track it without too much work on my part in the future. I’m trying to figure out if there’s a way to automatically track WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook convos in the same place, but no luck so far.

  1. Ouch, sorry to hear you’re not well! I hope you’re better now. ❤️

    Also, good luck with all your plans! Those are some big plans. 😀
    I don’t use AOL so I don’t know if I can help you with that, but I could help with Gmail if you have issues with it since I use that. 😀

    1. Thanks Nicolle! I am doing much better. And all my plans are going swimmingly so far 🙂 well, except Gmail/AOL stuff haha. I can’t get it to filter from the inbox into the folder automatically, but I think it’s a random glitch because I’ve tried so many options from Google. I’m moving on and just dealing with it all being in the same inbox lol. Thank you!

      1. I’m glad to hear you’re doing much better and your plans are going swimmingly! It’s too bad the inbox filter thing didn’t really work for you. If you still want to try it in Gmail, I could try working it for you… in December, that is. Definitely not in November. 😛

        1. What, like you’ll be busy with a holiday or a novel deadline or something? 😛 hahaha, yeah, I’d love to have you take a look at it if you have the chance. There might be something glaringly obvious I’m missing since I’m new 🙂 I’ll set a reminder to ask you in December if you’re schedule is eased up.

          1. NaNoWriMo, especially when I’m currently 12k behind! 😱

            Sure, I’ll have a look at it in December! I’ll set a reminder for myself too, so don’t worry. 😛
            What I’d like you to do in the meantime is to come up with a list of rules on how you’d like the emails to be filtered, something like:
            > If [keyword] in subject
            > Then move it to [folder]
            > If email is from [email address]
            > Move to [folder]
            (Note: It doesn’t have to be exact words / names / addresses, you could use pseudonyms and fake addresses as these are just something for me to refer to. 🙂)

            Let’s catch up via email towards the end of November / early December, whether I poke your contacts page or you poke mine. 😀

          2. Sure, I’ll get that done! We’ll chat in December 🙂

            About NanoWrimo – oh no, catch up! but also, it’s okay, you still have two weeks left. You can do it 🙂

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