Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

Figuring out an autoblogging option

One of the reasons I started blogging was to share interesting, fun and important things I found on the web.

My old Diigo account was perfect for that! It let me save links all day long, and it posted them on this blog once a day, along with my comments about each link!

But there was some breakdown between Diigo and the powers that be at Blogger about six months or so ago and the service hasn't worked right since then, despite multiple assurances from Diigo that it should work, and multiple attempts by me that proved that it didn't!

Last week I found something called IFTTT, which stands for, If This, Then That! It let's you automatically find things in one spot (Facebook, Diigo, Delicious, Buzzfeed, Instagram, Youtube etc. ) and then send it somewhere else - including Blogger. The problem is that it does this every time you find something instead of being able to do just one big post a day, which just isn't practical and actually is kind of annoying! (i.e. the ten or more posts it put up today that I had to delete!

So in desperation to try something else, I burned my Delicious Feed to Feedburner, and then I got one of those fancy widgets to put at the top of my page so that my finds can show up there! The downside of course is that won't show up in any readers or the blog RSS feed,but at least the links are showing up somewhere on my actual blog.

I'm open to any other suggestions. The Diigo trick was so great while it lasted. Hope I can find something else like it in the future.

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  1. I use IFTTT - it's very cool.

    I have also used scribefire, it is a browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome (I'm not sure about other browsers.) It makes it very easy to select some text and right-mouse to "Blog selected text." It goes right to your blog. I know that's not exactly what you describe.

    Another possibility is evernote. A great app by itself. You can clip away all day and save anything form a URL to a full page. I haven't used it for blogging but you can certainly collect stuff easily. When you are done you can email to your blog (if blogger has that ability).

    Lastly, look into Hootsuite. There is a free version, similar to ifttt but different.

    I will say, what you are doing now is not good. All the post titles are the same. "A find for the Delicious File!"

  2. Thanks Gary. I think I will check evernote out!

    Yea, I agree it's not good - which is why I quit doing it, but the IFTTT recipe didn't give a lot of options.


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