Frequently Asked Questions

This blog generates a decent amount of private e-mail, and I find the same questions coming up frequently. So in the interest of making me feel all official, here’s my own real-live FAQ…

Where did the name Rocks In My Dryer come from?

One day I was noticing my dryer was particularly loud; when I unloaded the clothes, a whole pile of rocks spilled out (they had been in my youngest son’s pockets). I laughed out loud and thought to myself, "If I ever write a book about parenting, it will be called Rocks In My Dryer." A few short months later I was nervously setting up my first blog, and it asked for a title.  Rocks In My Dryer it was.

The old English major in me desires a more profound, allegorical answer to this question.  I’ll let you know when I come up with one.

How long have you been blogging?

I wrote a couple of posts in August of ’05, decided it was too scary, and gave up.  Tried again in November of ’05, and this time it stuck.  I’ve been gloriously wasting my time ever since.

Why don’t you use your children’s/husband’s real names or photos on your blog?

Because I’m a freak about internet security. There are some weirdos out there trolling around even harmless blogs like mine, and I cannot bear the thought of eyes like that looking at pictures of my kids, or seeing their names. 

And I can’t tell you too much about my husband because he’s such a catch that I’d have a line of women winding around the block.

How old are your kids?

Three boys, 11, 9 and 7, and a daughter, 3.

Do you homeschool?

No, though I respect those who do. Our kids are in public school, and we’re having a great experience.

How do you find time to blog?

My computer is in my kitchen, so I can pop in on it throughout the day. I rarely read or write in more than five-minute snippets of time. Most of my writing is done after the kids go to bed. Plus, I’m a speed-reader, which serves me well when it comes to reading blogs.

Did you do your own blog design?

Yes. 

Why do you change your blog colors around so much?

You should see how often I change my hair color.  It would appear I have contentment issues.

Do you like Typepad?

Adore it. I started on Blogger and got impatient with all the troubles it had. I moved to Typepad in February of ’06 and have been so pleased.

Do you think lurking is rude?

Not at all.  I lurk on several blogs myself. Your comments are always welcome, but if you don’t want to jump into the conversation, you’re welcome just to look around.

Why do your old posts have closed comments?

Because it’s the only reliable way I’ve found to keep the Internet trolls from flooding me with spam (even comment verification didn’t work). Once a post is about two weeks old, I turn off the comments.   I don’t accept trackbacks for the same reason.  If you need to reach me regarding an old post, you can write me by clicking the E-mail Me link in the left sidebar.

Would you please put me on your blogroll?

I only add someone to my blogroll after I have been reading his or her blog for quite a long time and, usually, have corresponded with them personally at length.

You have ads on your blog! Aren’t you worried this makes you look like a sell-out?

No. I am a sell-out. 😉

Seriously, I’m choosy about what ads I’ll allow on my blog, and no, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with allowing this blog to generate a little bit of income. I spend a lot of time on it.

What advice do you have for a beginning blogger?

Keep your posts as short as possible, use paragraph indentations OFTEN, keep posts to one general topic, and don’t whine. Leave comments generously at other sites, don’t live by your stat counter, and for Pete’s sake don’t take yourself too seriously.

How did you come up with the idea for Works-For-Me Wednesday?

Here is the whole story.

What church do you go to?

I’m a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. I was raised Southern Baptist. But the "where" matters a lot less to me than the "Whom"…I’m a Bible-believin’, Jesus-lovin’, pew-sittin’, Holy-Spirit-claimin’, hymn-singin’ child of the King.  Can I get an AMEN?

Would you post a prayer request I have?

I’ve written more about this question here.