Coffee Talk 05.20.18

Greetings, friends! I woke up this morning to a ray of sunshine streaming in my bedroom window. I’m pretty sure I now know how Noah must have felt when he emerged onto the deck of the ark after 40 days and 40 nights of rain… sweet relief!

Okay, I’m being dramatic, but really, after a week of rain, we’re all going a bit loony around here. Even my 12-year-old was dancing around the house last night when she saw on her weather app that the rain clouds that had been pictured for Sunday and Monday were replaced with sun and clouds.

It’s still overcast at the moment, but it should burn off by afternoon. Not only is the monsoon moving out, but it’s warm outside again! Yesterday we were wearing coats, and today it’s going to be 81. Spring in Philly… gotta love it!

Of course, along with springtime comes spring allergies. I’m feeling pretty drained, but ’tis the season. We’re all struggling a bit — especially my girls, who always seem to have a rough go of it this time of year.

As a result, we kinda laid low yesterday. I spent much of the day working on my son’s graduation slideshow and watching House Hunters Renovations with my youngest, but today we have church and then my older daughter’s dance recital this afternoon.

As soon as I publish this post, I’m going to go for a walk/run — not sure I have the energy to run much of it, but it will feel good to get outside.

I’ve also been trying to educate myself on this GDPR regulations that are affecting anyone who owns and operates a website. This is the kind of crap that goes on in the backend of my job. When people ask me how a blog can be full-time work, well, this is part of the reason it can be so time consuming.

If you have no idea what GDPR is, consider yourself lucky. (Google is your friend.) It’s really designed to hold big tech companies accountable for how they collect user data and what they do with it, but it trickles down to affect the little guys like me because anyone with a website has to be in compliance.

What does that mean for YOU? Nothing, really, but after May 25 (the deadline to be in compliance with the GDPR) you will probably have to “opt in” to use my blog and others.

Nothing will change about how I collect or use information (i.e. email addresses and I.P. addresses, etc.), but I have to make sure readers know that their information may be collected and how it will (and will not) be used, and they have to agree to that. So if you start to see a pop-up box on my site, informing you that I use cookies to collect information and asking you to agree, that’s what is going on.

Of course, it will probably turn some people away because they won’t understand, but there’s not much I can do.

Between the social media sites implementing their algorithms and these types of requirements for blog usage, it’s a wonder any of us manage to keep a business up and running.

Bear in mind, bloggers aren’t collecting any information in a nefarious way, and nothing is changing about what we are collecting or what we are doing with it; we just have to make sure readers know and require their consent.

I’m sure there will be plenty of bloggers who ignore it, so you probably won’t see these opt-ins on every website you frequent, but I’m not about to run the risk of being fined.

Well, that was a turn I didn’t plan for this post to take! Sorry for all the shop talk on a Sunday morning.

I’m excited for the week ahead. My Friday lunch plans got rescheduled for tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to that. Then I meet with my designer on Tuesday to see her ideas for the new house, and I cannot WAIT.

I definitely plan to share more about that in an upcoming post, plus I want to talk about what it’s like to work with a designer for those who are wondering. It sounds so fancy, but if you are someone who struggles to put things together, working with a design professional saves you soooo much time and money in the long run. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way.

Well, I guess that’s enough rambling for one post.

I hope you enjoy what’s left of the weekend and have a blessed Sunday!