• The mosquito gets an emoji before the guinea pig. 🙍‍♀️ 157 New Emojis in the 2018 Emoji List (On the plus side, we nearly-elderly folks appreciate the addition of white hair for humans.)

  • Not too bad! Why did I wait so long to get an Instant Pot?

  • Leveling up from oatmeal and soup on the Instant Pot. This beef stew requires 35 minutes of pressure cooking. That’s like forever! 😫

  • I have no idea what is going on in Ada’s head, but I’m pretty sure Grace is thinking “Why doesn’t she get in her own cuddle cup?”

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Micro.blog: Where We Are, Where We Want to Go

    The question comes up regularly: to what extent is there diversity in the Micro.blog community? We only ask for a name and an email address to register, so we don’t have any demographics on the users in our community. But I do know, based on skimming the names of those who register, that the percentage of users with typically female names is very small. When I look at users whose avatars are photos of themselves, I suspect the percentage of people of color is also very small.

    When the Micro.blog Kickstarter was running in January 2017, I reached out to several women to ask if they would be interested in joining. Of those I talked to, some expressed that they were leery of joining a new social network based on their experience of abuse and microaggressions on other social networks. I completely understand why women, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and people of color might not flock to a new and untested community.

    It is not surprising, but it is not disheartening. We have the power to change the social network dynamic. Micro.blog was built from the ground up to protect its users from the type of abuse so common on Twitter and elsewhere. In the Kickstarter campaign, Manton’s one stretch goal was to hire a community manager to be steward of this commitment. As our community takes shape, I feel strongly we have something to offer to those who have not felt welcomed on other social networks. For my part, I am reaching out to people whom I talked to a year ago and encouraging them to give Micro.blog a try, now that there is a fairly active community of users.

    Whether it’s a Micro Monday recommendation or encouraging someone new to join, I challenge everyone on Micro.blog to look outside your regular circle of contacts and friends and make an effort to bring in new participants whose voices we all need to hear.

    As community manager, I welcome everyone’s comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at jean@micro.blog or message me in the Microblogging Slack. I’d also like to hear from anyone who has considered joining Micro.blog but has hesitated due to concerns about the community.

  • Three paper-based books, checked out from the library. All recommended by Micro.blog community members, who are a very literary bunch. 📚

  • The guinea pigs are jealous of all the doggies, and demand equal time plus treats.

  • I just accepted a dog walk for a first-time Wag client. A pitbull with no profile photo. The owner’s only note: “Don’t let him eat anything.” 😬

  • Today’s cute overload. I think it might be more time- and cost-efficient to get my own damn puppy.

  • Have you joined the Micro.blog Slack community? It’s a great place to ask questions and get answers from @manton and me, as well as a lively community of helpful folks. There’s a #followme channel where you can find introductions from other microbloggers and post your own. 💁‍♀️

  • Wag dog #8. This one sat quietly on the couch, camouflaged, while I looked all over the house. But once we got outside, she was super speedy for a little pup.

  • Day 3 as puppy nanny. He wants to check everything and everyone out, but we did manage to get in a decent distance for such short legs.

  • Rover dog #2. This sweet little guy is the most discerning stick collector in Portland. Instructions were to just play Fetch in the backyard, and so we did.

  • We just released the latest episode of SestraCast. I’m very proud of what co-host Kathy (aka @mrssoup) and I have done. Check it out if you are an Orphan Black fan, or want to be one! #orphanblack 🎤🎧👯‍♀️👯‍♀️

  • Day 2 as puppy nanny. It was a little cold so I wrapped him up in my coat.

  • It’s been a long day, but before it’s over, I want to share my pick for Micro Monday, @johnjohnston. He’s a teacher in Scotland and posts the most stunning photos of a country that I’m long overdue to visit.

  • Swan Island Shipyard: Land Of The Giants

    I took a Lyft passenger to the shipyard today. It was fascinating. I had to go through security with my passenger and I couldn’t get out of the car to take photos). I got a look at the Alaskan Frontier tanker, all 289 meters of it. I couldn’t snap a photo; the sun was right behind it and the area around it is restricted. I included a photo of the tanker sailing beneath the St. John’s Bridge.

    I’m a bit obsessed with big ships, ever since I found the Titanic article in our encyclopedia when I was 8 years old.

  • Rover dog #1. A baby fluff ball!

  • So glad that @ishabazz is here! Check out the apps he and @heidi_helen created. Their Stamp Pack for iMessage is the only one I use regularly. Boomerang for translating is simply ingenious.

  • It’s official: I’ve got a weeklong gig walking a 2-month-old Corgi puppy starting tomorrow. I just met him and he is adorable. The lack of exercise on our walks will be offset in puppy kisses. 😍 (Photo: not the actual Corgi, but almost as cute.)

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