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Okay...the old pictures are really coming down soon!

>> Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Remember back when I sent out the new coding to everyone (or tried to, at least)?'s official -- if you didn't change to the new coding, then very soon your picture will disappear and be replaced with the dreaded red X.

Don't remember if you have changed your coding? Just right click on the picture that appears above the blog roll on your blog. If it comes up with "" as part of the picture properties, then you have the old coding. If it comes up with some coding from, then you have the newer coding.

If you find that you lose your picture, please email me at catholicmothers_spam {at} insightbb {dot} com. Just change the {at} to @ and the {dot} to a . and then also remove the _spam. When you email me, please let me know that you need the new coding. Please tell me what blog server you are on (Blogger, WordPress, etc), what your blog URL is, and what picture you had before. (This is also your opportunity to get a different picture though too!)

Please do not sign up for the blog roll again, just because you need the new coding -- please email me, and I'll get back to you within 3 - 6 days.



The Official Stand on MySpace Blogs

I have personally contacted just a couple of people who have requested to join the blog roll who use a MySpace blog, but wanted to record it here on the CMO blog as well. I had to make the decision that I would not include blogs that are on MySpace on the CMO blogroll at this time.

I had two main reasons for that --

1. It appears to me (a non-MySpace person, mind you) to be a little confusing about adding the coding to MySpace. At least I know that I have been asked about how to do it by people with MySpace, and I don't know how. So, that has made me assume that it would be difficult to add it in the same way that you can add it to blog servers such as TypePad, Blogger, etc.

2. Because the comments feature is featured so prominently on MySpace pages, and it can often (not always -- but I have seen it plenty) lead to things that might not be family friendly, it makes me concerned.

Now...mind you, I do want to note that I have generally not censored the blog roll. There are, indeed, blogs on the roll that may not be as family friendly as others.

I apologize to anyone who wants to join and is not able to because of this previously unposted guideline. Much of my feelings about it may be because of my lack of familiarity with MySpace. But, as the person who has to put so much time and effort into the CMO Blogroll, then that means I'm also the one who gets to make that call.

Again -- sorry to anyone who it may effect. Really though...of all the applications I have received, I have only had two or three requested from MySpace, so this does represent a very small percentage.

Thanks for all your support & for making this blog roll so successful!


Well...I'm kind of cross-eyed now...

>> Thursday, September 6, 2007

But I just sent out emails to everyone on the blog roll! Whew!

Because of some changes to the server that I was using for hosting the images for the blog roll, I have moved the pictures elsewhere. The pictures will continue to work in your current coding through the end of September, but at that point, if you don't change the coding (I sent it out to everyone), you will end up with a red X of a picture. Just a heads up!

If you didn't get an email from me (I did get a few returned), please feel free to email me directly for the code (and please include your blog link in the email): catholicmothers {at} insightbb {dot} com.

Thanks everyone!


Did some blog roll maintenance tonight...

>> Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Just a heads up -- I ended up deleting approximately 10 blogs from the list. I apologize that I can't take the time to find the email addresses for each of those people and let them know, but even just checking up on the whole blog roll took about two hours. Whew! (Of the blogs deleted, over half were because there were not blogs at those links anymore.)

Oh...and I also fixed links for two blogs on the roll that were incorrect.

And...sorry, but I did delete two or three blogs that just didn't have the blog roll shown anywhere on their blog. Trust me -- if I couldn't find it, I searched and searched. (And then one that only now had one post and hadn't been updated since before summer started.)

If you were deleted and want to join back up, you will need to fill out the enrollment form again.

And one last update -- I had never put this in the guidelines, but will be adding it. Blogs on the blog roll need to be able to be read by the public. Sorry...but this is the only way I can keep updated on blogs and check on them.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the blog roll! It has been great to watch it grow and flourish!


Over 200 on the Blog Roll Now!

>> Sunday, September 2, 2007

Wow! As of this moment, there are 201 blogs on our Catholic Mothers Online blog roll! What an amazing blessing! (And, this number does not include any of the many blogs that I am waiting to hear back that they have installed the coding in order to be added to the roll.)

Thanks to everyone for making this community just grow and grow!


A couple of notes about being added to the blog roll

>> Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Hi to everyone!

I'm so pleased to say that our wonderful community has just grown by leaps and bounds. I can hardly believe that it was just before Easter when I was starting it up and afraid that nobody would join, and here we are -- at almost 200! Wow!

Some recent emails/comments to the blog bring me to just a bit of administative notes today. Please, please, please -- I don't want anyone to feel "called out" if you have emailed me about any of these things. If you have, you are not the only one. And, that's why I wanted to take some time to post here so that people interested in the blog roll can see it here before they have to wonder about the same things.

Like all of you, I am a very busy Mom. I have three wonderful (and busy!) kids, an awesome husband, an online business, a couple of blogs (LOL), a rewarding job with special needs kids/kids with delays a few hours per week, and a million other things going on each day. We all know the drill, right? You're in the trenches of motherhood with me!

I am thrilled to also be able to be the administrator of both this blog roll and another scrolling link list (for a group of moms on Etsy). Because I could allow myself to be making additions/changes many times a day on those two lists (due to requests coming in to join, blog name changes, link changes, etc), I have to limit the time in which I will make those changes and additions. And, so please do not be surprised if you email me about (or sign up for) the blog roll, and I don't get back to you for a few days. I update the roll at least every 3 - 4 days. There are times when I do it more often, but that is a typical time frame.

So...if you want to skim, here is the important part...

1. If you sign up and don't hear from me right away, please be patient. There is no need to sign up again, unless one full week has passed without hearing from me. Typically, within 3 - 4 days, you will receive an email from me with instructions and coding.

2. If you would like to be added to the blog roll, you *must* send me an email after you have installed the coding to your blog. I will not check back on your blog until I hear from you, and it's only after I check back on it that I add you in. I have had a few instances where people wonder why they weren't added after the "signed up," and I find this is often what has happened -- they installed the code, but didn't notice in the instructions that they had to email me back. (I understand -- I'm sometimes bad about overlooking details in text too.)

3. Once I get that email back from someone, I will check back on their blog and then add them during my next update. That can mean that if they email me back right away after I sent them their coding, it might be three or four days until I update it again. When I do updates and add people to the blog roll, I email them to let them know that they are about to be added. However -- if you email me and then don't hear back from me or get added to the blog roll within seven days, please email me to be sure I got your email.

I hope this doesn't turn anyone away! I just realized that there were some areas that might not be so clear, and so I wanted to take a few minutes to clear them up!

Thanks so much for supporting our blog roll! It is just wonderful to be blessed by getting to meet and interact with so many Catholic mothers!


Status Update

>> Thursday, June 14, 2007

I just wanted to give everyone a quick status update that I haven't updated the blog roll in a few days. I have been busy, busy, busy with a variety of things, including Vacation Bible School. And, with the end of VBS in sight, I have lost my voice. And, just when I thought it was just that I lost my voice, I'm afraid to say I think it might actually be because I am sick.

So...bear with me. I will be back to updating the roll, but it might take me until sometime this weekend.




>> Saturday, June 2, 2007

Yep...that's how many blogs are currently on the Catholic Mothers Online blog roll -- 120! Wow!

And to think that a few days after I started the blog roll, I was afraid that nobody would join.

Thanks to all that have made this such a success! I have so enjoyed meeting so many new people and talking to so many wonderful Catholic mothers!


Sorry -- I have been behind in updating!

>> Sunday, May 27, 2007

If you have sent an email to me in the last few days, I apologize that I haven't gotten to it yet. With the end of the school year just about here, things have gone a little crazy. Please be patient if I am not able to get back to you right away -- I promise I will get back to you!



Art Pieces Sent Out!

>> Thursday, May 17, 2007

Just a note that all of the art pieces were sent out earlier this week to the drawing winners!

I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them!


Sending out emails soon...

I am going to be sending out emails soon to all those that I currently have in folders that I am either waiting to hear from that they installed the coding or waiting to hear from on their icon preferrence (for above the blog roll). Between the two folders, I have 40+ bloggers that I am waiting to hear from, and so I will be sending out a friendly reminder. ;)

Granted, some of those in the folders have only just contacted me in the last few days, but I do have some sign ups from a month ago. So, I'm not as worried about all of you that I have heard from in the last few days, but I just want to do my best to clean up my folders a little bit.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the Catholic Mothers Online blog roll! I am shocked and happy to report that we are currently at 97 blogs on the blog roll. Wow! I certainly didn't expect THAT a month ago!


CMO Drawing Winners!

>> Thursday, May 10, 2007

Well...a little late, but here are the winners of the drawing for the Catholic Mothers Online joining "incentive." The following two bloggers have been contacted to choose the Hail Mary digital art print (the photographs and art were done by me, in case anyone was wondering) that most suits them:

Susan @ A Happy Heart

Esther @ A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Congrats to Susan & Esther! other person was contacted as well, since she was the VERY FIRST person to join CMO (besides me! LOL). So, also choosing a Hail Mary digital art print will be...

Aldara @ Catholic Mommyhood


Can someone pick two numbers for me?

>> Thursday, May 3, 2007

I need two numbers that are between 1 and 113. You don't win anything if you are the one doing the picking of the numbers -- just the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping me choose the winners for the drawing.


Join by April 30th to be entered into a contest!

>> Monday, April 30, 2007


Last Day for Prize Entries!

>> Sunday, April 29, 2007

Wow -- April did that happen???

It's the last day for entering the drawing!.

Good luck!!!


Looking for Opinions: To Open In a New Window or Same Window?

>> Thursday, April 19, 2007

I had one of our blog roll members request that I set up the blog roll links so that they open in a new window when someone clicks on them. (And, then Barb was also kind enough to tell me how I would accomplish that when I let her know how ignorant I was in that area. LOL)

Anyway, so before Barb let me know how to do it, I did some internet research on it, and it would seem that some people don't care for that kind of feature. But, I'm open to doing it either way, as I can see pros and cons for both.

So, I'm taking opinions -- do you prefer for the blog roll links to just open in the same window (and then you click "back" if you want to return where you were) or do you prefer for them to open in a new window (and then you'll have to "X" out of that when you want to leave, but then you'll still have your original site open).

Leave me a comment with your preference, but I'll have the final decision. (Oh, and if you want to see what the difference is, all of the blogs in the blog roll are currently set to open in the same window except three that I just tinkered with to change to open to a new window. So, you can click on the blog roll links to: Many Little Blessings (yes, I know that's my site -- LOL), The Humble Housewife, and The Mother Load -- both of those are sites that I just added this morning.)

Thanks, in advance, for the opinions!


A little change for those who are using WordPress

>> Friday, April 13, 2007

I had to do some researching after someone with a WordPress blog wanted to join but couldn't seem to get the coding to show up on her site. I finally found out that WordPress does appear to support Javascript (which is what the CMO Blog Roll is using).

So, only for those people who would like to join who are on blog servers that do not support Javascript, I have come up with an html version of the buttons. With these, the actual blog roll does not show up on their blog, but a button about it does.

This will not be an option for those of you who are on blog servers that support Javascript (Blogger, Typepad, etc.). Although, if you are dying to have it on your blog twice, then you *can* have an html button as well. (You may see off to the side that I have added an html button here on this blog, as well as the Javascript version.)

So, if you didn't sign up because you knew your server didn't support Javascript, now is your time that you can contact me about it. I'm all ready for you now, thanks to Susan at AHappyHeart bringing forth the need for the html coding.


Button Choices for Blog Roll

>> Monday, April 9, 2007

When you join the Catholic Mothers Online blog roll, you can have your choice of what "button" you want to appear at the top of your blog roll. Or, you may choose one, and also wish you display another on your site. If you would like to do that, let me know, and I will send you coding for that.

When you join, I will ask which image you want on the blog roll on your site. After you let me know, then I will send you the coding that contains the correct image.

Here are the choices (they can also be viewed here):

Immaculate Heart:

Cross on a Hill:

Hand Holding:

Hand Holding Rosary

Statue of St. Mary and Jesus

Conversely, if you would like to design your own, I would be happy to check it out and approve it ahead of time. If you design your own, I would like very much for you to be willing to share it with anyone who wanted to use it. I will host the button, for that purpose.



testing the blog roll

Check it out -- I'm testing it out. ;) (It's over to the right in my sidebar.)

I am going to come up with a couple of different picture options so that you will be able to choose which one (including some that are smaller).

If you have joined already and haven't received the code, don't worry. :) I will be sending it later -- after I create a couple more button choices so that you can choose which code to install.

And, remember -- there are prizes possible for joining before April 30th!

Oh...and don't forget to spread the word about the new blog roll by posting about it on your blog or just telling friends!


Prizes for Joining!

>> Sunday, April 8, 2007

To help encourage the growth of the new blog roll (which I have been testing periodically to make sure I have it all figured out!), I am offering a drawing. What do you need to do? Just join the blog roll and install the code on your blog! That's it! But, for an extra entry in the drawing, you can do a post (even a quick one) to announce the new blog roll and that you have joined.

This will run through April 30th, 2007 at 11:59 pm EST. Two winners will be chosen for your choice of a Hail Mary 5x7 digital art print that I created. They are shown here:


Join The Catholic Mothers Online Blog Roll!

>> Friday, April 6, 2007

(*Please Note: This is an older posting to the Catholic Mothers Online Blog. To read more recent posts, please click on the header. However -- this *is* the correct posting to sign up for the blog roll.*)

Thank you for your interest in joining the Catholic Mothers Online Blog Roll!

Requirements for joining this blog roll (by submitting your information and clicking "I agree," you are agreeing that you do meet the requirements for enrollment:

  • This blog roll is for mothers. However, this includes mothers with children of all ages, as well as those who haven't been blessed with a child yet, but do pray for that to happen in the future. This is also for women who serve as mothers through being a godmother, as well as those women who are simply mothers at heart. As one wise blogger said, "Isn't every woman a mother at heart?"

  • Membership is open to bloggers who are Roman Catholic or Orthodox, as well as those who are currently going through the RCIA process.

  • You must recognize and respect the Magesterium of the Church and be obedient to the Pope and authorities under him. We feel this isn't asking too much, as that is at the very heart of being Catholic. We don't want to police what you are writing in regards to the Church. If you feel called to write about something you don't agree with, please do so in a respectful manner. (If you cannot abide by this and we are contacted about a posting of yours, we will contact you to discuss it prior to removing your blog from the roll.)

  • You must have at least three postings on your blog and also have had your blog for at least two weeks. If you fill out the form before that time, you will be asked to wait and resubmit the form at the appropriate time.

  • Your blog must be set to public access, and must be almost entirely in the English language. (Because we check up on the blogs on the roll, the volunteers who help with this must be able to get to your blog, and they must be able to read the language, which is our reasoning for these rules.)

  • You will need to add the coding to your blog with the blogroll (you will have to add this prior to being added). This will include a small picture, as well as the alphabetical listing of links of all the blogs on the roll. (Don't worry -- there will be a scrolling button so that even as the list grows, it won't take over the side bar of your blog!) This needs to be displayed on your blog somewhere that it can easily be found. Since I do check up on all the blogs on the blog roll periodically -- I need to be able to find it. I will look around, but if I can't find it, your blog will be removed from the blog roll. (I may or may not notify you of this after you have been removed.)

  • You will need to post to your blog at least once per calendar month.

  • We reserve the right to decline a blog based on its content, even if it meets other requirements. This does not happen often, so please do not feel that your blog is going to be "judged." But, it does happen from time to time, so we felt it best to mention it on here as well.

    • Anyone whose sign up has been in the queue list for joining for over a month and hasn't installed the code by that time will have their sign up deleted from the queue. If your sign up email has been deleted and you contact me about joining again, you will be asked to fill out the sign up (below) again.

    If you feel like you still want to join, please fill out the sign up form below. You will be contacted within approximately one week. (If the form does not work, you may email the information to catholicmothers (at) comcast (dot) net.)

    ***PLEASE WATCH YOUR SPAM/JUNK EMAIL FOLDER if you have one! Many times I have received multiple requests from the same person over and over only for them to later find all of the emails I sent to them in their spam/junk folder.

    *Please Note: You will be able to choose your own image for above the blog roll on your site. To browse various images, please visit this link to view all of the image choices.*

    How to Sign Up:

  • A name & a new header!

    >> Thursday, April 5, 2007

    Thanks so much to the advice and wise words of Rosemary at A Catholic Mother's Thoughts, I was able to go with my original thinking of having this be a list of Catholic Mothers, but still allowing it to be open to those who are not already mothers in what other people may think in the "traditional" sense. This means that even if you do not have a child in your arms (or towering over you!) already, if it is in your heart to answer the call to the vocation of motherhood in the future (even through being a godmother), this will be a blog list where you will be welcome.

    I so have appreciated Rosemary's thoughts and suggestions -- Bless You, Rosemary!

    I will continue to work on this list in the coming week (though I may not work too much more in the next few days, of course), and will get the blog roll set up, set up a way to sign up for it, outline some requirements for joining, and make some fun "buttons" that you can place on your website to proclaim that you are a member of Catholic Mothers Online.

    For now -- I hope that you will enjoy the new header, the new template I am using, the name (and intentions of it), etc.

    Bless you all as we continue through Holy Week!


    The Catholic Women's Blog Roll

    >> Wednesday, April 4, 2007

    So...I have a little bit of work to do before I actually put this into action (maybe next week?), but I wanted to get the page started so I can start fiddling with it.

    Once things get going, you will be able to sign up for a Catholic Women's Blog Roll. You can read discussion about what inspired me to create it and such on my regular blog -- Many Little Blessings.

    Next week, I hope to have up the guidelines for joining and other similar information. I am excited for this, and feel that I have been called to create this to help foster even greater community with (and increased ease in finding) female Catholic bloggers.

    So...what's on my agenda?

    • Name this blog roll! (If you have any great ideas, feel free to share. If I choose what you suggest, I will send you a little something!)
    • Come up with some buttons for the blogroll for others to put on their own blogs. (Though my plan for the list is to have a script through another website that will have a listing of all the blogs to be placed on each blog in the blog ring. It will hopefully be similiar to the Blogging Chicks that is on my site now.) If you are not familiar with Blogging Chicks, here is a link to their site.
    • Design a header, footer, etc.

    My biggest "to do" though is to name it and begin take sign ups. I figure everything else can wait until later into next week, particularly as many people (including myself) are trying to take more time this week in prayer and meditation. (I will say that I would certainly have been waiting on this until after Holy Week if I hadn't felt so called to do this while in prayer.)

    Thanks for checking out the new, very plain (for now) home of the as-of-yet untitled Catholic Women's blog roll.

    (If you are interested in signing up, please feel free to comment to me here or on my regular site. I will be opening an email address soon for this purpose as well.)


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