Updated my bio:

Middle-aged magical girl. Mom. Once and future school librarian. Contract curator for Micro.blog. Citizen of Romancelandia. I manage multiple chronic illnesses. I love books and games. ๐ŸŒˆโ™ฟ

๐Ÿ”– Read Frida Kahloโ€™s life of chronic pain by Carol A. Courtney (OUPblog).

Looking for examples of chronically ill and disabled creatives to be models for myself. Frida Kahlo is such a great one.

I was reading Austin Kleon’s newsletter and feeling jealous of how he seems to do so much and see so much. I realized that I spend so much of my time in physical pain; if I didn’t, I’d do more other stuff. So now I want to figure out how to modify other stuff so I can do it with the body I have.

๐Ÿ”– Read Welcome to Your Cronehood by Catherine Newman (Cup of Jo).

I am not psyched about menopause. I’ve already lived a lot of my life for me rather than other people, so I feel ahead of the curve there.

๐Ÿ”–๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Read How Paris Hopes the Summer Olympics Will Transform the Cityโ€”for Good by Lindsey Tramuta (Condรฉ Nast Traveler).

This is a fascinating article. Paris’s commitment to hosting the most sustainable Olympics ever and transforming an underresourced area for the long-term is inspiring.

๐ŸŽฎ I got Metroid: Samus Returns. I’m really enjoying it. I know there will be parts that are super difficult, but I am happy to use walkthroughs or whatever. I’m also finding that I don’t mind having to repeatedly try a fight in this game as much as I sometimes do, so that’s nice.

๐Ÿ”–๐Ÿ“š 100 of the Greatest Posters of Celebrities Urging You to Read by James Folta (Lit Hub)

This is the kind of content carefully calibrated to please me, specifically.

Hey y’all! The Connected Learning Lab published the work from my postdoc today! Two new reports for library staff and leaders compiling valuable insights and recommendations to foster teen engagement through Connected Learning. Learn more about the project and find reports and checklists here.

The image is a colorful infographic titled โ€œHow can public libraries foster teen engagement?โ€ It features four key points with corresponding illustrations:      Holistic Partnerships: The foundation for teen engagement involves holistic relationships with staff and community partners, symbolized by a handshake.     Community Partnerships: Expanding capacity to serve youth in all areas of connected learning, represented by an open book.     Storytelling About Youth Outcomes: Demonstrating impact through compelling storytelling, depicted by a light bulb.     Innovative Staff: Effective champions are staff who are lifelong learners and innovators, symbolized by a rocket ship. The bottom of the images highlights two new reports titled "Transformative Outcomes through Community Engagement" available at clalliance.org/connected-learning-through-libraries

Finished reading: Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean ๐Ÿ“š

Sarah MacLean is just the best.

Some years on my birthday, I share who I want to be in the following year.

This year, in addition to the stuff from earlier years, I want to add:

I want to be someone who gives the same attention to writing that she has to other creative hobbies.

๐ŸŽฎ Finished Metroid: Zero Mission.

This is a remake of the original NES Metroid with a lengthy epilogue. I mostly enjoy Metroidvanias for the exploration.

I think my thumbs need a rest after this. It might be time to play an RPG or puzzle game. But eventually, I’ll move on to Super Metroid.

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚ Celebrate my birthday, Bastille Day, with me by engaging with French stuff! ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ—ผ

It’s my birthday on Sunday! As my birthday is Bastille Day and this is the second birthday I’ve had since going to France and confirming that I do love it as much as I thought I would, I’m celebrating with French stuff, like crรชpes. If you want to party in my honor, here are some options:

Thanks for celebrating with me!

How do I decide what to feature in the Discover tab on Micro.blog?

Disclaimer: This is not an official Micro.blog communication. Just me explaining my process. And it’s all rather stream-of-consciousness.

Hey! I thought some increased transparency about what goes in the Discover tab might be helpful. There is some info in the help forum but as Discover is curated by humans, there are some idiosyncrasies beyond what you’ll see there, depending on who’s doing the curation.

Here are the things you’re likely to notice an uptick in when I’m curating:

  • Pet photos
  • Parenting stuff
  • Jokes

I try to rarely highlight my own posts because doing so feels icky to me. I do try to feature announcements from Manton about the service.

On the screen I use for curation in the backend, I can see how many times someone’s posts have been featured in the past week, how many times they’ve been featured ever, how many replies a post has received, and how many posts a user has ever made. As I understand it, Jean, Manton, and Vincent worked together to create this interface.

I try not to feature anyone who has already been featured 4 or more times in a week. I try to feature people who have rarely been featured or are new to Micro.blog.

I feature things I think are funny, photos I think look extra cool, questions that might start a conversation, and posts that explicitly are from a new user saying they’re new.

I try to prioritize inclusion, highlighting women of any race or ethnicity, BIPOC of any gender, posts about queer experiences including trans experiences, and posts about disability experiences.

Micro.blog skews the way a lot of tech spaces skew: cis, het, white, male, able-bodied. Inclusion has been a growing edge for Micro.blog for a long time. I do what I can to promote it within the scope of my role, but the work is bigger than me. I know members of the community have been talking about this for a long time. I can advocate for it but I am not the inflection point for it. I hope it will be a priority for the service going forward but that’s a Manton decision, not a Kimberly decision.

While I’m not here for toxic positivity, I do try to focus on joy and information on the Discover timeline, rather than partisanship or criticism. If I feature a political post, it’ll be about a specific issue that crosses partisan divides, such as the importance of voting. On Juneteenth, I highlighted posts that wished people a happy Juneteenth and also information about the history of the day. Likewise for Pride month. When I feature something related to religion, it’s usually a big theological question or textual analysis, not evangelical.

As is policy, I rarely feature photos that don’t have alt text. Please use alt text! So many of you share cool photos without it and it makes me sad.

All of this stuff is specifically about how I curate. Manton and Vincent aren’t me, so they naturally curate differently than I do.

I hope this has been helpful to hear about.

Here’s a final disclaimer that this post is an explainer from Kimberly, not an official Micro.blog communication.

I’ve been doing French on Duolingo for a bit over a year (and Dutch before that) and this morning I realized I can translate a not insubstantial amount of Threw It On The Ground into French.

Je suis un adulte!

Mon pere n’est pas un tรฉlรฉphone! Duh!

Hey friends of Micro.blog.

  1. I am a contractor working mostly on M.b curation for about 5 hours a week. So if you perceive I’m not doing as much as Jean did, you’re right!

  2. I also haven’t been around for about a week because of a big family medical emergency. Everyone’s okay now.

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Finished reading: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean ๐Ÿ“š

I love this one. The hero is so dreamy.

“I luxiriated in books.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ฌ “All I ever wanted was to belong, to wear that hat of belonging.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ฌ “Seeing yourself in print is such an amazing concept: you can get so much attention without having to show up anywhere.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ฌ “I understood immediately the thrill of seeing oneself in print. It provides some sort of primal verification: you are in print; therefore you exist.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ฌ “One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

๐Ÿ”–๐Ÿ“š Read Notes on Romance Novels as “Camp”.

Andrea, author of the Shelf Love newsletter, does an amazing job of arguing for romance novels as Camp.

Finished reading: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean ๐Ÿ“š

This one made me cry. I just really love a second chance.

Finished reading: A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean ๐Ÿ“š