I'm talking about my multiple email addresses. I have always kept a couple - one I gave only to my family and friends, one I used for posting online. I also usually one or two others that just sort of float 'out there' that I've forgotten about. But when I got serious about my writing I started reserving email addresses with my pseudonym and my list ballooned, especially once last week's cover came out, I added a couple with the misspelled name, both Breamel and Brahmel. I believe I now have four or six Gmail addresses (three in the variations of my pseudonym, one with my real name that I give to my friends and a few other transactions, and an ancient one from my fanfic days.) Oh, and I mustn't forget my website addys now too.
Once I got the contract with Samhain, I started switching my yahoo groups over to my Leah Braemel identity and had the emails automatically forwarded to me from each individual address. However I've noticed lately that most of my emails are from the Leah Braemel identity. This morning, only three came to my 'real name' address. So I decided that instead of logging on to my 'real name' address, I might as well forward its mail to my Leah Braemel address and deal with it there.
That was the simple part.
What I hadn't counted on was that by logging into my Leah Braemel account, I lost my Google bookmarks. I LOVE Google bookmarks because they allow me to take my bookmarks with me no matter what computer I'm on. And since I now have four computers I shuffle through, that portability was important. So I had to figure out how to transport my extremely lengthy list of bookmarks from one identity to the other. Turned out I had to:
- log into my old identity and export my bookmarks to an HTML list
- import the file into to my Firefox bookmark list
- log out of my old identity and onto my new identity
- import my Firefox bookmark list to the google toolbar bookmarks
Next problem? Oh, yeah, I used to post my blog from my old identity. I had to set up my blog to accept the new address. No problem, easy peasy.
Except I lost all the blogs I'd been following. Oops.
But in the process of trying to move them over - and you briefly had me following you twice if you noticed - I discovered that I can read your blog posts using a feature of Google called Google Reader (If you use gmail, it's up on the menu list at the top left of the gmail screen.) It's like the 'Blogs I'm Following' list on the Blogspot Dashboard, but full screen. Trouble with THAT is I can read your blogs but if you have any sort of counter to keep track of who is reading your blog? I'm not going to be showing up. At least I don't think I will be.
AND another thing I discovered while I was changing over the bookmarks? Google now offers a 'Google Notebook' which I think is fantastic for when I'm researching for my books. For instance, I was over on The Goddess Blogs this morning, drooling over a lovely picture of Matthew Fox when I thought "Hey, that's Scott" from my Hauberk series. I wanted to keep the picture handy, but if I saved it on my laptop, I wouldn't have it available on my desktop, or my Big Mac or my mini-Mac unless I emailed it to myself and downloaded on those machines. But by using the Google Notebook, I right click and at the bottom of the menu is a new option that reads "Note this - Google Notebook". It saves the photo, along with the URL to a notebook I set up to capture my information. That's transportable too, so now instead of having to save documents/pictures/URLs to a file and send them to myself to use on my other computers, I can access them via the online Notebook. Wow, that is going to make my life so much easier.
(To get to the notebooks, click on "More" in the gmail menu, that should bring up a new page - Notebook is over on the left hand side list. It'll download an add-on to your computer that'll show up in the bottom right of your Firefox screen.)