Twitter and Google Friend Connect -- join one or both to stay in touch and get more out of this blog

I was just chilling out in the Twitterverse for a little bit, and I was thinking about those of you who have been following me long-term or those who have been paying attention to my blog on a daily basis--those of you who get the feed either via RSS or maybe through the email list. The ones who click on every update and read it, sometimes commenting, sometimes emailing. I am deeply appreciative of that.

I just wanted to invite you all to join me on Twitter @kelleyonline -- because if the blog is a string of long letters to you, then Twitter is the short daily conversation, and a lot of you are missing out on that connection. It's short, it's direct, and I'm active. Easiest way to reach me.

Something else that I just installed on the blog is Google Friend Connect. Look up at the top of the page--you can now sign in with your Google, Gmail, AIM, Yahoo!, Netlog, or OpenID account, or of course create a new Google account if you don't have any of those. I'm as new to this as you are, so we can figure it out together. I see that there are ways to link it to MySpace and Facebook and other social networking sites, and I'm hoping to implement some of that as well.

I crave the communication we used to have back in the day on the mailing list and message board (remember that?). Seems like most if not all of you are still with me via the current mailing list, but we lack that interaction. I've got so much great stuff in the pipeline for 2009 and 2010, from poetry books to EPs and albums, and I want to be able to get your feedback on all of it and get a feel for what you want. Hard to do when we're not in touch, so I want to open all the doors and be as accessible as possible. This is a great beginning to that.

The point of all this is to stay in touch with you, so sign up for one or the other, (Twitter is here, and Google Friend Connect is at the very top of every page on the blog), or better yet both.

Hope you are all having a good week... fresh poetry coming up within 48 hours!

Ash and Dust -- a poem about the meaning of life and the inevitability of death

Bizarre is beautiful... Memorial message to Michael, and still more thoughts on his life and death

Bizarre is beautiful... Memorial message to Michael, and still more thoughts on his life and death