Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Meeting Some Goals

I've spent the past 2 weeks trying to write a variety of types of posts for the Blog Improvement Project. I found it pretty challenging, especially varying the length of my posts. I think I write on a variety of topics, and could have gone back through old posts to match everything on the Bingo list, but the goals was to do it in the 2 week time frame. I managed 8 out of 10, which is pretty good. I had real trouble with writing an opinion post, even though I am a very opinionated person, so that was weird too.
This time the task is to focus on Blog Basics, which I've listed below. As always, Lisa found some great articles to help us with this and explain why certain things just work better certain ways. We don't have to do everything on the list, but I've already completed it, since I had been working on my gorgeous new Blog Design by Susan this weekend anyway!
  • Write (or update) your “About Me” Page - Created it w/ new blog design. Put in several pictures, too!
  • Update your contact information - Put it in more than 1 place.
  • Add some sort of picture of yourself - Already had 1 in profile, as well as in many posts.
  • Update your Blogroll - Removed some I never visit, added some new ones.
  • Create a link to your Archives on your front page - already had it
  • Add a link so readers can subscribe to your blog via RSS - already had it
  • Get to work on other basic blog maintenance you’ve been meaning to do
On January 7, when this year-long improvement project began, these were the goals I set:
  • Select a new blog design that shows more of my personality. DONE
  • Include relevant links in posts. TRYING
  • Work on content that will encourage comments and return visitors. COMMENTS HAVE GONE DOWN! WASSUP, FOLKS?
  • Host some giveaways. HAVE HAD 2. PARTICIPATING IN SITS SPRING FLING ON 3/3.
  • Investigate ways to make money through my blog, without losing its current personality/charm. BLOGHER ADS
I am pretty impressed with myself on this, I must say! I usually am not good at following through with goals that have a long timeline. Of course, I still have a bunch of other non-blog projects that need to be done, all with shorter timelines! I have a birthday card swap due in March, an All About Me swap for April, and I need to renew my teaching license by June. So I guess I'll go do some of that now!
I'd appreciate your comments on how things look, how the new design works for you, and any THEORIES ON WHY MY COMMENTS HAVE GONE DOWN!



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18 comments:

Kitten said...

You've worked very hard on improving your blog, and it shows! I'm very proud of you! :)

Kara said...

The blog looks amazing - and congrats on completing some of your goals - your work really shows through.

Noah's Mommy said...

Stopping by from SITS....I think those are all really good things....

Chris said...

GM, I just wanted to say Hi and tell you I enjoy your blog. Personally, I don't go to blog to see who's got the best, the fanciest, or the most. I visit the pweople that interest me and I consider nice, funny or down to earth, Thta;s what interests me.I haven't a clue why your comments are down, I just know I like to visit you. Love the little history lessons. :)

Hugs,
Chris

Smilingsal said...

I love visiting you, and I agree with Chris.

I am a firm believer that posts should be daily and short in text, even if long because of pictures. To get comments, we must leave comments. I can vouch that you do a good job of that.

Perhaps by trying, you're losing focus. Your blog should be unique. Think about your vision and narrow your postings to fit that vision.

Raggedy Girl said...

I love your blog and you write about things that interest me. I am a new blogger and am still trying to figure out how much time I should give to this and how do I limit the amount of people I visit each day, who goes on my blog roll as I can't have everyone! Still feeling my way. I think if you leave comments then you get comments. But as I said your blog is really nice and I enjoy stopping by.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
from Roberta Anne

Dorte H said...

First I worried a bit when I saw your chequered backdrop, but then it disappeared and your text stood out nice and clear!
I am glad that even though you have changed some things, you are still blue :)
I also read Kim´s post, but I decided that it was too early to change a lot on my blog. But I used a blue picture today which you´ll like.

Happy To Be said...

Good day Elizabeth...now I love the new look you got going..but I am with Chris I visit peeps that visit with me...I don't care what their blog dress looks like..and I just love to red the stories their share..I just read at someone blog that we are suppose to have a theme and no music and it be only 40 seconds each post..well I can't see me doing a post with a stop watch or not having music..I just figure its my blog and I'll do it any way I want it..if no one likes it the exit button is on the right ha ha!! I am not blogging to add a big follower list or get awards I am all about the caring and sharing of things..and Good lord how could you get back to a big follower list any way..too much time...Hope you are feeling godd today girl...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

I have no flipping clue as to why your comments have gone down, because for me, personally, I think your blog has improved over the last couple of months. I remember suggesting to you to do more personal-type stuff and less weekly memes, and you seem to have taken that to heart a tiny bit. I love your book reviews, but I guess not everyone would. Who knows? My comments have gone down too!
Your blog looks wonderful and your signature cracks me up every time I see it, because you basically leave out the T and just put a cross through the H.

Justine :o )

Patty said...

Post a picture of some caramels and your comments will go up. :) I really like the rick rack edging. That's one thing I wish I had on my blog -- borders or whatever they are. I like the colors you chose too. It looks great, Elizabeth!

Louise said...

I think you have a pretty nice design on your blog. I am constantly trying out new looks, but have actually stayed for a long time with the one I use right now.

I am trying to visit most of the blogs I have on my blogroll at least once a week, but sometimes life gets in the way.

But its true that in order to get comments you have to comment yourself (not talking about you, just generally speaking) and I am still practicing that!

Alessandra said...

I love your new blog design!

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