It's a lonely life, this blogging gig. You aren't in an office surrounded by colleagues. You don't walk into the office every morning and greet each other with smiles. Everything is online. Yea, we have tools like Skype and Face Time to keep us connected but they are a poor substitue to actually being with people. Perhaps this lack of daily interaction is what makes blog conferences such a big deal. Yes, we go to learn new things, hone our skills and connect with new people, but mostly we go to connect face to face with those people we talk to and work with on a daily basis but never see or touch. At a
Happy New Year!! Can you believe it's 2013 already? I'm not much of a goal setter or one to make resolutions, but I do tend to reorganize my thoughts at the beginning of every year... January first always bring changes and streamlining. For me, that means consolidating, refreshing and organizing. This blog is one of the many areas of my life that will be seeing some changes. For quite some time I've felt really held back by my decision to keep this blog focused on blogging/WordPress. I've tried to add some of my personality by talking about music or photography since those are some of my hobbies but
It's almost Christmastime and I know you're not interested in coding, making over your sites, or anything heavy like that, but some light reading may be in order for those cozy nights around the fire... So, without further ado, here's some of the best stuff I've read this week: Blogging Basics 101 - Instagram Changes Terms of Service — What Will You Do? Melanie has gathered all the best information about the new Instagram TOS and put it together in one place for you! wpbeginner.com - WordPress 3.5 – “Elvin” is Released Personally, I'm loving the new version of WP... the media uploader is so sweet!
A while back when my previous RSS feed service started doing things I didn't like, I switched to Feedblitz. I found it easy to set up and liked the nice format it emails to my subscribers. I was tickled to have something reliable. And now, I'm even more tickled that Feeblitz will let us monetize our feeds! Since Adsense for Feeds no longer exists, Feedblitz has their own Adsense for Feeds Replacement program and it sounds like a lot of people are liking it! I'll be integrating these ads for my own RSS Feed and for the feed on MomPrepares.com and I can't wait to see how it works. Are you subscribed to
Turns out, ProBlogger's book sale wasn't just for Cyber Monday. Oh, no! This is a 10th Anniversary sale that lasts till Dec 3rd. That means you can pick up any ProBlogger book at a discount of 50-90% or get the entire package of all six books for just $60. Crazy, huh? As an email subscriber/member of the original 31 days to Build a Better Blog series I can tell you that book is fabulous! I haven't read the others, but I've appreciated Darren's blog for a long time and know he offers top-notch advice. Titles in this sale include: 31 Days to Build a Better Blog ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week
Here's a little round up of some of my favorite Cyber Monday deals! Copyblogger Media's Black Friday Sale means you can get the Genesis Framework and Child Themes for 25% off! This includes the developer's license, so if you're wanting to get ALL the themes, now is the time to buy! NOTE: Use the first link to get the deal. WooThemes has a Black Friday deal on all their WordPress products. Use the coupon WOOMADNESS for 20% off. Make use of their 5-for-1 sale plus the coupon code and you'll rack up some real savings! CommentLuv Premium is on sale and comes with GASP, Keyword Name and Twitter Name. I'm