No matter what I try to commit my time to, life spontaneously decides to take over. Other projects in real life take precedence over my blog and I choose to not let it get the best of me. I love my blogging time, but I love my ‘in real life’ time too. Finding the balance means I set aside the blog to take care of pressing matters first. This is why you may have seen a disturbance in the frequency of my posts this week.
Here’s what’s been going on…
I’ve been working on the Family Blog Network again. I have two pages up and several more I’m working on. I make the graphics so it takes time to get it all done, but so far I have two categories ready to add to: food bloggers and family blogs. The next on the list is, homeschoolers. Those who submitted early on through the network will be added then it will go public.
I’ve been doing a lot of research for articles for the Pix-O-Sphere blog (which I redesigned last week) and in my research I’ve been finding many social media bloggers disagreeing over some SEO issues. What was once advised before is now being looked at again and disagreed with. It seems some bloggers have been wasting valuable time doing things for their blogs that some SEO giants say doesn’t really make that much of a difference. Everyone has an opinion, so what’s a blogger to do? It takes time to do this kind of research and I want to be sure to highlight the simplest and least confusing blog advice possible. So keep an eye on the blog and Facebook page for updates.
If you love free graphics to use on your blog, you’ll love the top 5 icon galleries I found. And perhaps while a lot of your bloggy friends are away at Allume, you might want to take some time to refresh your older articles and reintroduce them. Especially if you’re in a group of women who are offering to pump out links for you. Don’t be afraid to publicize those archives, just be sure to ‘clean house’ before you do.
When you’re sending out tweets, whether your own or for others, be sure to avoid the common twitter mistakes. If you’re looking for a group of women to network with hop on over to my Facebook page and introduce yourself, your blog, and what you like to blog about. I’ll see what I can do to connect you with some other bloggers with like interests.
Also, did you know nominations are closed at the Homeschool Blog Awards? I can’t wait to see who we’ll get to choose from when voting begins November 2nd. I’ll be honest and tell you that any type of election makes me nervous, but what this awards season does for me is introduce me to many more bloggers through the nominations. I can’t wait to see who you all have recommended.
In addition to all this bloggy busyness, I’m trying to keep up with homeschooling and trying to avoid burn out (Thanks to Demetria for posting this timely article), My son had his tenth birthday, family is visiting, and keeping up with the regular daily routine around here has left me exhausted. So with all that said and done my 31 days to celebrate Autumn has come to a stand still so I’d like to introduce you to some other 31 dayers who are celebrating 31 days of Autumn: Tea with Dee is Autumn Nesting, Amy is 31 days of Fall and Halloween, and Jen at The Good Life is 31 days of Fall Favorites.
Now my 13 year old daughter is making waffles for the whole family so I’ll finish with this… enjoy your week. Don’t let the bloggy busyness get in the way of spontaneous living. You might find some inspiration for a future article.