Saturday was rainy and cool all day. No projects to be done. So I spent the better part of today on the computerS.
Having gotten the new computer up and running. I’ve been back and forth –between both computers reading and updating. There is so much that needs to be done on the blog… but I’m afraid the Green Monster just isn’t up to the task.
I truly didn’t realize how sluggish he’d become. Yes… my computer is a HE; and I’m a namer of things. I haven’t named the new one. I’m sure a name will come… as we become more acquainted. No rush!
I’m letting you know, I’ll be making some changes over the next little bit. In order to keep at this—I’m going to have to become more zealous in advertising. It is a necessary evil!
Before jumping into blogger and just tearing my blog apart… I am researching. I can’t be too cautious; with the SCRAPING that occurred last year and the URL SCARE last month (turned out to be nothing, Thank God) I’ve done some heart searching too.
I have to be genuine. It’s important to you…it’s very important to me.
In my research I came to the realization that my own photos…as crummy as they may be (I’ve made no pretense that I was ever good with a camera) are worthy of my attention and THEY belong on my blog. Most of the time I ask to use another blogger’s photos here. But I’m guilty of using Pinterest images and other Google type images on my blog too.
I’m going through many of my posts and removing photos and will hopefully be replacing them with a link. This is one example post. Though the piggy bank photo I got from online and doctored—doesn’t currently have a replacement. This is going to take some time. But well worth it!
Blog-Keeping- It’s not all about pretty pictures.
Besides photos, I’m going to be systematically going through my posts, cleaning up broken links, creating a more organized labeling system for my blog. I have some pretty good content here from the last 7 1/2 years. It’s just disorganized.
Staying Connected- Comments
Being able to communicate, with you, my readers is important. With the addition of the mobile advertising, that was added last year—came barriers. For a time I was unable to receive comments from many who used iPads or other mobile devices. I toyed with the idea of threading comments… with that system, at least, I was able to reply to those who left comments that were no-reply comment bloggers as long as they utilized the NOTIFY ME button.
Regarding comments it has come to this. I will be having a full page comments. There is NO ‘notify me’—if you are a no-reply commenter – I’ll not be able to contact you, unless I have your email and know you personally…you know who you are!
If you have a mobile device—then you should from this point on be able to leave a comment.
However, for some of you there is a glitch… I am not notified at all that you left a comment unless I read the comments myself… as if I’m going to be leaving myself a comment! One problem at a time!
In an effort to advertise, monetize…and specialize on the blog; I’m trying to understand the finer points of it all. What better place to learn than from other bloggers. I was able to make a little bit more money last year, with Amazon, Google and PadSquad. But honestly I need to ramp it up a bit—to keep blogging.
This isn’t what some want to hear or read; but then yet… there are those, who, just like me, would like to have an income from blogging and don’t know where to start. Maybe something can come of it—and we can learn together, huh?
In the mean time, here are links to posts I’ve been reading. Perhaps, you have some suggestions.
‘til next time, be blessed, bloggin’