Sure there are a few cool features/plug-ins that I’ve heard about for wordpress and other platforms, that I have thought “Oh, that’s neat”, but nothing extremely life-changing that I feel needs to be implemented on our site at this time. Am I worried about the hype of Blogger.com shutting down my blog forever and losing everything? Yup! But guess what? So are my other friends who have independently-hosted sites. There really is no guarantee that anything is 100% safe or fail-proof. It’s the internet, anything is possible. All I know is that for ME, having the ability and knowledge to work the back end of my blog (changing sidebar features, designing and adding new images, customizing HTML) when I need to, is stress off of me and less time away from my family trying to figure out a new program.
Some of you may have noticed, I’ve turned on and now allow anonymous comments, which I’ve never done before. Reason being, some of our readers requested it, due to the fact that they didn’t want to open/sign up for separate accounts to comment on our blogger hosted site. Now anyone can comment whenever they please (under an anonymous tag) and just sign their name at the bottom if they want.
then please don’t visit our happy home anymore.
If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all.
My good friend Lara wrote an outstanding article that I think everyone should read. It’s about blogging etiquette titled Miss Manners meets the Internet. It’s a quick read and it touches on some really great points.
Oh… No? You still pay an extra fee to watch TV how you please?
I’d like to say that my husband makes gobs of money that I get to use to whip out projects, ideas and room makeovers left and right with… but, that couldn’t be further from the truth. ha! If it wasn’t for blogging, I would absolutely need to be working outside the home just to help pay for month-to-month necessities.
That being said, after a year and a half of working my tail off on this blog (using free time when I had it), building up posts, writing articles and revamping our site with no pay (and just as a hobby) something started to happen… we were getting approached by big companies who liked our ideas and wanted to help us continue on our journey, in exchange for product, cash, exposure, etc.
Even though my job may require a ton more hours and a lot more emotions than most… it’s worth E.V.E.R.Y minute, because I get to be home for my kids when they need me, do what I love, and make amazing, life-long connections with other bloggers and fabulous people like YOU!
Along those lines, know that we are extremely picky about who we choose to work with and promote. We say “no” everyday to amazing paid opportunities, because we’ve always got your best interests in mind. 99% of the time we work in sponsors to our already written posts, because it fits so well; killing two birds with one stone!
Have a happy weekend!