There is Something to Be Said About Mom 2.0

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As a dinosaur in blog land, I've attended many conferences & events.  When you've been blogging for seven years, you've heard it all, been there/done that, and seen everything.  That's not entirely true but that was how it came to feel over the years.  So what did I do?  I quit going.  I focused on family and did my own thing, but there's … [Read more...]

A Cowboy’s Wife On the Outside; Foodie, Tech Nerd, and Overachiever Mom On the Inside

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Let me begin by sayin' HOWDY!  If you're reading this through your reader or email, then you've got to click-thru and check out the new blog makeover that A Cowboy's Wife got.  Over the past 3 days, the merge, of My Wooden Spoon and A Cowboy's Wife, has been taking place.  And let me tell ya folks, it's perfect.  It's a 100% reflection of who I am … [Read more...]

A New Year, A New Me, A New Blog Makeover!

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If you're reading this through via email or RSS, click through and check out the new look! I figured since I'm working so hard to get me in shape, that I should also get my blog in shape.  I've always loved my simple look but it's 2011 and well, I thought it needed some sprucing up.  Dawn (@PainterMommy), from DPK Graphic Design came highly … [Read more...]

Speaking of the New Site…..

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If you haven't heard already, I'm launching a new site July 1st.  I haven't shared much about it but I am currently taking applications for editors for the new site. I'd love to have you part of the team if you're a good fit.  I'd love to have you apply.  I've set up an application form and will follow up with questions and/or offering you the … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Read or Refer Your Blog

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Aside from the usual, " I have no time" excuse, I also have many more reasons why I don't read or refer your blog.  I'm not talking about all of you of course but a lot of you.  A while back I needed a few bloggers for a campaign (I've done this a few times) and even though I knew of many that might fit, I decided to visit each blog and see … [Read more...]

Increasing RSS Subscribers

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I think we all want more subscribers. It's something that when it's high, we're high, when it's low, we're low...at least much of the time anyways.  Here are a few tips to help you gain subscribers.  * Make a RSS page for feed newbies. Many, many people have no clue what the heck RSS is. How can they subscribe if they don’t know what it is. … [Read more...]

It Took Five Months to See My Face

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I was reading through my archives thinking about how so much has changed since I started blogging and was wowed but this one thing.  I started blogging in February of 2007 but it was in July of 2007 before I put a face to this blog.  Five whole months before you got to see what I looked like.  Just in case you weren't following me way back then, … [Read more...]

Stand By Your Brand

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There's a new site out there called She Posts and it's getting mixed reactions. The tagline has one word that bothers me - Gossip. Not a fan of the word and to me, it means potential trouble.  It means that something may be written on there that could potentially hurt someone else.  Whether that happens or not, I don't know. The site is very new … [Read more...]

How to Create a Self Hosted Blog Using WordPress

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With this tutorial, you will learn how to create a self hosted Wordpress blog, with a custom domain name along with some bonus information. Step 1. GET A DOMAIN You get a free one when you sign up with most web hosts, however, it's advisable to get your domain from a domain registrar. If you get the free domain given by any web hosts, the … [Read more...]

Pick a Theme, Add Widgets, and Write a Post

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So you created a blog, now it’s time to pick a theme, add widgets, and write your first post.  These are the basics but once you get comfortable with it, you'll be able to search for very cool themes and plugins.  I'll have posts soon about my recommended themes and plugins so be on the lookout for that! DASHBOARD Choose your blog … [Read more...]

$5 for Consideration, Paying for Others if Denied

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Yesterday Trisha wrote a post about the Savvy Blogging Summit put on by some women (not Trisha).  There a few things I'm not fond of but am specifically against the fee. The NONREFUNDABLE $5 fee to apply to even be considered to attend the summit. Just to say that again..... You pay $5 to apply. You may or may not be approved. If chosen … [Read more...]

Blogging with Cents – Selling Ads Privately

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Bloggers all over face the same problem. A great idea, a great blog that isn’t translating into a great moneymaker. Most bloggers first reach for Google Adsense and affiliate links. Both tools are a smart way to get started, but you may soon discover it is just not enough. The question is, “What do I do?” Once you’ve built up a solid traffic … [Read more...]

One of Those “Few Bad Apples” that Give Bloggers a Bad Name

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You know, I rarely vent about things but I saw a tweet that irritated me just a bit and I just can't let it go. Can anyone point me to a PR rep for Kodak, Sony, Olympus, Samsung, Fuji or Polaroid cameras? May as well add Nikon, Panasonic and Canon too.  Anyone who'll give you a free one right? It's things like this that make bloggers look … [Read more...]

Getting My Bliss on at Blissdom ’09 in Nashville

I still can't believe that ME, this ol' country gal, was asked to be on the panel of speakers at the Blissdom Conference on Feb. 6 & 7!  To be quite honest, I don't feel worthy as there are some amazing and talented women that will be there, including  Megan from Velveteen Mind who I was skeered to even approach at Blogher this Summer.  And … [Read more...]

Sleep is for the Weak

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EDITED: This giveaway is over! which means I'm strong because I totally don't get any sleep! It takes a lot to  do what I do, write for who I write for, and blog for you. I got this book, Sleep is for the Weak, at the Blogher conference. I started reading it on the flight home and was instantly hooked. It was extremely comical, serious, … [Read more...]