Jun 102012
 
Waiting on the rain to go away…

Welcome to Manic Mommy Monday hosted by The Gnome’s Mom! Every week we link up posts that are updates about us and what is going on in our lives. Everyone is welcome to link up (scroll down to find the linky) and you can find more information on the main Manic Mommy Monday page. 

We haven’t done a whole lot this week.

The rain has all the outdoor playgrounds soggy and all the indoor playgrounds filled with rambunctious kids who knock Jaron down and teach Aedyn things that he doesn’t need to know for another couple years at least.

The bad weather has also sapped my energy and patience by a lot.

But on the upside, Jaron is back potty training has anywhere from a 50-100% success any given day.

I’ve hit a bit of a road block on my move to WordPress. For some reason my computer will not let me load the pages consistently. Sometimes they will load, I will change things hit save and then the page refreshes and can’t be found. It happens in Chrome, IE, and Firefox. It doesn’t happen on any other computer. Very frustrating.

I was planning on borrowing Jake’s in the mornings before he heads to work, but a couple days ago he installed Windows 8. It’s not ideal, so now I’m waiting on him to wipe the computer and reinstall  Windows 7, so hopefully I’m be able to actually get things done and make the move before my Momcomm critique June 20th. No pressure there.

So tonight I give up…this week is full of appointments and activity but hopefully that means I’ll get more done!

If you want to hear more about my 2 (not always) sleeping babies and the rest of the family you can follow us on Google+Facebook, and Twitter! 

Sep 152011
 

New
Things are changing…. Guess it just felt like it was time to move the furniture around again.

In case you hadn’t noticed, let me direct your attention to the top of the page ^ new header. And to either side < > new sidebars. I’ll be changing some little details here and there, but I think the biggest ones are done. (If I need your button in my sidebar, let me know!)

What do you think? And for anyone who has Blogger experience, is there any way to center my tabs at the top of the page? Downside of the photos in the header, I can’t find a font color that’s visible over everything. I’m not really thrilled with the idea of moving them to the sidebar, so any help would be appreciated.

The Reason Why
Basically, I wasn’t thrilled with the name Milk Bubbles, I love it for my nursing covers and I think it will do great  if/when we roll out the rest of the products we’re developing (aka playing around trying to find something that we like and that works). It just didn’t feel right for the blog. Who knows, maybe I’ll saddle my breastfeeding posts ith that name as sort of an ongoing series, but for the whole…meh.

I found myself pretty attached to my twitter handle and the more I thought about it, the better it seemed to fit. The most and best of my writing comes when I have 2 sleeping babies. It’s that time when I can talk, unwind and be more than Mommy for just a little while. The time when I can kind of pull things back in balance.

So without further ado, welcome to 2 Sleeping Babies!

P.S. I will be getting my own url in the next couple of weeks and then at the beginning of the year I plan to start self-hosting, opinions on who’s the best to go with for that?

Questions? Comments? Complaints? Let me hear them!

Aug 222011
 
“Painting” water on green construction paper

I’m pondering again; like I tend to do every few weeks.

I’m planning on redoing the look of the blog again. I’m still trying to decide exactly what I’m going for, but I think I’m going to make it a lot more personal. The background and extras just don’t feel right with what I’m normally writing… Hoping to get on that in the next couple of weeks.

So here are questions for ya’ll:

1. Too many tabs^ should I stick with just About, Popular, and Contact for now? add a Blog Roll?

2. What are ya’ll’s opinions on wordpress.org? Any reason I should do that instead of the blog platform of my host?

3. I really like the name of my blog and I really like my Twitter Handle (@2SleepingBabies) but I’d like to get them to match…is the blog name “Milk Bubbles & Two Sleeping Babies” too long and unwieldy? Suggestions?

4. Anything that you would like to see that I haven’t added or mentioned yet?

When I first started trying to personalize my blog I didn’t really know what I wanted, I just knew what I didn’t want, now I think I have a little more direction, but I would love as much input as possible! I’m mainly addressing the look of the blog right now, but I’m also very open to content suggestions…so tell me; What do ya’ll want to see here?

Aug 042011
 

I’m three months in. As far as advice to others, I don’t have a whole lot. Unless the others happen to the same position I’m in. So I’m writing advice that was the most helpful to me, or I’ve picked up in my vast experience…

1. Be consistent. Don’t post multiple times in one week and then let it sit for months. Set a goal to post once a week, 3 times a week, once a day, something. Stick to it.

2. Break it up. Short paragraphs. A big block of text is annoying and hard to read.

3. Pictures! Use them! Don’t over use them! At least one picture a post, but keep photo-only posts limited, I want to hear what you have to say, not just see it!

4. Keep your page focused on your post. A ton of ads or flashy buttons draw attention away from YOU. Also music…just don’t.

5. SPELL CHECK

6. Proofread – Conversational speech is ok, but keep an eye on your grammar. (I need to listen to myself on this one a little more.)

7. SOCIAL MEDIA – Twitter, Facebook, Google+, StumbleUpon, whatever…but don’t only use it for blog promo. Build relationships, talk to people; if they get to know you, then they’re more likely to read what you write and come back for more.

8. Decide if you want to be big or just for friends and
 family. Building a big blog takes time and more time. If you can’t spend daily chunks it’ll still grow, but more slowly than someone who can devote 3, 4 or 8 hours a day to it.

9. Check the news, add sections on Google news, or sparks on Google+, get alerts about certain keywords. Address what’s going on in the world as it applies to you. Stay current.

10. Be yourself. Don’t try to write what you think others want to here. It took me a bit just to let the posts flow, I edit them for grammar (most of the time) and spelling, but I try not to change the tone. It needs to sound like you, the real you. If someone doesn’t like it, you didn’t need them hanging around anyway.

Check out Will Work 4 Followers; going big, fast, secrets revealed…or just some other good ideas and tips!

Anything I forgot or you want to add, the comment box is just down there \/

Share your thoughts and come join me on Google+, Facebook, and/or Twitter!

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This post is part of #SummerBlogSocial 2011 hosted by Liz and Jessica and is a response to
Prompt 2, “If a real life friend approached you and said, “I want to start a blog. Can you give me a list of helpful tips?“, what 10 (or more) things would you tell your friend?”

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