The Great Blog Overhaul of 2015 (otherwise titled, “Whoo-HOO!!”)


Right now I have five current public blogs. Count ’em. FIVE. Mind you, most of them still don’t have much on them yet, but they’ve all at least got something. And I spend hours today overhauling and updating them. There’s only one that I didn’t really touch. For all the rest, I did some major work. It may not seem like much, but it was for me. Mostly what I did consisted of creating new pages, including breaking some of the pages I already had down into multiple pages on each blog. I also wrote and posted several new pages. Most of these pages are identical to each other from blog to blog, or at least very similar. But I wrote at least one lengthy page specific to one blog. I now have a separate page on almost all of my blogs that links to the other ones. I have a page on most of them talking about people I mention frequently. And I have some pages that have similar information phrased differently on some of my blogs.

I changed the wordpress theme of “Island, Ocean, Sky” from “Brand New Day” to “Somethng Fishy”.  And even though I still don’t have any posts on that blog yet, I wrote a new page for it expounding on the title, which you can read here. Hopefully, I’ll put at least one post up over there soon, but I can’t promise it. I also changed and edited some of the widgets I have on there.

I tried to fiddle with the widgets on Seaside Symphony too, but I was only partially successful. I remember having problems with that before, and by the time I got to it tonight, I had been at it a long while so I just gave up temporarily in frustration.

I added pages about the other people I write about, one describing a new header photo, pages linking to my other blogs, and an explanation for why and how I cross-post.

Yeesh, even as I’m typing this blog post, I’ve gone back to adjust and fix things.

I also did some editing, almost all of pages, but I did do one blog post. I fixed typos and changed places where I used the wrong word. I also added missing links and I updated some out of date information.

This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a REALLY long time, so I’m uber-excited about it! But I knew it would be a massive undertaking and I also mostly blog from my phone these days, which really in’t conducive to most of that stuff. So I’ve been putting it off. But not today!

There is still so much more that I want to do, for example, adding new categories and going back and putting the appropriate posts into those categories, as well as any new ones, but I think I made incredible progress and I’m incredibly pleased with it.

That’s not all I did today, either. I may write a blog post about that too, but I may not. We’ll see. Honestly, there are SO MANY blog posts that I want to write right now. We’ll see if I get any of them done soon. 🙂

 

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New Contests and Some Other Random Stuff


Bitten By Books, which is a website I have come to dearly love is having two giveaways for fifty dollar gift cards. By linking to them on my blog, I gain extra entries, and I highly recommend going to enter them. It’s not hard to enter and you find out about great authors that way. Here are the links:

Maggie Mae Gallagher Release Party

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Joel Fox Interview and $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest

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Hopefully, those links work.

In other news, this is the first time in a long, long time that I’ve written a bog post from my computer as opposed to an app on my phone. And since my phone doesn’t like the WordPress app, I use a different app for it. So this is the first time I’m seeing the new layout for the dashboard and control panel, and I absolutely can’t stand it. Then again, I’m not known for my fondness for change.

I know yesterday or the day before, I’d been planning to write more for CampNaNoWriMo, but it just didn’t happen. The phone company turned off our phones due to a foul up on their end, even though we paid them far more thn we’d agreed to with our payment plan. SJ got them to fix it and Phire ran errands in our old home town. It also took me a few days to recover from the marathon errand running Phire and I had done with my family when the came down on Sunday. From Thursday to Monday, there was some drama with someone we barely know, but I think it’s over now, mercifully. Yesterday, I had the cramps from Hell and couldn’t do much more than lie there. But today I’m much better.

I also wanted to thank all of you who read this bog, my other blogs (not that there’s much on them yet) and who like and follow me here. I really appreciate it.

I’m going to see about writing some more for CampNaNoWriMo, but I hate to take the computer away from Phire, there’s lot of kitchen work to be done today, and the task of starting back up with writing again seems daunting. I’ll try to post how it goes.

In one last note for this blog post, I’m going to try to do an overhaul on my blogs soon. Probably nothing major, but creating a new page for my other blogs, maybe updating my about me pages, and possibly adding some new widgets and categories and hopefully a work in progress bar — stuff like that. I also want to start posting to more of my other blogs soon as well, though I’ve been wanting to do that for a while. And I’d also like (I think) to start my general, “life” blog soon, which is a little more complicated than it sounds.

*Edit — the embed codes didn’t work, so I’m going to include links to the pages where the contests are:

http://bittenbybooks.com/author-maggie-mae-gallagher-release-party-and-50-00-amazon-gift-card-contest-live-here-2/

http://bittenbybooks.com/author-joel-fox-interview-and-50-00-amazon-gift-card-contest-live-here/