Putting it Together: Blogging Tips, Part 3

Baker’s Dozen of Blogging Tips, part 3 Remove the Navigation Bar: The navbar on your blogger blog looks unprofessional. If you want to give a more polished impression remove it. Guest Posts: Guest posting on blogs is a great way to bring more exposure to your own blog. Accepting guest posts will do the same as that blogger will bring her traffic to you. It is also a great way to get to know and form friendships with other bloggers. Facebook Page: If you do not have a Facebook page for your blog then create one. I read that 1 … Continue reading

Putting it Together: Blogging Tips Part 2

Baker’s Dozen, Continued Short Posts are Best: Format your posts to be attractive to the reader. The reader is looking for a post that has the most content and the fewest words. Blog posts should not go beyond 600 words. A good post should run about 300 words. Most readers will click off a post if they see endless words. Break it up with images, highlighted quotes or text, bullet points, bolded statements or phrases, and/or numbered points. Call to Action: What do you want your reader to do? Do you want your reader to follow you, subscribe, comment or … Continue reading

Putting it Together: Blogging Tips

A Baker’s Dozen of Blogging Tips, Part 1 Blogosphere has a Short Memory: Blogging must be done often to retain readers and increase traffic. Optimally you want to blog three to five times a week. Remember you can schedule your posts in advance to make this easier for you. While blog vacations are sometimes necessary you should have content scheduled or you may come back to a blog with less followers, readers, and traffic. It’s a Small Blogosphere After All: The sheer amount of blogs will make your head spin. Yet, the community is large enough that you may not … Continue reading

Putting Your Preschooler to Work

Nothing makes preschoolers happier than helping their parents.  Studies show that young children are wired to get pleasure from pleasing their mom or dad.  So, instead of ignoring your four-year-old when he offers to help you make the beds, fold laundry or put away groceries, allow him to exercise his independence by lending a hand. In some cases, a preschooler’s attempt at helping is more of a hindrance to parents; however, with a little patience you can turn these heartfelt efforts into teachable moments. When my now 8-year-old daughter was a preschooler nothing delighted her more than being able to … Continue reading

The Family That Vacations Together…

According to a national survey, more than 500 million camping trips are taken during the summer months. That’s breaks down to roughly 15 percent of the U.S. population–or a whole lot of families– looking to spend at least part of their time off from school and work bonding in nature. The Outdoor Foundation survey also revealed that the younger a child is exposed to camping, the more likely he or she will be to embrace the idea of sleeping under the stars in a tent. Nearly half of those polled said they first went camping when they were 7 years … Continue reading

Putting Your Feelings Aside

My little brother opened his LDS mission call tonight. For those of you unfamiliar with this custom, it is a huge milestone in the lives of these young men. They prepare from the time they are little boys for this moment. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication and is a momentous occasion in their lives. Sadly, my brother’s father chose not to attend this special event. He was too bitter about a divorce that happened nearly fifteen years ago to come to an event where his ex-wife, our mother, would be present. My brother puts on … Continue reading

Ideas For Putting Together Your Family History

Part of genealogy research includes finding interesting stories from the history of your family. These types of stories are often handed down by “word of mouth”. It is important to save them before they are forgotten. Here are a few ideas on how to put together your family history before it disappears. There are plenty of good reasons why you should make some sort of record of your family history. Doing so preserves it for future generations. It is a way of making sure that those interesting stories, photos, and voices don’t get lost over time. The way you choose … Continue reading

The Couple that Does Chores Together, Stays Together

On a recent episode of the sitcom “Raising Hope,” the married couple in the show clash over the division of their chores. They each make the other person do the chore they hate most, but by the end of the episode they’ve started doing those tasks together. They find that the jobs they hate most aren’t really so bad when they do them together. It struck me just how true to life that is (which is a rare thing to find on television). If I really don’t want to do something around the house, I’ve found it’s a lot easier … Continue reading

Putting Together a Fitness Schedule

Several years ago I had a membership to Curves, a for-women-only fitness center. One of the things I remember really liking is the concept of circuit training. Circuit training is when you do short amounts of resistance exercise, focusing on one muscle group at a time. Sprinkled in the mix you also have some aerobic exercises. The reason I liked this is because I prefer variety. I can’t do floor exercises, such as leg lifts, for 20 minutes at a time. To me it is just plain boring. So when things get a little mixed up, I tend to be … Continue reading

Do You Blog About Your Homeschool?

Do you have a blog? And if so, do you blog about your homeschool? When you go online and type “homeschool blogs” into a web search, you have a wealth of information at your fingertips. Just a quick search in Google yielded me 4,110,000 results – wow. Think of all the resources those four million blogs could hold for me. Think of all the inspiration, the lesson ideas, the motivation I could get by tapping into that completely free resource. With all those blogs already in existence, is it still important for you to add the topic to your blog … Continue reading