Re-exploring Key West

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Let's talk about Blogs

There is no mystery on why I blog.   When I retired in 2006, I wanted to do a web site and admit that  it took me a little over a year to get it on line.   About 30 minutes after it went live, I got a message that said I had to remove some of the content (pictures) or pay a higher rate.   That was a blow.   I worked and worked and decided that paying more was a waste of my money and my time.  So after coming to grips with spending over a year and having the world's worst web site, and  I wanted a place to share projects and collections, I decided to blog.  I decided to do two blogs.   One for collectibles, Raggedy Anns and Andys, elephants, miniatures in two scales (Quarter Scale and 1/12), dishes etc.   The other is for art projects, Junk and Jewels.     Junk and Jewels have paintings, masks, collages, pottery, jewelry etc.   

Blogs are certainly interesting things.   On blogspot there are dozens and dozens of things you can add to a blog.   When I first started, it was VERY BASIC.   After exploring blogs of others, I found I could add music (didn't like that and removed it), slide shows, pictures, lists, viewers' count, links, subscriptions, searches, follower section.   There are so many things I could add, but I want to stay fairly focused on why I decided to blog to start with.    I've been to blogs that were almost impossible to use because they had too much.   

When you go to Blogspot blogs, there is a neat little block at top that says 'next blog'.   Sometime search thru those.  They could be on all subjects and many you won't like, just keep moving on.   Sometimes you find one that is amazing and you will want to go back time and time again.     

Followers.   I love my followers.   This is an advantage to me because I know there are some who really like my blog and come back frequently to see what I am doing.   I get their comments and suggestions etc.   Also, if you have an account, you can see what blogs you follow.   Have you ever found a blog, loved it and never found it again - well just list yourself as a follower and you won't lose it.  The more feedback a blogger gets, the better the blog.   Without followers and feedback it's rather hollow.   

Subscriptions.   Although I am posting every day during October for National Dollhouse Miniature Month, I generally post less frequently.   If you subscribe, you will get an email notice that there is a new post.   Also a nice way to keep track of your favorite blogs.  Not all blogs offer subscriptions, but if you like this feature, leave a comment and suggest it.   

Search.   I have a search blank.   If you want to see a particular item, act like it's Google and type in a word and it will show you any blog that covers that subject.   Most blogs also have a list of previous posts, by year, month and date.   Good way to find a specific blog.  

Pages.   At the top of my blog I list pages.   Under those subjects you will find those blogs that are under that subject.   Might be a way to see what I've done in a given area.   Here is another area that I have rather broad headlines.    Take a look (it needs to be updated, but I will try to get that done very quickly)

Slideshows.   On each of those blogs, I have slide show of the other blog.   Gives you a little taste of what I am doing.  

Pictures.   You will notice several, mostly my son and it brightens my day when I post a blog and it enables me to share major events in my life.

I would love to have your comments.   I'd love to have you as follower.  

Sharing minis at a Beta Sigma Phi meeting last fall.   

My beach shack after the Fort Myers Fun Day spring 2012.

Come back often!  

1 comment:

The grandmommy said...

I was having a couple of noncreative weeks. Your pic of your mini collection has lit a spark. I think I am on my way back to creating things.
Thanks :-)