Day 2 Challenge: Write a list post.
(Insert evil laugh here: Muahahahaha!)
I'm a list-making fool. I've always made a lot of list posts. In fact, I have to restrain myself from making list posts because it's the way my brain works. I figured I was running everyone off with my endless boring lists. Had no idea that people really like them.
I can go to sleep now. I learned something today.
Day 2's list is at the bottom of this post. Read it and weep (that's what I'm planning to do after I finish blogging today... read it, weep, and then start trying to check it off).
One of the questions they asked on the challenge post was:
What do you like about reading and writing a list post?
For me, the answer is that lists are easy on the eyes. They break chunks of information down in to the perfect size for you to quickly read through it. They give you the feeling that you are checking things off when you read them. They motivate you to get busy. WOOHOO for lists!
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Day 3 Challenge: Promote a blog post.
I use twitter and facebook to link my individual posts every time I write them. I usually only link them up once on each site unless it is something really good that I feel is worth sharing duplicate links on. I hate spam and figure everyone else does, too.
For the most part, I don't link my posts up anywhere else or use any other type of promotion. I have a stumble upon account and have seen it work well with some of the posts we have promoted on the Homeschool Post, but I just don't have the time to work that hard on my blog most of the time.
My motto: "If you build it, they will come." Ha!
I think that the joy of blogging is somehow lost when you are so worried about your readership numbers that you have to push every post. A little link on twitter and facebook take no time at all since I'm already there... but beyond that, I would hope that my readers, if they love the post, will click those buttons for me. Make the stumble upon and digg, etc. buttons available on your posts and let the reader do the extra promotion (or not). Be happy with just the joy of blogging itself.
My day jobs (homeschooling/baby raising/homemaking - simultaneously) require that I 'let it go'. So I have. I quit checking stats a long, long time ago... and removed a lot of my blogrolls and promotional buttons (even my affiliate programs more recently) off of the sidebars. The only ones I have kept are Amazon and Homeschool Tracker - because I sometimes get a tiny tidbit of money from them and I adore them both. I guess in a way, I'm doing the opposite of "building" a better blog; however, I'm a lot happier.
I just love blogging. I don't need an extra pat on the back to do it joyfully. It's my release - my hobby - my toy. I'm going to do it whether you read it or not.
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I realize that this isn't a 'list post' in the strict sense of the term. They were really wanting me to do the list as the entire post (something I enjoy reading and love doing)... however, THIS is the crushing list that is swimming around in my brain right now... and so it must be typed out. I excuse you from reading it. It might cause nervous tension or nausea on a lazy Saturday for some of you. Don't say I didn't warn you...
What I should be doing instead of blogging today:
Purge email accounts
Cast the baby's hands
Spraypaint the book case we salvaged from the trash on someone's lawn
Updates in Homeschool Tracker for completed assignments
Order brochures and info from chamber of commerce in DC/Hershey
Work on my indexing
Listen to Pudewa homeschool talks again
Prayer Journal, Devo, Bible reading
Read with the kids
Print out goal review papers for school next week
Help the kids put up a blog post
School planning - particularly history
Workboxes cleaned out
Upload pictures from camera
Edit photos for next week's blog posts
Read for me
Start portfolios for last year's school papers
Redo my school list in my homeschool binder (too much chicken scratch)
Write in the baby's baby book
Install lights we got from IKEA (beg husband to do this)
Finish working on the bills/checkbook
Check off our chore list & sticker charts
Tidy the house
Run the vacuum
Print off a new school year calendar for the binder
Check the calendar for next week's appointments (make a mental note)
Declutter school area
Clean off my desk
Eternal laundry quest
Browse recipe books
Blog a recipe on Gathering Manna
Think I can get that done this weekend? I doubt it. Never hurts to try!