blog goal: connect

Although I'm not new to this thing called blogging, I have an amateur blog.  That's okay.  I'm good with that.  Really...I am.  But because I've been blogging for so long, I feel the need to shake it up from time to time to keep my reader's and my interests up.

My blogging goal for 2014, in one word: CONNECT.  I'd like to connect better with my audience.

This may seem like a shameless plug for more followers but more than anything, it's an attempt to get to know you--to connect:  

Some people follow along through Bloglovin', Twitter, and Google Friend Connect.  Those are good options for receiving updates to this blog as they are published.  But the Facebook page and my Instagram have really connected me with some of my readers on a more personal level.  I post more frequently to these two sites and I get to see the faces, pictures, interests/hobbies of my fellow bloggers and friends.  Hmmm....I totally won't be offended if this blog is the most of ME you need in your life! :)  But, fo reals, I want to know Y-O-U!  *Did I just type 'fo reals'?  Now you understand how much I want to connect with my peeps.  My peeps?  It's getting late...I need to quit this. Moving on...

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Before I wrap-up, I have a few questions and I'd appreciate your feedback.  Seriously.

1.  Fellow bloggers, do you get many spam comments.  Recently, I've started getting one or two a day.  Tips? I know about word verification.  Been there, done that, and  I'm not a fan.  It seems to discourage comments and, for me, that's one of the fun things about blogging--connecting, sharing, encouraging, etc.  I've noticed that some bloggers have made the switch to Disqus but I just don't know enough about it.  Any feedback?

2.  I'm wanting a new, yet affordable look.  I've spent a whopping 30 bucks on this blog in the 5.5  years it's been in existence.  I don't want to spend a lot, but I'd like a new look. For the first 4.5 years, I did all of my make-overs myself and I wasn't awful, but time and html codes have gotten the best of me!  I just want something simple, clean, and easy to load.  Suggestions?

3.  What are some topics you'd like me to tackle--homeschooling, Bible study, crafting, etc.?  Of course, the kid posts are here to stay!  Those girls are the main reason this little 'ole blog got it's start in the first place.

I love my little blog community.  I've made some great "friends" over the past five years.   I look forward to connecting with more and more folks!



  1. Love this! Connecting is one of my goals for my blog in 2014 as well :) A couple of months ago, I updated my blog template through a website called Designer Blogs and I am really happy with it! They have tooons of templates to choose from and they are all only $15! You install it yourself but it is super easy - especially for you if you've done this in the past! Here is the website: http://www.designerblogs.com/

    Have a great day! :)

    1. Katie, Thank you so much for stopping by. I, too, have loved and used Designer Blogs. My current template is from them and I like it, but I've had it a while. Maybe it's time for a change. I love that I found your blog, btw.

  2. Oh, I love connecting with other bloggers as well and had a little bit about that in my entry yesterday. I don't really have any suggestions about blog design because I got so frustrated that I finally hired mine professionally designed, but yours looks great! I rarely get any spam and not sure why. But, I'm with you, not a fan of word verification. It's a pain! Have a great week!

    1. I acutally went ahead and hired someone for my blog too. I'm so excited for the big reveal! Love connecting with you.


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