Upcoming changes to Celebrate Life

Posted by on July 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm.

changes.07.20.10.jpgWhoa, can you believe August is almost here? Time is really flying by. It won’t be long before my seven year old daughter heads off to school I’ll miss her while she’s away, but I’ll definitely get more accomplished.

if you follow me through the social media sites like Twitter. My name is @Moonndancer, you’ll know that I’ve been unusually quiet. Shocking I know, with the amount of tweets I can pump out. To be fair, I chat with and retweet a lot of my buddies post. I’m still around, I’ve just been focusing most of my online time on this website.

Celebrate Life is my newest website (it went live early this month.) The actual website started as a free WordPress site called Not Your Ordinary Momma, towards the end of May 2010. I love my daughter, but got tired of having Momma in my blog url, additionally I couldn’t stand the limitations with the Free WordPress site so I purchased a url, and moved to a paid hosting provider. Heals & Dots and Not your Ordinary Momma was my first time checking out a free platform. All my other sites, just like this one, are housed with a paid hosting provider.

Blogging isn’t new to me, it’s something I’ve been doing for several years. When I started, blogging I knew nothing about Search Engine Optimization. I believe I did know how to interact with others in a positive way. I hope it showed in the comments I left on the sites I visited. I enjoyed the interaction and did it often.

I can still recall when someone left a comment on my websites about Page Rank. I had no clue what they were talking about. My website had a Google Page Rank of five, which according to some was a ‘good thing.’ If I liked a person’s site, I would occasionally link to them in my posts. I didn’t do it to get a link back from them. It was simply my way of sharing a particular post to my readers. I figured if I like it, some of my readers might like the article and the writer. I can’t keep a good blog to myself. Whether you had a huge following or none at all that didn’t matter. I’d still link to you. If you think about it, we all have to start at the beginning. Even after becoming aware of Search Engine Optimization, I’m still following that principle. It’s just how I am.

Writing down my goals…

I’m a list person; I tend to write down my goals for whatever I want to accomplish. My lists are usually electronic, so you’ll find them on my 17″ MacBook Pro. I really like lists, since it keeps me focused, and motivated enough to turn those goals into a reality.

I’m not the only one who creates list, Amber Garner of Is this thing on? recently wrote The List. Her list isn’t focused on her website, but things she would like to do in general. Pinkie Larue, has a 101 list and has crossed off several things already. Here’s hoping we all achieve our goals.

Do I have a list for this site? You better believe it!

Upcoming Additions to Celebrate Life

  • Cleaning up my Catergory section
  • Have you seen it, it’s a mess! I don’t know what I was thinking when I created all those categories, and so I’ll be trimming it down. Chris Pearson wrote a great article titled, What Every Blogger Needs to Know About Categories. It’s an excellent read, I’d recommend reading through the comments too.

  • Recipe Page
  • Recently I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes work, and I hope the changes made are helpful and help you navigate through Celebrate Life as efficently as possible. Checking out Google Analytics, I’ve learned, that people come to Celebrate Life looking for recipes. Currently, I’m working on linking all the recipes I’ve posted here to a static page. I still have a long ways to go before I even put a dent in the amount of recipes I had on my cooking website, but in time they’ll get published.

  • Word Press Plugins
  • Ever visited a website and wondered what awesome Plug in they were using? Yeah, me too. I’m always happy when writers have a post or page dedicated to the WordPress Plug Ins they use. Interesting enough, on one of my older websites, my WordPress recommendation pages, received a lot of traffic. It seems a lot of folk were interested in reading what others thought about a specific Plugin.

  • Spotlight Post
  • With my other community based website, I spent a great deal of time recognizing those that made up my fabulous community. I met some amazing people from all over the world, and some of them I still keep in contact with. As this website grows, I’ll be adding that feature here. I’m not going to do it now. This url isn’t a month old yet, Google Analytics does tell me I’m starting to gain a small following of repeat visitors so for that I’m thankful. Thanks for returning to my site, it’s appreciated.

  • Giveaways
  • Giveaways can be a lot of fun; no I won’t have my readers jumping through hoops to enter to win something. With a few of my older websites, I was contacted a lot by various businesses to sample and offer items to my readers. I turned down a lot of those offers, since it’s something I knew that I or those within my little community wouldn’t want. When I do have giveaways I promise I’ll keep the requirements simple. So no, you won’t have to friend me on a ton of social media sites to enter to win. Who knows, you might see some of my own skin care products in the giveaway.

  • Instructional videos
  • This is something you won’t be seeing for a long time. The reason is simple, I’m extremely busy and really don’t have the time to devote to shooting or editing a video. However when I finally do get around to posting videos you’ll most likely see me cooking, sharing a natural skin care recipes, or showing you various exercises you can do at home, or the gym. I’ll need to get my workout partner to help out with the last one.

Overall I’m pleased with the direction Celebrate Life is headed. After blogging for several years, I know what I like. I’ll be incorporating some of what I’ve learned here. Naturally you’ll see improvements too. I still have a lot to learn.

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6 Comments

  • Maira Grove says:

    I love this. I have a list too – I mostly keep mine in my head though and things- with busy schedules and all, do tend to get lost in there! (cobwebs) A list sort of makes everything official. I need to make “make a list” #1 item on MY list 😉

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  • Moondancer says:

    @Maira Grove – I do that too, keep a list in my head. When it gets too long, then I move it to my MacBook Pro, heh.

    LOL, at times “make a list” is #1 on my list too!

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  • Jon Clayton says:

    I like your site, the lists, and where you are headed with your blog. I keep my lists in my head, on my Blackberry, and most of all in my Daytimer. Thanks!

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  • Moondancer says:

    Thanks for stopping by Jon Clayton. Initially, I was going to move in another direction with this site, but it simply didn’t feel right. 🙂 I’m enjoying your website too, always nice to read info about SEO and community building.

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  • Megan from Australia says:

    The wordpress plugin list is a terrific idea – there are so many plugins available that it is difficult getting through them all. But,a list of my blogging buddies plugins is a way to nicely share information.

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    Moondancer Reply:

    @Megan from Australia, I agree, since it’s something I look for, when I check out other bloggers sites. I wish I saw more of them, but when I do I always run to their WordPress Page, to see what nifty WordPress Addons they are using, some of them have made their way to my blogs. :)

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