Monday, October 20, 2008

Blog Makeover, part deux!

I'm in Phase 2 of my blog makeover/organization. Something that I had promised I would do by Halloween. There are 3 phases.

Phase 1: I completed by giving myself a new look & a new name.

Phase 2: is organizing my blog roll & transferring everything over to Google Reader. If you have not done this, I highly suggest that you do it NOW! It may take an hour or so to get it organized but you can transfer all of your blog lines feeds with a couple clicks of the mouse. You don't have to enter all of them all over again. Google Reader is easier to read, easier to use & easier to leave comments. I LOVE IT!
Instead of organizing all my knitting blogs in one folder I have organized my favorite blogs by regions. I have Knitting Blogs Canada, Knitting Blogs Northeast, Knitting Blogs Southeast, etc., etc.

Phase 3: Is weeding out the blogs of people that do not update enough, don't take enough photos(I'm a visual person), don't leave comments or never say thank you when I comment. I don't expect people to respond to my comments all the time but a little acknowledgment that I am there would be nice. I think that is fair.

In Phase 3 I will also find new blogs to visit & hang out on. I have to decide on what to put in my blog sidebar in Phase 3. I see so many cool options. Off The Needles/On the Needles/Projects past, Present & Future/Blog Rolls/Percentage Bars of things you are working on/last visited/last commented..........and the list goes on! Any suggestions of really great blogs you love? AND what things do you like to see in a sidebar?

I have no new knitting photos but my daughter took this photo of herself, by herself & I just love it!(no touch-ups, no Picnik)

11 comments:

Robin said...

Wow, what an organized plan of attack! I love Google Reader...after two weeks of no one reading my blog because they all use Bloglines, I'm going to second your recommendation - actually I said something similar yesterday too. Great minds think alike!

guiltypleasures said...

Your blog is looking wonderful. I especially love Phase 3. Google reader huh? I'll have to check into that one.

That photo is amazing! There's some hidden photography talent there for sure.

KnitPastis said...

She took an amazing photo! Good going!

I always like enjoy reading the projects they bloggers list on the side bar they are working on. Wished I were that organized.

As far as blog page changes, why not. I get bored and tired or having the samething. It's nice to change things up:)

SpiderWomanKnits said...

I'm loving your blog makeover! I's very inspiring. I have been toying with a similar idea since my blog has really morphed from a knitting blog into a farming blog! Btw, I just posted a photo of the bobcats that have been hunting for our hens.

I haven't tried Google reader. I'll have to check it out.

tiennie said...

I'm loving your new blog makeover! That is a great photo your daughter took. I'm going to have to try out Google Reader.

a friend to knit with said...

really? google reader? you are going to have to tell me more.

i LOVE the photo sabrina took! frame that one!

Yarn It said...

I am loving the look of your blog and the new name! I think will move over to Google Reader - bloglines has been wigging out lately and not updating blogs consistantly.

I also need to update my blog - maybe you will inspire me to do so!

Kathy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Am I a new blog for you??? or have I just missed connecting with you before? Love your blog, btw. New look or not (new to me!) Your daughter's pic is fantastic. I'll have to look into Google Reader....I use Bloglines, with some degree of satisfaction.
k

Jane said...

I love google reader! So glad I found your blog!

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