I'm participating in the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog challenge through ProBlogger and the SITS girls. I have been writing online for so long (off & on since 1999) that sometimes I feel like what I'm writing is stale and I could use a good kick in the pants to kind of jump-start me and make my blog feel fresh again. You might see some changes here in the next few weeks as I go through the program and do some of the exercises posted in the challenge - but I am definitely planning on staying true to what my blog has always been about -- mostly pictures of my boys and ramblings of pop culture, my sewing adventures and things we do together as a family. It's not too late to sign up to do the challenge, you can do it by yourself by signing up for the emails through ProBlogger (he will send you an email a day for 31 days with the exercises) or with a group, like I'm doing with the SITS community.
One of the exercises posted on ProBlogger is this link round up from the history of your blog. It forced me to go through some of my older posts and figure out which 7 I wanted to share. If you're new to my blog I hope this helps you get a little more insight to what I'm about!
Your first post: OK, not my first post EVER on a blog, since that is scary horrid writing from 1999 hidden away on a floppy disk somewhere, but one of my first posts on Two More Seconds. Swimming Lessons was written when Mason was just 10 months old (he's 4 now) and we were still living in sunny Southern California. That picture of him with his dainty hands is still one of my favorites, ever.
A post which had a great discussion: Look was a post that got people talking because I admitted that I'd been blogging a long time and that I had really good friends that I only knew online. This was years ago before blogging was so mainstream and it was practically unheard of to meet people you "only" knew online.
A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written: I have been a follower of Simple Mom for years now. Tsh is an amazing writer and has created a great community around her original website, Simple Mom, which has now branched out into Simple Living Media and encompasses websites for homeschooling, cooking, children, and organic living. Her post Start Your Day by Eating a Frog is one that I love and have kind of adopted into a daily motto for myself. You must read it yourself!
A post you enjoyed writing the most: I had fun writing Intruder! because how often do you wake up in the morning to find a bird flying throughout your kitchen and dining room? The poor bird had come inside somehow and had to endure me taking pictures of it for awhile before I finally helped him find his way outside. What an adventure!
Your most helpful post: I get lots of visits from people searching "french fry tutorial" on Google to my Our Favorite Fries: a tutorial post. It's obviously not the only french fry tutorial out there, but it's the one that we love and use all the time. I can make these suckers in my sleep now I've made them so many times! Yum!
A post with a title that you are proud of: I admit it, I'm not too proud of any of my post titles. I guess that's an area I could improve on. One that I like OK is: Wanted: Crayon Bandit because I made up a silly Wanted poster of Mason to go with the post after he took to coloring our walls, table, dog with his scribbles.
A post that you wish more people had read: I wish more people had read my Nameless Quilt post just because it was the first quilt I had made and I'm so proud of it still!