Friday Fun · Housekeeping

The Proper Care and Feeding of a Blog

Oh hey!

‘Scuse the mess! Mercy me, if I’d known you were going to stop by, I would have baked cookies and fixed my hair. But, we’re friends, so the chaos doesn’t matter, and I’m glad you’re here.

It’s October in the halls of MamaMick, and while others are sipping warm pumpkin concoctions, I’m obsessing over Fall cleaning and purging. Autumn is the perfect time of year to move furniture, ditch the junk, and clean out the cobwebs.

On my blog.
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It’s time to declare again that I’m getting my website in order. Like husbands, a healthy blog needs proper care, feeding, and directives. The mission is to increase my accountability, readability, and aesthetics. This space should feel so cozy, that you stay for supper and toast your toes in front of the fireplace during dessert.

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Overall Structure and platform

First Fridays: Housekeeping Duties–monthly editorial calendar, events, and changes
Mondays: (starting in November) Guest Posts! More to come (muahahaha!)
Thursdays: My posts. Third Thursday will be “Throw Back” posts or photos

October Editorial Calendar (with proposed titles)

Monday, October 5: I Need You, I Want You, I Gotta Have You
Thursday, October 8: There is Superstition: Lucky Shirts, Rabbit’s Feet, and Optimal Viewing Angles
Thursday, October 15: Schtuff My Husband Says: Second Edition
Thursday, October 22: Throw-Back Thursday – Blog Link Party!
Thursday, October 29: Shiny Objects: Book Nerds

Best intentions and outlines are all fine and dandy unless, of course, this happens.

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Disclaimer 1: I retain the right to fall off the beaten path, skip a day, change a post, change a tire, cry if I want to, and eat chocolate instead of write on any given day.

Disclaimer 2: I will not stress, cry, throw things, or get uptight if I miss my fake deadlines.

Disclaimer 3: This place will look like chaos at times. I’m looking for the prettiest, most functional theme, and I haven’t found it yet. Don’t be surprised if you see paint chips, polka-dots, or elephants. Anything is possible in this creative phase.

The Proper Care and Feeding of a Blog Site
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Finally: Thank you, ALWAYS, for reading and commenting. You know that you are the best part.

Your turn: What makes you read a new blog? What subjects grab your eye? Do you prefer funny or serious posts? How do you make time to stay current with your reading?Do you have a favorite blog design or theme?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Now, make yourself at home. Grab a cup of tea (or diet Mountain Dew) and keep me company while I tidy up around here. As you’ll soon see, I wouldn’t want to do it without you.

Ballarina Housewife

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53 thoughts on “The Proper Care and Feeding of a Blog

    1. Hello new friend!
      I’ve been starving my site off and on for the last 6 months, so I’m probably not the best example.
      That said, I am so happy the title drew you over here. I’m intrigued by your .url. Any chance you’re from Arkansas? I love that pretty state!
      I’ll be over to check out your space, too. Thank you so much for stopping by. Always happy to meet new friends!!

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  1. Well, if you don’t stick to your schedule I’m going to eat chocolate and that’ll be on you. 😉

    I’ve changed my theme many times and I’ve loved them all – until I don’t anymore. When I visit a new blog, I like it when the font isn’t too small (I’m getting old), the background isn’t too busy (that age thing again) and when there are links on the sidebar or a separate page giving me some background or story as what to expect if I keep reading the blog (I have a short attention span). As for staying current on my reading, I haven’t even tried. I don’t get paid for this, you know. I can’t wait to dig into your new line up! And that blog link up sounds intriguing…

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    1. Well, then we may be eating chocolate together! No worries, though. We’ll just scale your canyon walls, chase kindergarteners and first graders and burn all sorts of calories!
      Thank you SO much for the design feedback. I like the clean, crisp look, but I think it’s difficult to find things with the disappearance of the sidebar.
      I’m still building the blog link thingy in my head. Your project about a year ago is how I first found Dani. The magic of connection is the best part of these adventures.
      Speaking of adventures…don’t you have a puppy with words to keep up with 😉 xo

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  2. Two things. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. An open, well designed and modern blog makes it easy for readers… and, content should be about something. Short and to the point. I can’t remember the quote exactly, but Mark Twain apologized once for writing a very long letter because, he said, he didn’t have the time to write it properly. Jerry Seinfeld created a show about nothing. He made it work. I don’t know too many people with his comedic talent.

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    1. LOVE the Mark Twain line.
      I knew I was getting better when a magazine wanted to publish my piece but asked me to make it longer.
      Great recommendations.
      Thank you, Ray. I’ll be moseying over later 🙂

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      1. These days, unless you have steady clients it’s always back to the drawing board. One or two is enough as long as they aren’t editorial and you understand their market. My other job is more fun… Heh, heh. When we tour I go into my mode of I that I don’t trust anybody for 16 hours a day.

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  3. Fun post Mama. I should point out that anytime I’ve seen you swing a chainsaw, you were wearing your boots – probably a good idea given the flying chips, bark and small twigs – hard on the legs.

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  4. Number one reason I will read a blog is for the voice of the blog. There are some bloggers I just click with more than others and reading their blog is like connecting with a friend. Definitely get that here Michelle. My blog, on the other hand, is always a mess, so I don’t have much to live up to, ha, ha! Here’s hoping you stick to your goals. They sound like fun!

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      1. Thanks. Probably because ever since I had the blog I haven’t done a thing to it…no particular layout or categories. I figure as long as I’m writing that’s enough!!

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    1. Good call, April
      I feel exactly the same way. I had no idea that the bond between bloggy friends would be so strong.
      It’s the very best part.
      I hope you’re having a great week, my friend. I’ll be over to visit soon.
      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment 🙂

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    1. Robyn!!!! Hello, my friend.
      Funny comment you made – I feel the same way about you!!!
      I’ll be over to visit ver soon. I see that I have at least one (and maybe two) posts of yours waiting to opened like a gift.
      Have a great weekend!
      Michelle

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  5. What makes me read a new blog?

    –I find most of the blogs I follow through comments on my blog or comments on blogs I already follow. I rarely “follow for follow” unless I know the person’s interactions. I would rather have a small audience and we all “talk” vs. larger numbers and no discussion at all.

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  6. I follow your blog because it’s you.
    That’s how I choose who to follow.
    So this could be a neatly, perfectly outlined, know-what-to=expect blog, or a mess.
    I’d still follow.
    I prefer messes though, surprises. Not in real life, but in blogville, anything goes.

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  7. Nicest part of not blogging is not feeling like I have to read EVERYTHING!!!!
    Makes it easier to not let it devour all my time.

    As for new blogs, there is no rule for what catches my attention, it just has to one way or the other, otherwise, why read?

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  8. Just be you Michelle…trust that beautiful heart of yours…best GPS there is for your journey 🙂
    All you have written has been great to read because it IS just you…beautiful, authentic, funny and always from the heart.
    When you stand in your truth it expresses exactly what you need my friend 🙂

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  9. It’s content, not aesthetics that hooks me to a blog. As far as the content, it’s the style of the prose, normally, that catches me more than the subject. I prefer a mixture of serious and humor. After all, serious things need to be discussed, but lightening those topics up with a little humor is always good for keeping the reader interested.

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    1. SCOTT! Hello, my friend!
      It has been too long.
      Thank you for taking the time to hop over, read, and comment. I appreciate your insights – especially the part about lightening up serious subjects with humor. You’ve always been good at that.
      Thank you again for stopping by. You know I’ll be over to see you soon. 🙂

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  10. Impressive that you have it planned out! Titles hook me, I look for humor in a blog for the most part. Titles that are intriguing and give me only a hint of where they might go (A Sexy Look Under Mother Nature’s Skirt)… That or hot girls – JK. See you on Thursdays!

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    1. Boys are cool 🙂
      Titles hook me, too. It’s something that I’m playing with right now. I don’t like to be gimmicky, but there is power in a great title. Now….to get the content to match 🙂

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  11. Let’s see, what turns me on to a new blog…..

    Images of hot chicas and coupons for cheap hot wings….okay, just kidding. There’s no such thing as cheap hot wings.

    Best of luck to your Royals as they look to clinch home field today. I hate to sound bitter (again) but I hope the Royals keep the Jays from getting it. That’s what happens when the Jays kick around my Yankees for the past couple months.

    What turns me on to a new blog? Sexy, crazy good writing. For one thing….

    Have a great Sunday Mama

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    1. “Sexy, crazy good writing…”
      It’s exactly why I fell for you–hook, line, and sinker.
      I’m announcing a special project tomorrow morning – would love for you to be a part of it. I’ll throw in home field advantage and hot wings 😉

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  12. I start following when I read something where there is a “zing” moment – where I think, I’ve connected with that idea, thought, feeling etc. Often though I find sometime later un-following as that “zing” was I find a one off where two of us just happened to be in the same place.

    As Fritz Perls put it…

    “You are you, and I am I,
    and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
    If not, it can’t be helped.”

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  13. I read this plan of yours and snorted coffee out my nose at the thought of attempting any form if care, water and feeding for my blog. Poor thing is a desolate wasteland these days. Still, I can use this post as a vision board for my future-state blog. 🙂

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    1. Oh YESSSS!!! If you snorted coffee out of your nose, then my work here is done!
      I was just working on the post for tomorrow when my husband came downstairs and stated, “You need to wash your windows.”
      Sorry, hon. I’m busy feeding my blog 🙂
      Hope you’re having a great weekend, Nancy! I love seeing you here.

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      1. Aw, thanks lady! I was so far behind that I couldn’t scroll back far enough in the Reader and had to go to my list of blogs followed in settings and hunt for posts that way. Still far from caught up, but trying my best.

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  14. So was looking back through my emails and realized I had opened this post and read it, but had not commented! So sorry…. 😦
    I love this! I would be terrified to put anything down that would possibly hold me accountable to my blog ha ha ha ha ha!! So kudos to you for doing that! However, I do love your disclaimers! Maybe I could use those too! I’m not near as ambitious as I once was when I started my blog. I had originally posted every day! I KNOW, right?? Everyday??? There is no way I could do that now! Well… I could! But I choose to make other things a priority! 🙂
    I adore reading your posts my dear… keep up the good work! :-*

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    1. You are so good to me! Seriously, I hope you know how much I treasure the times I see your smiling face come across my screen. Don’t ever feel like you have to read and comment on everything – I’ll still be here with a cup of tea in hand when the time is right.
      SO glad I wrote those disclaimers though. Tomorrow is supposed to be a “blog hop” and I haven’t had time to figure out the techy part to that.
      Shhhh….I may take this Thursday off!!
      Hope you’re having a great week C/K!!

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