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Ten Ways to Trash an Otherwise Awesome Blog Design

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Guest Posts, Nerd Lovin', Writing | 7 comments

Today I welcome Jonah Sullivan from Cranium Storm .. talking about something a lot of us struggle with daily, I know I do! Last week I had a nightmare and disaster happen with image sizes and design issues that caused major problems. You may have noticed Cabin Goddess was a HORRIFICALLY slow loading page. However now I hope y’all notice just how fast it is now! Thanks to Donna Brown from Books Bags and Catnaps who is someone I consider a GRAND friend and author of Double Take Tales helped me get it squared away, you have her to thank.. but onto this great guest post from Jonah! THANK YOU KIND SIR!

Ten Ways to Trash an Otherwise Awesome Blog Design

The book Design in Theory and Practice by Ernest A. Batchelder

Pretty much any way you look at it, a substantial portion of the struggle of human existence is the ceaseless pursuit of a good return on investment. If you’re a current or aspiring blogger, the return you get on your time investment is going to depend on a number of factors. Fortunately, most of them are well within your ability to control. One of the best ways to engage your site visitors is with an attractive theme. The need for stylish and functional blog templates is well-recognized sufficient to have spawned an industry catering to blog site owners who are strapped for time or short on coding acumen.

On the other hand, maybe you’re blogging strictly for your own enjoyment and you want to warn away trespassers from your online domain. Perhaps you’ve decided that you hate blogging and you’re just waiting for your hosting arrangements to expire. Then again, you might be getting so many visitors that you’re exceeding your bandwidth allotment, and you’re convinced that establishing a visual gauntlet for your audience will help separate the wheat from the chaff.

Whatever the reason, if you absolutely must destroy your blog’s layout, confuse your guests, and befuddle the search crawlers I’ve come to rescue you from the tedium of trial and error. Here are ten sure-fire ways to mangle the visual appeal of your blog:

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journaling, exhibitionism and peeping toms…today’s blogging world

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Cabin Commentary, Entertainment, Writing | 6 comments

This morning as I lay snuggled under my blankets my brain started thinking about why I blog more than I journal. I used to write in my journal at least three times a day, in fact I have several different journals from Dream journals, to book ideas, haiku and poetry journals and therapeutic journals to help with my inner demons.

I had a thought pop into my pre-coffee brain about blogging vs. traditional journaling and how I am not the only one that has been remiss in this habit. When did that become something we USED to do? Sure I still write, with a real pen that has ink even, in a journal. But I also know that being a tad of an exhibitionist

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Nibbles and Bytes

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in Alaska Living, Books, Cabin Commentary, Writing | 3 comments

This blog has come a long way, and has morphed into something completely different that what it started out being. What began as a social experiment in blogging via iPhone about my life and photography from a cabin lost in the woods of Alaska has become this beautiful gifted child, blossoming before my very eyes.  Because of a supposedly useless tool, Twitter (eat that DAD), I have been able to expand my readership and push myself into writing in directions I never expected to g the o. Especially in area of publishing my recipes. I always took my cooking for granted, it was just something I did and was proud to do for my family and friends. But with this small little corner, a Super Highway Diner, shall we say I have been able to go places I never expected to go. To wax nostalgic about my past, how certain cooking traditions took place, how I came upon this recipe or that due to the conditions and restrictions of living in the cabin, all of which have molded me partially into who I am today.

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