My internet was down for a couple of days so I didn’t post Wednesday. What with the holidays, Greg’s birthday, company, dog-sitting, and the heat, it was just as well. I had enough to do. Next year, I might take off the whole holiday week. Most people are busy with summer plans anyway.
Iko: The meds seemed to have helped poor Iko with his anxiety. I probably should’ve given him a second pill at the height of all the fireworks, but I prefer to err on the side of caution until I know how the drug affects him. It did a fair job of taking the edge off his nervousness which is all I really wanted. It was worth it not to see him quivering like jelly.
He did ask for more hugs while he was on the meds, which surprised us. It was nice to see him interacting with the family instead of hiding.
Notice the flying ears in this photo. That’s him feeling a bit apprehensive. Yes, he’s in the bathroom. It’s his safe place. It’s hard to imagine such a big dog feeling so scared. Poor baby.
At least he’s doing better than my blog. There are days when maintaining a self-hosted blog is a full time job. There’s always something to fix or update.
WordPress: Oy! I really like WordPress but it’s not for the faint of heart if you’re not particularly tech savvy. For the record, I am not tech savvy, but I could play a tech savant on tv. It’s all smoke and mirrors, folks. 😀
Every time WordPress updates, plugins must also update to the new version. Unfortunately, not all plugins update in a timely manner. The big ones update within hours, but others could take weeks or even months.
I’m having trouble with one right now. I’ve contacted the plugin creator but all I’m getting back are cricket noises. :le sigh:
Mailchimp: The other thorn in my side is Mailchimp. It emails my blog posts to subscribers. It stopped a couple of weeks ago and I can’t figure out why. I’ve tried making small adjustments, but because I only update my blog every other day, I can’t see if the adjustment worked until the next time it’s supposed to send something out.
I think I’m doomed to start over. If it won’t let me transfer my existing subscribers to the new RSS feed, I’ll have to ask you kind folks to re-subscribe. Don’t do it yet. Let me try a couple more things before I do anything drastic.
If I could find a better subscriber service I would dump Mailchimp in a heartbeat. They’ve been a pain since Day One.
Coming up in July: I’m late putting July’s blog calendar together, but this month expect a State of the Homestead report, a Cheap Trick, and a couple of DIY projects.
I’m trying to steer my blog to a specific path that focuses on sustainable and frugal living. I’ve been studying various things like affiliate links, blog hop communities, and Facebook communities. A lot of my traffic comes from Facebook so it might behoove me to concentrate on that more. I really should try Pinterest again, but it intimidates the heck out of me.
Traffic is slow right now but that’s normal for the summer. It’s an ideal time to experiment with new advertisers and new blog hop communities to see what’s a good fit for me. I’ve found at least one organizer that has brought me a large amount of traffic from one post alone. I’m going to try other posts with them to see if they also do well.
I’ve spent months reading posts from various blog hops. The writing is almost always excellent but what makes me click on the link depends entirely on the the topic. A catchy title helps, but it has to lure me in from the first paragraph or I won’t read further.
How do you decide what topics to talk about on any given day? How do you keep things fresh? Do you belong to any blog communities? Pros and cons?
One last question: Do you use an email marketing tool for your newsletters or blog posts? What do you use? I’m really getting tired of Mailchimp.