Fun DIY Craft for Planning

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I feel like my home runs SO much more smoothly when I have a plan. When there are plans in place, everybody knows what’s going on and everybody can be on the same page. This helps with communications a ton!

I made two of these cute DIY planners to hang side-by-side in our kitchen. One of them is our food menu for the week, and the other has work schedules, plans, extracurricular activities and school schedules. Every Sunday night I fill each one out for the week.

These were inexpensive to make and help out so much! All you need is an 8-opening collage frame, some scrapbook paper and letter stickers (or a permanent marker) and a dry erase marker. Cut the scrapbook paper into 4 x 6 pieces. Places one in each picture opening after either placing letter stickers or using a marker to spell out the days of the week. There will be one extra opening. You can make this a to-do list space or a title space (such as “menu” or “this week”).

The dry erase marker can then be used to write on the glass of the frame and erased with ease!

Blogging tips

I’m interested in a lot of different topics. I try to learn as much as I can about as many different topics, not just blogging. One thing I have learned in other studies that I think is very appropriate for blogging is to listen to timely information. The newer the news and info, the likelier it is to be on top of current trends and thoughts. Especially with the quick pace of technology, this type of diligence is absolutely necessary. So, if you want to find tips on how to build a successful blog, don’t rely on information that someone wrote back in 2005. Find a more current source.

More tips on commenting

I was reading an article by Daniel Scocco in which he discussed how to guarantee your comment will be removed from a blog. Remember, I’ve mentioned before that commenting on other blogs is a great way to promote your own blog as well as create more interaction in the cyber-community. But, there are traps to avoid if you want to make sure you don’t have your comment removed. There are some obvious tips, such as not using bad language or verbally berating the author or another commentor. There are some new tips that I have to admit I have been guilty of in the past.

While I don’t write in all capital letters, which is the equivalent of shouting to the community, I have overdone my comments from time to time with extra html code to make certain ideas stand out. There’s really no need. If you haven’t used your comment to write a completely new article and youare clear and concise with your ideas, people will understand your point. And, this is almost one of those “D’uh” type of tips, but I never thought about it. Leaving one line comments such as “Great Post” adds nothing to the discussion. If you don’t have time to make a comment at the time, come back when you have a chance to make a meaningful contribution.

Tips for finding readers

Just read a great article from Yaro Starak about getting exposure for readers. He lists some simple things for getting your name and blog out there. For instance, he advocates writing pillar articles. These are posts that are designed to be a somewhat comprehensive lesson in a topic. If you want to write an article about commercial lighting, discuss the advantages of certain fixtures, explain how to wire them properly and provide some benefits to doing so. Once you get a few articles written, Starak then says to get yourself out and comment on other blogs. This will alert people to your presence, and if your comments are insightful, people might come over to take a look at what you’re writing. There are some other great ideas that he lists in the rest of his blog, so check it out.