- making a banner (thanks to Trish for the heads up on PicMonkey - it is made of win),
- changing the layout (more space for text and pictures; less junk on the sides),
- changing the background (what can I say? I like a lot of white space),
- adding my photo and eliminating my "Background Noise" tab,
- eliminating the archives and the blog roll,
- adding a Words With Friends page (to replace the blog roll), and
- changing the font
Bloggiesta has some mini-challenges with prizes and stuff, and for the most part, I haven't gotten into them much, but Trish had a prompt that resonated with me, so I thought I'd pull back the curtain a bit. Her challenge has to do with how we keep organized with a blog. She uses a journal and colored pens and a printed calendar page to schedule posts, and she encourages us try it too. I already keep a notebook that carries my life between its covers - to-do lists, grocery lists, notes from class or meetings, blog ideas, phone numbers.... Basically, whatever has come up that day goes in the book. Here's what my Bloggiesta ideas page looks like:
Behind that, you can see just a peek at my to-do list for the week, which obviously takes up the whole-friggin-page. Ridiculous. I do love to mark things off my lists, and though I don't use colored pens, I do love a good pen. For my calendar, I use google, which allows me to have separate calendar colors for my work obligations and my home stuff and to separate the kids' school schedule from the hubs' school schedule. Back in the summer, I made one for the blog, to put long-term reminders (like for ReadaThons or Bloggiestas or scheduled reviews), and here's what it looks like this morning.
Oops. Clearly, I needed the nudge to use this feature a bit better. On to the day's to-do list it goes. Here's what else I hope to get done:
- Work on the Words With Friends page
- Add a Review Policy
- Add some personal info to the Who Are You? section (undecided about whether this is necessary)
- Consider font change for post texts
- Make buttons for "Home Fires" and "News Feed" features
- Rename "Home Fires"?????
- Schedule following posts: Where in the World Are You Reading Meme, Poetry, TPR, Les Mis reflections, The Aeneid, and new features formal introductions.