BlissLogs Month in Review – April

BMW 6 Series Who doesn’t like a BMW 6 series? That car is shooting up my list of fairly attainable dream cars. Funny how that list is mainly German cars. Anyway, we all know that the common pronunciation of these cars is a Beemer. Well, my interpretation of it is going to be BMIR (pronounced the same as Beemer). But for me, this will represent “BlissLogs Month in Review”. BlissLogs is only slightly older than 2 months old, but that second full month was packed full changes.

The site went through a wide range of small cosmetic changes. I’m still happy with the Vertigo Enhanced 2.0 theme that I’ve been running since the BlissLogs beginings. What I did change though will hopefully improve your experience here.

The first of these changes was removing the About section from the right sidebar. This section became expendable once I created a full about page and placed a link to it from the header.

I also moved the link to my RSS feed to the header, making it easier for you to subscribe to my blog.

I moved the “Recent Posts” sidebar section down lower in the sidebar. I toyed with removing it completely, since all of the posts that are in that list are on the front page of this site.

I tried cleaning up the top of each post by moving the posted date and categories to the bottom of the post. This lets you get right to the meat of the post.

Did anyone even notice that there was a links page on this site? I hope not, because that was a page I created in the first couple days when I was signing up for all kinds of link exchanges. I soon realized that growing the blog more slowly through better posts was a better option than the quick hit of appearing on a link exchange site. More fun too! :smile:

Oh yea, I added some new plugins: WP Grins to make it easier for me to add smilies to my posts and for you to add them to your comments. Democracy to add polls to my posts whenever I’m in the mood. And the ever-important Akismet to stop the Spam. I know Akismet came pre-loaded with WordPress, but it took a while for me come to the realization that comment spam was out of control. There are now over 600 spam comments trapped by Akismet.

You may want to consider some of the above mentioned changes on your site as they all have merit to improve navigation and the reader experience.

I joined a couple trains last month as well. The Technorati Fave Train and the Feed my Feed Train. Both of which noticeably increased my readers (site visitors and RSS readers).

There were a couple blog reviews in April as well. Smart Guy and PureBlogging.  I hope to do more of these in the future in preparation for that much anticipated first ReviewMe review.

I tried, and failed, at a couple initiatives in the hopes of increasing reader participation. I tried to follow the lead of blogging’s resident evil blogger, John Chow, and get a few reviews of this blog. It started off as a “Make money at home” campaign, but turned into a “Create a Blog” campaign. I was hoping to generate more traffic for these search phrases, but didn’t get any interest. Maybe I’ll revisit these in a few months, once there are more of you out there. There was my ingenious “Hitchhiker’s Guide Reference Hunt“. Nobody picked up the first reference, which I felt was blatently obvious, so I’ll revisit this again at a later date with some tweaks.

Last but not least, Google performed their sweep of PR updates. BlissLogs finally got out of the Google sandbox and is primed to play with the big blogs. We went from a non-existent PR 0 to a respectable PR 4. We’re on the map now, lets see what we can do with it.

These BMIR’s will normally give you a sneak peak as to a few things I have planned for the upcoming months, but this post is long enough so I think this is a good time to bring it to an end. For those of you that made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back and . . . if you leave a comment to this post, I’ll make a speed-linking post in the near future and include your site in it. See, sometimes it does pay to read the entire post. :lol:

Happy Blogging!

  1. #1 by Chee Kui on May 5, 2007 - 8:21 pm

    :twisted: cool! Now I can use this smiley a lot in my comment here. ahaha!


  2. #2 by Matthew on May 8, 2007 - 2:33 pm

    not sure why i wasnt, but now im subscribed :)

  3. #4 by Matthew on May 8, 2007 - 2:54 pm

    lol sorry, i swear it unsubscribed me somehow

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