The half-way point

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Doesn’t that sound like a great title for a story? Well, sorry folks. Actually, this post is a tally, if you will, of how content journaling this year is doing. We started out like “gang busters.” In January, our posts were about creating a Reading Journal. 209 people viewed my blog and the posts most liked were: Why I joined a Book Club, Character quotes, Prompt Covers. The visitors came from 10 countries and there were 5 likes and 2 comments.

In February, Mary Beth wrote about creating a Family Journal. 162 people viewed the blog from 7 countries. Most commented (7 ) posts were: Covers, Getting kids involved and Random Thoughts about books. There were 7 likes.

In March, Denise shared her Home Remodeling Project Journal. There were 274 views from 10 countries, 7 likes and 5 comments. Most commented posts were: Garage Roof, No Place, covers.

In April, I covered the creation of a Prayer Journal. There were 145 views, 6 likes and visitors from 6 countries. Most comments were from posts: The Prayer (video) and Prayer Prompts.

In May, the Garden Journal garned 97 views from 8 countries. The favorite post was: Garden web sites.

So far, in June, our Quote Journal has had over 40 views with favorite posts: Be Still and Word Ghosts.

It should also be noted that 10 new followers have joined our adventure.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Questions and Answers – Part 2

Dear Fellow Journalers,

After reading all I could about blogging, I started researching web platforms. A friend/neighbor, suggested word press. Four books later, I started my craft blog: uniquelyyourscards@wordpress.com My categories include: Pursuit of Happiness (monthly), Friday Scribblings, paper adventures, tutorials and to date I have 35 followers. The WordPress books are as follows:

  1. “30 Minutes to a word press web site” by Erick Alyn
  2. “How to create a website using word press” by Brian Patrick
  3. “How to create a web site with word press and start a profitable on-line business” by Ming Jong Tey
  4. “WordPress for all” by Chris O’Connor

I started by selecting my categories and deciding on a schedule of posts. Many of the books suggest writing 2-3 times a week, so I decided on Monday and Friday for the craft blog and Wednesday and Friday for this blog. I started collecting my craft topics in a notebook and my journal topics and Pinterest pics in an email account expressively set up for the blog(s).

For this blog, I wanted a word press theme that would reflect my writing/craft lives and be un-cluttered. The “Koi” theme has hand-drawn illustrations on a parchment page. Widgets are pre-determined.  I try to write posts about 3 months in advance. I set aside a week at a time. This allows time for ideas to “percolate”.  Most all of the content is either written by me or my authors. I don’t subscribe to sites that offer to write content for you. I also don’t write with SEO’s in mind. In the beginning, I thought it might be an avenue to explore to bring more traffic but decided to travel a different path. I guess all of you agree!

If you want to contact me “off-line” you can email me at uniquelyyourscraftjournal@outlook.com. You can follow me using the Follow Button which is on the right side of the blog.  The other authors, “G”, Paul and Marybeth email me their posts and I put them up. I do not edit them. I feel that it would be a great disservice since they are sharing their creative endeavors with us. One last thing, some of you want to know some of my secrets and I do have a few links I can share with you. If you refer my blog to 3 others, I’ll be glad to email you the link(s).

I hope I have answered all of your questions! Keep those comments coming!

‘Til next time,

Sallie

 

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Just a note

Dear fellow Journalers,

I recently received a comment from a reader who said they couldn’t “find” me on Google. I took my web site down a few months ago to concentrate on my writing. You can find my cards on this link. http://www.pinterest..com/lovesstamps/

UYCJ has been up and running since Feb. 5th! That’s 64 posts published! So  I have a question. How am I doing?

Don’t be shy. Is there any content you would like to see more of?  Anything you would like me to “forget”. Many of you have commented on the pictures I have included with Random Thoughts, some of you like Perspectives, still others like the journal covers. The new year will include more Perspectives from “G”, Marybeth, and Paul as well as a new author.  Also featured will be a monthly Pursuit of Happiness Post to inspire us all.

Remember, we are all traveling this journey, some different roads , but we’re all doing our best to help each other.

~Sallie

 

Just a quick note…

Dear fellow journalers,

I received some wonderful comments on my recent posts and I just wanted to say thanks!

I have been asked how to subscribe to my blog. If you travel down the right side of all the posts there is a section asking if you want to subscribe? It is near the bottom of the page.

Have a great day.

Sallie

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