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Archive for October 9th, 2007

16 Tips to Increase a Blog or Website’s Traffic

Posted by infinitygoods on October 9, 2007

Here’s a recap of all the answers to last week’s WFMW question: How do you increase traffic to your blog or website?

Thank you for all your great comments!!

And please be sure to read my WFMW post for today titled: Toys Stored in Zipper Bags and Plastic Drawer Towers

  • Be a good blog reader;
  • Comment on other people’s blogs;
  • Write meaningful comments; not fluff;
  • Join in on a conversation;
  • Comment often;
  • Invite people back;
  • Write interesting, amusing, thought provoking posts;
  • Ask questions/opinions in your posts.
  • Participate in a carnival or other writing event.
  • Host a carnival;
  • Comment consistantly;
  • Great writing is a must to get return traffic;
  • Write often;
  • Have a unique voice;
  • Think about what you like in the blogs you visit regularly;
  • Be conscious about what works on your own blog to keep people coming back.

See these and other great tips on Rocks in My Dryer.

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Toys Stored in Zipper Bags and Plastic Drawer Towers — Works For Me Wednesday

Posted by infinitygoods on October 9, 2007

***************************************************************************** Be sure to check today’s following post for the recap of all the answers from last week’s WFMW question. Thank you all for your great comments!! *****************************************************************************

Our toy chest was always a jumble and neither children nor adults could find what we were looking for. Plus, toys these days come with small parts and it seemed we were always in search for the tiniest ones.

I came up with the solution of storing all small parts in plastic baggies with easy zippers and storing these baggies. We also put the toys in plastic bags and store all these bags in plastic drawer towers. Even younger children can easily open and close these baggies.

I started when our son was a toddler and still needed help organizing, but now that he’s older it’s become second nature for him to sort all the Star Wars toys, all the Playmobile toys, all the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe toys, etc. together in their individual bags. The toys remain together at the ready for play time and the small parts do not get lost or separated.

Additionally, when it’s time to go to grandma’s house, he just selects a few baggies and off we go.

This system also works extremely well with K’nex. Each type of piece is stored in a different bag for easier and faster building. We have one bag for miscellaneous parts where there are only one or two of each such pieces.

All these bags need a good home and I put them in plastic drawer towers. They are light and it is easy for a child to pull out. When done playing, the bags or the entire drawers go back in and there is no clutter all over the house or room.

But perhaps best of all, if you ever move, you will think this idea is a godsend because all the toys will already be packed and nothing will fall out. We have gone through two moves with this system and it worked beautifully. I only wish the rest of the house were as easy to pack as the pre-packed toys!

See these and other tips at Rocks in My Dryer.

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Tell The Truth; Be Ready To Listen

Posted by infinitygoods on October 9, 2007

If something is really troubling us do we have a safe shoulder to cry on, or do we have to put on a smiling facade and hide our true feelings behind a mask?

When our glass truly is half empty because life has spilled it carelessly, do we always have to pretend that it is half full, or do we have a safe place to tell truth?

Of course, we can’t be negative in perpetuity, but for those who see life with rose-colored glasses on most days, is it ever acceptable to answer a “how are you” with any other answer than “fine”?

I came across a church poster today which claimed that you could tell the truth there.

It said, “You know, if you want a church where you can pretend for an hour or two that everything is just fine with you, with your family and with the world, then we’re probably not for you. But if you want a church where you can tell the truth about how it is and know that it’s OK, maybe you’ll find a home here.”

I do not belong to the United Church of Christ. I have never even attended a service there, so I could not tell you if overall they live up to their ad campaign, but I think their poster is right on the mark.

Being able to tell the truth is one of the many reasons why I loved working for my church.

Our parishioners — sometimes even people of other faiths, often of the same faith but of a different neighborhood in search of anonymity — would come to our office just to share their lives. They would come in just to talk, just to be listened to without judgment, without gossip. They would share everything from the happiness over a new grandchild to the tragedy of a mother and her two single daughters being diagnosed the same week with terminal cancer.

Or a mother seeing her son stabbing himself to commit suicide; even a young woman seeking sanctuary because she is afraid her boyfriend will beat her.

We have to have a strong, sturdy shoulder to cry on whether it’s a church or a specific person. Our lives are complicated and trying. Oftentimes all it takes is to say it out loud to a real human being.

At least every once in a while we need to remove our theatrical mask and tell the truth for the sake of our sanity, and all of the time we need to be ready to listen because someone out there needs our shoulder today.

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