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Lost in the Louvre

May

27, 2011 |

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You simply cannot visit Paris without stopping at the Louvre. That would be a travesty!


So of course we did. And being the world’s most famous museum (so say the French) with claims to being the largest there is a lot to see. So much, that it’s impossible to do it all in one day.

You can follow the crowds to go see its most famous painting.

Yes, that is the Mona Lisa back there . . . if you look hard enough past the crowds.

You can see crown jewels and fun swords (though the plaques say the jewels aren’t real on many of them anymore).

You can see rows upon rows of mummies.

And Sphinxes . . .

But if you aren’t careful, you can easily get lost.

Which is what happened to us. And those exit signs? They really weren’t very helpful. (I have to wonder if someone wasn’t having some fun when they posted them because we walked the same Egyptian circle at least three times. For real.)

Anywho . . . I think that the blogosphere can be a lot like the Louvre. So many great sites out there.

You can follow the crowds and find some very useful and fun ones (Adventures in Children’s Publishing, Elana Johnson’s, Jen Daiker at Unedited).

If you search a little harder, you can find some real jewels (Lenny’s World, Seeing Creative, Whole Latte Life).

Then there are those crazy bloggers that hold our fascination like the mummies (Carrie Harris, Chris Philips, Creepy Query Girl, Rambles and Randomness).

And in the crazy-big world that is the blogosphere, it’s easy to get a little lost.

But with a little luck, you’ll have made some great bloggy friends along the way. And somehow, getting lost isn’t so bad when you’ve got them for company (NTM, aka Leigh from That’s Write, Amy at The Green Bathtub, and so many others I can’t list you all. Sorry! Don’t hate me.)

So what blog and/or blogger would you want to get lost with? Share your favorites!

P.S. With Memorial Day, I won’t be around on Monday. Have a great weekend!

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How to Find the Google Searches That Led to You

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28, 2011 |

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After Monday’s post, I had a few people ask how to find the Google searches I was referring to. I thought a how-to post would be relevant.

However, I am no expert, and I only know Blogger. So for my readers who know more or use other blogging sites, I would love it if you would share your tips and suggestions in the comments.

And here we go: 

1. Starting from your Dashboard: Look for the heading “Stats” on the far right from “New Post.” I’ve highlighted in the picture below.

 2. On the Stats Page: Click on “More” next to the heading “Traffic Sources” on the middle right. I’ve highlighted it in the image below.

3. On the Traffic Sources Page: Look toward the bottom at “Search Keywords” and voila! There you are. Again, I’ve highlighted it in the image below.

There you are, nice and easy. And while you’re there, spend some time and take a look around. The information under the “Stats” tab is pretty interesting!

And there are other ways to do this, too. If you load a free stats counter through sites such as blogpatrol.com, they will also list keyword searches that led someone to your blog. Just follow their instructions for loading the counter.

Hopefully that was helpful for you. And if you know of other ways to do this, please share!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov

19, 2010 |

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Life has been good to me, and I have much to be thankful for:

Thank you to all of you! You know who you are and what you do. My life would be meaningless without you.

A quick P.S. . . . I’ll be out the next two weeks (minus Talli Roland’s Web Splash on Dec. 1!) working on revisions, but happy holidays to all of you! See you soon. 🙂

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