Do You Like The Theme?

I changed my theme again. I really like this one. Three days from now I will probably really like another one! I have a lot of fun looking for new themes and trying them out. However, I’m not sure it is the best thing for this blog.

Most of what I read says that you should pay for a custom theme, and then don’t change it. Apparently blog readers can get confused if your blog doesn’t look like it always does. This creates a conflict for me, I don’t really like anyone telling me what I should or shouldn’t do. If you don’t believe me take a look at my rant about Google Page Rank!

But I do want to keep my readers happy. (Are you happy?) On the other hand, I am pretty sure my readers don’t get confused that easy. Plus, I know some of you are Entrecard droppers who don’t care about the theme and are happy as long as the EC widget is above the fold and loads fast. (I want you to be happy too!)

So I think in this case it is OK to change the theme, as long as I control myself and don’t change it too often. If I don’t control myself I might change the theme everyday! Now there’s a thought. A 30 day theme challenge to go with my 30 day blogging challenge!

Now back to my question, Do you like the theme?

Tax Rebate Checks are Coming

The IRS says the tax rebate checks for over 130 million US Taxpayers will be sent beginning in May. I have a post on My CFO on the Go that talks about how to make sure you get your tax rebate check. You can read that post here.

But I what I really want ot know is what are you going to do with your rebate check? I know most people say they are going to pay down debt, or put the money in savings. That is what most people said the last time the IRS sent out advance payments, but the reality was most people spent it and there was a noticeable upswing in the economy. But I think most people, when they get that money in their hot little hands, are going to spend at least some of it on some new toy! I know I am! I am just trying to decide what. Any ideas? Maybe custom themes for my blogs? What are you going to spend you rebate check on?

On Writing

woman writing with quill pen

So I am all the way to day 5 of my 30 day challenge. And already it is getting hard to post everyday. It is not that I have any trouble at all coming up with topics. I’ve got enough things I’d like to talk about for the rest of this month and well into next! I think my challenge is, I’d like to talk about it, not write about it.

I don’t really think I am much of a writer. So why would I write on a blog (or two or three) and even volunteer for a challenge to write every day for 30 days? Because I want to become a good blog writer. Like many things, blog writing is a learn by doing type of activity. I expect that if at the end of this 30 day challenge I’ll be a much better writer than I am now!

Sometimes it helps some to read other blogs. When I find writing that I like, I try to analyze it and figure out what makes the writing good. There is one problem with that. Often, If I really like someone’s writing a little voice inside of me says “You’ll never write that well, you might as well just give it up now”. I quiet that voice by reading blog posts about writing blog posts!

But then I’m off into the World Wide Wasteland, reading this blog and that blog. It is so much easier for me to read than to write. (You don’t know it but I just spent the last twenty minutes away reading about writing!) Plus the advice is either contradictory (write short posts, write long posts, post every day, don’t post more than three times a week) or painfully obvious. (Write something your readers will want to read)

What helped you learn how to write? Let me know your best blogging tips here.

Thanks,

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It's the Simple Things

After weeks of rain and snow, yesterday was a sunny day. My husband and I managed to drag ourselves away from the TV and computer and we went for a walk. Just a simple walk. There are some nice forested trails near our home that are mostly level and away from traffic. The dirt paths are soft and easy on the knees. My husband and I walked and talked, and talked and walked for a couple of hours.

It made me think. Sometimes it is the simplest things that bring the most pleasure. And the most benefits. While enjoying our time together we got the benefit of exercise and the pleasure of rare winter sunshine. Our activity was totally environmentally friendly and it was free! I had more fun just walking with my husband, than I would have gotten watching a movie, or going out to dinner, or even going to the casino.

I don’t know when I started thinking that simple meant second class. We had unexpected company for dinner one night, and I served what I had planned for the day. Turkey soup and bread (both homemade). We eat this frequently at my house. It is cheap and filling and easy to make. I was a little embarrassed that I didn’t have time to  go to the store and buy the ingredients to make a fancy dinner for my company.  Guess what, they loved it, and over a year later they still comment on how much they loved my simple meal.

Sometimes the simple things really are the best!  What are your simple pleasures?