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Here we go…

In Blogging on November 14, 2007 at 1:10 am

I’ve started the makeover process now, and have uploaded my brand new, fancy template! I hope you like these changes so far!

I know there are loads of links which need to be changed or added, and that most of my previous widgets are gone. In the next few days I’ll tidy things up a bit and soon everything will look and act better than it ever did before!

If you’re looking for a new template for your own Blogger blo, why not check out the selection I created over at Blogger Buster? There are various templates available to suit almost all tastes and preferences, or you could even search through the archives to find a tutorial to help you customize your own…

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It’s been a while…

In Blogging on August 10, 2007 at 6:33 pm

It’s been such a long time since I last updated this blog… Of course, I know I should have updated sooner, to let my few readers know about my lengthy absence from this blog. But what with one thing and another, I simply didn’t have the time or the inclination to do so….

Yes, I’m a terrible mommy blogger! I know this and from now on vow to keep this blog updated, as I should have done all along.

In fact, I have a few bright and wonderful ideas in mind for the (soon-to-be-newly-revamped) Glamumous blog!

So keep your eyes peeled. You could be in for a pleasant surprise!

Introducing Blogger Buster

In Blogging, custom blogger on June 24, 2007 at 5:32 pm

I love blogging, and since I’ve been asked so many questions about the customisations I made to this blog, I decided to start another: Blogger Buster!

My new blog is solely about blogging, featuring posts about customisations, domains, SEO, widgets and loads of other blogging inspired posts. I’m no expert at blogging, but I do like to help others out when I can, so my posts are about things that I’ve tried and successfully accomplished myself.

You can see my new blog here:

Please let me know what you think, or if there’s a specific blogging question you’d like me to try and answer in a post!

My Blogging Story!

In Blogging, me time on June 21, 2007 at 11:25 pm

Chili over at Don’t Try This At Home, has passed out an invitation to all bloggers to write their own blogging story. And lately, blogging is something I love to talk about at every opportunity, so I just couldn’t resist writing my own! The story is based on a series of questions about how you began blogging, your motivations and readership. Once you’ve read this, why not hop on over to read Chili’s post and see what others have to say too? I’ve found some really great reads from her Mr. Linky…

Anyway, here is my own blogging story:

How did you start blogging?

I “discovered” blogging a little over three years ago, when researching material for a creative writing project. It was Blogger’s caption: “Push button publishing” which inspired me to read more. Then I realised that I could actually write for the web, that anyone could (and perhaps would) read what I wrote. And comment on it. And link back to me! In effect, discovering Blogger was like opening a can of worms: I immediately became addicted, started my account, and created my first blog: The Urban Kunoichi.

After a little while, I realised there was much more to blogging than a Blogspot could (then) currently offer, and so I migrated over to WordPress, and bought my own domain. Now, of course, Blogger is a much better blog hosting company, which is why my two new blogs are hosted over here. More about that later…

Did you intend to be a blog w/a big following? If so, how did you go about it?

To answer this, I’d have to say that I hoped to be a blog with a reasonable following, but in no way expected that I would be. In fact it took quite a long time to get a regular readership, and even now, my oldest blog doesn’t have too many subscribers, though it does receive quite a few hits from search engines.

In regard to my two newer blogs: Glamumous! and Blogger Buster, then the answer is “yes”: I did set up these blogs to attract a readership. These days I know a little more about blogging, web design, SEO and such, so I’ve implemented some tactics such as joining blogging communities, posting daily, and giving a lot of link love to other blogs I admire.

I want to write posts that people want to read! This is especially true of my Blogger Buster blog, which is all about blogging, and my way of sharing the knowledge in this subject with others who might need it. I love to help others out, and blogging is my favorite hobby!

What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?

My goals for my old blog were simply to write on subjects I enjoyed writing about, and to have my posts read. I think I achieved this to the extent I was willing to push it at the time.

With Glamumous, my plans were somewhat different: this blog is more personal: it’s about being a wife and mother, keeping house and family and staying sane. As well as attracting a readership, I wanted to have an outlet for my feelings at a time when I was feeling somewhat confused about what I wanted from life. Although I’ll never talk in my blog about those issues which concerned me as I started to write, I do honestly feel that writing Glamumous has helped me feel better about myself and change the things that needed it.

Blogger Buster can be seen as an offshoot of Glamumous: after a few of my Custom Blogger posts attracted some attention, I began to realise that writing a blog about blogging would be a great way to attract a readership, and a way to help others by sharing information about the tips and tricks which have helped me. Blogger Buster is a very new blog, and only time will tell if I am successful at achieving my goals!

Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?

The answer above may well answer most of that question! But there is one more thing I may as well add. A few weeks ago, I discovered Dooce (you know, the blogger who became infamous when she was sacked for blogging about her colleagues?), and something I read in her “about” section really caught my attention: her blog generates enough from advertising to support her and her family! They don’t have to go out to work, and can still pay all the bills, keep a beautiful house, maintain a car and probably go on holiday too!

I know it’s about as likely that I’ll ever be able to do that as winning the lottery! Yet it gave me hope that if my blogs become popular, my ads may pay off a little bit so I might be able to afford the odd weekend away, or a pair of shoes I don’t actually need!

In the meantime, I know I’ll need to put in a lot of hard work!

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?

Put lots of link love out there; read other people’s blog’s regularly and comment on them; write for your readers if you want them to come back. And if you ever plan on having a custom domain for your blog, do it early on! Otherwise you’ll have to try and let all your readers/blog rings/directories/etc know your new blog address, and it can be a real drag!

Do you make money with your blog?

At the moment, I make pocket change from the Google ads on my oldest blog (just about enough to cover the hosting fees!), but as yet I haven’t made anything from Glamumous and Blogger Buster. I would like to though, and have already put the ads in place because I wouldn’t want them to “suddenly” appear!

I do try to make the ads relevant to my readers though! On Glamumous, you’ll find more affiliate links, since the Google ones didn’t match up to my expectations (probably because it’s still so new!), and I’m still working on those at Blogger Buster. After all the hard work and effort I put into my blogs, I don’t think it’s a sell out to include ads; if they even pay enough to cover their domain registrations and a Starbucks coffee every now and again, I’ll be a very happy bunny!

Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?

Hmm, tricky question. My sister and Dad know about my blog and sometimes read it. Hubby Dearest knows I run websites (as he explains it), but doesn’t really know much about blogs or blogging. He doesn’t seem particularly interested in reading it, probably because he doesn’t spend a fraction of the time online that I do! One thing I ensure each time I post is that no-one (including myself) would ever be offended or troubled by what I write, either now or at any time in the future.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any friends or family who blog (though I am still trying to remedy this!). I would like people I know to be more interested in blogs, especially mine of course, but it seems that “blogging” isn’t yet a growing trend in my social circles.

What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?

  1. Write about the things you enjoy writing about, be it your family, your favorite hobby or your latest business venture! If you enjoy your subject, you are much more likely to stick at it, write better posts and attract a readership through your passionate writing!
  2. Don’t expect to be a success straight away! For a blog to become popular, it needs lots of hard work, time and effort before a readership will arrive! Don’t be put off if it takes months or even longer for your blog to attract subscribers! It took me a long time and many mistakes to realise this.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blogging story. If you want to join in with the carnival and write your own, head over to Chili’s blog to read more about it, and submit your post to her Mr. Linky!

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A blog widget for Mums to be!

In Blogging, custom blogger, freebies, kids on June 19, 2007 at 12:24 pm

I found this gorgeous little widget at WidgetBox.com which I just had to share with you:

The countdown on this one isn’t for me, but shows the due date for my friend who’s recently discovered she’s expecting after a long period of infidelity. I just know she’ll love it when she sees it!

To get your own free baby countdown timer which is fully customisable, visit this link:

http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/baby-ticker

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Mommy Bloggers are taking over the world…

In Blogging on May 16, 2007 at 10:15 am

Though I’ve blogged extensively for over two years now, I’m a relative savvy to the mommy blogger community! It was actually only a few weeks ago that i read my first “Mommy Blog” and thought: hey, this is what I really want to do. I certainly didn’t realise how big this community was…

There are some really great mommy blogs out there, and quite a few which I now read everyday. Check out my blogroll on the right for some of my favorites. You can find loads of quality mommy blogs at BlogHer.com, and also on the excellent TheMomBlogs.com.

Then there is the site I found today…

Guy Kawasaki’s blog, How to Change the World, was certainly not a blog where I would have expected to find a comprehensive list of great Mommy Blogs to peruse. I’ve certainly come across his blog before while working on my other site. But thankfully he’s addressed the issue of men blogging about the world of women:

There is a contingent of readers of my blog who do not like when I write about blogs/blogging/bloggers. I’d guess there’s also a contingent who do not like when I write about non-business, non-tech, non-male subjects. To these readers, I say in advance: “You can never support a mom, much less a mommy blogger, too much, so deal with it.”

Great words, Guy! Thanks for supporting the mums of the blogging world!

You can read his full list of Mommy Blogs on this post. I’m off to check out some more…

The Carnival of SAHMs (Stay at Home Mums)

In Blogging on May 15, 2007 at 11:25 pm

Summer’s blog, Wired for Noise features a great regular feature called The Carnival of Sahms. Here you can read some great blog posts about SAHMs (stay at home mums) and the issues which concern us.

This month, the carnival features a post from here at Glamumous! Be sure to check out Summer’s blog for some great posts and articles (Thanks for the add, Summer!)

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Calling all UK "Mommy Bloggers"!

In Blogging on May 10, 2007 at 10:24 am

To me, it seems as though blogging hasn’t taken off in the UK as much as elsewhere in the world. I’d love to read more Mommy Blogs by mums who are based in the UK, perhaps share stories and links.

So if you’re a mommy blogging from our small islands, please get in touch! Leave your comments or send me an email: I’d love to read more about you!

Great, I can post by cameraphone!

In Blogging, custom blogger, kids on May 7, 2007 at 8:11 pm


Great, I can post by cameraphone!
Originally uploaded by
AmandaFaz.

Here’s a picture of my little princess, my first post by camera phone! Thankfully, blogging by phone isn’t limited to those who live in the US! Using a flickr account you can post images straight to your Blogger blog. Thanks flickr!

To learn how to blog by cameraphone using Flickr, read this page, focusing on the “Do you have a cameraphone?” and “Do you blog?” sections.

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Adding social bookmark buttons to my Blogger templates

In Blogging, custom blogger on April 25, 2007 at 2:06 pm


Of course I want to promote my blog! Who doesn’t? Well, after reading Seth’s guide to increasing blog traffic, I realised that “social bookmarking” is one way to help me gain more readers.

Adding links in the sidebar of my Blogger blog was simple enough, but I also wanted to have a bookmarklet link at the end of every post, and had many troubles finding a good solution for this.

Eventually (after much trial and error!), I found this site which has a nifty button generator and easy installation instructions for inserting the correct code into your blog template. As you can see, I now have a button at the end of my posts which links to most social-bookmarking sites, so you readers can add my posts to your favorite sites.

If you like my posts, that is…

Fancy doing this to your own blog posts? Then visit Add This! and create your own button. Then edit the HTML in your template (be sure to tick the “expand widget templates” box) and add the appropriate code below the div class=”‘post-footer'” line. Preview before saving to ensure everything looks okay.

My advice is to add below the line: p class=”‘post-footer-line” as it makes things look a little neater overall! Simple, eh?

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