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Blogging Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Blogging Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
Southern Illinois produce, farm, CSA, Goat Milk, Soap, Eggs, meat, local food
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Some awards to pass on and some linky love

Teeni awarded me the Honest Scrap Award sometime ago. The idea is that I am supposed to tell you ten honest things about me and then tag seven victims/ friends to do the same on their own blog. So, my 10 honest things are: 1. I have a very tiny tattoo that my little brother gave me one thanksgiving. It is the smallest one in history I think! 2. I've only ever lived in 2 states, Arizona and now Indiana. 3. I am the oldest and have 2 younger brothers. 4. My mom had me, waited 5 years, had my brother, waited 5 more years then had my youngest brother. How is that for perfect spacing? 5. I died my hair green in 6th grade to win a contest. I love contests! 6. N and I...

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Mad-lib birth announcement game & vlog. Join the fun!

Back in the day Teeni was doing these fun story games where each participant would write a few sentences for a story, then when everyone had their chance to contribute she would post the whole story on her blog for us all to enjoy. I participated several times and it really was a hoot. Then back in March I saw another really fun blog post idea written by Meagan Francis that I just knew I would copy, a mad-lib birth announcement. I thought It would be fun to combine the two really great ideas and do a birth announcement here on the blog, mad-lib style but for added fun and reader involvement I want to let you come up with the mad-lib in the same way Teeni did her story game. Now if this...

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New readers/ commentors for the month of January 2009

I am taking this idea from Hotfessional who calls out her new readers/ commenters. I've had quite a few new faces around here and wanted to give them a shout out so the rest of you can swing by and check them out. In January I called for readers to delurk and post at least one comment so I would know they were there. Here are the new faces that emerged. Check them out you may love them! Krystal an old girlfriend from school and a close buddy now from http://www.tapthatmom.blogspot.com/ Tiff writes over @ http://www.mythreeringcircus.com/ Dumdad from http://wwwtheothersideofparis.blogspot.com/ Karia fellow farm birthing mama writes over @ http://thejenkadventure.blogspot.com/ Connie from http://devotedmama.blogspot.com/ Megan an old high school peep blog @ http://altruisticintelligence.blogspot.com/ Jenn @ http://jugglinglife.typepad.com/juggling_life/ El Cartel from http://theverbalninja.com/ While I am giving some linky love I wanted to also call out...

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I wanna go to BlogHer bad!!!

This blog started out as small potatoes and has made great strides in the several years it has been active. I started out with writers ambition and bit of SEO and web marketing knowledge. I wasn't sure what I had to offer the internetz but I knew I wanted to give blogging a try so I dove right in. Now here I am with more readers, subscribers and more confidence to share what is relevant to me. Sure I'll still blog about domestic craziness or about poo when the mood strikes me but I've also written informative posts that have gained much clout on the search engines. It took several years to get here and I've still got some growing to do as a blogger which is why I am itching...

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I can't sit idle, I am always working on something…

Just finished a ton of work on this blog! Some of you may remember my affiliation with PayPerPost back in the day. The idea was to try out sponsored blog post writing, you know to make money off the blog and my writing efforts. It went well for a while. I made a few hundred dollars during the year and it did pay some of the bills but I learned that my affiliation with them would impact my google page rank. See how I have no page rank as of the date I wrote this post? I did research on paid posts, page rank, learned stuff, formed my opinions and decided to try sticking it out with PayPerPost since they seemed like they were working to bring in advertisers who weren't looking...

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Blogging the real me to make you (and me) feel better.

While I was going through my feed reader last week I had a revelation (thanks to a post I'll mention later) that could possibly warrant the changing of my tag line on this very blog. Anyone who has been blogging for a long time knows that when our lives change often times so does the focus of our blogs. I know many bloggers who have been through this or are currently going through this right now (like her, her, her - awe hell the list could go on forever so I can't possibly list all of you!). This very blog has been through some of it's own transformations in the 4 years I have been writing here. Back in the day the whole point of starting this blog was for marketing my...

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A look at search terms

Lots of my blogger buddies take a look at humorous search terms on their blog and make a post about them every now and then. For some reason despite my blogging about poo and other odd things I NEVER get any funny search terms and it is a real bummer for me! I have lots of really great posts that regularly rack in the views but no funny search terms *tear*...

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You can win goodies just for commenting on this blog!

That Is right, I just joined the CommentLuv contest bandwagon and am now a registered site for the CommentLuv contest! This means if you are reading my blog and you leave relevant (non-spammy) comments you have a chance to win! I'll delete any spam comments and Andy Baily says you'll be banned from the contest for spamming so don't try it okay? The contest page FAQ says that when someone leaves a "comment on your blog and if they're a winner, their last blog post will come back as a prize notification." So that means when you comment you'll usually see something like this: If you win instead of seeing the title of the post from your own blog, you'll see a notification that you are a winner. All you have to...

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Sharing the love!

Ah, I am home again and back to my regular blogging. We are still waiting on the 2nd offer from Evansville, they are supposed to present it today so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to finish up this post that brags about and awards a little love! Last week Teeni shared some award love with me! I was given the "I love you this much" award and I am just stoked that Teeni loves me and my wide range of interests! Over on her blog she said: Talina - This girl is one always into something. A contest, a dance routine, making a commercial, you just never know. But amidst it all, she makes time to visit and comment and encourage and teach. With a wisdom beyond her years, she...

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Bloggy Giveaway- Mesage in a bottle gift

Okay, I was tempted to host my own giveaway after entering Witchypoo's giveaway. So here I go joining the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival! This giveaway will run for one week from today closing on May 3rd, 2008 for US residents. To enter just leave a comment below that tells us why you should win an adorable and heartwarming mini message in a bottle gift. The most worthy comment will win the giveaway so pour your heart into describing who you would send the gift to. Oh and don't forget to subscribe to my feed! The message in a bottle gift is for sale on my gift site as a Custom Gifts by Talina exclusive and is a great way to send a special, sentimental message to a loved one. Reaching out and...

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Blog themes are like new outfits!

Yeah, I went there! But seriously that is how I feel.. Changing the look and feel of my blog is fun and keeps things exciting for me.. Sure it can be a headache getting everything just right but once it is done waves of satisfaction and excitement fill me and I am HAPPY! So, I sifted through a ton of themes over the last few days and ended up choosing to change to the Bluebird theme by Randa Clay because it is a clean, colorful and fun theme that has 2 sidebars (that are widget ready), lots of room to display multiple pages at the top and it had a cheery little blue bird! You know I got to see a blue bird for the first time in my life this year,...

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Brace yourselves, a new look is on the way.

Since I am pulling my hair out with techie stuff right now anyway I figured I should just take care of my blog at the same time. I get bored easily so I want to have all my sidebar crap in widgets that I can arrange easily and that wont be lost when I change from one theme to another.. In a dream world right? So, bear with me some things may display wacky while I am working but once I get my Preview Theme Plugin working you wont have to see the strange looking changes till they are ready to go live! (Preview Theme never did work for me so I moved on.) I got theme test drive working beautifully so you probaly wont see any strange glitches or funky stuff...

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Unable to insert an image after your WordPress 2.5 upgrade?

I upgraded 3 blogs to wordpress 2.5 today. One of the blogs is having image insertion issues. I found a post called 2.5 Image/Media Uploader problems over at the wordpress support site that talks about the potential fixes for the issue. Things like browser cache, type of browser, old versions of adobe flash player, the Bad Behavior plugin and mod_security are said to be possible causes of this problem. I went through each and every one of their "things to try" and nothing fixed the issue for my client. Essentially she can upload images via the "add media" button but this error displays: When she goes to view the "gallery" that clearly shows that is has photos in it this is what happens: Here is what the "media library" look like: Here is what...

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Been a busy gal!

Today I have updated 3 Wordpress blogs with the newest (as of today) version of Wordpress: 2.5. The administration panel is crazy differnt from previous versions so that is taking me some getting used to. All in all it seems like they added lots of cool features. Interestingly enough out of the 3 blogs I upgraded to Wordpress 2.5 one of them is having issues adding images to the blog posts now. I did all 3 upgrades from the same computer and have troubleshooted the image adding issue on the same computer so I suspect it is a database issue or perhaps a server compatibility issue. If you are having this issue I am creating a separate post about it that you can read for more info. The post is called:...

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The Archive Meme- steal this!

Teeni just did this meme (a meme is basically a blog post idea that gets passed among bloggers), she was tagged by Paige at Eat, Bitch, & Whine. I thought it sounded like a fun one to do, it allows blog owners to refer readers to some of their notable/ relevant posts that offer insight into who they are. It also allows blog readers to lean about the blog owners without having to search out the information. Here is the premise of this meme: 1. Go through your archives and link to five of your favorite posts that you have written. Link one must be a post about family. Link two must be a post about friends. Link three must be a post about yourself. Link four must be a post about something you...

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A free domain name?

Register.com sent me and unsolicited email about free domain registeration that they are giving away till 3/25/08. I thought it looked like an interesting deal so I headed over to the site to read the find print. It is actually free for 1 year from the date of registration (you will need to buy your own hosting plan separate from the domain if you wish to use it), the catch is that they want your credit card information on the account so that when the free year is up they can charge you for a second year and so on. They charge $35.00 for 1 year domain registration!! What a rip off! I actually do not recommend register.com's hosting plans to anyone who wishes to have control over their site/ SEO. I...

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My interview by Janelle

I participated in the citizen of the month great interview experiment and totally forgot to post my own interview questions here. It was fun to interview someone and to be interviewed. Janelle over at junk food for the soul interviewed me and thankfully she asked about my interview and reminded me to post it! I totally forgot...

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Blog marketing idea- blogger business cards

I just found a great deal for bloggers who wish to market their blogs outside the realm of the internet. You can get 100 FREE business cards, you just pay the shipping cost! These blogger business cards are a great way to market your blog in the "real world"! On ooprint.com you can design your blog business card with their user friendly site, the blogger specific templates allow you to list your blogs main keywords & tags on the business card along with your preferred contact info. If you are looking for ways to grow your blogs readership real world marketing through blogger business cards is a great idea that you may want to look in to!...

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