I have never thought much about my blog until I lost it, never had tags, categories, etc. This blog has been a little different and I have been working on these little things to help navigation and to just help people find what they are looking for. A couple of things:
Users: I have actually set up two users for this account, one is the admin (Withlovebymushy) and the other is me (Michellefilo). If you click on the name of the user under each post you will get all the posts by that specific user. Why do I have two users? To separate a little my scrapbooking from everything else. So Withlovebymushy has all the scrapbooking/designing related posts, and Michellefilo posts about everything else (family, photos, gaming, personal stuff). It's still just me, so they may overlap a little :)
Categories and Tags: they are on the left hand side and make it easier for you to find pages related to specific topics. The difference is that my categories are set and I don't plan on creating many more. Tags will vary according to the content of each post, so many might be added with time. Some people are going to find it very useful as they come here after something specific. For example, for all freebies, click on freebies, for all my Pencil Lines pages, click on Pencil lines, and so on and so forth.
Sharing: At the end of each post you can see options to e-mail the post, or to post it on your Facebook, Dzone or del.icio.us accounts. If there are any others you would like added just let me know. I am specially happy with the Facebook one :)
Subscription services: On the left navigator I have set up subscription options with a couple of feed tracking services and also an e-mail notification with feedburner. In the future, I might use the e-mails subscribed from feedburner to send a newsletter with news and freebies :)
Gallery: I am working on adding my projects to the Gallery. I have a lot of digital and paper pages already uploaded. Hybrid projects are uploaded but no descriptions yet. The gallery is a little bit messy because it has albums with LOTS of images, like the digital scrapbooking album, but also has little albums with 2 images of a single project. I needed to be able to create sub galleries (like the sets in flickr, but I didn't just say that). So I am not sure if I will continue to update the gallery or just post the photos on the blog posts and hope people are able to find them (let me know what you prefer).
Pages: on the left nav under "interesting stuff" I will have a couple of pages. Well, to start with, there is the page about me and the page with a list of publications where I was published, but everything is a work in progress :)
Lots of links: On the left nav I also have links to most of my creative team friends, blog friends, my online galleries, etc. My blog list is huge but still not one third of the blogs I visit, I just never get around to updating (and pruning) it.
and I am sure I will think of other things to add, but feedback on these features and what you would like to see on the blog would be greatly appreciated!
and ermm... here is a little eye candy because... just because :)
Made with awesome new goodies from the Lilypad March BYOC and yes, the Free Spirit Alpha from CD Muckosky (my 2009 album will have A LOT of pages with this alpha LOL).
I have been feeling a little sick lately, maybe it is a stomach bug, but my (27yo) little brother is here, so that sure is cheering me up! We are playing World of Warcraft every night!!!