Blog Visitors, Readers, Commenters and Subscribers

As a blogger, one thing you probably have noticed is the difference in numbers between the people who visit your blog, participate on your blog and actually subscribe to your blog. If you consider commenters and subscribers as "converted hits" on your blog, then you may find the conversion rate extremely frustrating. Visitors vs. Readers First off, how do you know if you … [Read more...]

Meet Our New Kitten Natasha

Last weekend, while my hubby and I were out doing some shopping for our furry friends at Petsmart, we met found something we were not expecting. Petsmart has an adoption center for cats and dogs that need a good home. He called me over to look at one particular kitten. She has a huge resemblance to our Merlin that we lost last month. So much so that I burst into tears when … [Read more...]

31 Days to Build a Better Blog


As most bloggers know, Darren Rowse of is a great authority on blogging. Back in April, he ran a 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge, where bloggers signed up and received an assignment everyday for 31 days on ways to improve their blogging. At the time, I was preparing for my wedding and honeymoon, so I didn't get a chance to do every task. But a few … [Read more...]

WordPress Thesis Theme Customization Part Three B: Posts & Social Bookmarking

When browsing other WordPress blogs with awesome themes, I always find myself wondering how someone handled a particular aspect of the layout or functionality. This is especially true with the Thesis Theme, because of the difference in setup due to the Thesis hooks system. So for anyone browsing Kikolani, I wanted to answer the question of “how did you do that” in a new … [Read more...]

Akismet, Spam Filters and Comment Moderation


from Flickr A few weeks ago, I decided to remove the Math Spam Protection from my comments form, and opted to finally give Akismet a try again. I had enabled it a long time ago, when I first began blogging, but found that a lot of good comments were being caught in the spam filter. So I disabled it, and went with the simplest captcha I could find. Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

10 Easy Tips for a Balanced Life


Somerset Landscape by Info Somerset Many people these days are overwhelmed by negativity, lack of motivation, and stress. This is an unhealthy way to live and can create a myriad of problems in your day to day life. It is important to understand that in order to live a balanced life that you be not only physically healthy but mentally healthy too. There are simple steps all … [Read more...]

What is Your Favorite Part of Blogging?


photo by pag asaIn order to have a successful blog, you have to "wear many hats" when it comes to blogging. While some larger blogs have the resources to distribute different aspects of the blogging process to different people, most blogs are run by one individual who is responsible for all of the following. Design Depending on a blogger's need to stand out form the … [Read more...]