Friday, May 1, 2009

Looking Back at April and Looking Forward to May

Wow - it's been a crazy busy month! But I've gotten lots of blogging done - so that makes me happy! 

You may have noticed some changes around here in the last day or two. I added google adsense. Yeah, I know, it looks a little tacky, but a girls gotta do what she can to earn some money where she can! I've been talking forever about changing my blog layout and I hoping to have that done in the next week or two. When I do, there will be a three column format and hopefully that will make everything look a little bit neater. 

Another change you'll notice is that my book reviews are now linked to Amazon! Like I said, trying to earn some money when and where I can. So if my review inspires you to go out and get the book, do me a favor and go through my site to Amazon so I can get credit, k? Thanks!

Starting with all comments left TODAY I'm going to be keeping track of commentators and how many comments they leave. At the end of each month I'll announce my top commentator! There WILL be a prize, although I haven't decided exactly what yet. Sorry, just decided to do this yesterday. I have ideas bouncing around my head, but nothing is firm yet!

Looking back, I was able to publish Aria's Quest weekly all month, which makes me happy! Here are this months additions to her story:

(See, there's one of those Amazon links I was telling you about)

I did a bunch of book reviews this month! I think this is the most I've done in one month so far >_> Yes, I'm probably insane. Especially if I showed you my file of written but not yet posted reviews, and I have two books read that I haven't written the reviews for... And did I mention I just picked up 6 books at the library this morning?

I'm pleased with how much blogging I've gotten done this month, and I think that I've seen some improvement in my writing over that time. Not much, but a little bit. I think the steady writing is good for me. Now I really want to work on flexing my fiction muscles. I have a really busy day today and tomorrow, but starting this next week I'm going to try to spend 1/2 hr a day working on fiction. Some of that will be spent in developing Aria's Quest, but I want to start working on my book again, and maybe exploring some of the other crazy ideas that have wandered through my head recently! We'll see how succesful I am :) 


BeadedTail said...

So busy, so many changes but all seems to be for the good! Looking forward to seeing your new layout and all the other changes you have in store!

Splendid Little Stars said...

please explain: If I click on your button above to get to Amazon, and buy what--only the book you are recommending or any book-then you will get credit?

Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

I believe I only get credit for the book I recommended. However, if you know your going to be purchasing specific books I can probably get you links for them so I can get you credit - great question!

Unknown said...

I agree with you on the adsence. I have it too it looks a little out of place. But now adays every little bit helps

Unknown said...

Hey it's me again. Just stopped over to answer the question you left and thanks for stopping by :D

Have I been paid yet no. The lowest payout is $100 and I'm up to $35. I've had people say lets to click swaps but I tell them no it's against the rules. I see the ads as a service (hopefully) If some stops by and if they want more information or see an advertisement that interests them then they'll click and find what they need. At least thats the way I see it :D.

I'll just keep enjoying blogging and see where it take me :D

Izzy Daniels said...

All very good ideas, and I like the fact that you will be changing layout, as the 2 column doesn't really get the job done.

Two ideas for you. Try adding CMF ads, I put it up and already sold one spot on my blog. and secon, try adding your short stories to triond, and then linking them back to your blog. I made over a buck doing this with my stuff last month

Memories for Life said...

More blogging means you're healthy...we like to hear this!!!
Good for you for adding things that make money...a smart choice :)