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Winding down on the 30-day blogging challenge

Have you noticed that I have blogged daily for the past 30 days? (actually 31 counting today) It is part of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge led by Cricket Walker.

This challenge was the motivation I needed to make a commitment of posting to my blog regularly. I’ve learned a lot along the way. It’s been fun to do research, plan the photography, etc. I appreciate you stopping by to peek into my life and musings, and I’ve enjoyed hearing from people who have taken time to leave comments, too. In fact, I am having so much fun, rather than winding down, I think I am just now winding up!

One of the things I am finding helpful for keeping organized and motivated is the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin by Stresslimit and Zack Grossbart.

Wordpress Editorial Calendar
Wordpress Editorial Calendar

This calendar is now my command center for managing posts on my blog. After installing and activating the plugin, the calendar is accessible directly from within the WordPress Dashboard under the Posts section. The user interface is intuitive and well-designed, thus working with me rather than against me. The calendar automatically picks up posts that have already been published. New posts can be entered for any future date. Sometimes I just enter a quick working idea as a title placeholder for a date. When I actually start working on the post, I can spiffy up the title, or even drag and drop that post to another date.

I first heard about the Editorial Calendar from Glennete Goodbread, another member of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can check out her blog article here.

Even though I’ve learned a lot, it has made me realize how much more I want to learn and do with my blog. I have set up a test environment to play around with a new template. And maybe some other new features I can bring to my blog for you to enjoy in the future. So please subscribe or come back to visit each day for “taking time to smell the roses”.

p.s. A shout-out to all my fellow Blogging Challenge friends who have been blogging along with me these past 30 days. Here’s to all of us to keep going! Thanks for your support and encouragement.

Musings about Meatless Monday

I’ve been keeping up with the 30 Day Blogging Challenge so far. Have you noticed? It’s been fun and I hope you are enjoying it, too. Besides motivating me to blog daily, I have made new friends and learned lots of interesting things. For example, I had never heard of Meatless Monday until I read about it yesterday on The Organic Geek’s blog.

Since I hardly ever meat anymore, I thought it would hardly be any effort for me to go without meat today (Monday). In fact, the last time I had meat was last Thursday, and that was just a tiny bit of left over chicken in a mostly vegetable Indian stew that I had made up 2 days before. I certainly didn’t want that delicious concoction to go to waste!

So there I was earlier today, checking out the frig for something to eat for lunch. I just realized that I still had some left over French onion soup made earlier last week. And again, I don’t want this to go to waste. But wait, that soup has a beef broth base. Does that count as meat or not, lol?

I do have a totally vegetarian dish planned tonight with fresh mushrooms, curry and other Indian spices. I made this recipe a few weeks ago and it was very tasty. Oh well, I think I’ve mostly kept to the spirit of Meatless Monday. Did you?

30 day blog challenge

Now this looks like a good New Years resolution … Check out the 30 day blog challenge that Cricket Walker is leading. Cricket promises that “We will keep in contact with day encouragement and ideas.”

http://www.facebook.com/cricketwalker

Well, I might be getting in over my head, but I have signed up for this challenge. Since this “Taking Time to Smell the Roses” blog is the place where I sometimes get around to sharing a bit of what is going on in my life, or my random thoughts, or just because … this blog challenge will be my motivation to be more active in actually making the blog posts rather than just thinking about them, lol.

30-day Blogging Challenge
30-day Blogging Challenge