Best of Articles from June & Plans for July
June has ended and summer is now in full swing!
Do you have any plans for the summer?
Today, I am sharing a recap of June and share the highlights of what happened last month and what you can expect this upcoming month.
A lot of time last month was spent re-designing the website and switching the blog from wordpress.com to a self-hosted site. It was a lot more work than I anticipated but I am liking the new look and the extra options available on the back-end.
With a self -hosted site, came the idea of looking into what WordPress plugins would be best for me. Later this month, I’ll be posting about how I decided which ones to use and why.
I’ve also created an account on StumbleUpon. If you’re unfamiliar with StumbleUpon, it’s a social media platform that allows users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos that are personalized to their tastes. You can follow me here. An unexpected result was the amount of traffic to my site that was coming from StumbleUpon.
Earlier in June, I had a girls weekend in Red Deer. It was my first 5km obstacle course race. It was both fun and challenging. I was surprised how it nudged me into doing things that I wouldn’t normally do. Sometimes, we need to be pushed out of our comfort zones. My girls were disappointed that they weren’t able to go, so I think we will do the Family Fringe Colour Run this fall.
As I was coming home from Foam Fest, I received some sad news from my dad. My 4 yr old niece was airlifted to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2 hour drive from Lethbridge. She had her bile duct removed when she was one years old. This time, they had to perform emergency surgery on her. A couple of days later, she had another surgery and was kept in ICU. She’s a trooper and a fighter and now out of ICU. She’ll be in the hospital for awhile yet, but it was so nice to see her awake and walking Saturday.
Personally, it’s been a struggle the last fews. At times, it so stressful, but what I love about blogging is the ability to connect with people. Perhaps, for a few minutes, or a few hours, I can escape what’s happening at home. I appreciate all the support from family and friends and my readers.
ECURosie Blog Posts
Over the last couple of days, I have gone back to update a few old blog posts. My Secret Battle with Depression, 5 Reasons Why I Am Not That Mom and 22 Inspirational & Empowering Quotes for Women. Feel free to take a look and read them. As always, I love to read comments!
In other news, I wrote a post about how linky parties can increase traffic to your website. I was so surprised how well it was received. It made my day. It’s been pinned, tweeted, linked, and received a feature post recognition on this weeks The Mommy Monday Blog Hop.
Top 5 Posts for June
A Strong Woman is a Powerful Woman – 53 Views
Girls Play Sports. Deal with It. – 37 Views
#ShareYourBlog – 8 Views
Top 5 Posts with the Most Comments
How to use Link Parties to Increase Your Blog Traffic – 34 Comments
11 Places to Find High-Resolution Photos for Bloggers – 11 Comments
Get To Know Me! 21 Questions Tag – 8 Comments
Mood Board – Father’s Day Gift Ideas – 5 Comments
Top 10 Referrers to ECURosie
- WordPress Dashboard
- Google search
What’s Coming Up
I have been really fortunate with meeting some fantastic and outstanding bloggers online. Each time, I am learning something new. Months ago, I had mentioned that I would like to do a “Fearless Friday” segment. I ended up taking a long break from blogging so I was never able to get off the ground. Now, that things are a little easier, I would like to try this one again. Check out the link and if it’s something you’d like to participate in, if it is, please contact me!
In July, I will still continue to use StumbleUpon and I’ll report back to you what I think of it. Other blog post ideas are tools that I use to create all my visual images. I use a bunch of different ones and I can’t wait to share with you what they are.
What would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below!
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