Monday, January 23, 2012

Here I Am!

I've been thinking about this blog and the things I've done well and not so well with over my first year.  Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I feel that I've done a good job sticking with it and posting regular updates.  I also feel that I've also provided a ton of useful information on a variety of specific topics, not all of which would be useful to everyone, but some of which was hopefully useful to you in some way.

What I don't think that I have done super well is engage with my readers and work to develop relationships.  Along those lines, I modified my About Me / This Blog link on the right hand side to make it a bit more personal.  I added a few pictures and some fun/interesting things people might not know about me to help break the ice.

I also added a link to the Facebook page for this blog on the right hand side, just below my About Me / This Blog link.  I'd appreciate it if you would click the Like button, as I'd like to start interacting over there and will add some links and interesting content not available on my Blog to make it worth your while. 

If you have a Blog or Website that you think I would be interested in, please let me know and I'd be glad to check it out and add it to my Blogroll and I'd appreciate it if you would do the same for my Blog.  I also plan to try and network a bit more and will highlight those site I come across that I think you'll enjoy. 

I will also probably be tweaking things and adding other things that I think will make the site better overall.  Blogger actually added threaded comments a few weeks ago which is great, but unfortunately due to customizations I've done to my HTML, it is not enabled on my blog automatically.  I've found a few ways to get it working, but all of them would cause me to lose what I've customized, so I'm waiting for a better option there, but I think that could help.  I may also look into migrating my Blog over to my hosting account and converting it to WordPress so that I would have more options as well.

I also signed up for Google Apps, which is free for up to 10 users and what I'm using it for is to have  So my new email for this site will be chris "at"  I think that is a little more personal than thepathtoriches "at", so please utilize the new address when sending emails related to this site.   I'll put that at the bottom of my About Me / This Blog page as well.

In addition, I plan to try a few giveaways.  I have emails out to a few companies trying to talk them into giving me a few licenses for some great products.  So stay tuned for new stuff ahead and be sure to subscribe via email to get the latest updates via the Feedburner box in the right hand column. 

By the way, I just realized after all this time that if you leave a comment below and want to get a notification of any comments after yours, all you have to do is hit the 'subscribe by email link' right under the comment.  That does not add you to my email list or anything like that, it just sends you an email if anyone else comments after you.  I always respond to comments and try to include useful info as a follow-up, so just wanted to pass that along.  I usually post a comment and then email the original poster if I know their email with the response, but this makes things much easier.    

Thanks for being a loyal reader and I'm very glad you're here!   I especially appreciate the comments and emails, keep them coming.  It only takes a few seconds and you can feel good knowing you made a difference in my day and hopefully I've done the same for you.  I'd like to make this a more engaging experience and if you have any suggestions, please let me know!


Jen S said...

I agree you need more photos! As for Wordpress, I use that and I'm not sure I like it. I'm tech- challenged and get frustrated that I can't have a blog roll on the side of the page like you Blogspot folks. Since Blogspot is more popular, it seems like there is a better community of folks to follow there and it makes it easier to network.

Chris said...

Thanks for the info, more pictures is a great idea as well. I do like a lot of things about Blogger and agree that it is easier for non-techies. What I don't like is that to get certain customizations a lot of the time you have to modify the behind the scenes HTML manually instead of just installing a new plugin on WP. But they are coming around with some Blogger updates, so maybe I'll stick with them for this site and just use WP for my niche site ideas. By the way, you can add a Blogroll to your WP site:

Jen said...

Love the about us page, very funny stuff. I also "like" you on facebook! Very nice.

Chris said...

Great, thanks!

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