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One of Those Headlines You Can’t Ignore! How’s That for a Smashing Title?

I’ve been digging around on WordPress for the past week or so trying to learn all the ins and outs and how to add this or that to make my site unique. That’s because I want to be featured one day on Freshly Pressed! Who wouldn’t? I want to be one of the elite – the one on the front page – the one that a viewer from out of the blue says, “that girl has some great blog site!” For those of you who do not know what Freshly Pressed is – here is the definition:

Eight new blog posts hand-picked each day to be highlighted in the Freshly Pressed section of WordPress. WOW! Just imagine how many posts are put on WordPress daily. Uggh! Sooo, sooo many!  Now that’s what I will call an accomplishment when mine is picked! Well, I’m working on making that happen. And think how far your blog could go if yours is picked one day too!

I’m following all the criteria and sprucing up my blog – making it easy on the eyes. Don’t get scared – you’re in the right place. That’s why you see a new theme today! I didn’t feel like the old theme really showcased my work and I’ll be honest with you – it takes time to make this happen. There are so many choices and so many decisions to make. You can’t throw  any old theme out there and expect it to work. Trial and error and lots of planning help make the blog site yours. The good thing is that you can always go back and edit and reformat again if it doesn’t come out looking like the final product you envisioned. Remember to get feed back from your family and friends. Most of them will be honest and tell you want they think of your site layout, but remember, you always have the final word. You can make it happen!

Of course my content is unique – unless someone else is in my head writing down my thoughts. There should be a way we could all to do that. You know what I mean – a plug-in of some sort from one persons head to another’s. It is something every woman needs when she failed mind-reading 101 (most of us have and it is nothing to ashamed of) and her husband tends to forget that! I try to write a lot about what has gone on in my life. After all my blog is about a journal of a new author. That’s me – Elle Knowles. Yay! My major accomplishment so far in this new world of writing is Crossing The Line. I finally published in February, 2013.

I’ve never been afraid of my voice and some may think I voice my opinions when I shouldn’t, especially about matters irrelevant to my blog. I will try to keep those opinions to myself! So sorry if everyone doesn’t always agree with me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but there is also a time and a place for it. Speaking of your voice – have you every heard your voice recorded on an answering machine or on your voicemail? I cringe when I hear it! Surely that is not how I really sound!  At least I know I’m not in that boat by myself. It’s not only me. I’ve heard others say the same thing!

Pictures I can paint. Can’t you just see the piles of laundry all over my living room floor from one of my previous blog posts – Writing, Spring Break and Laundry, (Dry Cleaned Fraternity Jersey and All) – It’s Doable!? True story – everything I write on my blog is true. 🙂 I try to write informative articles about what my life is all about. Not everyone is interested in my life I know, but if I can make you interested and get you to read the books I write and follow my blog to see what I am up to next, or what my next venture will be, then I have succeeded in reaching my goal. My sister said she reads my blog to see what’s going on in my life. I guess sometimes I get too busy to inform everyone of everything  – I have a large family. They can treat this blog as a family newsletter of some sort!

I try not to clutter my blog site with unnecessary information and I do try to add relevant tags to my posts. These tags are how your blog site is found when searched with certain terms on the internet and should reflect what your article is about. Also, those hyperlinks! Is that what they are called? None are required, but when I learned how to add those, I was amazed! Watch out friends and family if I mention your name and can find a link to it somewhere – you may have all sorts of traffic on your site, facebook page, twitter, etc. So much fun!

I can’t say too much about typo-free content. That was the subject of another blog post of mine. Lessons Learned! I am a new author and have learned a lot and have a lot more to learn in the future, but typo’s I can handle – just maybe not the first time around! I’m working on it. I try to follow all the rules and get rid of my red/green/blue underlines, but sometimes what you want to say can’t be said without them! Oh gosh, I hope I have fixed all the error’s in this one!

Have I forgotten anything? Now about that headline. Got it!

Elle

Writing, Spring Break and Laundry (Dry Cleaned Fraternity Jersey and All) – It’s All Doable!

Things are finally back to normal at my house – Andrew is back at college, Harry at work, and me – well I am trying to make sense of all the chaos in my life – working at my paying job and trying to write the sequel to Crossing The Line at the same time, and catching up on the birthday gift buying I have to do for all my grandchildren. (That is another long subject!) It’s not easy, but doable. I learned a lot in writing and publishing the first book and this one seems to be going more smoothly. Hopefully I will have a preview of What Line out soon.

Going backward a week or so – Andrew shows up for spring break and even though I am glad to have him home for a few days, the laundry is something else. I guess I made the mistake of encouraging him to bring it (his laundry) all home for me to do when he came in. After all, he was going to be working at the Sperry store in Destin for the week and he did have schoolwork to keep up with. What would any good mother do?

Dumped on my living room floor when I walked in the door was all that dirty laundry! Piles of it! To be accurate there were seventeen towels, three hand towels, two wash cloths, two beach towels – one of which I had never seen before. He probably had to retrieve these from his car when he ran out of clean bath towels. Where did all these towels come from? They weren’t just the ones I had sent him off to Troy with almost two years ago. I hoped I wasn’t doing laundry for somebody else! Mixed up with all the towels were two sets of sheets and pillowcases, one quilt, the comforter from his bed, and two loads of all red clothing. Troy’s colors are silver, black, and cardinal, hence the red. Added to that were  two loads of dark, two loads of lights, and a load of whites. And these weren’t small loads either! He also brought a sport coat and a Phi Boota Roota fraternity jersey to have dry cleaned. I could justify the sport coat, but the jersey? His answer to that was he didn’t want it to shrink or fade. When I checked at the cleaners the cost would be six dollars and eighteen cents for the cleaning of the jersey. I guess I could indulge him this time!

That laundry consumed me and my living room for the entire weekend. It was everywhere, and to top it off, Andrew did not bring home any hangers – and I specifically sent him a text and told him to. I went to the store Monday morning and bought hangers, then hung up all the shirts and t-shirts and the many pairs of khaki pants he can’t seem to ever have enough of – we had to buy two more pairs last week. All the rest was folded and put back into various laundry baskets and ready for him to take back to school when he planned to leave on Thursday. I felt like that was a big accomplishment until he came in from work Tuesday afternoon and made two trips from his car, bringing in with him another pile of laundry from his trunk! It was like the energizer rabbit – it kept going and going and going! 🙂

The weather was still too cold for the beach and the one day it was warm enough Andrew had to work. It was good to have him home though and the three of us had some nice meals out at our favorite places catching up on what was going on in his life. One night we had dinner with him and a good friend of his from high school. I’m glad he feels it’s important to stay connected to those friends. (See the Phone Line is Busy! – posted last week).

I hope I don’t embarrasses him with all I write here – if he even reads it! – but I can see how much he has grown up in the past two years and it makes his dad and me proud to see him being the responsible person he has become and accomplishing the  goals he has set for himself. He even started reading Crossing The Line and took it back to school with him to finish. As I have mentioned before, he’s not a reader and he’s doing that because I asked him too.

Thursday we will be making the trip to Troy, Alabama to attend a performance of the Troy University Symphony Band. We will be taking Andrew his sport coat and his dry cleaned fraternity jersey!

Elle

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