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December 15th, 2009

Free Content

I’ve never taken advantage of guest posts, or free content articles on this blog.  I write most of what you read here myself, with the exception of canned blog tour posts, and the rare guest spot or interview with an author.

Some bloggers do like to mix things up a bit, or take an editorial approach to blogging – if you’re one, there’s a site you might want to check out that features free home and family articles.  Many of them seemed geared towards home renovations, and decorating – not really my thing, but there are certainly blogs that focus on these areas.

November 10th, 2009

What Do You Want to Read Here?

Hello faithful readers!  I know you’re out there even though you are largely silent (my stats tell me from 230 – 270 unique visitors daily) :).  So to the silent masses, what do you like reading here the most?  As sole writer of this blog I have ultimate control over my content…BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

But seriously…what blend of content turns your crank?  Family photos?  Farm updates?  Book reviews?  Educational DVD reviews? Music reviews? Giveaways?  Children’s books?  Adult fiction and non-fiction books?  Homeschooling reviews?  News from our homeschooling adventures?  Reviews for family-friendly products?

I try to keep things somewhat balanced, though I always feel like I should include more photos, but I have the notion that people prefer adult-oriented reviews, and so I just sprinkle reviews for children’s titles in lightly.  Still… I wonder, most of us are moms, should I be going for a 50/50 blend?

Here’s your chance to weigh in informally, hit me with your best shot!

October 19th, 2009

It’s About the People

A blog is a multi-layered beast; there are the posts, the comments and reader interaction, and then there are the conversationsthat take place by email – the blog serving as a catalyst or introduction.  Requests for book and homeschooling resource recommendations, chatting, prayer requests, calls for advice – they all make bogging seem more real, as though it is touching lives instead of heading out into the world-wide-void.

If you’d like to contact me, please feel free – you can use the form on the Contact page in the top navigation bar, or send me an email to jennifer at quiverfullfamily dot com.  It might take me a little while to get back to you (in cases where I need to pray before responding, or if your email is buried in my inbox!) but I do love to hear from you all!

Thanks for reading!

September 9th, 2009

Blog Getting a Wee Bit ‘O Maintenance

You may have noticed that the blog’s been looking a bit…off lately. Thankfully the originally designer Cathy Tibbles is at work on it tonight! Hang in there and she should be all fixed up in a few days, tops! When Cathy designed this custom blog she was working out of Healing Designs (I have her button in my right sidebar), but now she’s a partner at Desperately Seeking WordPress. I highly recommend her work! Thanks Cathy!

August 13th, 2009

Searching for a Wireless Router

Okay folks, can someone in the know help me out here? We have a laptop and satellite internet. Our laptop is a little Macbook, it’s wireless enabled, but what do I need to buy in order to access the internet from anywhere in my house? I see that Mac sells a little Airport Express thing that looks like it has the right plug in. You just plug it in the wall and then stick your internet cable in? But the description doesn’t exactly say it will give you internet anywhere in the house. It uses the word ‘ethernet’. Umm, I’m SO not tech-savvy, so can someone let me know if this is what I need? Or do I need something else? I’d love to be able to move my laptop to hmm, the bed? the kitchen table? the couch? Our house isn’t very big, but I’d love the flexibility :).

August 4th, 2009

Technical Difficulties

Some of my regular readers may have noticed that not all as it should be here at the Quiverfull Family blog. For some reason when I was re-arranging my sidebar (and adding some affiliate links – if you feel led, please click – thanks for the support!) I goofed up! This is where not being a technical oriented person yet owning a blog leads to problems. I have an email in to my designer, so hopefully, before long the design will be repaired. Thanks for bearing with me during this less than aesthetically pleasing time!

June 10th, 2009

Actually, I AM on Twitter…

…I just don’t have one of those nifty, sidebar, follow me buttons with a birdy on it! Does anyone know where I can nab the code for one of those for free and quickly? In any case – if you are a regular reader here, and we aren’t yet catching each other on twitter, please follow me, and I’d be happy to return the favour. You can find me tweeting here. Looking forward to catching your tweets!

June 10th, 2009

Mr. Linky was having some…issues

…today, and possibly for the past few days.  Our Christian Carders Mr. Linky was dead, but after it was pointed out to me, we’ve been transferred to the new, super-fast, Mr. Linky 2 server!  Woohoo!  All should be well now.  Much thanks to Brad who gave me the heads up.  And please, sweet readers, if you ever notice an error here, I welcome any comments pointing out oopsies and errors :).

May 6th, 2009

Webhosting Questions?

Just a few days one of my younger sisters was asking me about webhosting providers.  I guess I’m the ‘experienced’ go-to-gal in my family, having owned a couple of business websites and now run this blog along with two others in an administrative capacity for immediate family members.  I’m always happy to share though, it’s a big domain-hosting-world out there and the scene is constantly shifting with new providers, a stunning array of options, and forever dropping prices.

Ah, okay – I’m back.  I just about lost myself wandering through a new web hosting website I found, it’s amazing. You can sort by your needs, view uptime charts, read customer reviews, pricing etc. Truly, it’s boggling how quickly providers change – seems I’m behind the times and need to catch up!  I just found a webhost for only $1.99/month there, incredible.

If you’re just thinking about getting your own domain and host (something I HIGHLY recommend to any blogger, so much better than blahblah.blogspot.com), the blog at Webhosting Geeks has truly valuable information (not just filler content) from how to choose a domain name to e-commerce and security issues.

Even mommy-bloggers like us should value our time enough to invest in our own hosting and domain names rather than using a pre-existing platform.  It may be free, but in the long run branding yourself for visitors to come back again with an easy url, and the search-engine-optimization benefits are well worth it.  Happy blogging!

February 4th, 2009

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Don’t forget to enter to win Guided By Him by Julie Morris and Sarah Morris Cherry and two other titles by Julie Morris.  Contest closes Friday, February 13th, 2008.  Open internationally.  CONTEST CLOSED – the blog tour contest winner is Gkstrato – thanks to all for entering!

Also, if you’ve emailed me within the past 2 – 3 weeks and haven’t heard back from me, please contact me again – jennifer at quiverfullfamily dot com.  My computer had a meltdown and I lost many emails.

Welcome!

Jennifer. Follower of Yeshua. Wife of one man. Homeschooling mother of 5.