November 23, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday


I have started to truncate my posts (not in the reader though - just on my blog).  That means there's a teaser and then you have to click "read more" to read the whole thing.  Why?  It's not to tick you off.  I promise.  In fact, there are a few advantages.  I've had people find something from my blog on Pinterest, but when they try the link it only links to my blog rather than the actual tutorial.  People are pinning the blog and not the tutorials.....a lot.  (And, frankly Pinterest is what currently brings me the most new traffic.) 

I had someone tell me she spent an hour trying to find the right tutorial and she couldn't.  That's frustrating.  So, by truncating I can make sure you're pinning the right spot.  It also makes it easier to go back through older posts because you don't have to scroll through all the full posts to find what you need. I'm really sorry if any of you don't like the change, but it's just one more click and it equals a lot more organization for me.  I'm also working on organizing the tutorial page.  That one's going to be a beast.

The CHRISTmas series isn't over, but I didn't want to skip Wake Up Wednesday today.  Last week's challenge was to make a list of 50 things you are thankful for.  I made my list early one morning.  It was a really nice way to start the day.  While the list might not be super exciting to read (and some of it feels kind of personal), I thought I'd post it here for record-keeping sake (and because one of you asked).  So here are 50 things I'm thankful for - in no particular order.

1.  A supportive husband
2. My boys and their different personalities
3. Getting to serve a mission
4.   This gorgeous home
5.   A blog with kind, thoughtful readers
6.   My testimony of Christ
7.  Second chances
8.  Paper and pencils
9.  Dessert
10.  Seasons
11.  Books and the ability to read
12.  My sisters
13. Having my parents live close
14. My  Sleeper Pajamas
15.  Living near the mountains
16.  My camera
17.  My computer
18.  My calling at church
19.  The spirit and feeling guided
20.  Heat and AC
21.  Hot showers
22.  Health
23. The piano
24.  Music and dancing
25.  Dates with my husband
26.  Awesome in-laws
27.  Freedom
28.  The chance to learn new things
29.  The ability to teach
30.  Teeth
31.  Laughing
32.  Rex’s drawings
33.  My sewing machine
34.  A room to create
35.  Sunshine
36.  Christ’s Atonement and trying to understand it
37.  A car
38.  Phones and modern communication
39.  Fabric
40.  Eating out
41.  Family photos
42.  Light and electricity
43.  Time to myself
44.  Washer and dryer
45.  Dishwasher
46.  Saturdays
47.  Snuggles
48.  Conversation
49.  Ability to sing
50.  Trust from my children

   Next week's challenge is to write a goal for the New Year.  It's coming quickly!  I can't believe how fast this year has passed!  It almost scares me.  I love evaluating the past year and seeing what I'd like to conquer the next year.  Next week will be the Super Heroes of Service report, so you have two weeks for this challenge.

Thanks for being here.  If you made a thankful list I'd love to hear about it.  See you tomorrow!


The Olsen Family said...

Hey Cheri! I wrote a thankful list too!

Happy THANKSgiving! :)

drea :: dre of white stables said...

honestly, i don't usually read blogs that truncate their posts...but the difference is your attitude about it. you're so sweet and convey things well over your it isn't frustrating to have to click over. i don't mind it at all. just thought i'd share that. ;)

i have made a thankful list, too. the lord really did an amazing thing for us this last week, so there is a short-ish story about that before my list...

mich said...

I don't usually comment, but I had to thank you for sharing your thankful list. It reminded me how grateful I am for so many of those things too.

Sheila said...

I appreciate your post and being up-front about truncating. As a working mom, I read everything via a reader, and just finally had to make a rule for myself that I only subscribe to full-post feeds. But you have to do what is best for you and your blog, and you definitely have excellent reasons for your choice and I do not blame you at all. I wish you the best and I have enjoyed reading!

Diana said...

I never mind having to click 'read more' on blogs simply because I don't read them through my reader... but man, sometimes people can get REALLY upset about it (I remember the drama that happened on another blog I read when she made the switch...)

Anyways, good for you. The more and more people on Pinterest, the more I'm finding pins that don't link anywhere, or link to a search page or just the blog in general. Drives me nuts! Hopefully this will help a bit.

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I wrote my list yesterday and posted it. My day was turning yucky, but after writing, it turned the day around! Thanks for the challenge.

Tiffany said...

I am working on 40 things I'm thankful for, you read my mind! And pinterest, oh pinterest, I have to give myself a time limit there. Whoa momma.

Madame_izab0u said...

Remember there are also those who always prefer truncated posts like I do! So I'm really enjoying the change!

Lauren said...

I didn't know there was a special name for the "read more" button. I like it because its like a mini surprise after you click it to see the pictures or writing you've posted. I read your blog everyday and always get excited to see what you've posted.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Jules said...

Yes, that's one of my pet peeves about Pinterest. I'm constantly using my google image search app installed on my computer. I first right click on the photo and see my choices in google come up and to narrow it down I then type in say, your site, to find the tutorial. I then go back to Pinterest and edit my repin to show the correct URL. So I get why you are doing this :) Also, I love when blogs have tutorial pages like lists or gallery pages of tutorials.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I'm feeling really old right this minute! I have finally just started to understand blogging and now with the interest in pinterest I have something knew to learn. I get alot of hits from there now too, but I have no idea what you are talking about. My frustration isn't with you :) I will surely click one more button to see what you are up to, just frustrated because I don't know how all this works or how to fix it for my blog. I think I'm a little blogged burned out, so that makes me easily frustrated. Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving to your beautiful family! You remind us all that we do have so very much to be thankful for!

Karie @ The HoB said...

What a great solution to the pinning the blog not the post on pinterest! I try very hard to make sure when I pin I have clicked the post to make sure the I am pinning the post and not just blog. It can be frustrating to see an amazing idea and then click over and can't find it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Elizabeth said...

I guess I never realized that one more click was such a big deal or maybe I adjust to change well because either way is okay. Anyways, great list of things to be thankful for. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your great list, Cheri! I didn't post a list of 50 things on my blog, so I didn't really attend to the challenge, but I thought you might like this link too:

I said "thank you" to some very special people in my life!

With love from Austria, Claudia

K Blue said...

Thank you for sharing your list! I usually try to make a list for myself, but I think this is the first year that I've written out 50 things. :) Thank YOU for being so inspiring and lovely. Happy Thanksgiving!

Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories said...

Thanks for the challenge to write out 50 things! It made me think about things.

jBrink said...

Oh yea! I get frustrated finding something cute on pintrest & then not being able to find the link to the original. :)

jodie noted said...

I was so happy to see your list. You had some very good things listed that I hadn't thought about before, like trust from your children. What a wonderful thing to recognize! Thanks for sharing.

And thanks for your kind comment on my blog!


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