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So You Want to Blog? – Part IV: Content

So You Want to Blog? – Part IV: Content

I’m running out of ideas for our blogging series.  So far we’ve covered getting started, layout and SEO.  Today I’m taking a stab at the most important, but also the most personal part of blogging – your content. A blog’s content is what makes it unique, and I’m certainly never going to tell someone what they should or shouldn’t blog about. That is your decision as a writer and content creator.  I mean… think about all the different blogs you…

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So You Want to Blog? – Part III: SEO

So You Want to Blog? – Part III: SEO

I’m trying to do this blogging series in the order that a new blogger would have to consider.  Part I was about getting started and choosing a blogging platform.  Part II was all about layout, but today’s Part III is unique in it’s something that both new bloggers should think about before they start and current bloggers can benefit from. SEO stands for search engine optimization, otherwise known as how high your blog ranks on Google.  If you do not care about…

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So You Want to Blog? – Part II: Layout

So You Want to Blog? – Part II: Layout

In this blogging series, I’m sharing my knowledge as best I can about the world of equestrian blogging.  Last week, we talked about the reasons to blog and picking a blogging platform.  This week we’re going to tackle my favorite part of blog design – layout! This is an area where I have a little bit more professional knowledge than some others.  My professional career started out with web design, and I do a lot of UI layout these days….

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Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now

This is going to be one of those topics where the comments are more interesting than the post, at least that’s my prediction. Carly from Poor Woman Showing wrote a post this week that made me do a fist pump.  If you haven’t read it, you should.  Basically it’s a “don’t tell me how to live my life yo” post, which I can certainly appreciate as a person who has been told how to live her life through blog feedback….

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So You Want to Blog? – Part I: Getting Started

So You Want to Blog? – Part I: Getting Started

I often get asked how someone goes about starting a blog of their own.  While I am always happy to answer questions via e-mail and Facebook, I figured this would make a decent blog series. Though I’m not blog ruler of the universe, I have been blogging since 2001 although thankfully this teenage high school blog is long gone from the internet.  I also manage our corporate blog and do a lot of online marketing stuff at work, so the people…

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Horse Bloggers Weekend Was A Blast!

Horse Bloggers Weekend Was A Blast!

When Jen and I originally talked schedule for the bloggers weekend, we ended up with February because horse showing really starts full force here in March.  She warned me that Texas winter can be unpredictable in February, and I said something like “Lolz u crazy this is Texas it’ll be 60.” Therefore, we had freezing rain for Friday & Saturday.  That was lucky though… Dallas had 4″ of snow which left poor Andrea snowed in.  Even with the freezing weather,…

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Horse Bloggers Weekend is Here!

Horse Bloggers Weekend is Here!

It’s here!  It’s here!  I’m taking a half day at work today, and then commencing fun (and cooking) for tonight’s festivities.  So excited to meet some new bloggers face to face, and overall have a fun weekend geeking out with horse friends. I may or may not have bought My Little Pony napkins. If you weren’t able to make it, know that you are missed.  I hope this can become a yearly thing and perhaps be hosted by different people,…

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Do you filter your blog?

Do you filter your blog?

Last week, I shared a quick little story about Simon from a jumper lesson because my queue of pre-written blog posts (like this post today, ha) had been emptied.  Jen commented that she liked the non-filtered stories about me and my horse, which made me ponder. How much do I filter on here? Honestly, the answer is a lot. When I originally started SMTT, I wanted to be anonymous.  That lasted maybe a month… tops.  Then about two years later,…

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Tracy Meets the Nerd Horse

Tracy Meets the Nerd Horse

Aside from running myself over with my car, I did have some great fun this weekend when awesome blogger friend Tracy from Fly On Over came to Austin for vacation!  Now I’m not sure you’re aware, but no trip to the Lone Star state is complete without a visit to nerd horse and yours truly.  Lucky for me, Tracy and her awesome husband agreed to trek outside of Austin for a bit of a horsey adventure. When I finally managed…

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Equestrian Scavenger Hunt

Equestrian Scavenger Hunt

Things are pretty slow here, but the weather is getting dryer so hopefully that means lots of riding in my future!  To beat the slowness, I’ve crafted a little online equestrian challenge that I offer up to you all. I love a good scavenger hunt, and think this will be fun!  Here’s how it works – I have ten items outlined below.  If you want to play, look for a video or image (please link images back to the source…

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TOABH: Wish We Could

TOABH: Wish We Could

My mood has been foul this week for no particular reason.  I could dwell on that, or I could distract myself with an equestrian fantasy in The Owl’s Approve‘s blog hop this week.  I choose option two. Let’s pretend that financial restrictions don’t exist and logistics isn’t a nightmare.  If you could do anything with your Ponykins, what would you do? If I could do anything with Simon, it would be show at WEF for the entire twelve week circuit….

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Horse Bloggers Weekend Confirming Details!

Horse Bloggers Weekend Confirming Details!

Remember last year when Jen and I invited everyone to a bloggers weekend in Austin?  Well, that’s officially happening!  There’s even a date… Friday, February 27th – Sunday, March 1st in Austin, Texas Now, we’re basically two months out so it’s time to really confirm details.  I’d love to get a Facebook group or e-mail list of people who are seriously interested in coming whether you are local and would love to meet up for a day or want to fly…

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