The VBA Blogroll is not up-to-date.
Many worthy blogs are to be found in the comments! Many have not been added to the VBA Blogroll because I am — as the only VBA Administrator — way behind and because I am in the process of submitting my novel to CreateSpace for publishing before June 12th.
The deadline approaches, and I am fast — no, not asleep — at work!
Patience is appreciated.
Blessings! and all the usual pleasantries for your day!
#1 by A Rhythm Runs Through It on April 24, 2012 - 19:59
You rock Carley…Any work you do for the award is good workj so TAKE YOUR TIME! ;-D
#2 by lambskinny on April 24, 2012 - 22:47
#3 by A Rhythm Runs Through It on May 4, 2012 - 16:35
Hi Carley! I saw your latest post but I am not sure where I should see my entry? I was waiting to post an official blog entry regarding my win until I am listed on the site…Where should I send my followers to to see that I have won? I don’t see arhythmrunsthroughit.wordpress.com on the blogroll? thanks SO MUCH again for your time! 🙂
#4 by thenakedlistener on April 24, 2012 - 14:37
You should find ways of streamlining your workload of updating the VBA winners. Here are some of my recommendations (not all may be suitable for your mileage):
(1) Open up a new page called “Contact” and embed the contact form coding there so that readers may contact you direct if that should be necessary.
(2) Open up a new page called “VBA Winners List” (or convert your existing VBA Winners page) and bounce your blogroll to over there. Broadly speaking, this would achieve 4 things:
(a) make it easier to add new entries or make amendments,
(b) reduce the loading time for your front page,
(c) allows for future reorganisation of the VBA Winners List into alphabetical sorting when the list really builds up, and
(d) generate more clicks/pageviews for your site.
Rider to point (2)(b) above: Readers are pretty spread out all over the world. For some on certain browsers, certain systems, certain ISP bandwidth allowances, etc, your front page’s loading time can sometimes take quite a bit. I’m based in Asia so the loading times are fast, but I’ve friends in Latin America, Africa and Mideast whose online connectivity is irregular and inconsistent outside of their ‘locale.’
(4) Reduce the number of newest comments on some of your pages. Reset your comments settings to show the latest 5-10 comments on the first instance, so that readers who wish to read older comments can click on “Read older comments.” Again, this is related to page-loading times.
(5) Another way of streamlining the workload is to just write one- or two-liner posts about the latest winner, categorise these posts as “Newest Winners”, and bounce this category of posts into a new page called “Newest VBA Winners (posts)” that filters in only these posts. You can set this via your menu settings sidebar in the admin panel. For example, each Newest Winners posts need no more than like this:
Latest VBA winner as at [date]:
Over time, the Newest Winners page becomes an automatic running list of winners and that you won’t miss anything out. It also gives you time aside to update and finalise your blogroll when you have the time later to do it.
I reckon these five points will do for now. In case you wonder, I was once a wire editor for an international financial newspaper and had to select wire stories for around 20-60 seconds each and get them out.
Give them a try and let me know which of them works for you.
Good job you’re doing.
#5 by lambskinny on April 24, 2012 - 22:47
Great ideas — some of them a bit beyond me right now — I think…
#6 by lambskinny on April 24, 2012 - 22:49
P.S. I never thought about loading time because I have such a fast connection speed… good point, however. Some of your suggestions are excellent. Let me see what I can do. Carley