>Guest Blog: Changes

>Please welcome back Lindsey from Dishwater Dreams to The Scoop on Poop today. She is here with a fabulous guest post on what she would do different if she were to start her blog all over again. She closes out my BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY with style. Today is your LAST CHANCE to enter the giveaway which has a $15 Starbucks gift card, a $10 Amazon gift card, Ad space at the top of my sidebar for a month, and your choice of package at Genie Girl Graphics, all going to ONE LUCKY WINNER, just for following the rules and leaving lots of comment love over the past week. Giveaway ends at midnight, EST. What are you waiting for? Read the guest post, enter the giveaway, go check out guest poster’s blog. It’s easy peasy.

Take it away, Lindsey!!

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If I could start my blog all over again, I would make two major changes.

1.       I would have a clear direction. When I first started blogging two years ago, I started because I wanted to write. While one of the best reasons to start a blog, it didn’t help much with the actual business of running a blog. Two years later, a new URL, and thousands of hours reading blogs, I can say I finally have a direction I am heading towards.
2.       I would have done a lot more research into blog design and taken the time to create a professional layout from the beginning. When I first started blogging, I began with a free template and no graphics to separate my blog from the pack. Over the last two years, I have tried to learn a lot about blog design. I have not hired anyone to create the blog design for me. I have done it all myself. It has been an experience that isn’t for the faint of heart, but rewarding. I can make changes when I want to and not on someone else’s time table.

The best advice I can give to bloggers out there is to read, read, read. While you are reading, don’t forget to look at the organization and layout of your favorite blogs. There is a reason the successful blogs are successful. Take the time and learn from them.
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>BSOW: Time Warp

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The Party Continues on with The Best Scoop of the Week. She’s got a passion for cheesecake. She has discovered just exactly how much strength she has. She is even lucky enough to have karate moments. She has grammar tips that make sense. She leaves beautiful, thought provoking quotes. She even writes poetry.

This week’s Best Scoop of the Week honor goes to Lindsay of Dishwater Dreams.

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I asked her: “A time warp opens up next to your dinner table. Where are you going and why?”

If a time warp opened up next to my dinner table, I would freeze the current moment.  I would stop time. I know most people would have so many places and people they would want to meet. I want to spend more time with my kids.

It seems in life that we spend so much time living up to our responsibilities that there is little time left over for fun.  I would take the frozen time and make as many memories as I can with my children. I want to know everything about them. I want to make tons of memories just as they are before they have a chance to grow up too much.
Once I have spent as much time with my kids as I possibly can stand, I’ll take some time for me. I will sit and write, and write, and write some more. I will  paint and draw until I am good at it. I will learn to take astounding pictures and relaxing bubble baths. I will read the entire bible – twice. I will catch up with all of the novels and poems that I have intended to read but haven’t gotten to.
I think if we all sat back and thought about it, we would realize we want more time to spend with our loved ones. We want more time to spend doing the things we enjoy instead of the things we have to. Time passes by so quickly. Blink and your newborn is walking. Blink again and he is going to school for the first time. Blink again and he is married with children of his own.
I wish for all of us that we could somehow find moments of time warps at every dinner table to really get to know our families. I wish we could find time warps to enjoy a fulfilling and joyous life.  I am going to start looking for my time warps every night at the dinner table. Where will you look for yours?
Indeed, where will you Time Warp to?
Don’t forget to get your comments in to win a $15 Starbucks card, free design, a $10 Amazon card, and ad space at the top of my blog for a month!! Let the Blogoversary Celebration continue. Giveaway ends March 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM.