My blogging fingers have been very active this week. And, I feel quite productive. Most of the time, I end up doing a lot of 'behind the scenes' stuff - reading, blog hopping, researching, chatting, brainstorming, answering emails, drafting stuff... But, a lot of these things don't end up 'out there'. This week, somehow, I managed to do 'behind the scenes' stuff AND still go public with blog posts, comments, and such. Yay!
Also heard from Janette Toral about Ratified Australia, a site that aims to track the Top 100 Blogs in Australia based on a few metrics (Technorati, Feedburner and Google stats). They only started though, so it'll probably still be a while before they can put all Aussie blogs in their system. At the moment, ShaiCoggins.com is somewhere in the Top 25. It'll be interesting to know where I'd place once most (if not all) Aussie blogs are in their system.
Oh, and if you haven't put your two cents in my current Reader Survey yet, please do. Your feedback will really help me in my quest to improve this blog. I plan to post my 'findings' some time next week or early September.
Now, on to the rest of my round-up...
It's been almost a month since I last updated my hobby blog, Chrysalis Creativity. Even though I am trying to get involved in creative stuff, I don't always blog about the whole thing.
Anyway, one thing that got my blogging there again is my latest obsession with all things Gocco. I found out about print gocco (also known as Riso Serigraph) a few weeks ago. If you haven't heard about this yet, it's a Japanese printmaking tool that's considered more of a "toy". It's designed as a portable mini printing press for the home. You'll most likely read more about my Gocco madness. Anyone else out there with the same gocco love? I mean, I have yet to get my hands on a gocco, and I'm already in love with it. Either that or it's just pure and simple GoccoLust. We'll see.
Also blogged about Doodle Exercises. I posted 'before' and 'after' scans of some doodle exercises I did. These are based on some creative exercises posted in an illustration blog I found. You already know how doodle-mad I am.
Oh, and it's probably a little bit of a stretch blogging about My Friends Tigger and Pooh in a creativity blog. But yeah, kids stuff inspire me to be more creative. I love "childlike" art and design. And even music. I'd like to believe I'm not on my own. 🙂
If you ever visit my b5 blog, Just Make Money Online, you'll know that I regularly run Open Mic Mondays. This week's theme: Questions about Making Money Online. You're always welcome to ask questions, if you have any.
And, based on one of the questions in the open mic, I ended up with a new Q & A series. The fist one up: 3 Ways to Make Money Online (as cheaply and quickly as possible).
Then, I asked: Who's Going to be The Next Internet Millionaire? Yes, it's webpreneurship meets reality TV. Sort of.
I have posted a couple of other stuff too, but they're not really 'live' yet at the time of writing this post. So, I can't link to them. But, do head on over to the blog to read more, if you're keen.
OK. 'nuff round-ups for now.
Have a good weekend, everyone! I intend to enjoy mine and not work too hard. I know I will end up working still. I can't help it. But, I hope to have fun with my hubby and kiddos too. I might even find the time to do a bit of gardening in preparation for spring (I am sooo looking forward to spring!). And, who knows? Maybe I'll even even get to paint. Wow. That'll be something!
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.