Looking Back, Looking Ahead

A Little Housekeeping

It’s time for some updating and housekeeping chores at The Writerly Life.

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The home page has a slightly different look today: I moved some things around, got rid of the Tag Cloud (which seems to duplicate Categories, but maybe I’ll just start afresh), added a quick-access profile via Gravatar, and most importantly, a new widget called Community that shows all of you likers, followers, and commenters. It’s colorful and cheery and reminds me of why I’m here. It’s not a host of hundreds yet–but it’s growing!

Overall, I hope the effect is cleaner and more efficient. You can let me know what you think.

This little makeover calls for a big shout-out to all of you who have read these words and maybe even honored this effort by making The Writerly Life a regular stop on your blog rounds. That takes time and effort. Thank you, thank you!

Milestones

Some milestones reached this week—over 5,000 views and 65 posts, including an interview and some fine guest writers (all almost entirely since April 2012)—call for a hard look at the blog, where it is, and where it’s going.

I am not a prolific writer here. Some of you put me to shame, posting every day! I will continue to write regularly, bringing you something original (I hope!) once a week and also sharing other sites that strike me as interesting and informative (like this one), words of wisdom regarding writing and the writer’s life, and photographs, including a regular series of photos as writing prompts. Look for a special guest post next week and another writing prompt coming soon (it’s a provocative photo; I think you’ll like it)! Occasionally, I’ll dare to drop in bits of original fiction or poetry.

And who knows what else, because this writer’s house is a work in progress.

“Y’all Come Back Now . . .”

I hope I’ll continue to offer you words and images that are worth your time. So, as one of my elderly aunts used to say every time my family left her house on a Sunday afternoon, “Y’all come back now, ya hear?”

 If you’re new here, follow the links in this post for a taste of what The Writerly Life is like. I’m always glad to see you here and read what you have to say.

19 thoughts on “Looking Back, Looking Ahead

  1. I am dying to load the community thingy. But HOW Gerry, Where do I find it, was it easy? I am remarkably stupid when it comes to widgetty things! I do like how you have put everything down below the comments, nice and clean looking! c

    1. Cecilia, it was easy! Go to your Dashboard/Appearance/Widgets. You should see it there, although I guess it might depend on the theme you use. Drag/drop it on the area where you want it to show up–sidebar or one of the other designated widget areas (on the far right of my widgets screen; I don’t know about yours). I had to play with it some to get it where I wanted it, but it’s easy to go back into the Widget page and move it around. I thought it was “cool”! I love seeing all those faces and designs. Let me know if this works. Or I guess I’ll see, won’t I? If not, search WordPress help or their forums (as though you have time for that!). Thanks for stopping here. I always appreciate it!

      1. insane-a lot of it is computer-but the positive is it connects us with so much, so many interesting people, circle of love and friendship grows; hugs

  2. Seems as if a few of us are in a (re)visiting mood. I always love to see how you move things around. One of these days, we will have to have a glass of sweet tea on the porch for real.

    1. Yes, just read your post today! You made me want to put a For Sale sign out and head for Hawaii. We could have that sweet tea on either side of the big water, couldn’t we!

      1. Yes, but read the caveats before you sell everything and head my way. Come visit a time or two. I’m even more expert on how to visit on the cheap.

        Speaking of cheap. Did you see that I got an invite to my first writers conference? I just have to answer some local questions to folks between sessions. Most likely question: “Where’s the bathroom?”

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