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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New WordPress Blog

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Monday, September 7, 2015

The Only Way I Make Bacon


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Happy Labor Day everyone!

Who's getting up and making some breakfast for the family today?

With that in mind, today's post is all about BACON!  MMM  Bacon, bacon, bacon.


Childhood Days:
When I was growing up, bacon was one of those things that didn't happen very often, and for good reason.  My parents would always cook it on the stove top with one of those splatter shields.  It was a huge pain, literally.  The grease would splatter out of the pan causing little burns to whomever was cooking, the grease would also splatter all over the stove which was a clean up nightmare, and then once you finally have the delicious bacon, you are left with a pool of grease to figure out what to do with.  Anybody else have a coffee can under their sink for this reason?  GROSS!

So, of course, now that I've got my own house, there is no way I'm causing all of that mess!  And, I'm really not one to stand over the stove and watch something cook.  So I took to experimenting and here's how it went.

Apartment Days: 
Materials: 2 Plates, many paper towels
During my apartment days, I tried desperately to find a quick and easy way to cook the bacon.  My main method was to put paper towels on top of a plate, then add the bacon, then more paper towels and cook the bacon in the microwave.  This worked well but created a lot of messy paper towels.

Homeowner Days:
Materials: Dollar store cookie sheet and cooling rack, foil
Now, to my homeowner days.  Similar to the stove issue, I didn't like how much mess the microwave option created so I kept searching. I also became a huge fan of my oven since buying my house.  I can just walk away and it does all the cooking for me.

Take 1:
It took a few tries to get it right though.  The first time, I put the bacon straight on the cookie sheet.  Then when I took the bacon off, I had to put it on a few paper towels because it was dripping with grease.  With this one, I decided to let the grease dry on the pan and just throw it away.

Take 2:
I had to fix the problem of the bacon sitting in the grease so, out came the cooking rack. and, we have a success!  Perfect bacon!  Although, still a mess in the sheet and another cookie sheet got to meet the trash can.

Take 3:
Eurica!  We've got it.  Aluminum foil covering the cookie sheet completely!  So, I finally made my way to perfection.  After the cookie sheet cools and the grease is a bit hardened, I just wrap it up in the foil and the mess is cleaned.  Except for the cooling rack which just needs a little scrub and it goes into the dishwasher.  This is now my only way of cooking bacon.

And of course, to bring it full circle, I told my mom of this method and now it is her only way of cooking bacon too!

Happy Bacon Making!


Friday, September 4, 2015

August Review and September Goals

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This month went quite differently than last.  Last month, the blog was the only thing I ever wanted to think about.  I was constantly commenting on Facebook groups, reading other blogs, and doing everything I could to 'force' traffic to my page.  This month, I focused a lot more on using multiple social media outlets rather than posting on multiple Facebook posts.

I opened a Bloglovin' account and claimed my blog, created a Facebook page, and reclaimed my old Twitter account.  For the first two weeks of the month, I posted in every Facebook thread I could find so I could drive traffic to all of my new social media sources.  Once I began driving traffic, I reopened my old Hootsuite account and scheduled some automatic posts.

This automation came just in time because I lost interest for a week or so because I was spending time with people, actual people, in person, not on the other side of a computer somewhere.  This was much needed and I'm happy that I had my blog posts created a few weeks ahead of time so I could take a few weeks off without anybody noticing.  Didn't notice, did you?

As of now, I'm back to creating blog posts shortly before they come out, but I'm set on getting back up to being a few weeks ahead again that way I can take a break when I need to.

My goals for September are pretty short because I want to solidify my blogging routine and automation.  This month is all about maintaining.  I feel like my blog has grown very quickly for only being two months old and I don't want to push it so fast that it pops.  Right now I'm getting about 20-30 views per day without having to push a lot.  Of course, those numbers are pretty low in the general scheme of blogging, but to me, an individual, sitting alone in my house, 20-30 views means that 20-30 people are looking at my blog each day.  That's like a whole class worth of people who come from who knows where (well my stats say from all over the world).

I did do one sponsored post last month through Izea which worked out very well.  I'm keeping my eyes opened for sponsored posts but I have to be 100% on board with the concept in order to think about putting it on my blog.  I plan to keep sponsored posts pretty low for the blog's first six months while I'm working on stabilizing the blog.

Anyways, here's all the fun stuff!

August Stats
Blogger/Pinterest: 1229 Page Views, 100 Comments
#1 Post: How to Paint a Diamond Accent Wall, 102 Views, 16 comments, Google +2, 10 Pins
#2 Post: How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget, 88 Views, 22 comments, Google +3, 8 Pins
#3 Post: Master Bathroom Upgrade - On a Budget!, 74 Views, 7 comments, Google +4, 3 Pins
Facebook: 57 Likes
Bloglovin: 15 Followers
Twitter: 388 Followers
Sponsors: IZEA - 1 Sponsored Post, $9.00

August Tasks
-Create sharing schedule to feature current and past posts
-Sign up for Bloglovin' and claim my blog
-Create a Facebook Page
-Pin all relevant past and current posts to Pinterest
-Begin to grow social media sites.

September Goals
-Create Twitter schedule for top blog posts
-Update 'Follow Me' section
-Create posts 1-2 weeks in advance