Category Archives: Blogging
Many of you that read my work over on Blazing Minds, will know how much I work my arse off on the website and how much everything not only takes up a lot of my time but also plays havoc with my health and well-being.
So I’ve decided to take a little time off, not 100%, but enough to try to recuperate some of my mental health from all the stress that doing the majority of the work myself, it’s hard to keep on top of everything and stress at home doesn;t really help with the situations that I’m being put through.
Since starting Blazing Minds back in 2008, it’s been a long and arduous road with many up and downs, the stress of running a site can be overwhelming and keeping everything updated is even more stressful, unlike the big companies/blogs out there, it’s mainly me that is doing the web work, the design, the reviewing, heading to the theatres, cinemas and events to bring the readers of the site new articles.
As you can image, I do need some downtime from time to time, so for starters I’m taking a break from social media for a while and will also not be posting up as much as I do on the blog at Blazing Minds, this is again down to stress levels, watching a stack of movies is time consuming and the majority of the time I’m going into the early hours of the morning watching and writing, which is not healthy!
But don’t worry the site is going, I’m just taking some well-deserved “me” time to try and recharge my mental batteries!
Thank you so much to everyone for your continued support.
You may have seen me post on Twitter etc recently that Blazing Minds is up for an award in the UK Blog Awards 2016 and I’m very excited that the website is nominated again.
Some of you may remember that I won in the Individual Events category last year and brought home an award not just for myself and the blog, but also for North Wales.
It with great pleasure that I can say that Blazing Minds is nominated again for the UK Blog Awards 2016 in the Arts and Culture and Events categories, voting has now started and will go on until the 25th January at 9pm.
It would be pretty awesome if all of you could vote for Blazing Minds and of course tell all your friends to help out by voting for the website as well, the more the merrier.
So today, I took the decision to grab myself my Official Facebook Page, you can see it in the side bar already here on Life’s Challenges.
The decision was made because, I really wanted to keep my personal profile, well, personal and I did want something else for the other public stuff, so hence the Official Karen Woodham Facebook Page!
This will now allow me to post up other stuff that is more for the public view than the personal view, for events that I may be attending that people may be interested in and much more.
Don’t worry the Blazing Minds Page is still going to be the same as it has always been, but this new profile, gives me the chance to post more human that just for Blazing Minds.
So please stop on by and follow the new page, see you there.
What a brilliant week it’s been and I’m only just coming down from the excitement of the celebrations that I had with friends to celebrate 6 years of the Blazing Minds website and for me finally getting my official Press Card.
So today I thought I would take a little time out to bring you some of the popular posts from the Blazing Minds Official Facebook page as well as some of the articles that have done well over on Blazing Minds.
OK let’s start of with some of the Facebook updates that have been popular recently.
Our Birthday Celebrations
An Attempt to find the Rhyl Jedi
The Tour of Britain as Cyclists Raced Through St Asaph
More Party Photos From Hickorys
Top Tweets from the @BlazingMinds Twitter
Hey folks, as a lot of you know I also founded and run the website, Blazing Minds, an entertainment website that in the last 6 years or so has built a massive following and is regarded as one of the key websites for the reviews that it publishes and also for the coverage that it gives to events around the country.
Anyway, a new giveaway has just started on the website and it gives the winner a chance of getting their website seen with a Month of FREE Advertising on the Blazing Minds website, now how cool is that.
The competition is being run over on the Blazing Minds Facebook page and entering it couldn’t be easier. So if you have a blog, small business or a blog, stop on by and get entering the giveaway now and you could be the lucky winner of a month of advertising on Blazing MInds
So the other day over on Blazing Minds I posted up the news of the new Mad Max movie and it contained the Comic Con Footage.
Suffice to say the after the article was submitted to StumbleUpon it took off completely with the website getting thousands of more hits than usual.
If you haven’t been over to Blazing Minds and seen what all the fuss is then pop on over and check out the Mad Max footage, its brilliant and well worth it, don’t forget to share it with the social buttons over on the site 😉 😉
So the other day, I was reading about the many ways of having a spring clean on your blog, so I decided to spend a few hours over at Blazing Minds and have a spring clean of my own!
So after sifting through thousands of articles that were either completely outdated or weren’t getting visits, I deleted them from the blog.
And with the news that Guest Posts are getting a bit of dirty press, specially those ones from groups that add links that have been added by companies, I went with a complete flush of those as well.
Has It Made A Difference To Blazing Minds?
Well to be honest several factors have come in to play on my website, I’ve been adding NoFollow to links, specially banners, after a friend of mine mentioned he’d been slapped by Google for having DoFollow banners!
So the changes I made with the use of a WordPress Plugin called External Links, which allows me to add “NoFollow” and open all external pages in a new tab/window, have made an improvement in the traffic etc., which is always a good sign!
Also, I have noticed a change in traffic and the search engines after removing articles that are outdated and ones that were guest posts with blatant keyword links URLs.
So now, it’s just a case of seeing how this affects the website over a longer period of time, hopefully with me taking back Blazing Minds to what it was before someone said, “accept guest posts, they’re great for your site!“, a site for entertainment and reviews, which is what people are finding the site for now anyway, just like they used to.
I adopted the NoFollow rule for the sister site, Ask The Usher, when I started that in January and it has proved that it works, with the site getting lots of hits and people finding it and using it as what it was intended for.
So there you have it folks, remember be careful what you link to and make sure your banners are NoFollow!!!!!