What's Happening at Bowl Me Over
As 2016 came to a close, I started making a whole bunch of changes here at Bowl Me Over. Now granted, many... well most of these changes you won't even notice, but there is one you will!
I've been blogging now for a little over three years. I started out the blog out using Homestead as a platform. This continued for about a year until I realized I needed to be on WordPress. Then everything switched over to WordPress. There was lots of learning involved. Podcasts and Youtube became my friend!
After two years of doing this my way, it was time to start doing things the right way! In December I had an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Audit. This resulted in several needed corrections to the blog. Here's how I have categorized it.
- Great job, keep doing this the same way!
- Hmmm.... this would be better if done this way, here's what I suggest...
- And what the heck are you thinking???
(Ok in all fairness this was my interpretation of the process!)
Seriously though the audit was amazing. The process was carefully explained by Casey the owner of Mediawyse.com and thoroughly laid out for future reference. Each action item has a solution. I've slowly been chipping away and making changes, corrections and implementing new procedures. If you are a blogger, I highly recommend Mediawyse! Casey is knowledgeable, thorough, responsive and easy to work with.
Here's the change I wanted to share and I know you'll appreciate! Jump to Recipe and Print Recipe buttons at the top of the blog. Each blog contains a story associated with the recipe. However, for those times when you just want the recipe, or are dashing to the store and want to print off the recipe now you can just click these buttons!
You'll find JUMP TO RECIPE and PRINT REICPE now on the top of every post! No need to scroll down to everything to find the recipe, yay! Just hover your mouse over the button and click, you'll jump down to the recipe or print screen. So this is what's happening - cool stuff huh?!!!
Other changes included things like hosting speed, blog layout, page speed, etc. Not your area of interest, so I won't bore you with all of the details, but I really wanted to point out the new buttons to you! The stories are part of my blog. The ads you see help pay for my blog. These button will help YOU enjoy the blog more!
I also want to give a shout-out to Andrew from blogtutor.com - he's the guy behind the scenes helping me with the techy stuff. Professional, delivers as promised and patient (I guess he has to be working with me!) I highly recommend him also!
Ok... enough about the technical stuff- today is Meatless Monday, so let me share some of my favorite recipes if you're trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup, one of my very favorites! And with the leftovers you can make Butternut Squash Pasta - so yummy and a great recipe that transforms leftovers! And if you'd like a sandwich to go with that soup then give my Greek Stuffed Crouton a Vegetarian Sandwich a try - love all that crunch!
Thank you for opening the blog, reading the stories, making and sharing my recipes! I am so grateful for each and everyone of you following me along on my blog journey - thank you for your support!
Please contact me any time you have ideas for improvements, questions about a recipe or feedback! And of course dropping in and commenting on the blog is always great - I love to hear from yoU! My email address is [email protected] My goal is that these changes makes your interaction with Bowl Me Over easier!