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To be in sync

~ Hometown Sunset Moment 3 ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com

~ Hometown Sunset Moment 3 ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com

After almost 15 months blogging here, I am glad I can have a working system.

People who visit my website can see what kind of stuff I post here and decide whether they are going to stick around and come back later on or not.

I still have a vivid memory of times when I did not have enough posts to fill the home page of this site. Something happened as the result and I learned a lesson, the hard way.

Yes, I’m grateful to be where I am now. However, what you see on the ‘front-end’ is a result of all the works needed to be done on the ‘back-end’ of this site.

 

Things are more than just ‘meet the eye’.

 

Admittedly, things on the ‘back-end’ needed to catch up with the ones on the ‘front-end’. As you can see, a lot of things are included every time a blog is posted on this website. There is a main picture with all the codes to link it with the source on my Flickr. Sometimes a blog has more in it, e.g. a picture, a video or a slide show.

 

At some point in the past, I cringed every time I think about all the things I have to do just to post a blog. I do believe there is a better way of doing things so I sat down and made a to-do list. I’ve tried to improve the entire system ever since. I started by making some templates for the codes needed on each category of blogs I have here.

 

Then I re-organized all the picture titles so they can be searched easily. I also spent some times organizing the tags used on this site. I used to not have any tags on my blogs because I knew it would be another headache trying to set them up. I did it anyway and now people can see what I’ve been writing about by reading my tag clouds.

 

Things got a lot easier after doing all that. However, the ‘back-end’ parts e.g. the plug-ins, the unused widgets, the draft posts, the themes and the extra pages were still in one helluva mess. Last week, I decided that just because nobody can see them, it doesn’t mean I don’t have to deal with them. So I spent another moment cleaning them.

 

After all these months, I’m glad that I can finally say: DONE.

 

It is easier to breathe when things are in sync, am I right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • A. C.

    Yes, you are right. Gosh, so many things to do here!!!

    Ps: Another scheduled post?

    • Brian

      I think it depends on what you want to do with your blog. :-)

      • Vallya

        Yes. Every blog has it own system…

        • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

          Thank you all for being here! Yes, it depends on your blog as in what kind of things you post. I used to think that maybe I post too many things here or maybe I have set the bar too high for me to maintain. After I figured out the ‘system’ (or work flow), however, things got a lot easier and I’m grateful. Again, thank you!!

          • Your Auntie

            If you are faithful in small things, you will be trust with big things… This is just the foundation, right?

            • Dee

              That is a great reminder…

              • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

                Yes, it is! Thank you both for everything!!!

  • Brian

    I have seen blogs more complex than this but the way you arrange stuff here is impressive! Keep it up!

    • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

      I won’t mind inputs / suggestions / critiques, by the way. I appreciate the supports! Thanks so much!!!

      • Dee

        Input from me… try not be over sensitive when somebody comment about your website entirely… don’t lose friends in the end… just my opinion…

        • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

          I understand what you meant.

          Misunderstanding can happen easily with written words. That’s why it’s important to find the similarity instead of focusing on the differences we have with the blog author. Otherwise, there’s always a room to agree to disagree. It’s tough, but certainly not impossible. I’m still learning, of course, as in I fail at times.

  • Vallya

    Glad to know all is done sis. Sorry I can’t help more…

    • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

      It’s done but there is still a long journey ahead. In times like this ……. one step at a time, I guess. Thank you!!!

      • Your Auntie

        Good luck, Lusy!

        • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

          Thank you!!!

  • Olive

    Happy to know all is done in the back-end now. If I may give an input, maybe you can find a way to update your archive page and your latest post widget automatically?

    • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

      I have been thinking on using a plug-in to auto update my Archive page. All these times, I have to update two places at the same time – my Archive page and my Flickr sets. This plug-in will allow me to update just one place. We shall see. I still need to search for the plug-in to replace the text widget I use for the latest post though. Yes, there are still so many things to do. At least the cleaning part is done. :-) Thanks so much for the input!!!

      • Olive

        Yes, so many things to do behind the scene. I think you have the capacity Lus… I also can see you do things one at a time. Good luck with the search for plug-in!

        • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

          I got helps and supports, and am grateful for that. But boy, don’t I still have so many things to learn! O_o

  • Lm

    Everything is ok now yes? Looks good from my Galaxy Tab. . . .

    • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

      All is well … no worries needed! That tablet is good, eh? I can’t decide which one – Galaxy Tab or iPad 2. (>.<)

      • Dee

        You need one for travel Lus… The laptop + camera too heavy!!

        • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

          I know! You haven’t even seen my tripod. But I love it so much…

  • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

    I can show you how, if you want. Thanks for offering help and supporting me. Much appreciated! Talk soon!

    • Andre

      Please teach me too kak Lus… when you have the time…

      • http://www.thesunsetgirl.com/ Lusy Aaltje

        If it’s up to me, Andre, I’d gather everybody and show all the things one need to know about privacy on social networks as well as all the settings. But the reality is not allowing me to do so because we all have different schedules. So we shall see…