Dec 012011

 colorfuleaves 13 Highlights November Roundup

13 Highlights of November.  Last month I celebrated my one month blogaversary and reviewed the best of October.  Now the beginning of another month rolls around and I thought it is a good time to review the best of the previous month and a sneak preview for plans for the upcoming month.

  1. Accomplishments – Survived spammer and bot attacks that almost shut down the blog. The blog survived thanks to the tireless genius of a friend (Saphrym) who worked behind the scenes helping me. Also thanks go out for a suggestion from a friend on Facebook – I installed 2 very useful wordpress plugins – Bad Behavior and WP-Ban.  What a difference – the spam comments have dropped from 40 to 50 a day to 3 or 4.  Bad Behavior blocked 15 attacks in the first 20 minutes and still going strong.
  2. Tweaked the sidebar a bit for better performance (still a work in progress, but striving to make the page easy to load and an enjoyable place to visit).  Discovered Pingdom – test website performance, gives lots of useful information. (I don’t understand it all, but I was able to use some of the information to make positive changes.)
  3. The debut of Cauldron Chat (come sit and chat a spell) – a monthly discussion topic, we can share experiences, information, questions about various topics (and exchange links).  December’s chat topic is Crystals.
  4. November was a very exciting month – I attended the Be Thankful Circle of Trees Retreat and got to share my experience Firewalking
  5. Shared my experience Arrow Breaking (at the Circle of Trees Retreat)
  6. Shared my experience Table Tipping  (at the Circle of Trees Retreat)
  7. A favorite post – House Blessing with Crystals.
  8. Posted my first book review here at Blissful Moon – Chopin and Beyond (my review)  (a very interesting book, autobiography of Byron Janis, a famous pianist and includes his encounters with the paranormal throughout his life) To read more about it, Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal 13 Highlights November Roundup (Amazon link)
  9. Looking ahead for month of December and beyond – tomorrow I am going to pick out a healing drum and I will be sure to post photos over the weekend.  I’m looking forward to learning more about drumming and hope to find a drumming circle near me that I can attend regularly.
  10. I am giving two workshops at the Spring Strength and Rebirth Circle of Trees Retreat (April 27-29, 2012) and will be posting more about them and associated tidbits as plans progress (you can read a brief description on their website).  This is a wonderful retreat, if you can attend I highly recommend it – there will be lots of workshops, maypole dancing, drumming and a butterfly release too.
  11. I am expanding my crystal collection and looking forward to sharing photos and information about the various stones (I also have a few big projects in the works but these will take several months to unfold, so keeping them unwraps for now).
  12. There are a few things on my to do list that I didn’t get to, so they will get carried over – one is to figure out how to get my Blissful Moon “favicon” to show up.  In my favorites list for Blissful Moon it just shows the generic “e” favicon – but maybe it shows up for others  *shrugs*  – but I’m clueless how to fix the situation, so this may stay on my to do list for awhile.
  13. Tarot review videos – November was really busy and I didn’t get a chance to make a tarot video.  With the Yule holiday coming up, December will most likely be very busy too so I will mostly likely have to postpone starting the video project until next month.

How was your November – blogging and otherwise?

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

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Nov 112011

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I know most folks celebrate a one year blogaversary, but I am having so much fun since the official grand opening of Blissful Moon that I couldn’t resist celebrating a one month blogaversary.  It’s been great re-connecting with friends from previous blogs and making new friends.   I want to thank everyone who has stopped by, left a comment, and-or clicked “like”, “follow” etc.   Here is a quick look a back at October.

October in Review

Favorite Posts for October:

  • Pumpkin Fluff Indulgence recipe (a hit with blog visitors and my favorite fall treat)
  • Ask A Witch – great questions were asked and look forward to answering more, so keep them coming!
  • My First Ghost Story – I really enjoyed sharing ghost stories and reading the ghost stories others shared too


  • Created my first collection of Free Blog Badges (“Protected by Withcraft”)
  • Created Blissful Moon Toolbar – free to download so share the magic!
  • Figured out how to install a few plugins on my own (without blowing up the blog!)
  • Figured out how to add apps to Blissful Moon facebook page (for example the Welcome Page)
  • Bought a new camera so I can take better blog photos.  I had been using my ipod, but decided to get a camera for better quality photos.

Future Posts, Plans, and Goals:

  • Cauldron Chats, starting Dec. 1 a monthly topic for all to join in (will add participating blog post links to the monthly topic post) – see blog button in right column
  • Create more free blog graphics, post more free crochet patterns and coloring pages, and I’ll keep an eye out for other fun freebies
  • My wedding videos – finally found the tape after 20 yrs and transferred it to a dvd. We were married on stage with live performances and music. I am looking forward to sharing it with everyone and posting videos.
  • Video reviews of the tarot decks from my tarot collection (100+ decks) – plan on doing a couple each month.
  • I’d like to have a few headers designs for the blog to be able change the look now and then (which means I’d also have to learn how to switch the files)
  • I’d like to learn a bit more about the technical side of blogging so I can do some of the tinkering and updates myself, but that is way now the road
  • Need to figure out why my “favicon” is not appearing in my favorites list for Blissful Moon

November is shaping up to an awesome month.  I’ve started participating in Thurs. 13 and hope to do so at least once or twice a month.  I’ve committed to a blog post every day (NaBloPoMo by BlogHer).  I am working on the first book review to be posted soon.  This weekend I am attending the Be Thankful Retreat hosted by Circle of Trees, I’ll be firewalking and attending various workshops on health.  Also, at the retreat I will be presenting an Intro. to Qi Gong for Healing and offering qi gong healing sessions.

What was your favorite October Blissful Moon post or topic?  Is there a topic you’d like to see added for future discussions?  Do you have a blog, when is your blogaversary and how do plan to celebrate?

I invite you to help me celebrate by sub­scrib­ing to our feed, fol­low­ing me on Twit­ter,  click “like” on Face­book, joining with networked blogs or any of the other options available in the right columns.  Thank you!

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose


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