Basic Blog Tips wants to be your “go-to” resource for blogging tips, social media advice and video tutorials, and with this in mind, we constantly strive to bring you fresh ideas and content that covers every aspect of blogging. Here's a recap of what we've been up to this month.
Upgraded Theme to Magazine Premium
The Magazine Basic theme for WordPress was suggested to me by DiTesco from IBlogZone back in July. Since that time, I've enjoyed using this WordPress theme so much that I upgraded to Magazine Premium and eventually joined the affiliate program. I love the layout of this theme and the developer has established a fantastic support area where he responds to questions quickly and makes tweaks when necessary. Magazine Premium Theme was updated by Bavotasan recently to release Version 1.1.5 and if you're interested, you can get your hands on the standard license for $39.97 or the developer license at $97. As you can see in the demo screenshot on the right, there are tons of features you can advantage of with Magazine Premium Theme so click the image if you want more details. Don't fret if the price is too steep, because the Basic version of the Magazine theme is available for free. We use Magazine Basic on my daughter's blog and she loves it – which brings me to my next news item.
[box type=”important”]Update: In April of 2011 I started using Thesis Theme and the Thesis Awesome BlogSkin![/box]
Estava Morioka – Get Involved Contest
My daughter launched an online web store featuring affordable women's clothing called Estava Morioka – The World is Your Red Carpet!
She has a companion blog where she shares style tips and some incredibly witty fashion and makeup stories. She's currently running the Get Involved Contest on her blog which gives everyone a chance to share their hilarious situations and anecdotes (related to beauty, fashion, health, relationships of course) for the chance to win a 25% discount on your holiday purchase from her collection. Please visit the blog and get all the details about how to submit your entry, this should be a lot of fun. Check out one of my favorite posts Leave the Thong at Home, and you'll see what I mean. 🙂
Guest posting on Basic Blog Tips
I really enjoy guest posting and recently I put together a post which includes links to all of my guest posts. By the same token, I also enjoy hosting guest bloggers here at Basic Blog Tips, and you can find all the guest articles together in the Guest Post category. I've been very fortunate to have the following distinguished guest posters:
Influential Blogger Interview on Blondish.net
Are you curious about how I started blogging? Or maybe you want to know what keeps me going? Well, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nile Flores of Blondish.net for her Influential Blogger series earlier this month and you can find the answers to those questions and more in Interview With An Influential Blogger: Ileane Smith (I'm still blushing). Oh, and check out this lovely banner Nile created for the post.
Also be sure to include your latest post in Nile's Sharing Sunday event next weekend on FaceBook. I've met some great bloggers there over the last few Sundays.
Guide Goods Big Prize Contest
I just love contests, don't you? Hosting contests is just as much fun as winning them 🙂 and last week I was simply ecstatic when I learned that I won the Guide Goods Big Prize Contest. Wait until you hear the prizes!
First, I won A Step by Step Guide to a Better Blog, the fabulous eBook from Kiesha Easley of We Blog Better. This eBook is a comprehensive blogging guide that “takes your blog from setup to the next level”. The second contest prize I received is one week of free ad space on DragonBlogger.com the primary blog of Justin Germino. This prize was more like double-whammy for me because it gave me the chance to utilize the beautiful graphic that Jimi Jones created when he did that wonderful guest post that I pointed out to you earlier called How to Discover Your Writing Voice.
What's planned for December on Basic Blog Tips
I look forward to a month filled with sharing valuable content, in-depth interviews and maybe even another CommentLuv Contest before this year is out! I also have plans to make use of the new blogging jobs board over at FamousBloggers.net, you should check it out if you need to outsource some of your workload or list your online business services.
Now it's your turn to let me know, what have you been up to lately and more importantly, what are your blogging plans for the rest of 2010?
- How to Get a Butt Like Nicki Minaj (EstavaMorioka.com)
- Has Kanye West's Metrosexualism Gone to Far? (EstavaMorioka.com)
- CommentLuv Ambassador Contest on Basic Blog Tips (BasicBlogTips.com)
- Blogger News and Reviews for January 2011 (BasicBlogTips.com)