Friday, April 24, 2009

5 Things I Learned This Week of 2009--Part 16

Household Tips

Have any carpet dents from heavy furniture that you moved? We did after moving furniture when we had our house insulated and I found how to fix them at Modern Mom. All you do is put an ice cube in the dent, after it melts, blot excess moisture with a towel and vacuum.

Get A Free Gravatar

While reading through the discussion forum set up on Problogger for his blogging tutorial, I discovered that I can get a free gravatar at that will connect with my email address and show up by my name next to comments I leave on forums that are enabled for that. I'm not quite sure how it works exactly, but I see my picture is now by my comments left on this discussion forum. Not sure if I want to show my picture or my cat's--big decision. For now, I show mine.


I discovered this week through reading 13 Twitte tips and Tutorials For Beginners. Just Tweet it is a directory where you can find others on Twitter with similar interests as you and also you can submit your information into the directory if you wish. Follow me on Twitter at

Question: Now that I'm on Twitter, I'm not sure if posting at 5 a.m. is the best time to do it. Does anyone know what the best time would be to get the most exposure on Twitter. I have it set that whenever I update my blog, a tweet is automatically generated with the post title.

Hockey Blog

I just discovered a great hockey blog through participating in a discussion forum at Problogger. It is packed with lots of up-to-date information and is just a fantastic blog for any hockey fan. Gerard subscribed to it. It's called The Hockey Writers.

Blog Design

Ana at Chica & Pumuckl designed both my blogspot blogs and was kind enough to add a navigation bar to this one for me. I went to her How To Create Pages in Blogger post to get the instructions on how to set up my pages. It's a great "How To" post. If you don't have a navigation bar on your blog, you may want to add one to unclutter your sidebars some. Thanks for your help, Ana!


Modern Mom said...

Thank you Karen for featuring me again. Have a terrific weekend. :)

momgen said...

This are great tips Karen thanks for sharing...Thanks also for the comments...drop EC have a nice day and weekend. TC

Chris said...

The ice cube trick really works! Have a great weekend Karen and Gerard.

Daisy said...

Everybuddy should have a Gravatar!

I don't have any statistics, but I'll bet you could get more clickthroughs from Twitter if you post a little later than 5:00 am. But also, I like early posts on Blogger, so it's a Catch-22!

Furkidsmom said...

We try to post early on blogger...we're still learning Twitter.

Ana did our blog too - she's the best!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Sandee said...

I always love your Friday posts. We all learn new stuff thanks to you.

Have a terrific day and weekend. :)

SLColman said...

That ice cube tip is fantastic!!

So, I fianlly got around to working on updating the blogroll over at the new From Huskies to Husbands since I am not blogging full time at anymore... I got you all added - yeah!!

Come visit me at the new site -

Skitto and Peanut said...

Have a purrfect weekend Karen and Gerard.

Grrreta said...

Great tips! We are just getting into Twitter, so the twitter tips link was very helpful. Thanks!

DAMIN said...

This is to let you know that I am following your blog now.

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Alan said...

I've been using gravatar for about a year now, it works ok.

Mountain Woman said...

Thanks for all the helpful advice. Ana did my blogger blogs too and I'm always interested in her advice because she is so talented.

As to Twitter, I'll head over to the directory. I'm not sure Twitter does any good but it's easy and fun.

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