Who’s Your (Go) Daddy?

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After far too long on our old, kinda inept and no longer competitively-priced web hosting company, we finally took the nerve-wracking leap over to a new web hosting company… Yup, we’ve drunk the Kool-Aid and moved this blog to Go Daddy!

So far, I’m supremely happy with the helpful, knowledgeable, and very patient phone support reps and the ease with which I was able to migrate the site and our email accounts over!

No Loitering

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Thanks to an early morning tip from my bro Rich, I discovered a couple of problems with the WordPress comment settings. Something I did recently switched comments off for all posts, which explains why things have been so quiet for the past week or so. (We were starting to think you just didn’t care about us anymore!) Now that I’ve got that resolved, there’s no reason to be a lurker.

What’s a lurker? In Web parlance, it’s someone who reads forums, newsgroups, or blogs, but rarely participates. Don’t slink around our site unnoticed – post a comment or two! Let us know that you were here!

Oh sure, we’ve got colorful little pie charts & graphs from Google Analytics that say people actually do occasionally visit our site (and we really do appreciate that!) but blogging is all about community. Want to share something cool? Feel the need to rant? Having a burning question you’ve been dying to ask? Cut loose! We love feedback!

After all, if you don’t leave a comment, you’re letting the terrorists win.

New Year, New Blog

The stinkers at Blogger have sunsetted their publish-via-FTP feature, so we were forced to finally jump ship and get onboard with WordPress. I’ve wanted to make this move for quite some time now, but had been a bit too intimidated by the process, fearing that we could lose all of our old Blogger posts that’ve accumulated since we started back in March ’04.

So, 2010—a.k.a. the year of NEW—continues to steamroll onward!

Getting Noticed

Since the site redesign last month, I’ve been making a few efforts to boost the web visibility of 2Dolphins.   Surely, you’ve noticed the design improvements but I’ve also made quite a number of behind-the-scenes changes to increase the SEO — that is, to make our pages more Google-friendly.   There are many great SEO resource sites but just a few worth mentioning are:

  • Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger
  • Daily Blog Tips
  • Google Webmaster Central
  • Yahoo! Site Explorer
  • SEOmoz
  • Evrsoft Developer Network
  • Pearsonified
  • Dosh Dosh
  • I’ve also joined several blogging communities like bloggerforum and directories like Technorati, Big Blog Directory, Connected Internet Directory, & Blog Top Sites to "up" our exposure.

    Blog Top Sites  Connected Internet Directory

    Are any of these efforts helping?   It’s a little too soon to tell to what degree this is making a lasting difference, but our monthly site visit stats definitely are on the rise!

    Blogs in the Hood

    Recently, I began looking around the virtual neighborhood and was pleasantly surprised to find that there are many more blogs in the Midland-Odessa area than I had previously thought. And the ranks seem to be growing steadily. You can click here to view a blogroll of other Permian Basin sites or just select the “Favorite Sites” tab above.

    Adoption Journal Finally Online

    We’ve added a new menu tab along the top of our site for Our Adoption Journal. This is a project that I’ve had in the works for quite awhile to document our Russian adoption journey. I finally got it caught up this morning & ready to share with everyone.

    Be sure to check out the “Resources” page for lots of links to useful adoption & parenting websites, books, & other info that we’ve gathered.

    Our plan is to use the journal to keep everyone up-to-date with what’s going on with our adoption preparation and also update it while in Russia instead of sending out tons of emails.