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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Community week comes to a close

COMMUNITY - Sharing, participation, and fellowship. [Community week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

Community week has zipped right by! I say that every week don't I?! Maybe a better way to play this game would be to spend two weeks concentrating on a virtue before moving on to the next one...  I suppose there will always be pros and cons to any system.  For those of you following my weekly scoring, I have awarded myself a 6 out 10 possible points for the week and 3 total bliss boosts! It really has made a difference for me to think of my blog readership as a community too! 

Anyway, that isn't what I wanted to talk about today! 

So, what do you think? As you can see I've been playing around with a few things on the blog. I enlisted the help of Diane over at Custom Blog Designs to help widen the columns and come up with a few blog buttons. After doing this limited update I think I might go for a full make over. I think it is more readable now (the text used to format small or giant in my old template making it hard to read) but there is probably a lot more that could be done! 

I'm trying to decide between the two "got bliss?" buttons for general use.

Everyday Bliss
Everyday Bliss

What do you think? Which one do you think looks better? If you like one or another and would like to grab it for your blog please grab the code over in my side bar! I won't be keeping all of them over there indefinitely so grab one now if you like it!

Since introducing the Discus commenting system the commenting has taken off over here on the blog. Thank you to new and old readers alike for taking the time to do so! If you read Everyday Bliss in a reader or from the facebook page you won't see all of this new interaction so it might be worth a little visit to the blog

At this point in time I've been responding to comments via email AND over here on the blog.  I never want anyone to think I haven't responded so I still think an email is a good way to go but to keep myself from going insane with duplicate commenting (email and on the blog) and to make it worthwhile for you to comeback and check the comments over here, going forward I am going to mix it up and answer on the blog in a way that I hope encourages further discussion. You will still get an email from me (if your email address is provided) but I will also be responding directly on the blog differently so do check back here also!

My intention is to make the comment section very interactive. I figure our collective knowledge and perspectives will exponentially expand what we can all learn about the weekly virtues! Romance week next week is a perfect way to test this out since it is a topic in which everyone can contribute. So please don't be shy about speaking up! And don't forget it is now possible to reply directly to any comment that inspires you to do so. 

I have some other stuff I am working on as well but I think this is quite enough for a sleepy Sunday morning!  I have to send a great big thank you out to Diane again for helping me update the design of the blog which in turn is helping me to feel more energized and excited about my Everyday Bliss project. I don't think we are done yet! (If you are looking for an update on your blog and/or just want a button or two you should definitely check out Diane's very reasonably priced services.)

Do you like what you are seeing over here at Everyday Bliss? Anything different you would like see? 

Next post: Romance week gets underway!!

My 13 bliss virtues are joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, and surprise.

This week we are studying Community. Next up is Romance Week


  1. I like all your new tags...great idea. I think I will pop one of them on my blog. :) Great job on reformatting the site. Have you thought of going three columns and using a fun background? They have so many available from Cutestblogontheblock and ShabbyBlogs or something to that effect. It's great to see the blog growing!!! :) Congrats!

  2. Thank you Theresa! I have been thinking about additional columns but because of my Ben Franklin influence I've been sticking to the parchment paper background... then again how "old school" do I really want to be???

    I noticed you grabbed the first "got bliss" button for your blog (thanks for that!) So that is one vote for choice number one! Any other votes out there?

  3. I love the new look. Very easy to read and the font somehow compliments your message. Nice choice!

  4. I like the top button best, I think, and I really liked reading about all your plans to update your blog. I've been wanting to make some changes to mine, too, so it's nice to hear what's working for you and why. Thanks!

  5. Emily I am so glad you find my discussion of this stuff useful. Was feeling a bit narcissistic about making it my topic for the day. Thanks for helping me feel better about it!

  6. Thank you Kate! I think so too! It is very funny how changing a font can make such a difference!

  7. The blog is looking great! I think I like the button with the text directly on the photograph the best. It is more cohesive. I want a 'real' blog makeover SO badly!

  8. Thank you! Looks like it is a landslide for button number one!

    Jingle, Diane was VERY reasonably priced for what I wanted... you should check it out!


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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