Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fighting Foreclosure - Getting Nine Hundred

Those of you who are long time readers here at Fighting Foreclosure / Getting Nine Hundred might see a couple tiny new tweaks to the my blog. One of the nifty things we blog authors get is a whole series of tools letting us know how many people are reading our ramblings and what search terms they are using to get here. It is all fairly clever and rather addicting.

What I am finding is that most of you stumbled on me one way or another, usually through someone else's blog. Once you've been here, you come back by using terms like "Fighting Foreclosure" or "Getting Nine Hundred" occasionally combined with "blog" or "blogspot". I am going to be making a few minor tweaks to try to make sure that when you use those types of terms I show up somewhere in the search!

See, when I first started this blog, I made a little mistake...

I wanted to call my blog Fighting Foreclosure to be a little constant reminder of why I am even doing all this. Frankly, I have a deep (and perhaps a bit over-reactive) fear of going through foreclosure or bankruptcy. The idea that I could screw up my credit puts me into a panic attack. My therapist literally had to talk me down once using the simple, but effective, method of saying, "Dawn, if it happens it will not kill you." If it weren't for the fact that I read blogs like Bouncing Back From Bankruptcy, I'm still not sure I would have believed her! Now I am a little more accepting that if it happens, then it does. In the meantime though, I am going to fight with everything I have to keep that from happening.

However, "Fighting Foreclosure" as a url was already taken by another blogger, unfortunately. So, I went with the accurate, though slightly awkward, "GettingNineHundred" since that was the other key piece of my journey. So that has been the url, with FF as the title of the blog, which I have come to realize isn't such a good idea. Having them different makes it harder for readers to come back and find you later. Consistency is the key! (Oh, and if you want to read a bunch of great blogging tips from someone who is far more knowledgeable than me, check out Writing For Your Wealth. They haven't updated in awhile, but the archives are well worth checking out.) I think I should have stuck with "Getting Nine Hundred" as my title and theme, but to be honest. I like "Fighting Foreclosure"!

So, to try to bring these two together in some kind of consistancy I am slightly modifying the name as you see above. I might be making a few other little tweaks and touches here and there to solidify it. If you have any suggestions on the matter, I would love to hear them!

Wonderful photo by: etgeek


Simplelivin' said...

I like what you have, Fighting Foreclosure - Getting Nine Hundred...or maybe Getting Nine Hundred 1 month at a time...I don't know.

How do you check the stats of your blog?

Dawn said...

Simplelivin' - Go to your Blogger Dashboard and scroll to the bottom. You should see a section called "Other Stuff" in the Tools and Resources section there is a link called Webmaster Tools.

You can also add your page to Google analytic tools. You need to be signed into your Google account and then click "My Account" from the Google homepage on the right hand side. Look for the Analytics link. I hope that helps! I set mine up a quite awhile ago so I am a little rusty on the set up process.

Bouncing Back said...

Thanks again for the shout out! Yup, BK stinks no doubt about it, but I'm crawling up from the depths of it!

Keep up the great work and I know you will get your 900 this month!

Dawn said...

Bouncing Back - You are most welcome! I see you working hard at what you do and am so impressed. Keep at it, girl!