SOME CHANGES

First things first: One Fit Mom has a new look! What do you think?

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be very busy organizing, re-categorizing, tagging, summarizing and even re-formatting some of my older posts to better fit the new theme. With 115 posts and counting, this is no small task.

If there are any readers who receive my posts by email, can you please comment below to let me know whether or not my posts get re-sent to you every time I edit or change them? I’m really hoping they don’t, as otherwise, I will have to re-consider exactly how I conduct this editing and organizing project!

Next up, I am planning to start adding some product reviews, to share my opinions on the baby gear and other related items that we have found to be useful (or in some cases, not so useful). Reviews will have their own category — and if I can figure out how to do so, their own page — so they will be easy to peruse or avoid, as desired.  I read literally hundreds and hundreds of reviews when I was making decisions on which gear to purchase for Oliver (especially for the big stuff), so in that regard, I feel it would be nice to give something back to the Internet community. I definitely don’t want to turn this into a review site, though, so I’ll be capping reviews at a maximum of one per week.

I am going to figure out a way to allow readers to contact me directly, without publishing my personal email address for all the world to see. I still haven’t found a way to add a “contact me” button, but I will get this issue sorted out ASAP, even if it means creating a separate email address for the blog.

Finally, I am starting to look at ways to financially support my blog. I’m really not keen to clutter it with advertising (as evidenced by the fact that I actually paid WordPress to remove the banner ads they so stealthily inserted into my posts without telling me), but there are some basic costs associated with running this blog, and it has also been consuming an increasing amount of my time. To that end, I have joined the Amazon.com associate program. When there is a product I have particularly liked or found especially useful, I will provide a link that allows me to earn a small referral fee for any purchases made through that link. If you were already planning to buy the item in question, and you feel so inclined, you can help to support my blog (painlessly) by making your purchase through the link.

Thank you to all of my readers for making my first year of blogging such a rewarding experience. Things are about to get even better!

14 responses to “SOME CHANGES

  1. I wouldn’t worry about the ads too much, they’re not that bothersome. I do think that finding sponsorship from fellow paleo bloggers would be a good call though! It can’t hurt to ask around 🙂

  2. The new interface is nice and clean. I miss having full text in the RSS feed, though – I do most of my reading through the feed. Thanks!

  3. Wishing you much success with advertising and Amazon associates for this blog.

    I’ve been dabbling in ways to earn an income from my blog as well. I’ve learned a lot but have yet to find something that fits with the niche I write in. I did pull together an e-book of posts from my first year that was initially free with an option to donate. I was pleasantly surprised by home many of my readers supported the effort. Might be an option for you. You could split your posts into a pregnancy book and a first year book. Just an idea – good luck!

    • Yes, you certainly do have a conundrum in that regard, since your blog is about having less “stuff.” That said, I think that a very carefully curated collection of essential life items that are useful for long periods of time, serve multiple purposes, and/or generally reduce clutter in the long term could still fit with your mandate. Perhaps, for example, things like cloth diapers?

      The e-book idea is a good one, and something I would consider once I have more content. I’ve also been thinking about submitting some of my blog posts as articles for parenting magazines. I believe there is usually a small compensation for articles that get published.

      • I think with your writing style, and how well you research, you could freelance for a number of parenting and pregnancy magazines. Some of the bigger magazines pay very well and you could also gain exposure for your website. I could easily see you becoming a monthly columnist.

        Not sure if you have read any posts on Today’s Parent buy Kristen Auger: http://www.todaysparent.com/author/kristin-auger

        She just had her second child and is a Crossfit enthusiast and eats Paleo.

        • Thanks for the encouragement! My mom keeps telling me the same thing, but it’s always nice to hear it from someone who doesn’t have a genetic obligation to say nice things to me 😉

          Just had a look through that blog – very cool!

  4. “If there are any readers who receive my posts by email, can you please comment below to let me know whether or not my posts get re-sent to you every time I edit or change them? I’m really hoping they don’t, as otherwise, I will have to re-consider exactly how I conduct this editing and organizing project!”

    Nope! Emails just come once to me.

  5. Wow, can’t believe I only JUST found your blog today.

    I am like your crossfit/preggo TWIN:
    – Trained until I was 1 week overdue (and she still didn’t appear until a week after that!!).
    – Substituted / used progressions where I needed, etc, etc, etc. Although I got a new PB for my crossfit total somewhere around the 7th month 🙂
    – Posted a youtube video of me doing a (light) 95lb squat clean at around 8months, and got the same nasty comments
    – Used acupuncture to (finally!) get labour going!
    – Difficulty breastfeeding YES YES YES – we both got thrush and so I quit and exclusively pumped & bottlefed from week 8 thru 14. Finally at week 14, it was pain free and so, sooooo wonderful. Soooo glad we both persevered!

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m not sure if you sorted out your gym + childcare issues but, that Crossfit Vancouver has been immensely accommodating to me and my daughter. I worked out 3 or 4 times per week throughout my mat leave and 90% of the time, I brought my daughter – who loved it – she just plays around visits people, etc etc and sometimes, if she’s cranky and wants to be held, ~ 10 ladies (and the occasional dude) always fight each other to take care of her while I completed my WOD. I feel like the luckiest lady in the world 🙂 Crossfit is her second family, they’ve watched her grow for a whole year now, her 1 year birthday is tomorrow!

    Thanks for sharing your life with all of us!! I look fwd to continue to follow your posts…

    Wendy

    • Hi Wendy,

      Is it creepy that I totally know who you are? 🙂 I remember reading your article on CrossFitting during pregnancy (it was posted on the CF Van website), and I’ve seen your awesome YouTube video too!

      J has just started personal training at CrossFit Van, so I may join him. Since the little guy is now in daycare two mornings a week, I should at least be able to pull off two workouts with no excuses. It has been tougher than I ever imagined it would be to get back into the gym — not because I’m not physically ready (I’ve been raring to go since about two weeks post-partum) — but because there is so much more to think about and do now. Between baby care, all the extra house work, mom and baby classes, getting outdoors every day and sleep (oh, sleep), something had to give. How on earth did I ever think my life was busy before baby anyway??

      • haha not creepy.
        yes. the time constraint of mommyhood is truly mind blowing. takes meticulous organization and patience, neither of which I possess!

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