Sunshine and Design: An Award and Zero to Hero Day 8

So imagine my surprise when the Zero to Hero Day 8 topic turned out to be something that, much like days 6 and 7’s redesign challenges, I’ve found myself working on over the past few days-this time the About page. Although I originally put a lot of thought into creating all of these elements, the way the blog has morphed since its beginning, just 2 months ago, calls for a redesign.

The Little Jedi and Tank, stars who needed to shine on my "About" page
The Little Jedi and Tank, stars who needed to shine on my “About” page

I began with a very simple page that explained who I am-and that is still the core of my About page. The blog was originally just a place for me to practice blogging and building an audience as Gene’O and I built a network of contributors. But as the site changed to become more collaborative (see Gene’O’s Strategic Blogging Series and my Zero to Hero Day 3 post), and as I developed new blogging skills, I wanted to include a few links and photos in my personal profile. I didn’t want to over-clutter, but it seemed important to me for the pages to have some visual interest and provide links to the other elements of the site.

For now, I’ve settled on an About that describes me, as I’m the primary blogger on Part Time Monster, but the page has a link to the contributors page, as this has now become a place where other writers are featured. I’m still working on both pages, but I’m happier with them now than I was before. And Sourcerer’s redesigns look wonderful.

Sunshine AwardAnd now, on to other-fun-business. Victoria of My [Redacted] Journey has nominated me for a Sunshine Bloggers Award. I stumbled across Victoria’s blog in the Zero to Hero challenges, and I’ve been enjoying reading her honest reflections. Nearest I can tell, this is a blogging award that is given to bloggers who inspire other bloggers in some way. The rules of the game are:

1. Nominate 10 other blogs
2. Write 11 facts about yourself.

My nominations are all blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading and/or bloggers with whom I’ve enjoyed communicating: Sourcerer, Polymathically, Ana Lyn’s Blogging Adventures, The Leather Library, Container Chronicles, Lazy Lady, Blame it on Em, Life is a Beach, Ali Does it Herself, and Creighton Creation. 

1. I really love bad jokes. (One of my favorites, for example, is Q: What do you a call a sleep walking nun? A: A Roamin’ Catholic.)

2. When I was in school, the only tests I ever failed were timed multiplication tests. I have always had a difficult time with math, and the time constraint added to trying to remember the multiplication tables scared me, so I always just panicked.

3. I love shoes, though as a Southern girl, I really love to be barefoot.

4. I love dinosaurs. I’ve been fascinated with them since I saw The Land Before Time and watched Denver the Last Dinosaur on Saturday mornings back in 1988. (Considering yesterday’s post, it seems that 1988 was a formative film year for me.)

5. I think the Elf of the Shelf is creepy. We have one, and he was out during Christmas-time, but we don’t make a big deal of out him reporting back to Santa. In fact, we don’t make a big deal out of Santa watching in general, much for the same reason. I like the idea of Santa as a benevolent gift-giver, not an inundation to the world of the panopticon.

6. I’m a librocubicularist.

7. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. I really identify with Belle.

8. I have two tattoos-one on my hip and the other on my foot. They both have significant meanings for me, and I’ve never regretted getting them. I would like to get one other, but for now it’s just seemed like too insignificant a thing to spend money on.

9. I love the Eagles. They remind me of my childhood. Gene’O was always a big fan, and so I learned to like them by listening with hi.

10. I consistently feel like an impostor when I’m presenting myself as a writing expert in the writing center, in front of my students, and/or in front of other graduate students. Writing is difficult; it’s always difficult. And I’ve never been published anywhere (granted, I have been terribly lax about sending out things for publication), nor am I even the best of the people I know. And there are so many things that I don’t know.

11. I used to be an archery and ropes course instructor and a lifeguard. Sometimes I miss those days of much more tangible, physical work.



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      1. Too busy for my own good. But it’s mostly my own “doing.” So now I’m working to un-do some of it. And searching for that ever elusive balance. 😉 Thanks again! 🙂


        1. 🙂 Thanks! It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s so much fun getting just out there and connecting with other writers, too.


  1. Thanks for nomination! It makes it harder on me though because I can’t exactly turn around and nominate you right back. Have to dig through the millions of blogs I read to pick out my noms. 🙂


    1. hee. That’s the fun part. I’d combine the 2 award posts into 1, though, if it were me, but that’s probably just because I have a hard time thinking of those “facts” about yourself” that need to be added to awards. 🙂


  2. One more thing I meant to say in that comment but forgot.

    It’s crazy how these websites have evolved over the last month. What’s even crazier to me is that they’re true to the original shared vision, but still somehow different from what I had in mind we we started this.


    1. Yes, yes it is, and they have. I think the Monster has seen slower growth this week because we’ve put so much energy into getting Sourcerer’s collaborations off the ground and because I haven’t had time to do a lot other than post and respond to comments.

      I’m still toying with the design of the Monster, but it’s much closer to how I want it now.


      1. Are you sticking with the theme you have? The typeface is much better, but, the color I am still not sure about.

        You’re right about the growth. I think I found Zero to Hero just in time to hit it at a sweet spot, too. And, the contributor posts have allowed me to do a LOT of WordPress networking.

        It’s good to finally have them both off the ground, though. I am feeling like all the planning I did, and writing that Strategic Blogging series even though I knew it wasn’t audience friendly, have paid off a bit.


        1. I’m not entirely sure about this theme, either, mostly because of the color and such, but I don’t seem to be able to change it without paying for customization. That seems to be the thing I run into with a lot of themes, actually.

          Anyway, I’m about to get the post for tomorrow in the queue. I’ll be doing more networking as I can. 🙂


        2. Dusk to Dawn allows you to add a real header (i just found that out), and the colors are customizable for free. IDK if that helps any since you already moved away from it.


        3. I may do some more searching and go back to it if I can find a suitable background.

          I think that was 75% of my problem-the background didn’t work.


        4. You must be able to find a suitable background. If you want a single image, no tiling, wallpapers work best. You can set it so that when you scroll, the one solid picture remains in the background if you find one that’s the right size. Screwing around with themes is kind of a rabbit hole. It is such a drain on productivity. I spent three hours looking for new background and possibly a header for Sourcerer last night, and I have absolutely nothing to show for that.


        5. Yeah, that’s one of the reasons I stopped looking. I found something that looked close enough to what I wanted, and I couldn’t in good conscience use any more time doing that.

          Also, post for tomorrow is in the queue. Let me know what you think/when you’re going to run it.


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  4. Hi. Wow, I’m honored! Thanks for the nomination…and congrats to you too. I, too, accept and will respond accordingly this weekend. 🙂 I have a little more time on the weekends. 🙂 A little… Love your post 👍


  5. Those pins look good. I really need to get into Pinterest, but I just can’t seem to get far enough ahead. Nice post and excellent nominations. I’m accepting, but it will probably be a few days before I post the acceptance. Congrats!


    1. I like Pinterest a lot, and the nice thing about it is that once you sign up, you can just update it as often or as infrequently as you want to. Although it has its social side, certainly, it’s not the same kind of social network that blogs, Twitter, and Facebook are.

      And yes-whenever you get around to it. 🙂


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