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Friday, April 02, 2010

Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition

The last few days have made me feel like I'm on some kind of reality T.V show called "Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition"  Because I've literally torn everything apart and rebuilt and then restructured and reconstructed everything!  And all of this is to create a site that is as user friendly as possible and easy to navigate. As well I've added a playlist with a set of songs that seem to flow really well together.  I thought it really fitting to be have the first song be "Time after Time" by Cyndi Lauper with scenes from "Strictly Ballroom". Then from there flows a nice variety of songs that includes great local artists like Cindy Davis and Santa Clara along with a dash of Soda Stereo and so much more!

Whether you're revisiting or new, I hope that you enjoy the new layout.  For your convenience, I've decided to put all the things that would be most relevant on top of the blog post. Things like my blog archives, buttons to share and subscribe, google connect etc   So now you don't have to go searching for it on my sidebar, it's all neatly located in one area.  Making things user friendly is a very high priority at this blogsite!

Speaking of user friendly, that's what I want to blog abit about today. For those of you who don't know the story, I went to live in Buenos Aires from Sept 2009 until March 2010. And I will be going back early May so of course the blogs will continue. I began writing blogs starting the day I landed in the country but it was only through a select group of people on my email list.  Alot of people were telling me that I'm a good writer.  So one fine day in Feb, I decided to create a public blogsite.

Initially I was thinking that this blogsite would be something really small and intimate. And that it would only interest a few friends that weren't on my email list but are interested in knowing about my trip.  In all my wildest imaginings, I could not have foreseen the blogsite having this kind of reach. A BIG thanks to all of you.  Your support means so much and having so many people coming from all around the world really gives the me the drive to make this the best that it can be. It hasn't been easy and it cost me a tremendous amount of time to be making all those improvements. But it is so important that as the site grows that I grow with it.  All of you are taking time out of your day to click on to here. So just as much, I'm willing to take time out of my day to make sure you are having the best possible experience at "Making the Same Difference"

Which brings me to the reason I am writing this blog. I am going to give you some helpful hints about choosing what to read. At the time of this writing, there are 80 blogs on this site and you can be sure that there are more to come. So I am going to give you some guidance to help you navigate. If you go into my blog archive, everything that is listed under the month of February contains my blogs that I wrote starting in Sept when I arrived here. Because I didn't create the blogsite until Feb, it shows the blogs as being posted in Feb but really, those are the diaries of my adventures when I landed here.  And the journal entries of my time in Argentina continue until early March.

It is only after I got back to Victoria here that I started to try something very different. I began looking for articles, pictures, and videos to begin posting on my site to generate interest and create a wider audience. So you will see a definite difference between my blogs listed in the month of February and the blogs that have been posted mid-march.  My earlier blogs tend to be more like a travel diary and people who have read them tell me that I make them feel like they are really there with me.

Give it a whirl! I promise you wil not be disappointed. If you start reading the blogs in consecutive order, it actually is a really interesting experience. Because in essence, you are following me and you are tracking my growth as a young writer taking her first steps into the great and glorious city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then when you read later blogs, you can feel the change and growth I have gone through after spending time in the city.  You'll be there with me in Sept/Oct as I see the sites that the city is famous for. Watch as I get a surprising invitation to Christmas dinner from a mysterious stranger over text. And you won't want to miss January in Buenos Aires as I go through a chain of events that lead me to my destiny and the true reason I was brought to this city is finally revealed.....

"More and more I am finding that tango is not just a dance, it is a way of life in this city even for those that don't dance tango.  The city has a way of wrapping it's feathers around me to comfort and ease all loneliness and thoughts of home and the people there.  Like a mother hen, it soothes me safe and & warm under it's wing."


Amorous Alpacas

Amorous Alpacas