Biannual Blogathon 2013 Bash Wrapup #blogathon2

28 January 2013
As part of the Biannual Blogathon 2013 Bash I’ve been working on my blog most of the weekend.. Here is a break down of everything that has gone on so far:

Biannual Blogathon Bash

Mini-Challenges Completed:

How to create a blogging notebook

I only completed one of the min-challenges due to the fact that I knew or was already working on most of them this time around. I always hunt down anything to do with blogging notebooks/planners because I want to make sure that mine is as up to date as possible!

I did end up getting most of my goals done, though once I started rethinking the blog layout, I got into a whole other mess! As the redesign of the blog approaches, I have decided that we need a mascot, so head over to the post and help us come up with some ideas! This mascot will be on all of our blog related social media and once I get the mascot purchased, he/she will be in most photos posted on the blog!
I did end up getting the blog calendar more organized, and worked a ton on old posts, checking links and making them more SEO Friendly. I also got a ton of backend stuff finished up, and I am still brainstorming a few ways to better organize the reviews, as right now they are all on one page with just text links.

So I think this round of the blogathon was a success for me, I ended up spending a total of 48 hours working on the blog and blog related things, and can't wait to participate again in June!!

Could you never dream again? #NaBloPoMo

Still playing catch up with #NaBloPoMo! Here is the January 8th prompt: If you could be given the option to never sleep and also never be tired, would you take it if it meant you'd also never dream again?

NaBloPoMo January 2013

I don't think I would take the option to never dream again! I may not remember all of my dreams, and I may even wish that I hadn't had a few of them; but the ones I do remember are some of the best dreams! I've had dreams of my kids grown, dreams of loved ones that have passed, and even dreams involving actors and fictional characters from books. My dreams are sometimes my escape and sometimes they give me a sense of peace.

I lost my grandmother in August of 2011, I never got to say goodbye to her, and it tore me up for months. Right around the time that I was starting to slip into a depression, I had a dream about her. She was there, and we got to talk for a bit and we both said our goodbyes. After waking up, I felt so much lighter and I wasn't depressed. I know that dreams are just our subconscious minds playing things back, but I really felt better knowing that I got to say my goodbye, even if it was only real to me.
I have had some really awful dreams, nothing majorly nightmarish in terms of nightmares, but having dreams of death either mine or someone else's is never any fun. I am normally paranoid for days after one of those types of dreams. I spent one whole week when I was younger refusing to ride in any type of vehicle due to a dream where I died in a car accident. So while I would love to give up some dreams, I don't think I could give up them all.

What about you, would you give up your ability to dream just so you would never have to sleep again?