Congratulations. I hope you don't mind my using this reply to help a number of others also journeying out into blogging and the mighty blogosphere as well.
I looked at your blog and here are my observations:
- Based on what you said about your background, I believe this subject to be a very very subject for you and your title and description look great.
- Turn off adsense in your settings. It will only distract from click on an ad to your ac site and I categorically do not recommend it for AC bloggers. If you were planning on making your blog your sole source of income and building it into a marketing powerhouse, then you would leave adsense off until you developed a sizeable following and then ease it into the site.
- You should put an ad for your ac site just above your about me on the sidebar.
I recommend finding your adwords ad running on google ad copying it and pasting it into your blogger posting tool. If you do it right, then it will look just like an adword ad. Don't post that as an article, but in the upper right hand of that posting tool, you can click edit html. Do this and copy all of the html shown, then put that into your sidebar on your template.
YES this is the hardest part of building your blog, but don't worry about messing it up as you can always reset your template and start over again.
Once you get it where you are close or where you like it, then send me an email and I will take a look and make sure it is perfect.
- While you are in the template, find the links section and change the links there to link to things that you like related to the subject of the blog, or your other blogs!
Another thing you want to look at is that your blogger profile is complete and filled out but not markety if you know what I mean.
Also, in your settings, remember to turn on comment moderation and if you'd like to email to your blog to post be sure to set that address up in settings as well.
And, if you have further questions, which you will, just ask. I love to help.
Also, not to overwhelm you, but consider joining acblogroll.blogspot.com if you agree to the purpose and responsibilities statement on the sidebar of that blog.
Finally, a tip I wasn't able to cover on the call. Comment on as many articles as you have time with legitimate comments and linkback to either your blog (automatic on blogger comments) or your ac site.
Eric,I have you to thank (or blame?) LOL ... I stayed up in to the wee hours of the morning after our Alternative Marketing call last night to start my first blog!!! I did it!!! I created my first blog!!!! -- seriously though, I do want to thank you SO MUCH for your determination to teach us all you know about blogging. Thank you for your time, commitment, and patience with all us non-techies out there ... what a blessing you are!!!The call last night was so encouraging, I was inspired to just "DO IT" ... (never mind that I know little about what a blog should look like, how blogging works, why it works, or any of that ...). I'm an interior designer by trade, so I can talk about fabrics, colors, space planning, and all about granite for your kitchen countertop ... but blogging???? who would have thought?Anyway, hope this encourages others out there ... don't worry about the details or perfecting the blog ... (if an interior designer can do it ... you can too!!) Would love to hear thoughts and any comments (I know I have LOTS to learn) and appreciate any suggestions for improvement ... http://www.interiordesigntrends.blogspot.com/THANKS ERIC for all you do!!!!Lorraine Davis