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  • Anti-SOPA day

    Some of the world’s biggest web sites are down today to protest a proposed U.S. law called SOPA – the Stop Online Piracy Act. The law is much broader than its name indicates, and would result in tremendous censorship and limitation of what is online. Blogs like Chief Family Officer (and much bigger ones like Wikipedia and Boing Boing) might well end up out of business because of SOPA. I’m not closing down CFO today (it’s Ralphs match ups day, after all), but please take a moment to let your legislators know of your opposition to this proposed law. You can learn more here.

    A Thank You Gift for CFO Subscribers & Facebook Fans

    I’ve been blogging for a long time now (over six years!), and I finally put together an e-book with all of the basics on how to play The Drugstore Game. I’m making it available to all subscribers – you’ll see the download link at the bottom of each post in your RSS aggregator or daily email from Chief Family Officer. You can subscribe by RSS here and by email here.

    Over at the Chief Family Officer Facebook page, everyone who likes the page can access my Top 10 Tips for Playing The Drugstore Game. If you’re already a Facebook fan, you can see the tips under the “Welcome” tab.

    It’s a lot of fun writing this blog, finding deals, sharing ideas, and hosting giveaways, and I just want to thank you for making it that way!

    Welcome to the new Chief Family Officer!

    I am so excited and happy to welcome you to the new Chief Family Officer – it looks a lot different, doesn’t it?

    Thank you so much to Adam Koford for the fabulous new logo, Amy of Blogging with Amy who set me up with WordPress, Joy of Five J’s Designs who handled the monster migration, and Nancy Dorsner of web design site Dabbled Studios for helping me wrap my brain around the structure of the WordPress template so I could get started. They are all fantastic and talented people who are very easy to work with!

    It’s actually been a lot of fun setting up this site. I’d been on Blogger for so many years that learning my way around backstage here was overwhelming at first. But after I tweaked one little thing, and then another, and started figuring things out here, it’s been a blast. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to really stretch and learn something totally new!

    Of course, the most important question for you is: How do I get around?

    The biggest change is the menu bar up there underneath the new logo. The menu gives you quick links to Drugstore Game and Ralphs deals, coupon links, and more. There’s also a handy search bar up at the top right – it might need some time to work right with Google crawlers and all that, so bear with me.

    For the time being, I’ve added the “Categories” widget to the right so you can search for something that way. I’ll try to figure out how to winnow that list down to the most used as it’s rather unwieldy at the moment.

    I’ll be making changes like that over the next few weeks, refining things as I see what works and what doesn’t. If you come across something that you like, don’t like, or is broken, please be sure to let me know.

    As always, thank you for reading Chief Family Officer!

    Big Changes Coming To Chief Family Officer!

    I have been thinking for literally years now that I should move this site over to WordPress. Blogger has been good and easy to use, but they’ve shut down some of my favorite sites without warning and they’ve shut down themselves unexpectedly a couple of times earlier this year.

    So when Blogging with Amy ran a series on moving from Blogger to WordPress, I read every word. And I was really struck by this paragraph in Part 2 on why one should make the move to WordPress:

    If [you] have seriously considered making a move to WordPress in the past. (If you have thought about it previously, chances are you’ll think about it again. It is definitely better to do it sooner rather than later.)

    I knew Amy was right – I kept thinking about it, and I was going to keep thinking about it, so I might as well do it already.

    And then Amy and Joy of Five J’s Design offered a migration deal. It seemed like a sign. So I signed up.

    And it’s happening.

    Tomorrow. (Yikes!)

    What does that mean for you?

    Hopefully (if all goes smoothly), bigger and better things at CFO. There will be a new design, a new logo, better navigation, and more resources. I’m optimistic that things will go smoothly and email and RSS subscribers won’t notice anything amiss.

    The site will be down for a few hours on Saturday afternoon/evening, and I won’t be posting from noon Saturday until Sunday morning. You will be able to find me over on Facebook – I’ll post deals and updates there, since CFO will be inaccessible.

    When the new site is live, I’ll hope you’ll take it for a test drive and let me know what you think – what you like, what you don’t like, and especially, if anything is broken.

    As always, thank you for reading Chief Family Officer!

    Check out CFO’s new Facebook page!

    I’ll be honest, I haven’t really used Facebook because I’ve got some privacy/trust concerns given their past performance. But I also thought it was high time for a CFO Facebook page. That way, those of you who don’t like RSS feeds and/or forget to visit the actual site can get updates on the latest deals via your own Facebook news feed.

    The best thing about the Facebook page is that it’s a fast and easy way for me to update you on individual deals that pop up throughout the day and look like they’re going to be shortlived – in other words, deals that probably aren’t going to make it to Morning Coffee the following day. I’ve been using Twitter for such updates but I’m guessing that Facebook will be a lot more convenient for many of you.

    I’ll be working on the page for the next few weeks, setting up new tabs and making other modifications. So check it out, “like” the page to get updates in your news feed, and let me know what else you’d like to see on the Facebook page!