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Roundup–NaBloPoMo February 2014


During February  I’ll be pinging back here each time I post on this topic in order to have them all lined up neatly to summarise at the end of the month.


Roundup – Zero to Hero

zero-to-heroIn the second week of January I decided to have a bash at the Zero to Hero challenge, which proposed that following the exercises would increase my knowledge of how to use WordPress to best advantage.  It was primarily aimed at new bloggers who perhaps would not have much experience of messing about with the available tools in WordPress, and in that context, I think this would have been a very useful tutorial.  The thing is I am already an inveterate tweaker and had delved into most of the tasks that were suggested during the month, so I did find participating every day to be something of a chore.  That being said, I’m glad I took this on, because it prompted me to get my digit out of my orifice and do something about getting people to read my deathless prose, and I did learn about a few things I hadn’t discovered through my normal trial and error approach.

Did my readership improve? Well, I have also taken up the Daily Prompt challenge and from looking at the viewing stats, that was far more effective in bringing my blog to the attention of others, largely because of the pingback setup, which for some reason was not operated on Zero to Hero.

So, rather than re-hash all my thoughts on the daily tasks, I’ve listed them all below. The first link on each line should bring you to the task as described on the day, and the second and sometimes third links are my responses.

Task:   Day One: Introduce Yourself  –   Who I am and why I’m here 
Task:  Day Two: What’s your name?  –  Edit your title and tagline, and flesh them out in a widget 
Task:  Day Three: What’s on your mind?  Didn’t do this one, can’t remember why
Task:  Day Four: Explore the Neighborhood    –  Find five blogs you like 
Task:  Day Five: Love Your Theme   – Try out new themes 
Task:  Day Six: Try a New Element –  Publish a post that includes a new element
Task:  Day Seven: Personalize Your ThemeDo some more personalizing
Task: Day Eight: Make Your About Page Irresistible – Didn’t do this one, I’d been twiddling with that page the day before and was getting a little bored with that. I’d also found another writing challenge.
Task:  Day Nine: Head Deeper Into the BlogosphereNaPloPoMo
Task:  Day Ten: Add Two Widgets –  I didn’t but I wrote about it anyway – I also experimented with menus, because I prefer to balance navigation horizontally and vertically
Task:  Day Eleven: Leave Three Comments –  Leave posts on three blogsThe Liebster Award 
Task:  Day Twelve: From Comment to Postwrite a post that expands on one of your comments
Task:  Day Thirteen: Build a (Better) BlogrollCreate, edit or expand your blogroll
Task:  Day Fourteen: Blogger’s Choice! – reading and commenting – I spent so much time on that, I didn’t get round to posting about it
Task:  Day Fifteen: Explore Visuals and Content – I didn’t do this one, it was tantamount to offering an alcoholic the keys of a brewery
Task:  Day Sixteen: Personalize a PromptPublish a post based on your own personal take on today’s Daily Prompt
Task:  Day Seventeen: Increase Your Commenting Confidence – As per Day Fourteen
Task:  Day Eighteen: Activate a Social NetworkZero to Hero and Beyond
Task:  Day Nineteen: Publish a Post in a New-To-You Formatpublish a post in a format you haven’t used before  – Trust
Task:  Day Twenty: Add a New Page  –  Add a new page to your blog
Task:  Day Twenty-One: Build on your last post –  I didn’t do this one. It involved social networks again and I’d gone to town on social networking on Day Eighteen 
Task:   Day Twenty-Two: Try (Another) Blogging EventDraft a post for (another) blogging eventCee’s Fun Foto Challenge–Found in Nature 
Task:  Day Twenty-Three: Publish a Roundupthat links to posts on at least three others blogs and tell us why you love them
Task:  Day Twenty-Four:  Chat with other event participantsvisit five other participants in the event your chose on Day 22. Leave at least two comments. (Read and comment more if you can!)
Task: Day Twenty-Five:  Add one more custom touch – Good God people! Don’t you know by now that I’m a member of Blog Tweaker’s Anonymous? Have mercy.  Yes I tweaked.  No, I didn’t write about it
Task: Day Twenty-Six: Set up a few more drafts for later –  Today’s assignment: look back over what you’ve published. What have you been most proud of? What are the common threads? Which have been most popular? Create and save at least two draft posts with ideas that come from those
Task: Day Twenty-Seven: Revisit a task – Today’s assignment: Pick your favorite of all the tasks we’ve done so far, and revisit it. How can you continue to grow? (Bonus: revisit a post that’s been on your mind, and make the edits you’ve been thinking about.)  I’m going to be realistic about this. There were too many challenges this month. I’ll revisit this later, when I’m done with Zero to Hero 
Task: Day Twenty-Eight: Build on your popular content Find the post that has received the most views, likes, or comments, and write a related follow-up post
Task: Day Twenty-Nine: Create an Editorial Calendar – Ha! I did that during the task for Day Twenty Six

Task: Day Thirty: Think Big Picture –   Extend your brand, think about a bigger strategic plan for promoting your online presence, and set a goal for the next 30 days.

Under Pressure

NaBloPoMo_January_PressureI was too late to register for January 2014, but thought heck, why not give NaBloPoMo a shot anyway. The topic this month was “Pressure”. 

Just so I could keep track of the posts on this theme, I linked them all back to this one, so if you have a mind to, you can check them all out in the list of pingbacks to this post.

And this is the theme song.


NaBloPoMo January 2014

Share Your World


Hosted by Cee’s photography.

Cee asks participants to answer four questions about themselves every week.

This is what Cee says:

I ask 4 questions each week so all of us can get to know each other better. In the past I’ve written columns like this in newsletters for various companies and organizations. And it was everyone’s favorite part of the newsletter. Since blogging is an international activity, I also thought this would be a great way for all of us to get to know each other. Share things about you, your home, your town, your country, your traditions. So once a week, I’ll post four new questions for you to answer about yourself or the area in the world you live.


Share Your World

Roundup: 50 Day Song Challenge

1024px-Turntable_spinningDay 1 The song you play the most
Day 2 A song from the first album you ever bought
Day 3 Your favourite single
Day 4 Your favourite album track
Day 5 A song from the first band/artist you saw live
Day 6 A song from your childhood
Day 7 A song by your favourite band
Day 8 A song that reminds you of your favourite TV Show
Day 9 Your favourite new release (2 months)
Day 10 An awesome driving track
Day 11 A song that is amazing to hear played live
Day 12 A song that makes you laugh
Day 13 The song that contains your favourite lyric
Day 14 A song from an album with brilliant cover art
Day 15 Your favourite TV show theme tune
Day 16 A song that reminds you of a holiday
Day 17 A song that you relate to a family member
Day 18 A song you will never get sick of
Day 19 A guilty pleasure
Day 20 A song you can’t help but sing too
Day 21 The song that reminds you of your closest friend (tag them!)
Day 22 A song that you love to relax to
Day 23 A song you always play before a night out
Day 24 A song from an artist/band you’ve just discovered
Day 25 A song from the last album you bought
Day 26 A song you love but nobody would expect you to!
Day 27 Your karaoke song – For the sake of everybody else’s reason, I don’t do karaoke – pass!
Day 28 A song you love because of its lyrics
Day 29 A song you love because of its video
Day 30 A older song you’ve only recently started listening to
Day 31 A song from somebody your friend introduced you to
Day 32 A song you’ve performed in front of people
Day 33 A song from any artist/band you’ve seen live
Day 34 A song from an artist/band you wish you could see live
Day 35 A song you love but used to hate
Day 36 A song from a band a family member introduced you to
Day 37 Your favourite Beatles song
Day 38 Your favourite cover of a song
Day 39 A song with a great music video
Day 40 A song that brings back amazing memories
Day 41 A song that brings back bad memories
Day 42 Your favourite 80′s track
Day 43 Your favourite 90′s track
Day 44 A song you play air guitar too
Day 45 Your favourite acoustic version of a song
Day 46 The first song you ever bought
Day 47 The only song you like by a band you otherwise hate
Day 48 A song you loved this time last year
Day 49 Your favourite love song
Day 50 Your favourite song of all time