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Two Cents Tuesday Roundup

tct-headerThis challenge comes from Across the Bored, and here are the rules from the author:

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

  1. I will post some commentary on a random topic that pops into my head (have a look at some of the older posts) and then ask you to respond on the same.
  2. Your point of view on the current week’s challenge can take any form: but it has to be about the topic!
  3. Please, don’t just link to an old post… challenge yourself.
  4. The Challenge will be open for 14 days after it is posted upon which I will post another.
  5. ENJOY, have FUN and TELL your friends and fellow bloggers.

SO – Create your Two Cents Tuesday Challenge post

  1. Then add a link to your blog in my comment box.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your post, title your blog post “Two Cents Tuesday Challenge” and add the same as a tag.
  3. If you would like your reader to see what others are presenting for the same challenge, add a link to the “Two Cents Tuesday” challenge on your own blog.
  4. Feel free to pick up your badge below
  5. Remember to Follow to get your weekly (hopefully) reminders.
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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.

Day Twenty Three: Publish a Roundup

instant_weekly_roundupToday’s challenge: Publish a roundup post that links to posts on at least three other blogs, and tell us why you love the posts — and why we should read ‘em.

I was getting a little fed up with the amount of tweaking that came out of the Zero to Hero Challenge, part of why I want to take up these blogging challenges is to get away from fiddling and get on with writing! It’s hard to decide which is a favourite individual post among the wealth of posts that are published every day.  I’ve interacted with several WordPress bloggers recently and I would hate to favour one of them over another, so I’ve turned to some long-time favourite non WordPress blogs, that are always guaranteed to publish something that will be among my many favourites in any given week.

Life with Dogs – Dog insists on bringing neighbours news paper
This blog is a must-follow for any dog lover, I will bet hundreds of my co-Wordpressers have already seen it.  The post tells about a very reliable delivery-dog and I’m pretty sure that Life as a country bumpkin, not a city girl will relate to this after reading her post Country internet earlier tonight (or last night, depending on your time-zone) – oops, it’s actually tomorrow here, I should have gotten busy writing this post before midnight, instead I was Busy Browsing Blogs like the good little  Zero to Hero participant that I am.

RCPI Archive – The Irish Born Physician and the British Museum
This blog is written by my colleagues in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Heritage Centre.  The Heritage Centre houses one of the largest collections of medical publications, along with a vast array of paintings, sculptures and other artefacts.  One item in the collections really fascinates me, the diary of Kathleen Lynn, which I posted about a long time ago.  I chose a recent post from the archive, but you know what? If you like  to combine a little bit of history with a wealth of odd facts and unusual information, take a stroll through the archives, I promise you, it’s well worth the time.

Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd – Planters: Two Spots Cafe at Swords, Co Dublin
Although we share the same family name, Peter is not a family member.  He is an old school friend of a family member. Peter has a wonderful talent for turning jungles into beautiful gardens, and turning the oddest pieces of scrap or junk into fantastic and original garden pieces.  He organises garden tours and also has an award-winning weekly podcast, aptly named The Sodshow. You will see from the picture in the post how has turned what he calls aged, rustic timber (translation, something another person threw away and he saw a use for) into beautiful, solid planters, complete with branding for the cafe that commissioned them.  A must-read for gardeners, recyclers and nature lovers.  Uncle Spike (also no relation), now that pruning has started, you might like to check in with Peter.

@FoxeinSocks – Amazing Cast Iron Facade
Now this IS a family member, the very one who introduced me to Peter (above).  Not long ago, he and his family emigrated to New York. His job there brings him to all parts of La Grande Pomme. It’s clear from the huge library of pictures he has Tweeted that he is loving his new life, and displays his newcomer’s delight in the things he sees around his new home, every day. The Write Might’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition makes me think he and @foxeinsocks may be kindred spirits.

Internet Techies – Instant Weekly Roundup : Free WordPress Plugin To Generate Weekly or Monthly Roundups In Seconds
If you intend to continue with these rounds ups, you might find this post quite useful.  I’m tempted to break my “no tweak” resolution to try this one out myself.  Time will tell.

Tee-hee… I managed to slip in a few WordPressers I follow after all Winking smile

Zero to Hero

Share Your World

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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