Blogging 101 | Thanksgiving Week Recap

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Wow, have I been busy this week! Thankfully I took the day off from work to recover from a great meal, late night/early morning shopping, and to catch up on my Blogging 101 posts! I do have a lot to write about, as I’ve been ‘accumulating’ assignments and I have a bunch of new ideas for my blog!

Monday’s assignment: if you’re active on a social network, set up Publicize to link the account to your blog or add a widget highlighting your profile. If you’re not, explore your social options to see whether one might be helpful.

This is where I wish I could customize my theme to add the social media icons! My theme allows for a few, which I’ve added. I used WordPress’ Publicize tool to connect my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. This way, I can choose which posts I want to share with the push of a button and not commit to sharing everything I post. I also created a Stumble Upon account last week, as well as got set up in Hootsuite. I’ve tried using HootSuite before, but I deactivated it because I didn’t really use Twitter a lot. But as the assignment details, Twitter and Facebook are good mediums for generalist blogs…

Tuesday’s assignment: add a new page to your blog, and make sure readers can find it easily.

I didn’t have a clue of what page I wanted to add, but after sitting on it for a few days, I decided that I wanted to add an awards page (I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award!!) a contact me page, and my bucket list! Check them out!

Wednesday’s assignment: pick a blogging event from the Community Event Listings to try for some instant community.

I really wanted to participate in Blogging U’s Photography 101 next (which I might), but I also found a ton of events that I wanted to participate in from the Community Event Listings. It was hard to pick just one, but I want to start small and focus on “Weekly Small Pleasures” hosted by A New Life Wandering. This even focuses on “…remembering and sharing those small things that made you happy during the week; things that made you smile, made you laugh, made you do a happy dance, made your heart silently smile, or they even made you cry for joy.” She posts hers up on Sunday, and I think I might do that too as Sunday is a good day to recap the week!

Thursday’s assignment: extend your brand with one of the following: a custom Blavatar, a custom image widget, or a Facebook fan page.

For now, I just decided to create a custom Blavatar, as I have a lot of things going on in my sidebar. I would love if my theme had a bottom side bar (maybe I should take advantage of WordPress’ Black Friday sale…). I want to create image widgets for my social media accounts in the future though!

Today’s (Friday’s) assignment: develop a regular feature for your blog.

I was doing well posting every other day or even daily throughout Blogging 101, but obviously dropped the ball this past week…anyways, for now my regular feature will be the Weekly Small Pleasures event as I’m still outlining my own content. Yes this blog is about creativity, and I have yet to do anything completely original, but these challenges and events are helping me build consistency and ideas so that when I do have my own content, I’ll have an arsenal of tools (and fellow bloggers) to help me.

Blogging 101: Increase Your Commenting Confidence

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Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to yesterday’s prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.

I commented on all the blog posts that I read (you might as well after you’ve read the entire thing) mainly because providing feedback is something I struggle with. In class discussions, I would never really have questions to ask, because the ideas made sense to me. I still struggle with constructive/engaging feedback. This was good practice for me! As I’m still a blogging newbie, and am trying to find myself creatively, I decided today that by participating in different challenges, it will help me dig deeper and essentially be more creative. These Blogging 101 challenges are encouraging me to really think about what other people have to say, and try and muster an equally meaningful response. After this, I want to participate in the Photography 101 challenge, as I’ve always wanted to learn more about photography, but have always given up because I get too confused with aperture, shutter speed, and exposure. (Just as I give up at the same page in the guitar book because I can’t position my hand as the lesson requires…)

  • Megan’s blog post I’m Thankful For The Facebook Timeline Feature Because Now I Can Relive My Glory Days With The Click Of A Button was quite rather witty as she describes how the Timeline Feature allows us to be reminded of the ‘good old days.’ It’s always a little fun to look back at cringe worthy, awkward, and embarrassing posts.
  • Liz’s (of Wherever the Heart Goes) salad days takes us back to her adolescence (which I saw as a reoccurring theme when reading these posts) to high school. I can relate as my memories of high school would be as random as hers.
  • While Karen didn’t go back to high school, her happy chapter in life was about her fresh start in college and all of the memories she experienced there. College should have been a fresh start for me, but I was too entrenched in certain things to really make the most of my social life there.
  • I’m not sure what drew me in to livingonchi’s The Gift of 26 post, but I was very impressed when I got to the end. I wanted to know more and became a little envious of her epiphany at age 26, and hope that I will too consider myself “…a woman, free, strong, independent, and able to do anything I put my mind to.”
  • Nilesh’s The good old days post was very succinct and appealed to my geeky side…even though I despise computer programming and such.
  • While I found My Simple Life’s salad days post similar (in some aspects) to my pre-teen years, I admired her strength and courage she projected in her post, as well as her about me pages. In the life challenges she has shared, she seems to always come out of them with a silver lining and that’s struck accord with me. It’s always exciting to find someone who writes something and as you’re reading it, you’re thinking “that describes me perfectly!”

What blogs did you discover today?