Blogging University 201: Week In Review

Day 1

Goal Setting:

I made this comment in the commons, because this time around I was going to try to spend more time in there, but I’m kind of losing track of the goals I made.  Literally.  There’s bonus points to “detail my goals and publish” because going public ups your accountability, except, I have waged a war on accountability.  I don’t do things to pass or fail in public.  OR as a means to stave off failure in public.  BUT it doesn’t mean that I can’t be public about things, so usually, I just work around that advice to keep on keeping-on with what I am doing.  No harm, no foul, no limitations.   Anyway.

Why do I blog?
To self publish and/or get a book contract. Even though Grammar and English were my worst subjects, I was an avid reader and always knew, on some level, that I would publish. I never understood it until I started to sharpen my view point before I quit smoking and then some volunteer activities led me to blogging. (…and I found an editor.)
*To establish myself as a leader in my field? I guess I am developing my field. I have a couple paths that I have been trekking to see which one catches on. That is why I blog, I found my voice, I need to find a way to channel it.
*If I exceeded my wildest dreams? I don’t think my theme would change much. I’d probably get ads and make changes accordingly but then wildest dreams…? I wouldn’t need ads so then they would disappear. I would really like to see more conversations. Not so much debates, but thought provoking ah-ha moments catch hold then return to hear the impact that made on their day and led to another ah-ha moment. (so actually, this is what made quitting smoking quite exciting.)
*I want to get past 200 followers, with a stretch goal of 300 followers. Actually I want my mind blown for the increase in followers, but I will take over 200.
*In Blogging 101 I was going to create a Fruity Friday feature, but I never got out of the gate. But I think I may turn that into an event along with the “wildest dreams” bullet point. We’ll see.
*Then of course to finish Blogging 201. It took me three tries last time, but I got my blog up to where I wanted it to be, so I’ll see.

Day 2

Audit Your Brand:

I changed my background color from terra cotta to a light yellow.  Although cheerful it sure is bright and I think this is why I choose terra cotta in the first place.  Plus I thought the terra cotta and red would give it a designers edge but I was wishing for a way to inject purple in there.  Especially in the widgets. Anyway…  I’m going to see if this effects my stats at all before I switch it back.

As for the rest of the audit…

Content?  I think I do a pretty good job of keeping the thread running through everything.  In fact if I need work in this area, it is probably an exercise to throw something random in there to attract a new audience.  Mostly everything is grounded to the basic tenants of manners that are Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.  Hence my war on accountability, my work in finding motivation through non-motivation techniques, quitting smoking, women in the work place and cleaning house. Even though it may not seem like it, I see that it is there and that itself, is the point I am trying to make.  While it may seem like I have a smattering of topics, I see the basic thread.  The practice for writing the blog is to not make it preachy or rantish as it is very easy to fall into these two categories without meaning to.

I think I have a running theme with the crooked path, winding trail, widget titles and blog entries, tag lines.  This explains the thread about my content.  I need to work on some widget titles.  I had the idea and I acted on that idea before it was fully fleshed out.  It kept me thinking about it and now I think I found the fix and I just need to follow through with rewording some widgets.   Might happen today…  definitely next week.

Maybe I should add a text widget with a pithy description of my blog’s mission.  (check recent draft)

custom widgets

test blog?!!!   WOW!  What an Idea! Put that one on the list.

Day 3

Get Read All Over

I am mobile-friendly.

Day 4

Give Them What They Want

It would be nice to see “all time” results but right now all I can see is either 2014 or 2015 results.

2014                                                                                            2015

1.  Christmas Decorations Before Thanksgiving. (sadly)                     A 24 Hour Day: Sleep

2. Nuns, Priests, and Equality                                                         A 24 Hour Day: Getting Ready

3.  Fighting the Fear of the Unknown                                              Without Insurance

4.  Hating It Is Not Relevant                                                           A 24 Hr Day 1st of 13 (Intro)

5.  You Can Care Without Worry                                                      Thank God It’s Monday

6. #dontmakedouchebagchoices                                     If We All Sat Around Thinking Good Things…

7.  Thear: A new word for Unisex Grammar                                      Without Insurance II

8. Motivation 3rd post of 3 part series                                              Motivation/Determination

9.  Empty Fridge = Good Thing?                                                      A 24 Hour Day: 2nd in 13

10. My work in Non-motivation 2nd in 3                                       Technology and Social Disconnection

Even though my readership has grown my hit count has stayed the same at 22 for the #1 spot, but I posted more last year while building my blog, doing NaNoBloMo, and participating more in the commons during my first time with Blogging U.

This year I am struggling more with time as I have been shaking things up at work and, and placing a high importance on my 13 part series while trying to have a really clean copy without the aid of my editor.  All this has taken a toll on the number of posts, I churn out.  Even though it seems like I’m blogging “ALL THE TIME”

These results could be slightly skewered because I did not include really random off topic stuff or posts that were specific blogging U lessons, (i.e. Introduce yourself, visit 5 bloggers and ping back).  Not only because they were off topic, but also because the readership is generated as we are supposed to go seek out others as part of the assignment.    I could also tell that with NaNoBloMo, I got a little off topic with trying to create daily posts.  There are a lot of “in the moment” posts.  Good for bulking up my blog, but may have put a small dent in the character of my blog. Especially when the posts started to center around whining about not keeping up or cheers that I am.


4 thoughts on “Blogging University 201: Week In Review

  1. Cathy Lynn Brooks July 31, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    This was certainly ambitious of you to write about the whole week. I must admit I only wrote 2 blogs on the topics in the course although I did blog every day and followed almost everyone. I have commented throughput and even did a guest blog. I found it to be very worthwhile. Great job!


    • 04ling July 31, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      And you call me ambitious? Your awesome! I always set out to spend more time in the commons and when im ready to sit down and communicate it seems to be over. So then i take the course again.

      This “week in review” made a very good notepad.

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  2. oneta hayes July 31, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I like your “fruit of the Spirit” inserts. Blogging 201 sure whizzed by, didn’t it? Will I be seeing you in blogging101. I’m repeating.


    • 04ling July 31, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you. Not this month. Im going to try to spend time in the reader and in freshly pressed. And maybe try my hand with an event. But i think ill try hanging around the commons next week. .


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