Blogging 201: Dig Deep Into A Social Network

Today’s Assignment: pick one social network you’ll use to help grow your blog and connect it to your site. Then, outline a a 30-day plan for how you’ll use it.

For today’s assignment, I will mostly utilize my existing personal Twitter account, which is configured to automatically post to my personal Facebook account as well.

I have set the following goals:

  1. Publicize all published posts.
  2. Share another blogger’s post at least once per week.
  3. “Like” another bloggers Facebook page or “follow” them on Twitter at least once per week.
  4. I added the Twitter feed widget to my blog sidebar.
  5. I added my blog’s URL to my Twitter profile.

An unrelated improvement that I made today was implementing my first weekly feature.  🙂

Happy Monday!

Invisible Pain Warriors

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Music Monday: Clumsy Card House by Blue October

As a result of my participation in Blogging 201 through The Daily Post’s Blogging University, I have learned about weekly features and have decided to give one a try.  My first weekly feature is going to be one that is most likely fairly popular and used by other bloggers.  Even though it might not be the most original, I really like the idea so I’m going to use it.  I have another idea or two for additional features, but I want to try this one out first to see how everyone likes it.  Please feel free to let me know what you think.

The feature will be called Music Monday.  Every Monday, I will post a song and/or video that I (or my hubby) like for your listening pleasure. Continue reading

Blogging 201: Audit Your Brand

Day 2 of Blogging 201 was about auditing your brand.  This might sound simple enough, but it was actually A LOT more complicated than I expected.  The initial assignment was as follows:

Today’s assignment: audit your brand — look at all the ways you communicate information about your blog, and make sure they’re consistent, focused, and say what you want them to say. Bonus points: make a test blog to use as your personal playground for testing changes. via Blogging 201: Audit Your Brand | The Daily Post.

I believe my brand is pretty straight-forward.  The title and tag line of my blog pretty much says it all.  The content is usually related to invisible chronic pain and illness, along with anything and everything related to it.  Continue reading

Blogging 201: Set Three Goals

As a relatively new blogger, when I discovered that WordPress would be offering the online course, Blogging 201, I knew I wanted to participate.

I am excited about participating in this course and hope that it will teach me some of the more detailed aspects of blogging that I may not yet be aware of, which will in turn enable me to help my blog evolve.

The course started yesterday and the first assignment was to set three goals.  My goals are simple.

  1. Publish at least one new post per week. Ideally, I would like to post two or more but I wanted to be realistic, given the fact that I am always juggling a busy work schedule, errands, doctor appointments, and chronic illness related pain and fatigue.
  2. Double my blog subscribers/followers by the end of 2014. Without counting my Twitter followers, I only have 24 so my year-end goal will be 48.
  3. Read and comment on at least one other blog post per day. I often do this already, but I wanted to include it in my goals to ensure that I follow-through with it.  Doing this will help build my network with other bloggers while reading material that I enjoy and supporting other bloggers in the process.

Feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, or other recommended goals for my consideration during this learning process.  🙂