Blogging 201 Challenge – Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Blogging 201 Challenge

As some know I am participating in the Blogging 201 challenge.  Having been on holiday I am a little behind.

Though there is no rule that we have to set a post for each challenge day, I feel it is good for me, stamping my progress and might also be informative to others who might read my blog.

However I take no offence to those who wish to pass by my 201 posts and skip to my more humorous or deep speels.

PS:  Date wise, this is back to front, Day 2 is at the bottom, most recent now at the top, so with progression you might want to zoom down!

In this challenge day, they talk about the following:
  1. Linking up to different media sites
  2. What different media sites tend to be related to subject wise

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My blog is currently linked to Instagram, Flickr photostream and facebook, though I don’t really log on to the latter.  I just find blogging and my photography takes enough time, if hours were infinite or I didn’t want to get out and actually experience the world I blog about, I would link up to ‘all’ the media sites.  As for google plus I just find it confusing LOL.

Blogging 201, Day Six: Drive Traffic to Your Archives

Published, but not forgotten: today, you’ll integrate features to draw traffic to your older content, including widgets, related posts, and a “Best of” page.

This days challenge is about the following:

  1. Drawing traffic towards old posts that have been favored
  2. Not letting old posts sink to the bottom of the pile.
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So, I have a category widget, plus an archive which are personalized, plus a favorites widget, this draws attention to the accessibility of old posts.

I also have on my theme a top area by the header where I can highlight things.  Currently in this area, I have links to music I like, to my awards/challenges page and also to my fav post, this isn’t always a post on my site, it might be on someone else’s.

Blogging 201, Day Five: Give ‘Em What They Want

Today, you’ll conduct a short and simple stats analysis that will help you create an editorial calendar for the next 30 days.

This days challenge was to research the following:

  1. Check stats and analyse to give the following
  2. What content is most popular
  3. What days have peaks and troughs
  4. With this information to work out what days need a boost and what days/content gives a pointer for what my readers like.

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Now my query with this is, many of my days stats go up when I do a challenge.  This of course is partly due not only to my scintillating content (I wish), but also that my post is linked back to the hosts page and with the social context of these challenges people tent to blog hop, so in my mind’s eye doesn’t give a ‘true’ picture of it all.

However, having said that, most readers seemed to like the post when my “dogs ass fell out”, what does this say about you all?  tsk tsk!!! 🙂

Blogging 201, Day Four: Get Read All Over

Today’s assignment: make sure your site is mobile-friendly, and familiarize yourself with the features of responsive design.

This days challenge was to check the following:

  1. That the theme we use are user friendly from all types of applicatons ie tablet, mobile etc and that they are responsive.

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Whilst doing my theme upgrades and testing, I did find the little picture at the bottom, being nosy and not knowing what it was I pressed them, soon discovering their use, presto, hopefully my blog is viewable from most devices if not all, yay!

Blogging 201, Day Three: You’ve Got the Look

Good design affects your content and credibility, and visuals play a big role in a reader’s decision to stay…or go. Make sure yours are helping, not hurting.

This days challenge again talked about the following:

  1. Testing and trying themes
  2. Testing and trying fonts and colour paletttes
  3. Making & branding headers
  4. Try things out on a test site
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Now as mentioned from the day before, I have done all of this already.  So no major work to do which is great considering I was on holiday.  Now that is not to say that I am arrogant about what I have done and that there are no improvements to be made.  The thing  I am saying is that I don’t see them.  So I welcome comments and or feedback on things you really like, things that are iffy and squiffy and or things you  might hate.  I might cry and wail but I will take constructive comments on board and where possible make changes.

I do think having a test blog a great idea and have put this in to place 🙂

Blogging 201, Day Two: Audit Your Brand

Below is as taken from the Blogging 201 page so no discrepancies made:

To build a strong brand, you have to assess your blog, top to bottom. Today you’ll figure out what’s inconsistent or unhelpful — and start to fix it.

First, focus on your goal. Think back to yesterday: why do you blog? What do you want to accomplish? What is the thing you’d like your blog to be known for? This will be the lens you use to dissect your blog.

Second, examine your blog from header to footer. Consider your theme. Look at every widget, page, and image and ask: does this clarify and reinforce my focus?  How will this help me meet my goal? Here’s a checklist to get you going. Each point includes a link to more info:

Third, start introducing changes that reinforce your brand. Make one update today. You don’t have to burn things down and rebuild — just start making tweaks that move your site closer to your vision, and watch them add up. Here are some easy starting points:

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As some of my readers know, I just changed my theme & upgraded not long ago.  This was after many testings and complete hiccup, ie somehow making my page go upside down, yep you heard it here first.

With my theme change, I chose colours, have home made headers, put in widgets, tailored the titles and introduced Flickr photostream and instagram and basically tidied everything up.

I have no desire at present to make the e-mail mentioned above, as I have my own gmail with blog title in, so see no need.

However I have a small to do list here:

  1. Tidy up cateogories
  2. Tidy up/check tags

Please feel free to spank me if you notice none of these things are done! 🙂

As always thank you so much for reading!
Justine x

© Justine

PS apologies for the lines at the top, I simply could find no way to get rid of them, I de-formatted, deleted and pulled my hair out!

  22 comments for “Blogging 201 Challenge – Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

  1. April 22, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    I’m going to come back and read this when I have more time… I’m also behind in posting, not in learning. I’ve been working on each lesson each day, but have not put them into words. I promise to come back and read!


    • April 22, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Yes I was doing the same thing as was on holiday so couldn’t post I really only posted as a point of reference for me and incase anyone else was interested and to be honest do far Meghan I imagine you know how to do all the lessons so far already your quite experienced xx


  2. April 23, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Just wanted to leave a quick comment somewhere after surfing about your site a bit (Found via the 201 Challenge). You’ve done a lot in four months! Enjoyed the layout and feel of your blog.

    For what it’s worth re: Google Plus? I actually only figured out what some of the point of it was when I started blogging – because I could use that profile to comment easily on non-WordPress Blogs – and then use my Google Plus account to link they back to my blog. That said, I haven’t really done much else than send my posts there and that – so if there’s a whole Google+ world out there, I’m missing it. I figure between Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest, that’s about all I can take.


    • April 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      hah i know what you mean. I just connected to Google plus and changed my profile pics etc but i havnt seen where i can link it back to my blog, where do you do this? 🙂 ps thank you for commenting


      • April 24, 2014 at 4:04 AM

        Google+ is still a bit of a mystery to me. Right now I have my blog listed in my “About” description and as one of my other profiles (along with Twitter and Pinterest). Additionally, if you send your blog posts to Google + via publicise they also show up there in your posts section with a link back to your blog (although I’m currently having an issue figuring out how to make those public!) At any rate, I’ll figure it out eventually!


        • April 24, 2014 at 8:46 AM

          Ah yes I should look in to it more, but oh my its so time consuming i wont have any time to write posts LOL.

          I am trying to work out how to get my WP account to post to both my FB personal page and business page, I can’t get a double option, so thought I could configure it in FB but there doesnt seem to be an automated option. I dont suppose you know? x


    • April 26, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      I’m impressed you are doing all of that. The thought of exploring Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and even Facebook is more than I can take. I know better than to say never but that is what I think/feel at the moment! 🙂


      • April 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        hah i dont blame you. I only use Twitter and FB currently for my Living in East Sheen blog as it’s a slightly more commercial/business style blog, my eclectic I have Pinteret, Instagram for my pics 😀 Thats really for enjoyment and for others to see if they wish. I was inspired to start painting again, havnt done since I was a child, but did a piece whilst on holiday, so I bought some proper water colours and paper etc, not sure where and if I will show those when done might be too shy hehe x


        • April 26, 2014 at 1:29 PM

          I’d love to see them. I hope you put them up!


          • April 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM

            hah I might, you might have tweeked some encouragement for me to put under public scrutiny hehe x


  3. April 26, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    I’m glad I came to look at your blog. More later! I didn’t realize you were doing 201. I’m doing 101. I am loving it and wish I could spend all day on it. I’ve made a lot of changes in my blog as a result, mostly in the sidebars, but other things as well.

    But I have to leave it some since my daughter and her husband arrive from India tomorrow and I’m working on a Sanskrit play that we are putting on when Amma comes here the end of May.

    Life is good….. and full.


    • April 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Oh that sounds marvellous. When did you last see her? So exciting. Re the 201 and 101 etc, don’t worry you can pick it up later as the posts will still be there, so you can still learn and I am sure the blog will still be open to mix with others if you wish xx


      • April 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        I saw her when I was in India in December/January. Sreejit will be coming on May 2. It is the first time he’s been here in 3-4 years.

        Thanks for the info about the Blogging course. That is good to know.

        I put up a new post at 7:30 last night. It looks like it will probably be the most popular one I’ve done! Exciting……


        • April 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM

          hehe i saw you had put in some other peoples blogs thats a great, i had a little look the first one i had read a while back and really made me laugh and everyone needs a laugh right?

          I am excited for you seeing your daughter, so wonderful. And your son this year too, May right? Not far away so he will be here with his sister at the same time? All staying at yours? hehe


          • April 26, 2014 at 2:12 PM

            Yes, you’ve seen Dave’s and Sreejit’s but you probably haven’t seen the other three. They are so funny….. in my opinion!

            Yes, they will all be here together soon (including Akshay, who is Chaitanya’s husband).


            • April 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM

              wow, looks of cooking and washing for you then 😛 will be like the old days hehe will be amazing fun though x


              • April 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM

                The difference between this visit and the old days is that this time I’ve learned to make some good food!!!! I look forward to them having that experience.


              • April 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

                BTW…. no washing….. that’s THEIRS to do!


                • April 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

                  haha that is the way it should be maybe they will wash yours!! x


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