ZERO TO HERO: 30 DAYS TO A BETTER BLOG
(DAY 8 & 9)
DAY 8: MAKE YOUR “ABOUT” PAGE IRRESISTIBLE
You’ve completed the first week, congrats! This week, you’ll continue posting fresh content and personalizing your blog to perfection. On day eight, you’ll create (or perfect) the one element that nearly all popular, established blogs have: a great About page. We know lots of you have already tackled an About page — but you haven’t tackled it with our tips.
Today’s assignment: create an About page, or revisit and improve the one you have.
Because blogs aren’t just about words and photos, they’re about the people who publish them. An About page gives readers more insight into you, the blogger — which makes your blog more interesting (and follow-worthy).
Because posts are displayed from newest to oldest, but an About page lets you to keep important information about your blog constantly accessible.
I decided to remove some unnecessary information from my about page. Added more appropriated information that added to the clarity of my agenda. I included several anime and manga that I started watching after creating this blog. I have listed all the manga and anime that I’ve watched and read, but I altered the list by providing links to each.
DAY 9: HEAD A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THE BLOGOSPHERE
You’ve already explored the WordPress.com Reader last week, and started following topics and blogs that resonate with your own interests. So why are we doing it again? Growing your community is a process, not a single task.
Today’s assignment: Follow five more blogs and/or topics.
Because the more bloggers you follow, the more posts to be inspired by, reflect on, and respond to.
Because getting a clearer sense of the breadth and global reach of the blogging community will make your own blogging stronger and richer.
Because the more you put yourself out, the easier it is for others to find you.
I decided to check the blogs off my blog lists, and collect 5 from there. Here’s this list:
ZERO TO HERO: 30 DAYS TO A BETTER BLOG (Day 6)
Today’s Assignment: publish a post that includes a new-to-you element.
- Because sometimes, an image can say things that words can’t — and vice versa.
- Because the more tools you have at your disposal as a blogger, the more effectively you can tell the story you want to tell.
- Because mixing media in posts adds visual interest and white space that makes posts easier (and more fun) to read — and when your posts are easier to read, more people read ‘em.
I decided to use a board on my Pinterest board:
ZERO TO HERO: 30 DAYS TO A BETTER BLOG (DAY 3 & DAY 4)
I’m really behind on this, but I’ll get back on track.
Day 3: What’s on your mind?
Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.
I’ve already written the blog post that was on my mind when I started the blog. And to be honest I wasn’t particularly focusing on a specific blog post when I decided to join the challenge. I did however want to generally become a better blogger and develop a more comprehensive blog.
Day 4: Explore the neighborhood
Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader, and begin finding blogs (and bloggers) you love.
- http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/ I like comic books but I don’t read many and I rarely blog about them. I guess I could at least read a blog about them.
- http://hexacoto.wordpress.com/ Looking up philosophy on the reader I stumbled upon an article on cheating that interested me.
- http://sleepinggeeks.com/ I love this blog not only does it feature anime and manga, it also features music and art among other topics. Shout out to (Shaki Ali).
- http://tobiichi.wordpress.com/ A blog I just discovered, I think I’m going to like.
- http://shinigaming.com/ Like comics I barely blog about video games but I think I’ll expand my reading to blogs that do discuss them.
I’ll admit there not all completely new topics.
Day 2: What’s your name?
We make snap judgments about websites all the time — how many times have you disregarded a site because it wasn’t immediately clear what it was about? Today, you’ll name your blog and expand on that with an “About this Blog” widget, drawing on the introductory post you published yesterday. Let no reader click away to the next site because they were unsure of your focus!
Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline, and flesh them out more in a widget.
I already like my Blog title and tagline, but I needed a text widget. I decided to have my text widget resemble the visual style found in dictionaries. With the definition literally defining my blog.
– (Otaku.Orbit) n. A blog created by Jiraiyan, with the goal of having a conversation with anyone sharing his love of Anime, Manga and Video Games.