Blogging 101 Day 2

Day 2 Blogging 101

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Blogging 101: Zero to Hero

  • JANUARY 9, 2015

Blogging 101: Weekend One Warriors

Blogging 101 takes weekends off — but if you’re itching to keep going, try one of these four ways to spend the weekend. Since today is 1/10/2015 I am playing “catch up” and learning to change and revamp my blog.  I changed my categories and tags.  I have settled on a theme, changed my header to random until I can settle on one I really want.  I also have added the blogging 101 badge and so far like all the changes.  I am in a new job role: CSR at a BP gas station and convenience store. It is more work than I expected for the low pay.  If you have read about me then you know I have a degree in Technical Business Management and my goal is to be a Manager at the store I work for.  BP GASBP GAS 2

  • JANUARY 8, 2015

Blogging 101: Love Your Theme

Today’s assignment: try out at least three other themes — even if you’re happy with yours. Try one you’re drawn to, and one you’d never use. Since today is 1/10/2015 I am play “catch up.”  Yesterday I learned about categories and tags after blogging for four or more years.  Today I have settled on my new theme, and changed the header to random until I can settle on a more specific one.  Learning is so much fun!

  • JANUARY 7, 2015

Blogging 101: Write to Your Dream Reader

Today’s Assignment: publish a post for your dream reader, and include a new-to-you element in it. Since it is 1/10/2015 I wanted to play “catch up.”  So what I did that was new is changed all of my “tags & categories” to the proper way of doing them as I have now read up on how to do them properly.  Yeah!  

Today’s Assignment: publish a post for your dream reader, and include a new-to-you element in it. I am play “catch up” and don’t have a system yet.  It says on Day 1 & 2-Introduce yourself.  My name is Jackie Paulson and I want to learn how to have more focus on my blog and a more specific area to talk about.  

Day 3- A Penny for your thoughts: well after blogging for so many years, I want to say four years, I will try to settle on a topic my readers really want to read. I am done with college after two years and decided to get out of the Security Industry.  That is two major decisions in itself.  I have to learn so many new things in my new role at the gas station I work at that I feel like I am in School all over again.  What I don’t understand is how the manager made a 22 year old a higher paid employee in four months with less skills and no degree?!!!  I hope this is temporary as the manger is going out of town.  The manager did not teach me much, the employee who has been there almost two years did!  She gets no extra pay either, which I think is wrong.  She has trained and lost at least 9 employees too!  A thought might be to talk and share my experiences at the gas station I work at. What do you think?  Comment on that?

Day 4-I have to say Hi to other bloggers and I want to work on that by getting to other bloggers and learning their ABOUT page before I post anything.

Why do this?

  • Writing with a specific reader in mind is a great way to focus your thoughts.
  • Exploring new elements and post styles adds more tools to your storytelling toolbox.
  • Publishing different types of posts and media adds visual interest and keeps people reading.

Even if you’re simply blogging to have a place to practice writing, there’s someone you’re hoping will read. Maybe it’s your dad, so he’ll finally understand your life choices. Maybe it’s the head of Random House, so she’ll skyrocket you into literary limelight. Whether serious, frivolous, or purely hypothetical, focus on one dream reader and write a post — about anything — aimed at him or her.

This doesn’t need to be the Greatest Blog Post of 2014 — it can be on any topic at all. The key is to keep your dream reader in mind as you write, and see how that influences what you create.

Never added an image to a post before? Here’s how! And if you’re not the world’s greatest photographer, there are plenty of places you can get beautiful, free-to-use images.

In your post, include one new kind of element. If you’re a photo blogger, try add context to your images with some haiku. If you’re a parenting blogger, add a photo. If you’re discussing current events, embed the tweets of other folks chatting about the same topic. If you’re an Instragram or Pinterest user, embed one of your own shots or some pins. Embed a song that resonates with what you’re posting about, or a map of a place mentioned in your post.

Trying something new brings an interesting twist to your blog, and thinking about what you post from a different angle is a useful exercise for any blogger. And the more tools you have at your disposal as a blogger, the more effectively you can tell your story.

Here are embed instructions for WordPress.com bloggers:

Before you hit “publish,” make sure you’ve added the blogging101 tag to your post — it’s the easiest way to make sure other participants can find you. (Still not sure how to add tags? Read this.)

About Jackie Paulson

I help authors by doing book reviews, I am an Intuitive Guidance Counselor Experienced Security Officer, Paralegal, Bachelor Degree Tech Mgmt, Master in HR Generalist, Barber/Hair Stylist 20+ years, Internet guru, Research, Blogger, Mom, Great Clips Hair Expert. Jackie Paulson © 2014-2016
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4 Responses to Blogging 101 Day 2

  1. MythRider says:

    I just saw your day planner. I think it’s a great idea. I’d pay $20 for it. I’m wondering about so may weekly planners. is there a set for each category? If so that’s a lot of weeks. It seem that you could combine a few of the weekly planners and not have so many to save space.

    But you did an amazing amount of work on it. You should be proud.

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  2. MythRider says:

    Congrats on your new job. I can see how you’d be tired of college if you can just work your way into the job. I would be care of what you say about work just in case it gets back to to work. Otherwise have fun doing what you love.

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