Blogging 201, Day Twelve: Give ‘Em What They Want, Part Two
Today’s assignment is to create a poll or survey for you blog. I’ve used polldaddy for polls before but not surveys. I’ll see if I can get one posted tonight. Sound like a good way to get more feed back from my followers.
In Blogging 201 related news our day one assignment was to set some goals for our blogging. One of mine was to for each month of this year beat last years traffic numbers. Today I made that goal for April. Four months in a row I’ve surpassed last years traffic numbers. That’s because of all of you so thank you all for visiting.
Day Four: Get Read All Over
The goal was to make the blog mobile friendly. I’ve already used Appearance > Mobile > “Enable mobile theme”. The preview really doesn’t help it just shows a small window for the phone preview. I have scroll around to see the page. It should have readjusted to fit the screen. And possibly changed to the Minileven theme with a white background. It looks fine on my tablet.
If you are viewing on a smart phone how does the site look?
Day Five: Give them what they want.
Conduct a short and simple stats analysis that will help you create an editorial calendar for the next 30 days. I responded to this in the main thread. After reviewing my stats I finally have chosen my regular features. Now I need to create them. Long work week plus finally decent weather has kept me from making new pictures. We will have a garden this year.
Day Six: Drive Traffic to my Archives
I keep a list of my most popular posts on my about page . I have a similar list on my sidebar that also includes a few of my personal favorites. Today I updated both. There has been a slight change since the start of the year.
I use the top post widget to show off my most liked posts. I make use of the related posts feature as well.
I signed up for wordpress Blogging 201 challenge. It just happened to start on one of my busiest work weeks. So I’m behind.
Day One: set three goals.
I don’t remember if I’ve posted these before but here are my 2014 blog goals and where I am in them.
- Each month beat 2013 traffic for the same month.
For the first three months of the year I have made that goal. I’m trending to make that goal for April as well. I more than doubled my visits for Feb 2014 verses Feb 2013. But last year February was one of my slowest months.
- Increase my community by increasing followers and feedback.
I have gained followers here, on twitter, and tumblr. But I’ve not gotten as much feedback as I had hoped.
- Develop a regular feature. I had considered new comic Wednesday, with a new hero theme comic on the day comic books are released or a Mythic Monday feature focusing on Mythic creatures.
I have still not managed to do this. I am going to get this done this spring.
- Learn more web developement skills.
I am taking some coding courses now. I have yet to use the new knowledge here but I will soon.
Day Two: Audit my Brand.
Short answer to this I need to streamlined my blog’s look. I want the main blog’s color scheme and feel to be shared with my social media sites as well. That’s part of the reason I’m taking the coding courses mention above.
Day Three: You got the look.
Test out themes and looks. I’ve tried different themes before. My conclusion was I was happy with my current one. But now that I know more CSS, I will attempt changes. But I’ve got to get some rest first.
I’ve joined Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo Challenge. It’s a new Photo challenge based on a new word each Tuesday. She has listed her weekly word until June. The first leg of the challenge is based on color and this week’s color is Red.
“What Can I photograph for Red? Have any red flowers sprouted yet? No. Is it decent weather today? Better than yesterday, but still no red flowers here. There’s a few purple flowers poking up out of all the brownness in the yard. but purple was last week. Plus it’s still a little cold outside. What’s inside I can shoot? Candy Hearts! Anything special I can do with them?
LEGO Deadpool makes everything special!
Shot in the studio with 1/2 off valentines candy in a Christmas candy jar. Why were red hots so hard to find this year? I couldn’t find Ferrara or Brach hearts anywhere. Valentine Cinnamon Imperials where are you?
More Red entries here.
I’ve joined Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo Challenge. It’s a new Photo challenge based on a new word each Tuesday. February 4 is the launch date. She has listed her weekly word until June. The first leg of the challenge is based on color and this week’s color is Neon.
I was sick last week and was unable to make new photos. These images are from my 365 project a few years ago. The first is our local theater.
This is a sign for Grasshopper mowers. I shot this at home and garden event.
Day 13: Build a (Better) Blogroll
By now, you’ve made some community connections and have at least a few favorite reads — after all, you’ve been following new topics and blogs and commenting, and are on the receiving end of comments and follows yourself. Today, you’ll continue weaving the fabric of the blogosphere, using one of its essential tools: link love.
Today’s Assignment: Create, edit, or expand your blogroll.
I’ve revised my blogroll. It was a long list of blogs and wend sites. I’ve reduced the list down bit also added some blogs That I follow in the reader but have never listed in the blogroll. Check out the action figure theater lists for more toy photography.
Today’s assignment: create an About page, or revisit and improve the one you have.
Today challenge is to make the about page more personal and informative. I’ve updated my about many times since the blog was born. The last time I used advice I from Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform. He suggested adding links your most popular posts on the about page to let readers see a glimpse into the blog.
For this assignment, I updated the most popular and most liked posts. I also added a few pictures and updated some text from my reintro post from day 1. Is there anything else I should add? what would you like to know?
you can see my about page here. Or click the link on the navigation bar at the top of each page.
Today’s Assignment: publish a post that includes a new-to-you element.
Today challenge is to add a new element to the blog. Basicially to expand my range of tools I can add to a post. This is a photoblog so adding an image is nothing new. I’ve posted several videos to the blog as well.
One thing I’ve never done is post a tweet to Yoda Archives. I use twitter. My post are published to twitter. But I’ve never took a tweet and posted it to the blog. I never knew how till I read the WordPress tutorial on twitter embeds.
Here are a few tweets from people I follow.
Another LEGO Photographer
A writer and a Kickstarter project.
And A tweet about a Agents of Shield live tweet event tonight.
Adding Tweets is a pretty easy process. I will incorporate my tweets in to this blog. This tweet was automatically generated by Publicize from my end of the year post.
Year end review. Tale of the K-mart Medusa wp.me/p1iWPV-WA—
chris jarvis (@ATOFollure) January 01, 2014
It’s been a busy day on the site I got a note from WordPress. I had a big surge in traffic after I posted today’s Advent build.
Your blog, Yoda Archives, Macro adventures of a Jedi Master, appears to be getting more traffic than usual!
50 hourly views!
50 hourly views might not mean much to many sites but it’s great for my fun pastime. I’m nearing my record for most views in a single day. With only 2 hours left in the day I doubt I’ll break the record but at least I’m close to it.
The other big traffic news is that the blog passed 25,000 all time views today!
Thanks for all the support you have given. I love to hear from you. I’ll continue to blog the advent calendar till Christmas Eve. Then some bonus post afterwards.
I got this surprise today. Six years ago I registered on WordPress. It wasn’t for this blog, Yoda archives is under 3 years right now. I registered to be a contributor on a festival blog. The blog was an extension to board that I’m a moderator on. Turned out we didn’t use the blog much. But when I wanted to blog on my own I remembered wordpress.
You registered on WordPress.com 6 years ago!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
Get the Most Out of Widgets: Building and Showcasing Your Community.
Last month, we highlighted some widgets and hope you’ve since activated them! Today, let’s continue our widgets tour and focus on several that put the spotlight on the readership you’ve built. Your site isn’t just about you or your organization — it’s very much enriched by the community around you