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.
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
Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.
When I started this blog I wanted a fun project that would keep motivated to practice photography. I completed a 365 photography project a few year before. I really enjoyed the Macro photography so I based the project on toys. I focused on my favorite movies and my Favorite character, Yoda, the Jedi master from Star wars.
It’s a new year and as part of a commitment to my art and blog, I’ve joined the Worpress Zero to Hero 30 days to a better blog challenge. The first post is an introduction. Or in my case, since this blog is almost three years old, a reintroduction.
My name is Chris. I live in Nashville, TN. I have always been interested in art and am a huge fantasy and science fiction fan. I have combined both passions into my Fairy Photography and Toy Photography. In May 2007 I was named a Froudian Artist of the Month for my Fantasy site, Ollure.com. Yoda archives is my toy photography site.
Yoda archives started as an action figure photography site featuring, the never before revealed adventures of the Jedi Master, Yoda. As I the site progressed I expanded my subjects to include many toys line and LEGO minifigures. I regularly post pictures featuring toys in a single panel comic.
I am a vendor at Fandom conventions, art shows and renaissance faires in Tennessee and the south-east. I may blog here about the events I attend. I will post images on my travel site, Renaissance Faire Pictorial.com
To give you a glimpse at what I do here is a list of some of my most visited posts and some of my work.
My most Popular all time Posts
Despicable Me Minion Blind Bags!
Prototype Armor Boba Fett
Darth “No Legs” Maul Returns #2
The Minions are at Mcdonalds
Don’t forget Valentines Day
Whoever Holds the Hammer
2013 Christmas Advent Calendar * Dec 1