To Buddy or not ….. that is the question ?


Well, todays task is an interesting one. A Blog Buddy! So how would I go about completing this task. I suppose there are three ways I could go. The second most easy way (I’ll come to the easiest later) is just to put a request on ‘The Commons’ on the blogging 201 page and hope someone feels generous and play. The upside, is that you may ‘buddies’ that really want to be a buddy. There are downsides, but I’ll not dwell on that.

The hardest way is to contact someone direct. I suppose you would have to have a lot of confidence in your blog and in yourself to cope with the disappointment if that buddy says no! Even more so if you get many rejections (Q. Do I have a confidence issue??)

Then we come to the easy way. You just put out your request on the “The Commons” on the Blogging 201 site and hope for the best. The biggest issue with this method would be if nobody answered your request! What would that convey about you and your blog.

I’m in a quandary. Which way should I go, if any way at all. Taking on a ‘Buddy’ is quite a big responsibility.

Latest task ….


I’m not attempting the second of todays Blogging 201 tasks! There are a couple of reasons. The primary reason is my availability to attend a conference or event. Personal circumstances would prevent me from physically attending anything like this. However, I might be interested in something online. That could be a possibility.

The first part of the task, is not what I do on my blog. There is no regularity to my blog. Postings are random and are often in response to events in my life. In any case, I have no idea what regular event I could host on my site.

So I think todays tasks are too far out of what you could call it my ‘Comfort Zone’ to be relevant to me. And that’s about all I can say.

What blogging day are we on ….


I was going to start post twice a week, but answering these ‘Daily Tasks’ has forced me to up that schedule a little. So, without tracking back I have no idea how far along this Blogging 201 road we have got. Well that’s not quite true, in fact it’s not true at all, but I had to start with something!

So things I’ve done today:

  1. I’ve reviewed my sharing buttons
  2. Posted a thank you comment on a followers About Page (http://thecraftyladyincombatboots.wordpress.com/)
  3. I have rechecked that post are publicised (UK English) via Twitter and
  4. I’ve added a FaceBook share button

I did originally publicise on FaceBook as well, but that just seemed to be a duplication and bit of a waste of time.

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    On a different subject, I’m thinking of restarting a short story that I was working on a year or two ago. It’s just a distant idea at the moment, and I need to do a lot of revising before I start writing. I even need to change the title, but it’s on the cards.

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    By the way, as part of my “Experiment” using Microsoft Word as my blogging tool, it also works with numbered bullet points.

Another quick update ….


     Not much today. I decided to add a ‘Top Post’ widget, but the side bar was looking a bit overlong. Enter ‘Secondary Side Bar’!!!

     Hmmm, I’m not too sure about this. The main body seems to be too squashed to accomodate two sidebars effectively. What does anyone think? Maybe I need to consider a different theme. One that does not have such wide side borders. Is there such a theme? Anyone have any ideas I can look at? Watch this space.

(Note to self:- you need to update that Gravatar!)

An Experiment


I’ve seen on a number of occasions, comments on this site and others, that warn people about using Microsoft Word as a blogging tool. This not using Word to write, then ‘cut & paste’ into your blog, but using the built in template named “Blog post.dotx”. This post shows how I use it.

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Centre Aligned

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Left Aligned

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Right Aligned

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Various

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Image Alignment

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Please forgive the faux latin. It was just the easiest way of adding text.

The only real issues I have come across, is that images need to be realigned (left or right from within the WordPress editor) and tags need to be added from the WordPress editor.

 

Blogging 201:- Day two


Today’s task is to audit my blog. To look at what I’m displaying to the world and see if changes might be needed.

So, I’ve made a start. I’ve changed the header image to one of my own photographs. It was taken last year in the field across the road from where we live. The second change was to change the background colour of my blog.

Now I like the header image, and not just because it is one of mine, but because it reminds me of how and when I took it. Change number two is a different proposal. I cannot decide if I like the new colour. In fact, I’m not all sure I like having a coloured background. I tried using an image as a background, but that did not work.

So, I leave it up to you. Do you like the changes?