Share Your World – 2014 Week 40 and Blogging 101 on Events and Pages

This post today contains two blogging101 challenges because I’m lazy and only did yesterday’s assignment today.

Yesterday’s assignment: add a new page to your blog, and make sure readers can find it easily.

I added a To-Do list because I don’t have time for anything fancy right now. You can find it under the About page.

Today’s assignment: pick a blogging event from the Community Event Listings to try for some instant community.

041514-sywbannerAll these activities… am I really a dedicated enough blogger? I went to this site, and got lost, as I always do when I’m visiting the Daily Post sites. There is so much there, it is incredible. And most of it is too complicated for me at the moment. I did find an event, however, that looks interesting and is easy to participate in. It is: Share Your World — an interesting idea where Cee, the site owner, asks five questions each week. Comparing the answers from around the world will be fun, interesting and educational. Participating is easy, you just tag and add your link to her comments page. I should be able to do that. I think I could make this a routine, too. And I’m getting more and more away from blogging about MOOCs. Oh my… Continue reading “Share Your World – 2014 Week 40 and Blogging 101 on Events and Pages”

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Blogging 101: Plug In to Social Networks

Today’s assignment: if you’re active on a social network, set up Publicize or highlight your profile in a widget or menu item. If you’re not, explore your social options to see whether one might be helpful.

Phew. I did that. With facebook and g+. I don’t want to get into twitter, I really don’t. I think facebook and g+ are just enough exposure from me.

And to prove it: linking to a lovely picture from my country our local astronaut Alexander Gerst posted on g+ and fb on our public holiday on Friday. It was a beautiful, sunny day. All these pictures are on his photostream on flickr, to which this image is linked.

German holiday

Blogging 101: Content Loves Design

Today’s assignment: open the Customizer and try out some new fonts and colors (and backgrounds and/or headers, if you’re still undecided).

Let’s see what html lets us do, ok:
Beispieltext mit Zeichenabstand 0.3em

kleiner Beispieltext
in Courier

großer Beispieltext
in copperplate

kleiner Beispieltext mit Schriftstil italic

großer Beispieltext mit Schriftstil italic — that didn’t work!

kleiner Beispieltext

mit Schriftvariante small-caps

großer
Beispieltext mit Schriftvariante small-caps

kleiner Beispieltext mit Farbe blue

großer Beispieltext
mit Farbe green

kleiner Beispieltext mit Farbe red

großer Beispieltext
mit Farbe purple

I see that html does have potential when changing styles, colours and fonts. I apologize about the German text, selfhtml is my reference or preference, and I don’t even know if there is an English version.

Blogging 101: Try a New Posting Style

Today’s assignment: build your storyteller’s toolbox by publishing a post in another format or a style you’ve never used before.

This is not a food blog, I’m a lazy cook, often improvising with more or less sucess. I’ve been following craft and food blogs, and got discouraged of posting photographs , since the descriptions of the requirements for good photography seemed so strict. Stylish arrangements, decoration and embellishments seem a must as much as proper lighting, a good camera and perfect food. The same goes for displaying crafts or anything else. I’d never be able to do that, but ever since I started this blog, I just threw out my little pictures, since I like blog entries with pictures and when I use my own, imperfect as they are, I don’t need to worry about copyright issues. So, today, to do a different kind of post, I give you a bit of a food blog.

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Blogging 101: Increase your commenting confidence

Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to yesterday’s prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them. — Done now, there are so many interesting blogs out there–and so professional–feeling shy again. Did comment, will follow up on at least one of them.

Dear Readers,
You can find the part about the truth serum in the midst of yesterday’s meandering thoughts, but it was rather short, to the point, and not really fit for any follow up (although I still would like to have that answer). But anyway, in case someone from Blogging 101 comes here looking for an interpretation of the daily prompt: here’s one I have a bit more to say about than the Truth Serum:

When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?
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Isaac.Asimov01” by Phillip Leonian [1] from New York World-Telegram & Sun.[2]United States Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Call number: NYWTS – BIOG–Asimov, Isaac, Dr. [P&P]. Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-115121. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Isaac Asimov was a biochemist and one of the ‘old’ masters of ‘hard’ science fiction. He wrote fiction, non fiction, and was an advisor for Star Trek. If you can have it all, why even chose between fiction and non fiction? For me, there’s an answer under the cut.

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Blogging 101 – Blog Roll and Truth Serum

What a mess! My sidebar, that is.

Blogging 101 continues to be fun and educational. The last few days I’ve been very busy, so I neglected the blog, but now I’ll catch up.

Monday’s assignment was: Build a better blogroll, share the links you love.
Tuesday’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt, which is:  You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?

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Blogging 101: Dress Up Your Sidebar–OK, here is something for you!

I’m late again. Friday’s assignment: add and/or customize two widgets, one text-based and one image-based. — they give us the weekend off with the option to play with the widgets some more. I’ll use the weekend to follow up on overdue posts. I hope Sunday I’ll get around to posting about my cat. If not, in October. Blogging 101 will have ended by then, sadly, it’s great fun, very enlightening and very inspiring.

I’ve played with widgets already. But! I finally added my treasured ‘Lovely Blog Award’ to the sidebar which the wonderful C-Dog & Company gave to me last month. If you haven’t visited that blog yet, please do so, and read inspiring, amusing, touching, happy, sad, and always thoughtful lovelyawardand thought-provoking stories about pets and people.

I didn’t pass on the award immediately, since I’m still new to the blogosphere and felt shy (don’t all these people with all these fabulous blogs have the award already, what if they don’t want it, what if…)–but Blogging 101 helped me get more bold when contacting all you friendly strangers out there. When I started this blog, I didn’t really think anyone would be interested in my jumbled ramblings, that I’d mostly talk to myself and maybe, some day, find a reader or two. I’m surprised and delighted to see how friendly and welcoming the part of the sphere is that I’ve encountered so far. Blogging 101 has opened up so many venues. It makes me see that many others struggle for words, about what to say, but feel the need to say something–just as I do. And so I don’t feel so shy any longer, because, if you’re at least a bit like me, you love comments from, and interaction with, other bloggers. And so I give out the award I got from C-Dog & Company and hope that it brings you as much joy as it did, me. If you got it already, just pass it on to a newbie blogger you like. Continue reading “Blogging 101: Dress Up Your Sidebar–OK, here is something for you!”

Blogging 101: Be Inspired by the Community

Today’s assignment: write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday. Don’t forget to link to the other blog!

I’ve been bad again and did not link to the blogs where I commented yesterday. But since I find today’s assignment so inspiring, I decided to follow up on that regularly, not just today. Today, I’ll do the assignment, but as soon as Blogging 101 is finished, I’ll be a Blog Traveller and visit your blogs, pick a theme, link back to you from here and post my own thoughts about my journey to your blog and your post. Maybe I’ll make it a Travelling Tuesday. If my artistic skills weren’t so rusty, I could even design a little icon to leave for you. Maybe I can come up with something. But long story short, here is my turn on the assignment:

I commented on Tantoverde’s blog (Tantoverde: Simple, Delicious, Vegetarian) yesterday, who wrote how travelling will make the world a better place. A few days earlier, unrelated to Blogging 101, I commented on Cheefhobo’s blog ‘Of Itchy Feet and Beyond’ where he talks about ‘You know how the French are rude, right?

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Blogging 101: Be a Good Neighbour

Today’s assignment: leave comments on at least four blogs that you’ve never commented on before.

Normally I’m rather shy. I’m not shy in following you, but sometimes I just can’t get my courage up to post. But if I do, I sometimes don’t shut up again (as some of you may have noticed). In any case, I used the assignment to comment on a few blogs I already liked but never talked to. So please don’t be too surprised. 🙂

And, if anyone looks at this blog because of the assignment, let me give you a pretty post as welcome.

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Blogging 101: The About Page and Start Personalizing

I’m bad! I missed out on yesterday’s assignment which focuses on the About page. Mine needs some work, but for that I do need a bit more time, so that will be prettied up later.

Today’s assignment: Start personalizing and create and upload a simple header, background, or both. Already done? Try a custom widget.

I’ve done that in the Branding exercise, too. And put in all kinds of widgets.

Over the weekend, we had a break with Blogging 101. I had planned to finally post the overdue post about my cat, but didn’t get around to it. So I’ll leave you with this fragmented post and a pretty picture. 🙂

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