Blogging 201: Give ‘Em What They Want, II

Today’s assignment:

Create a poll and/or a survey to collect feedback from your readers on your site and its content.

Because I’m curious and I don’t think I’ve ever asked this before:

Why did you make the conscious decision to follow me anyway?

The above was very much a rhetorical question. However, if you’d like to know why I’m following you, ask away and I’ll give you my honest answer.

Now that Blogging 201 is officially over, I’m going to go back to blogging about whatever my mind conjures up. Like always if you have suggestions or requests, let me know in the comments below. I’d be more than happy to comply.

This might seem like an afterthought, but I promise Camp has occupied plenty of my thoughts all month long. It’s over. Insane, huh? 31 days. Plenty of words richer.

Ready to do it all over again?


Blogging 201: The Buddy System

Today’s assignment:

Find a blogging buddy. If appropriate, plan to publish guest posts on one another’s blogs.

A huge shout-out to everyone who puts up with me and continues to.

I’m not always the best blogging buddy, but I’m doing what I can when I can.

Although I haven’t written for someone else’s WordPress blog or let someone publish a post on mine, maybe that’ll change in the future. I don’t know.

If you asked me two years ago whether I’d still be blogging today, I would have laughed in your face. Okay, maybe not. But the idea of someone actually wanting to guest post on here is almost unimaginable.

I don’t have anything against it. In fact, I love reading guest posts. It beats reading my own.


Blogging 201: Make The Most Of Events

Today’s assignment:

Create a recurring blogging event on your site, and/or make plans to attend a blogging conference.

To continue with the bookish theme, I want to start a Book of the Month event on this blog.

I’m going to work out the logistics by next month so I can integrate it in smoothly, but who needs rules and parameters anyway? Not this girl.

As for attending blogging conferences, I definitely will in the future. Until then you get a daily dose of Herminia on WordPress. Isn’t that enough? What more do you want from me?


Blogging 201: Make The Most Of Your Archives

Today’s assignment:

Integrate a feature to draw traffic to your older content like a widget, related posts, or a “Best of” page. 

You know what I love?

When an old post of mine nets a like.

So I may or may not implement a “Best of” page or dedicate an entire post highlighting some oldie but still goodie content.

I’m lazy more than anything. Plus I have more than 800 posts to sort through so narrowing that down to a reasonable number will be a character building experience to say the least.


Blogging 201: Give ‘Em What They Want

Today’s assignment:

Do a basic stats analysis to help you create an editorial calendar for the next 30 days.

I’d love to know what you guys want to see and read on this blog.

While I hate saying this, I’m facing a bit of a dry spell in terms of content ideas.

Camp NaNo is going to end soon. Blogging 201 isn’t going to last forever. July is almost over. I’m off to university in a month and a half.

Tell me what you want. I’ll make it happen before my summer ends.

Writing related posts? Blogging articles? Book reviews? Something else entirely?

Leave any suggestions below. Or else you’ll have to put up with whatever my mind creates. You don’t want that, do you?

Blogging · Writing

July 2015: What I Love + Blogging 201: Get Read All Over

Because I knew exactly what I was going to be raving about in July, I decided to get a head-start and write parts of this post in June.

Guess what I’ve been loving this past month?

It’s none other than Camp NaNoWriMo. Imagine confetti and fireworks and balloons and streamers everywhere. It’s a party every day at my place.

Here’s why:

Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo in general means I write more than usual on a consistent basis. 

The more the better. Consistency never hurt anybody. 

Other writers are going to attempt the task of finishing a novel.

Not an easy task, let me tell you.

It’s fascinating to hear about everyone else’s experiences.

Tell me your stories.

Even if you don’t reach your word count, you’re still a winner in my books.

Doesn’t that count for something?

If you write something, you’ll have more than you started with.

Go you.

Damage has been done. Look at my desktop before. I didn’t take a screenshot prior to July. I just moved all the files to one side today. Then I took a picture of with all the files, one for each day of Camp so far. 

Before And After Of My Desktop-Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

The file for day 22 hasn’t been created yet because I haven’t written today.

As you can see I also don’t have a title for my novel, not even a working one.

Today’s assignment:

Make sure your site is mobile-friendly, and familiarize yourself with the features of responsive design.

Mine is.

What about yours?

I hope you’re having a wonderful day. Or night.