Zero to Hero Rundown

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Like I said yesterday, I’ve been participating in the “Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog” thing that WordPress is doing, and (mostly to keep myself honest) I thought I’d give a semi-regular rundown of what I’ve been doing, since not every task requires a blog post.

Day 1:

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

I updated my “About” page for this assignment. For the last ever, it has said “TBD,” partially because I thought it was kind of smartass and partially because I was too lazy to do anything to it. I do feel that my blog tagline accurately represents me – or at least this blog – and I didn’t feel the need to elaborate more than that regarding the essence of me and this blog. But, since WordPress says the About page is one of the things people actively look for when deciding whether or not to read a blog, I thought I’d update it. And then I gave it a spot in my menu. Actually, I enabled a whole new menu – I’m pretty pleased with myself. Feel free to check out my “About” page.

Day 2:

Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline, and flesh them out more in a widget.

Okay, so I pretty much ignored this one, because, as I indicated, I’m quite pleased with my tagline, feel no need to edit my blog’s title, and didn’t want either of them in a widget. But I did give it some thought, so I’m counting that activity as completing the assignment.

Day 3:

Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.

This one I totally skipped because I have no idea what post was on my mind when I decided to start a blog. Probably “I would like to make millions with this blog without leaving my pajamas, please”.

Please don’t revoke my “Zero to Hero” badge, WordPress.

Day 4:

Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader, and begin finding blogs (and bloggers) you love.

This was yesterday, and I followed and added to my WordPress Reader:

  • ArtOfTea: “blooming*expanding*connecting” [it’s a tea blog, if you couldn’t tell]
  • Just Homemade: “a pure vegetarian way of life”
  • VeggieZest: “vegan and vegetarian recipes from around the world”
  • The Fashion Medley: “’Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’ Coco Chanel”
  • TChing: “Discover tea”

Although I might have done it wrong, because I couldn’t figure out how to find blogs by topic. I could see how to search tags, and I found blogs that way and by looking through the “Recommended Blogs.” I think maybe I was supposed to add some tag topics to my tag list, and follow those tags, and pick blogs from those tags. Oops.

So, maybe I’m not so much a “Zero to Hero” as “Zero to Maybe Possibly Contender.” I can live with that.

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