Blogging: Learning The Fundamentals | Day Three: Visit The Neighbors (Day Three: Learn To Use The Reader)

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Day Three: Visit the Neighbors

Time to engage with the blogging community, the first (and most important!) step in developing an audience.

Today, explore five new tags in the Reader and follow five new blogs.

Here’s how:

  1. First, head to Reader by clicking on the button below.
  2. Next, click Add next to Tags in the left column, type a word or two, and press Enter to see posts published with that tag and to add the tag to your Reader.
  3. Finally, click Follow in the upper-right corner of any post you find interesting to follow the blog where it was published.

Visit the Reader

Having trouble following blogs or thinking of interesting tags to browse?

Reading others’ blogs gets you engaged in the community, inspires you, and helps grow your audience.

And the bloggers you follow may return the favor!


Happy blogging,
Michelle W. and the Team

The five tags in the Reader that I am now following are: Blogging University, Daily Prompts, Dream Journal, Dreams, and Miscellaneous.

The five most recent blogs that I am now following are: VirusTotal Blog, True_George, FlynnsPaws Blogs, WordPress Tavern, and ThemeShaper.


The end,

-John Jr

Blogging: Learning The Fundamentals | Day Two: Take Control Of Your Title And Tagline (Day Two: Make Sure You Love Your Title)

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Day Two: Take Control of Your Title and Tagline

Make a great first impression with a great title.

Today, update your title and tagline. Show us your personality!

Here’s how:

  1. First, click the button below to open your blog’s Customizer.
  2. Next, click on Site Identity.
  3. Finally, enter your updated title and tagline in the boxes provided, then clickSave & Publish.

Open the Customizer

For a fun, personal title, start by listing some adjectives that describe you, or play with quotes or book titles you love. Learn more in the tools and tips for this assignment.

(Eager to publish again today? Write a post explaining the origin of your new title and tagline!)

Happy blogging,
Michelle W. and the Team

My current blog title is John Jr’s Dream Blog, and my current blog tagline is Dreams In The Time Of Sleep which was inspired by the music album Love In The Time Of Science by Emilíana Torrini.

The end,

-John Jr

Blogging: Learning The Fundamentals | Day One: Welcome To Your First Day Of Blogging! (Write An Introductory Post)

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Day One: Welcome to your first day of blogging!

You’re a blogger!

Time to publish a post that gives readers a sense of who you are.

Today, publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

Tell us about you and what we’ll find on your new blog.

Here’s how:

  1. First, think about why you’re blogging.
  2. Be as specific (“to review 1970s Korean sci-fi movies”) or general (“to write about my life”) as you want.
  3. Click the button below to start a new post, and write out your thoughts.
  4. Finally, give your post a few tags and publish it.

Start a new post

Tags are how posts are organized in the Reader.

Use thebloggingfundamentals and first fridays tags to make it easy for other new bloggers to connect with you via the Reader.

Learn more in the tools and tips for this assignment.

Congrats, you’re a published blogger!

Michelle W. and the Team

Who am I?

Hello, I am John Jr, welcome. Who am I? The ultimate dreamer forced to look at what might have been.

Why am I here?

Good question, for reasons unknown and known including: as part of a routine to help keep myself stable and alive, to record my dreams, to improve my dream recall, for social reasons, to improve my typing (writing), habit (addiction), and more.

Why are you blogging publicly instead of keeping a diary?

So that my blog can be used as a memorial when I die, to have at least one way to connect publicly with others online, in the hope that maybe someone will find some of my posts useful one day, and more.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Mostly dreams along with random things that I share in my dream posts, sometimes miscellaneous posts, and sometimes posts related to things from The Daily Post.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

My subconscious, some of the dream characters in my dreams, those interested in dreams or my posts or my blog, someone or some group willing to pay me and/or give me a job that I can handle and like and be good at, and more.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what do you hope to accomplish?

Blogging every day without missing a day, finding a life worth living, getting a job that I can like and handle and be good at or getting paid to blog my dreams would be nice, and more. 😀

The end,

-John Jr