John Jr Is Now On Facebook And Twitter

The other day True George suggested that I create a Facebook (Fakebook) page and / or Twitter (Switter (which comes from the word Swit from the video game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind)) page, I use(d) to have an account on both of those social networks years ago and those social networks did not meet my needs or expectations so I deleted my accounts on those two services, but I had been considering creating accounts on those two social networks again one day so that I could connect them to my WordPress.com account using the Publicize option so that an excerpt of my WordPress.com posts can automatically be sent to those services when I make a post.

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Blogging: Learning The Fundamentals | Day Thirteen: Add A Blog Icon (Day Thirteen: Build Your Brand)

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Day Thirteen: Build Your Brand

You blog is getting more focused (and more readers!). Let’s reinforce your image.

Today, create a custom blog icon.

Here’s how:

  1. First, create an icon to represent your blog — a small photo, your initials, or a piece of your header image all work well.
  2. Next, click the button below to reach your blog’s General Settings tab.
  3. Finally, click “Choose File” under the Blog Icon tools on the right to upload your image, and follow the prompts to save it.

You may not have seen this dashboard before. You can find it by typing /wp-admin on the end of your blog’s address. You won’t usually need it — this is a rare occassion.

Go to your General Settings

Remember PicMonkey? Use it to make your blog icon, too! Learn more in the tools and tips for this assignment.

Cheers,
Michelle W. and the WordPress.com Team

My current Blavatar image (blog avatar or blog icon) is my Identicon image that I also use as my Gravatar image:

John Jr's Gravatar Image
Image Credit: John Jr’s Gravatar Profile

The end,

-John Jr

Blogging: Learning The Fundamentals | Day Six: Make An Irresistible “About” Page (Day Six: Publish An “About” Page And Add A Widget)

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Day Six: Make an Irresistible “About” Page

We read blogs because we love the people behind them.

When a visitor is intrigued by your site, they’ll want to know more about you.

Today, create and publish an “About” page, and adapt it into a widget for your home page.

Here’s how:

  1. First, create a new page by clicking on the button below.
  2. Next, write your description — use your Day One post for inspiration if you’d like — and click Publish.
  3. Finally, go to My Site > Customize, then select the Widgets tab. Add a Text Widget with a one- or two-sentence version of your story, and click Save and Publish.

Create a new page

Widgets are little items you can add to your blog to provide more information, like a short description of who you are, a photo, your latest tweets, and more.

Today you’ll add a Text Widget, but there are dozens of options — Learn more in the tools and tips for this assignment.

We’re looking forward to learning more about you and your blog!

Cheers,
Michelle W. and the WordPress.com Team

Here is a link to my About Page: About.

I am using the Gravatar Profile Widget in my sidebar to show an excerpt from my About Page, my Gravatar image, and a link to my Gravatar Profile.

The end,

-John Jr