Retrospective

Today The Daily Post had a Discover Challenge called Retrospective, and this is what it said:

DISCOVER CHALLENGE

Retrospective

Can you pull all the strands of your 2016 together before diving into the new year?

We’re asking you to look back over your past years’ worth of blogging (or however much you have, if your blog is less than a year old).

You can publish a roundup or best-of post, but I encourage you to push a little harder and find a way to build on or synthesize your best work of 2016:

Build on your most popular post, or the post you’re proudest of — if other people loved it and/or you’re proud of it, you probably have more to say!

Create a collage using images and text from your favorite or most popular posts.

Take the text of your ten most-read posts, and create a word cloud with it.

Publish your word cloud in a post, and reflect on what it means and how you’d like to see it change by the end of 2017.

Review your most-viewed tags or categories, and publish a post that uses your five most popular.

How can you bring these popular topics together into one narrative, or one photo, or one sketch?

Write a found poem using lines from your ten favorite posts.

If you don’t feel like returning to your work, try any of these ideas using the posts you found most compelling in 2016; look back over posts you’ve commented on or liked.

As we get ready for a new year, it’s always good to remember where we’ve been.

And this is my response:

Retrospective

As of today here are the top five (5) from various stats from my blog (John Jr’s Dream Blog) for the year 2016 so far:

Top Posts & Pages (Which I will extend beyond 5 so that 5 posts are shown)

Home Page | 5,697 Views

About Page | 152 Views

Dashie’s (Charlie Guzman’s) Mom Dies? | 99 Views

A Sex Experiment With My Sister-In-Law JC? | 89 Views

Twenty Sixteen Theme Category Test Post | 67 Views

Jeremy Wade Swimming Naked In A Race | 62 Views

Default WordPress Theme Twenty Seventeen Demo Has Been Released | 38 Views

Countries

United States | 8, 197 Views

South Africa | 396 Views

Thailand | 276 Views

United Kingdom | 229 Views

Canada | 197 Views

Referrers

Search Engines | 3,020 Views

WordPress.com Reader | 1,415 Views

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/ (The Daily Post) | 532 Views

https://en.gravatar.com/johnjronline (John Jr’s Gravatar Profile) | 76 Views

Keywords-monitoring-your-success.com (Semalt.com, which is possible spam and/or malicious according to several services like Web Of Trust so I do not recommend visiting their website or using their service to be safe) | 52 Views

Search Terms

Bernie Sanders speech 03/29/2016 | 4 Views

Who did George W Bush vote for | 4 Views

Charlotte Gainsbourg young | 3 Views

George W Bush | 3 Views

George W. Bush | 3 Views

Clicks

https://en.wikipedia.org/ (Wikipedia) | 96 Clicks

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/ (The Daily Post) | 38 Clicks

https://gravatar.com/ (Gravatar) | 37 Clicks

https://commons.wikimedia.org/ (Wikimedia Commons) | 33 Clicks

https://en.support.wordpress.com/ (WordPress.com Support) | 18 Clicks

The end,

-John Jr

Blogging: Learning The Fundamentals | Day Five: Love Your Theme

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Day Five: Love Your Theme

No one spends more time on your blog than you — make sure you love the way it looks.

Today, explore some themes.

Try three new ones, even if you’re happy with the one you’ve got (you may find something that you like even better!).

Here’s how:

  1. First, click the button below to visit the Theme Showcase, where you can browse all the available themes.
  2. Next, scroll through the options, and click Preview on at least three themes, then Try & Customize to see the theme in action, with your posts.
  3. Finally, decide! Click Save and Activate on a new theme, or close the Customizer to keep your original.

Explore available themes

Try three new ones, even if you’re happy with the one you’ve got.

You may find something even better!

Learn more in the tools and tips for this assignment.

Here’s to getting your blog to look its best!

Cheers,
Michelle W. and the WordPress.com Team

I am using the Twenty Sixteen theme, unfortunately there has been a terrible trend on WordPress.com involving the free themes having various annoyances and bugs and impractical/illogical/poor/strange design that prevent me from using any of the new themes except for Twenty Sixteen, and the only two other themes that would have been worth me using so far this year are Toujours and Scratchpad if it were not for several annoyances and bugs and bad design decisions with these two themes.

One of the worst and most common trends is the faded and light-colored font trend where most new themes have faded (light) fonts that make reading text difficult and uncomfortable and make it feel like you have an eye disease and/or like the text is fading like away like a ghost and/or like fog is over the font et cetera, and unfortunately we have no free option to fix this accessibility problem and annoyance for the theme fonts or for the fonts in the editors.

I do not feel like wasting my time naming the many other annoying trends and bugs because there are so many and I have reported most of them to the developers but they do not seem interested in changing or fixing this it seems so the terrible trends continue to get worse, and this is a real growing problem that has left me with no other options for new free themes this year so far.

If it were not for the Twenty Sixteen theme, I would not have a new theme to use this year, hopefully they do not mess up the future Twenty Seventeen theme because I need to have at least one new theme that I can use each year.

I am not feeling positive about the future of free themes on WordPress.com, but I hope to be proven wrong.

The end,

-John Jr

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