Day Five – blogging 201

20151208_223950.jpgAs the first week draws to a close and the relief that the weekend has arrived I tackled the task of the day.

I’ve managed to add the most viewed top pages to my header. It appears as a drop down menu. Ideally I’d have like it in the sidebar menu but I’ve yet to discover why this won’t work. I’d still like to add blogs that I follow but no idea why this fails to appear.

I’ve also added similar posts to the bottom of a read post with a thumbnail picture. I’m sure there are other widgets I’ve tweaked along the way.

My last task of the day is to shut down all ways of communicating for this evening as sleep is high on the agenda. Happy reading and blogging folks. 

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Day four -blogging 201

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My task today was far more interesting than you’d initially think. Learning how to monitor stats for your page. Use tags and categories more efficiently. Just knowing how and why this task should be undertaken was quite satisfying.

I’ve also worked on yesterday’s task more this evening – my layout. It’s better than my trial from last night but have another small problem that I haven’t quite managed to solve. I wanted to be able to display the lovely people whom I’m following. Despite adding the widget and updating the page, it still won’t show on my blog in the sidebar. No doubt I will get to the bottom of this one in time.

In the meantime I’m enjoying meeting, chatting and reading some fabulous blogs!

Day three – blogging 201

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I’ve been trying to give my page a fresh new look – yes the task for the day.

To begin with I was a little reluctant as I liked the look of my old page with the green header and silage bags in our field. I took the plunge and tried a few themes out. I have gone with a free one but looked a few of the paid ones too. I then spent ages trying to add ‘About’ me until the penny dropped. I just needed a break it seems…

I’m not sure I’m entirely happy with the end product but do feel it’s a step in a better direction – well for now anyhow. I need to tweak a few of the pictures from some of my other posts as they appear huge with this new theme but that’ll have to wait for another day now.

Day Two – Blogging 201

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I’m excited about being involved in this new course and whilst I’m accepting the challenges, I’m struggling with getting the fingers on the keys. Time is a proving to be an issue with me right now, this end of the year at work, the business at home and needing to spend rare hours with my daughter as she pops home for a few hours from Uni.

So today’s challenge is to look at how my site looks to those who visit and decide whether the theme etc is right for my site. I’ve looked at the Widgets but admit it’s still very much a working progress target at the moment.