BLOGGING 16/30: Taking Time Off

BLOGGING Challenge: Day 16 of 30

Taking Time Off

30 Day Challenge Accepted 16

I didn’t quit the 30 Day Blogging Challenge after just getting half-way through! I just took some time off.

I purposely decided to use the time I would normally write a post and spent it learning instead.  As I said in Day #15, “blogging about trying to blog doesn’t change much in my 24hours.” I have so much to learn about blogging if I’m going to be blogging about blogging.  (Did you follow all that?)  So, I allowed myself only 3 nights self-educate.  I ended up only taking 2. But here’s what I worked on:

Facebook

When I created this website I also went ahead and made an associated Facebook page, but haven’t done anything with it. So Night1 was trying to figure out how to auto-publish posts from WordPress to Facebook. Following suggestions from google searches I tried the Facebook plugin, which was too confusing and took me longer than I liked. Then I tried Jetpack, which was easy but too expansive for my needs.  Then I finally came across a wonderful YouTube channel that recommended the AccessPress Facebook plugin, and I was good to go!

WordPress

Since day1 of creating this blog I’ve been trying to learn WordPress through trial-and-error. So on Night2 I went about searching and reading up on tips and tricks of WordPress. Specifically, things you must be doing as a blogger. And just as important, things you should not be doing. I somehow ended up back at the same wonderful YouTube channel focused on the ins and outs of WordPress and must recommend it.  Check her out: WebTegrity.

Yoast

It didn’t dawn on me until I was scrolling through WebTegrity’s videos that I should take the time to understand the Yoast plugin better and improve what I’ve been entering into the snippet editor.  One of Sark eMedia’s first suggestions for this 30 Day Blogging Challege was to use this SEO tool in order to optimize each post. WebTegrity has a 4part series on how to use it, and I’m so happy I came across it. I thought I knew what I was doing, but there was a lot of room for improvement.

I know there’s so much more to learn but I didn’t feel like continuing with Night3.  Instead I wanted to write this post!  I’m glad the first 30 Day challenge I chose for my blog is Blogging and that I took the past 2nights off to expand my knowledge on the above topics.  I will put them to the test for the remaining 15 days of this Blogging Challenge.

 

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