Blogging 201, Branding and Growth: Day Three: Get Read All Over, Part One

Blogging 201, Branding and Growth: Day Three: Get Read All Over

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“In many parts of the world, more people have access to a mobile device than to a toilet or running water” Nancy Gibbs

Blogging 201, Branding and Growth: Day Three: Get Read All Over, Part One

Over the past few days, you’ve been brainstorming about your brand and thinking about the elements of a well-designed site. None of that matters if readers can’t view your site properly across various devices.

Today’s assignment: make sure your site is mobile-friendly, and familiarize yourself with the features of responsive design.

Why?

Because a responsive website looks great on all screen sizes, from computer to tablet to phone.
Because there are mobile tools built in to WordPress.com — there’s no need to know web development to have a mobile-friendly site.

We’re a culture on the go, no longer just reading on desktop computers, but consuming information on the phones in our pockets, and sharing thoughts from iPads at 35,000 feet. People read blogs on phones — on the subway, in line, in the bathroom, just before they go to sleep at night.

In the Theme Showcase, you can choose from lots of “responsive” themes: they’re built to look great across all devices, and “respond” to different screen sizes by adjusting themselves. (While some older themes aren’t responsive, these days all new themes are.) If you’re not sure if your theme is responsive, check its description page; you can also search specifically for responsive themes.

You can use the Customizer to “test” your site on different devices — this allows you to see how responsive design works, and you can also play with options to find the perfect mix that makes you happy on the big screen and the small.

To launch the Customizer, head to your blog, click on “My Sites” in the top-left corner of the screen, and click on Customize. You’ll see these symbols near the bottom of the customizing tools:

From left to right, these symbols represent desktops, tablets, and smartphones. Clicking between them emulates the look of your content on different screens. Go ahead, click on one and watch your blog shift.

If you have a responsive theme…

… you may find that you want to make some changes — that font you loved might be too cramped on an iPhone, or you might not love the way your header changes on your Nexus. Sometimes, responsive themes move and condense different elements of your blog to create a better experience, so you’ll want to make sure you’re happy with how your widgets and menus work.

Make tweaks in the Customizer, and preview them on different screen sizes to make sure you’re satisfied with your blog’s look across all kinds of devices.

If you don’t have a responsive theme…

…ensure your site looks good on phones and tablets by enabling Minileven, a mobile-specific theme based on the Twenty Eleven theme. Any WordPress.com blogger can use Minileven for their mobile site without affecting their standard theme; your blog will automatically detect when someone’s using a phone or tablet.

Note: you don’t have to activate Minileven if your current theme is already responsive — you’ll see a note in the “Mobile” section of your Dashboard if your theme is already mobile-friendly.

Minileven has a clean design and pulls in your custom header (along with other tweaks, like custom colors or CSS), to give your mobile blog a personalized feel that’s simple and readable. To make sure it’s enabled, go to the Appearance → Mobile tab in the WP-Admin part of your dashboard and select “Yes” next to “Enable mobile theme.”

For more convo, head to The Commons, where your co-bloggers can check out your blog on their own phones and tablets, and give you a heads-up if your mobile experience could use an adjustment.

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Part Two: Get Read All Over, Part Two

Get Read All Over, Part Two (or Mobile Madness)

Blogging 201, Branding and Growth: Day Three: Get Read All Over

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“My mobile phone battery runs out all the time because all the messages come straight to me”
Ed Balls

Get Read All Over, Part Two (or Mobile Madness)

Over the past few days, you’ve been brainstorming about your brand and thinking about the elements of a well-designed site. None of that matters if readers can’t view your site properly across various devices.

Today’s assignment: make sure your site is mobile-friendly, and familiarize yourself with the features of responsive design.

I have been using the WordPress application on both Samsung and Iphone for a while. Sometimes for writing, but mostly for reading and follow up. I don’t recommend typing on the small device for a lengthy time. Posting on them, especially picture related topics can be tricky, as it sometimes is even with a proper computer 😉

I have showcased my blog on several occasions on the phone application and the look and feel is right for such a device as well. The theme and widgets flow nicely even on a smaller screen. Best test to prove the point is, to take a complete novice to both smart phones and the world of blogging. After a few minutes with application install and demo on how the blog works, they got the hang of it and I am happy to say, are now regular followers as well.

Having a background in web design and code, I usually do tests on the pages on several browsers and types of screens. With the Visual Theme, I have finally realized the looks for my personal blog.

 

Here are some examples of the blog as seen throught my mobile phone:

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2015-12-09 02.10.23   2015-12-09 02.11.09   2015-12-09 02.11.18

Yellow (Daily Photo 2015-12-09)

Posted in the Daily Photo series
Poetry & Photography
&
Posted in response to The Clinic-Photo Rehab hosted by Lucile De Godoy

 

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“Well, my favorite color I guess I would say yellow” Fran Drescher

Yellow

Not quite a rose
Still has its thorns
Gorgeous in its pose
A little red adorns
Not quite a flower
Still has the power
Each time to wow her

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Blogging 201, Branding and Growth: Day Four: Give ‘Em What They Want

Blogging 201, Branding and Growth: Day Four: Give ‘Em What They Want

Time to take a step back. Live with the design you have for the day while we switch gears and start focusing on your content. We’re diving into stats to learn more about what your readers love.

Today’s assignment: do a basic stats analysis to help you create an editorial calendar for the next 30 days.

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“There are lies, damned lies and statistics” Mark Twain

Blogging 201, Branding and Growth: Day Four: Give ‘Em What They Want

I have been following the statistics of my blog since day one, six months ago. Call it anal, call it interested, call it day job orientated motivation 😉 Keeping track on who, when, why is interesting. I quickly started utilizing the categories and tags for the posts. This helps on many levels; search, number or posts, statistics.

Due to working in full time employment in a completely different area means, that when I arrive back home, I start my second (albeit unpaid) job. This means all the brainstorming, writing and photographing happen between the hours of 5pm and usually 2 am, sometimes I am up until the sunrise next morning if I really have my inspiration on.

Since I am posting on daily basis now, with current setup of at least one poem and some photographs, there is no time to accumulate a backlog and vary the posting times. Luckily for me, this posting time (midnight for me) usually tends to be the busiest. Even my statistics sheet agrees!

My topics are as the blog tag line states: “Blog about everything and nothing and it’s all done in the best possible taste.” Meaning the content can be open to most every topic I can imagine. Possibly due to the simple fact, that humour plays a big role in most postings and adding photography to the mix, my followers seem to range from all ages and genders. Of course it is impossible to please everyone all the time, but I do have quite a few returning visitors and I try to do the same to my followings as well.

For statistics there is one qualm I have: those people who are not part of the WordPress community, cannot press the “LIKE” button. My followers by email only, exceed by two thirds the number of followers in the community. This also means I don’t get feedback from the email followers, unless they write me email or respond in the other social media forums.

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Eye Spy (The Daily Post)

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy

We’ve got our eye on your photos this week. (See what we did there?)

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“Hey, I can see you, and me, and you, and… oh, I like this!” Kelly Robinson

Eye Spy

I spy
Behind my protected eye
A man from Shanghai
With a really nice tie
Passing me by
Eating an apple pie
Waving goodbye
As, in a hurry to buy
A ticket to fly
Away to Mumbai

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Sleepy Kitty (Writing 101, A Poem A Day)

Writing 101, A Poem A Day: Day 3: Sleep
Poetry & Photography

Sleep: a world where our thoughts rule.

A place where reality is overshadowed by dreams.

A time when we transport our soul from the real world to the virtual.

For some, the hours we spend asleep, alone and in peace, are the best of the entire day; for others, whether haunted by nightmares or unable to fall asleep in the first place, not so much.

It’s time to think deeply about sleep. Dive into the pool of night and let whatever it is you find there take poetic form. (I hope this prompt doesn’t make an insomniac out of you!)

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“Sleepy Kitty
Happy Kitty
Purr, purr, purr”

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Happy with my kitty
So I wrote this little ditty
Why don’t you sing along
To the tune of this familiar song

Soft kitty, warm kitty
Purring on my lap
Sleepy kitty, happy kitty
Why don’t I too take a nap

My little ball of fur
Listening to you purr
Life is kind of a blur
But this is how I prefer

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Throwback Thursday 2015-12-10

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“By Thursday morning, we’d gotten over the worst of it” William Scranton

Throwback Thursday 2015-12-10

Today is time for a walk down memory lane again and dig into the archives of Rantings Of A Third Kind since the beginning of time. Well at least from the beginning of this blog 😛

Here are a few featured today:

Life is a Musical (number) (Repost for TBT)

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Chocolate is The Answer, Who Cares What the Question is! (Repost for TBT)

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I may not be Everyone’s Cup of Tea, but I am Someone’s Double Vodka (Repost for TBT)

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Let the Rantings continue!!!

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I may not be Everyone’s Cup of Tea, but I am Someone’s Double Vodka (Repost for TBT)

“If you don’t like me, fine. It’s not my job to make you happy”

I may not be Everyone’s Cup of Tea, but I am Someone’s Double Vodka

You dont have to like me
Or be my friend
I am not looking for a life partner
Just someone to understand

If you expect to mend
And change my existence
I’d rather you just pretend
Then try to fix it

Somewhere
Someone
Is buying
What I am
Selling

I may not be
Your cup of tea
But surely some one
Prefers me
As their double vodka

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Chocolate is The Answer, Who Cares What the Question is! (Repost for TBT)

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“There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles” ~Author Unknown

Chocolate is The Answer, Who Cares What the Question is!

You may be iconic
But also diabolic
It’s quite symbolic
To call me a ‘holic
But still I frolic
When I get glycogenic

Pining for your taste
Of the full flavour laced
With truffles
My mouth muffled
When I eat
My favourite treat

My life in dire straits
Would be
Without the traits
You offer me
Oh sweet Chocolate
Thee

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