Zero to hero: thirty

Today’s assignment: that’s a wrap!

What more need be said, except…

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just read my thirtieth post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. That’s the end of the challenge, folks. Over so soon. [Sniff!] The challenge has been, well, challenging. But I learned a lot and livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. It has also led me to some really awesome blogs. Perhaps one of them was yours. If not, perhaps I have not seen yours yet. I hope someday mine will be as awesome. OK, really I hope mine will be even more awesome. But I am fine with just as awesome.

Thank you so much for tagging along this last month. I hope to see you again soon.

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Zero to hero: twenty-nine

Today’s assignment: make an appointment

The Zero to Hero challenge is almost over. It is time to start looking beyond the challenge, to keep my blog moving on its new course. To that end, this assignment strongly suggests I create an editorial calendar.

TL;DR

Whether you just read that Wikipedia article or not, here is the Too Long; Didn’t Read, Reader’s Digest Condensed Version:

  • Establish a regular posting schedule
Whew! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a nap after that!

So… ?

One thing this challenge has taught me is that I cannot sustain a daily posting schedule. If you have been following along this last month you noticed that. On the other hand, I also know somewhere between one and three times per week is doable. I will use February to figure that out.

My fellow Zero to Hero participants, I am interested to hear your schedule. Everyone else, what posting frequency to you like best?

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just my twenty-ninth post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. Just ONE more to go! The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. It has also led me to some really awesome blogs. I hope someday mine will be as awesome. OK, really I hope mine will be even more awesome.

Zero to hero: twenty-eight

Today’s assignment: building on the past

Remember when I took at look at my most popular posts a couple assignments back? This assignment instructs me to take advantage of that past work.

Too soon for another list of great posts about fatherhood, although their authors have written new ones. Perhaps it is time for something different.

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just my twenty-eighth post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. TWO to go! The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. It has also led me to some really awesome blogs. I hope someday mine will be as awesome. OK, really I hope mine will be even more awesome.

Zero to hero: twenty-seven

Today’s assignment: revisit a task and a post

A two-parter, just when I thought I was getting caught up. But as I look through the available options, I see that I am already ahead of the game. Go me!

Part 1: a tisket, a tasket

The assignment suggests picking one:

  • Leave comments on other blogs’ posts
  • Activate a social network
  • Experiment with new elements

Do I have to pick just one? I did two and a half today! (The half was more investigation into keeping a separation of concerns in Google+, and also investigating Path.) Hey, I just might be getting the hang of this.

Part 2: post haste

The assignment suggests improving an older post in some way. I looked back and discovered I forgot to include a semi-important link on a previous post. As the correction is not fabulous enough to point out, I won’t.

Assignment complete!

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just my twenty-seventh post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. Three to go! The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. It has also led me to some really awesome blogs. I hope someday mine will be as awesome. OK, really I hope mine will be even more awesome.

Zero to hero: twenty-six

Today’s assignment: drafting

In cycling, drafting is riding close behind the cyclist ahead of you as a way to reduce wind resistance, and thus effort required to maintain speed.

This assignment applies the same idea to blogging, by using a previously published post as the jumping off point for a later post. A lot of the mental resistance is reduced in writing the new post. If the initial post is a popular one, reader resistance to the ideas presented might also be reduced.

Lucky me, WordPress collects some pretty good stats to help determine the popularity of a post.

Ignoring the home and about pages, here are my top five most popular posts over the last week and 30 days.

# Last seven days Last 30 days
1 Fathers’ eyes Liebster Award
2 Zero to hero: twenty-one Zero to hero: four
3 Zero to hero: twenty-three Fathers’ eyes
4 Zero to hero: seventeen Dreaming
5 Zero to hero: twenty Zero to hero: nine

Fathers’ eyes is in both lists. Plus, I have read some really impressive and inspiring fatherhood-related posts on other blogs the last couple days. So, fatherhood is definitely on my draft list.

The rest I am not so sure about.

Since this assignment is also about writing a couple draft posts, of the not ready for publishing variety, I shall only click Publish on this one.

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just my twenty-sixth post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. Four to go! The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. It has also led me to some really awesome blogs. I hope someday mine will be as awesome. OK, really I hope mine will be even more awesome.

Zero to hero: twenty-five

Today’s assignment: must be detail-oriented

No, I am not answering some job ad littered with tired, cliché résumé-speak. Instead, I am going to spruce up the joint with a few details I have noticed on other blogs this last week.

5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

The Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride is fast approaching. I notice some blogs feature a milestone countdown widget. Added. That was easy! The extra reminder will help spur me on as I train for the event. Errr, spur me on to start training…

Sharing the love

Ever since I started this blog, I have had the same set of sharing buttons at the end of each post: WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and email. Since then new social media services have appeared, and I notice a lot more share buttons under the posts of others. I try to have an account for each of these services, so that I can test the respective share buttons. I also like to keep lines between my professional, personal, and blogging lives, but some services make that overly difficult. I’m looking at you, Google+.

A little chit-chat

“Leave a Reply” is the default prompt on the post comment box. I ignored it until spotting some rather neat alternatives. Of which I am having a heck of a time finding examples now. My new alternative isn’t exactly clever. It’s boring, in fact. Perhaps something better will come to mind later. (BTW, the prompt is found at the bottom of the Discussions settings page.)

Well, that does it for this assignment. But you wouldn’t happen to have any suggestions for the comment box prompt, would you?

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just my twenty-fifth post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. It has also led me to some really awesome blogs. I hope someday mine will be as awesome. OK, really I hope mine will be even more awesome.

Zero to hero: twenty-four

Today’s assignment: visiting

Green checkmarkThis assignment is a follow-up to day twenty-two’s assignment. The overall intent for this one is to get me in the habit of leaving comments on other blogs. I already do that, so I am calling this assignment complete.

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just my twenty-fourth post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. It has also led me to some really awesome blogs. I hope someday mine will be as awesome. OK, really I hope mine will be even more awesome.