This is the on-going story of my blogging adventure, begun in November 2011. These posts will contain brief notes on my journey – perhaps they will help someone along the way like the articles below helped me! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and thank you for visiting my site!
Noteworthy Articles Read This Month
The Fear of Not Being Good Enough (bloggingyourpassion.com)
12 of the Best WordPress Plugins (bloggingyourpassion.com)
How Using the Zemanta WordPress Plugin Can Increase Your Blog Traffic (bloggingyourpassion.com)
Inserting Amazon Affiliate Links into WordPress (bloggingyourpassion.com)
My Journey This Month
- Experiencing pangs of inferiority. Who do I think I am, thinking I can help other artists and handcrafters….who are WAY more talented than I?
- Read the article The Fear of Not Being Good Enough by Blogging Your Passion, just in time!
- Re-opened my Etsy Shop and listed several stoneware clay pendants.
- Worked with José Longoria of LogoLuxe on Etsy to develop new logos and branding for my business. He had excellent ideas and was very easy to work with. I had THREE new logos within 2 weeks.
- Created a new Cotton Ridge Designs, LLC “Company” web site to describe my various endeavors in one place.
- Started Cotton Ridge Books (an Amazon marketplace)
- Added 11 Plugins per recommendations from two Blogging Your Passion articles: 12 of the Best WordPress Plugins and How Using the Zemanta WordPress Plugin Can Increase Your Blog Traffic.
- Discovered some of these Plugins didn’t work for me. Now using:
- All in One SEO Pack (Search Engine Optimizer – not sure how this works yet – needs some research)
- Broken Link Checker
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Link to Post (not sure how this works yet – needs some research)
- Network Publisher (Publish to Facebook and other social media)
- No Self Pings
- Theme My LoginTweet old post (Randomly Tweets old posts to drive traffic – you set parameters)
- Use Google Libraries (Not sure what this does, but it fixed my drag-and-drop menu when I installed it)
- WP Render Blogroll Links (Sends your list of links to a page you create)
- WP Socializer (Adds social media buttons to your posts & pages)
- wp Time Machine (For backups)
- Zemanta(Finds articles and media related to posts)
Copyright 2011 Kathryn Depew
- My Blogging Journey – Introduction (cottonridgecreate.com)
- My Blogging Journey – November 2011 (cottonridgecreate.com)
- My Blogging Journey – January 2012 (cottonridgecreate.com)
- [How-to] Read Blog Posts From Blogs You Follow at One Place (techmadly.com)
- Zemanta: Your Blogging Assistant (viglink.com)