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This page contains links to posts related to The Daily Post. This is a great resource for bloggers who feel like their blog is stagnant or stuck in a rut, or bloggers who are experiencing writers block. And post related to my participation in Blogging101 & Blogging201.

Analytics. Did you get your 2014 in review?

If you are a blogger and use WordPress, you should have received an email at the end of last year that contains a link to your annual report. Hopefully you’ve looked at it and perhaps studied it a bit.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Today’s assignment: conduct a short and simple stats analysis that will help you create an editorial calendar for the next 30 days.

At the end of 2014, I posted New Year – New Plan About Blogging. For the past 5 weeks, I’ve been busy learning how to use WordPress more effectively,  how to reach more people and how to share what I’ve learned. It has been a busy start to a new year.

StatsAs I’ve studied my current stats and compared against my year-end stats, I can say without question that Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 have help me increase the number of post and improve the content. This is evident by the increase in readership. At the end of 2014, Tales From the WagginMaster had 5,887 views compared to 2,331 views in the last 5 weeks. That is an increase of over 400%. I realize some of the view are due to class mates viewing Tales From the WagginMaster. During that same time period, I had an increase of 300% in followers.

Now, I am not a numbers person. Numbers are great but I do not write for the sole purpose of increasing numbers. Numbers are only an indicator. You – the readers – are what’s important.

Stated simply, one of my retirement goals is Make a difference. My email tag line reads, Transitioning from Success to Significance. That is how we are Living Our Dream.

Thanks for stopping  by, y’all come back now.

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Auditing My Brand

Day two of Blogging 201 and another tough assignment.

Today’s assignment: audit your brand — look at all the ways you communicate information about your blog, and make sure they’re consistent, focused, and say what you want them to say.

Bonus points: make a test blog to use as your personal playground for testing changes.

One of the key components of this audit was making sure there is consistency across other platforms. I am focusing on WordPress, FaceBook and Twitter.

My approach was to synchronize the header images on these three sites. I really like the panorama of Cades Cove, TN I am using on WordPress. I incorporated other photos from Cades Cove on FaceBook and Twitter.

FaceBook fan page:
FB View
Twitter
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WP ViewThis is going to take a bit more work but I think I am headed in the right direction. What do you think? Do I have consistency?

Thanks for your comments. And thanks for stopping by.

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Goals

After taking a weekend break from blogging, it is time to crank it up one more time. Two more weeks of ‘blogging school’ with Blogging 201: Branding and Growth.  Shouting a special “Thank You” to the Happiness Engineers at WordPress for hosting these free courses. Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 registration is currently over but don’t worry. These courses at others will be offered again. Watch for details at The Daily Post.

Today’s assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals you want to achieve.

During my years working as a corporate training manager, I taught several courses on goal setting. Today’s assignment has caused me to dust of the cobwebs on the topic of goal setting.

Writing Effective Goals

The best* goals are those that are written down. This forces us to think about what we are stating in our goals. Also writing goals tends to make us more accountable for accomplishing the goals. I like to write S.M.A.R.T goals.

So let’s get started with my 1st blog goal.

Specific. What will the goal accomplish? How and why will it be accomplished? (Answer the What, How, and Why questions)

Implement branding techniques to improve the reach and readership.

Measurable. How will you measure whether or not the goal has been reached (list at least two indicators)?

Double my current reach and readership.

Attainable. Is it possible? Have others done it successfully? Do you have the necessary knowledge,skills, abilities, and resources to accomplish the goal? Will meeting the goal challenge you without defeating you?

Yes, the goal is attainable. I have the mind and discipline to participate in class activities that will focus my efforts on completing the goal.

Relevant. What is the reason, purpose, or benefit of accomplishing the goal? What is the result (not activities leading up to the result) of the goal?

By increasing the reach and readership, I would expect to gain respect from my readers and learn from their comments.

Time-bound. What is the established completion date and does that completion date create a practical sense of urgency

In three months.

My 1st blog goal becomes –

In 90 days (May 1, 2015), implement three branding techniques that will double my blogs reach and readership.


My blog goals:

  1. In 90 days (May 1, 2015), implement three branding techniques that will double my blog’s reach and readership.
  2. In two weeks (Feb 16, 2015), write a post that summarizes my blog stat page.
  3. In four weeks (Mar 1, 2015), write a post introducing two blogger accountability partners.

*Disclaimer: The comments in this post represent the opinion of the author. Readers are free to disagree with what I write, not argue about what I write.

 

After The Diploma

What happens after the diploma? I have memories of my 12 years of public education ending with graduation from Westbury High School in Houston, TX. I think I said something like,

“I am so glad this is over!”

TAMUGood attitude for someone who was about to start as a Freshman (FISH) at Texas A&M University in Collage Station, TX. I was ready for freedom from all the ‘restrictions’ of high school and freedom from living at home. I was a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. I had arrived.

And I fell in love with my soul mate. We got married. I left Texas A&M and joined the US Army to “Be All You Can Be”. That was in 1967.

Fast forward to 1978

U of HAfter a 10 year span of serving in the US Army, I remember thinking that I really need to go back to college and get a degree in something. All the cool jobs required a degree. Off I went, in hot pursuit of my degree. For the next 5 years, I gave up everything for a college degree. My wife and kids stuck with me through this time even though I was an absent husband and dad. My focus was on ‘getting the degree’. Goal accomplished in 1983. I graduated from University of Houston  with a BSET (Bachelor of Science in Electronic Technology). Now I can go get one of those cool jobs. I went from one cool job to another. Moved my family from Houston, Texas to West Lebanon, New Hampshire, to Dayton, Ohio and back to Houston. Then one more move to Corpus Christ, TX for one more cool job – only to lose it like many others before.

Fast forward to 1995

After my last job loss, I did some major soul-searching. Eight months later, I had an Epiphany. God literally shook me and said,

Reflecting back on my life and education, I realized I had not applied any of my education to my life. So I did that.

Fast forward to 2011

I retired from my dream job. You could say I graduated – not from school, but from work, full of book learning and experiential learning. Now it was time to apply my experiences. It was time for me to transition from success to significance.

Fast forward to today

So what happens after the diploma? What happens when a student completes a course? Application happens. That’s right, application. The diagram below calls it Steady State Phase.

If we do not apply what we’ve learned, we lose what we learned. The Steady State Phase falls flat.

To my classmates from Blogging101, I encourage you to keep on keeping on. You may be behind on some of the assignments. Do not let that keep you from finishing what you started.

I wish I had learned that lesson way back in 1966.

Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

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Friday Photo

Today’s assignment: develop a regular feature for your blog. The idea is to have a post that is regularly scheduled. Developing a regular feature builds expectation from readers.

Photography is one of my hobbies. I love to take pictures, especially of places we visit. I am sure I can keep you entertained with a weekly photo feature.

I’ve already posted a couple of photos in response to the The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge prompts Express Yourself and Serenity. I also posted a photo in response to the Blog Event assignment with a Weekly Pet Share.

Say hello to the 1st Friday Photo.

6:49 AMWe lived in Corpus Christi, TX for 20+ years. I may not be a water person, but I did enjoy the view. This photo was taken at 6:49AM on 10/26/11 off Ocean Drive near Poenisch Park. It reminds me of Genesis 1:3.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.