Blogging 201: Day 7 (Femme Friday Event)

Our assignment for today is to create a recurring blogging event on our site.

I submitted the following event proposition to The Daily Post:

Femme Friday is about posting something about women each Friday. This may be a photo, a short story, an essay, a poem, art, or whatever strikes your fancy. You can introduce a woman who inspired you in some way, or talk about developments in the struggle for equality, write a story about a female protagonist or a feminist topic, create art to promote female creativity etc. You decide how you want to interpret your version of Femme Friday. The only requirements are that is has to be about women and that it has to be posted Fridays. Be creative!

As I already stated in my first post for Blogging 201, one of my goals is to have a weekly post concerning women. So the idea for a blogging event came to my mind easily enough. Wouldn’t it be great if a lot of people took the time to blog about women? Focus at least once a week on something a woman achieved? On Friday every week, I would like you to think about a woman who inspired you, who you consider important, and to tell your readers about her and what you think makes her special. Tag with “Femme Friday” so that everyone can find your posts easily. I’m looking forward to everyone’s ideas.

Blogging 201: Day 5 & 6

I’m posting two days worth of Blogging 201 today.

The task for Day 5 was to drive traffic to our archives. In order to do that, we have to learn how to place links to our earlier blog posts, referring to them in newer posts to get the readers to engage with our blogs more actively. Another option was to create a “best of” page that linked to the content we considered our best work. Further mentioned were widgets which displayed our top posts, or links to related posts under every blog entry. I used some of the ideas for my photography blog, and will add some of the widgets here for culturetastic as well. I won’t write a “best of” page yet, as I simply don’t have enough material to choose from. This may be something to remember for the future, though.

Today, our assignment is to “dig deep into a Social Network“, meaning that we are to use social media to promote our site and to engage with our readers. I am already using Publicize to share my post on my private Facebook account to spread my posts and engage with my friends and colleagues who read my posts. Same goes for Tumblr, Twitter, and Google+. I did want to have my own Twitter account for this blog, though, where I could talk actively about cultural things, refer my readers to interesting topics and discussions, and engage with them more. My Twitter handle for Culturetastic is @culture_tastic. Follow me for updates and some culturally interesting retweets 🙂


Blogging 201: Day 4

For our fourth assignment in Blogging 201, we are asked to take a look at our stats and analyse what they tell us about our readers’ interests. Also, we are to determine when to post what kind of entries and create an editorial calendar accordingly. As my blog is still in its early stages, my stats can’t be taken too seriously. However, there are some things that I should keep in mind.

As of today, the entry that is most popular on my blog is the one about my trip to London, followed by the first entry to Blogging 201 (no surprises here), and my first Femme Friday entry about Emma Watson and her HeForShe speech.

Site stats for the last 30 days
Site stats for the last 30 days

Most of my readers are from Germany (so friends and family, I suppose), followed by those from the US and the UK. The best day for posting seems to be Saturday, followed by Friday and then Thursday.

What did I learn from my stats?

I will continue with my Femme Friday posts, taking into account where my readers come from. Meaning, I will post late in the evening when readers from Europe are still awake and readers from the US are getting up and surfing the net while drinking their first coffee.

As I travel quite a lot, I plan a monthly post on Saturdays about my travel experiences. I also want to keep publishing review/rec posts about television, movies, comics, theatre, etc., so I thought about a bi-weekly or monthly movie review on Mondays, television reviews every Tuesday, and the rest from time to time. Not sure if I can keep it up but I’ll certainly try.

What do you guys think? Is that manageable? And also: do you have any requests? Anything you want to read about? Comments are always appreciated 🙂

Blogging 201: Day 3

Typing this real quickly just to let you guys know that I did see today’s assignment and didn’t ignore it 😉

Today’s task is to make sure our themes are well readable on mobile devices. Since I chose my theme exactly for that feature, there is not much I need to do for this assignment.

Good thing, too. I’ve had a long day at work and really need to go to bed now.

Hope everyone’s having fun with Blogging 201 so far? Let me know how it goes for you 🙂

Good night~

Blogging 201: Day 2

Today’s assignment is to “Audit Your Brand.” I find this kind of difficult as my blog is fairly new. Day 1 was setting my goals. That I managed. But how do I reach these goals? What kind of blog do I need in order to reach them? How will my blog look like? What features do I need?

Our assignment requires us to look at the way we share information on and about our blog, and to make it focused and consistent.

I share my blog posts via Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and Facebook. That way, I try to engage my friends and followers on other platforms as well as the ones who read my posts here on WordPress. I use accounts that I had before not new ones only for this blog. Some of them have quite a high follower count. I’m not sure if a lot of my followers from other platforms actually click on the links and read my posts though. Some of them surely do. Is there a way to find out how many come from other sites? Yes, well, the stats. If I take them as a guideline, seemingly only 1-2 followers from Twitter and Facebook but no one from Tumblr clicks on the links that lead them to my WordPress blog. But some of my Tumblr followers do read my redirected posts on Tumblr, like and share them. So how accurate are the WP stats, really?

Is the way I share information consistent? I think I need to work on that. Make a calendar, post similar things on the same weekday, etc. This way, my followers will know when to expect what.

Are the topics I write on consistent and focused? Yes, I’d like to think so. “Culture” is a very wide term, and I want to keep it wide in order to blog about different things that are of interest to me and hopefully to my readers. Be that what could be called “traditional” culture such as literature or theatre or “popular” culture such as television, film, and comic books.

What about the features and the overall look of my blog, then? I think I want to try out some new things like a header, play a little with my theme, get new widgets… I will create a try-out-blog for that and test out what might look good on my blog. If I find something interesting, I’ll use it. The first thing that I will add is a category widget. I think that’s useful as my readers will be able to see how much I write about each topic. I’m not sure if I want to keep my tag cloud though. At the moment, it disturbs me more than it helps. What do you guys think? Keep or not?

Your opinions and suggestions are welcome 🙂