It’s that time of year where every time you turn around someone is recapping SOMETHING.
Surprise marriages and divorces, top cheating scandals, celebrities we lost in 2011, ten dumbest things congress did this year.
I’m pretty sure you know what I mean.
For my last post (of 2011, don’t panic) I thought I would recap the top blogging things I’ve learned this year. I know I’m probably going to sound really dumb when I reveal some of these things, keep in mind I didn’t know the first thing about blogging when I started. And for the record, I prefer to think of myself as naive. 🙂
Categories. Categories are words which you choose, that help people find your blog/blog post in a search engine. For instance if someone googles ‘rescue dogs,’ somewhere down at the bottom of that list you will find one of my posts about Delilah. 🙂
Be The Change. Be the change for animals is an event that happens four times a year in Blogville, on the 15th day of January, April, July and October bloggers EVERYWHERE write a pet related post. It could be anything that has to do with making a change for the betterment of animals. One of my first BTC posts was a copy of a letter I sent to the Governor of CT regarding a change in law for rescue organizations.
Pingbacks. Pingbacks are still a subject I’m kind of wonky about, but the best I can figure is if someone makes a reference to a post you made, you get a little note in your comment section letting you know that someone mentioned you. So far most of my pingbacks are from myself 🙂 but that is something I hope to change in 2012.
Writing Prompts. Yes there are blogs out there that will help you become a better writer (if that is something you are aspiring to.) Write on the Edge is one of these blogs. Every Tuesday and Friday there is a different challenge. You can choose to participate or not, no pressure. A few weeks back I did participate and wrote a short story that got a lot of comments.
Comfort Zones. Step out of your comfort zone. Try something new, this past year I participated in a “Back to school blog party.” Hosted by Frankie and Sarge, this was something way out of my comfort zone. The post was supposed to be from the pet’s point of view and I don’t normally write in that form. But I took a shot anyway. If you haven’t seen it, you can find it here. I think it came out decent if I do say so myself.
I also participated in the Social Media event hosted by Two Little Cavaliers. It was a great event that got me a bunch more followers (mostly Twitter.)
Yup. Stepping. Out. Of. My. Comfort. Zone.
Linky Tools. Linky tools is a blogging tool used in Blog Hops and links you up to other bloggers. Linky Tools does NOT work with the free WordPress account. Which leads me to kindness.
Kindness. Bloggers are very kind people, if you need help or seem to be struggling with something, chances are there’s a blogger ready to lend a helping hand. Case in point when I did my first blog hop, I couldn’t figure out how to make that Linky Tool work. A very kind Pamela from Something Wagging This Way Comes sent me an e-mail explaining exactly how I had to use the Linky Tool. How kind is that?
Blog Hops. Blog Hops link you up with other blogs and help you easily manuever from one blog to the next, hence the term Blog Hop.
The Wordless Wednesday blog hop hosted by BlogPaws.
I am looking forward to the challenges of 2012, and as we bid adieu to 2011, we pray you have a safe, healthy and happy new year!
You guessed it, this is the Saturday Morning Pet Bloggers blog hop, hop on.