Thoughts on WordPress: Year 2

I’ve been on the WordPress.com  system for 2 years now. I would have never guessed that my most viewed post would be about a fan project/remake of a video game from the 1990s.  This year I’ve had quite a few blogging high points:

-Hitting above 8000 views
-Posting my 50th VGM (Video Game Music)  Entry
– Receiving more comments, likes, and “link backs”
-Getting used to embedding “Google Maps” for my (food entries)
– Sticking to my 5 posts per month minimum
– Better at using tags
– Adding more links to the “blogroll” sidebar and posts in general
-Turning on the various share buttons ( was late in realizing some of them were there)

I have a far better respect for those who do this professionally.  I would find it difficult to do daily posts. My spell checking and grammar could use some improvement, but I hope readers can still understand the general idea behind the entries I post on here.  I also need to credit (link to) my a sources better (images, information).

I’m still having fun on here (WordPress system)  and will definitely continue to posting to this Blog.

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WordPress: I like the new Subscriptions tab view

Wordpress.com Reader (2011)

The WordPress.com reader now displays images and embedded Youtube videos directly in the “feed”. The list on the right allows you to go through your “favorite” tags.


Thoughts on WordPress: Year 1

This blog has been here for a year and I’m really surprised that I’m still posting quite regularly. My early thoughts of the  Wordpress service were quite positive. After this first year of using the service, I can say for certain that this has been the best blogging experience I’ve had so far!

During first year I’ve been making various changes to the layout of my blog a few times…

  • Changing/testing themes
  • Trying out various sidebar widgets  (search box, Adding links, RSS feed, Twitter feed)
  • Turning on Post sharing options

I’m really fond of embedding Youtube videos, thanks to my “VGM” entries, where I post about Video Game related songs that interest or entertain me. Screenshots are another thing I like to add from time to time, mainly for my Apps of Interest posts. Tags and categories are easier for me to add or apply.

There are things I’d like to improve upon or try to maintain…
I need to get myself a Digital camera so I can improve my snack/food related posts. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep this 5 posts per month minimum going. Perhaps adding a new category? Looking forward to another fun year with this service next year.

-Tony


Thoughts on WordPress

I’ve setup and maintained a blog before but this seemed like the most painless setup process I’ve ever gone through.

  • chose a username
  • chose a password
  • chose a domain (address)
  • Read the terms of service
  • Provided an e-mail address so I could activate my account

When I logged in for the first time I was greeted with the Dashboard and the Control Panel on the left side which was a whole lot to take in at first but the layout of the control panel  made it a breeze to navigate.  My first stop was Appearance>Widgets

Where I made the following changes to the sidebar:

  • Recent Post
  • Categories
  • Tag cloud
  • Twitter
  • Pages

As my blog gets filled with more content I may use the other widgets but that remains to be seen.

My next stop was Pages. Seems like a neat way to include additional information without breaking the “flow” of the Blog itself.  I was thinking of setting a list of  upcoming entries or something.  Possibly sites that I frequent but I’m not positive.

My first post was simple to type up.  I immediately enabled the   Kitchen Sink once I figured out what it was but the fullscreen mode is just as useful to me because typing in the normal text box just isn’t enough for me. Privacy settings, setting up categories and tags are as simple as can be.

I really like how you’re in a secure session when you’re typing up an entry which is something that I never had in any of the other blogging services that I previously used.  A saved list of  past revisions is a welcome feature just in case I need to restore an old edit.

I’m having lots of fun with this service so far and I hope to contribute via my blog.

-Tony