Engaging With the Community

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Blogging 101 Day Three

The assignment for today is all about learning to engage with the blogging community and how to use WordPress to ‘follow’ new topics in the Reader. Doing this means I can now narrow down what shows up in my Reader when I log on. Today we have to follow 5 new topics in the Reader and follow 5 new blogs.

I was very happy about today’s lesson, and I learnt how to follow a tag! I probably should have mastered this already, if only I had read the instructions when I first made my blog site! But I just leapt in recklessly and only learnt the bare minimum to be able to post photographs and words.

Now I know how to click on ‘Follow tags’, which means I am in control of what I’m reading! I learnt by using specific words, thinking outside of the box when it comes to describing what I want to follow, and using alternative words can take me where I want to go.

For example, my five new tags are: Family History, Genealogy, Making Friends, Living Alone and Brighton beach. Using these tags I found it very easy to find 5 new blogs I wanted to follow. I had to change some of my tags, at first I used the word ‘family’ but that didn’t really show up anything I was interested in following, so I changed it to ‘making friends’ and a whole load of friendly blogs showed up! And I had put ‘Brighton and Hove’ which just brought up a lot of blogs about eating out in Brighton. So I narrowed it to ‘Brighton beach’ and found more of the type I was looking for (mine showed up first, which was nice!)

So here are the five blogs I have chosen to follow:

http://www.maddyathome.com/ (Maddy at home – your home from home on the internet)

http://beckybofwinchester.com/ (The Life of a 40 something – occasionally focussed,  invariably opinionated, sometimes inspired)

https://gailgrunstgenealogy.wordpress.com/ (Family Tales from Gail – my pastime is past time)

http://3kids2cats1divorce.com/ (3 kids 2 cats 1 divorce – muddling through with humour, grace, and hairballs)

https://firstnightdesign.wordpress.com/ (First Night Design – fabulous visual treats)



About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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