Yesterday, I met Will Hardison

Remember the brown bag lunches that we used to do at The Raleigh Forum? To refresh your memory, they are hour-long

Now that I’m on my own hosting, I’ve decided to fully explore the many features of WordPress. I’ve been introduced {by myself, haha} to the wonderful world of plugins and since then, I’ve been on a plugin rampage.
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Definition: “Plugins are pieces of code created with the purpose of expanding the functionalities of a software, in this case of WordPress. There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins already created, solving a wide range of problems and needs.”

  • Google Reader: Instead of copying and pasting links and making them into a Weekend Reading post, I can just tag the posts I love and they show up on the right sidebar {check out the What I’m Reading section”}
  • Insert Headers and Footers: Allows me to insert code into the header or footer of my blog. This is convenient if you’d like to have Google Analytics on your site or blog without inserting the code on each individual page
  • Google Analyticator: Installs Google Analytics

I know you all remember my Twitter friend Sara. I mentioned to her awhile back that I wanted to revamp my blog, so she offered to help me out. Since I love quatrefoil and the combination of gray and pink, I wanted a fun but not overwhelming design that incorporated these elements. While at first I felt iffy about having my name in such big, prominent letters, I realized that it was a valid branding tactic, since this is my little corner of the internet after all :)

In Sara’s words: “We combined our brains and creative powers and created this new and fresh look for her, and with only a billion changes (some because she couldn

Source: etsy.com via Jillee on Pinterest

 

It’s sometimes difficult to find beneficial, enticing blogs that you can’t wait to catch up on. I have several “go tos,” but it’s always nice to periodically add a few more! Here’s how I find worthwhile blogs:

Blog rolls- once you find blogs that you love, see what blogs they love {blog rolls are generally found on the right sidebar}

Tags on WordPress- click here for a list of the most common tags or on your WordPress homepage, click the “Read Blogs” tab. You can add topics there {I have added “Raleigh,” “Social Enterprise,” and “Gluten-Free Cooking.”

FoodPress.com- their tagline is “Serving up the hottest dishes on WordPress” and they are indeed! Search through posts that have been “FoodPressed” to find new recipes on new blogs {one of my posts popped up on the site one time!}

Google Reader- once you have added a subscription, click “Feed settings,” then “More like this”

Comments- I periodically browse through the comments on my favorite blogs. Commenters are often bloggers and you can follow their URLs back to their pages!

Pinterest- This newbie platform is quickly shifting the game of blogging. It’s incredible to me that I can send a picture to Pinterest and have hundreds of hits to my blog within minutes. Search for random interesting topics to find a carefully curated group of results, which ultimately link back to blogs.

How else do you find cool blogs to follow?

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