Blogging 101. Day Three: Say Hello to the Neighbors

meet ur neighbour

Blogging is a communal experience; if you didn’t want anyone to read your posts, you’d keep a private diary. Today, begin engaging with the blogging community, the first step in building an audience.

Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs.

Why spend time reading other blogs?

  • Publishing posts is only half of blogging — engaging with the community is the other.
  • Considering what other bloggers write will inspire you and sharpen your thoughts.

Part of what makes blogging such a rich experience are the relationships we develop with people from around the world. Those relationships only happen when we engage with one another — just look at The Commons. Plus, reaching out to other bloggers is the best way to have them return the favor.

The first step is finding the people you want to connect with. By following topics you care about in the Reader, you’ll discover a world of blogs. Some of them will become favorite reads, and some of their authors will become your fans.

I’m really bad at this. In the beginning, I was all about the readers and fellow bloggers. Now I’m choosy. My attention span has diminished greatly. Call me an old-bitty blogger I guess. After almost a decade of doing this, blog posts have to catch my attention. Nursing blog posts get recycled over and over again by the new and seasoned Nurse bloggers because we share the same joys and experience the same woes. It’s not a bad thing, not at all. It just makes it hard for me to follow and read other bloggers.

I know. I’m a bad blogger. Here I want you to read my stuff… yet I’m admitting to not reading your stuff. It’s probably why I don’t have many followers these days. It reminds me of the joke my friend Mike and I shared for a while. Anyone remember these guys?

I’m  going to try harder. I’ve started to dedicate a slot of time each AM to blogging. I’ll try and read more blogs while I’m at it. Time is not a luxury I have. But, then again I’m probably not the only one with a finite amount of time, yet you find the time to read my stuff. I’m going to make an effort to stop being such a bigot.

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*Update* – I posted this to my draft in the morning… and never got around to reading any blogs by the end of the day. I suck at this. Grr.

 

Blogging 101 Challenge. Day Two: Take Control of Your Title and Tagline

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You set your blog’s address when you registered at WordPress.com, but your blog’s title — what readers see on your site when they visit — can be changed at any time. Today, let’s make sure you love yours.

Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline.

Why?

  • The title is the first thing most readers will see.
  • Your title and tagline work with elements like your address and theme to give visitors context and help them decide to stick around.

Your title doesn’t need to be the same as your blog’s URL — just because your address is maryjanesmith922.wordpress.com doesn’t mean you need to call your blog maryjanesmith922. Your title should reflect you.

A title is typically only a few words, so consider adding a tagline — a phrase that appears under your title and helps flesh it out. Think “Burger King: Have It Your Way,” or The Daily Post: The Art and Craft of Blogging.” Look at the post you wrote yesterday. Why are you here? What will we find on your blog? Let us know in your tagline.

Try listing adjectives that describe your personality, and play around with the words until you can tweak them into a name that’s catchy but uniquely “you.” Puns always work well. Start with certain common phrases, songs, and literary titles, and then mix the words up. Or use your own name in a clever way.

We’ve also got some examples of great taglines, along with a few tips on creating one that stands out in the blogging crowd:

  • Avoid repeating your site title. Your tagline is a space to share some context on what your site is about. Take advantage of it.
  • Keep it short and sweet. Thirty and 40 word taglines leave us breathless. Be concise.
  • Be original. Don’t let your blog’s tagline become another in the sea of “musings about thoughts” — make sure it tells us something about you.

My Strong Medicine

The adventures of a novice Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. My life’s Mixtape. I’m a USAW weightlifter. I coach. A mobility maven. And I CrossFit.

Ironically I just changed my tag line last week when I gave it a face-lift here. I re-worded my tag line to add the Hodge-podge nature of my blog. Ergo the term ‘Mixtape’. An awesome idea that I ‘borrowed from one of the Fitness/Inspiration Company’s that I frequent called ‘Compete Everyday‘. They put out a Sunday ‘Mixtape’ blog post that is just bits & pieces of links of interest that is related to their overall mission.

The former 80’s wild-child loved the idea of the term Mixtape, so… yeah. I borrowed the term as part of my tag line. So not going to change my tag line.

Would I change my blog title? Change it from My Strong Medicine.

Nah.

It completely encapsulates what me, my life, and my blogging has been about. I mean when I first started this journey I chose ‘To Be A Strong One’ as my blog title. Whew, that was horrid.. vague.. and good ole’ fashion tacky. It really didn’t explain anything about my blog, my blogging goal or my life.

So I’m pretty happy with my Title and Tag Line. Mostly because I blog about more than one thing. But I do stick to the topics that I’ve mentioned before. I used to blog about anything under the sun. Nowadays I stick to personal growth, CrossFit, Weightlifting, Health with a sliver of Nursing thrown in there.

Yep. I’m good. My Strong Medicine stays.

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Geographic Stressin’

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Ahhh… the sun, clear skies, blue-calm water….. and…

15 degree weather ?!

Yeah. This is a screenshot of my iMac’s wallpaper. A bit of contrast going on there. In my part of the world we’ve had record-breaking low temps along with surges of more of that white-fluffy crap that is burying us at times. So I have this crazy wallpaper to calm my nerves.

The good news is that vacation is only 5 weeks away. Yes, a vacation that will look JUST LIKE MY WALLPAPER.

I’ve lived in this area of the world my whole life. The frozen tundra of winter is nothing new to me. But for some reason I’ve reached my ‘red-line’. I’ve had enough. Can we just move on to Spring? Please?

Is anyone else fed up with Winter?

Fed up @goeriecom #eriegram

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I discovered a quick and efficient way to lose all of my ‘holiday weight gain’

Influenza virus

The week of Christmas I randomly weighed myself. I was curious about my weight, because I threw caution to the wind this past holiday season and ate any and every sweet treat that crossed my path.

I was the heaviest I’ve  been in a long time.

I finished my 15th worked shift over the past 18 days. We drove home to visit the family, and I  enjoyed my Christmas holiday with my family

We visited with both sides of our family, stayed overnight then headed back home. Arrived home, did some cleaning up and I headed to the gym to workout and work off all that darn crap.

I had only made it to the gym once in over a week due to my last stretch of shifts. I had worked 9 straight, so I was achy sore from work, from traveling and needed to move.

As per my usual, I decided to push the limits a bit. Did some sound barbell work and then did some tough mid-line ‘abs’ work. By the time I was done, my gut was feelin’.. a bit blegh.

I chalked it up to being away from training.

I made it home and that blegh feeling got progressively worse. By the time I was home, I was flat out nauseated. It took everything in me not to hurl. Within the first 30 minutes of getting home that Friday night I was in the bathroom. And I stayed in the bathroom for hours. In fact I spent more time in the bathroom that night than I did my bed.

Over the next 36 hrs (from what I’m told) I laid on the couch shuffling from sitting up to lying and sleeping. I would awaken long enough to crawl to the bathroom and come back out to the couch.

I don’t remember Saturday after Christmas at all.

It took me all the w2014-12-29 07.52.07ay until Tuesday of this week to feel… uhhmm.. ?normal? Tuesday was the first day I did more than shower. I didn’t brush my teeth for days.

 

I found out at the end of my weekend, that my lil’ nephew and niece were sick on Christmas morning and they had so very kindly passed on their germs to me and half my family.

I weighed myself yesterday. I lost seven pounds since the days before Christmas.

 

This has been my hangout for the past 72 hours… Gotta love the flu. Finally up and moving today.

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So much for that holiday weight gain.

 

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A new Christmas Eve tradition….

Thank you TBS…

 

Once you become a nurse, TV is ruined forever

Sitting in front of the boob tube tonight watching one of my DVR’d shows I realized that TV was officially ruined for me once I entered the nursing profession.

Every. Single. Time. Something medical-related surfaces in the plot of whatever TV show I’m watching, I automatically pick it to pieces for it’s lack of ‘reality’ and validity.

As if that would happen“.. is muttered in my household quite often (since I’m married to a nurse).

It’s actually turned into quite the game for my wife and I. Who will break their silence first? Who will blurt out the ‘AS IF’ response to whatever is happening on the television first?

*sigh*

Darn nursing.

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Progress can only be made when you show up

Shift 6 of 9 in a row finished up today. I (literally) dragged my butt to the gym to siphon what energy I had left into a workout. It wasn’t pretty, but I got it done. I really just wanted to go home and collapse on the couch.

3 more to go….

But who’s counting?

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