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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Blogging 101 Challenge. Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World

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I’ve decided to try and re-charge my blog by undertaking a month-long blog challenge. This one is driven by WordPress.com called the Blogging 101 Challenge as part of the ‘Blogging University’ program.

Here is the first day’s topic:

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post on your blog.

Why?

  • It gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • It helps you focus your ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto or a simple outline.

If you’ve already been blogging for a while, we still encourage you to do a version of this assignment: use it to revisit what you said when you first started blogging, to take stock of what you’ve accomplished and what more you’d like to do, or to lay out some goals for your next six months.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?

  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Without further adieu:

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

I’ve always blogged publicly. But for those of you who don’t know, I blogged anonymously in the beginning. My pseudonym was ‘Strong One’. This was back when I started the blog named ‘To Be A Strong One‘. Whew… talk about memory lane. I first started blogging back them with the idea to do fitness or health related topics.. but it morphed slowly into all things Nursing somehow. I did that for about a year.. then continued to blog anonymously for another year before the ‘big reveal‘. And back then… I still didn’t know which direction my blogging would take. Geesh.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

I’m random. I’ll always be random. If I’ve learned anything over the past 8+ years is that I can’t stay on topic. If anything I  stick to a handful of topics. Nursing will always show up, but most of my blogging about all-things Nursing shows up over at Scrub Magazine. The other mainstays are Weightlifting, CrossFit and anything about personal growth.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

Anyone and everyone. I still believe some of the greatest connections have been made through my blogging. My only caveat being that I don’t have the kind of time I used to have online. My life outside of the keyboard is quite busy.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Consistency. I want to blog more, more often. I still have a lot to share, I still have a lot to say.

Blogging 101 Day One = done.

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Are you just making excuses…?

Quit pointing fingers.

Quit placing blame.

Passive aggressiveness is not productive, it only wastes time.

Quit looking for ‘exceptions to the rule’.

Quit waiting for the right moment.

Maybe it’s time to take ownership of whatever goal you are gunning for? The right time, the right moment, the right situation, the right scenario continue to pass you by.

Get off your rump and start working for it.

Quit making excuses.

Love The Haters

There will be haters, doubters and non-believers. And there will be you proving them wrong -Anon

If you are pleasing 100% of the people, you’re doing something wrong. In your life pursuits, you will inevitably piss someone off. Congratulations. You stood for something. You made a choice. You maintained a stance. You weren’t swayed by the opinion of others.

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You need haters. You need the non-believers. You need the doubters.

* * *

Why, you ask?

Fuel for the fire. Motivation. To prove them wrong. To show them it can be done. To prove to yourself that the only person that really matters is you. The best test of your own mettle is plugging forward when its nothing but an uphill battle. Nothing worthwhile was ever easy. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Get hit hard and keep moving.

So.

Thank you to all the haters, the past, the present and those who haven’t met me. It’s because of you that I keep pushing forward. I aim to make a difference while I’m here.

 

 

The gift of time..

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We have a finite amount of time on this earth. Life is lived by a clock. It’s up to you how you spend it. Every second, every minute, every hour, day, month, quarter, year, etc. is simply a timeline of decisions.

How are you spending your time? Are you using it wisely?

You have been given a gift. The gift of time. A gift that some never get to enjoy.

You have to go left or right. Life cannot be lived down the middle of the road. Make a choice.

Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t -Anon

 

 

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You’re gonna have to bleed a lil’…

fighter_hands_men_boxing_monochrome_bandages_boxer_1920x1080_wallpaper_Wallpaper_2560x1600_www.wallpaperswa.comPay your dues.

Take your lumps.

It all means the same thing. In any of life’s worthwhile pursuits, you’re going to have to learn how to take a hit in order to climb up that  “ladder”. You’ll need to get knocked down a few times before you can truly stand on your own.

I firmly believe, it’s when we are down on the ground where we truly find our ‘mettle’. We find our worth. We find out what we are made of.

You figure out in that ‘low’ moment just how bad you want the end goal. How important is that pursuit? How bad to you really want it? What are you willing to go through to get it?

Ask any successful person. Ask anyone who finds themselves on the winning side of a battle. They’ve fallen – figuratively and/or literally flat on their face.

It’s when we were down on the ground that we develop, hone and sharpen our trouble-shooting skills. We learn to navigate through the bad in order to get to the good. Our coping mechanisms are born.

The bleeding will come in many forms. Not only can and could it  be actual blood, but at the very least it will be sweat, tears, emotional drain, physical pain and maybe even heart break.

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.”
-Henry Kissinger

In order to truly succeed, you’re going to have to bleed….

You’re going to have to bleed a lil’.

 

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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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