Nope, that’s not three-fifths of a day – I am combining my B201 assignments from day 3 and 5 into one project today. I think it’s fair, and I have SO MUCH awesome content I want to share with you guys right now (pregnancy fitness tips, a “day in the life” of a trainer, healthy baking hacks) that I want to make sure I get it all done.
That said, the assignments are as follows:
B201 – Day 3 – Create a Custom Widget
Ok, admittedly this is the hardest one for me so far – I am not great with image editing software nor do I technically need custom widgets right this second, so I dragged my feet a bit on completing this. That said, once I got into it – it’s fun! And inspiring! And will (one day) be the way I do all the menus for my page. But for now, it’s just this:
Yep, one little footer widget – all the way at the bottom of my blog, and linked to my “California Living” Pinterest page. Nothing groundbreaking. But I made it! I sourced the image, customized the text and layout, and activated the little thing. And I am proud.
So, moving on:
B201 – Day 5 – Drive Traffic to Your Archives
I have some amazing archives, dammit – or at least I have a good amount of posts (workout ideas, reviews, tip lists) that will stand the test of time – and should be easily discovered by new visitors to my site, even months after I post. Today’s assignment is thus:
Integrate features to draw traffic to your older content, including widgets, related posts, and a “Best of” page.
I already do a decent job of linking back to my own posts, but I definitely don’t have any formalized way of suggesting content other than my own in-text links. That said, I added a “related posts” section to my entries (although I can’t see it posting on the blog yet, hmmm) and I am trying to create my “Best of” page (but again, I can’t see it posting yet).
All in all, today’s assignment is a bit of a fail – but I will not give up! More updates once I can figure out these newfangled “additives.”
Do you blog? What widget/feature/extra are you most proud of on your page?