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Zero to Hero: Day Twenty-Three

  1. NOTE: Zero to Hero forum threads will close after five days. If you're just starting out, welcome! Feel free to visit a more recent thread to say hello, ask questions, or seek feedback. Happy blogging!

    Happy Friday-slash-Day 23! It's great to see those of you who are still trucking along (and to see all your new content and new followers)!

    Today, we tackle the every popular, highly share-able roundup post -- but in a way that fits your blog. Check out the details and our ideas on the Zero to Hero main page.

    Use this space as a place to ask questions and seek feedback from fellow bloggers, or just to talk about blogging, why you're here, and how your month is going.

    Please refrain from posting links to your blog unless you're seeking feedback -- this is a place for discussion. Irrelevant comments and spammy links will be deleted. Instead, give your posts the "zerotohero" tag to enable other participants to find you.

    The Daily Post has a weekly open thread on Sundays called "Community Pool," for peer feedback. If you're looking for general feedback on your blog or feedback unrelated to this challenge, please visit that thread.

  2. Hi Michelle, the visit today's forum thread link leads to http://en.forums.wordpress.com not to this site.

  3. @luthersjournal, thanks -- fixing now!

  4. lassfromlancashire
    Member

    i'm baffled by today's prompt. I'm not sure exactly what is meant by a "roundup post". Suppose I find several different posts on other people's blogs on say "How to keep dry when cycling in a thunderstorm". Do I read them and link them to my own blog or pass details on to other bloggers who might be interested - but probably won't because they don't cycle or only ride when the weather is fine!
    Very confused.

  5. Oh my, this is a tough one! You really going to make me think today aren't you. :-)
    I just posted my blog entry for today so it looks like I may have to do this one another day.
    I'm with @lassfromlancashire, totally confused!

  6. @lassfromlancashire
    Maybe there is a post you loved. Lets say http://annainternational.wordpress.com recipe for tuscan bread and eggs. You write on you blog why you love it. You write in a sort of summary what Anna tells you in the post. You implement a link to her blog on yours. You give her post a like. You inform her in a short comment under her post that you loved it and linked it on your blog.

  7. I've sort of done just done this earlier with an F1 blog I've also started - although not really following Zero To Hero on it - but rather than a round-up of blogs it uses pictures to link back to various news stories around the web. I've then put my opinions under each picture.

  8. @lassfromlancashire and @easygoingmama

    Yes, you read them and link to them in a new post on your blog and maybe write a sentence or two about it. For example,

    Blog A - funny stories about life. The writer has a great, humorous writing style that definitely will have you cracking up.

    Blog B - great life hack tips blog and ideas for upcycling.

    Or, you can do a roundup of posts you have done this week if you have a lot of content you've written. And the roundup for today could be a weekly snapshot of posts like a, "Here's what you missed this week", type of post.

    Hope that helps!

  9. @daphnec2002

    Thank you! Now it makes sense, it's Friday and my brain cells are mush...LOL I do follow some pretty awesome blogs so will put on my thinking cap and work on this challenge.

  10. I've had the idea to do something like this for awhile, kind of a This Week in Pop Culture type thing on Saturdays. I'll probably post my first one tomorrow and, at some point, I'd love for it to be a link up, too.

    Also, this week is kind of perfect for Pop Culture WTF. This Bieber saga is too much.

  11. This time next week, I can legally wear my cape.
    http://theplayground.me/2014/01/24/yippy-ki-yay-mfs/

  12. @lassfromlancashire and @easygoingmama, sorry for not being clear enough in the description! I'll add some more detail to help others out. In the meantime, I'll simply say: what @daphnec2002 said!

  13. @lassfromlancashire
    Know that you are not limited to backlinking only to blogs in the zero to hero challenge in your posts. I would like to introduce you to a blogging friend of mine who is also a cyclist and who has a high quality content blog. Cycle Write Blog

  14. @michelleweber
    Oh no problem! I get a bit loopy by Friday...lol

  15. This is such a good idea but I am going to park it for a while. I struggle to get any content out in the kids' school holidays because I am, well, playing with the kids. I reckon I could compile this over each half term and schedule to publish it in the half term holidays. In the longer holidays, of 2 weeks or more, I could round up other people's blogs one week and a round up of the things I have published over the previous term the next.
    I'd be interested to know how others schedule this sort of activity - ad hoc or more planned than that?

  16. @cogitoergomum, I see both. Some people publish a weekly or monthly post; some only do a roundup when they're found some remarkable things to share.

    If you want to try a regular post, it can be pretty low-effort if you open a draft post at the start of the month. Whenever you find something you want to share, drop it into the draft. Then, every two weeks (or however often you want to do it), add a little text, polish it up, and out it goes.

    If roundups don't really work for your blog -- although they can be formatted/angled to work almost anywhere -- places like Twitter and FB are perfect for sharing extra, value-added content.

  17. Phew, after 30 cm of snow and 3 power outages I finally managed to get that post out. @tourmama616 I am so stealing your purple disco pants and sparkly cape!

  18. @easygoingmama

    My dear LinkinLoopsLady....we ALL get loopy on a friday!
    @michelleweber
    A couple of blogs that I follow do this 'roundup' every month...but I don't know if I can do justice to other's blog posts via mine....does this mean I do my 'take' on that post or that I kinda just summarize it and link back??

  19. lassfromlancashire
    Member

    Thanks everyone for clarification and advice, @timethief I've visited Cycle Write Blog and liked it. But I still think roundups are a bit beyond me. It seems as if only the people who visit my blog will see them…am I right? I suppose if I used Twitter I could broadcast my roundups to the universe - but would I really want to?

  20. @pkanwar1983, you do your take -- tell us about the particular reasons you really enjoyed the posts.

    @lassfromlancashire, yup, just your readers see them, and the blogger you link to get the pingbacks, so they may visit you and/or share the post. As noted above, Twitter/FB are also great places to share links, if you'd rather not publish a roundup.

  21. psychoticincognito
    Member

    While not sticking to the challenge in the strictest way, I created Laughter is the best antidepressant for todays assignment.

    It's hard to believe that Zero-to-hero is almost over.

  22. Good luck with this everyone. Sounds fun, but I won't be joining in for this one, as weekend coming up is so busy. I managed a post a couple of days ago and I've identified my blogging event that I'm going to participate in, but it's a on Monday, so will have to wait a couple of days. Still hanging in there with the challenge, I think!

  23. @pkanwar1983
    Why do you always make me laugh when you call me LinkinLoopsLady...LOL

  24. Assignment complete!

  25. And I have caught up; again. Enjoy the read.

  26. @psychoticincognito, we still have a week to go! And then, I'll hope you'll all continue to visit The Daily Post and use these forums as a place to get your questions answered.

  27. rosepaperscissors
    Member

    I have made an attempt at this task - it was easy enough to find posts I like, what I found harder was sticking to a theme. Is this really necessary? I have had the same problem with my blogroll, and even noticed it when nominating other blogs for the Leibster award - they're an eclectic selection! I have read advice which says that you should seek blogs that are similar to yours, but I find that I am attracted to many different blogs, as what appeals to me is the writing and the authenticity of the 'voice'. Does it matter if they are on completely different topics, and written in different styles?

  28. rosepaperscissors
    Member

    Tbh, by 'authenticity of voice' I mean that I agree with what's said, and feel as if I like the writer...

  29. I started a draft page at the start of the month with the intention of adding in links to other blogs that I found inspiration on & they all followed an idea that I really like at the moment.

    I have now gone back in & edited the post to say what it is about each article that caught my attention - no idea that this was a round up post & that I was actually a bit ahead on a challenge!

    Although my post is scheduled to go up at the end of the month.

    What do you do months or years later if the links in your rounds up no longer work - do you re-edit & remove the link but keep the info?
    Or add in copy to say sorry the page is no longer available to view?
    Or update the post & find new links to other blogs that you can post about? How often should one go back & check on links?

  30. I am a frequent reader of those influential articles posted in Linkedin. As a result, my roundup post for today's assignment includes two posts I read through Linkedin. The third one is a new post from a blog in WordPress.

    Three posts are all short and inspirational, here is my roundup of the readings:

    http://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/roundup-of-my-recent-readings/

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