Zero to Hero: Day Eight

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    It’s Day Eight, and you’re all well on your way!

    We’ve been visiting your blogs, and it’s great to see your progress, and the likes, comments, and follows from fellow participants! We hope you’re feeling as good as we are.

    Today, you’ll create (or revisit) your About page, and take it from interesting to irresistible. Head to the main page for details and links to our killer About page tips.

    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. Given the number of participants and length of these threads, we are deleting comments that are simply links to make it easier for participants to have real discussions with one another. 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.

    #1594611

    ashkej
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    Thank you for this. Decent About Me pages always elude me no matter the site! Looking forward to using these tips!

    I have a question about listing particular tagged posts on specific pages, and I can’t find it on the WordPress help pages. Should I save it for the Community Pool Sunday?

    #1594612

    @ashkej, ask away!

    #1594615

    I spent a few days over Christmas giving myself a new About Me page that I’m pretty happy with – I think I covered much of what’s in the 101 tips.

    Reading the 201, when I’m home from work tonight I think I’ll axe my first paragraph. Other than that, I’m not sure if I should shorten it? I forever wrestle with too much vs. not enough…

    Thanks for this – looking forward to the discussion on this one!

    #1594616

    Oh now I’m liking this one!

    I rewrote my About Me page at the beginning of this challenge and I’ve had some really touching, excellent feedback about it. It was a spontaneous act. It came from the heart. But contrary to the advice in the 101 part/link of today’s challenge I think I’ve actually made the whole “shopping list” thing work. To me, I give enough information to draw the reader in, to make them want to read a bit more of what I’ve posted so far.

    However, I do like the advice to try cutting the first and last lines I am having the idea to add in more links to other posts which are now relevant to my current About Me page. I like the idea of adding in images – I think I will add small iconic images to punctuate the text. And I plan on doing this tonight! (As well as playing with the fabulously exciting brand new recipe short code @timethief blogged about yesterday). So watch this space and read me later!

    I’d love to have fellow blogger’s feedback on this one as so far, it’s been mostly via my Twitter and Facebook profiles that I’ve had comments on the new About Me :Dhttp://joblogsjobakes.wordpress.com/about/

    #1594622

    I already have an About page “Hola (Hello)” that I’m sure can use some fixing.
    I’m looking forward to this assignment tonight while I’m at work :)

    #1594624

    ashkej
    Member

    @michelleweber Well – I have a number of pages describing various sections/topics that I blog about (gardening, genealogy, photography, etc.) and I wondered if there was, for example, a piece of code (?) I could put into the page that would automatically list the last 5 (or whatever) posts that were tagged appropriately.

    For example, the Genealogy page would end with links to the last 5 posts of mine tagged ‘genealogy’.

    Does that make sense?! :)

    #1594625

    liuzzia
    Member
    #1594626

    @ashkej, makes sense! And yes, you can do that with the “Display Posts” shortcode. Full details:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/display-posts-shortcode/

    Basically, using this shortcode in the regular text of your post:

    [display-posts tag="gardening" posts_per_page="5"]

    tells the page to display the five most recent posts that are tagged “gardening.”

    There are many other details you can specify with the shortcode — the support doc will walk you through them.

    #1594627

    @jobakes, if anyone could make the “shopping list” concept work, it’d be a food blogger! Have fun with the new recipe shortcode.

    #1594630

    gailraynor
    Member

    I really enjoyed this assignment. Like I said on day 2, my blog was far too serious and didn’t reflect my personality.

    #1594631

    I tried my best, I’ve never been good with anything that’s well ‘about me.’

    Lady behind the blog

    Oh, and I love the fact someone thought of me but when I gave it to others, they asked what this was, and I have no idea.

    Anyone ever heard of the Sunshine Award? I LOVE that I got it, and I feel honored, but what exactly is it for? Happiest blog?

    #1594632

    ashkej
    Member

    @michelleweber. Many thanks for that – and sorry to be a nuisance, but I’ve pasted that shortcode (including the square brackets) into the page and clicked Update. However, upon viewing the page there is no list of posts. I’ve checked the tagging I’ve used and varied it to different ones but no posts are displayed!

    #1594634

    I gave this a try, let me know what you think!
    http://concentrateonyourself.wordpress.com/

    #1594636

    Hello Michelle
    Hello everybody and kind regards to every one.

    #1594637

    anamelio
    Member

    Arrgh, About Me are always the worst for me >< mainly because I really don’t like talking about myself and never know what to say . Anyway it’s done. Short, and hopefully sweet. *Gulp*

    #1594640

    I like my about page on my blog. the reason is that I am being 100% honest. I really want to become a writer and the reasons why I didn’t peruse this before was because I was bullied form a young age and I didn’t have the confidence till now to actually peruse my dream. Lately I have realised that more and more people have said that they have respect the fact that I openly talk about my depression and my bullying.
    Have a look and see for yourself, opinions are most welcome: http://thatmadmuslimah.wordpress.com/about/

    #1594643

    I have just revised, adding photos and embedding Google map.
    http://ensummerfield84.wordpress.com/about/

    #1594648

    I have always had trouble with “About” pages. I had something pretty good up there, but after reading the articles Michelle provided I sliced and diced until I had something I was very happy with.

    Let me know what you think:
    Schizo Incognito – About

    #1594649

    @ashkej, just tested it on my blog, and it works. Two thoughts: first, be sure you’re using tags, and not categories — it’s easy to mix them up. Second, paste the shortcode right into the visual editor.

    Let me know if this helps! If not, I’ll ask @joshroot to come take a look :)

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