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Zero to Hero: Day Seventeen

  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!

    We're chugging right along into Day 17!

    Today, you'll engage with some other folks who responded to yesterday's prompt, and, if you'd like, you'll write a new post. Full details 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, @michelleweber!
    Today challenge is to embrace me commenting other blog post. I think, I'm brave enough to comment other blog. Sometimes we get a negative comment from other reader. It could be like a disagreement about our opinion or the reader have a "grudge" about the topic that we write.
    Could you gave me tips how to replying the negative or disagreement comment? How to make a post that lure people to comment but it doesn't have too make them debate?
    Please,visit my blog:
    THX :-)

  3. I'll be glad to provide tips on how to deal with negative comments.

    Comments are very powerful and can be benefit your blog. Regardless of your niche or your intent when publishing a post sometimes discussions can give rise to unexpected controversy and it’s important to keep a safe environment for discussion on your blog. Knowing how to deal effectively with spammers, annoying subscribers, negative comments and trolls comes with the territory of becoming a better blogger.

    No matter how thick skinned you may think you are any personal attack hurts. One that defames your personal reputation or your brand is bound to trigger anger. However, reacting emotionally rather than responding intelligently is extremely unwise. Take your time to consider the actions you can take before you respond.

    Scroll down to "Taking care of business and taking care of your “self” here

  4. Day 16

    Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.

    I did the daily prompt yesterday on 'You' but I had already posted it prior to that day's ZTH challenge....(time difference folks!) and I thought it quite relevent to the Day 15 task of Visuals impact on blogging as I my response to the prompt was ...well visual....

    what to do now?! I think I'll checkout what ZTH bloggers wrote yesterday as I have been away since that we go...

  5. helenholshouser

    Hi Michelle and all, I wrote a post on reputations yesterday, and am getting some good feedback from folks on facebook.
    I enjoyed the assignment, but forgot to put in a pingback! So, today I read the instructions and put one in! I added one to another blog as well, I think! I've never done pingbacks before, so here's hopoing it was successful! In the same support article for pingbacks I read about putting in internal links! I've been wondering how to do that--and now I can hardly wait to try saying --"want more information, click "here"!" LOL We'll see! Helen

  6. thistimethisspace

    In fact the default setting on our blogs is set to automatically ping already . Every time you create a properly formed link in a post and publish that post the software automatically pings for you. Have you read this section?

    This is the guide for creating links in posts and pages:

    This is the general link model:
    <a href="URL HERE">Highlighted anchor text here</a>
    This is the visual result - it's not actually linked here in the forum.
    Highlighted anchor text such as but not limited to zero to hero challenge here

    1. Enter the relevant descriptive anchor text you want to link to first. Note that "here" is not a good choice.
    2. Then use your mouse to highlight that anchor text. (If you don't highlight the anchor text the chain icon will remain grayed out and not be useable.)
    3. Next click the chain icon in the editor and proceed to create the link.
    More here on creating properly formed links >

  7. helenholshouser

    Thanks thistimethisspace. I called myself reading all of that article, I even printed it out to review again! I am very non- tech savvy, and will have to read and reread and practice to understand and get it! but i will, and I am, and that is a good feeling! I saw the bit about the automatic pingbacks, but then saw the instructions to "leave a pingback", so thought I should do something! Live and learn. Thanks for the encouragement to read the support documents, for those of us who need to lean heavily until we learn, that is what we need--those instructions! Helen

  8. thistimethisspace

    May I recommend a blogger and her blogs to you please?
    Carolyn and her blogs rock.

  9. thistimethisspace

    I thought you would and your reply made my day!
    Would you also enable a sharing link for Twitter below your blog posts please?

    P.S. My other username account is timethief but I think you know that right? No need to respond. :)

  10. Sorry I'm late guys...but a revel of revelers stole my shoes and after I tracked them down an argument ensued as to the official word for a group of revelers. I left them at a stalemate ready to take it up again after this assignment. Great assignment by the way. I forgot everybody wrote about the same thing yesterday. Some very talented writers out there!

  11. helenholshouser

    OMG! I love it! I feel like I have come home there! Thank you so very much thistimethisspace! Helen

  12. Hi, follow bloggers:

    I responded yesterday's prompt and wrote a story of building my reputation. Here is my story:

    I would love your feedback, while I am reading your posts based on the same prompt.



  13. helenholshouser

    timethief, I didn't mean t post that comment twice, but doon't know how to delete it, now that it is posted. I'll be glad to put the twitter shae on mypost, but I know nothing about twittering! LOL Thank you for requesting it. Helen

  14. thistimethisspace

    Hi yan,
    I commented because it's so sweet.

  15. thistimethisspace

    Meh ... don't worry about the duplication. Only Staff and Moderators can delete, close or delete threads so just ignore it, okay?

    Re: Posting the Twitter sharing button - thanks. :) I only have time for one social network and Twitter is the one for me. In the gardening season I post to my Pinterest container garden board too.

  16. Done and Done! I have though had trouble with translating blogs posted in languages other than english...Google translate does give a close enough version but something is 'lost in translation' if i may say so...but the thought still manages to come through though....

  17. helenholshouser

    got the twitter button on1 Yay! and I can hardly wait to see what you post about gardening. I have just begun to look at your blog, and am looking forward to getting into it! Lots of interesting blog titles! Thanks for your help, and your interest. helen

  18. I read a few of the posts yesterday, but looking at a few more is great for new material. Who knows, I may even update my original post!

  19. OK please don't jump down my throat! What is the easiest way to find bloggers who have responded to the Day 16 challenge? I've clicked on the icons of several people who said they were participating in the ZTH but can't find their posts about "reputation" so don't know if they've fallen by the wayside or I'm just not looking in the right place. Have also searched for ZTH reputation without much luck. I'd appreciate some help.

  20. thistimethisspace

    Thanks for including the Twitter button. I used it.

    I follow far too many blogs most of which I don't insert URLs for into the Reader. I am an introvert and I'm time challenged so I do not ever comment for commenting sake. In offline life I am not chatty and I'm authentic online too. If I don't have anything meaningful to say I don't comment. If I appreciate any post I click the like button and also share the link to the post on Twitter. If I don't have anything meaningful to post about then I don't post. For more insight on my personality type read Quiet and society’s extroversion bias

  21. - My creativity can't be rushed. I'm chugging along on Day 8 :-)

  22. thistimethisspace

    Note the syntax of this link

    Note how changing the last word ie. the "keyword"provides different results on a different Topics (Tags/Categories) page

    If the "keyword" is a phrase you insert a dash between words like this

    Granted you can got directly to Tags in your Dashbaord and enter one on that same page in the far right hand column if it's not a keyword in the Tag cloud at
    Tags Explore + but then you wouldn't know how the links work.

    I know the the syntax of the links and I operate directly from my browser.

  23. thistimethisspace


    My creativity can't be rushed. I'm chugging along on Day 8 :-)

    Good on you. :)

  24. Thanks for that, I'll keep a note of it. Now hopefully, time for some commenting for Task 17.

  25. thistimethisspace

    You're welcome and best wishes.

  26. tjbarkerseattle

    Love this task - I took today's Daily Post prompt (first person you see in the morning) and clicked on some of the pingbacks in the list for the prompt to read and comment on.

    I selected pingbacks toward the end of the list, because it seems like those at the top may be more often clicked on.

    Speaking of the pingback list, I think it's always interesting to see which topics seem to attract a LOT of pingbacks and which only a few. Sometimes it's fun to write a post for a topic with only a few pingbacks listed, something more off the beaten path.

    Good task!

  27. Sorry I'm late today, long day at work. I made it in time and got to enjoy a few different posts and I posted on two that I found interesting. I really enjoyed this assignment and I'm excited to see tomorrows topic.

    The days I work, I get so excited to come home, just to see what the new topic of the day is. This brings a lot of joy to my day and I love learning new things on here each day. Thank you again for helping us all out. This is a great experience for me. :)

  28. Another day in the books. Enjoying reading and tweaking. Off to do some more.

  29. @macmsue, you can also find people who replied to the prompt by going back to the prompt post on The Daily Post. If you scroll down, you'll see a list of all the pingbacks from people who responded and linked to the prompt.

    @tjbarkerseattle and @kumbricia, glad you're continuing to enjoy yourselves!

  30. I must say I found some lovely people to follow... because I really needed more people to follow (insert sarcasm here).

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