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Day 4: Ideal Audience

I have no idea who my ideal audience is.  Honestly, I’m just happy that people read my blog at all.  That being said, here goes nothing.


I know you don’t understand why I talk about fictional characters as if they’re real.  I know you don’t understand why I seem obsessed with my professors.  You say you understand, but you haven’t for a long time.  So I’m going to try and set the record straight.

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Day 1: Who I am and Why I’m Here

Hey!

If you don’t know me already, I’m Marialena.  I’m a rising junior at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The goal of this blog is much the same as it was when I started it a little over a year ago:  writing book and movie reviews with the goal of discussion and helping people find something new to read or watch.

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That Awkward Moment 

That awkward moment when you realize you completely forgot that you signed up for Blogging 101.  I hope I still have time to participate …

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Anniversary Milestone

  

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1 Blogversary!

I created this blog one year ago today. Just thought you might like to know that.

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Unknown Search Terms

What’s this “unknown search terms” business?  I just want to see what searches bring up my blog.  Is that too much to ask?

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WordPress for iOS: New Visual Editor and More!

IN LOVE with this update! However, posting still needs to streamline block quotes. I was blocking quotes in one of my posts yesterday, and it was complicated. Had to HTML to get them the way I wanted.

The WordPress.com Blog

WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements.

Visual Editor

We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, links, and lists naturally as you type. You can also insert images with a tap, seeing real-time uploading progress and images right in the post.

Before

New Editor

App users have long wished for a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor on iOS. Until now, a rich mobile editing experience on the iOS app was reserved for those who felt comfortable with HTML. But not everyone is comfortable with coding, and few find it convenient to use code on a mobile device. The visual editor removes this technical friction and makes creating and publishing content on the go simpler. No code necessary!

The new…

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I Know what he Says, But …

I know how Jason feels about reblogs, but I can’t help it.  When someone helps me, it’s second nature for me to say “thank you”.  Consequently, I really hate it when people don’t respond with “you’re welcome,” but that’s not the point here.

The small talk he and I made on one of his other posts inspired me to write a separate post about the subject of our conversation and how I felt about it yesterday.  I tagged Harsh Reality, so I knew he would at least see it.  The last thing I expected was a reblog, but that’s what he did.

Consequently – because he’s pretty much WordPress’s resident Wizard of Oz as far as I’m concerned – my stats went off the charts.

Wow, WordPress!  I had no idea!

I’ve had my blog for about 9 months (give or take) and it sat dormant for the first semester of this school year.  However, I’ve been able to blog about my current English class, so I’ve seen more activity this month.

When I reached my newly-passed record of 75 views in one day, my mind was blown.  But Jason’s reblog was epic.  I surpassed my old records for follows and likes in one day.  For me, both of these are harder to come by than views …

So, Jason, let me say thanks.  I never dreamed we would interact in the first place, but I’ve learned on my own that commenting on other blogs leads to more exposure.  Since I really enjoy your blog, I figured I would give it a shot even though my comments would probably just get a glance, if anything at all.

But look what’s happened 🙂

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Portfolios: What’s the Point?

If you’ve been following me lately, you’ll know that just yesterday I was trying to figure out a portfolio to keep my academic-English-major-writing separate from my book-movie-fandom-writing so that my formal writing would stand out to potential employers.
After digging around WordPress more today – for what seemed like FOREVER – I realized that my entire blog is a giant portfolio (organized by categories and tags, of course).
That’s the long, drawn out way of saying a “portfolio” – which sounds super duper fancy if you’re like me – is actually just another type of post.
Seriously? Are you kidding me? What can a portfolio do that a post or page can’t? I don’t see much of a difference between the three …

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How do Portfolios Work?

Can anyone tell me how portfolios work on here? I’m trying to pull together all my best academic and creative writing assignments from school that I can show – along with the rest of this blog – to important people like potential employers. It would be nice if I could have all my school stuff in one place. I remember reading about portfolios somewhere, I just can’t remember where.