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365 Challenge: Day 92 – 5W?-25% (Milestone?)

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5W?-25% (Huh Milestone?): a code meant to symbolize a few topics grouped together under a daily post using the basic information gathering or problem-solving technique of the five (5) “W” questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why?

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For more on this technique, you can see it at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Ws

For the explanation of 5W?-25%, here goes… As I sat on the couch this morning to draft today’s post, two things occurred: (1) I realized I officially hit the 25% complete mark with the 365 Daily Challenge, as it’s day 92. I am very proud of my commitment to this effort and have enjoyed getting to know myself and all of you through these posts.  (2) I had a number of topics that I wanted to post on this week, but didn’t want to spam everyone with multiple short posts plus all the book reviews, so I combined it all together with the five (5) “W” questions. And without further ado, here we go?

 

WHO?

When I looked at my statistics today, I realized I hit a key milestone overnight: I have 555 followers on my blog. Seems like a nice round, well not-so-round, funny kind of number. But given I’m complete today with 25% of the 365 Daily Challenge, it sort of fits. I’m surprised but very happy with this progress. It means a lot to have some great e-friends and conversations here on WordPress. And between connecting with everyone over book reviews or the 365 challenge, it’s been an amazing journey.

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WHERE?

As pointed out to me last week, some of my followers may not be as familiar with English, but they would still enjoy reading my blog. Marcelo reminded me that there is a widget for translating your blog into other languages. If you haven’t seen his site, please click his name to go check it out. But also, I’ve added the Language Converter widget to the right menu on my blog so that non-English readers or speakers can convert posts to their native language to make it easier. It’s only fair, and so now, almost anyone can read the blog from wherever they live and whatever language they speak. You can add it to in the Customize section of your blog; if you need help, message me.

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WHEN?

A few weeks ago, I started the “What Book Do You Read By Genre and By Age?” series of posts.  I’ve published a few for mysteries and historical fiction, and then partnered with Nel for urban fantasies. Well… I need your help! I don’t read in all genres, and I am not familiar with every book. I’d love to partner with more people to add to the series for every genre and age group, e.g. romance or science-fiction or non-fiction. Any takers? Who wants to work on one with me, or write one up on your own blog and I’ll re-post to connect us? I think this is a great way to share books and determine when to read them! I want to post a new one every 7 to 10 days, so let’s get this scheduled! You’ll meet new bloggers, find more followers and share great book info.

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WHY?

I’ve seen a few people post a useful tip on how to link and connect fellow WordPress follower’s blogs. When you link to the person’s home page, it is helpful because other people can visit someone else’s site. But if you are tagging someone, nominating them for an award or even just showing off someone else’s blog, unless they regularly read your site and see your post, they wouldn’t know you were tagging them. So, there’s an alternative method to ensure that person gets an email or notification, which means they’ll know you tagged them and will be able to participate or check it out. If you want to link someone, don’t just link their home page. Link to a post as that generates a notification or email, depending on what that person sets up. For example, to link me:

Isn’t that helpful? Now you know why it’s important to link to a post instead of a main page. Let me know if you need any help.

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WHAT?

And the last question represents what am I am about to accomplish:  all of my book reviews are 90% complete… and I expect to finish the remaining 50 within the next 2 weeks. By June 30th, I will have 500 book reviews available on my blog and site, in addition to all the other content: film and TV reviews, 365 Daily post, author spotlights, tags, awards, book bucket lists, age / genre series, etc. I’m so excited! Come check them all out.

 

Thank you very much to everyone. Hope you enjoyed today’s milestone 365 Daily Challenge post!

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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AWARD: Cramm

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Many thanks to FitnessGrad for nominating me for the Cramm Award. She and I connected about a month ago and have exchanged some fun banter on our sites. You need to stop by to visit her blog, as it is all about her sanctuary for the body and mind. Cool stuff!

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The Cramm Award was created by Liv, the owner of theCramm, an awesome blog, visit it here to see the rest for yourself, you’ll not regret it as I’ve been told. I am checking it out myself this week. It’s got quite a unique approach to the news from my initial quick gander!!!

Rules 

  1. Include a little bit about who created this award (with a link) and mention the person the who nominated you.
  2. Share 3 things that motivate you to blog and share 3 people that motivate you to blog as well
  3. Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world.
  4. Answer your challenge question
  5. Nominate your choice of bloggers and give them a challenge question.

 

My Blogging Motivators

  • Things:
    • (1) The 365 Daily challenge motivates me to push myself every day. Instead of just posting randomly or when I think of an idea, it’s a little pressure to keep my writing abilities on their toes, to ensure I communicate with fellow readers and writers each day, and to challenge my intellect to come up with unique and interesting content.
    • (2) Reading is important to me. I want everyone to know that. And I am consistent and whole in everything I do. Creating a book review for everything I’ve ever read is another challenge to push my limits. Sometimes my memory is strong, but at others it isn’t. And when it isn’t, I find ways to make the review interesting. I’ll hit my total of 500 pre-read books this month. I know I forgot some, but I’ll address those as I remember them.
    • (3) The Future. Doing this is helping me figure out what I want to do with my life besides “work” and “play.” Seeing my strengths and weaknesses. Figuring out my voice and perspective. Am I funny? Am I serious? Do I use proper formatting and grammar? Do I have a style? Helps figure out my writing identity and possibly people who might be interested in reading my current book or future books.

  • People:
    • (1) All my online followers friends. Interacting with everyone means people enjoy what I have to say, so why would I stop? It may mean less some days and more other days, but as long as I have positive and collaborative communication with each of you, I’ll blog. When I get bored, boring or redundant, it’ll slow down. Thank you for being such a great community.
    • (2) My significant other has been very supportive of my decision to take this year off and focus on my creative outlets, rather than work full-time in a corporate position. I may go back to work this summer, but the blogging won’t stop. He’s been helpful, reads some and responds, and stays out of it too. It’s a fair balance and I’m grateful to have such a connection.
    • (3) My friend and former co-worker, Lisa. She and I no longer see each other regularly because we live in different states, but each time we talk, she brings up so many of these posts, ideas and comments… makes me realize that I have great friends, too. And she encourages me to keep pushing these limits to see how far I can go with my blogging and writing.

 

My World Improving Action:

  • If I could change one thing, it would be in how we [the world] communicate with one another. Few are open-minded and listen. People hear what they want to hear and say things without realizing the words they choose and the tone surrounding it. I’m guilty of it from time to time, too. But if we all just took a moment to relax and have an honest and open conversation, recognize there is no need for violence and hatred, we’d be a little bit closer to where we need to be. If I could do anything, I’d want to spread that word from person to person, so we’d all try just a little bit harder. It may sound a bit silly or useless, but instead of responding when you are upset with someone, stop and think… why did they do it? why did they say it? Could I look at this differently? And then when you do respond, see if there’s a way to discuss it rather than blast emails or words back and forth until someone feels horrible or does something bad. So… perhaps by helping a few people via my daily posts, something will start a little fire around the world. A guy can hope, right?

 

Challenging Question

  • If you could join the “TEAM” who’d be changing the world, what role would you play?
  • To be fair, I’ll answer it as well:
    • I’d be the project manager because that’s my greatest strength. I have a great memory for tasks, I’m very strong in communicating, I am quite organized and I change the way I work to suit the person I’m working with… thus ensuring we can collaborate successfully together. Plus, I have high expectations and I tend to hold people accountable to their duties. I don’t accept failure.

 

My Nominees Are:

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think.

TAG: Celebrating the Little Things & 300 Followers (Combination)

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I found the “Celebrating the Little Things” tag through my online friend Misty on her site at mistysbookspace.  She had great answers and is a cool blogger, so please check out her site. I thought it was a fun idea, but then I also realized I had 300 WordPress followers earlier today… so I’m combining them together and sharing my answers to the questions.

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1.) Who was your first follower? Tag them and give them a shout out.

My first follower was Cristian. His blog has content on almost every topic and has thousands of followers. A definite good guy to know who interacts with everyone on his blog. Go check out the link to his site.

2.) What was the last milestone you reached?

I noticed this morning that I had 300 followers over night. I also had my highest day yesterday in terms of views and likes. It’s a surprising and big celebration this week!

3.) What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us, if you can find it out!

My first blog was neither a book review nor a random blog post; it was an introduction to the book I am currently in review on with an agent. You can read the post and the overview of the book here: Watching a Glass Shatter

4.) Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out.

My most recent follower was earlier today. His name is Erik and has a great site called PastDueBookReview. I found 3 reviews within the first few minutes that I immediately read.

5.) What was the last post you posted and who was the first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out.

I wrote a short book review on Mockingjay, the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Claire at BrizzleLassBooks was the first person to like the post. We met about a month ago and have had several great online comments and exchanges about books and blogging. I highly recommend checking out her site.

6.) How many months have you been blogging?

I created the blog last summer and had my first post in August of 2016, which puts me just shy of the 9 month mark. I didn’t do too much those first two months, but started actively blogging in October of 2016.

7.) Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out!

I have not yet met anyone in person; however, I’d totally be up for a NYC meet-n-greet if anyone lives nearby. I’ve met a few folks who I regularly chat with in each other’s posts and who are very friendly and give sound advice. I’ve listed the 5 with the most comments on my site!

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8.) Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

I can’t tell! The person who had the original tag isn’t named, and I’ve gone back 5 people to try to track it, but no one knows. If you see this post and it is you, please let us know!

9.) Do you have any social media accounts related to your blog?

Come find me everywhere else!

Twitter     Facebook     Goodreads     Google+     Tumblr     Pinterest     Instagram     LinkedIn        Watching-A-Glass-Shatter        Personal Website

10.) Last but not least… Just give thanks to all of your followers!

Getting 300 WordPress blog followers (excluding people viewing elsewhere, e.g. BlogLovin’, Twitter, etc.) feels great. It’s not as many as some of you have, but it’s growing and I’m loving every minute of it. Thank you for all the likes, shares, follows, votes and ratings. I appreciate it very much. And I’m always open to positive and negative feedback, as well as thoughts on new things to include.

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Blog: WordPress (WP) – How do YOU use the site? Feedback & Questions

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When I first began using WordPress, I thought it was a fairly easy-to-use interface which had a tremendous amount of configuration. Now that I’m publishing between 6 and 8 posts per day between the 365 Challenge, book reviews, blogging and other content, I’m re-organizing some of the content and structure to keep the administration at a minimum. As the site is growing, and I’m getting more followers and following a lot more people, I’m running into a bunch of limitations with minimal search and filter options… So I thought I’d ask the experts, the intermediates and the newbies a few questions:

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Devices Used

What devices do you utilize for viewing or publishing content on your WordPress blog?

  • Desktop or Laptop
  • Smart Phone
  • Tablet
  • Other

Jay’s Answer

For writing or publishing content, I use my laptop. I need the larger keyboard and touch-screen with big enough buttons to work more quickly.

For viewing other people’s posts, I use all three devices. Pros/Cons

Laptop: I can easily open multiple screens, not lose my place and flip back and forth while something is loading.

Tablet/Phone: I can more quickly read thru posts and like items that are short, but then it’s hard to note which ones I want to go back and read later when I have more time because they are longer. So I end up with a mix of “did I read that yet?” and “Shoot, I think I missed a few posts.”

For comments, I use all three devices.

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Viewing Your Follower’s Posts

How do you find and view your follower’s posts?

  • You receive an email when they post
    • Very helpful as I can delete the ones I don’t find of interest or when I’m done reading them
    • A lot of administration to keep up in my email’s Inbox
  • You receive a daily email
    • Duplicate efforts because I try to look throughout the day in the “Reader” when I have a few spare moments.
    • Easy to catch all at once, but then I am spending a lot of time all at once
  • You receive a weekly email
    • Too infrequent, I miss posts and don’t get to interact enough with my online friends
  • You don’t receive email, but check “Reader” to find new content
    • Easiest, but then I run into issues knowing which I did or did not read yet
  • Other

Jay’s Answer

I’m struggling a bit here. When I followed a small amount of people, I received an email every time the person posted.

As I started following more people, I switched to a daily email, but I’d also periodically check during the day.

When I began following over 200 people, I switched to no email for anyone, but I would scroll through the posts in “Reader” all throughout the day.

Now I’ve got a lot more people I’m following, with maybe 50 or so frequent online friends whom I interact with almost daily. I am trying out a mix of immediate email for some people and checking “Reader” when I have free time.

I don’t want to miss anything! Help! Ideas?

 

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Note: Please ask any other questions… I’d love for this to be interactive where all of my friends and their friends throw out ideas!!!

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! And each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.