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My First Blog! What do you think? (31 posts)

  1. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hello, I'm brand new to word-press and to the world of blogging. But, I used to teach, and I miss it, so I thought I would share my design knowledge with new designers through a blog. I'd love to hear what you think -- I know it will be a work in progress, and hopefully will evolve over time.

    Thanks in advance!!

  2. ajab561
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I don't see a link???

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  3. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Oh my gosh! I feel like an idiot....

    http://www.creativeopera.com/

    Sorry!

  4. ajab561
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    No worries.

    It looks really good! I love the design!

    Good luck.

  5. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    :)
    Thanks so much! I want to add a graphic footer next - I'm not loving the way it kind of fades away at the bottom. I feel like it needs to be anchored by something....

  6. khmedia
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hey friend,

    I look your site. Nice design, beautiful matters and loved it.

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  7. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thank you!

  8. khmedia
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    If you are getting time and if you dont mind will mandaszewczyk will you please see my site and post some comments therein.

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  9. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I would love to check out your site etdsbastar, but it looks like your link has been removed? Maybe try putting it in the message instead of the signature?

  10. vlgee
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Beautiful site. I really like the clean, uncluttered feel of it. Looks like great content, too. I bookmarked it so I can go back and read it when I have some time.

    Vicki

  11. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks so much Vicki!!

  12. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I added a bunch of content, so it's much easier to see how the posts work now. I'm still trying to figure out how to get the sidebar to show up on EVERY page...even the individual post pages. I'm good with html and css, but I'm just learning php...

  13. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm still trying to figure out how to get the sidebar to show up on EVERY page...even the individual post pages

    look in your theme's single.php (posts page)and page.php (Page page) for the sidebar call - if not there - add it

  14. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks Samboll, I'll try that! I may be back for help if it doesn't work :)

    I'm also having another issue.

    My stats say that many people are seeing "404 Page not Found" errors. I've clicked on every single link from every place online I could find, and I've not been able to get the 404 error.

    If anyone gets the 404 error from this site, could you please let me know in this forum post? And maybe tell me what country you are in? I'm upset that people aren't able to get to my site, and I can't figure out what the problem is.

    Thanks!
    http://www.creativeopera.com/

  15. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm in the US and every link clicked on worked.

  16. Chrisber
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Very nice site. My only complaint is that your sidebar is so much longer than the content on most of your pages. You are right about the need for a footer to anchor the page. Consider reducing the number of widgets, or cutting back on the number of recent posts to shorten it up a bit.

  17. cheekykid
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Your blog is well designed, how do you make it? you design everything or there's a theme plugin? If so I would like to know which one you use, coz it looks what I've been looking for.

    My new blog:
    http://www.cheekykid.com/blog/

  18. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks again Samboll, I appreciate your help! My PHP didn't have a sidebar call on ANY of the pages (and I'm not a PHP person - yet), but I managed to figure it out finally (YAY!) by comparing the files and finding the differences.

    Chrisber, thanks for the advice. I went ahead and deleted some of my widgets and just left what I think is most important. I still have to add a space for my RSS and email Feed signup, but hopefully it looks more balanced now.

    Cheekykid, I DID use a theme. I customized it quite a bit, but since it was my first attempt at WordPress, I wasn't about to try to create a theme from scratch. Maybe when I redesign Creative Opera?? Anyway, I used the Poetry Theme: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/poetry I found it to be very solid, reliable, and easy to work with. When I find the time to add more capabilities to the site, I'll probably go with something newer and more flexible though. If you do use it, I'd love to see your completed site!

    I'd love it if anyone else had some thoughts for me. Next on my list is to add the RSS and email subscription capabilities and to design a nice footer.

    I'm considering starting a Twitter account, but I'm short on time as it is. Not sure if it would just be another distraction?? Do any of you get good leads from your Twitter followers?

  19. cheekykid
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Oh thanks for the sharing. I will definitely work on the re-design with the poetry theme, love it!

  20. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    :) I'm glad you like it!!

    What do you guys think about Twitter? Has it been a good marketing tool for you? Is it easy to turn Twitter followers into blog readers? Or, is it really just something you do for fun?

    Thanks!!

  21. carlowens
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi Manda,
    Really liked your site. I'm new to wordpress too, just getting started. I enjoyed your content and was reading for quite a while, I've bookmarked your site so I can come back and read some more.
    Looking forward to more of your articles.
    C

  22. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks so much for the encouragement Carl! I'm trying hard to come up with content that people will find interesting and helpful. I have to say, I'm surprised at how much time it takes to keep up a blog, but I'm really enjoying it.

    I'd love to see your site when you're finished! I think you've done a great job contributing to this forum, and I'd be happy to return the favor by looking at your new blog.

    WordPress is a lot of fun — I know you'll love it!

  23. carlowens
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks Manda, I'll let you know as soon as I have it up and running. I have a couple of sites already but none of them are done in wordpress, but I plan to overhaul them as soon as I get to grips with this. I understand about the time issue also, hence why it's taken me so long to actually get a blog started, I've been so busy over the last few years with college work that I just haven't even had the time to even look into it properly. Anyway I'm here now and plan to make the most of it.
    Happy Blogging.......

  24. green2go
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi Manda,

    Like the design, the pink / turquoise highlights really work. I'm envious of designers (as I'm a developer and can never quite get the flare). As Carl said the content is good, got me stuck for while as well!

    As for twitter, I've found it to be a good marketing tool I had two seperate accouts (one for friends & one for business).

    Oli

  25. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    LOL! I'm envious of YOU green2go! I struggle with code, and must surround myself with books and google to create anything new :)

    Thanks for your feedback on Twitter. Taking your advice, I started an account, and I must say it seems to be helping me to rally page views. As my followers grow, I also feel pressure to constantly post - another daily distraction. But, it's forced me to be aware and be alert of new content on the web, and I feel like it's helped me make a stronger connection to the rest of the design community.

    I have two more updates on my to-do list: a beautiful (and useful) footer, and some way to make the categories more noticeable. I don't think people click on them....

    Thank you all for your feedback - I welcome more. I'm just starting out, so there is always room for improvement!

  26. rafeyfa
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    its my first blog and using wordpress. I think i like wordpress, andd wanna be serious wordpress. But i still confusing, my blog cannot display in number one in google. Btw, what's tips and trick should i do?

    http://forum.rafeyfa.com
    http://blog.rafeyfa.com

  27. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi Rafeya,

    It's EXTREMELY hard to be listed #1 in google. There are companies out there that make millions of dollars helping people to move up higher in the rankings - and even those companies rarely can get the #1 spot. It's really all about the time and effort you put into your blog. You need a lot of information, and you need information that people care about. You also need time. It looks like your blog is fairly new. It can take a while for Google to find you.

    I wrote an article about Search Engine Optimization, and I think you'll find it helpful:
    http://www.creativeopera.com/2009/search-engine-optimization/

    Another few things you might want to consider if you want to grow readership (which in turn will give you links and will give you a higher Google ranking):

    - You may want to go easy on the ads until you have a strong following. There are a LOT on the page, and it draws attention away from your content

    - It's difficult to tell what your blog is about. You may want to give it a name to let people know what they will be reading about once they arrive

    - Finally, make sure that your content is all within the same subject realm. It's hard to build an audience if they are reading different types of content every time they visit.

    I'm not sure that you'll ever make it to #1 in Google. Most of us won't. That spot is usually reserved for the big guys like Amazon and Facebook. But, hopefully my post will help you a bit. Good luck!!

  28. mandaszewczyk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    UPDATE:
    I've redesigned my header and made some other design updates since my post. I'd love any feedback you have. I'm still working on getting a solid footer in place:

    http://www.creativeopera.com/

    I'm especially worried about the "by Manda Szewczyk" part. I realize that those with lower screen resolutions can't see the entire phrase, and I'm thinking it might be irritating for them. Do you think I should remove it?

    Also, I took green2go's advice and started to use Twitter. I have to say that I LOVE it and it has brought me MANY new readers. I highly recommend it to all of you -- so much so that I wrote a blog post giving reasons why ALL designer should use Twitter -- and I'm sure it applies to other fields as well.

  29. friendlinzh
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    i am new to wordpress to , i think we can exchange a friendlink

    my site is http://blog.idarkflalgold.com

  30. blackercomputerz
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

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