Fun with Blogging 201!

I’m having a lot of fun with Blogging 201, which is a two-week WordPress course about developing your blog. I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out in The Commons, which is the Blogging 201 area for chatting about all things blog-related.

Fun with Blogging 201

Although my blog looks fairly similar to how it did before I started the Blogging 201 course, changes are going on behind the scenes. I have plans for scheduling a blog series: a succession of posts which all relate to a particular topic. As I sit here and type, my notebook is open beside me with plans for my blog series.

I have made a few changes to the design of Cultural Life. The sidebar is much tidier because I changed my blog archive to a dropdown menu, rather than listing all the months in my sidebar. The header menu is neater too: I cleaned it up by moving my blog disclaimer and my blog award policy to the dropdown menu, “About Cultural Life”.

And I added a page, The Best of Cultural Life, to my header menu. This is primarily aimed at new readers so they can see the types of posts featured on my blog, but even if you have been reading my blog for a while, you may enjoy a browse there! I’ll update it every few months.

Best of Cultural Life

Also, you may have noticed that the background is darker than it was, which makes my blog content stand out more. Unfortunately, every time I change the background, it automatically changes my post titles to green. I like the darker background, but I prefer black post titles.

Finally, as part of my strategy to increase my stats, I joined Pinterest! I am a Pinterest newbie and I’m still figuring out the best ways to use it, but I have heard that it’s good for blog publicity. Are you on Pinterest? If so, you can follow me by clicking the link below:

Follow Me on Pinterest

Have you made plans to develop your blog recently, such as signing up to a new social media network or writing a blog series? If you’re a fellow Blogging 201 participant, are you enjoying the course?

12 thoughts on “Fun with Blogging 201!

  1. I am liking this new background! It’s subtle but I do agree it does make your content stand out more. This is inspiring me to clean up some parts of my blog too, particularly the categories which I don’t currently have listed on my blog (mainly because they’re a mess). Maybe once the busy-ness of real life settles down…. speaking of which, I should probably give everyone an update about what’s going on. In any case, I’m looking forward to your blog series! 🙂

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    • Thanks! The only thing I dislike is that I can’t seem to keep my black post titles with my darker background. I’m not a huge fan of the green titles.

      I’m glad that it has inspired you. 🙂
      I hope all’s well with you amidst “the busy-ness of real life”.


    • Thank you. 🙂 A change is as good as a rest, so they say, and I’m inclined to agree. It’s fun to make small changes here and there. While I’ve decided against changing my theme completely, I’m feeling inspired to inject some personality into my blog with a custom header image.
      Thanks for stopping by!


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