Zero to Hero Day 25: Adapt a custom detail for your blog

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I’ve been sitting on this assignment for about six or so hours. Monkeying around with my blog page is not something I feel comfortable with, but I’m a gamer. I’ll give it a try and see what happens.

Today’s assignment: Browse the blogs you follow and note a custom touch you love. Tell the blogger you love it, and interpret it for your own blog.

I’ve been playing around, though it seems as though I get to a place via different routes that I can’t keep track of what I’m dong. So, I thought I would do some step by step this is what I did, this is what I saw, and this is what happens. I am content with the header and picture, but I really don’t know anything about navigation or custom menus. So, I’m going back to appearance and menus to see if there’s something there.

I was told to go into my Dashboard and go to appearance and go to custom. Right off the bat, I get confused because there’s custom design and customize. We’re going for customize. And now I’m looking for ways to help me “Make changes to theme settings using the control panels on the right.”

I don’t really have a clue whether the menus came out the way I want, but I titled it as experimenting to see what would happen. My blog page is in need of some serious re-tuning since the page order is not even close to what I want, so I’m going to follow these instructions for creating a home page. 1. Okay, I added new and I titled it home, but don’t I already have a home page. Type the content you want displayed on the front page of my blog. And what content would that be? I clicked out by mistake, but I don’t want to create another home just in case there’s one floating out there.

I think I’m done with this task. I would much rather spend the rest of my evening looking at the number 26. I did give the Zero to Hero assignment a valiant try. Hopefully I didn’t mess up my blog too bad.

Eventually my goal is to have my menu’s line up with my categories. I’d love to have a zero to hero link to all of the zero to hero assignments, not just the one I created on day such and such. I don’t know what sticky’s are for. If there’s anyone who knows how to straighten my blog page out, please let me know, I’m all ears.

3 Comments

  1. Hi Susan! Good on you for giving it a go and making some changes 🙂

    Looking at what you have up there, I’d actually think about a different theme for you site. Your square-ish header image will look cleaner in a different theme, and it seems like you could use more menu options. Off the top of my head, I’d take a look at:

    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/writr/
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/twentytwelve/
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/the-columnist/
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/publish/
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/suburbia/

    I especially think “The Columnist” could work really well for you.

    As for all your Zero to Hero posts, there are two things you can do: (1) make sure they all have the “Zero to Hero” category, and create a menu item for them or (2) use a shortcode to pull them all onto the single page, and either make a menu item or create a widget highlighting that page (you could even have the badge link right to the page).

    Here are the shortcode instructions, if you’d like to try that: http://en.support.wordpress.com/display-posts-shortcode/

    I know it sounds like a lot, but I promise you can do it, and you can always use the forums to ask questions if you get hung up! You’re already off to a great start 🙂

    1. I am so confused. I did a bunch of tweaking of my page, hours and hours moving this and that around. And then I wrote a post, but when I looked, only half got published. I found an older, but more current version, and I copied and saved. Still cut off. Went to the previous drafts, which is such a neat function, and I think I replaced it, but I am still only seeing half of my story. I am ready to pull my hair out. What am I doing wrong?

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