My WordPress Secrets

Howdy folks,

as SinnersNeverSleep just asked people to share their WordPress secrets, I decided to finally take the time to share mine with you. I hope you find them useful and appreciate very much if you share your own tips and experience by commenting. Here we go:

Me - Ready for band rehearsal

Me – Ready for band rehearsal

1. Be yourself: Tell people who you are, also on a telling About page. The About page is important because if you visit another blog and leave a comment or a like, many people will visit your About page and probably like it if it does look nice and tell them who you are. And that’s a start for them on your blog. Even better: if you have a cool vita or some special interests, people might even comment on your About page and you can communicate with them. Which leads to the second tip…

2. Be polite: Always answer every comment, check “Notify me of reply via email” if you comment on other blogs and visit people’s blog that give you a like. Ask people how they are doing and try to understand what they want and what they are trying to say with their posts. If you find common interests, that’s always a good start for a mutual following and (yet virtual) friendship.

Frontiers of illusion

Frontiers of illusion – Once I thought being a visual artist 🙂

3. Be honest: You can only follow a certain amount of people if you really care about what they write. I try to visit about 50% to 100% of the blogs I follow at least every one or two weeks reading at least one post, like it and comment on it and sometimes even reblog it. Don’t follow every blog hoping they will follow you back. I reorganize my blog subscriptions (the blogs I follow) every one or two months and delete the subscriptions I don’t enjoy reading. I want to spend my time in a great and meaningful way and be honest…

4. Be curious: Especially in the beginning, search for similar blogs or blogs that share your interests. In a honest, polite and nice comment it is often okay to share a link to a post on your blog which is related to the post’s topic. Also be curious with the tools provided by WordPress. Check out the Dashboard -> Stats as well as the Dashboard -> Appearance -> Widgets section. There is much more to discover, so don’t stop (I still change some little detail on my blog almost every month, today I added my “Make us one world!” widget with a stats counter with country flags).

Deep blue cat

Deep blue cat – Once I thought being a visual artist 🙂

5. Be patient: I almost gave up my blog some time ago because of poor reactions after a good start. But I rethought my blog concept and realized that I had much more to say than things about gamification. Now I have many different categories as you can see here: https://gammagamification.wordpress.com/hot-topics/ . Let people know what and how you’re doing and keep them updated regularly, also by revisiting their blogs.

6. Be open-minded: Blogging can open some interesting possibilities for you, e.g. collaborations on common interests. If you see opportunities, ask for them and if you are given opportunities decline only if there are serious reasons. Often better to give it a try first.

Sunset sports

Sunset sports – Once I thought being a visual artist 🙂

7. Be grateful: I hope you already enjoy blogging a bit and that you’ll enjoy it even more soon. Let people know you appreciate them being here, on your blog, among your followers and being part of your life. I display my community (another widget) in three different kinds on my blog: my followers (“Very Important People”), my commenters (“The Brave Ones”) and my likers (“The Lighters”).

Hope this helps, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Comments, Likes and Reblogs are always appreciated!

Have a great day,
Chris

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Anybody out there?

Howdy folks,

Guys in nowhere

Guys in nowhere – Once I thought being a visual artist 🙂

Lately blog views have been decreasing,

I’m wondering is it that I am not pleasing

you anymore?

or

is it you lack of time?

do I lack of content, is the fault mine?

hope more busy times will come soon

enjoying my holidays anyway, drop me a line as soon as you’re back from your flight to the moon.

Chris

About this blog

Howdy folks,

Sun Pillar

Sun Pillar (Photo credit: tomhe)

just wanted to let you know that I’ve recently updated my about page which you can find here.

If you do not know my blog in detail yet, you can quickly get into my categories and some posts here.

Thank you very much for being one of the very important persons in my life! Please let me know if I can do anything for you, either by commenting on a post, by dropping me some lines using my contact form or by commenting on my off topic forum “Where we meet“.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

Contact – Dear Stranger, Please Drop Me Some Lines

Howdy folks,

as I don’t know if you have already noticed, I just added a contact form to my blog so that you can have more private conversations with me if you want to. And never forget, you are the very important persons in my life and I am happy if I can do anything for you.

Please let me know 🙂

Contact – Dear Stranger, Please Drop Me Some Lines.

Thank you very much and have a great sunday.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

@Kylie Bannink

Dear Kylie,

Fireworks #1

Fireworks #1 (Photo credit: Camera Slayer)

since I don’t know how to be able to talk to you any other way, I decided to write this little post to thank you for following my blog and for liking my latest blog entry (https://gammagamification.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/my-answers-to-the-key-questions-for-transforming-work-into-a-meaningful-activity-that-makes-you-happy/).

I want to let you know that as one of my followers, you are also one of my very important people. So if there is anything I can do for you, let me know please.

I hope you are doing fine and would appreciate if you let me know a bit more about you.

Only the best wishes for you!

Chris

Thank you for your daily comments

Dear Calvin Klein underwear,

Dear Hot Sunglasses wholesale,

Calvin Klein ?

Calvin Klein ? (Photo credit: rogerdominh)

Thank you very much for commenting on my blog. I expect you are bots so there is no obvious reason in replying to you but I just felt like I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy to delete your comments permanently as soon as I see your email adress. I don’t know about sunglasses but I wear Calvin Klein underwear sometimes.

Have a great day & may spamfilters always catch you,

Chris

Welcome to the brave ones, dear human commenters!

Welcome to the brave ones, dear human commenters!

P.S.: I am very grateful for every human commenter so I decided to call you the “brave ones” as you can see in the widget at the right side of my blog. May peace surround you!

P.S. 2: For those of you that haven’t done so yet: You can check out how I imagine my favorite future fashion store without spam emails here 🙂

Survived for two weeks or Let gamification die

Hello everyone, hello especially to these very important people that already found, liked, followed or even commented on my blog!
This is a quick post to thank you and to tell you about my service philosophy:

  • You can suggest and vote for new topics to post at the right side (sidebar).

    English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting

    English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • I will write a post every or every second week about the most voted topic.
  • You can present yourself at my  Service Optimization – Follower Interests site.
  • I will try to post the best content for my readership presented on this site.
  • You can comment on my blog 24/7.
  • I will try to reply within one day and will check your blog or website out too, if you want me to (I often suggest you want me to).

This way, with your help, I hope my blog will survive more than the next two weeks. But if you like to see things dying…

Let gamification die!

You might wonder why I say such rude things to poor little gamification, do you?

  • the word gamification makes many people think of manipulation so you can’t have a serious, constructive discussion with them. Kill gamification!
  • the word gamification makes many people think of games which they think of as childish stuff so there is no discussion. Die gamification!

    Star Wars - Darth Vader

    Star Wars – Darth Vader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • the word gamification sounds like marketing or research term, so most of the people think that they are not allowed and not even necessary to think about or even have an opinion about it. That’s completely bullshit! The question how we can give and take feedback, learn continuously new things and master motivation to live a good, joyful life might concern everyone maybe expect little Darth Vader. Die, gamification, die!!!

So I hope you agree we need to find a better term to describe what we try to achieve by gamific… (arghhh, I can’t write it anymore without thinking of rude, bloody things). Do you have any ideas about the wording? What do you understand as its aims, its techniques? What is it (don’t want to think of bloody things anymore) for you?

Sweetheart made by bm199

Sweetheart made by bm199 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maybe we can baptize poor little gamification a second time so that it is our sweetest sweetheart?

Use the force,

Chris