Today’s assignment invites us to extend our brand, and build a distinct personality and a consistent experience for our readers. Michelle Weber has suggested that we create a Facebook Fan Page, a Blavatar, or custom image widgets.
Facebook Fan Page
Back in September 2014, I’ve created a Facebook Fan Page and tried to post more than blog snippets. I aimed to share quotes that resonate with me, pictures that touch me, or videos that make me laugh. But I’ve neglected it, feeling as if nobody cares about them anyway.
In a recent comment, my good friend Jodelle reminded me that I just need to be myself. She says,
If you are yourself, others will be drawn to the light that’s inherently within you. Let the connections grow organically. Put your tweet or photo out there. In this world wide web, who knows who’ll pick it up? Don’t expect anything, just…be.
And that’s what I’ll do. I’ll post when I can. I’ll share what I’d like to share. I’ll expand my brand by being me, not by pretending to be a star who’s got millions of fans but receive no interaction on her page. I’ll be me, and I’ll watch my brand grow organically, never forcing anything.
P.S. I’m still trying to figure out how to change the image preview that comes with the posts on my Fan Page.
As I have a self-hosted site, it took me a while to figure out how to change my Blavatar. But thank goodness I did, because I didn’t like the general BlueHost icon as the first image visitors to my site sees. There’s just no personality to it! So I cropped a picture-quote from where I got my site title and kept the paperclip heart as my Blavatar:
I know, I could do better. Perhaps something more original. Or more creative. But as long as I have a good placeholder, I can focus on other things for now.
And that brings me to the image widgets. I’ve been bloggin with WordPress for years now, but I never really explored image widgets. I checked out With the Grains and loved hers, so I have embarked on this project for today. Little did I know that it would occupy my whole day.
For the most part, I edited stock/Google pictures by adding a filter over it and a short text description of what it’s linked to. However, I decided to pull up my own photo from a trip to the amusement park as the image for my photo challenge link. Moreover, I couldn’t make the social media logos look similar, so I created my own.
Why stop there? Since I’m already having fun with PiZap, I created a header that would go along with the rest of my images and continued to edit my theme until it all came together. Now I just have to figure out how to get a “Read More” link at the end of my blog excerpts.
P.S. After all these tweaking, I might have to change my Blavatar. But that’s for another time.