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Zero to Hero Day 19: Publish in a New-to-you Format

Today’s assignment: publish a post using a format you’ve never used before.

My usual format consists of at least one picture (around 5 for anime reviews) and mostly text. Since Day 18 of Zero to Hero requests a new format, I thought I’ll try out a gallery. I wasn’t sure what to include in the gallery, so I added my favourite screenshots from some of the anime I’ve reviewed. Most of them are from Noragami because it’s my favourite on-going anime at the moment.

Which reminds me, I haven’t watched Nisekoi episode 2 yet!


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Zero to Hero Day 18: Activate a Social Network

Today’s assignment: Explore one or more social networks, and start an account so you can being exploring the possibilities. If you’re already active on a social network, set up Publicize and link the account to your blog, and/or create a strategy for how you’ll use it.

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To be honest, I’ll rather not activate a social network for my blog. By doing so, whenever I post something, it will show up on my social network account. I usually use Twitter, but it’s a pretty personal account, with the occasional rants on the anime I’m currently watching. I’ll rather not have tweets posted automatically whenever I publish a post. It might spam my Twitter profile with tweets about my blog which I wouldn’t like. I prefer to keep my personal social networks separate from my blog..


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Zero to Hero Day 17: Increase Your Commenting Confidence

Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to yesterday’s prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.

(If you didn’t complete yesterday’s task, leave two comments anywhere, and write a new post of your own.)

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I wasn’t sure what to write about for the previous assignment at first, so before writing my own response, I read some from my reader. That gave me some ideas on how to approach the task. After reading those responses, I commented on them. Hence, I had already completed the assignment for Day 17.

I was nervous when I first started commenting on other blogs. I was worried that what I said didn’t make sense to the writer. Slowly, I became used to commenting, especially on blogs I visit often. Nowadays, I make it a point to comment on at least two blogs per day if I have the time. That increases my commenting confidence. If you’re nervous about commenting on other blogs, it’s okay! After more commenting, you’ll find out it isn’t that scary at all, and that other bloggers are glad to see your comments!


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Zero to Hero Day 16: Personalise a Prompt

Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

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I’m a bit late with this assignment, so the Daily Prompt I’ll be tackling is from 17th January. Here’s my take of a free verse poem. I haven’t written any for months, so please excuse me if it’s poorly written. View the original Daily Prompt at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/daily-prompt-you/

A reputation

What would mine be?

It used to be

A girl always with a book.

But now

My library of books sit alone

Untouched

Neglected.

My reputation

What is it now?

Let me return

To the wonderland of books.

I used to love reading books. I once had the reputation of being the girl who always carries a book around. It’s been about five years since then. My current reputation is probably being an anime fan. Yesterday, I found a book I bought a few years ago. It’s Crookedstar’s Promise, a super edition from Warriors by Erin Hunter. Warriors is my favourite series. It’s written in the perspective of forest cats, so it’s very interesting. Warriors is the only series that can leave me reading for hours. It’s that good. After reading Crookedstar’s Promise, I think I’m back to the avid reader I used to be.


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Zero to Hero Day 15: Explore Visuals and Content

Today’s assignment: open the Customizer and try out some new fonts and colors (and backgrounds and/or headers, if you’re still undecided).

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It seems that my Zero to Hero posts are getting shorter by the day. My regular anime episode reviews take up most of my time so I’m a bit behind my assignments. Nevertheless, here is Day 15.

I tried a few different colour palettes. There were more muted colours like light blue and light grey which fit my theme quite well. The pink backgrounds like nice too, but the font colours that come with it are too light which make the words difficult to read. On the other hand, there are also striking colours. I prefer light colours for my background so that the focus of my blog lies in the actual content instead of my background. One feature I really like about the Customise feature is the fonts. I always find choosing fonts very enjoyable. One of the fonts I found to my liking is Adelle.

I was exploring the different palettes available and I came across the one shown in the screenshot I took. I think that it looks really nice. The white background makes the words clearer and easier to read, while the pink and orange font colours look good together.

It was fun trying out the Customise features. However, I’m sticking to the original look of my blog since I think it’s more pleasant for the eyes. It’s simple but nice. Besides, it’s free.

On a side note, this is my 50th post! Wow!


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Zero to Hero Day 14: Blogger’s Choice

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For Day 14, there isn’t a specific assignment for Zero to Hero. Participants are given the choice to do what they want. Some suggestions given are more commenting and searching for new topics on the Reader.

It’s become a daily practice for me to check out the Anime and zerotohero topics and comment or like the ones that I find interesting. I agree that blogs get more traffic when bloggers comment on other blogs. For me, I visit the blogs of those who comment on my blog. It’s nice knowing that people actually read what I write so I’m always happy whenever anyone likes or comments on my posts.

Since there isn’t any particular assignment given, I’ll use this post to write about some updates. Here’s what you can expect to see on Otaku Daydreams for this month:

  1. Episode reviews for Log Horizon and Noragami  
  2. Zero to Hero assignments
  3. Weekly round-ups with short reviews for Nagi no AsukaraNisekoi and Hamatora (I’ll post this around Fridays because all of the new episodes of the anime I’m covering will be aired by then)

I will only post the weekly round-ups if I have the time, but the first two will definitely be posted.


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Zero to Hero Day 13: Build a (Better) Blogroll

Today’s Assignment: Create, edit, or expand your blogroll.

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I feel that my blog has enough widgets on my sidebar but since it’s an assignment for Zero to Hero, I’ve added my blogroll. I’ve added links to a few blogs that I visit often. For those who are interested in adding a blogroll to your blog, here are the steps:

  1. Add your chosen sites in the “Links” tab in your dashboard.
  2. Head to Appearance → Widgets and add the “Links” widget into your sidebar or footer.

 

Since there are only a few links now, I’ll leave my blogroll on my sidebar. If I have many links to include in the future, I might create a page for it. So that’s Day 13 of Zero to Hero done!