So…Who is this Vanessa Jensen anyways????

      Let me tell you who this Vanessa Jensen is… 🙂

I’m a 28 year old female who loves her husband, her family, her friends, just about every plant and animal on this planet (each are so beautifully unique in their own way!), music (playing as well as listening to), painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpting, cooking, baking, learning, traveling, exploring, puzzles, creativity, meeting new interesting people…this list can go on and on…it would be easier to just tell you the things I am not very fond of…violence, anger, hate, greed, jealousy, envy and just about everything  that is grown from these emotions.

I’m a student at Laney College in Oakland, CA. This semester I decided to take a journalism class, I am learning many new things in this class…I love it! One of our assignments this week was to create a blog so…I have now taken that step into the blogger community and this is my first post.

I’ve been doing a little research over these past few days on writing your first post and I’ll share a bit of the info…just in case there are any new bloggers (like myself) reading this…

  • Headline of the post is VERY VERY important.     

This is what will catch the readers eye…based on this they will decide whether they will even spend their time reading on. I tried my best to catch your eye with my headline…how do you think I did? 🙂

  • Post should be between 200 – 800 words.          

I’m still writing this so I’m not too sure how long mine will end up being but I’m goin for about 300…I’ll let you know when I’m done. 

  •  It’s a good idea to add pictures and links.

I’ll make sure to do this…I went ahead and added a link on bogging tips that was very helpful to me…there was also MANY other helpful sites I looked over but I couldn’t add them all.

  •  Always make sure you check for spelling and punctuation errors.

Will do.

  • Be sure to switch up the background on your page about every month or so…

 Will do…I wouldn’t want my page to get boring and stale…!

And most importantly write about something you are passionate about…As you can see in my into I have many passions in my life…With this blog I will try my hardest to spread helpful and useful information about all of my passions…possibly with a little humor thrown in here and there. 🙂

Please check back with me when you have a chance and join me on my blogging journey….feel free to leave me a comment with a blogging tip or any other positive thing you would like *

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to read this & be sure to make it a beautiful day!! ****

Here’s a great site with many helpful tips on starting a blog…check it out if you have time *

Total words: 499 🙂

What do you think…Too long, too short or just right…?

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. manicrabbit
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 21:19:13

    Hi Vanessa,

    Nice intro, very to the point and not too wordy.


  2. Vanessa Jensen
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 22:41:07

    Hi & thanks Manicrabbit *


  3. eternallybemused
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 03:08:34

    Hey vanessa,

    I like your first blog, nice style and some nice interests. Do you think you’ll keep this up after the class or let it it slip away?


  4. Vanessa Jensen
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 03:48:36

    Thanks EBemused! To be completely honest, I’m not positive yet…I’ll keep it going if I feel people enjoy it or if I feel its needed…or who knows I could end up falling in love with this blogging business and become a permanent blogger even if I don’t feel the love from anyone…I’m a girl of few words so this may end up being a way for me to fully express my feelings and ideas…once again, I’m not positive yet 🙂 Only time will tell 🙂
    * Thanks for asking *
    * Take care


  5. A.S. Miller
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 05:36:38

    499: perfect amount of words! I loved how you put it together and thanks for sharing all the advice you found too. Were you the one who took the plant pictures? They’re beautiful pictures. 🙂

    Looking forward to reading your blog throughout the semester! (And beyond?!)


    • Vanessa Jensen
      Feb 23, 2011 @ 00:43:33

      @A.S.Miller_Thanks for the encouragement and I didn’t take those pictures…I wish I did though, I completely agree…they’re very beautiful…I found them on a site of free non-copyrighted images…

      @Shari & Champa_Thanks for the advice! Many articles I read said you should switch up the backgrounds…it kinda makes sense but I much rather take the advice from experienced bloggers like you two 🙂 I’m happy with this theme…I don’t feel it was a bad choice…and I’ll get started on the categories…


  6. Shari Weiss
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 05:46:06

    Love it, Vanessa
    Beautiful job. One different opinion, though. I wouldn’t change the background at all unless there is a good reason. Keeping the same background or “theme” adds to your credibility. Your subscribers and regular visitors may become confused.

    One other thing, check out the CATEGORY section on your Dashboard. You can create categories. I believe I will post something about this on Facebook.

    All in all, great job!


  7. Champa Mulchandani
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 21:38:13

    Hey Vanessa,
    This looks great!! How awesome! I agree with Shari’s background comment. I think unless your blog has a particular topic you’re following then it’s okay to have a theme. For example, if you decide to blog about dogs, then yes, its cool to have a background filled with dog bones, etc. But if you’re looking to just keep it about random banter and babbling, keep it fun and you!

    This is heaps of fun — blogging is definitely a hobby I adore!


  8. Stephanie's Journ 65 blog
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 09:22:02

    Hello Vanessa,
    I really enjoyed reading your first blog, and I feel like I know you a little better after I read this blog. I like the way you have chosen to write this blog; it is different, creative and informative. I also think that adding those pointers about how to write the new blog is helpful. Thank you for that; I will be visiting your blog to read the other creative writing that you post in the future.
    Stephanie Ortega


  9. a13onati9
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 16:50:51

    Perfect amount of words! I enjoyed your site layout! Did you use a theme from wordpress or did you create it with HTML or something else?


  10. Vanessa Jensen
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 02:21:01

    @Stephanie_Thanks! 🙂 I’ll visit your blog right after I’m done here *

    @a13onati9_Thanks! This is a wordpress theme…after going through all the pages this was my favorite 🙂


  11. Ronna Denton
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 02:00:45

    I enjoyed the information in this post. I have a blog, mostly to communicate with my sisters and nieces and any one else who cares to take a peek into my life. But this info will help me create a better blog. Thanks so much. Love the pictures.


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