BLOGGING 101- The Commons




I was pleasantly surprised on the early morning of 8th instant when I had a mail received from wordpress.

I have pleasure in sharing the same with my esteemed viewers of ENVIUS THOUGHTS through


Blogger N V Subbaraman in his official surrounding. <>

1:31 AM (13 hours ago)

to me

Howdy, Blogging 101ers,

We’re excited to kick things off!

– You’ve been added to The Commons, a private space just for Blogging 101 participants where you can get help, chat about the challenge generally, and forge deeper connections with one another. I’ll be a regular presence there, along with Happiness Engineers Chrissie and Saravanan. We’re there to answer questions, clarify assignments, offer more resources and tips, and direct you to more support when necessary — take a few minutes to check out the guidelines, then feel free to ask anything!

– “Blogging 101: The Commons” will now appear in your list of blogs under “My Sites,” and you’ll be able to access it while logged in to Please note that you are meant to complete all assignments on your personal blogs, not on The Commons — the Commons is just a space to ask questions and connect with other bloggers.

– You need to be logged in to to access The Commons. Log in with your normal username and password.

– If you’ve received this email but aren’t able to access the Commons, let us know here.

You’ll receive an introduction to the course with full instructions shortly, and the first assignment later today. Happy blogging!

(Please don’t respond to this email. If you have questions, find us on The Commons. Thanks!)


Michelle W. and the Team

I sent a reply in the COMMONs as below.

Excited; looking forward for great times ahead in my passion-blogging ENVIUS THOUGHTS through

Thanks for creating a new relationship in the domain of BLOGGING.

The next communication from the COMMONS

Welcome to Blogging 101!

You should have already received an email letting you know that you’ve been added to the private course site, The Commons (or, for those of you who don’t blog on, giving you access instructions). Feel free to pop in and introduce yourself to your co-bloggers.

Having trouble accessing The Commons? Let us know here.

You’ll receive the first day’s task later today. Then, you’ll get a new task each weekday at midnight GMT. (Not sure when that is for you? Use this tool.) Do each task on your own time, and visit the Commons when you need a helping hand, need some feedback, or want to check out what others are up do.

Some tasks will ask you to write a post, while others are more behind-the-scenes, like adding widgets or customizing your theme. Those tasks don’t require that you write a post, although you’re more than welcome to!

As we get started, a quick word of advice: Blogging 101 works through the tasks that help most bloggers advance their blogging goals. That said, every task is voluntary — take them, leave them, or interpret them however you choose!  If a task asks you to do something that doesn’t feel quite right for you, look at the why of the task — we don’t just give you assignments, we tell you why we’re suggesting them. Is there something you can do feels better and gets you the same result? The why is the crux; the task is just our best suggestion.

We can’t wait to see what you create this month!


Michelle and the Team

Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click “New Post,” and tell us why you’re here.

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post on your blog.


It gives new readers context. What are you about?

It helps focus your ideas what you’d like to do with your blog.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto or a simple outline.

If you’ve already been blogging for a while, we still encourage you to do a version of this assignment: use it to revisit what you said when you first started blogging, to take stock of what you’ve accomplished and what more you’d like to do, or to lay out some goals for your next six months.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

Why are you blogging publicly instead of keeping a diary?

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what do you hope to accomplish?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they evolve as we learn and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where you started, and articulating your goals may give you a few other post ideas.

Feeling stuck? Write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “shitty first draft” (her language). Anne makes a great point — just write, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “blogging101” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Remember: publish this post on your own blog, not on the Commons — you want to say hello to the world, not just your classmates! All Blogging 101 assignments are meant to be done on your own blogs.

Here’s the nitty-gritty on publishing a basic post, and here are instructions for adding tags to a post. Welcome to blogging!

Want to chat one-on-one with fellow bloggers? Head to The Commons.


Michelle W. and the Team

Share a link to your new post on the Commons

My reply through the COMMONS

Well; it was my fortune that my blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS is with

I launched this on 28/2/2015 and it is 346th day is this and my today’s post is 356th post! Every Sunday I post my SUNDAY STORY and from Monday through Saturday I post an English poem. This has been going on uninterruptedly right from the start. It has in fact become a part of my life. As at the moment the view score is 29641 from 188 countries!

Kindly make it convenient to read the following from the Archives of my Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS:

  1. Tale of a Blogger Part !- as my 50th post on 3.5.2015
  2. Part II- as my 100th post on 14.6.2015
  3. Part III- as my 150th post on 26.7.2015
  4. Part IV- as my 200th post on 6.9.2015
  5. Part V- as my 250th post on 25.10.2015
  6. Part VI- as my 300th post on 10.12.2015.
  7. Part VII- as my 350th post on 16.1.2015.

These will indeed give an answer to the following questions:

Why are you blogging publicly instead of keeping a diary?

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what do you hope to accomplish?

I do take the increase in average view per post, view per day as a great achievement and a satisfying experience!

Kindly let me have your most valuable feedback` on this post . Thanks in advance.





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