Three Ways to Enhance Your Homepage

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Many people turn to WordPress.com to set up a website: either one that moves the blog from the homepage to showcase work in a different way, or off the site entirely to create a brochure site for their business. Today, we’ll look at three ways to make your homepage even more awesome.

(If you’re new to WordPress.com, welcome! Here’s some information about setting up a homepage on your site.)

Create a synopsis in your sidebar

textwidget When someone lands on your homepage, you have but a few seconds to help them understand precisely what your site is about. Text Widgets are a great way to display a few sentences that describe your site or your business offering, list your address and hours of operation, or even share a customer testimonial.

To add a Text Widget, go to Appearance → Widgets to drag the Text Widget into your sidebar and customize the…

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New Themes: Bloggy and Oslo

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Happy Theme Thursday. Today we’ve got two new premium themes that will bring a touch of elegance and sophistication to your blog.

Bloggy

Bloggy

Bloggy by Anariel Design is a simple and beautifully crafted responsive blogging theme. It uses a custom header image, post formats, and page templates to help you make the theme your own.

Oslo

Oslo

Oslo by Pixel Union is a stunning blend of refinement and organization. It’s a two-column theme fit for portfolio and general blog use, built around a customizable sidebar and beautiful typography.

As always, you can test drive any theme from Appearance → Themes.

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Win a Copy of The Year Without Pants

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From 2010 to 2012, author and speaker Scott Berkun led Team Social at Automattic. The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the future of work recounts his experiences and reflections on leading a distributed team at Automattic.

Today, we’re stoked to bring you a free excerpt you can download. But wait! There’s more! Complete Scott’s skill-testing (and fun) trivia quiz to be entered into a draw to win one of 10 signed copies of A Year Without Pants.

Download a free excerpt of Chapter 4 the book (PDF).

Now, test your trivia skills and enter to win a copy of Scott’s book. Good luck!

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Beyond Traffic: Three Stats You Should Check Today

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When you hear “stats,” most bloggers think “traffic,” and that makes sense. Many of us care about the number of views our posts receive, and want to see them grow. Blogging is never solely about numbers, though — it’s about making your voice heard, fostering relationships with others, and building a sense of community.

Approaching these goals with a data-informed mindset can get you closer to achieving them. Here are three stats that can help you make smart decisions when it comes to planning your posts and finding and engaging your readers. Whether you blog from a computer, a tablet, or your phone, take a few seconds to explore these on your own blog’s Stats tab.

A quarterly review

When reviewing your stats, it’s tempting to focus on the here and now: how did I do today? How many views did yesterday’s post get overnight? Periodically, though, it’s wise to fight…

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Writing Communities Connect Bloggers Across WordPress.com

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We blog because we have something we want to express and we hope it will resonate with someone else. Blogging enables us to build powerful connections with people we might have never met otherwise.

There are lots of blogging communities and challenges aimed at fostering those relationships and inspiring more blogging. These three, all writing-focused, are building global networks of blogger-writers — maybe you’ll find a home in one!

Today’s Author

The mission of Today’s Author couldn’t be simpler, or more powerful: to foster a community of creative writers through a healthy and supportive environment.

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Today’s Author is an open, flexible community of writers focused on helping each other kick-start their pens (or keyboards). Their prompts work for a variety of bloggers, while their “Writers’ Circle” posts explore everything from what to do when inspiration dries up to strategies for editing your own work to how we incorporate our traditions and…

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