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Addendum, this was originally written a few weeks ago – 60 hours has come and gone some 200 hours ago.

Okay so I’ve put about 60 plus hours of research and asking people in the know about starting a blog. A lot of people say just start a blog and flounder from there but what I’m realizing while doing this research (and not putting it on my blog just yet) is a little patience will probably go a long way (oh and a little expense). The old adage, ‘you can’t get something for nothing’ seems very real in the cyber world.

I did not adhere to any of the bracketed information below, in fact I’m still floundering along while being “live”. What I realized after all is that let’s face it, if you don’t know what you’re doing, no one’s really paying attention at the beginning anyway, and your friends are understanding and forgiving (and hopefully sometimes amused by your blunders) so it’s as good a place as any to get your feet wet. I’m still not sure about how I feel regarding advertisement. I may end up setting up two blogs and seeing which one fares better. But I am definitely going to be picking some brains before I figure it out. Be sure to reach out to friends and family when rooting around in the blogasphere, you’d be surprised how many people would like to help. I did get a domain, that seemed very important to me.

[So after several weeks research, here’s my conclusions:

Don’t “go live” until you’re absolutely sure that you have all your ducks in a row. For me this means, getting a domain name, getting a website set up with a correct way to set up banners and ads and a hit counter. Make sure your links are maintained and first and foremost make sure you proofread and spell check your stuff.]

I will repeat the above again and again because I found whenever I went to a site if it was sprinkled with bad grammar and spelling I immediately closed out and found their site of no value. How can their advice be credible when they can’t even spell check before they post? (Okay, crappy grammar, not such an issue for certain things but would it kill people to use a little punctuation from time to time?)

However, I also use slang, “isms”, popular acronyms and so forth as well which is often discouraged – it’s a personal choice. I like to think my audience, while blog uneducated like myself, is otherwise smart and sophisticated. I read something yesterday that really appealed to me wherein the blogger said, write for you and that’s what I’m doing, writing what I’d like to read, what amuses me, what I’m interested in.

Plus, in case you haven’t noticed, people today have the attention spans of fleas. Paragraphs should be short, concise and pertinent. If I was reading a blog, even a well written one and it tended to go on, I’d lose interest, skim through it or close out altogether.

Very few will read pages and pages of information. This is in fact one of my longer entries as I’ve found the blogs I liked were the ones that were short and sweet, oh and a sense of humour never killed anyone either. Gawd you would think all these bloggers were friggin’ teetotalers (that’s straight-edge and boring for you kids) from the way they write. Did no one here remember how boooooooooring those teachers were in school that just droned on and on?!

So What is a Blog?


The above gives 27 different interpretations of what is a blog.

However, I disagree vehemently that a blog is a journal, there are specific sites for that. If you just want to wax poetic about life there’s livejournal or Penzu or dailydiary or whatever. To me the idea of a blog is to create and maintain a readership, a flow of traffic and with any luck, an income! In order to do that you have to be dispelling a certain amount of information that people might be looking for, say how to create a blog, or where to go to buy the best suitcase, etc. I hardly expect anyone to read my daily ramblings about how my knee is out, my boyfriend and I are fighting and my cat puked again. (Okay, I tricked you there, but I swear it’s the last time. 🙂 (And I might be a bit hypocritical in that capacity as my rants are slightly in the same vein, however …)

Having said that, there’s nothing stopping you from journal blogging, but I suspect if you want feedback about stuff you’re writing about you want to seek out a community of like-minded individuals that actually give a shit about what you’re writing about in order to get said feedback. It’s really important to remember that there’s so much information out there people are going to focus on what interests them. [If you’re curious, peruse the WordPress site and see how many “journal” like blogs you can find. I’ve already looked and the answer’s not many. This is not the medium for it. If I had the time and the inclination I would probably do both, but for now, my focus is on blogging and the disseminating of (what I hope is) interesting information. But listen, if you guys keep reading and make me popular maybe I can give up the ol’ 9-5 ball and chain and keep a journal blog too … and write that screenplay … and that book. Yeah, yeah whatever GG *snickers*.

Are You Sure This is Where You Should Be? (Remember you can always set up a blog privately and delete it if you like – the world is your oyster!)

Preliminary Advice for someone new to computer land as well as blog land:

Before you start anything, make sure you know about your search engine’s capacity, how to clear your browser and delete your cookies (or that you’ve scheduled clearing on a regular basis, I have mine set up to clear every time I shut down the internet). Make sure internet access is current and up-to-date. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, speak to your internet provider. Make sure you have good anti-virus software and that you have password protected as much of your stuff as you can; this would include, access to the computer itself, all of your email accounts, access to your wi-fi (if you’re using it), etc. If you’re not sure, do research, this is a buyer beware market. Keep your passwords in a safe place and don’t write them on the back of things. Make sure you have pop-up blockers and honestly, if you want to watch porn – buy it! It’ll cost you less in the long run and p.s. it’s so much easier to hide DVDs than your browser history, trust me! (But be advised you may need to disengage some of your pop-up blockers and change certain settings in order to load certain programs and files. Getting to know when and how to do this takes time. Be patient.)

Make sure you have a good computer (or a lot of patience); your memory capacity, internet access and internal hard drive all affect the loading time of web pages, how many you can load, etc. if your computer is too old it may not even be able to load and run your internet access properly.

Again, most people may think this is stating the obvious but I think it’s so mean how people talk on the internet like you’re already supposed to know all this stuff automatically. How’s that supposed to happen if no one tells you? I don’t think many people consider how overwhelming the internet might be to a newb and why it’s so hard for people who aren’t computer savvy to get interested. Sure you can find all the information after researching for a billion hours. Like who automatically knows that if your pages aren’t loading properly it’s probably just a matter of clearing your cache or deleting your cookies and highly unlikely that you need to call tech support? But most people who are on the net have known this for a long time and therefore assume you should too.


If you are comfortable with all of the above and feel comfortable in the land of the world-wide web then perhaps you are ready to consider blogging. Now I’m looking at blogging in hopes of earning an income, so I am going to do a lot of research before I do anything active and then start my blog (where this information will eventually go). But if you just want to set up a blog and start writing go to http://www.wordpress.com , set up a blog for free and fill your boots.

There are million sites out there telling you “steps to doing a blog for beginners” etc. i.e.:

Step 1 – determine your audience (I don’t agree with this myself, at least not at this point in my journey)

Step 2 – determine if you are capable of blogging.

This means, do you have a lot to say? Do you think you can keep writing on a daily basis? Are you ready for people to criticize and slam your blog? (I assume this will happen to me, at this juncture this is all being done on a word processor and I’m plunking a multitude of pages on my blog all at once when I go live.) This means I’ll have comments and questions. Are you going to have time to respond to people in a timely fashion? (Follow-up note, that was wishful thinking, so far I haven’t really been able to engage people on my blog.) (I plan on researching this later today.)

Now of course, nothing’s written in stone – you can just stop blogging anytime. You can change your topic, you can win the lottery and not need to blog – or maybe you want to blog about winning the lottery and how it’s affected you at any rate, you can be fickle too – in fact web hosts, domain name sellers and the like are counting on it. It’s sort of like gym memberships, if everyone went the gyms would be screwed, they depend especially on the likes of me and my last membership and how I only went a handful of times the whole year but still paid $45 a month. Okay, I guess this is more a note to myself more than anything else but meh, maybe it’ll help you too.

Toodles for now my lovelies, back to the net to do more research and see if I can’t do something to get this show on the road!

Leaps and Bounds in Blogging Land – Then and Now

Disclaimer: If I would have waited and gone to the WordPress Conference a lot of this heartache could have been avoided I suspect. Having said that, nothing beats hands-on experience. The more you use something, the more comfortable you become. In just two short weeks I feel I have gone as far as I can go with .com on its own and am ready to move on.

As far as my blog goes, I am just interested in writing so I have different needs for my blog than people who are setting up a business website, something interactive or something where you want streaming video or music, etc. etc. These are all things that need to be considered when fashioning your blog. If you are going to stay on .com for the foreseeable future, I suggest you get the upgrade package.

So just a few short days ago, I wrote this:

After an exhaustive search, I finally found something that I think might actually be the basic beginner’s guide for using your blog – not codes or SEO or keywords or L, M, N, O, P. I hate how they always talk about things like “well obviously everyone knows that, pffft” so who needs to explain it. I mean Codex, html, keyword generators come on. I was all WTF as I started to read. (If you barely know what I’m talking about, welcome to my world.) This Easy Guide is great!

Dashboard – that’s what I would define as your ‘toolbar’, or.

This is where you manipulate the appearance and settings of your blog.

Let’s skip to the meat – do not delete the first email that you get from WordPress, it’s a virtual bible of where to go to do what. After almost an hour of … (see below, or save your time and go to your initial email).

Change your blog settings … bingo!

Right so after you log in, if you click below your avatar (picture of you, if you’ve imported an image, drawing of a face if not) at the top what I would call a toolbar area (I am probably using the wrong terms here but) a drop-down menu appears:

If you you go down to the bottom link and hover a pop-out menu appears:

New Posts
Site Stats
Manage Comments
Read Blog

Okay Dashboard is where you do all the editing to your blog.

If you want to get to what I would call your home page, you click read blog.

Okay now we’re cooking with gas and there’s three hours of my life I’ll never get back, (repeats mantra – “labour of love, labour of love, labour of love”.)

Rant for the Day a la WordPress

Rant for the Day

Hazzah, I can centre text!

Deleting Images from your Header Choice Selection – No not from the Header Proper but all the files listed here.

So I finally figured out how to change my header but all the other images I used and discarded still show up. Of course I can’t simply click and delete, no that would be too easy.

Aha, wasn’t as hard as one would think – you delete it from your media library. Now be careful it has all your images here so, if you used ones in articles and delete them, you’ll sever the link.

It really is no wonder we get frustrated and end up quitting or neglecting our blogs. You know, if I were WordPress I’d make the beginners’ platform a lot easier to manipulate and set up and just flat out tell them “but hey, if you really want to go turbo and use our .org site you possibilities are virtually endless.” (Of course this won’t happen because when you break down the mechanism you realize that they are helping to assist the web hosting sites that “do all of this for you”.)

This PHP, FTP, SEO, meta management, etc. is really intimidating and it’s no wonder people are just putting up Facebook pages, and using Tumblr or whatever when WordPress makes it so difficult for you to utilize features that are standardized on other platforms. Now I understand why people are saying blogs are so yesterday, etc. I think they’re horribly wrong and I still believe I can actually eventually earn an income without having to inundate my page with ads, banners and other assorted crap but I also admit, it’s early days yet.

Oh hey, but first, let’s see if I can figure out how to centre text *smacks forehead*.

First link:

Are you kidding me?! A whole list of quicktags and nothing about that. Next there was this:That just scared me with it’s coding talk. I ran away fast.

Finally! (Not on a WordPress link might I add).

Now I wonder how long it will take me to figure out how to rotate an image? (Jumps to net – rant ya later!)