–January 21, 2017. What a day. I spent half the day trying to get images to upload on the sidebar of my blog. The other half of the day was spent trying to get my Time Capsule to work. Those issues have been corrected with help from my neighbor and Apple Support. Thanks, Matt. Trying to understand all the abbreviations related to blogging language is a challenge. I look each one up as I come across a new term. The suggestion that you can set up a blog in 15 minutes is not necessarily true. You can start a blog for free, but it isn’t as secure as if you have a host. I’ve decided to go with Bluehost and WordPress. I chose a Genesis framework with a child theme, called “Silver” by Boutique Design Studio. I paid for the host and for my child theme. It has been a challenge to understand all of the technical portions of setting up the blog. Plugins are important for making my site run more efficiently. Mailchimp is my email host. I need more email addresses before I can do my first campaign.
Updated March 13th, 2017. After several months of working on the blog, I am finally getting the hang of things. I recently signed up for “Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook” from Abby Lawson at “Just a girl and her blog“. Abby recently offered a free crowd cast about “Choosing your perfect niche“. I have also taken a free “Pinterest Power Up” course from Cathy Oneissy at www.thismamalearns.com. I’ve learned a lot from both of these courses so far. There is still so much to learn, though. I am not getting the traffic I need on the blog. My social media sites are picking up followers which is awesome. I have never been involved with many of the social media sites in the past. It’s fun to learn new things about this area on the internet.
Writing posts has been interesting and fun. It is a creative outlet for me to think through what I want to write about. I thought about what Abby and Donnie shared on the crowd cast the other night. What is my niche? It is hard to decide on one area to focus on when I have so many interests. My craft and sewing room has gotten much busier since I started the blog. I bought a DSLR Canon camera to take better photographs. Blogging isn’t really for lazy people. It takes a lot of time, patience, and determination. If just writing posts and taking pictures was all that had to be done, I’d be set. Unfortunately, I don’t have a bunch of money to spend on having someone else do the technical stuff. I try to work on the blog every day. I don’t post every day, but do some sort of work on the administrator pages.
As I learn more about blogging I will update this page. I have given myself a year to progress on my blog. I will re-evaluate at that time.