It’s tough trying to fit into this world so full of technology.
I saw a t-shirt once that said, “I repel technology” and I need to have it and wear it every single day.
The only reason I know anything at all, like making links, organizing blogs, uploading images, and all that EASY stuff, is because life forced me into working online. Everyone seems to have born with technology knowledge that I just can’t seem to grasp. And when I do understand it, it feels alien to me. Unnatural. Like I am trying to live in a world where I do not belong.
This morning I posted a blog on my SeashellsbyMillhill blog, and then I began thinking about upgrading. From there, I viewed the themes, including premium themes. After a while I decided on one called Gridiculous Pro. It looked so nice, something I could personalize with my photos and stories. BUT… I bought it and began to try to customize and had trouble. The changes didn’t show while I was making them, the colors gave me trouble, and all in all I just didn’t think it was worth the trouble AND money. Fortunately WordPress lets you cancel a purchase within a certain amount of time.
The real problem is that I know so little and have to rely on the easy customization. I can’t do CSS – don’t even ask me what that is. Some sort of code, that would probably make my site look marvelous.
So I wasted time figuring out which theme I wanted, then wasted time fiddling around trying to make it look nice. Once I cancelled my upgrade order, my site reverted to the old theme… except it wasn’t the same old theme. So I had to re-do my “old” theme to make it viewable. Now the whole thing looks completely different, but I guess it’s okay. And change is good now and then.
Since I do a lot of blogging, I thought I’d begin a series of posts about blogging. If you look around the internet, you will find lots of bad blogs. And of course there are many great blogs. Those great blogs are fun to read because they are written by people who write about what interests them. Being phony online doesn’t work for long. Be yourself and share (with limits) information about your likes, travels, menu specialties, etc.. You’d be surprised how many people will be interested, even if your life seems mundane and ordinary to you.
Blogging can also be quite a learning experience. Although I love gardening and sharing how my garden grows with readers, I am still learning as I go. I recently began a blog about health and wellness related to kidney disease. A few years ago I found out I had PKD and I want to share my journey as I attempt to get well.
You don’t need to be an experienced writer to start a blog. I’ve learned a lot since I first began my Seashells by Millhill blog back in 2008. The first posts I made were pretty horrendous, and I cringe when I re-read them. Since then I’ve written at a couple of writing sites, Squidoo (now defunct) and Wizzley, where I learned to become a better writer. I did a little stint with other bloggers on a shared blog site and wrote one day a week. The bar was raised when I had to write alongside some very good writers. Continue reading “Best of Blogging, Be Yourself”
WordPress is an easy and fun place to write. Believe me, I don’t always enjoy writing, but I have to do it to promote my business. And I like to do it to share my interests. I’ve written at Google, but had a much harder time navigating that blog.
AT the end of the year WP does a review of each blog over the past year. Although this is a relatively new blog for me, and I neglected it for many months, I did get a bunch of interaction and readers. Thanks to all! I hope to continue updating this year more often. So check it out. It’s interesting and informative and here is the one they did for this HydranageasBlue site.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.