So, where were we?
Oh yes, this is part 2 of my adventures in setting up and writing the best blog in the world (I’m joking). Part 1 can be found here .
The name Onegreymonday came about One Grey Monday on holiday. i’d spent a great deal of time thinking about a name that could represent many aspects of modern life, but with a twist that might appeal to a, shall we say more mature reader.
The hard part of choosing a name is a) finding a name that no one has used before, and b) finding a name that can be used across all social media platforms. This apparently is de rigour in this modern blogging world. Eventually I managed to tick all four boxes – Blog, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and I was off.
My research had told me that I had to find a blog hosting site, and the one to use is WordPress. It is sooooooo easy to use. NO IT’S NOT!! My middle name is not Zuckerberg, and I could not be less technologically challenged if I tried.
Installing WordPress onto your computer is not difficult. Making your site look like a glossy blog proved to be a little more complicated, so I decided to enrol on a WordPress for beginners course. I chose a course by pootlepress.com that just happened to start within a couple of weeks of starting to set up my website as my frustration was mounting. A days course in London went over the basics of using WordPress. Luckily, as I’d been fighting with my blog for a little while a lot of it wasn’t too confusing, I just needed a bit of reassurance. As the tutor said a lot of WordPress is quite self explanatory and falls into place with a little practice and knowledge. I think thats exactly what i need though – knowledge and practice.
In an effort to learn as much as possible, I also attended a “Blogging for Beginners” course held by the lovely Antonia of Tinker tailor online. Here we discussed our ideas for blogging, how to put them into practice, snippets of valuable advice and practical knowledge as Antonia has been where we are and now she is a very successful lifestyle blogger. But you know the one thing I took away from Antonia’s course was her absolute faith and confidence that WE could do it too. As one who doesn’t always think I can do something this was huge. Thank you Antonia. Oh – and visiting her shop is well worth a visit.
So, where am I now?
I’m aiming for the title of the world’s slowest blogger. I still have a love/hate relationship with my website. It still doesn’t look the way I want it to, but I guess it’s always going to be a work in progress.
I’m starting to connect with other bloggers and am dipping my toe into the world of Instagram. Facebook is still a mystery, but one step at a time.
If you’re reading this, thinking about starting a blog, if I can help, get in touch. If I can get this project up and running (and trying to do it without help!!) I absolutely promise you anyone can. And if you’re a seasoned blogger having stumbled across my beginners ramblings, I’d really appreciate any (kind) criticism.
Hope you all have a lovely day,