Write a blog……How Hard Can It Be……Part 2

 

 

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,

 

Lizx

 

 

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Write a blog……How hard can It Be?……Part 1

 

 

Sitting on my iPad one recent rainy holiday, I stumbled again on the wonderful world of blogging.

“Do you know” I said to Mr Monday, “I think I could do that – How hard can it be?”

 

Ha!……How hard can it be?……

I like writing, and I send killer texts to my friends.

I’m always taking photographs on my iPhone.

I’m interested in lots of things I’m sure the rest of the world would be interested in. And, I love being at home, with visions of wafting round the house in my cashmere tracksuit a la Anna Wintour perfecting my art. Do you think she wears a tracksuit , ever?  No, me neither!

I have also dabbled with a blog a few years ago – basically lifting other peoples pictures and writing a few words round them.  But things have definitely moved on since then.

I am also, since giving up work in 1991 to have my children, probably unemployable.  So how wonderful to find something I believe I might be able to do – And – could I, could I make a small amount of money from it?

 

A clue to my first obstacle is the fact that I haven’t worked for over 25 years.  I am when it comes to the online world, technologically challenged.  Online shopping, school emails and the dreaded Daily Mail is as far as it gets.  Having a family that very much lives in the 21st Century, I have been very happy to let everything pass me by.

I am very much an old fashioned girl!

 

picture of a vintage keyboard

 

So……Where to start……

I should say that a few eyebrows were raised when I foolishly stated that I didn’t need/want any help setting up my blog.

How hard can it be, right?……

If you’re reading this you are probably completely au fait with how to set up a blog.

Choose your name –

Register and get hosting for your blog. Get online.

Customize your blog and make it look attractive and readable.

Write and publish your first post.

Promote your blog – use social media to get more people to read your blog.

Woah…… There’s that first hurdle again.

In part 2 I’ll tell you the how I fought and hopefully won over this mine field of setting up a blog.  It has been very slow and definitely not pretty, has involved a lot of tea and swearing,  but hopefully I’m getting there.

 

Have a lovely day,

Lizx

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