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I am a newbie to this whole blogging caper. I decided to start a blog as a new year’s resolution and, I am quite surprised, that I am still going, five months on. Pity the other resolutions to exercise more and eat better have not lasted quite as long…!
I began my blog on Blogger and wrote a few posts but then let it go…and it would have probably gone the way of the other resolutions had not my husband stepped in and helped me to get started on WordPress. I sort of cheated as he did most of the set-up for me and I just went ahead and started posting, which is why my blog, to this point, has not been big on links or buttons or pictures.
I had no idea how to do any of that stuff, which was starting to really affect some of the things I wanted to do. For instance, I wanted to show I was a part of Digital Parents Australia, that I had signed on to their Blogger Manifesto and participate in some other activities that required the insertion of code into my site. I had absolutely no idea how to do this, no idea whatsoever!
I mentioned this to my husband this morning, who sat me down in front of the desktop and showed me what to do. I now have buttons and pictures and a twitter feed in my sidebar. None of this is hard, but when you don’t know where to start it can be daunting and so easy to just put it to the side and leave it for another day.
I must also confess that I was a bit stubborn and didn’t ask him before now as I did want to try and do it myself. Unfortunately, I am so time poor I would find my available time taken up by writing posts or catching up on blogs so I never did get around to looking into any of this myself. So I am very grateful that he sat me down this morning and went through all these things with me!
I have seen lots of discussion recently about Blogger vs WordPress. My take on the issue? I think WordPress is great and definitely the way to go but you do need to know what you are doing or find someone who does.
Luckily I have my husband, who is a veteran of a number of sites, including NathanRussell.net. He is a writer and game developer and has pretty much self-taught himself to work through WordPress – I think his site is very impressive (and I will continue to try and get some more ideas for my own site!).
I am also about to embark on the 31 Days to a Better Blog challenge through the SITS Girls website to improve my blog further (see my fancy new button?).
Ultimately, I am still not sure what I want from my blog. I love the outlet it gives me to vent and share my life with the world but I am not sure I want to get into product reviews or giveaways or anything like that. For now, I think I am content to just try and find a writing groove that will work in with my busy life and will allow me to produce quality posts and still catch up with some of the other wonderful bloggers out there.
Have you found someone to help with your blog or have you been able to teach yourself? What is your vision for your blog and how do you plan to achieve it?
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