Interested in how the magic happens? Let me tell you. My tips and realizations…
It’s my one month ‘BLOGiversary’ TODAY! (dances around, throws streamers, hangs posters metaphorically speaking!) … its flown by and I have worked very hard to get my blog off the ground running! I’m happy with the RESULTS. Here’s my TOP TIPS
1 That wordpress.com can give you some seriously good site layout with the THEMES offered through it.
I was surprised, and delighted with the choice of layouts that could be selected for blogging, HOWEVER, all themes are not created equal, I tried a few on that first day and one I couldn’t make work at all even though it looked all pretty! (WOW doesn’t that sound like a changing room experience! who knew!)
SO try and try again till you find one that you like the look of, offers some customization (if you are into that) AND works (always a bonus!) by the way … this is within the FREE category.
2 Told I can set up a site in FIVE minutes
Hmm, I can create an account in five minutes, about 4/5 HOURS later I was happy with my site design, but I didn’t mind and it was fun mostly. Be prepared to sit and play for a LONG time. I am very impressed with what wordpress offer for FREE
3 Be Prepared to TWEAK
Over the next few days a LOT of site tweaking took place, First things I realized is there was nowhere for followers to FOLLOW if they didn’t have a wordpress account, so … I sorted that (search and find in your THEMES customization!) Rookie mistake.
4 Try and look on a full size screen at how your site formats on ALL
A desk/laptop, a tablet and a phone -I decided most would likely be on phones looking, however I especially love the desk/laptop view… (as it is easier to see everything BUT I think that will always be the case compared to a phone screen.)
5 WordPress.com –Its easily up gradable to paid
I didn’t go into this thinking I was going to earn- its a hobby, WordPress.com doesn’t allow affiliate links , but I like the fact if anything dreamy DID happen I can semi-easily upgrade to the .org PAID version.
6 Writing a blog piece is going to take LESS of your time than promoting your blog!
I am used to some self promotion with the 2 Facebook groups I created, read about that HERE!..part 1
I saw serious growth was possible within what I did creating my groups, I have added confidence in what getting your message out there can do.
I write for pleasure, but I wouldn’t make it a blog if I wasn’t hoping to entertain others with my writing. To have more chance to be heard, you really need to PROMOTE PROMOTE, this takes time and effort in spades! the more you put in the more possible rewards.
7 Look out for handy articles on starting a blog.
Be prepared to take what advice YOU like from them, one size does NOT fit all!
They won’t all agree/ may say things you don’t agree with , BUT I have found a LOT of help and advice/encouragement in many articles, helping me no end with techie jargon about search engines etc. Learning all the time! There are some wonderful resources on Facebook too.
8 Stay true to who you are as you write
I write as I talk, and I do it as I care about my readers, like they are old friends. To me they are my pals in cyber space, They are real people living real lives and I want to do my best for them, Staying TRUE to myself, hoping others like it.
Blogging is putting yourself on the line and I so appreciate the faith that people put into me by following my writing, that is the BEST!
In my first month of Blogging I have had some lovely compliments, I am only interested in putting out positivity into the world – I LOVE the fact I can brighten peoples day all over the globe!