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Blogging Is Easy? Who knew how involved blogging would be? Apparently not me. I decided to begin this journey into the Blogging World thinking this wouldn’t take much of my time, money and brain power. I’ve been enjoying reading blogs for about three years now and wondered about Bloggers and their ability to not only be creative but make some serious cash in this adventure. How hard could it be? I asked myself. They looked simple to put together( just click and drop I thought), make some pretty design here and there and Presto a Blog!!! According to a few blogging sites, I looked up I could create a blog in about 15 minutes. Just pick out a domain name, a web hosting server, purchase a framework, add content, some images, and Voila! The Blog is Created!
Oh so naïve I was. So naïve. I believe You Can Create a Blog in 15 minutes but what kind of blog would it be? Not the blog I wanted to create. You need to have a focus, brand, niche, understand the technical aspects of designing a blog (which is my most challenging part), a disclosure, comment, privacy and copyright policy, write Outstanding content that engages a reader (don’t make it too long but don’t make it too short either), input images not only in posts but throughout blog, and don’t forget the social media accounts you need to establish. You don’t click and drop in the designs silly Carrie it’s not Shutterfly! But you do need to understand the terms CSS, widgets, Google analytics and plugins and the dreaded SEO. There are a hundred and two and a half details to consider when creating and launching your blog. So where to start?
I decided to go to one of my original bloggers I enjoy reading Just a Girl and her Blog by Abby Lawson. Abby has a wonderful blog and offered an E-book titled Building a Framework which has an Epic 199 pages of instructions on how to start a blog without going NUTS!!! You can also download a workbook, watch video tutorials, and receive an invite to her Facebook group Building a Framework which has a ton of members who can help you out with your endless questions that you will be asking(Trust Me you Will Be Asking). So as I began to read the Epic E-book, I realized It wasn’t important to go out and buy a domain name but as Abby points out in the beginning of her book decide WHY?
Why do I want to start this Blog?
- Longing to do something different in my life that gives me a creative outlet
- Eventually, make money doing something creative instead of the job I’m currently doing.
- Meet other bloggers out there in my niche (which I’m still fine-tuning) and trade ideas, gain new information and insights, make new friends.
- Work from home and wear my fuzzy, red slippers most of the day.
- Provide my soon to be readers with some of the things I enjoy and have learned over the years about a variety of interests and hobbies that may give someone an “aha moment” or “I could use one of these” days.
- Become a better writer ..I miss writing
Putting It Together
Once I had that written out it helped me to understand where I wanted to take this blog and I asked my BFF Katrina to join me on this journey and together we started the uphill battle of putting a blog together. I continued reading the Epic E-book and my first purchase was our domain name from Hover. It was easy to figure out and not expensive and it’s ours. Next, I read about hosting sites and went with Siteground which has been gaining track on other popular hosting sites and getting good reviews on The Facebook page for Building a Framework. The cost was nominal and we have not had any problems with either company so far. Next up we purchased the Genesis Framework from Studio Press and the child theme Jane from Pretty Darn Cute Design. I like the simple, sleek look of the design for right now but I think I may get something else that has more design capabilities for us down the road. PDC was very supportive when I had questions concerning downloading the theme content and they offer both word press and theme tutorials.
Finding My Voice
Speaking of technical I am not a tech person my three sons have helped me navigate my own phone, DVR, TV, and computer more times than I can count so creating a blog with terms like Gravatar, widget and plugins was initially scary but all the video tutorials along with Building A Framework have helped me considerably. During the technical and design process, I began to write whatever came to me letting the creative juices flow. This has made me feel validated about taking this journey into the blogging unknown. My ‘Whys” are being answered and I am very fortunate in this. There have been a ton of other websites and bloggers I have looked up, joined their mailing lists, read their posts, downloaded their freebies, e-courses and joined their communities. I will be referencing and talking about them in later posts.
Now at the end of my tirade would I change anything? No. Is blogging easy? No not for me. BUT I am enjoying it. I’m continuing to learn the ins and outs of blogging, tweaking the design and working to find my voice while offering great content to hopefully a volley of readers.
Until Next Time….
Chillin With Carrie
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