A FUNNY LOOK AT THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF STARTING A BLOG
Start writing a blog they said. It will be fun they said. Well, guess what? They were right. But starting a blog hasn’t been without its challenges.
Happy Birthday to Gleeful Grandiva – one-month-old tomorrow.
Hard to believe that six weeks ago I had never heard of a widget. Plugins were how I connected lamps to the power. Ping went with pong for a fun ball game.
Amazing what you learn when starting a blog.
About four days before my first publish I was in major meltdown as I couldn’t make a widget do what I wanted.
I was not acting my most glamorous!
I soon realised I would have to change my attitude if I was going to be able to survive the tangled web of the, well…web.
I fought back with this poem (who said the pen is mightier than the sword?) in an effort to keep a sense of humour.
STARTING A BLOG
Starting a blog can be such a hard slog
When you don’t understand all the terms
We’re dealing with plugins, metas and pings
(I was just getting used to the worms)
A few steps one night and you have your own site
You’ll be planning and choosing your theme
As fears and frustrations fly out the door
You’ll have the best blog ever seen
You start writing your post – you might find you need Yoast
And it’s great til you hit the first kink
You want to look good, you want to look smart
But you can’t make your first permalink
You’ve done all the pages, ticked off all the stages
With thoughts of becoming a star
You tweak your menu, headings, and pics
Leaving only the humble side-bar
For that, you need widgets (they rhyme well with midgets)
Mysterious tools that they are
Techs can’t define them, you can’t do without them
Or your blog won’t be going too far
So you fight the good fight and work hard on your site
Soon getting to publishing day
Happy reading my friends, I have just one wish
You’ll enjoy what I have to say
Crazy little poem by Tamuria
I’m sure the experienced bloggers will identify with that and I know any newcomers who are starting a blog will. My determination to change my attitude didn’t last long as only a few days later – publishing day – I was there once again.
TWO LITTLE TASKS
I thought I’d be set to publish around 10 am. I just had two little tasks. The first was to hide the tags at the end of my posts. Eventually, I gave up on this idea as I couldn’t find a way without editing code and I wasn’t up to that.
The next little task involved widgets – again. I wanted to install and activate those cute little social buttons on my page.
They are the buttons you see in the sidebar for Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. If you hit them those buttons will take you straight to my pages where you can then ‘like’ or follow me.
The ones after the post will take you to your pages so you can share my post easily.
Go on and try, I did, after all, spend HOURS setting up those innocent looking buttons.
If you do you’ll not only make me smile but you’ll be experiencing the magic of the internet where you can go wherever you want at the push of a button. How cool!
And to think when I was a kid we were excited to be the first on our street with a colour television. I’m feeling so much like a grandmother now.
Anyway, back to starting a blog and those two little tasks. For some reason, my Facebook button refused to work no matter what I tried.
This problem seemed to be an issue on all of the several plugins I installed in an effort to get the buttons working.
I read dozens of posts but could not find an answer. Then I realised I couldn’t even get rid of the useless buttons.
I had visions of throwing my tablet through my kitchen window and watching them both shatter.
Thankfully I remembered I’m supposed to be a glamorous gran so I quietly walked away, did some housework (always therapeutic) and had a shower.
All the while my wonderful Hubby was standing nearby wondering how he could help and would we be enjoying the champagne he had bought me to celebrate starting a blog. I am one blessed woman!
I finally returned calmly to the tablet, played around a bit and then remembered I’d read something about emptying your cache.
I’m not entirely sure what a cache is but I did work out how to empty it, then I reactivated my social button plugin of choice and carefully followed the suggested steps and yippee – they work.
(I can’t even believe I can write that sentence and know what it means – kind of.)
I’m not saying emptying the cache is what fixed the issue – I still don’t know.
I hope I’m not putting off other writers from starting a blog as you feel insanely proud when you push through the hurdles.
I’ve amazed myself with all that I’ve already learned but even better, I’ve amazed my sons, especially the IT expert of the family who I purposely avoided harassing for help.
And, obviously, in the end, Hubby and I did enjoy that starting a blog champagne.
What is really awesome about blogging is the generosity on the web.
In a world full of sad and bad headlines it’s so heartening to see there are so many people willing to give a helping hand.
This is a really good time to have a big shout out to Mike at How To Start a Blog. I followed his really easy steps to starting a blog then subscribed to his online course. I’m pretty sure he lives in the USA but I literally felt like he was holding my hand through the whole process.
A big shout out to Julie at Fabulous Blogging too. She is pure class – entertaining and practical with plenty of great tips.
I found help everywhere I looked on the web so it’s really hard to thank everyone, but I’d also like to shout out to Happy Blogger Plaza’s Delia Rusu who is so friendly and supportive. Delia’s 101 Ways to Maximise Your Blog has been really helpful.
When Hubby and I recently had a day on the high seas in search of whales we heard the most interesting word – “coopetition”. That’s how the tour guide explained how the various tour boats would co-ordinate their search for the whales – cooperating while in competition. That’s what the web world is like, lots of help and cooperation despite the fact we are all trying to carve out our niche and attract our own following.
Happy reading and writing and have a gleeful week, Tamuria