Really, I've been a blogger since 1999!
Lately, I've been learning some new things about blogging with a purpose. Yes, there were a few things I didn't know. In fact, my ‘learning curve‘ never seems to end.
But then I got to thinking how long I've been blogging, and realized that when I started it was 1999. I had read that an online diary or journal is called a weblog, or blog for short. There was an example or two of someone posting dated, daily notes on their websites.
Hmm! I had been journalling my prayers since 1975; could I do a different one online? Ah-ha, what about one describing my exciting learning curve as I was discovering more and more every day on the internet? So I set one up on a free sub-domain with HyperMart. I chose a mint-green background with a slightly pebbled texture, and I called it –
Journal of God's Provision
For a Woman starting an Internet Business on a Wee Shoestring
(not long enough to wrap around a Finger!)
I called it my Journal for short, and later, when I learned about ezines sent to my subscribers, I called that my Journal Digest, because I condensed my posts to just once a week. Also, more than just writing about my growing adventures, I started to write articles to help my readers. It was during this time I began to make friends with subscribers, and I still have one or two from way back then who are subscribed to my current RoseBouquet Ezine/blog and RSS feed.
Of course, in the intervening years I've learned HTML and web design skills. I recall when a certain icon in my cPanel for my websites, upon exploring, revealed a long list of programs and plugins that I could install on my website with a click or two and entering what I wanted to call them. There were scripts for installing forums, photo galleries and blogs. Seems to now, there were four or five different blog platforms. I tried out about 3 and soon decided that WordPress was the best. I didn't spend much time on them so now those names don't want to come back to me. (One had the word Type in it, and another one… I thought it started with N… but it has disappeared off the face of the internet).
Anyway, now-a-days, if you talk to anyone about blogging, they either have a generic one on blogger.com, which Google owns (and we know they never throw anything away, so anything you put there is going to into their attic – even if you want to disown it some time in the future).
Secondly, if folks don't use Blogger.com they may have a generic blog on wordpress.org, or …they might get wordpress installed for free on their website. WordPress is open source software, so if you can handle the following of instructions you can install it all by yourself, (as I have a number of times), and then use it as your main website. Which allows you to build one without ever learning a stitch of HTML coding.
Much More than… a Blogger Since 1999
One more option that I've just discovered lately is that if you join certain marketing companies (I'm thinking of MLSP and INFINii here) they will install an instance of WordPress for you and teach you how to use it for your marketing purposes as part of their whole training package.
At first I thought, “Ach, what do I want with yet another blog? I already have my RoseBouquet, my eAction, and the Views on Giving. I'm barely posting once a week on those. Plus then I have one weekly and two monthly ezines I look after. (Also, setting up a business mailing list). However… I was curious to see if I was missing something that would make all my blogs more profitable and effective in reaching the public.
Well! (BIGGRIN)! Yes, there are a few things I didn't know yet!
I'm running out of time and space here right now, so I'll have to cover those lessons another time. I'm discovering things about invaluable plugins, style and methods that I had not heard of yet. I'm now in the process of applying them on the two newest blogs, and then I'll adapt them to my older ones.
Yea-h! Things are really looking up now. I've already got a lot of the basics down pat. So it shouldn't take long to see much better results than I've been getting as a blogger since 1999!