Tag Archives: Tools

When do you blog?

Two weeks ago, I asked the question,

Why did you start blogging?

I was so pleased that I did ask this and a huge thank you to all of you who joined in. I learnt so much. It seems that I had a very narrow idea on the subject!

When thinking about this, current post, the obvious questions that came to mind following the ‘why’ are the ‘what’ and the ‘when’. I think that we have covered the what, so this week I am asking,

When do you blog and how did you decide on this?

  • Is it on an adhoc basis? Does this depend on when you have something you feel worth sharing? I definitely started like this. I had the simple aim of blogging once a week – this worked as it also coincided when I was able to produce something that I felt it was worth blogging about.
  • Is it meticulously planned? Currently, I fall into this category. In my head I have this plan where I blog three times a week; once on a Sunday when I share my crafting and join in with Handmade Monday, once on a Wednesday when I do my Blogging Buddies post and then on a Friday  – my fitness post. Originally this ‘plan’ came about because I read somewhere that blogging regularly is ideal when trying to increase readership. I am not  sure whether blogging on regular days is exactly what is meant but I tend to form little rules that I have to follow and this is what I have fallen into.

Handmade Harbour

I suppose that on one level it is important to keep blogging rather than having long gaps in between each one, that goes without saying really….but how often is regular for you? Once a week? Twice, everyday? What have you found that works for you?

This is one of a selection of free blog planners found on heartandmade

Some people take it a step further and keep a diary of blog posts planned ahead of time – similar to a calendar. Are you one of these? On the one hand, I really admire these people and would really quite like to be able to do this but I am simply unable to do this. I am, shall we say….slightly more disorganized and spontaneous.

  • Finally, some people may take more of a scientific approach: By this I mean using your blog statistics to assess which days your blog gets the most views. On WordPress your stats are easily accessed through your dashboard.

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If you go through to your actual page by clicking onto the graph:

You can find your summaries here. Scroll down and you will get to a summary by day:

Mine tells me that there is not really any one consistent day that is stronger than any other.  Not sure why…..Is this the same for anyone else?

How many posts do you think is ideal? Is there ever any such thing as too many posts in a week? How do you decide when and how often you blog? Do share you thoughts as I am sure that there are many more reasons that I have yet to identify. If you fancy joining in then you can leave a link below. Thank you 🙂

 

 

Beginning Blogging – Writing a Post

I do believe that we are now all ready to actually write some content onto our blog (otherwise known as a post). There are several ways to do this:

1) When you log into WordPress you may see something like this.

The blue ‘menu’ bar along the top gives you a variety of options:

READER: shows you the latest posts from the blogs you follow or allows you to search the blogs according to your choice of categories or key words.

STATS: Will take you to a page that will give you all sorts of information about your blog, how many people have visited, from what country, how they found you etc.

MY BLOGS: Gives you an overview of your blog along with some quick links.

FRESHLY PRESSED: Gives you a selection of blogs that have been chosen by the ‘powers that be at WordPress’ giving you a selection of the best current blog posts.

Over to the right you will see a pen and the words NEW POST. I hope that I do not need an explanation to this?

If you click on this you will get taken to a page looking like this:

I refer to this as the quick posting page. It gives you the choice of format you wish to use. This is useful as it shows you that a post does not have to be long and complicated, a simple photo or quote is enough. I will not go through each option as I think that they are fairly self-explanatory.
2) The way I usually go to get to the correct page in order to write a post is by going back to this page:
Click on the posts link and you will be taken to a page like this (from your Dashboard)

Down the left hand side , under POSTS you will see ADD NEW. Click on this and you will go to a page like this:

This is also the page you go to using the quick post method from above.
You will see that this page is a bit like word.  At the top, just under the words ADD NEW POST you can see a blank box. This where you type your title. The large blank bit is where you write your text. See, simple :). If you are familiar with word you will recognise the images for bold, italic and crossed out writing. You can either type, highlight and click on the symbol or click on the symbol before typing. Next there are the options for bullet points and quotes. Following this comes the text orientation
Left                                                              central                                                                               right
This can also be used for pictures. Highlight the picture and then click on the orientation button required. I usually use the central one.
The symbols that are not easy to see are the link and break link buttons. These are very useful. They can be used to link back to posts that you have made and other sites on the web. All that you need to do this is the web address of the page you wish to use. If, you wish to create a link to a previous post such as the one I wrote last week on widgets. Simply highlight the word (or picture) you wish to use for the link, go up and click on the link symbol. This will bring you a window like this:
All you need to do is paste the web address into the URL box. (I often have several tabs open so I can easily move between several pages). This is all you need to do although you can add a title. Simply click the add link box and the word you highlighted will become underlined like this. If you then click on it you will be taken to the new page. Should you make a mistake then all you need to do is re-highlight and then click on the broken link symbol.
The abc tick is spell checker.
The next few symbols I have managed to not use up until now as I had never really explored them. Oh I do wish I had!!! The box with the arrows in is DISTRACTION FREE WRITING MODE. Quite simply this gets rid of all the bits around the side (including the top menu) and allows you to type your post as it will appear on your blog. A really useful tool especially if you are juggling photos around etc. If you do need the basic tools all you need to do is move the cursor up the page.
This ….
……..instead of this:

The final symbol (again something I had not used) is the KITCHEN SINK  show/hide symbol. This gives you more options such as text colour, layout, underlining. The rest of the tools you would expect from word really (and I had been wondering why they weren’t included. DUH. I am so glad I am writing this series! Thank you 🙂

The bottom row is the kitchen sink row.

Again I have twittered on long enough. Next time we will look at adding photographs, a very important part of blogging and also tags and the other bits around the page. (For now you can copy and paste pictures for ease if you wish.)

Finally please, please do not make the same mistake that I do – SAVE, SAVE, SAVE. You can save it as a draft and come back to it later, even another day so there is no pressure to publish it at all. Wait until you are ready.

Have a good week and do please leave any links to posts that you write below so I can have a look (I will leave a comment, I promise 🙂 )