A few months ago I re-started my blog. At the time it was on Blogger, which was great when I started 7 years ago. But I soon realized that I didn’t have the creative freedom nor did I even ultimately have the rights to what I posted! Egad!!!
So on to WordPress.com
And while I had a little more freedom there, I was still not content.
So on to WordPress.org
And here’s where the fun began. The set up with hosting and signing to WordPress.org was simple as could be. Bluehost is who I chose to go with and I couldn’t be happier. The gentleman I spoke through in live chat was a god send that day and saved me from my then current daydream of banging my head on the desk hard enough to knock myself out and bring a moment of peace.
But then there was choosing a theme. Wow. I should have known this was going to be a daunting task seeing that there is a ton of themes and I am picky. I didn’t want girly. (It’s just not me.) I didn’t want a ton of bells and whistles. I’m not planning on monetizing my blog because my goal is (and always has been) to have a creative outlet in which I can share my life experiences, passions and exercise my love of writing. And then finally, in what was probably my ten thousandth hour of research, I came across Station Seven and their Matchstick theme. Hallelujah!! Clean, crisp, and minimal with a great layout and epic support I found my match.
On to setting up the theme. Like I said before, without the support of Station Seven I would be lost. This is a whole new world for me. And I thought I was pretty computer savvy. I can see why bloggers who have tons of content stay put to their original format. And I can totally see why this line of work is so great for my lovingly neurotic older brother. Codex, permalinks, shortcodes, Genesis, plugins, oh my! Although strenuous and at times annoying, it’s like a puzzle and once I get something to work I feel like I won the jackpot! Plus good has come out of all of this learning in the respect that I’ve been able to solve quite a number of technical issues on my own at work. So ultimately I feel I’m doing myself a favor.
Now I don’t want anyone think that I’m doing the seemingly obligatory “How to Start a Blog” post. There are plenty of those out there and they do a beautiful job of covering all the bases so I don’t feel the need to add anything. I just wanted to vent (for lack of a better term) about the journey to get where I wanted to go in the blogosphere.
If I were to give one piece of advice to anyone looking to blog, it would be to really think long and hard about what you would like to accomplish. Are you looking to build a business? Or parlay your passion into a money-maker? Are you looking for a creative outlet? Are you into simple design or do you want complete artistic control? These are really important questions. Having a clear vision will save a ton of time in the long run. As for me, I started early in the game and then turned away from blogging just long enough for everything to change. But such is life and this is how we learn.
To date, between my full-time job, running and general living, I’ve been at set-up for two weeks. I’m still in the middle of it now but thought that it would be a good idea to decompress and actually do some writing. There is something about the flow of words that is so soothing to me and I thought what better subject then my current experiences with getting the ball rolling exactly the way I want it to.
So I put aside the design for a moment and got to writing.
After all, that is what I’m out to do with this blog thing.