Ack.. this giving up smoking is not easy, (see last post) one thing I have to do as well as break old habits where smoking is involved is to stay busy, taking my mind off the craving is hard but has to be done.
I have had a few emails lately asking some questions I thought I’d take a chance to answer one or two here…
One of the questions I’ve been asked a few times is “how do I set up a blog, in simple terms” … meaning in plain English, the one thing these people say is “what’s WP, what’s FTP, and where does my blog go?”
This is familiar to me, had the same thoughts years ago and know how it can all seem so confusing and techy.
One reason I suggest new bloggers start with blogger, which is far more basic and simpler to learn with than WP (wordpress), I don’t care what others say about WP, there seems to be this elitist attitude with WP users and they seem to forget that WP is NOT easy to use for the completely new user. (I have had WP users say they like this WP blog…not realising it’s a blogger blog! Says it all.)
I mention this to people and they say, “can you set it up and do it for me” .. for free?!
No, I can’t, that doesn’t put food on my plate, I don’t even have time to do that for everyone even if I wanted to but I will happily help you learn it and get started, because you all know as well as I do, there is no way better to learn something than to actually go ahead and DO.
I know, if I had set it up, started it all for them, in a few days there would be other stuff they would want me doing… that is not a way to learn.
To that end I started blogger made simple for the benefit of the wannabe bloggers who had asked how to go about starting a blog for themselves, though when it comes to actually doing a blog it seems they weren’t that keen, it felt like I had wasted time doing it but I know that’s not strictly true as there are a few friends who have said “thanks, that helps” and they have started a blog.
Those who started are the ones who get more help, everyone helps those who help themselves.
Lets face it, the only real “work” you do is generating content, writing the post themselves, setting the blog up is done once, then it’s all down to you adding content, be it writing, videos, podcast, whatever method or mix of methods you choose.
The thing to remember is once you have set one blog up, it gets easy to set up another, once you have learnt the basics you can go ahead and try WP if you feel blogger is lacking, which it does in some ways, but WP is also lacking in some ways. Half a dozen of one and 6 of the other as they say.
“But I can’t write” is the next thing I hear…
Look, anyone can write, we all have a different level of writing skill but practice makes perfect as they say, it’s not that they can’t write, it’s that they are making excuses or creating barriers before even trying.
If you really need to learn a bit of how to write well enough for a blog then grab this writing report and it WILL help you, and it’s not a 3 or 4 page crappy report, more like 40, 50 pages of solid content and tips by who I would say is a great writer…put it this way he writes one of two newsletters I ALWAYS read.
That report is very low price for what you are getting, in fact in the interest of disclosure, I get the money if you buy that and that is also helping me, what’s more, you can also sell that to others using your own link and get paid all the money too… the writer is more interested in building a relationship with you, via his newsletter which I always read, as I said, and am sure you will enjoy it too.
Again, if you are keen to start a blog for whatever reason, a personal one, hobby one, work one, whatever, you can follow the blogger made simple and as it’s cost nothing to do, you could grab that writing report to help you get started creating decent content.