This post is inspired by a post a little while back by JoAnn at Sunstone Journal (formerly Midnight Harmony) about coming up with a blog name. I thought we could chat a bit about how people came up with their blog names. When I started my blog in 2017, I was vaguely contemplating starting an… Continue reading Where Did Your Blog Name Come From?
I recently talked about some of the strange referral sources that sent people so my blog, and some people mentioned in the comments some of the funny search terms that led people to their blog, so I thought I'd devote a post to that. Before I get into the terms, I've never been entirely sure… Continue reading What Search Terms Do People Use to Find Your Blog?
On a free WordPress plan, or a cheap one for that matter, you don't have a ton of storage space to work with. Here are a few tips to manage your images so you can make the most out of your media storage. Find out what sizes your theme allows Your theme will have a… Continue reading Making the Most of Your WordPress Media Storage Space
One of the great things about blogging is being able to interact online with others. However, sometimes people will decide to persist in trying to interact with you even when it's unwanted. That can involve assorted inappropriate, intrusive behaviours, so let's chat about how to deal with that. This post isn't going to touch on… Continue reading Dealing with Inappropriate Behaviour Online
The WordPress stats for your blog will tell you the referrers to your blog, as in what sites have had sent people to your blog. Some of them will be pretty mundane, like the WordPress, search engines, or bloggers you know. But there can be some weird ones, too. Here are some of mine. The… Continue reading What Strange Referrers Send People to Your Blog?
For some people, a blog post journey is as quick and simple as site down, write, hit publish. For others (like me), it takes much longer from start to finish. So let's chat about it! The start of an idea For diary-style bloggers, this step may not happen. For others, though, how do you come… Continue reading A Blog Post Journey from Start to Finish
This topic kind of flowed from a post I did a little while ago, Would You Advertise Your Blog on Someone Else’s Site? People's comments got me thinking about the subset of bloggers who are quite focused on earning an income, and about differences in communities between income-oriented and non-income-oriented blogging, and then the various… Continue reading Are You Trying to Earn an Income from Your Blog?
Liking comments came up as an expected issue related to my recent search engine optimization (SEO) efforts, which have focused on making my site faster. One of the things that Google cares about is how long it takes your posts/pages to load when someone pays them a visit. Google and various SEO tools I use… Continue reading Is “Liking” Comments Important?
You may or may not do regular maintenance tinkering with your blog, but have you ever done a major refresh? It's certainly not something you have to do or even consider doing, but it can be a way to liven things up a bit. A basic reason to give things an overhaul would be if… Continue reading Have You Ever Done a Major Blog Refresh?
I'm sure I'm not the only blogger who's noticed that the posts on my blog that draw the most interest from other people aren't necessarily the posts that are most interesting to me or that I consider my best posts. That discrepancy between readers' reactions and my own has been longstanding on my blog, but… Continue reading Do You Get Surprised by Readers’ Reactions to Your Posts?