Many mental health bloggers and other bloggers living with chronic illness are used to having to adjust their blogging habits to compensate for changes in illness symptoms and intensity. I can't speak to what other bloggers experience and how they adapt, but I thought I'd write a bit about my own experience. For me, blogging … Continue reading Blogging During Mental Illness Flares
Skinny Hobbit from Growing Into Myself recently did a post that contained this Youtube video. The video is about supporting someone who is grieving, but it's a powerful message about validation in general, which is what inspired this post. Many of us have chosen to blog because there are difficult experiences that we're dealing with. … Continue reading The Power of Validation
Maintaining a blog calls for a lot of creativity. Whether you publish daily, weekly, monthly, or at random, you need to come up with things to write about. So where might those blog post ideas come from? Well, to start off, the ideas you come up with don't have to be original. Any blog post … Continue reading Where Do You Get Blog Post Ideas From?
First off, what the heck are long-tail keywords? They're a search engine optimization (SEO) strategy that can help make it easier for people searching on Google (or other search engines) to find your posts. Even if you don't know and don't particularly care what SEO is, thinking about your blog post titles in terms of … Continue reading Do Long-Tail Keywords Matter for Your Blog?
This post is a look back at both the reading and the writing I did in 2019. The majority of the reading I do is on WordPress, and it's really been wonderful to see everyone's creative output. This is something that is a really important part of my daily routine, and something that I value … Continue reading Year in Review 2019: Reading & Writing
Another year of blogging is drawing to a close, so it's a great time to reflect on both the accomplishments and the weird & wonderful info that WordPress offers up for us in our stats.Total number of posts published: 547Total number of words: 303,000 (average 554/post)Number of countries viewed from (although WP seems to have … Continue reading Year in Review 2019 – Blogging
If your blog is brand spanking new, chances are no one is going to be arriving at your site view search engine results. Gradually, though, you'll start to notice in your WordPress stats that you're getting a trickle of visitors from search engines like Google and Bing. So how are people finding you? Setting up … Continue reading Using Search Engine Webmaster Tools with Your Blog
If you've spent a bit of time in the blogging world, you've probably come across blog awards. You've probably also noticed that some people do them and others do not. I evolved from an award-doer to an award-don't-er, so here's my thought process along the way. When I first started blogging, I really enjoyed blog … Continue reading Do You Do Blog Awards?
For various reasons, most of us like it when we get brand new blog viewers. It may be because it's great to have a new voice added to the conversation, or it may be for more business-oriented reasons, or it could be a confidence-booster. Even though, at least for most of us, numbers are not … Continue reading How Do You Find New Blog Viewers?
WordPress has a handy little feature that allows you to schedule blog posts ahead of time. So, do you use it? If so, how far out do you schedule? What are the pros and cons? I'm a scheduling devotee, and have been since very early on in my blogging days. I want to deliver a … Continue reading Do You Schedule Your Blog Posts?
We all have our own ways of managing the comparisons and assorted other icky feelings that inevitably come up as part of being in an online community. WordPress has now taken away one of my ways. Normally I avoid looking at stats, and at things like who's liking who. I get into a pattern of … Continue reading Who likes you?
This topic seems to have been popular lately, and it was part of this week's Share Your World on Sparks from a Combustible Mind, so I thought I would address it in this post. How do you stickhandle copyright when using images on your blog? Just like a blog post, creators automatically have copyright over … Continue reading Images and Copyright: What’s a Blogger to Do?
In this interview for Well Talk Health, I talk mental health, blogging, and of course guinea pigs. https://welltalkhealth.com/f/wellness-talks---ashley-peterson Casper - photo by author
Have you ever heard of domain authority? If not, don't worry; I hadn't heard of it either until not that long ago. I think the first time I heard of it (or at least paid attention) was when I read a post by Jenny in Neverland. What is domain authority? Domain authority (DA) is a scoring … Continue reading What Is Domain Authority and Should You Care?
Let's say you have a WordPress.com blog. You want to be able to do more with your blog than you're able to do with the Premium plan. So, what now? The two options you'll probably be looking at are the WordPress.com business plan or going self-hosted. So how do you decide whether to do WordPress.com … Continue reading To .com or to .org?