It's remarkable how a couple of weeks can change everything. I regularly watch the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and that's the marker I use in my head to think back to when things got serious. Two weeks ago they announced that, starting the next week (aka the week just past), all the major late … Continue reading Pandemic Blogging
Search engine optimization (SEO) can seem pretty intimidating at first. However, there are some SEO basics that any blogger can implement that will not only make your posts more search engine friendly, they'll probably be more reader-friendly. In addition, WordPress looks for similar elements when making post recommendations to users in the WP Reader, so … Continue reading Easy SEO Basics for Bloggers
A recent post by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke got me thinking about this. We're constantly bombarded with a ton of information from the various different platforms we use, so how do you avoid getting overwhelmed with notifications and having your mental health negatively impacted? By default, WordPress and social media platforms want to throw … Continue reading How Do You Manage Notifications?
I've written before about copyrighted images that you shouldn't be using on your blog, and in this post I'll go over some great places where you can get images that are licensed for free use, with no attribution requires. You won't find Google Images on this list, because it's not a photo sharing site, it's … Continue reading Where To Find Images For Your Blog Posts
It's been almost 7 months since I upgraded to the WordPress business plan, so I thought I'd reflect on how it has changed my blog, both good and bad. Plugins The business plan lets you install plugins to perform specific functions on your site. Basically, you load the plugin onto your site, tweak the settings, … Continue reading Reflections on Upgrading to the WordPress Business Plan
Not long ago someone left this comment on a post I'd written: "I guess you have to decide what you want. Money, hits, likes or trying to help others." This isn't the first time I've seen it cast in a somewhat negative light that people were trying to grow their blogs, so I thought it … Continue reading It’s Okay to Want to Grow (and Monetize) Your Blog
I've read a few people, both on WordPress and elsewhere, say that blogging is dying. To that I would offer a resounding hell to the no. A quick Google search shows that people have been talking about this for the last 10 years, and given that I'm here and so are you, I would say … Continue reading No, Blogging Is Not Dying
Valentine's Day is ridiculously commercialized, and it comes with a mix of obligations for the attached and hints of inadequacy for the unattached. However, setting all of that aside, it's also an opportunity to convey affection and appreciation for the people that matter. So, in that spirit, here's a quick Valentine's Day message to my … Continue reading A Valentine’s Day Love Letter
I'm putting together a page on my site that will be a guide for new bloggers on how to engage with the WP community, and I'm hoping to get for your input. There will be a section on blogging etiquette. This is a quick summary of what I've come up with so far. Is there … Continue reading Do you have tips for new bloggers?
The blogging world and all things blogging-related can be a huge time sink. Given that most of us don't have unlimited amounts of time, some form of time management is called for. So, let's take a look at some of the different tasks we may want to allocate time to. Reading Other Blogs There are … Continue reading Time Management As A Blogger
Do you have a system for your blog, or do you write whatever strikes your fancy and post it whenever the moment feels right? While there are certainly benefits to spontaneity, doing some degree of blog planning can help give your readers a more consistent experience. Timing One element of this is timing. How often … Continue reading How Much Planning Goes Into Your Blog?
I'll start this post with the caveat that I'm far from a Pinterest expert. I've been more passive than I usually am when trying to learn about something, so I've picked up bits and pieces in dribs and drabs over the last 2 1/2 years. Over that time, my pinning approach has evolved, and it … Continue reading Using Pinterest With Your Blog
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?