Some days it seems like I’ve been blogging all my life. But that’s not possible because . . . well, because when I was a young mom we still didn’t even have computers in our homes, much less such sophisticated technology as iPhones, tablets, laptops, and iPods. I remember when we got our first computer, and the scariest thing to me was figuring out how to turn it off. If something “magically” appeared on the screen, and if there was sound coming out of the speakers, it would startle me and I was frantically searching for the “off” button. You know, like with a radio or a television. “On” and “off.” Seems simple enough to me, but that was when I was informed that if you wanted to turn the computer “off” you had to click on the little button at the bottom that was (back then) entitled “START.”
Only then could you find the “shut down” button to be able to turn it “OFF.” The logic was lost on me back then and I still am not sure I understand the mindset of computer geeks – but I have adjusted and now I know a few things that help me navigate the world of the internet, computers, coding, and blogging. But it has been a long journey of trial and error, asking lots of questions, and experimenting with this bit of HTML code and that URL and discovering how to find the link to an image. Gee, it was a whole lot easier when we just had pictures and we put them in scrapbooks. Or if we had something to say, we either wrote it down in a letter or a card, or picked up a phone (attached to the wall by a very long cord) and dialed up our neighbors and friends.
The past few weeks I’ve been working on recreating my blog that I started back in 2007 (or it might have been a bit earlier than that), and I’ve had to learn a bunch of new stuff in self-defense – if I want my blog to look and function a certain way (and I am kind of OCD about that kind of thing), then I need to figure out some new technology because things have changed a little bit in the past ten years.
So what have I learned while recreating my blog? Well, for one thing you can do so much more now with a blog than before. Used to be that you would just write a blog post and it would appear at the top of the main page on your blog . . . . and that was pretty exciting back in the day. But now we have so many more options! I’ve learned how to create HTML code so that I can insert an image linked to a different page, or website, or online store, and that gives a blog so many more possibilities.
I’ve discovered ways to optimize search engine stuff (that is my technical term for all the tags and other stuff), but I think I have a ways to go in that department. I’ve learned how to share links to my blog posts and pages on the various social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. And I’ve learned how to connect with other bloggers and share some of the other great posts I find out here in the amazing world of the blogosphere.
If you are just starting your blogging adventure, I encourage you to connect with other bloggers and get to know a few. You’ll make new friends and learn lots of cool stuff. I’m amazed at the wonderful friendships I’ve made with women around the world through my blogging journey, and I know you will, too. I’ve been doing a bit of research on blogging advice over the past few weeks as I’ve been relocating, so I’m planning to share some of that information with you here soon. In the meantime, I’m really happy to be back in business and join the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop again. I’ve missed being part of this weekly linky party for the past several weeks, and since it has been part of my life for hmmmmm . . . . I think it has been almost five years now . . . . I’m really looking forward to connecting with the other participants in this week’s hop. Hope you can join us!
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