Building My Blog ~ Day 1

First off, as much research as I did before starting this, well frankly it amazes how much people sugar coat the real facts.  Whoever started any blog post with, “Build a Blog in One Day.” Ha, that’s laughable. Let me count the ways…

To be completely honest, this is not really Day 1 for me…this is more like Year 1, Day 50…. of course, I don’t know exactly but it’s a good guess.  Certainly, don’t want to start out our new found friendship with me as a big fat liar!

Some Boring History…

I explored my first website in 2013, which I didn’t even actually make, one of my fellow talented and amazing Artist friends built it for me via Weebly, “good ol’ weebs” as my girlfriend and I like to call it.  So yea, a great starter outer website for those us just figuring shit out… Oh yes, I have a mouth like a sailor so if I am offending you then you may want to check out now…

Then around 2015ish, I began to learn my way around WordPress (love love love!) ~ It’s quite funny because all I heard was how hard it was to learn, blah blah blah and you know what they weren’t lying! It can be a real B@#$H sometimes…and normally it’s regarding something so darn easy my daughter could probably do it and before you know it there goes the whole damn day!

So 2015, I got my toes wet and by 2016 it only took me almost an entire summer to build a website for my bestie that she basically verbally built herself! Those were some long nights ~ much coffee consumed…

But from that point on, I lived and breathed that WordPress site. I only had to rebuild it once from scratch… Word Of Advice ~ Backup Your Site EVERYDAY! and Each time you make a change…

By this time GOD, has blessed me with monsters, oops I meant Twins and I am convinced my life is over, I meant overwhelmingly joyful so much so that I had to BLOG to ya’ll fine people about it. #twinlife 🙂

And 2+ years later, 2+ years of money wasted on a domain name and hosting for a site that never contained even one word and here we are ~ aren’t you excited? I sure am… I have no one else to talk to because honestly, I think my husband is tired of listening to me… 🙂

Lastly, I am not a genius… I don’t pretend to know everything about this ~ I just want to share with you my struggles and what I have learned along the way.  What worked for me, may not work for you and that’s ok; starting a blog is all about making mistakes and learning as you go, ditching the 9-5 and making money $$$!!

Oh, and DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!

What The Heck Will You Blog About

No, really have you ever thought about it?  I mean there is probably 20k blogs about every darn subject you can even think about… talk about competition…

Don’t be discouraged or anything, you will be great…

For me, it was pretty darn obvious what I was gonna blog about and I had 9 months and 2+ years to think about it!

Let’s face it, Twins are pretty damn interesting… people still ask me the “stupidest” questions everywhere I take them… My personal fav… Aww, are they identical? hmmm…”Here’s your sign!” ~ I promise I’m really not that mean…

You wanna think long and hard about what your main subject will be and of course, you can always branch out but remember to keep it “clean” ~ meaning organized.  You want to utilize categories, tags and make your blog easy to navigate.  There is nothing more annoying than an unorganized blog.

To make this more clear, though my blog is about my “Twins”, it really is about my “daily craziness” which has everything to do with my lovely hellions…

So now that we know what we are going to blog about…how about putting a name on it ~

What will you name it?

I would like to say this could make or break your site but I have seen it all.  I have seen blogs that have names that relate nothing to what they are about and they have a perfectly large following…

Then I see names that are spot on what their blog is about ~ I have to say that if I see a blog that has the name “mom” in it, I pretty much know I am going to reading about a #momlife 🙂

So my advice, try to choose a name that resonates with you & corresponds with what you will blog about.

 

Quick, Get the Domain! & Choosing the best Hosting

So…we are finally getting there… hosting… well for me it was all about getting the best deal ~ Hey, just being honest!

I searched the net for the best hosting deal that paid monthly because you know I didn’t have a dime to put in this at the time ~ and it had to give me the most FREE STUFF (i.e. Email, Hosting, WordPress set-up, SSL cert., .Com Domain, etc.) all-in-one package 🙂

I found DreamHost and we had a winner!

First, I did find “Go Mommy (you know who I mean)” and they have the WORST customer service I have ever dealt with~ Which is pretty darn sad when they are a billion dollar company.  You’d think they could afford a top-notch training program.  After 20+ years in the “customer service” industry, I believe I may have the right to judge!

Now, don’t forget your domain name!  Sometimes we don’t always get what we want but make sure you try to stick as close to your Blog/Site Name as possible.  Also, I don’t recommend making it too long for several obvious reasons.  Always keep your readers’ annoyance level in mind 🙂

Until Next time…

Alright, I hope you didn’t think I was going to make a book out of one post… My fingers are already tired and my coffee cup in on empty so if you want to know more than I suggest you check back later or move on to the next post…

Last Words…

I have read in a lot of places that “you should always have at least 20-30 posts written prior to promoting your blog ~ oh poppycock!

Who the heck has time for all that ~ I don’t know about you but I am impatient and if I have to sit down and write 20-30 posts before sharing them, well let’s just say it will be 2+ years before they get written…

But whoever said you had to follow specific rules…

 

BTW ~ This site contains product reviews/affiliate links ~ My family has to eat ya know… FYI I don’t post anything on my site that I have not personally used or recommended anything that I don’t believe in; you will find selling is not my strong suit ~ Check out my disclosure policy for additional info.

 

 

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