Learning to Blog with MEcfs
Hi. I am approaching year four of blogging with MEcfs, and I’m still learning. I’ll be honest, I thought I would be feeling far more competent by now. But am still scratching the surface with a lot of the detail. Do I get browny points for being 50+ when I started blogging? Err…noooo.
With the help of some knowledgeable and lovely bloggers and blogging groups, I gradually learn as I go along. As I’ve been doing a little more research recently, I thought I’d share a few tips that I’ve picked up a long the way. I don’t claim to be any where near an expert. But I do wish I’d known more before I started. So wanted to share with you.
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Learning to blog
MEcfs is already challenging to our cognitive ability. So how can this be adapted to? The phrase ‘Adapt, Adopt, Improve’ (from The Round Table organisation), springs to mind. I think that could sum up MEcfs life. Although …improve. Hmmmm!
My post MEcfs My Brain – a Comedy gives an indication as to why it takes me quite a while to learn and retain new subjects.
Pacing life with MEcfs, as with anything else, is essential. Creating your blog, step by tiny step is possible. Just take your time. I appreciate how long it takes to learn, absorb and try to retain any new information with MEcfs. So I’ve added a couple of checklists, and other relevant detail. I hope it’s of help.
Learning to Blog – before you start checklist
Here’s a little check list of things to consider before you start.
- What are going to name your blog? Will it be your name?
- What will it be about?
- Have you thought about a logo?
- Are you going to purchase a Domain? If so, keep in mind how your privacy is protected when registering.
- Are you going to use a free platform such as WordPress, Blogger or Wixit for example, buy a plan. Or go self-hosted, such as with Siteground or Bluehost. There are several others.
- You will need a Privacy statement. This may vary depending on where you are situated in the world.
- Which social media platforms are you planning to use?
Sharing your blog on social media
I mention social media. This is pretty vital to helping get your blog seen. Unless you prefer to keep it private and invite folk. In which case it’s not so relevant.
If you are planning to share your blog publicly, I would suggest checking that your chosen blog name (or close to) is available on the social media platforms you would like to use. It makes everything more streamlined and easier for folk to find and remember you.
Publicising your blog will take time. Possibly more time than actually writing it. But don’t worry. I spread promotion over days or weeks.
Learning to blog – once you’ve started checklist
What else do you need?
- Patience and take your time. Don’t do what I did and try and set up your blog and publish in one night. There’s no rush.
- Don’t try to compete if you feel you’re lagging behind. Be you. Be authentic.
- Once you’ve set up your blog site, and before you press publish, add an author bio. People will like to know your story.
- Think about categories you may write in. But saying that, these can be added over time.
- Formulate a few blog posts to get you started, before you press publish. You should be able to use a Private setting while you prepare to go live/public, so to speak.
- Will you try to blog on a regular day/time each week/month? This can help, as readers will get used to seeing you and look forward to a post. These can be scheduled. But it’s not a definite necessary. I blog as and when I can. Which is often sporadic at best! This is where a few blog posts in hand can help.
- Look at a few freebie tutorials on your chosen site. As I say I’m still learning, and find them very helpful. And have embarked on another, ‘Branding and Growth’. I’m hoping I’ll learn a little more.
- Interact with other bloggers. You’ll gradually start to build your own community and blogging friendships.
- Most of all, ENJOY it.
Your blog budget
I haven’t reached the dizzy heights of monetizing my blog as yet. One day. So am not really qualified to share on that aspect. If that is your goal, self-hosted is often the way forward. As you have far more control and flexibility. But of course budget plays a part. You can set up a blog with zero budget. Which I did. There are pros and cons. But all in all it was a good way to start and get an understanding.
Blogging technical resources and tips
There are great online resources for the more technically minded. Along with many Youtube channels which are helpful. But you do need a bit of spare cognitive energy to discern and absorb the information, well I do. This is where blogging groups can be so helpful. They help you work out what you need to be researching.
Images and formatting them is also really important. There are some great Apps such as Canva, Picmonkey and Inframe, to create the correct dimensions for Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or other images
Along with royalty free images from Pixabay or Pexels for example. Canva also has a wide choice of free to use images and templates.
Blogging Titles and Headers
I have gleaned some very useful info the past few days about header tags. Initiated by a very generous tech lesson on a blogging group. If you had asked me about this last week I would have laughed nervously, looked puzzled or changed the subject.
Headers directly relate to the title and content of your blog post. And go from H1 the title of your piece through to H6. There should be a hierarchy and relate to the title header and content of your piece. Header tags guide the reader and searches through your piece. You don’t need to know HTML to use header tags.
More about Blog Header Tags
I’m not obsessed, honestly! But I have read that ten H2s is about the maximum to include in any one post. But don’t ask me about keywords. Once again, I’ll get there! In the next decade hopefully.
The beauties in the image are the headers to which I refer. I had completely misinterpreted their meaning. You’d think I would have guessed.
But I have an MEcfs treacle brain. Consequently I now have a fair bit of blog admin to do over the next few months. Never mind. Slow and steady wins the race.
People talk a lot about SEO aka Search Engine Optimisation. How you’re found on online searches basically. I’m kindly reassured that there really is no rush to understand all the complexities involved. Phew, that’s a relief! Work within your capacity and blogging will bring a sense of achievement, connection and satisfaction.
Support from bloggers
There are 1,000s of bloggers out there. So once you’re set up, start getting to know the community. They are lovely, generous, interesting and supportive.
There are also many groups that support the vast array of blogging subjects. Groups are invaluable to me. I can pop in, ask questions and most importantly reciprocate. We get to know one another and cheer one another on.
What kind of blogging group should I join?
I am a member of several groups. Covering the fact that I am a Christian with a Chronic Illness, am in mid-life, a parent, married who blogs. So you get the idea of where you might look depending on your chosen subject area. You do need to have an active blog before you join any blogging groups.
Staying positive while you learn to blog
Slim line salad dressing and Not the Nine Oclock news comes to mind! And is often how I feel trying to learn the art of blogging. But I hasten to add, this is NOT the response to me from other bloggers. It’s just how I feel when a few hundred miles behind the times.
I bow gracefully to greater knowledge of other bloggers than I currently have. I hail from a time in the 90s, (YES, pre-internet – gasp!), using QuarkXpress on an AppleMac working as a PR/Editorial Assistant. The closest I came to SEO was Business Directories and having a chat with the Ad department.
So there we go. My first ever vaguely technical content on the subject of blogging. Mike drop! Shazam!
There’s some helpful links on one of my boards on Pinterest.
To avoid my ego increasing at an alarming rate, I’ll now share links to some cracking blogs by people who actually understand the technicalities.⤵
I hope this has been of some help. Please do leave a comment. If you’re new to blogging, Hi. And please let me know what else I have missed, and any useful links for other slow-lane newbies like myself. I’m sure there’s loads to share!
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