Smart Phon App / PC Double Login

Apparently, you cannot be logged into your WordPress phone app and make edits on the computer. This makes sense. I am slapping my head saying “Duh!”

Once upon a time (five minutes ago) and a land not so far away (here) I tried to published a blog post on this WordPress site. Over and over I published it. But it just never showed up online now matter how many times I check , rechecked, and banged my head on my desk.

Then I remembered that I had started the post on my smart phone app. So, in a moment of rare brilliance, I logged off the phone app. I made corrections for the tenth time and hit the “publish” button. The result became Let’s Be Clear, a blog article by yours truly.

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A New Hope (of learning WordPress)

My wife is a big fan of Lisa Leake’s 100 Days of Real Food blog. Recently, we have adopted a plant based diet, and while Leake’s blog doesn’t focus on vegan meals, much of the information is useful. We have really enjoyed the healthy food ideas from 100 Days.

Yesterday, my wife told me Lisa Leake’s husband, Jason, has created a new site called Pro Blog School to share the lessons he learned helping with his wife’s incredibly successful blog. That caught my attention.

I checked it out, left comments, and received prompt replies with good information. I’ll keep following this one.

All of this made me rethink my abandonment of WordPress. With great enthusiasm, I am once again learning WordPress.

Where to start?

I’ve used blogs and You Tube videos, but since I like reading, I decided on WordPress to Go, by Sarah McHarry as the first step in my new journey.

Thoughts:

Thus far, WordPress to Go has been easy to follow. She uses Hostgator, which I looked into so I could follow along and build a blog as she suggests. However, I’m not sure which domain name I want. I think I’ll read the book first, do the lessons that don’t require a Hostgator domain, and then decide how much money I want to spend.

At this point in my blogging career, I’m very careful about how much I invest. Despite all the internet gurus claiming that blogging is a fast way to riches, I’ve not found this to be the case. Call me a careful novice with a budget and you wouldn’t be wrong.

Hostgator offers three levels of hosting. The Baby (baby alligator I presume) allows the ability to host multiple domains (I think) on one account. The price doesn’t seem bad at all: $7.97 a month or $95.64 a year. (The rates go down for longer contracts.) However, by the time I decided I needed Domain Privacy Protection, $9.95 a year, SiteLock, $1.25 a month, and Site Back-up $19.95 a year, I was going to spend about $153 just to try out my new skills.

I should note there are coupon codes that make it a bit cheaper. Also, I’m assume these prices will vary.

I think the price of hosting a blog and purchasing a domain name is probably well worth it, I’m just not ready to spend it right now. I also think GoDaddy, Weebly, and other web hosting services are similar as far as cost goes.

Stay Tuned

I will be working my way through WordPress to Go and sharing my own thoughts. Please don’t expect too much direct information from the book. This will be more like a running book review mixed with my own trials and travails in the world of blogging.

Thanks for visiting https://moonsayswhat.wordpress.com

My primary blog (on Blogger) is http://www.scottmoonblog.com

Feel free to stop by!

A Week of WordPress

Last night, or early this morning, rather, I watched a twenty-six minute video on WordPress for beginners. That’s me: the last WordPress guy on the planet. Sometimes, I feel the social-media starship has left the planet, leaving me to bang rocks together and wait for a lightning bolt to start a fire.

The video in the above link is old, but most of the dashboard looks the same and there were several useful items I implemented.

  • I added an About Scott Moon page and learned pages are static, while posts are presented on the home page in reverse chronological order. The You Tube video also showed how to make the home (or other pages) static, though I have no need for this at present.
  • I learned how to put an external link in the menu bar on my home page linking to http://www.scottmoonwriter.com/.
  • I learned how to link a category from this blog to the menu bar on the home page. In this case, I used the only category I have thus far, Learning WordPress.
  • I learned how to use bullet points, though this is so easy I probably should not brag.

The twenty-six minute video covers many other things that you might find useful, whether you are an author working on your social media platform or an entrepreneur expanding your business marketing. During #AWeekOfWordPress I will watch one relevant YouTube video a day and spend no more than thirty minutes (using a stop watch) working on this blog. One of the most important skills in blogging is time management. I have learned I must start with a plan and set limits or I don’t get any writing done, which is my first priority.

Moon says what?

Moon says WordPress has potential.

What do you say?

WordPress and the Cave Man

“Ugg. Me bang rocks together. Ugg.”

This brilliant snippet of dialogue is how I feel when I learn a new piece of social media. This is my third attempt at a WordPress site, because the others were the wrong topic, the wrong title, or became neglected in the shadow of my web site, http://www.scottmoonwriter.com,  or my Blogger blog, http://www.scottmoonblog.com.

Why so many sites? The simple answer is that I become distracted by shinny things. The complete answer is that I am still trying to decide which I like best. I use http://www.Weebly.com for my website. It’s easy, but the blog feature is weak. Blogger has been simple and straight forward and possibly has an advantage in Google’s SEO world (but I really don’t know). WordPress, for some reason, gives me constant fits of profanity laden frustration.

But so many people advocate WordPress! WordPress this, WordPress that, WordPress is easy.

Since I’m stubborn, like a cave man, I’ll try it again. Maybe the third time will be charmed.

Ugg. WordPress good. Internet obscurity bad.

And thus ends the first post on MoonSaysWhat.wordpress.com

Thanks for playing.