update of zero to hero

In the beginning of this month, WordPress started new challenge, Zero to Hero. It’s mainly for new bloggers, who have just signed up and need to learn a bit of the ins and outs of WordPress … but it was also said to be for ‘older bloggers’, who perhaps wanted give their blog a little more love. The opinions on this challenge are varied, to say the least. I think it’s good though … at least WordPress are doing something, as opposed to Blogger — there, you’re pretty much left to your own devices.


At first, I thought you’d get an assignment each day, that you’d carry out, but after a few days I realized, for me, as a somewhat experienced blogger, I can pretty much pick and choose what I want to do. I’ve even answered a few questions in the forum there, without having any aspirations to become an unpaid support person for WordPress.

‘What is there to learn’, you might ask … «Write and hit Publish!» That’s true too, but personally I think it’s nice when the blog I’m reading is pleasing to the eye, and also … of course … that I like my own blog! For me, it’s a bit of myself I put out there for public viewing! I would never choose a theme where the colour I detest appears anywhere. Unfortunately, that particular colour seems to be really trendy amongst theme creators right now. I do like blue, but only certain shades of it.

I certainly don’t need help choosing a blog title or a theme. My blog title, ColderWeather, I’m very pleased with even though it doesn’t say very much about the blog itself. It tells you that I like the song and wintry weather. It’s fairly short, though, and memorable — better than «rebekahscozykitchentableontheweb».

This leads me to the next issue … my blog could very well have been named that — rebekahscozykitchentableontheweb — because this is all about daily life and small talk, as you well know by now … so ‘targeting my audience’ would be next to impossible for me. There is no niche for small talk and a blog without a niche falls between the cracks.  There are thousands of blogs out there, tagged «Life».

Hence, I’d jump that lesson. I don’t worry about SEO, stats or traffic. ColderWeather is not a corporation that needs to build its brand — it’s about something else! It’s about building a small community of human beings on the web, talking about language, ducks, cookies [that you eat], online life or anything in between. I’m very lucky, because I’ve been at it since 2011 and have a really sweet bunch of ‘followers’.

If this post had been somebody else’s, and I’d been the reader, I would have been fed up by now and lost focus. The one thing I can’t handle is long portions of text, when reading off the screen! It must be so extremely interesting to me, so I can’t even imagine what that might be about! Not to mention when there are no paragraphs! I came across one of those just the other day … a very well-written post, but no paragraphs … strange!

My little word count here below, says 528  I will tag my post «Life» and crawl back to the couch because I have a bad cold. This too shall pass.

34 Replies to “update of zero to hero”

  1. ha ha!! Now why does that remind me of my post about ‘write text and hit publish’ ? But basically I think we agree. We build a small community of regular readers/commenters and enjoy that for what it is. We don’t obsess with stats. I do obsess with paragraphs though 😀

    1. Heh! Yeah, we actually do!

      With regards to paragraphs; it was sad to read that post — it was really good, but NO paragraphs! Don’t think I could even read it to the end.

  2. I also don’t obsess with the stats, I just love the opportunity to write but its always nice to get a comment or gain a new follower! I like the background image you’ve used on your blog, subtle but beautiful 🙂

    1. I love the interaction … and I’m so thankful for my little circle of ‘followers’. I like to write too, but without the comments, I’d stick to diary.

      That background image came out just as I wanted … not being intrusive at all. Thank you 🙂

      1. I think the interaction will push me to keep at it, whereas if I kept a diary, I’d probably only write in it once a month if ever 🙂 I think I’m going to redesign my background image. As much as I love the polka dots, it’s just not working for my current theme lol.

  3. You’re an awesome teacher Rebekah; still plugging away in spite of feeling like crud.
    Try this: take your favourite mug and drop in a HEAPING tbsp of (hopefully Local; ) honey, 1/2 tsp of turmeric, 1/2 tsp ground coriander and 1 or 2 shakes of cayenne pepper. Top up with HOT, not boiling, water. Stir well, and there you have it; an instant “hot honey and lemon” without the lemon… Enjoy!: )

    1. Oh shoot! I forgot to mention the Vit C powder (all amounts are at your discretion).

      1. Learnt a new word here … Turmeric! 🙂 My honey, that I have here at home, and that is almost finished, is organic honey from Costco. Honey is on my grocery list, so next time I’ll look for ‘local’.

        I always take lemon in my tea so that’s no difference … I buy bunches of lemons and press them myself, not a huge fan of those green bottles … I think they taste synthetic..

        1. While my mother always made us hot honey & lemon for a cold or flu, an acquaintance of East Indian heritage, told me about her mother’s recipe, which is the one I just gave to you: )
          Turmeric is chock-full of Vit C and antioxidants (and what gives curry powder its intense colour: ) For a MASSIVE amount of information… On turmeric: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78
          cayenne pepper: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=140
          coriander: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=70
          and don’t even get me started on honey; )

          1. Thank you, Deb … for all this! Will read tomorrow, I’m so tired. One Aspirin took care of the magnificent headache I had … think the sinuses are affected now.

                1. At this point, you should probably use whatever’s handy and worry about the terroire later – once you’ve started taking a whack at this thing. More important that you get better first: ). If all else fails, although not local, The Bulk Barn sells unpasteurised (raw: ) honey…
                  Bee well, D.

  4. Hope you feel better soon! There’s always so many things to think about with a blog–colors, themes, etc. When I first started my blog, I picked my theme and designed it. Sometimes I think I should revisit the themes and select a newer one–but then I think about how much work it would be to change themes and decide that I like what I have. 🙂

    1. Sheryl,
      Thank you … it’s already somewhat better.
      I used to change theme often, just because of the fun of it. Now … this one is so ‘adjusted’ so it would take a certain amount of work to change. Instead, I have a test blog for new themes, where I can play around … which I love to do. For now, I like how my page looks.

  5. Another great post! And I read the whole thing with no problems! 😀

    Oh I want paragraphs too!! I do lose interest very fast if I read something really long with no paragraphs!!

    Really hope that you will get better soon!! Kram!

  6. lol@rebekahscozykitchenontheweb. If you are happy I don’t think it really matters what you write. I write for myself and have started up again because it’s nice to have markers of what has gone on during the year. Since doing the journals I can look back on the blog and see what was going on at a specific time. I don’t mind if there are no comments. I think most people unless talking about work or crafts or food talk about life. Sorry you are still feeling bad. I would rather have a virus than a cold. Colds seem to last forever.

    1. I love to go back and read. Used to keep a handwritten diary before. So much fun, reading, years later, but sometimes I had to think long and hard about who people were. That was another life, long time ago.
      It’s a cold …maybe it’s a virus … who knows. No big deal, it will go away eventually.

  7. I think you have a great outlook on this. I see so many bloggers that are so focused on branding, ads, etc. they lose their enthusiasm for blogging. I see it as more of a fun way of sharing and learning – the interaction is a great bonus!

    1. Thank you 🙂
      Yes, I see that too … and I don’t know if they’re all starting businesses or what. This is just a fun hobby for me. I don’t even have an idea for a business. I just love that I meet people that I would never have met otherwise..

  8. This was so fun to read….and to think I sometimes forget about paragraphs!
    Loved the comments. I shall write the recipe on a card, however, I do not have all the ingredients.
    Hoping you will soon be over whatever you have!

    1. I’ve never thought of you, with regards to paragraph. The one I read was a guy.
      The cold-whatever is changing all the time, but it’s still very much alive and kickin’ …

  9. As a long time follower of you Rebby I can say I have enjoyed all your blogs whether efancied up or streamlined like this one. I enjoy reading your blogs because they are down to earth & ‘real’. You always have interesting topics & your photos are THE BEST!!!
    Like you I am not vying for a spot in the corporate blogging world; I just want to share my Life with others. I ended up in thes group of 4 legged lovers which suits me to a Tee. I also have friends like yourself who march to your own drummer so to speak….
    That is another thing I like about this site..you can go to different sites dealing with travel; photography; nature’ poetry’ et cetra & find a niche…
    I love the other name you wrote for the blog; now that would be a mouthful & handful to type….hahaha!
    I hope you get over the beastly cold soon!!
    We are having some more snow & VERY COLD temps for next 3-4 days so will be sending this nasty weather your way. I apologize in advance 😉
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxoxo
    P.S. : Kisses & strokes for McDuff from us here.

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