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.