31 Blogging lessons 2.

Unfortunately I managed to get a bit of a cold yesterday. I was going to come back and catch up but I felt like crap. I’ll try to catch up over the ensuing days/weeks. Today I want to talk about just throwing words at the page. As in throwing them out, and not really paying…

31 Blogging lessons 1.

I’m thinking I’m either going to do 2 posts either today or tomorrow. I haven’t decided which day yet. Today I’m going to address niches. A lot of blogs get started because people think they’re going to make lots of money, (or at least, that was my theory when I first started, hah!) Some people…

L is for list post.

Yep, you know those things you might see on sites like 10 ways to do x? Well those are called list posts, (I absolutely hate the term listacle, so you’ll never catch me using it!) List posts are a lot of fun to write! To me, it’s easy to come up with a whole bunch…

K is for Kill the Newsletter.

Kill The Newsletter is a cool service, and not actually doing any “”killing.” What it does though, is give you an email address to sign up to a newsletter with. When you subscribe with that address, anything that gets sent there goes to an atom feed. When you put this feed into something like Feedly,…

J is for journaling.

Do you keep a journal? I know I’ve tried in the past but I’ve become fairly lax about the whole thing. I do make a lot of lists though so technically you could say I still keep one. Journaling can help you write down all your ideas for blog posts, and other things, that are…

I is for IFTTT.

IFTTT, has been described by some people as the duct tape of the internet. It’s the service that makes other services work together. I use IFTTT to post my blog posts to Twitter. They use what are called “applets,” each one has at least one trigger and an action. For instance if new feed item…

F is for forums and Facebook groups.

So far, I’ve done social media totally wrong with this whole blog thing. I’ve been focusing on Twitter and not the Facebook groups I’ve joined for answering blogging questions and promotion. Social media is a lot of fun, well at least for me anyway. The problem is there are so many platforms and I want…

E is for email newsletters/updates.

If you ever read blogs about blogging, the advice is always something like you should have an email newsletter because…” Email newsletters are fun to subscribe to, and I should know because I’m the queen of newsletter subscriptions. Although whether you write a newsletter each week or so, or just send out email updates is…

D is for daily posts.

I personally enjoy challenges like A to ?Z, because it challenges you to post each day. It isn’t absolutely necessary to post daily, but it’s a good habit to get into. Right now I believe the going recommendation is about 3 times a week. I have a blog in which I’ve been posting daily for…

C is for code and CSS.

This will probably be a short one, I don’t have a whole lot to say about CSS. You’re probably thinking CSS? What’s that? Or most of you might already know what it is. It’s the code that styles your site. It’s what gives your site it’s colors, fonts, etc. Yeah, you can actually change these,…

B is for Blogathon, and blog hops.

OK so I had a third thing but it seemed a bit redundant so I left it out. I’m going to start by explaining what Blogathon was. Blogathon was a 24 hour event that allowed participants to blog for a charity of their choice. The first Blogathon took place in 2000, although it was just…

A is for about pages.

I enjoy reading about pages on people’s blogs. There are lots of good examples of different kind of about pages. here’s mine for this blog. I also enjoy the 100 things about me type pages. I wrote a 30 things about me post on my personal blog, and that eventually became this page. I think…

How to point a domain.

Today I’ll explain DNS, and how to point a domain, whether it’s to a site like Tumblr, or to your own web host. First you need a domain, and that will cost on average $10 per year. I recommend NameSilo, but there’s also Namecheap, and Hover, as well. Those are just a few of the…

Why domain names are important.

First of all, for anyone who may not know, a domain is a friendly name for your site address. For instance, the one you’re reading right now is bloggingsimply.net. That’s the domain for this site. This means when I type it into my browser, the domain name system looks for it and translates it into…

Why I use WordPress, and why you don’t have to.

Well… unless you really want to that is! I think I said in my very first post, (the one I made when I was still deciding which platform to use,) that I’d been doing a lot of CMS testing. I pretty much tried everything except Drupal and/or Joonla, because I knew they were going to…