This is not so much a how to, as it is a how it’s going…
While blogging itself is brand new to me, I’ve been visiting others blogs for years.Having seen so many, I have a good idea of what it is I would like. For now, I’m not looking for anything fancy, just a basic, functional set up. That’s really easier said than done. I’m really feeling out of my depth, but then again, who doesn’t when starting something new?
The first decision I had to make was which blog hosting site to use. I did some reading, and from that it seems that WordPress is the better of the bunch in the long haul, but just to be sure I actually started one in both WordPress and Blogger. Now keeping in mind that this is coming from someone who has zero experience, from what I’ve seen so far, blogger is actually the easier of the two to get going. That’s not to say that it is the best, just the most user friendly for newbs. With blogger I was able to immediately see how to change up the appearance of the theme I had chosen, use different fonts, colors, and layouts, all with a simple click. While in WordPress, I still haven’t figured out how to do half that, it’s coming, but much slower. At the same time though, I can see why others like WordPress better, as there are a lot more toys to use, once you’ve taught yourself how to actually use them. So, I think I will plug along and continue trying to figure WordPress out.
Other than trying to figure out the layout and appearance settings, my first goal was to get Feedburner up and running. After all, what’s the point of a blog if no one is reading it? All of the blogs I’ve visited in the past have this nifty little ‘subscribe’ box, powered by feedburner somewhere on the page. I was able to sign up for the feedburner service with very little problem, and even managed to get it linked in to my blogs RSS feed button. That wasn’t exactly hard since it was entirely automated. However, getting that much coveted little ‘subscribe’ box is still beyond my capabilities. I found a wonderful step by step guide by Michael Martine at Remarkablogger, but even with the handy copy and paste HTML I still can not figure out how to add it to the page. The best I could do was add a link, which serves the same purpose really, but damn it, that was not the goal. I know I will figure it out, it’s just a matter of how much hair I will have left by the time I do.