Second day of blogging

So today I spent about two hours reading all kinds of blogs and what they do or suggest doing about monetizing a blog.   First I haven’t even finished getting my blog noticed. I figure I will get a Twitter account, then Facebook, maybe a Linkedin. I already have these accounts and some pages going but under my Real Estate business so this will be somewhat of a learning curve. Then I will need to figure out the best way to monetize. There are numerous ads that I really don’t like, a few Affiliate programs, which don’t look too bad and then the ebook. Which of course, only helps if you have actually written an ebook!   I am not really excited about putting a pile of ads for no reason on my blog, so I guess I will have to research this area a little more. If you think you are going to set up a blog and get it monetized immediately, you might want to think a little more.  If you have something to actually sell, ie, an actual product, like a book, or an app, then it should (in my opinion) be pretty easy. Just start your blog, spend some time outlining what you are selling and link to your product.

This blog is not really something I can sell. This is simply general information about living life and some of the things I have encountered that I really wish someone had mentioned to me when I was younger! So in the interest of actual blogging, I will continue to update you on how to get this blog going.  I have already posted about my initial experiences in setting up the blog.   Now I am trying to tweak the appearance. One thing I have found is that even though it’s fun to put unusual background colors in your blog, the one constant of all the other blogs I have been reading was that they had White backgrounds. I’m sure there is a good reason, so I am going with white for the time being. Probably easier to read, but not as attractive. Now I have to figure out how to put Paypal on this blog.  Yes, I already have a paypal account, but not sure if I can use it for this. Will let you know after I figure it out. I just want to add that I do tons of Research when I am interested in something and Nowhere have I found answers to the basic of questions!!!   Obviously this is something I will be able to write about. After I figure it all out!

How to start a blog

This is actually my first blogpost on this subject. I was reading another blog and thought I would follow what sounded like very simple instructions.  Well I am here to tell you that if you do not normally use social media or websites, it is not simple!   Yes, there are tons of tutuorials and help pages, but you actually need to be reading and studying everything before you actually publish. I will keep you updated on my trials and tribulalations.   The first thing I did was write down a ton of possible names for my blog. Not one of them was available so I took the advice of the last blogger I had read and added “blog” to the name I liked the best. Hence the Everythingchangesblog has come into being..somewhat. Then I went to GoDaddy (as per her instructions) using the link from her blog and ordered my domain name plus a deluxe wordpress and hosting.

My first problem. Since I ordered the wordpress deluxe and it goes to a temporary dns which is not really published under my domain name, I need to figure it out. If you are reading this, it means I finally figured it out and I will post what I did in my final blog instructions.  I also see, under the main dashboard, another place to download a wordpress blog…Arrrghh. I will come back later with an answer and then continue.

Okay, here is what the problem was. I ordered a Deluxe Word Press and also hosting thinking that my blog would be hosted. But what happened was I had two separate things going! Had to call GoDaddy at 480-505-8859 who explained and fixed it in under 5 minutes!   That is great customer service! And I do not feel as dumb as I had been feeling for a couple of weeks  This almost made me stop doing this blog.  Now I have a Deluxe Hosted Word Press blog, which was my original intention!

So now I am set up to just use a theme, which I found by googling around. There are millions of themes.  For the beginning, I would suggest just picking one that appeals to you. You can always change it later.   Then you have the option of customizng your site.  Do you want a Calendar, pages itemized, SEO possibilities? Again, if you go to Appearance on the side panel, you can add themes, upload zillions of widgets (I suggest researching them first) and make your blog look the way you want. I am going to keep this blog simple for now. I will be back.