Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Blogging Advice – It’s Everywhere!

While I am proud of myself that I completed the 31 Day Blog Challenge, sponsored by http://www.ultimateblogchallenge.com, I have still yet to decide how I want to continue with my blog posts in the future. I ran across this blog this morning and thought I would share it with you. http://www.copyblogger.com/mental-blocks-creative-thinking/ The title is “Do you recognize these 10 mental blocks to creative thinking?” Here’s just a snippet of the content and I hope you will read the entire post if you’re either contemplating or currently are blogging and struggling, as I am.

“People like to call this “thinking outside of the box,” which is the wrong way to look at it. Just like Neo needed to understand that “there is no spoon” in the film The Matrix, you need to realize “there is no box” to step outside of.

You create your own imaginary boxes simply by living life and accepting certain things as “real” when they are just as illusory as the beliefs of a paranoid delusional. The difference is, enough people agree that certain man-made concepts are “real,” so you’re viewed as “normal.” This is good for society overall, but it’s that sort of unquestioning consensus that inhibits your natural creative abilities.”

He touched on those boxes we are supposed to step outside of, but noted that those boxes are self-imposed. This is so true. In one of my previous posts titled “What’s Inside Your Box?” http://wp.me/p11Je5-55, I tried to focus thoughts on what is actually inside of my box, before I actually decide how I’m going to step outside of it.

Social media is the big buzz around town now. Everyone is either talking about it, blogging about it, or teaching it. Who do you listen to? How much information do you really need before you go into overload and just give up? Here are my suggestions to those of you out there who are in the same boat as I am – wanting to conquer all of this social media stuff but wondering if it’s worth it in the end:

  • Find someone who is at the level you’re currently at.  There is advice out there from beginning baby steps starting up your social media plan, to complex advice that will make your head explode just trying to read it. 
  • Look for good, consistent content being put out.  Search the internet for resources on websites and blogs.  There is much out there available to read.
  • Subscribe to those blogs who you enjoy so you can stay up with their content and do share with others if you find it useful.  The author will greatly appreciate it.  Most blogs usually have mutiple ways to connect with them – either subscribe and get e-mails, ‘like’ them on Facebook and get their posts sent to your Wall, Twitter, RSS (really simple syndication).
  • Don’t be afraid to ask.  Someone at my networking meeting this week asked “what is a blog and why do I need on”?  She said she was afraid to ask that question because everyone always shakes their heads like they understand while people are discussing it.  “Where do I get one” she asked. 
  • Pick friends and fellow entrepreneurs’ brains.  People are usually willing to share what they have figured out because they know it took them some effort to do so, so why not pass along your  knowledge is my philosophy.
  • Don’t try to get everything up and running at once.  Decide what you’re going to start with.  If you love writing, then start a blog and let people know you’re broadcasting.  Put links to it on your website, Facebook page, Twitter account or LinkedIn.  Wherever you hang out the most.
  • If it’s going to just be another frustration, then don’t do it.  The alternative is to have someone else do it for you and see if it benefits your business.

In the end, don’t stress yourself out and go into ‘information overload”!  Find a few reliable sources, ask questions and keep moving forward.  That’s what I’m determined to do.  Until next time…Cindy

Ideas and Decisions – Oh My!

I bet you can’t guess what time it is?? 9:22 pm but I had to get my writing done – last night I went to bed before I got my blogging done and woke up in the middle of the night. “Oh no” I thought, “I forgot to do my blog”. Did the sun come up this morning – absolutely. My one friend who has been dedicated and reading my blog posts (bless her!) called me this morning and asked where her reading material was. Oops!

So my first idea came to me after I got a new car with navigation and GPS on it. My mother is in her 80’s and tells me how difficult it is for her to get to the grocery store. So I came up with the idea of a grocery shopping service. I thought that I could launch the new business in her senior complex, and that it would be an easy sell because they would know I was her daughter. Not an unknown stranger. So I put up my website, ordered my business cards, made some flyers and off I went. I was naive – I thought the old theory of “build it and they will come” was going to apply to my brilliant new idea. I did my research – there wasn’t anyone else on the web in the area offering this kind of service. So it was going to be a piece of cake to get customers right? NOT! But I think most of us who decide to ‘go it alone’ and stop being employees, don’t have any idea of what we are facing. I never knew this alternate universe existed – social media, twitter, Facebook, meetup.com, networking meetings and mixers, and information overload!

Well, the only person I have shopped for, so far, is my Mom. It seems that the older folks who I thought would be hankering for my service, don’t really want to give up that chore. I don’t know if it’s an independence thing, or they’re just really picky about their bananas like my mom! I thought it was a great idea myself, and still have my groceryshopping4you.com going on, but it’s not my main focus anymore. I’ll tell you about idea #2 tomorrow so stay tuned. Until then…Cindy

Customize your posts with HTML

What is HTML you ask?  Here is an official definition: HTML, which stands for HyperText Markup Language, is the predominant markup language for web pages. It is written in the form of HTML elements consisting of “tags” surrounded by angle brackets within the web page content. It is the building blocks of all basic websites.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML

See any difference? I changed the above text to black by using HTML. The following text is formatted by the theme I’m using, but I don’t like it because it is harder to read.

Don’t let this description intimidate you. Even I have figured out a little html language by playing around. I encourage you to experiment with your blog – everything is reviseable!

Here is how I am using HTML revisions within my blog. The theme I chose comes with certain font styles and colors built in. I have gone into the area where you can change things about the theme and was unable to find the ability to change the color of the post text. If you notice when you are creating a new post in  ‘Add New Post’, there are two tabs on the top right side of where you enter the text – one is ‘Visual’ and the other is ‘HTML’.  When you click on HTML you will see the html language intermingled with your entered text. It is contained within brackets . Bold something in your post and then hit the HTML tab and see the HTML code that is on each side of it.  I tried to put it in here to show you but it just did what it was supposed to and bolded the text!

Where did I find the color codes you ask? I went into ‘Appearance’, ‘Background’ and looked around on the color wheel for the color I wanted and copied down the code. You’ll notice that when you want your HTML direction to end, it will have a slash / after the beginning bracket. That ends that particular coding. Again, I am not an expert, but if this helps you have a little fun without spending the extra time figuring this out, then it has been worth reading this post!

 Here is more helpful information and examples from WordPress Support: http://en.support.wordpress.com/editors/font-size-color/

Have fun and happy blogging!

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