I have not been blogging as frequently as before or as much as I would like. There are a number of reasons for my slower pace including the desire to resuscitate my other blog, which deals with financial issues for women [i.e., money honey]. I am still struggling to come up with a better name for that blog, now called Real Liberation. Mr. Wonderful says that no one talks about "women's liberation" any more, so the name sounds dated. [I don't mind his observation, but it would have been nicer if accompanied by a suggested new name.] The other thing that has set me back time-wise is trying to learn WordPress.
Many of the blogs I read covering a wide spectrum of topics use and tout WordPress. As I have discovered these last few months, WordPress is much harder than Google's Blogger tool. Each of these blogging platforms has pluses and minuses and its own idiosyncrasies, so I was not going to give up just because the WordPress templates that I bought were not as simple to activate, tweak and use as the Blogger templates. To help me I did what I usually do in these situations, I bought a book and searched the Internet.
WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition, seemed like the place to start. It gave a good explanation of the pros and cons of WordPress.com versus WordPress.org. It provided a lot of other information but none of it really "stuck" in my head. Next, I found the Christina Hills Website Creation blog. This website provides a lot of useful information and positive encouragement. Christina Hills also teaches workshops on WordPress, but so far her schedule and mine have not meshed.
To move things along, I decided to outsource and found a local website design and development service. Local includes people in India, which adds a 12-1/2 hour time zone delay to everything. And, it seems that the templates I bought are not as flexible or malleable as I'd thought, so we are having a few customization challenges. I'm almost done with the outsourcing help. But, I could not resist another foray to the bookstore.
This time, I think a found the perfect book for my needs. No, it's not "WordPress for Idiots" [which does not exist but best expresses my level of understanding; actually, I should have been looking for The Complete Idiot's Guide to WordPress, which I only discovered today]. The book that has come to my rescue is Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read (2nd Edition) by Scott McNulty. This book is clear and to the point with many illustrations and bits of humor thrown in. I have read it with a yellow highlighter in my hand and feel that it will be a handy reference until I get used to WordPress. I think I'll also sign up for a Christina Hills workshop because they look like fun.
P.S. If you have any ideas for a catchy name for a blog about women, money and finance, please send them along.