Learning to Blog, Travel

Slowly Learning/Yellowstone Trip

Blogging Day Two

I am not sure if I should really try to blog daily while learning the ins and outs of setting up my webpage, because there is so much to learn! By the time that it is time to write, my head is swimming!

This morning I watched several beginner video tutorials from WPBeginner.com.  They were very basic, but I still picked up a few tips that I did not know.  I watched four and there are twenty-three of them, so that is going to take a while.  Then I decided to try out my blog with a few more different wordpress.org themes.  I liked one called Coller and another called evolve.  I really want more pictures on my blog, but I’m still trying to learn how to make a banner or a header and add the pictures for the slider thingy.  So for now, I’ve decided to stay with a very simple theme (Rara Clean) as I continue to learn, since the blog is live and I don’t want someone coming to my page and seeing a bunch of sample pictures and verbiage that is not even mine but I don’t know how to hide them/change them.

Info I learned today:

  • There is a box on the lower right side of the dashboard when you are in post-writing mode called Featured Image.  If you want a nice big picture to show up on your blog’s front page along with your post, add it to the featured image instead of putting it in with the text of your post. Good to know.
  • The difference between posts and pages.
  • I may need to learn some HTML, but it doesn’t look so, so scary.
  • One of the best ways to learn is to just click on stuff and see what it does. But it’s also good to read and watch tutorial videos. Balance of kinetic and visual learning going on: seems to be the best approch!
  • This learning process is going to take a while.
  • There is a button among all of the editing text buttons (you know, where the bold, italics, bullet list stuff is) that allows you to put a big horizontal line in your text to delineate a new topic. Game changer. No more dash, dash, dash!).

I’ve decided to give myself one hour each morning for blog/webpage education and 30 minutes for actually writing.  As much as I’ve been thinking about blogging in the past few months, I haven’t written in a while, and it feels good, kind of like going for a morning run, hard but helpful.  Clears the head.

And now, I give you the horizontal line of topic-changing.

Upcoming Trip Out West

The main reason I started working on this blog now is because my family is about to take a monster (for us, since most of our vacays are visits to extended family) trip out West, and I wanted to write about it, keeping a virtual diary since I am a horribly inconsistent scrapbooker and never print any pictures.  We are flying in to Denver, Colorado, and then heading to Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Tetons.  I am so excited.

We leave in two weeks, so I need to get my act together.

Make Over Your Mornings

Another topic I’d like to talk about is going through the Make Over Your Mornings course by Crystal Paine (aka Money Saving Mom).  I really want to be more intentional – and consistent! – with how I start my day, and I hope this online course will help me nail down a workable, practical routine.  I tend to spend most of my day reacting instead of being proactive, and hopefully blogging through this weakness of mine will provide the accountability and focus I need to be more intentional in life.

I wrote for more than 30 minutes, so it’s time to sign off.  I decided to give myself some editing grace initially on my blog; I am minimally editing and just free-flowing the content.  The writing wheels in my brain are a little rusty, and micro-managing my writing at this point would make it that much harder to get this whole thing off the ground.  So if these early posts seem stream-of-consciousness, well…they are. But we all have to start somewhere! Do you blog or keep a journal? Let me know!


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