31 Day Blog Challenge – “the meaning of my business name”.
I guess this means why did you choose the name of your blog? It’s not a business blog. I don’t want to run a business from my blog! I don’t want to sell cosmetics, or knitted pixies. I don’t give advice on how to get 10,000 followers in ten minutes, I don’t tell anyone on how to look good in skinny jeans. It’s just a little old blog that keeps me amused. I write about my travels, my boat, my hobbies, my photography, and other random stuff.
I’m really interested in technology. I love smart phones and my iPad. I’ve always used a computer, but somehow I muddle through, and work out how to use these things, without actually knowing what I’m doing. You can generally work things out in the end, it just takes a bit of trial and error. I’ve loved the idea of blogs and blogging for many years, and always wondered how blogs worked and how you constructed one.
About six years ago I knew someone who had a website/blog designed by a WordPress expert, but she always talked about it in hushed tones, as though it was something mystical and out of reach of the normal person. I thought only high-powered technology businesses had websites and blogs. Gradually blogs became more popular and I came across them frequently while looking for things and reading articles on the iPad. I wanted a blog too!
I started off experimenting with “Blogger” but it was all trial and error. Then I was brave enough to try a free WordPress blog, but again, all self-taught, trial and error. Simple things like changing your password, or how to alter a heading, or add a category were all beyond me, but somehow somehow I managed to put something together, but I found it difficult. Everything seemed too difficult, I knew nothing. I gave up.
In December 2015 I heard about a new BloggingU online course. I’d tried it twice before, but never got further then the end of the first week. But this time I was determined to succeed. I loved it! The course was well-explained, with one task a day, and you could ask other people online for help. I got further than I ever had, with my blogging knowledge. I could now add photos, make new pages, leave comments on other blogs, and some people even started leaving comments on my blog!
So I called my blog “Third Time Lucky” as it was my third attempt at setting up a blog!
Now I need to be brave enough to make my blog even better. I need to find out about ‘self hosting’? What does that mean? Is it worth it?
Thanks for reading my blog ……