Category: How to Blog

Finding Dead Links in older Blog Posts. Another chapter in My How To Blog Adventure

Images and other media can enhance a blog post. Prior to using WordPress.com, I was using my own photos. Back then it never occurred to me that one could also link to or embed videos into posts. Continue reading

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How to Stop Blog Comments Spam. Another chapter in my How To Blog Adventure

I was surprised with the amount of Comments Spam. They were posted daily. Some Comments Spam would fill the screen with links. Others would compliment my writing skills. Funny how such a complimentary comment, could be made on a post which featured a Silvio Santos Prank Video. BTW, I Love those Brazilian TV Prank Videos. Continue reading

The reason for being online is to help others. My How to Blog Adventure epiphany.

Portrait of Henry Ford (ca. 1919)

Portrait of Henry Ford (ca. 1919) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found it hard to see the trees, while wandering through the forest. Last night I had my eyes opened, maybe just a bit. The whole point of having an online presence is to be of help to others. For some that would be common sense. For me, that was an epiphany.

Setting up my photo site on Zenfolio was my alternative to grief counseling. Last year Zenfolio added Blogging capabilities. So I started a blog. It has had days when a thousand people per day would visit and other days when no one would visit. Continue reading

Internet Explorer Browser compatability issues and this blog

Dual Monitors

Dual Monitors (Photo credit: danieljohnsonjr)

I would like to thank all those who have left comments, to  let me know about an Internet Explorer Web Browser issue with this Blog (and with the F-Stop blog). The WordPress.com Theme being used, I suspect, has HTML 5 code in it. That allows it to adjust to different screen display sizes which visitors may be using. Continue reading

The most popular Blog in the world. No not this one, at least not yet…


I had learned about the Drudge Report site when I started investing/trading stocks. At that time I had no idea what a Blog was. I found the Drudge Report to be extremely helpful and it helped in getting and keeping Capital Gains.

Drudge Report

Drudge Report (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The major things that I had liked was the vast variety of news, from assorted news sources around the world. If there was a trouble spot in the world, I could count on getting some unique and interesting insight just by visiting the Drudge site. I was mostly into Gold mining and Oil stocks at that time. Continue reading

Proofreading and Blogging, the bane of My How To Blog Adventure. Taylor Mali video about Proofreading.

I check every post before hitting the Publish button. I will again check the post later the same day and to my surprise I will find more typos and errors. I could swear that the word was there before and that other one was spelled correctly earlier. Continue reading

Who knew that you could get so much spam while keeping a blog. New insight in My How To Blog Adventure.

no spam!

no spam! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m a newbie to this thing that you call blogging. Time flies when you are trying to setup and keep a new blog running. Especially when you have little clue of what you are supposed to do. Continue reading

Changing Blog Themes. Another day in My How To Blog Adventure.

Slowly but surely the Blogs are taking shape. I have been bouncing back and forth between dark and light themes. A light background is easier on the eyes. A dark background makes posts pop, especially photos. Continue reading

My How to Blog adventure. Theme search. Also discovered the importance of Keywords.

It wasn’t till I started this WordPress Blog that my learning curve went parabolic. I had been keeping the blog on my photo site for months. I did not give much thought to SEO or Keywords and Tags. The theme layout bothered me, but I found it frustrating when trying to customize it. When something worked I left it alone, fearing that I might break it.

Sure it all worked but I never realized how much better it could look, nor how many more people could actually find out about the photo site. That has all now changed.Since starting up this WordPress Blog and a clone on Blogger as a test, a whole new world has opened up.

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My How to Blog adventure. Created a different look and feel to this Blog…

Thanks to the comments and suggestion from Grace,  I made some changes. It is a good idea for other Blog owners to consider.  Ask someone who you trust to visit your blog. Then honestly discuss what “they” saw and felt while using it.

Have an open mind and make sure that you listen.

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My How to Blog adventure. Not so fast…On 2nd thought this WordPress Blog will remain active..,

Earlier today, I had posted about focusing on my other test blog and not posting  any more updates here. Not so fast. I may have been mistaken.</span?

I asked someone whom I trust and who has a knowing eye to visit the two blogs. Had a great discussion with her. Thanks again Grace. Got many useful insights.

From my discussion it became clear that my decision was too hasty. The 3 column vs 2 column layout may not be as important as I had first thought. The WordPress 2 column I was told tends to draw a reader to the Post itself. On the 3 column Blog the eye moves around looking at the assortment of info in the column.

The WordPress Blog works on mobile systems. The Blogger Blog does not.

One interesting suggestion was to keep both blogs. Cross posting does not take that much more time. The worry is fragmenting the audience between them. Not an issue at this time, since there is no audience – yet.

So to make a long story short, I was too hasty. I will continue to try to improve both sites. I may actually try some 3 column WordPress themes, although I really like the present theme here. Maybe I’ll learn some Html and CSS and try to add a left column myself. Looks like this Blog is here to stay….

My How to Blog adventure. Testing out my Blogs. Decisions decisions.

I started out creating one Blog. Then the idea formed to clone that Blog into another. Why? To see how different hosting companies will work.

Along the way I learned about different Blogging platforms. Lets not forget about all that new jargon. Made my head spin.

I have run a photo site for a few years. Blogging capability was added by the hosting company last year. I found it to be a great addition to the photo site. So much so that I wanted to expand and enhance the Blog. Unfortunately that was not possible. Hence my search for the perfect blogging platform and hosting company.

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