If Your Blog Dies, It’s Your Own Fault, Not Ours

I failed to write anything yesterday. In my mind, I came up with several ideas, and even some opening sentences. The problem is, in my perverse pursuit of perfection, I wordsmithed them to the point of useless drivel. Call it writer’s block if you want; I call it fatigue and frustration.

When I started this blog a few weeks ago, I did so with two simple goals in mind. One, I intended to use this as a platform to improve my writing. Two, I wanted to learn the ins and outs and ups and downs and everything in-between of WordPress and blogging. I didn’t intend make it a new chore. I still don’t.

This morning I ran across a blog post entitled 10 Reasons Why Your Blog WILL Die Before Its First Birthday on thebacklight.com. Marcus Sheridan of The Sales Lion wrote the post a year ago. Since I am brand new to the blogging world, it was new and worthwhile reading for me.

In fact, I thought about this a lot today. Here are the ten reasons and my thoughts on the steps I need to take to get this blog past its first birthday.Continue reading “If Your Blog Dies, It’s Your Own Fault, Not Ours”

Just a Little CSS Magic

As I explored all the “Dashboard” features for this blog, one of the things I noticed was the “Custom Design” upgrade. This paid option includes a custom domain name, which I was already considering. It also provides easy theme customization with fonts from Typekit and the ability to change the CSS to exercise even greater control over the site’s presentation. Now I know enough about CSS to understand what it does and I have a vague idea of how it does it. Still, I knew I could learn. With that in mind, I drug out the old credit card and bought the whole enchilada. (Impulse buying at its very best.) Only time will tell if it was a wise choice or not.

Its been a few days since I purchased the upgrade, so I decided to start my CSS education. I am a fairly simple man, so my first foray is equally simple.  Fortunately a quick Google search led me to W3Schools Online Web Tutorials, a site filled with easy tutorial and clear examples on just about any topic related to web development.

With just a little time and a little new knowledge gained from the W3Schools site, I figured out how to edit the CSS and HTML to change how this paragraph looks compared to the rest of this post. Of course, I could make the changes using the tools available on the “Visual” tab of the WordPress post editor. My goal is to learn CSS, though. Sure, it required a little more effort, but for me it was worth it.