The Birth of My Blog

Once upon a time, I enjoyed regaling my family and friends with humorous anecdotes through the power of email. Somewhere along the way, I thought to myself, “Well, if I enjoy this, maybe I should start a blog!” And so, the small seed was planted. I knew nothing about the blog world, but how hard could it be?

I signed up for an online blogging course through Writer’s Digest University and learned exactly how hard setting up  a blog is!

There was so much I didn’t know, and, being a computer illiterate, so much I didn’t understand. Why was the teacher rambling on about domain names and web hosting sites when all I wanted to do is start a blog? Why was he talking about Search Engine Optimizations and Google Analytics when all I wanted to do was share  anecdotes about my life with virtual strangers? It was confusing, but ultimately I came away with just enough knowledge to start my blog…or so I naively thought.

Luckily, there are tech-savvy people out there kind enough to share their expertise and not laugh at me when I ask a stupid question or two. (Or seven.) Without them, I never would have made it this far. I still have a long way to go, but at least now, I know who to call!

I’d like to offer up my sincerest and most heart-felt thanks to all of the following for helping me along the way. I couldn’t have done it without you. No really. It’s true. No chance in…well, you know.

Blogging 101, Writers Digest University, taught by Dan Blank: For introducing me to the basics in such a kind way. We Grow Media For helping me set-up a domain name and getting it pointed in the right direction. For my web hosting site and for helping me when no matter what I did, nothing would show up on said site. Well, you guys don’t have phone support, so I’m not as thrilled with that aspect, but I am loving my Custom Community theme that you offer, so I forgive you!

Lisa Sabin-Wilson, author of WordPress For Dummies and WordPress Web Design For Dummies: For walking me through the step-by-step process of building the blog I want, all in a handy book format, and for introducing me to tools like the Color Palette Generator, which I love!

Lori at Use Your Imagination Designs: For her absolutely spectacular custom designs that inspired my own. They’re beautiful, and you can see them at Use Your Imagination Designs

Irene Alexeeva: For her stunning digital scrapbooking design kits which I have plastered all over my blog because I love them so! The images I use are from the “Absolutely Maybe” kit. As in, I absolutely maybe can start my own blog! Sadly, she is now retired.

Robert Lee Brewer: For hosting the April Platform Challenge and virtually forcing me into Twitter and Facebook for my own good. My Name Is Not Bob

To all my fellow MNINB Platform Challengers who taught me tricks and tips for all the new social media I am learning, and who provided support and encouragement along the way!

7 thoughts on “The Birth of My Blog

  1. Kirra says:

    I’m glad you toughed it out!

  2. You are so gracious :) And your blog is great!

  3. Muddy says:

    Thank you Melanie!

  4. First off I would like to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Thanks!

    • Muddy says:

      Hi Mihran,

      Thanks for your kind words! There are two things I do that get me ready to write:

      1) Go for for a run (a walk/swim/exercise class would do too!). There’s something about physical exercise that allows my mind to drift enough to stumble onto something I want to write. A lot of times, I’ll even begin writing in my head, so once I get back home, I can hit the computer keyboard and just start typing away.

      2) Drive. I spend a LOT of time in the car driving my kids from one activity to the other, and it gives me lots of time to work out plots and characters in my head. Sometimes I get so involved in what I’m thinking about, I miss my exit—the kids love it when I do that! (Ha!)

      In other words, most of the time I sit down to write, I’ve already done the prep work of clearing my head and focusing my thoughts while doing other things.

      Let me know what you find works for you!

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