Learning about self-hosted blogging day by day

I dream of the time when I can experience a new website that is completely set up, functional, and connected to the e-commerce and social media sites I choose.  Imagining keeping all the tops spinning. Bliss, at last…. Of course, sigh, that will be then and this is now. WordPress has transferred all of the data from my former blog to this one and I find myself having to make sense of the new situation, while, at the same time, learning how to use the new tools. This is not only out of my comfort zone but also my range of experience. Therefore, I hope you bear with me, while this writer/artist lives through her newbie self-hosted blogger phase. WordPress.com was Nirvana. I hardly had to think about the thing; all the tools were at my fingertips. In order to open a storefront, though, and have a link for it on my blog, I had to leave the nest. WordPress.org is more customizable, but I was nearly immediately confronted with gross assumptions. I thought all my bells and whistles would be intact. Well, I was able to add a YouTube video by plugging in my first-ever bit of HTML coding. Yet, I know nothing about computer language, so this may take a bit of time. I have yet to figure out how to successfully add little mini programs, called plug-ins, that will allow me to do some of the things I was able to do at the other WordPress, like slide shows or  an e-mail subscription service that works. (And isn’t ‘chiclets gum’? Mind boggling jargon. How about ‘floom?’) I have yet to figure out how to make the e-mail business work, but I’ve been working hard to figure it out. Connie suggested it might have to do with my hosted server, so I’m working on that angle. Clearly I’m on a  steep curve learning and must take it step by step, day by day. I also have had to create beaucoups accounts for all of the sites. Many passwords. Thank the stars for my Last Pass account! Yes, it meant one more formidable password to remember, but guess what? It’s the last! With Last Pass, I can securely keep all my passwords in a virtual safe deposit box. In addition, Last Pass can function through my homepage toolbar and generate and save new passwords for new sites as I need them. So, in goes HostGator, Feedburner/Google, WordPress, and a number of others that are behind the scenes. Gee, no wonder I’m having trouble keeping up! As if that ain’t enough, last night I started a Netflix trial… I was on the couch thumbing through the manuals for our HDTV, trying to figure out the activation code for streaming. Well, folks, that bit of effort, compounded by my blogger mania, made my poor little noggin go honk, tweet, hoot. Smoke started rising from my brain and shooting out my ears. My eyeballs were spinning. When they came to rest, I realized enough was enough. I bagged it all after several early attempts at the email subscription biz. Then, I hit the trail with friends in Shoreline Park at Rocky Point. The air was crisp and the bear kept her distance. Afterwards, we went to a cafe nearby, then I took them home. They live way up in the hills on the North Shore, so I was able to drive through sunshine and fall color. It was the perfect break! At Jennifer’s, I had a fond reunion with her son, whom I’d tutored several years ago…home on a university break. It was marvelous seeing him. When I left, Jennifer gave me beautiful Golden Delicious apples fresh from the Okanagan. Crunchy and juicy, tasting like real apples. I became rejuvenated and calm, enjoying the company of friends…. Tomorrow, I ride with them into the city for Afternoon Tea, what is sometimes called ‘high tea.’ It will be a splendid affair with soothing, aromatic teas, teensy sandwiches, and scrumptious scones and petit fours. This treat will give me the get up and go I need to come back and figure out a few things for you. Until then… Cheers! — Jan


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4 Responses to Learning about self-hosted blogging day by day

  1. gary ruckman

    noted you added your “serious note ” at 12:50a.m., above and beyond my comprehension, if i cannot solve it NOW, i’m finished, except of course with clay . Seems like I have made a 100 aimals using my new armature and realizing only four and the first two failed into a dog….. the last three were realized out of six! the armatures have 12″ and 18″ rods, using a base of wood with holes driilled to support your beginning for legs! I was more proficient using pressed paper popsicle sticks 8″ long, as realized ,with my small giraffe! (17″) high, the 25″ giraffes’ legs are two thick using the 1/4″ rods, I’m having to keep the legs approx 1 ” in size and it looks like it is very muscular!…… though it looks like a new interpretation of a giraffe( it also failed ,was bisqued and glued! My blue heron also failed when i removed the rods, so i put wooden 1/4″ rods in spaces in legs used appoxy and glued it back, upright, on clay a base of simulated rocks. after i removed the rods the 3 broken pieces from the two legs and the body were bisqued then glued……. that blue heron and my origional 17″ giraffe were worth the new learning process of building BIG!! Man i started to consoul you for your brave enthusiasm, and became carried away with my own problems….. IF…. you need a shoulder to scream on , please send me a note @#$%^& exercising these words!……. gary and on and on and on!

    • Jan

      Oh, Gary, I am so sorry to hear about your armature woes! You are having a dickens of a time! Can you write to the lady who gave the workshop and ask for some tips or advice? Or just get in touch with her and let her know it’s happening and see what she’ll say? I’ll be there on Sunday and will soothe away my shattered pride, arf arf, by wedging clay and slamming it on the table… 🙂 Actually, I feel fine today. Connie think’s I’ll have the whole thing under hand in a week. Baby steps and see you anon… — Jan

  2. Connie

    Hi Jan,
    Boy can I sympathize with you. I have a brand new PC which of course is nothing like my about 10 year old littlebitta (little bitta this little bitta that) OR my old Mac … still transferring stuff from mac after lotsa hours, then I get to figure out how to compensate for the programs that I can’t move from mac and that will probably mean learning a few new programs – sheesh!

    If I weren’t in the middle of my own learning overload I would offer to give you a hand. But once you get it set up – you are going to love it!

    Bye the way – love to see you are keeping your sense of humour, good on you!

    Cheers! Connie

    • Jan

      Connie, today, all I’m thinkin’ is ‘Yes!’ Thanks to you, the email subs are working and now I’ll just how to figure out how to not send duplicate copies then I’m on to my slide show sleuthing. I do prefer to do it myself…if I can do it from the ground up, I’ll learn it. It’s nice getting a tip from you here and there, though, my dear, especially when I’m flummoxed and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! 🙂

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