BLOGS AND FIDDLING
Early Blogging Steps
I had already written some Blogs to send to the website creator to help the startup process move forward. I used my Microsoft Word program to write them. The basic fundamental feature that helped me the most was the Spell-Check feature.
Since I don’t know how to type, per se, I have to rely on the Hunt-And-Peck method for all my blogs. This can be a daunting obstacle since they tend to be on the long side because of the types of stories I tell. Needing some help, I looked around for some method that would spare me the laborious task of plodding through my writing chores.
It wasn’t long before I found out that I could type much faster on my iPad than on my laptop. I am able to find the keys much faster because of their proximity to one another and the use of background lighting. Also the auto spell-check correction feature saves scads of time by quickly filling in misspelled words or offering tap-and-insert replacements into my post.
This way I don’t have to worry about capitalizations, punctuation, or looking up words that I don’t know how to spell. If the program supersedes me with the wrong choice, I just stop and fix it as long as I pay attention to what’s being generated.
Enter Some Programming Help
One of the main thing I do like about working on my laptop is the overall functionality. I can do more with the way regular programs are setup on the computer than I can on electronic gadgets using Apps. The Microsoft Word program used in the App format is difficult to use and almost impossible to organize properly. There was a great need on my part for a better way.
I downloaded the WordPress App for my iPad just to see what was offered in the way of help. As a backup, I also loaded the App on my iPhone. The first thing the App wanted me to do before I could proceed was create a link to my website, which I did.
After completing all the necessary connection steps, I was given the green light to write my first blog on this App. So I started writing and quickly discovered an amazing feature. Everything I wrote on the App was transferred to my WordPress Admin page after I first clicked on the “Save-As-Draft” button (… tab next to Publish). Then subsequent written additions were transferred when I hit the Update button. Wow!
Note: I used the WordPress App on my iPad for fast-typing my first draft of a blog only. No publishing is done from this venue. All editing is done from my laptop computer. To reach a comfort level using the program for all in one functionality, I found I would need a lot more knowledge about the App before I could do a complete blog, include the edits, and publish the finished piece from my iPad. If you are expecting an update on the possibility of this happening any time soon, please don’t hold your breath.
What Does All This Mean?
All of a sudden I was in writer-hog-heaven. I could do all of my fast typing on the iPad, then go to my laptop for editing, image insertion, and WordPress help features.
I am writing this blog while watching a football game. As I write, I periodically update the article to my Admin (Administrator) page through the internet. The WordPress App is basically connecting with my WordPress Site in general and sending all updates to the Draft section of the site.
Later, I will log in to my Admin page on my laptop and process the following functions:
- I click on the “Posts” Tab on the left side of the WordPress Admin page.
- Next, I locate this Draft and click on the Edit tab.
- There are no changes made at this point until I click on the Add Media Button to add an “Image” to my post (I will discuss this function in detail later)
- I then click on the Proof Read tab which picks out grammatical errors.
- As I am reading through my text during all this editing, I make sentence or paragraph corrections as I see fit.
- I then use some WordPress Plugins (discussed later) to analyze SEO ranking compatibility.
- Next, I make sure my blog is inserted into the correct Category
- The Featured Image is the next item chosen for this Post which highlights it in the Recent Posts Column
- After I am finished with all these steps, I hit “Publish“!
Note: When I want to insert a Hyper-Link (click on a word to bring up a definitive article) in my posts, I simply go to the website I want to link to and copy the address or URL. Then I go to the Insert/Edit Link on my tool bar and click on it. I then go down to the word/phrase I want to use, and highlight it. When I click on the Link Symbol on my tool bar, the highlighted word/phrase has a box appear below it. I then paste the copied website address in the box and click on the left pointing arrow attached to box. The now-linked word/phrase turns red and the viewer sees it as blue. No convoluted linkage characters are visible to the person reading the article.
This Blog is about what I have learned so far. It is not intended to be an expert commentary for writing and publishing a Blog.
I try to make my articles professional looking with help from installed programs. I hate grammatical errors when I read other blogs and I don’t want that to happen in mine.
Since this is a work in progress, future articles will begin to reveal improvements in my learning curve. Helping people, tell them an interesting story, and get viewers to read and possibly engaged in my posts. That is what I want.
If this “detailed” blog is of help to you, please leave a comment or suggestion. You can also email me on my Contact Page at the top of my website. All input is much appreciated and very welcome.
Until my next Post, Hasta La Bye Bye!
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