When I Type A Blog
Fear Of My First Blog
My first blog was boring. It was about the initial steps I took to build my kitchen cabinets. I am guessing no one read it except me. I wrote a rough draft with little knowledge of what I was doing. But it was a start.
I was writing something that was to appear out on the internet. It was going to be available to anyone who happened to accidentally find it. I was expecting maybe a rude comment or two. Nothing!
I became a writer only in the sense that I deemed myself one. In the past, I had become proficient in writing business letters or fashioning legal correspondence to lawyers or clients. The subject matter was more important than writing style.
Now I was faced with a daunting task. Tell a story while giving advice and write it in a compelling manner. I had to create a grammatically correct document that was easy to read and free of defects. Fear set in!
I abandoned my first mentorship program and quit writing for awhile. I was getting nowhere. My blog was buried in a master website scenario that advertised that site before allowing someone access to my blog. No good for me or anyone else in the program.
About a year later I found a Do It All For You Program that allowed me to change my course. They created my initial website at the same time I began writing again.
This time, I wrote about all the different things that affected my life. Past mistakes and learning curves were included. Humor and tragedy played out on the same stage. I began to realize I had a lot to write about.
My new website is easily uploaded on the internet as an entity onto itself. I was, and still am, able to reach people direct. There is no interference. I started getting comments from people who liked what I was writing about.
I Can’t Type So What Can I Do
I am a hunt and peck typist. I don’t know how to look at a computer screen while my fingers bang away effortlessly on a keyboard. If I write an article that way, it is very slow and cumbersome. I needed to find a better way.
I tried using an onscreen keyboard and still do. It allows me to look at the words typed out while also staring at the keyboard. But this method is still very slow and is only good for editing a document already in semi-completion mode.
I found that I can type almost as fast as anyone on my iPad. My wife knows how to type quickly on a standard keyboard. But I can keep up with her on an electronic device. The added feature on the iPad is that it is constantly correcting my spelling or suggesting fixes. I can start a word wrong and it will automatically force the correct spelling in place as I type. If I want control over spelling corrections, I simply click on the suggestion I really want by choosing the word presented in “parenthesis”.
There are words I start to spell that no machine can figure out. Like the word rick-o-shay! What? No spell checker could figure me out on that one. So I asked questions online and finally came up with “Ricochet”! Wow, talk about butchering a word! And that was not the only one.
In any event, available internet sources like Dictionary.com are there to help me fuddle through. I hate grammatical errors and notice them immediately when created by other writers. With these methods I could at least be legible in a reasonable amount of time.
Wake Up Call
Since it really helps to have an organized program to write under, I tried using my Microsoft Word App to generate initial drafts of my blogs. I found it very easy to create stories that way, but difficult to organize and transfer to my WORDPRESS editor.
Then I took a look at the WORDPRESS App I had downloaded but had never used. When I first tried it out, it directed me to link it with my website. After I performed the initial steps, I made a fantastic discovery.
When I began writing a blog on the app, I clicked on the Save As Draft button and voila! My iPad entry was immediately sent to my website editor and showed up on my computer WORDPRESS administrator platform. Each draft save was immediately available on all editing platforms within my site. Awesome!
I found a first class way of surmounting my typing shortcomings. I can type quickly on my iPad. As I proceed, I have spelling corrections done automatically. As soon as I save the blog-in-progress as a draft, the update is sent to my WORDPRESS Admin editor for final corrections before Publishing.
- Inserting blog post in the correct “Category”
- Inserting downloaded images into my post
- Doing a “Proofread Writing” check
- Set “Featured Image” into the appropriate editor box
- Review my “Readability Analysis” comments from my Yoast Plugin
- Make corrections
When everything is done and I feel ready, I click the “PUBLISH” button. That’s it in a nutshell. Future blogs will describe steps in more detail.
This blog’s primary focus is to show how I facilitate the actual typing process and getting my first draft uploaded to the WordPress Administration Editor. I hope I have properly explained the process I use in an understandable format. If not, an update of this blog or future article will clarify any issue. Until then!