Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Challenges of Blogging

I am often asked how long it takes me to write a blog post. For me, this is the often the easiest part of blogging. Today I'm offering a glimpse of some other ways large chunks of time can be spent blogging.


quote about how much I don't know.

Have you ever gotten confident with a skill, only to be immediately humbled by it?

This weekend I was playing around again with the design of my blog. I added a new title heading to the search bar to make it easier to spot, and I updated my Recipe and Fiction indexes. Things were going well, but just when I was starting to feel confident in my blog designing skills I made a huge mistake. I wasn’t
completely happy with the order in which one of the main tabs in my drop down menu appeared, so I decided to move it to a different spot. That is where the trouble began!


Oops!

Confident that I knew what I was doing, I had made some changes to the html code, clicked “Save” and “View Blog.” To my horror, the titles of my menu tabs did appear - but in random order and scattered all over the place! (Had I had the presence of mind, I would of taken a screen shot of it so that I could show you now - but I was too panicked!)


A matter of pride

It took all of Sunday afternoon and many trials until I finally figured out what I had done wrong, and corrected my mistake. I debated about putting out an SOS message to Kim Six Blogger Support as she had originally helped me to set up this drop down menu, but it became a matter of pride to be able to fix it myself! If you visited this blog during that time period, you might have really wondered what was going on. It was a good lesson for me though - not to get overconfident with my coding skills, which are tenuous at best.


Screen shot of the menu I had problems with
This is a screen shot of the  menu I was working on - finally looking like it should again.

It is important not to be paralyzed by fear. 

After I got the drop down menu fixed, I found the courage to work on one more project. I wanted to update my blog button with my new blog color scheme and place it on my sidebar - but I proceeded cautiously!
By the way, if you are wondering what a “blog button” is, basically it is a hyperlinked image or "badge" which links back to a website.

I learned from my previous mistake! 

  • First, I backed up and downloaded my blog template and contents (as every blogger should do before making any significant changes.
  • I also remembered to “Preview” my work before I clicked “Save Arrangement” so that I could cancel my changes if they did not appear to work.

It took me a while to get it right, but I was successful in creating not only a new blog button for my blog, but also one announcing "I was featured on The Most - - of Every Moment." I updated the information on my "Grab my button" page, and added it to the bottom of the right sidebar of the blog


If I have ever featured your content - grab a button for your blog!

Any blogger whose content I have linked to or published on my blog is welcome to grab the code, and display this logo somewhere on their own blog. I really hope you will!



<div class="the-most----of-every-moment-button" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;">

<a href="http://www.ofeverymoment.com" rel="nofollow">

<img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pVBbs3X8wgE/Vj7LKkZ73GI/AAAAAAAAO2g/cLxTejEIT0A/s1600/I%2Bwas%2Bfeatured%2BButton%2B11-15-15.jpg

" alt="the most - - of every moment" width="150" height="150" />

</a>

</div>

If you are a blogger, what is the biggest challenge that you face with your blog?

If your do not have a blog, did it surprise you to read that bloggers deal with these sorts of challenges?

This post may be linked to one of the great link-up parties I follow and list on my blog. Check them out!

13 comments :

  1. Great post! So very true that it takes sooo much work to be happy with blogging because there is so much to learn!

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    1. Sooo much to learn, and always sooo much to do!!

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  2. When I started, I thought I would just sit down and write something whenever I felt like it. Wrong! There's so much more to blogging, and I know I'm seriously falling down on the job these days. Someday I'll have more time! I love everything you've been doing here, and I'm proud of you for figuring it all out yourself.

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    1. You are not falling down on the job Lana - your blog is wonderful! We will be glad of our blogs next year - to fill the void of our boys leaving home!

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  3. I had to laugh when one of the first few sentences was "writing is the easiest." That is so unbelievably true! I had a scary moment this morning when changing my permalinks after reading an article that said taking the dates out of the permalinks was the best choice. I did this at 1 am and being sleepy and somehow didn't hit the save button when I edited my .htaccess file. So the permalinks changed, but the redirects for the old links didn't. I woke up to a total mess and all I had to do was hit save! It took me two hours to figure that out and I felt like an idiot. They say the best way to learn something is to screw it up first because then you will never forget it! I guess we will both remember our lessons well! Haha!

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    1. Oh Rena - I feel your pain! Permalinks are something I have not tackled. Good for you for figuring out your mistake.

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  4. You are much more brave than I am! Anything that involves getting into the HTML of my layout makes me nervous!

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    1. I am still pretty intimidated by my main template html Carlee, but working within a widget is a little safer!

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  5. You are much, much more technically ept (and courageous) than I am.
    Loud applause.

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    1. I'm not sure the applause is really that well deserved EC- I have learned more than I ever thought I could -- but certainly do not consider myself to be "technically ept"!

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  6. Not techie over here so not about to attempt anything like what you have done.

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    1. We all deserve a lot of credit Delores, just for being able to maintain a blog at all is no easy task!

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  7. HTML scares the pants off me! I go into it with fear and trepidation and a lot of googling beforehand. So far I haven't done a major stuff up but it's like Alice going down the rabbit hole - one thing leads to another and hours can disappear!!

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