Off Topic #1 – Blogging

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I’m not sure why (?) but I have the chorus to Elton Johns ‘Saturday’ repeating over and over in my head whilst I’m doing this blog post, lol … Maybe because it’s Saturday? *shrugs shoulders* 😜

Today is going to be off topic, even though I still have plenty to say about my Ehlers-Danlos journey, but I’ve decided I want to talk about what it’s been like starting a blog instead.

Even though it’s been, and continues to be, very therapeutic for me – it’s also been extremely frustrating as to be totally honest – I have no frign idea what I’m actually doing! ðŸĪĢ

For the tech savvy person who’s starting a blog just seems to be able to breeze through it without a care in the world, but for the dumbarses like me – well let’s just say it can be quite the shit show with trying to get it right.

Anyone can sit down in front of a computer and express themselves through words (aka: waffle on) but it’s the ‘behind the scenes’ of a blog where it tends to get a little tricky.

Starting a blog is so easy, said no-one ever! ðŸĪŠ

Now I can’t speak for everybody, but ‘behind the scenes’ with my blog I have a ‘traffic light system’ that’s up in my face every time I do a post.

Example: as I’m typing this now I have a ‘readability’ smiley face not being able to make up it’s mind between green and orange – which is really starting to annoy me!

Damned if I do and damned if I don’t!

It’s also telling me that the sentence lengths are wrong, there’s not enough sub-headings, I’m repeating words too much and – well the list just goes on and fucking on.

By the time I try everything to change the red dots into, at least orange ones, the damn SEO analysis appears from no-where and gives me the middle finger 🖕

This SEO (search engine optimisation) analysis is a real son of a bitch and something that I struggle with every time I post something.

No matter what I do – I always seem to get it wrong – ahhh ðŸ˜Ī

I can spend a shitload of time changing words, changing sequences, Googling/researching, going back to the beginning & trying again, and – well put it this way – when my frustration levels get to a boiling point, it’s much easier to just say fuck it, that’ll do!

I’ve also recently find out that where I’ve been editing/changing keywords, keyphrases, slugs and meta descriptions, in already published posts, actually breaks the original link ðŸ˜ą

Trying to learn about re-directing so it wouldn’t go to a > oops this is embarrassing – the page you’re looking for seems to be missing was so much fun – NOT!

Anyone who is tech savvy and blog experienced will be reading this and pissing themselves laughing. You’re welcome! *takes a bow* ðŸĪĢ

Anyways, with some serious researching I finally figured out how to fix the shit show I’d created from not knowing what the hell I was doing, and thing’s seem to be going OK’ish for now – fingers and toes crossed!

Though in saying that I’ve probably just frign jinxed myself!?!

I’m extremely grateful to the plugin that redirected my broken links to new ones as I must admit, I was on the verge of a meltdown!

All I could see in my state of anxiety were the many dollar signs flashing before my eyes with the cost of getting a computer geek in to fix it! 😂

I didn’t even know what a bloody plugin was until I had to fix shit and do research! LOL

I’m still learning every time I do a blog post and as much as I hate to admit it, the ‘behind the scenes’ traffic lights is actually becoming quite useful for me – well apart from when no matter what I seem to do, it never bloody works?

Put it this way, after already doing this blog for about a month – I’ve only just learnt about the tags you can put on the end of each blog post! LOL

Having a blog though is really great therapy and I would highly recommend it anyone, BUT – when you don’t know the ins-and-outs of building one, it can be pretty stressful.

My advice for anybody out there who may be considering starting a blog for therapeutic and/or personal reasons >>>

  • Have plenty of patience and expect to make mistakes.
  • If you don’t understand something – Google/research it!
  • Don’t rush it – take your time!
  • Walk away and go back to it later if you’re getting frustrated.
  • Don’t get defeated by the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff.
  • Take a break whenever you need it.
  • Make use of drafts when you have lots of ideas swirling around.
  • Don’t take it too seriously and know where to draw the line!

If I can do it – ANYONE can do it! 😎

SO, with saying everything I’ve had to say when it comes to blogging – I’m now going to go and wrestle with the ‘readability’ orange smiley face that’s no longer fucking smiling 😆

Here’s to everyone having a nice, peaceful and very relaxing weekend!

Enjoy!

Hugs / Peace Out! Essie âĢ