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Adding some pizzazz and creating a reservior of future posts

Copyright Infringement

Image by Raymond Larose via Flickr

Pizzazz.

Bling. Something to draw the eye.  It’s always nice to add something visually stimulating to your blog.

You can upload your own photos, or you can find free images to use.  WordPress partnered with Zemanta, a company which provides images that are free of copyright infringement. Once you turn on Zemanta in your WordPress settings, a widget appears on the right side of your screen while you are writing your post and it offers you suggested images based on the words you type. The lovely image of the sunset is one provided by Zemanta and is based on the phrase “copyright infringement.”

New content

An important part of developing and maintaining your blog will be including new content. If you want people to keep coming back, there needs to be something new for them to read. You might want to spend a day writing a few potential future posts to use to fill in later down the road in case you don’t have something fresh on you mind that you want to post.

A really nice thing about using WordPress is that it has the “QuickPress” area where you can write your posts and save them as a drafts for future publishing. Again I can’t thank my daughter enough for pointing me toward this great website.

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First steps in choosing to write a blog

April 25, 2011

I have to admit, my first blog isn’t what I had in mind, but the idea came to me while setting up my brand new webpage.

Before I decided to even write a blog, I did a bit of research first. First, I needed a real REASON for starting a blog, and the most pressing one is to get a web presence so that when people look for me, they can find me. Easy enough. Decision made.

Second, I needed to start my blog on a good foundation. I know there are a lot of places to host websites, so I decided to ask an expert for advice.

Luckily, I’m related to one. My lovely and talented step-daughter, Kelani Nichole, is a web expert and directed me to WordPress. I’m so glad I asked her! Everything I need is here on this site and I’m able to customize my site easily.  Even though I have a computer background, I have never done any web design, and WordPress is guiding me through the process.

So far today, I have registered my domain name, selected a “theme” for my site, and I have registered it with Google, Yahoo!, and Bing so that (hopefully) people will be able to find me when they look for me!

And now we reach this moment… where I’m adding my very first post.

My current goal for this blog is to communicate what I learn regarding the writing craft. I plan to post interesting and essential tidbits regarding writing that (I hope) other writers will find useful.