Making my blog

If you’re new to Wordpress and blogging, the information out there can be daunting. Luckily, I found a great Wordpress book for beginners that covers creating your first blog.

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t know much about running a blog. If you look for help, there’s all kinds of different opinions. For the most part, no matter how you run your blog, most people suggest using WordPress.

I tried using WordPress for the first time many years ago. It was a bit overwhelming, especially lacking the knowledge I have now about the internet. I was one of those “wet-behind-the-ears” types that wanted to fully build my own HTML and CSS without knowing the first thing about either of them. That led to a long dark road that I don’t want to revisit. Now that I’m older and wiser, I realize it’s more important to work on content, than it is to craft your website. It may work for some folks, but when I wanted to get my artwork out there, I ended up spending many frustrating hours trying to get things to work.

With naivety firmly in place, I was ready to give WordPress another go. But not without some guidance. That’s here WordPress for Beginners 2017: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering WordPress comes in. I looked at all kinds of books, but most of them have the same problem I come across with “How to” books. Too much info. Don’t get me wrong, I like to know what’s behind the curtain, but I’ll seek that out on my own once I get the basics down. I’m also the type that reads a step and does the task before moving on. Some can read through and execute, but that’s not my style.

I feel like Dr. Andy Williams wrote this book with me in mind. There are tasks to complete and a little extra info on why you’re doing what you’re doing, but not enough to make you stray. While he is opinionated, he does have the experience to back up his decisions, like which plug-ins to use.

If you’re just starting out with WordPress, I would highly recommend this book. Once I finished the book, I felt like I had a firm grasp on what I was doing. If I needed a reminder, the sections are short enough for me to find the info I’m looking for really quick, making it a great reference as well.

Well, that’s all I’ve got on this. Off to create some things!

Me sitting close to the screen, holding a book.
Yes, the closer you sit to the screen, then higher quality the blog…