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Browsing: Blogging for Dummies (Like Me)
Involuntarily, I paid $50 to be introduced to online porn at the age of 35. Fuck me (no, not literally…)
Blogging seems to be so yesterday. In this day and age, you argue on Twitter, show your flawless lifestyle on Instagram and spread the word on Facebook.
When I logged back in Feedly, I realized there weren’t that many articles unread, certainly fewer than I had expected considering I follow about 50 personal blogs.
It came down to either paying hosting fees and keeping the blog online or just giving up on ten years of blogging.
Beyond the solitary writing exercise and the somewhat “dry” technical aspect of managing a website, blogging includes a more social component.
If you can turn on a computer, connect to the Web and write an email, you have enough technical skills to start a blog.
I’m taking you behind the scenes of blogging to explain what has been going on between the keyboard and the screen for the past ten years. Plot twist: I am a real human being, not a computer program.
As the year draws to a close, “top something of 2015” started to pop up everywhere—top books, top news, top podcasts, top movies, top Tweets, top articles, you name it. It’s a year-end tradition.
For most, blogging remains a side gig. Yet, you’ve probably been contacted out of the blue by marketing specialists, people dealing with SEO solutions, website ranking and other aspects of the Internet economy—and chances are you’ve heard one of these pitches.
March was the month when the blog was most visited (165,708 visits… what the hell did I write about that month?!), followed by January (138,070 visits, must have been our trip to Mexico) and April (137,746 visits).
WordPress changed, I changed, the world changed… and I wanted a theme that would load faster, with more emphasis on the pictures and the articles. Sahifa, the theme I installed in March, didn’t really deliver. There were too many bugs and I have too little spare time to waste on fixing them. It was best to start again from scratch (if only life was as easy!).
I have to a draw a line somewhere. Fake subscribers, fake authors, fake readers… what’s the point of blogging, then?
Arthemia, my previous theme, was a bit outdated. So here is a brand new blog theme, based on Sahifa and customized by moi!
It’s the end of the year as we know it! No party for us this time. The return from France has been pretty brutal: Feng is still dealing with his battle scars, it’s very cold and we lost our Internet connection and landline (thanks, Bell!). We are still unpacking and getting over the jetlag and Mark is très très cranky.
This blog is a great way to meet people, to fuel my passion for writing and photography, to show what I do to prospective clients, to network, etc. And it’s always rewarding to see the readership grow. But it has downsides as well. Earlier this month, I received an email from Site5, my hosting company, claiming that my resource usage was too high to stay on a shared server plan.
Thank you to all of you who entered the $50 Novica Gift Card giveaway!
I have the pleasure to announce the winner, randomly selected among all the entries. And the lucky one is…
I am spreading the love! Enter to get the chance to win a $50 Novica gift card, and read about the beautiful Maya ring I have just received.
Like most new parents, I’m often torn between sharing cute pictures of my kid and withholding them because, you know, it’s a big scary world we are living in. It may be my “Amélie Poulain” side but most days, I choose to see the world as a nice place and I refuse to give in to the “culture of fear” where we are too often scared of the wrong things.
I spend a lot of time online, both for work and leisure. I love surfing the Web: I’m an avid reader and Internet is a goldmine of information. But lately, I discovered a few trends that are to me, a visitor, a huge turn-off.Here are my 5 website pet peeves or “Why you lost a visitor”.
As a freelancer, I’m online a lot. Granted, I spent most of my on not-so-exacting websites like French-English dictionary and language-related websites (and actually working!), but sometimes I need a break and I click on “Time-Wasting Websites” in my bookmarks.
The holiday season is in full swing and no matter what your beliefs are or what your background is, it is the time of the year to feel grateful, joyful, hopeful… and to make a wish! And yes, there are prizes to be won! Today, I’d like to invite everyone to enter a raffle and a giveaway.
The week has been busy web-wise, and my two “identities”, “mommy” and “expat” were put to good use for an award nomination and an interesting interview. First of all, I’m happy to announce that Expats Blog nominated Correr Es Mi Destino for the Expat Blog Awards 2012. Second, I was interviewed by Mummy in Provence as part of her “Global Differences series” in which she showcases stories of mothers having a baby abroad.