Monday, April 13, 2015

Basic Blogging - Lesson 1 - What Will You Write About?

I have several friends who have dabbled a bit in blogging ... and several friends who I know could create a fantastically interesting blog.  I hear it quite often, "I'd like to start a blog but I don't know where to start..."  Well you can start here.  I'm going to share with you a basic primer for starting a blog as well as a few important links and people to follow and study.

Much of the advice I'll share in this series is based on "if I had it to do over again".  Making money blogging involves a lot more than just writing a clever post and collecting a check. Admittedly, my blogging income has not yet reached where I want it to be or where it needs to be - but it's moving in that direction more rapidly every day.  The more I learn, the more I ponder in my noggin "Oh how I wish I'd known about some of the keywords and navigation and such when I started..." 

If I had it to over again I would have brainstormed far more before creating Nucleus of my Noggin, Ochorific Song of the Day and KCoJax Photography.  Anywho, we can't cry over spilled coffee ... if you're just starting out - please learn from what experience I do have and let me direct you to people who will make your journey easier... 


Blogger or Wordpress


All of my blogs are on Blogger.  In September of 2014, the Katydid and I moved Love, Home and Health from Blogger to Wordpress.  Many say that you "can't make money blogging if you're on Blogger".  I always like to test theories before I believe them, so I'm leaving mine here for the time being and implementing what I've learned along the way.

There are a lot of benefits to using Wordpress!  As for now, I'll instruct you in setting up on Blogger.  (Complete the steps at Blogger

If you choose to start with Wordpress (and I don't "not" recommend that) then you should google for "starting a blog on Wordpress" and check out a few videos.  Watch the first couple of minutes and see who you connect with and carry on with setting up on Wordpress.  I personally am not yet knowledgeable enough with Wordpress to teach someone to set it up.

What Will You Blog About?


Think about what you plan to write about... and write down two "hard topics".

I'm going to use examples for a friend as I walk you through this.  Much of it is brainstorming, which you must do based on your keywords and whatnot.

I'm just nearly certain that two of my friend's topics would be Crime and Travel as these are two things that she can talk about tirelessly.

Step 1 - Grab a Thesaurus, a pen and paper and sit down for some uninterrupted time to brainstorm.


I suggest getting into the thought process of what you want the look and feel of your blog to be and just start doodling.

Write down words that you might consider keywords - for example, if my friend is writing about Crime, some of her keywords might be "cold cases".  She might also write about "Old Hollywood Murders".  She's from Southern Illinois, so maybe also "Southern Illinois Murders".

So we've broken down the crime category a bit to get an idea of what she'll be writing about. During the process of this exercise, jot down things that come to mind.  It might be an idea for a post title or a particular case that you want to really talk about in depth.


Take the other category and do the same thing.


For example, if the other topic is travel - What about travel?  Now, in this case - my friend travels extensively with her job.  She's been in places that many of us will only dream of ever seeing and I've seen her check into a place or two in the world that I didn't even know existed.  So if "I" were her, I would start the travel section with simple posts of photos and captions. 

As each travel post is published, create "categories" (or "tags" or "labels" or "keywords") for each post.  For example, if the post is "Photos of the Hollywood Walk of Fame" - you might use the "tags, labels or keywords" "Hollywood", "California", "Hollywood Walk of Fame"; thusly allowing your reader to click the "tag, label or keyword" "California" to see more California photos or "Hollywood" to see more Hollywood photos, etc.

There will be a third "category" of the blog for what I'd call "Hodge Podge" stuff.  Take a few minutes and write down things that you can imagine you would want to write about "every now and then".  Maybe it's "favorite books" or "Favorite Documentaries" ... frustrations, funny stories, random thoughts and whatever else that doesn't fit into the hard categories of Travel and Crime.

Now, you have your topics and you have a place for a bit of randomness.  These next pieces are extraordinarily important if you plan to blog for more than recreation. 

Your next step is to name your blog and decipher your "brand" ... what will your blog look like, what colors will it be?  Start a brainstorming sheet for this now and start to make your notes.

We'll talk about this in our next installment and I'll include some fantastic links to further your learning experience.

You will note now and as we continue that I'm including some links to resources - one of which is Learn to Blog Hangouts.  I find Kelli and Crystal incredibly helpful and I highly suggest you check out the section I linked to.  You'll find a list of their videos and such and I highly suggest you watch them and consider each a class, during which you take notes and "do the homework". 

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring, Robert Durst and the Kentucky Wildcats

Spring is Springing

I couldn't be happier that acceptable weather is finally arriving!  This has been a dreadful winter!  I've been working in the yard this week in an attempt to get the flower beds ready.  The Katydid and I will be placing our order with American Meadows early this week and I'm super excited about that! 


I'm going to grow a vegetable garden this year.  I have no idea what will become of it, but we're about to find out.   Evan is our primary cook here and he has given me a list of a few things he'd like to have growing.  I saw pics of Amy and Chris' plantings the other day and became completely overwhelmed with an already simmering desire to grow as much of our food as possible this summer.

I'll keep you posted on how that goes and will most likely post updates, projects and such in the gardening section of the Katydid's blog, Love, Home and Health




Robert Durst

Are you keeping up with Robert Durst?  I first learned of Robert Durst after he killed his neighbor some years ago.  I was amazed by the story at the time because he quite literally dismembered the victim and walked free.  I found it shocking to say the least.

Not too long ago, after The Jinx began airing I started to hear a rumble again about Robert Durst.  Throughout one entire week, things were so hectic that I didn't catch much information - but gathered that they were looking for him.  Towards what was possibly the end of the week I saw the photo of him that we've all now seen, smiling in the back of a police car. 


Evan and I decided to watch "the Jinx".  We became absolutely enthralled from the beginning and watched it in it's entirety over the course of the weekend.  It was absolutely the most chilling thing I have ever seen. 

As a society, we have become quite desensitized to a lot of the horrific things that happen.  We hear them, but after a while they seem to go in one ear and out the other.  It's a shame, but it's true.  As this series neared it's final episode, the one that I believe started the all out search for Durst; it really dawned on me that as we watch this sensational story that seems so plotted out - it's not a movie, it's a real case that is playing out as we watch.

If you're a fan of true crime, The Jinx is a must see.


Kentucky Wildcats 

I was sad to see that the Kentucky Wildcats lost and I was even more sad to see that there are people who "hate" the Kentucky Wildcats so that they go out of their way to be antagonistic on "the Facebook".

I am a huge fan of the Wildcats and glad that their season went this well.  Not so long ago was a stretch during which at least one time, they didn't even make it to the tournament.     
  • 1954 Kentucky Wildcats (25–0) — declined a bid to the NCAA Tournament due to an NCAA ruling that graduate students could not compete.
  • The 38-1 finish that Kentucky achieved this year (2014-2015) appears to be the "highest finish" in NCAA history.  This is only deciphered from a quick scan of "Perfect Season" on Wiki.
If you are curious, as we were at our house - as to teams who have won the NCAA Championship with not a loss to their name - see Basketball's Undefeated Teams - Seven teams that won the NCAA tournament without a single loss





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Have a Grand and Groovy Day!
KCoJax

Friday, October 17, 2014

Scrub Daddy Review - As Seen On Shark Tank


How We Found Out About Scrub Daddy

Shark Tank is often on at our house ... in fact it's one of mine and Evan's favorite shows ... Be it the Friday night episode or the Weeknights on  - we are watching!


Many of the products featured on Shark Tank over the years stick out to me, but one in particular that Evan (especially) had intended to pick up was the Scrub Daddy.  He was always asking me to pick one up, but somehow when I was out scurrying around on errands it never occurred to me to go find what would be a life changingly magic little treat ... However one day as we were running our leisurely Saturday out and abouts, Evan spied the Scrub Daddy!  He shouted, "Thank God! I can finally get it myself!"

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