How technically savvy are you?
I made this blog when I was on the race to have accounts on every social media platform.
One of my grad college friends used to reach out to me if she needed an application for some specific purpose.
I have this habit of researching and finding out the app that best suits my purpose.
Did you launch and set up your blog on your own or did you need help with it?
Yes. It was simple to launch the blog. I started designing it when I got into blogging seriously. That was in late 2017.
In the last three years, I have tried various themes and concluded that Canard suits my requirements the best. I have explored all the widgets that you get in the side bar and footer. I have also played with the different kinds of blocks available in the block editor. I visited the blogs of other bloggers to see what they are using and how they are using it.
My homepage looked pretty simple when I designed it first. But when I got a hang of the Block editor, I decided to redesign it.
It took me about 6 months to design my homepage to what it is today (in bits and pieces, of course). I know most of us don’t visit homepages as we use WP on the phone application, but for me, homepage has been an important part of my blog. While the major reason of focusing so much on the homepage was to give it a professional look, I found another reason in 2018.
I was given a college assignment to make a blog as a part of a subject called New Media. I already had this blog with several blog posts. My professor gave me the permission to accept Randomness Inked as my assignment submission. When I made a presentation, the evaluating professor said that my blog had a professional look and it was a visual representation of my character. That’s when I decided to put Randomness Inked on my resume, despite it being a personal blog.
From December 2019 to April 2020, I reworked on the homepage while taking care that you find it easy to browse through different sections of the blog.
One of my blogger friends told me that it looks like a candy shop that you can’t resist.
*le me trying showing off 😛 😀
Do you feel that it is more important to have a flair for writing or have good computer skills to be a successful blogger?
It depends on one’s definition of being successful. If you have a blog that gets thousands of followers and views per month but negligible engagement in the form of comments, I don’t call it success. Less followers who engage are more valuable. My success mantra is: Quality over quantity.
Also, blogging is not only for writers. There are bloggers who are photographers and graphic designers.
Coming to the answer of the question, both writing and computer skills (or should I say Internet and social media skills) are equally important. One needs to know the importance of tags, use of images, SEO (if you’re blogging for the purpose of earning) and other things.
How helpful did you find the WordPress tutorials on blogging?
I self-taught blogging. From scratch. I was unaware about the existence of WP tutorials on Daily Post. When I discovered them, my basics were pretty good. Still I signed up for them to check out if there’s something that I might have missed.
I browse through the posts on Daily Post even after 5 years of my blogging journey, sometimes to find answers to my queries, at other times to look for inspiration for my blog posts. Check the tutorials here.
Did you contact the WordPress support staff (Happiness Engineers), if that was included in your plan, and what was your experience with them?
Nope. I have a free plan. Never faced any issues as such that’s I’d need the experts’ help.
How did you learn blogging? Did you take WP tutorials or relied on YouTube? Or are you self-taught like me?