Blog, Blog, Blogging Along: Learning as I go.

Blogging away all day
Blogging the day away.

I have a smart phone.

Why is this news?

 I swore I would never own one, that’s why.

I’ve never thought mobile phones essential, most of the time I don’t know where mine is, I forget to take it out with me, I never check it, and when I do, there are usually a thousand and one missed calls.

My only emergency where a mobile phone could have been useful, was while I was freezing in our garden, wearing my night attire, mid-winter, having locked myself out, and no one else was home.

I could see my phone, through the window, sitting on the kitchen table.

(You may be wondering how I managed to get back in, I broke into my own house, MGG, My Greek God, was not too pleased!)

Cat Burglar
Cat Burglar

So, why am I now the not-so-proud owner of a smart phone?

Blogging made me do it.

Mobile phone.
 My Mobile phone.

Before and after

Naïve of me, I know, but when I started writing my blog, I thought that was it, you wrote it, gave it a quick once over and clicked all the right buttons and it was out there, on The Internet, for the world and his wife to read.

A year later, I know better, you need to learn complicated things, things with names you don’t understand, not even proper words, only initials; SEO, HTML, oh, that was a bad one, it took me a full day of hell to learn how to insert code into HTML.

Computer language!

This learning curve doesn’t stop once you've published your post.

 There’s all sorts of stuff out there, to show you how your blog is doing, are people reading it, how old are they, where do they live, are they male or female?

More learning, more complications, I’m still not sure how to fathom out Webmaster, Google Analytics and Adwords.

Searching for keywords
Searching for keywords

Then there are meta tags, keywords, page views, unique views, organic views, snippets, templates, gadgets, widgets and goodness knows what else.

Words, Words, Words. Picture;Catrin Weltz Stein
Words, Words, Words.
Picture; Catrin Weltz Stein

It's all about words, good ones, bad ones,

adding them and then, on second thoughts,discarding them.

Figuring it all out takes time, and patience.

A flash of inspiration and I have a subject to write about, it needs research, lots of research, at least that can be done by surfing the web, no need for visits to libraries, it needs pictures, so, search for suitable images, all the above is time consuming.

Time is not on my side.
Time is not on my side.

I have other things to do.

 I have to feed MGG, see to my darling pug dogs, weed the garden and clean the loo (as one does).

 There’s a new book out, just begging to be read, it’s a glorious day, I must take my granddaughter to the beach; my whole schedule is turned upside down.

Finally, after hours with my laptop, my blog post is ready, much time has been lost here, through my inability to type; everything is done with one finger!

One more thing I need to do; learn to type!

One Finger
One Finger

How I type!
Now its edit, edit and edit again, throw out, add, and throw out again.
And, thank goodness for “Spell-check”

All those little people helping me.

The great moment has arrived; time to press the “Publish” button and launch my work into cyberspace, and hope that somewhere out there, someone, will not only read it, but enjoy it and find it interesting.

We have lift off
We have lift off
My blog post is launched into cyberspace!

The point of all these hours spent alone with my laptop, sometimes in the middle of the night, feeling that I am the only person awake in the whole wide world, is to entice people to read my blog, and here, is where we come back to my smart phone.

All alone on my laptop
All alone on my laptop whilst
the rest of the world sleeps.
Did you notice the laptop is an Acorn, not an Apple?

A blog needs help once its out there alone, it needs to be pushed and promoted, and it needs to show up in a Google search, in order for it to be discovered, so that it may be "followed"

Follow me
Follow me why don't you?
Gathering followers

This is the bit I don’t really like so much, the networking, I would be happy to just write a post and publish it, that’s not how it works though, if you want readers, if you want followers, and I do, I spent a lot of time writing, it has to be done.

Give me books
Give me books
Sometimes, all I want to do, is get back to my books!

So, I’m registered with Facebook, with Pinterest, with Twitter, with Bloglovin and a whole lot of others, more studying was needed here to actually link these social media sites to my blog.

Social Media
Social Media

I thought this list of social media was enough, until my daughter told me it would be a good idea to register with Instagram, it would help my blog rake in more followers; help accumulate traffic. (Blog language for readers)

 A traffic jam in Berlin, 1989,
as the border between East and West Germany opens.

One snag, to register with Instagram, I needed a smart phone.

So, now I have a smart phone.

 You see? I told the truth;

My blog made me do it!

That makes one more thing I have to learn to use properly, I'm now registered with Instagram, as yet, I don’t have a single picture on there; I still have to sort out how it works.

Three of my personal rules have gone out the window:

1. Get to bed before midnight

2. Do not turn on computer until after 5 PM

3. Get up, get dressed, get out

Any thoughts on  this "networking" aspect of blogging, is it all worth it?

Dear blog, the things I do for you!
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