Monday, October 24, 2016

Simple Blogging: day 21.

Backup and archive all media.
We can talk about backing up/exporting your blog posts, (like we already have.) However, you should keep all the image/audio/video files you upload to your blog as well. This is because when you migrate your blog to a different service, references to these files will be broken. If you have the files, you should be able to reupload them. If you don't, well then you'll never be able to fix the broken references. It doesn't matter how you backup these files, for me, I have them on my computer, I also have them on an external hard drive. Not only that, I use Backblaze, an online backup service. I've learned the lesson of bad backup stratigies, it's a long story, and I don't particularly want to tell it here. If you read my posts on Viddler, then you'll probably understand.

Simple Blogging: day 20.

I voted today! I voted third party all the way down the ballot, (at least where I could.) This is a first for me, I've never done this before! Now, let's get to the topic.
Use related posts.
This is another thing I need to get to doing. The thing is, there aren't many related posts widgets for Blogger, in fact there's only one. Related posts is one of those things that work better on a linkblog, because you can see what links are related to the post you just posted. Not only that, but it gives the reader related links as well. I also like the "this time last year," widgets. It's fun to look back in the archives! It's also fun to look back in other people's archives, so having those widgets there is useful.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Simple Blogging: day 19.

Make an about me page."
This is something I need to catch up on! I used to keep a list of 100 things about me, after so many bblog migrations, I've forgotten to make the page again, (I still have the file, of course.) Whether you keep a list of things about you, answer questions, (as in take a survey,) or write a bit about yourself. An about me page is the best way for readers to start to get to know you. A lot of blog platforms offer profiles, and using that is fine. However, I think it's best to supplement with something else. Another page that might be useful to consider making is a list of your social media presences. This allows readers to follow and get in touch with you if they need to.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Simple Blogging: day 18.

OK I'm just going to get right to the topic.
Don't rely on the stats your host gives you.
Well, you shouldn't completely rely on them anyway. Especially if there isn't a way to ignore your own views, and Blogger doesn't have this. I'm sure half the views it's giving me are my own. Since I can't use Google analytics, I could use something like Statcounter, or Sitemeter to track my stats. I think stats might be a bit better than Blogger's, but I'd still use an outside service. That's of course if you're going to track stats at all, you don't have to.

Simple Blogging: day 17

Blah, I'm 4 days behind. How did I let myself get 4 days behind? Usually I don't do this to myself, as I have a certain theory about challenges. Oh hey, maybe I'll use that to take on the topic of challenges in general!
Blog challenges are lots of fun!
It's especially fun getting to follow blogs you normally wouldn't get the chance to follow through a blog challenge. If you've ever participated in NaBloPoMo, which I consider to be a freeform challenge, it's also fun trying to come up with things to write about. I also have a topic in my list to take on my theory of challenges so here it goes. My theory of challenges is that if you skip more than 3-4 days worth of content, it's extremely hard to make up and therefore, you should probably just give up. This is especially true when it's a challenge that relies on use of a Twitter hashtag. You see people who've skipped a week of posts trying to make them up all at once spamming the Twitter search results. of course this is less true if it's a blogging challenge, but the more you get behind, the more posts you'll have to write to try and make up.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Simple Blogging: day 16.

Todays's topic is a bit out of the realm of blogging, but it's still somewhat related.
Consider starting a podcast or doing live video.
As someone who tried live streaming for a while last year, and who launched a podcast last summer, (which is onl hold until I find better hosting, somehow cheaply,) I really enjoyed both things. However, they both take time, so you should consider setting a schedule that's right for you. When I did my live streams, I didn't necessarily have a topic. However, when I did my podcast I always tried to either demonstrate something, or talk about something in the news. My streams were usually a half hour to an hour, but my podcast were about 10-15 minutes twice a week, (a bit longer for the demonstrations.) I was using Meerkat to stream, but eventually that stopped working for me, so I wasn't able to continue doing it.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Simple Blogging: day 15

Ok, so something short and fun, because I'm in charge of getting myself to church in the morning, laptop in hand, so I can demonstrate for the Sunday school kids tomorrow!
Make lots of lists!
Lol OK, I'm not talking about list posts this time, (unless you want to post these ones.) I have a list of things to write about, (if I absolutely can't think of anything.) I also have a list of services I'd like to get around to using someday. I keep my big list of RSS feeds in a text file, because if I'm trying different readers, I don't usually want my folder structure preserved. You could even keep track of your posting schedule this way, (although I've never found the need to do this.) Listing things is just a fun way of remembering a whole bunch of them at once. Since I can't really use paper, I just open a text file and start typing. On a completely unrelated note, I think I'll finally be able to get caught up tomorrow! Not sure if I'll actually stay that way though.