Noobie Do-Bee Do’s: What I Wish I’d Known As a New Blogger

Please do link over. For now, that’s the better version. I think.
At some point, very soon now, I’m going to delete one of the two. I think.
Where’s the Snow?
After “never post a post as long as this one”, this is the second most important WordPress blogging factoid to learn, Grasshopper: At Christmas-etc. time, everyone around you will have snow falling on their blog and you won’t know how they did it.
The Ant and the Grasshopper In Winter With Navy Sky

“Go to SETTINGS–> General–That’s how.”

(You won’t see the button there NOW, but it will be there in season. Trust me.)
Name Your Blog Unlike Anything Else You Can Google
Most of you are saying “Duh”, but for the rest of you:
You want people to find your blog, and only your blog, when they search for it, don’t you? Dummy here didn’t think about this when I named MY blog. “The Last Half”. The last half of what? Of everything that exists, apparently. Google it, and you’ll see. You’ll see everything—except my blog.
At least folks can find it by Outlier Babe–whew!
Tags vs. Categories
Tags are google search terms. They don’t have to be single words. If someone googles “wee green turtles”, and one of my posts has the tag “small olive turtles”, I have a tiny chance of a hit. If the post also talks about itty-bitty emerald turtles, and teensy chartreuse turtles, I have an even better chance.
Do not use more than…oh, ten tags (I stop at twelve, max). Fewer may be even better. Google’s googlyfier [web crawler] will say “Aren’t YOU the greedy piggy?”, and refuse to give you ANY search hit candy.
Greed With Dolls
Categories exist ONLY to group posts by topic.
You simply choose Category menu styles: Vertical or horizontal. The top menu on my blog–that’s The Last Half, in case you’ve already forgotten the name
–is a horizontal category menu.
Vertical category menus look like the menus in my sidebar, except they list your categories. And they’re not so wordy!
When a reader picks a category menu choice from either menu style, all the posts in that category are displayed.
The word widget means “any thingamajig that does something”. In computing, a widget means a small bit of software that does a small bit of something well. Software widgets are like Legos: You attach the pieces you want–windows, wheels, gearshifts, or Lego sharks (one can never have enough Lego sharks–especially on spacecraft) to make the Lego masterpiece you’re building.
Your WordPress blog starts as a blank screen with whatever background color and header style you chose. That’s pretty much it. You can start posting posts and they’ll show up, but if you want a menu? That’s a menu widget. If you want a text box to tell people your stuff is copyrighted? That’s a text widget.

Not all WordPress themes (the “look” you choose for your blog) offer the same number of places to put widgets. You may suddenly find you can’t use windows, or gearshifts, or (horrors!) even one Lego Space Shark!!

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You’ve run out of space.
For this reason, I personally would NEVER choose a theme that didn’t have at least one sidebar, since sidebars (columns) are usually where we WP folk put widgets (you can also put them in some footers).

You do what YOU want, though–NOOBIE.

Anita Bryant Day Without Sunshine

A Theme Without a Sidebar Is Like a Day Without This Gay Bird’s Happiness

What Do All The Widget Types Mean?
I’m not telling you. And no, I’m not kidding. I’m just going over a handful, and you can poke around and explore others on your own, or read the WordPress folks’ explanations.
Follow Button/Follow Blog
Pick one or both of these, but don’t forget at least one–don’t you WANT to be followed?
Custom Menu-Ignore “Custom”.  Think “Menu”.  This lets you add a menu you’ve created. And then another one, and another, by dragging over this widget again. My homepage is a big crowded mess full of these, isn’t it? Do you see them in my sidebar?
Menus are a snap in WordPress and can be a mix of your own posts together with links to anything else on the web–cooool.
(You can also build menus yourself with html commands, but you don’t want to think about those right now, Noobie, do you?)
Snow White Backing Away Gif
Image–The Image widget lets you add one picture you like to a sidebar or footer. And then another and another, as many times as you like. See my wee turtles? That’s how they got there.
You have to know the URL for the image. If it’s on the web, no problem. But if you read my WARNING section, you know I don’t like to use images straight from the web, in case they get deleted.
“But, Babe: If I download the image to my own drive–how do I get a URL for it? My tablet/notepad/laptop/PC doesn’t have a URL!”
Excellent question, Grasshopper. You then upload it again, to WordPress, to your “Media Library”–the place things go to and come from when you “Upload Image” while writing posts. Then, you can get its WordPress URL from there. This WordPress Support piece will tell you how in detail.
Text-Lets you add one word or a block of text, with or without a title. Just like with “Image”, you can click and drag over and over to add text blurbs all over your sidebar(s) and/or footer(s). Handy for permanent stuff, like the Testimonials I display proudly in my sidebar at the top. Handy for temporary notes, too:
“Happy Holidays, Y’All! I’m away hunting Rudolph–Wish me luck! Enjoy the pretty snow falling while I’m gone :)”
Dead Rudolph By Moonlight
Search–Sticks a Search box on the page so your readers can look up posts using a word or two. You should add this somewhere near the top of your First (or Second) Sidebar.
Recent Posts, Top Posts–These show a list of what they say they will. Always good to display more post titles for your readers to click on!
Tags–Lets readers find posts by clicking on one of the displayed Tags. The display is a big creepy mess to me, but some people apparently like it. The more times your posts have used a tag, the bigger it looks in the creepy mess.
Deleting Vs. Inactivating Widgets
If you have a holiday greeting in a Text widget, you might want to re-use it next year. Instead of deleting it, you can drag it to the Inactive section of the Appearance>Widgets page. Next year, drag it back to turn it on again. Neat, huh?
I’m sure you’ll come up with other uses. I haven’t, but you will. My Inactive area is like garage tool benches: “I just know I’m going to use that weird 5/8″ spade bit again…”
One Eternity Later Words
How To Use Smilies
This smilie’s the link–just click on it (and then bookmark the link):
🙂   Don’t go nuts with ’em, now. Caution: When you put a smilie anywhere except the start of a new line, some readers will see it as keyboard characters instead of a face.
Beware the “Visual” Vs. “Text” Editor
“Visual”? “Text”? Can you not see them both? Are they not both written with text? Whatever, WordPress Overlords…

Even if you know you’re never-ever going to use any of that scary html mumbo-jumbo, you are.

If you use the Non-Html (Visual) editor sometimes and the Html (Text) editor other times, you are going be be one sad blogger, because WordPress has an undocumented feature
Red Pointy-Nosed Bug Cartoon where when you switch over from one to the other, your post content is corrupted–a bit or a bunch.

Don’t be sad, be glad! For you were saved by this warning.
You CAN start off all posts in Visual (Non-Html) mode. If you don’t need to add any html commands, that works. But once you leave the “Visual” track, you should never go back.
Consider Downloading Your Images
You’ve been blogging a while. Everything’s goin’ great. You go back to re-read your earlier posts, and
Whaat?! What happened to your images?
Broken Link
Someone deleted ’em off the web, that’s what happened. That’s why, instead of Uploading Image directly from web versions, I save images to my own drive first. Then, I upload from my copies.
Make Images Look Large, Be Small
You know: Like the opposite of the joke about how to catch an elephant with a glass, a pair of binoculars, and tweezers.
You don’t know that joke? You’re kidding! Why that joke’s so old, the first time I heard it, I fell off my dinosaur laughing! What? You never heard that, either? Jeez! Did you skip childhood altogether?
Here we go:

1951 Boys Life Alligator-Elephant Joke With Tweezers

Those 1951 Boy Scouts Were Confused: This Boy’s Life Talks About An Alligator!

WordPress takes forever to load huge images (for those with slower connections). Time and readers wait for no blog. Make sure your images aren’t taking over the world.
Brain Flag
This matters more if you use a bunch of images in each post. If only one or two, not a big deal.
I use plain old Paint to quickly check image size. Unless I think image detail is vital (like a beautiful photograph), I resize down to no more than a sixth of the Paint display. You can also sort your Pictures directory in descending order by size to find any piggies. (Note that animated GIFs, which are large, can’t be shrunken, or their animations will fail.)
The bulk of my images are 75KB or less, except some photos.
Force Blank Lines or Spaces
In the Text editor, you can force a blank line between paragraphs or a blank space between words or characters if you use this html command:
Sometimes, blank lines between paragraphs will disappear when your post is displayed on some phones. Your nice, short paragraphs will look like a Faulkner sentence (endless egotistical blathering that would never have been published, much less praised, had the author been female).
No one younger than 30 will bother reading your brilliant writing, except people who actually read Faulkner for fun.
A Pin Drops
If that happens, put this command on the lines you want left blank.
How To Do An “Instream” Link in a Comment
Say you want to tell your friend Alfonse “You should check out this blog!” and make the word “blog” be a link to the blog. Here’s how you’d do it:
<Check out this>
<a href=”">blog</a>!
Notice how I waited until the end to tack on that exclamation mark, instead of putting it right after “blog”. Avoid special characters [punctuation] inside html commands unless they’re part of the command requirements.
How to Cut Down on YouTube Distractions
If a Youtube ends by showing other video choices, readers can wander away from your post and blog.
YouTube Funny Cat Distraction
You can stop this. You can also start the video somewhere instead of at the beginning, and/or end it before the end.
Instead of using the “vanilla” WordPress Visual or Text Editor method of adding a YouTube, follow the directions given in the WordPress Support post below, but you should read all FIVE of these BEFORE you link over there:

  • 1. Go to view the video on Youtube.
  • 2. Click the Share icon.
  • 3. Copy the “shortlink” you see there–it begins with https.

    (You’re going to wind up at step 5 with a bracket [ and the word youtube before the shortlink, and some tiny words and a bracket ] after it. The tiny words are optional, but can tell how far in–how many seconds in–you want the video to start, and whether you want other videos to play after.)

  • 4. Go to this WordPress support link.
  • 5. Skip ahead to the section Embedding With a Shortcode and read from that header on down. That’s tells you how to add the most important tiny words. Later, you can read all the fancier sections.
    Here is one of my Youtube links, to give you an rough idea, but I’ve changed some things. Don’t YOU do that! Follow the instructions in the WwordPress link.
    (rel=0 means “no videos afterward!”)
    How to Add Sound To Your Free WP Blog
    Sound Rays
    1. Embed a SoundCloud song or playlist
    2. Include a link to a Google Docs MP3 or MP4 Audio File that’s marked as “Shared”. Your reader will see an ugly blank screen with a sound bar, but at least they can play the audio you want them to hear. There’s an example in this post.
    3. Link to a Vine or YouTube you’ve made of your finger with a smiley face, dancing to your audio.
    How to Change the the Order of Your Posts
    (And: How to Make A Blog Like a Book!)
    This post tells you. Oh!: If you ever post a new post but don’t see it on your blog–where did it go?–search for it in All Posts. WordPress sometimes hiccups and jams a past date into a brand-new post (drove me NUTS debugging this).
    WordPress is Out to Help You
    You have a WordPress question, so you google. If the solution mentions “plug-ins”, it’s for wordpress.ORG folks, not wordpress.COM. Some solutions apply only to those folk who are PAYing for their blogs and have customized tweaks. You can be way down a rabbit hole, thinking you’ve found a solution to your current problem, before you once again slap your forehead between your long, furry ears: “DOH! THIS DOESN’T APPLY TO ME!!”
    Dumb Bunny Picking Things
    Instead, use the support and forums sites. (But me, I still google, too.)
    WordPress Is Out To Get You
    WordPress will suddenly drop a blog from the “Blogs I Follow”. You won’t notice for weeks–months! If the blogger knows you, s/he will be getting hurt or angry that you’ve dropped them. Clearly, WordPress is evil.
    Snap a picture of your “Blogs I Follow” list every so often, so you can replace any missing sheep when the WordPress wolf gobbles them up. As you restore sheep, peer closely at the WordPress window and hiss threateningly “Ha! Not THIS time, WordPress!”.
    Curses Foiled Again Cat Nerd
    Big Duh: Make Your Title and Opening Lines HOT!!
    If you’re rolling your eyes at how obvious this is, you don’t need this hint. I did. For two years, my post titles and first lines put the hundred-eyed Argos to sleep.
    Argus the Hundred-Eyed In Color
    Set a Featured Image On Every Post
    When a new visitor does a Search, or clicks on a tag, or makes a choice in a category menu, s/he sees several of your posts listed. If you don’t have Featured Images set, all they’re going to see are a bunch of words. Don’t you think great images will help attract them to stop and read a post or two?
    Also, WordPress has an oops if you don’t set Featured Images: When you “Quick Edit” a post, the image that used to be shown to readers can–surprise!–randomly change to another image.
    (If you don’t yet know what Quick Edit is, in short, it’s when you’re looking at All Posts, and you can change just a few little things quickly, like tags and categories–even on more than one post at once.)
    Use a Large Font
    Older people like bigger letters. Younger people like fewer words. Bigger letters make it look like fewer words.
    We Read Biggest Best
    If the theme you picked has a small fontsize, use the first line below as your first line, and the last line below as your last line (I used braces {} in some places, but you must use greater-than and less-than signs)

    <div><span style=”font-size:large;”>
    the rest of your post goes here
    (You can also set that font-size to medium or small.)
    Use Really Short Paragraphs
    Shorter paragraphs seem like fewer words. Break your longer paragraphs up, even if it feels wrong.
    Use Shorter Sentences and Words
    See above.
    Use Bold Picture Captions
    Depending upon your theme, or the reader’s type of device, captions can appear faint and irksome. When you’re Adding Media, as you type in your caption, you can type these html commands in front and behind it to make it bold:
    <strong>Here’s My Caption</strong>
    Credit Your Pics
    Be a mensch, or womanensch 😉 [a good person] and give credit:
    Id Like to Take a Moment to Thank
    (1) A clickable link to the page where you found the image (WordPress gives you a way to do this). Disadvantage? The link can “break” if that page goes away. I only link where I think my readers will find it helpful or amusing.
    (2) Include that page’s address or photo/maker credit on the image (with an image editor) or in its caption. Disadvantage? You might not want it there!
    (3) In the html gobbledygook WordPress creates for the image, insert
    Title=“credit, or address where I found it”.
    I stick this in front of the
    Alt=gobbledygook part.  
    Disadvantage? Tedious. Advantage? Anything you put in “Title” shows when a reader passes their cursor over an image. Think of the subliminal [subconscious influence] possibilities!:

  • “Best Blog Ever!”
  • “Share On Facebook!”
  • “$10 to PayPal# 1343-65338”
    People WOMEN Who Follow You Expect You To Follow Them
    Why Someone Unfollows You
    If you are a woman, most women who Follow you expect you to Follow them. It is my opinion/observation that, if you are a man, or your follower is a man, there is not the same degree of expectation. But I could be wrong.
    Many new followers are happy when you follow them back even if you never read their posts. I find this… It doesn’t matter what I find it. It just is.
    Since many bloggers post often–sometimes daily–this mutual-following etiquette can make your WordPress Reader worthless overnight.
    It floods with posts you could not possibly read. What some folks do is click “Like”, “Like”, “Like” automatically to all of these. Or just to the posts of their online friends, still without bothering to read most of these.
    Do however you think best regarding Follows and Likes. Usually, mutual Liking and Following brings only mutually-rewarding happiness, and many close online friendships. Just be aware that ueneath calm surface waters may lurk…junior high school.
    Its Just Middle School Woody
    Don’t Self-Link On a First Visit
    Don’t link to your own blog or one of your own posts the first time you go to someone else’s blog. Or the second time. That is just low-class, frankly. One of the cheesiest ways this is usually done is through flattery:
    “Great post! I’ve reposted you on (my blog’s link).”
    Try instead:
    “Great post! I’ve reposted you.”
    What you should be doing when you visit someone’s blog for the first time or two is seeing if there is anything positive and genuine you can say. If not, move on.
    If You Run Out of Things To Blog About
    I always have too MUCH to say–just not enough time/energy/wit to articulate it–but for the rest of you, there’s this.
    What do YOU wish YOU’D known? What did I get wrong? What have I been doing that’s dumb? (Three years in, and I’m still learning.)
    How WordPress says to print source code (like html) without it getting executed:
    But that method stopped working, as I found out months after all the gobble-de-gook html commands in my Noobie-Doobie-Do’s made me look like an idiot.
    How I posted the html source code you see here without the commands actually getting executed:
    Don’t put the greater- and less-than signs. Put the ampersand sign in front of the letters lt or gt, instead. They’ll print onscreen as the signs. MOST of the time. SOMEtimes, they won’t. That’s where I used braces, instead.

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    1. All great advice. I sometimes go back and forth with a post from my iPad to my computer and the formatting goes all to hell. So maybe don’t do that.
      The liking without reading is bad but the commenting without reading is a whole lot worse. Like the guy who called me a fellow cancer survivor although I haven’t personally had or survived cancer. Oh well. I suppose I could be called worse.


      • Yeepers! Who DOES that!? I thought someone I like had, on another’s blog, but realized it’s her limited English that caused the miss.

        What did you say to the guy? I would have had to eeny-meeny on whether or not to be meany-meany.


        • I think I just ignored it. Perhaps I’ve missed my share of pertinent points too. There’s never enough time to read everything I’ve signed up for. Makes me truly appreciate it when someone pays attention to me. And sigh and carry on when they don’t. 😄


      • Um…I neglected earlier to say “Thank you.” (sigh.)


    2. M-R

       /  2015/03/15

      Jesus, you’re brave, Babe ! 😀

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    3. This is a great primer, Babe. I’m glad I read your posts because I want to read them. The WordPress etiquette is always lurking, though, you are so right. Junior high school awaits. Well put. Keep being the interesting you.

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      • Thank you, Mark! You as well!


        • I know it’s hard to keep up at my place because I post so damn much, Babe. Remember, no stress zone at Bialczak’s blog.

          Which I named after myself, and nobody can spell it to Google it, and why would they, anyway. What was I thinking when I started two years ago? I remember now. People would look for me when I disappeared from the big dailly here. I had no idea about how Internet blogging would work. That’s why your primer is so valuable. Just about everybody who starts a blog, no matter the writing experience, is wide-eyed and ground-zero about this WordPress world.

          Hey, at least I like my dropline. What Will I Write About Next? Which nobody will Google to find anything, either.


    4. Wow, Bloggin’ For Dummies 101! I find this really insighful Babe and I’m gonna go read it up again, back to back and just digest the contents! Hey! You could actually make this into a tiny booklet and I’ll bet it’d be a BestSeller, or you know, an E-book! That plenty sounds like a major plan don’t it?! rme LOL

      Ahem…. Babe, did I by any chance inspire this masterpiece of a write or is that just ‘greedy ‘ol me?! tongue out LMAO!

      Thanks for the enlightenment gurl, had me a great time reading and I DID love the despicable Brain; so much more than I did Pinky, fancy that! laughing


      • You don’t want me to answer that “greedy” Q, really, now, at least not publicly, do you, Miss Y? (Plus, the true answer is embarrassing to ME.)

        Interesting thought about a book…’cause I did want to add even a little more…

        Thanks for the compliments.
        I am not surprised at all, BTW, by your fondness for Brain. I have long suspected your ambitions at world-domination. Perhaps we can work out a two-dictator arrangement. As long as I am known as the benevolent one, of course.

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        • You know O.B, I was looking through this post and I had an inkling I had something to do with it….was pretty sure my mind wasn’t playing no tricks on me! Despicable you!!!! Hahahahahaha! Nice one though, I like; so amma just let you off of the hook….for the now! rme LMAO!

          Hmm…the benevolent one ei?! Now pray tell, who’s the real greedy here?! You or I?! grinning

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          • Honestly, I began this post before the “Ruth” one. It started after I ran into the blank line thing on my phone and fixed it, right before I learned from Margaret-Rose about having to start smilies on new lines, shortly after learning on my own about embedding YouTubes to stop other vid displays. I just thought about all the other irksome issues and jotted them as I thought of them.

            HEY: Didja’ like your new Babe-focused About page?

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            • I was actually getting to that one! Been pretty stumped and swarmed that I left a very important mail unattended to! My bad Phoenix, forgive me! I’ll go look it up properly and get back to ya….in private! How ’bout it?! winks LMAO!

              Thanks ever so much sweets, you rock; PIECES!!!! LMAO!


              • You may not think so once you read it.

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              • Huh?! Whatever have you done this time ’round O.B?! What?! raised eyebrow

                Should I be scared outta my wits?! Amma get you for this Phoenix, as soon as am done checking it out! So off I go, and in the intrim, prepare for war! Hmf! LMAO!


              • (filing nails calmly)

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              • OMG! I’m gonna get you for this Phoenix; I just took some time out to do a proper check of that page and guess what I DID find?! Huh?! shell shocked

                Well! Well! Well! Besides ratting me out in the way you did, which I totally forgive you for by the way; I ABSOLUTELY adore it so go on ahead and file your nails all you want, just ensure not to yank off the fingertips while you’re at it! tsking

                And just so you know, am sooo leaving and retaining that page the way you left it! In thy face Babe, eat your heart right out! Who’s laughing now ei?! Mwahahahahahaha

                Thank you so much, that page is about the coolest there is and I’ll write pretty soon, once am done with all of my ‘Liebster Award Nominee Posts’, or I’d just slip in my offerings in between!

                You totally rock Babe, yes you do! You’re the bestest, absolutely! MWAH! LMAO!

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              • I think it’s too bad that, whatever your About page, the themes that have that type of teensy top widget style don’t let readers know bloggers HAVE an About page. I didn’t used to know, and I often re-forget. But then again, I is old, and brain-diseased (literally). Maybe this doesn’t affect you young’uns.

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              • Oh well, I’m just as clueless as clueless can be Babe ’bout all of these, considering it was a gift bestowed on me by my great friend Topazo! What’s a gurl to do besides say ‘thanks a bunch’ perhaps?! LMAO!

                As time goes on, I believe I’d get the hang of things to do with that space as I darn well please, till then…….I’m just a sitting duck! Quack! Quack!! Quack!!! And this sure as heck sounds like a deja vu, like I’ve heard those oh soo familiar sounds on these plains or is that just me?! raising eyebrow ROTFLMAO!


    5. Hi babe … The Last Half is an awesome name… I think that time as a variable is included in it…
      What a post!… great and useful amount of information… Thanks for sharing & I will be back to read the points that I didn’t know about and will give them a shot! … Have a great week ahead ⭐ Aquileana 😀

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      • Thank you for that “awesome”, Aquileana : ). I liked my blog’s name when I chose it, and still do, but honestly would have chosen another had I thought about searches. That’s okay: I blog the only way I know how, no matter who finds me–or doesn’t!


      • Thank you soooo much for the ‘likes’ and the ‘follow’ Aquileana sweets, you totally blew me right away and I’d be sure to borrow a leaf from my tutor O.B, and reciprocate your kindly gesture! There might be a lil snag though….you don’t blog using the English lingo do you?! I DID check out your blog but I felt sooo lost! sadface Any takers?! I really wanna return the favor, I’d have it no other way by golly! Thanks again, am deeply humbled and you…..well; you DO rock! Mwah! LOL

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        • Aquileana has more than one blog. Her fascinating mythology blog is in English.

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        • Come to visit whenever you have time and want… ⭐ I have been blogging in english since a long time now… If you are interested in Greek Mythology you might enjoy it!… Love and happy week ahead! Aquileana 😀

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          • Wow! Greek Mythology sounds like capital idea to me! Will like to come learn more ’bout it! Thanks a great deal for the tidings too sweets, kudos! LOL

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    6. I should have taken notes. Why didn’t you tell me to bring a pencil?? I had all these comments/responses but by the time I got to the bottom, I’d forgotten what they were.

      Great post! I haven’t reposted it anywhere!

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    7. Excellent 🙂 I’m bookmarking this. Sure could have used this when I decided to start dabbling with a blog, but I’m still a noob as far as that goes. Initially I signed up for blogging 101 and was lost after day 3, largely because I didn’t know the lingo and had no time to expore the help topics. I didn’t find the instructions in the lessons explained it well enough at all. Navigating for how to’s was daunting since I didn’t know the jargon and had to read everything to find what I needed so I gave up. What I really could have used was an anatomy diagram, showing the technical names of parts of the blog and how they are used. For example, a widget, tab, tag, header, admin drop down menus, etc. I know they are different on each blog, but it would have helped this old dinosaur from fumbling about. COBOL it ain’t lol 😉

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      • Thank you. Interesting you mentioned widget: I wanted to keep going with the post. I felt the WP folk were abysmal at explaining ANYTHING. I knew what a widget was: In our industry, it is generic for whatever the h#ll you wish, depending upon the application milieu. So I, too, was lost. What also is unclear when you begin is how your theme choice may or may not limit you in use and placement of menus and widgets.

        Yemi suggests I issue this as an e-book–in which case, I could add those missing parts. Would it sell? Do I have the energy to learn how to do that? Hmmm… And what are the rules for the links I’ve used? Who knows–not I.

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      • Oops: Thank you for the “Excellent”!

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        • I wouldn’t know about an e-book, but a “how to page” would draw traffic and increase your bloggership and then you could sell your services. See, I just bookmarked you. I think it’s called marketing lol.


          • Another page, huh? I really need to experiment with those categories as pages thing. (Only just learned about those.) Still toying with how/whether I’m going to switch to displaying my menus as illustrations while preserving the display of the post names…I THINK that’s what I want to do. Never any time or energy to experiment with my stupid life. Erg.

            Cobol? Did you cash in during the golly-we-need-COBOL-folk era?


    8. Loved this – informative and fun. Loved the pin drop meme. LOL’d at that.

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    9. I clicked over here from Silver in the Barn. Glad I did. I am pretty much totally befuddled by how blogging works. Visual vs.Text editor… My right eyebrow shot up. I am ALWAYS flipping from visual to text editor because I can’t make the link thing work without going to visual if I am doing a post in text.. text editor is my preference. Also hate the double space that I can’t change when I want to write text under a photo. Force blank lines and set featured image.. thank you! Thank you for this whole post. I will bookmark it and next time I post I will try to unbefuddle some of my befuddlement. I am going to be reading here, you make my right eyebrow shoot up and make me smile!

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      • Thank you! I am very glad I was able to help someone avoid the needless frustration I have suffered at the uncaring hands of WordPress. And all because they just don’t TELL you these things all in one place, and don’t want to expose dirty laundry. Silly. Customers don’t mind small glitches as long as the major features works and you ‘fess up to the others!

        It’s great your joining us over here!
        I am blessed with an amazing bunch of followers and commenters, as you will see–and you will now be!


    10. I have been seriously wanting to figure out how to change my font size. I will try to understand the script instructions above. But, I could sorely use a remedial, Blogging for Dummies tutorial. One of these days, I will have time and energy. Any day now…

      Thanks for posting the instructions though. And, according to your sage (and thyme-ly) advice, I am not including a link to my own blog simply because I have absolutely nothing on the same topic whatsoever.


      • Oh, dear: I understand two things from your comment:
        (1) My instruction where scripts are included are still unclear and scary. Will need to take another look; and
        (2) My remarks about not self-linking can be misconstrued to scare folks away from EVER doing so. Oops. Not my intent. Will need to clarify that, as well.
        But later. Have some non-virtual issues to attend to first : )
        Meanwhile, you should just be able to directly cut’ ‘paste from mine to your those two font change lines. The first one literally your first line, the last literally your last. No harm, no foul.


    11. I’ve figured out a few of these through much trial and error (and asking my kids how to embed from Youtube) but there is so much here that I haven’t figured out or didn’t even know there was a fix for. If it’s ok with you I’d like to print this off and keep it by my laptop. I might then persuade myself that I can do a bit of tweaking of my blog with some success.
      I didn’t even pick my own blog name. My brother set it up for me, told me to ‘go for it’ and it’s been a learning curve ever since.
      A dedicated page on your blog would be a great idea where you could add other helpful hints at your leisure (working up to a book) and tag it ‘wordpress walkthroughs’ or something. I bet that would draw traffic and it would be endlessly useful for referring back to.
      Thank you so much for this post. I feel I’ve done a 101 course now.


      • Thank you, you are welcome, glad I could help, I think I will, and Kiri just reminded me of another one to add which I’ve already forgotten, so another page would be a nice place to jot these!

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    12. Amy

       /  2015/06/04

      I’m so clueless that except for your wonderful witty (witty sounds very cocktail party. I’m talking about REAL witty, sister. [shyly wondering if it’s okay to call you that?]) writing I’m still too newbie at this awful WordPressing business to do/not do half of what you talked about. But. I enjoyed the way you wrote about it so much that I read the whole thing and am seriously considering reading it again for the pure enjoyment it brought me. Except that I’m going to read what I expect to be your other marvelous (now I sound like a refined mother) stuff. (Ah, “stuff.” Very descriptive.) What I mean is, I love, love, love what I’ve found here and look forward to reading more! Thanks for writing awesomely!


      • Amy, I have learned through your comment and that of one other reader that I need to make this far simpler–it is not newbie enough. Please train ME, as you go, in which sections are blasted difficult, and even in what order you think things should be met to make them less scary.

        Did you know that WordPress has a tutorial? When I wrote this, I assumed that folks already HAD some WP knowledge under their belts. Perhaps I should say that up front, and give a link to that tutorial. Yes…I think I will do that.

        Thanks so much for the input, and the compliment! And yes–LOVED the “sister”–esp. in that context!

        I love, love, love that you’re on board with us–you sound like a lot of fun yourself!



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