At the beginning of the year when I “had a feeling” that I wanted to launch a blog, I really did not know all that went into it, and all the “behind the scenes” work that it takes to launch a blog. I thought I would write a few words and put them online. What began as a feeling in January grew to – OK, I am going to do this. I planned to launch at the beginning of February. As you know, I just launched my blog on March 1st. Why was there a month delay? Obstacles. In this – my first #FridayFive (a link up with Mrs. Disciple), let me share with you 5 Obstacles of Launching a Blog that I encountered.
WordPress and Host Options
Thankfully, I have many wonderful FTL (For the Love) sisters that have traveled the blog path before me. We have our own online writing group, and the knowledge that I am able to glean from them is priceless. So, first you need to decide if you want to do a free WordPress or a paid WordPress. Everyone recommended doing the paid if you can afford it. Therefore, you need a host. A what? A host. You need to decide where you are going to host your site. I still don’t fully understand this. It has *something* to do with where your IP address lives on the World Wide Web. I think. All I know is that after I entered all my info, chose my domain name and gave my credit card number, I have yet to visit my host site again. Um, this might not be a good idea. It was hard enough to decide what one to go with and decide how many years to pay for up front. I will deal with anything I actually need to be doing on my host site soon.
I absolutely love the way my blog looks. I can say that because I had absolutely nothing to do with it. I know nothing – NOTHING about code. Thankfully, there are people that do. There is no way that I would have been able to launch this blog without Bethany Beams. She is a web designer, but to those of us who she designs for, we refer to her as the blog fairy. She was so patient with me and encouraged me through the process. Thank you, Bethany!! And for things like widgets, and plug-ins, and Mail Chimp – Thank you, Youtube videos. I am a visual learner and Youtube videos were a huge help.
I am enjoying writing. I like being able to put words to all the thoughts that are swirling around in my head. One obstacle, though – my grammar is not good. Like, really not good. I admit that. So, when you want to write and put those words that you write on the internet for the world to read, you need to do something about that. One solution is Grammarly. I just use the free version, but it has been helpful. My second solution is my son of an English teacher husband. Bless him. As if he does not do enough already. When I first proposed writing a blog to him, and he supported me and said I should do it, my response was, “You know you are going to need to edit.” He smiled and said he had already thought that. Bless. Carving out time for him to edit has been an obstacle. We need to work out a better schedule for that, but I know we will find our groove. It has been so helpful to watch as he edits and explains.
In February, I thought I was ready to go. I had my host, I had my website design that I liked, I was ready to start. Then, right before I started, I read a blog post on Money Saving Mom that said you should have 10 -15 posts on your blog before you launch. The point being, that there is more for someone to read when checking out your blog. Excuse Me?? I had NO idea. After posting in our writing group and polling, the census was that yes you should have more than one but 10 – 15 seemed a bit extreme. That pushed launching back as I needed to have more content on the site before launching.
This is the biggest one. It is not easy work hitting that “publish” button. I follow so many amazing writers and I tend to compare myself to them. Negative self-talk starts and fear grows. I also read comments of people attacking and just being mean to these writers and I wonder how they are able to continue to write after such hurtful words. Thankfully, you (my readers) have been amazingly supportive this week. I know I am here because I feel this is where God has led me for this time. In knowing that, I also know Satan would like to be a joy thief. John 10:10 states, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” That is what I am claiming – life to the full. It might be a little fearful putting myself out there, but how would I feel if I never did? Thankfully, I won’t know. Thank you for a wonderful first week.
What obstacles have you faced recently that have kept you from Living the Full Life?