Thursday, August 2, 2018
Today’s thoughts are about blogging and I hope to have fellow bloggers and readers chime in!
I have been a faithful blog reader for maybe 6 years. This has been part of my morning routine and usually I spend about 30 minutes with my first cup of coffee and my favorite bloggers. They have enriched my life and given me countless tips on books, shows, movies, recipes, products, articles of clothing, ideas for my kids, ideas for holidays, and the list goes on and on. I used to be a big reader of magazines and I think blogs maybe replaced magazines for me. I do still read the occasional magazine when I get them for free at the library!
I have always loved to write but as I was reading these blogs I never thought it was something I could ever do. I was most daunted by the technology and the photographs. And, as you can tell, I still don’t have the nice tabs or search bars or the professional photographs or the search engine or the social media buttons. I decided to learn how to use the free WordPress site and see how it went. I started blogging in April with about 3 times a week of posting and then quickly went to 5 days a week. I also upgraded to a paid plan when WordPress ran a Mother’s Day special. That meant I got my own .com address instead of a complicated series that people would have to enter.
http://www.coffeeandcocktailsatthecasa.com is all mine! Why didn’t I pick a shorter blog name? I wanted something that spoke to my loves and I don’t think it truly tells people what my blog is about. I’m o.k. with that. I love coffee and I love cocktail(s) and I love being home.
Am I in this for the money? No. I don’t make any money and I’m honestly not sure how to go about it. This is merely a creative outlet for me.
I decided to post regularly five days a week based on what I learned as a reader. I like the dependability of set days and a set time. I schedule my posts for 4:00 a.m. for early birds. As a reader, I would get frustrated if I continually visited a blog that rarely had new content without letting readers know that they were taking a break.
I have really enjoyed link-ups and try to participate in as many as I can. This has brought new blog traffic to me and once I even had 300 readers which was a lot for me! Link ups are great for readers, too, because you are exposed to new blogs.
I try to start drafts for the week on Sundays and then I add or finish each post after dinner. It only takes me about 20-30 minutes a post. The bloggers who do lots of links and lots of photos probably spend hours on each post. Some may have virtual assistants or employees of their blog. Whoa! That is out of my territory!
I respond to every comment that I receive. Receiving comments is the best! I have been sad before when a blogger doesn’t acknowledge my comment. It’s hard to type on my ipad which is where I read my blogs, so it takes some effort! If a blogger uses Disqus for comments, I can’t comment because that system hates me! Sorry!
Currently my post theme/schedule is:
Monday – Hello Monday with a recap of the weekend
Tuesday – A Tip of some sort
Wednesday – Whereabouts/What I Wore
Thursday – Thoughts on some topic
Friday – Favorites from the week – products, items of clothing, or activities that I did
I originally did Monday meal plans and I may get back to that if I can get more organized.
I enjoy writing about frugal fashion, trends, recipes, clothing and life hacks, stuff with kids, entertaining, travel, saving money, holidays, gifts, and more.
What would you like to hear about? Do you like my daily themes or do you have a suggestion? Sometimes being this rigid makes it hard to participate in specific link ups, but I like the structure, too.
If you stuck with this post this long, you are a VIP reader! Thank you! I would love your feedback!