After discovering the WordPress platform on the Internet somewhat by accident, I created a publicly hosted blog and posted content to it over the course of almost a year. Recently, I chose to move from this public hosted, WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted WordPress blog.
Naive WordPress beginning.
Part of my decision to make this significant transition was the result of attending the annual WordPress Camp gathering of blog enthusiasts in San Francisco. While there, I made the mistake of inquiring with a few of the WordPress experts swirling around the event about how to integrate Google analytics on my blog. They made it perfectly clear by wincing visibly when I disclosed my wordpress.com domain name that I was either a rank amateur blogger or just a Luddite.
Furthermore, I was not worth any significant investment of time or meaningful support. The humiliating take away was that REAL bloggers self-host and only posers or wannabe’s use WordPress.com for their blog.
Stepping up to self-hosted, long-term value.
Below is a list of first-person impressions, experiences, and insights of growing through an education on the WordPress platform and making the transition from a publicly hosted to a self-hosted blog.
First, it’s appropriate to provide full disclosure. I am not a seasoned web expert nor do I have highly developed programming skills. That said, I have found the WP platform and the kind of results it can yield for presenting and continually adding to your online visibility to be truly amazing! Learning the basics of creating content, posting and commenting on a blog is not difficult. But moving on from there can be much more exciting and rewarding.
12 ways to improve your WordPress blog.
Having now stepped up to my self-hosted blog with encouragement and support from the talented designer, incredible illustrator and semi-geek, Heidi Schmidt, I share these twelve observations on how to improve any WordPress website.
So what’s the takeaway from this experience? If it is not painfully obvious by now, if you have any value it will ONLY be reached, understood and realized if it is easily found and accessible in a browser.
Embracing content creation and distribution.
I can’t emphasize enough how important this simple fact is. What’s clear to me after many, many months of experimenting is how a blog is an essential vehicle for fueling Word-of-Mouth for sharing, gaining insight, promoting and learning online. I’ve also come to realize that there’s no substitute for investing in the personal experience of trial, failure and regrouping to complete a better blog site.
I look forward to this web property becoming more valuable with every addition that I make and hope that you’ll find some value in it too. Please share your thoughts or comments on how we can make it even better!