101 – The Magic Number?

This is indeed the 101st post I have published to Sometimes.    I’m not writing as much as I would like to, but am spending a LOT of time reading other people’s blogs, and sprucing up my own site.   I’m still using Bold Life theme.   Now the effort is to get the blog set up the way I want it.   Get rid of the “Uncategorized” category and arrange posts in logical order.

Some posts date back to 2011, most have been published in 2015.    I started out with my header featuring a bright red Hibiscus flower…inherently gorgeous, requiring little thought or consideration.    Well, that flower (or more precisely, one of its descendants) is blooming as we speak…in my garden.   There are three Hibiscus varieties out at the back of my “maze,” the red one, a white-with-red-center one, and a white.   I had feared that the bitter cold winter we had two years ago, and again last year, had killed the red plant–but no, fortunately it returned, almost as large as before.

To continue about sprucing up my blog…

One of the things that I have noticed from studying my Stats Pages is that only a handful of my 100 posts so far actually finds my readers.  Or vice versa.   The current or most recent post reaches readers, but mainly only a smattering of my posts are actually being discovered.   Why?   Because of my sloppy and lackadaisical organization skills.

WordPress is a wonderful program, it is varied and chock full of great advice, classes, leadership.   I actually printed out on paper the support pages…and that is my bedtime reading materials.   I could easily make mastering the WordPress University my goal, except that there is so much to learn that it seems that I forget more than I learn.  Packing so much information into my old brain’s filing system is threatening overload.

My blog badly needs to be organized.    Categories, tags, links, short-links, paragraphs… HTML, CSS revisions…what a smorgasbord of things to learn!

So…what I need is some lined notebooks or legal pads, and some pencils with good erasers.   Make some outlines: with headings, and sub-headings, and bullet points and  note cards….well, maybe not note-cards,

Yep, I’m from the old school, before computers.   I am proud to say that I have finally reached the point where I can compose an original essay on screen, but until a couple of years ago I always used the pencil and paper system befre transferring to the computer screen..   Since I have had computers since 1983…one of the first kids on the block to get one of their own…I can honestly say that my reluctance to compose on-screen was not for lack of confidence in my computer skills, but force of habit  in trusting  the old tools:  pencil and paper.

4 Comments

  1. I hear you loud and clear! I too grapple with everything there is the learn. I also hanker after the pen and paper. As I head off on my road trip – I think pen and paper may be resorted to once again as I won’t have Internet access for days at a time…

    1. I always use a pencil with a good eraser instead of a pen because the reason I write it out ah of time is that I like to edit as I go. The scratch-outs in ink bother me. Now that it is so easy to add and change I almost always stick to the computer unless I am working through a particularly tricky passage. When I traveled I always had a journal and/or small notebook with me. thanks for commenting. 😃

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