Monday, October 13, 2014

A Peek At Miss Issy's Blogging Briefly: 8 Titillating Tips

(Guest Post by Miss Issy) I have been blogging for years now. I'm a busy girl and I don’t need to spend a lot of time writing my articles. In fact, I finish an article in about 15 minutes. This very piece you are reading clocked in under 12 minutes. You've probably been told over and over and over again that content is king and you need to pay more attention to it, but I don't because I never, never compromise on the quality of my work. How do I do it?

1 – I keep a list of ideas – When inspiration strikes, jot it down in your notebook. Too many writers spend too much time THINKING about what to write. (Remember the advertising slogan 'Just Do It'?) Keep a list of ideas, and you will write faster and better!

2 – I let my ideas marinate in my (moleskine) notebook – let the topic stew in its own juices - you might also want to use your smartphone's voice recorder to add randowm thoughts on the subject matter - you'll be surprised at how easily you'll come up with new angles, interpretations and analyses!

3 – I edit BEFORE putting pencil to paper or stylus to phonescreen – cull the ideas you DON'T need from the meat of your topic. You shoul dbe able to write a finished article in UNDER 15 MINUTES!

4 – I use type fonts, bullets, eye tricks of any and many kinds to not only attract readers, but to entice them to linger on my page and lower my bounce rate in the process! Let's be truthful. Many readers have short attention spans. Fonts and bullets and coloured texts will hold their attention a wee bit longer! A lot of people are too lazy to read the entire essay. Short bullets will hold their attention for longer time.


5 – I make my articles SHORT - 500 words or less! And I stay ON TOPIC.

6 - Miss Issy PHOTOGRAPHS - I keep my smartphone in my purse or pocket. You never know when you might happen on something that will immediately either inspire you or stand out as a good image to associate with one of the articles you've been working on!

7 – Don't become a victim of "writer's block." If you get stuck, do what Miss Issy would do. Take a breather- work on something else. Inspiration will inevitably strike. Just have that notebook or smartphone handy when it does!

8 - Don't "Bank" or "Save" ideas - follow Miss Issy and release them freely - don't be afraid to tweet about your projects. The twitter timestap is all you need to prove that an idea is yours and not someone else's.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Beginner`s Guide to Self Hosting Your Blog


If you are ready to dive in feet first and host your own blog, then this helpful set of instructions can help you to get going. Just be aware that things may be different if your set up in any way deviates from what is described below.

This of course assumes you have the server up and running. If you do not, then you should look at the conversion steps at the end of this piece.


Step 1: Get your IP address for a simple setup; this will be easy.
Go to Start->Programs->Accessories->Command prompt. Once the prompt opens, type in ipconfig and tap enter. You will now get a number. Copy it down exactly.
If you have a router, firewall, or any other device that gives you a private IP (one that starts with 192., 172., or 10.) then you will need to configure it to forward HTTP traffic to your server. Just use the manual, since configurations will vary based on your exact hardware and setup.


Step 2: Get a domain name and DNS services.
Buy your domain name anywhere, and then choose your DNS service. There are both paid and free services for this, so pick which ever suits you and install their software. It is worth mentioning that if your service provider uses dynamic IPs, then you will need a dynamic DNS management system.


Step 3: Files
If you have not already put your sites files onto the server, do so now. Be sure to organize them, and not just dump them all into one file; use the same organization you would for any site.
This also means installing your blog software. It is easiest to use Wordpress.org (not .com), which has a support community for self hosting. Since the installation process will vary slightly depending on your setup, this community is a great place to begin basic setup, and get help troubleshooting.


Now you have a self-hosted blog. Enjoy publishing!


Conversions
You may have noticed earlier that I mentioned you could convert an old desktop to a small server for this job. If you are interested in finding out more about that procedure, then these resources can help you out. Best of luck.


Double check
Go to Start, then Run. Type in http://local host and tap enter. If you see a web page, you are already setup as a server. An error message means you aren't.


Configure a Server
Most versions of MS Windows have a Microsoft personal web server just waiting to be configured. Follow these steps.


Go to Control Panel->Add/Remove programs->Add/remove Windows components->Wizard opens->Check “Internet information services”->click “details”->check world wide web and documentation boxes (Front Page as well if you plan to use it)->Ok->Next


The Wizard
The wizard should take care of the rest. Just plug in the necessary information.


Guest Post
This has been a guest post written by H. Richard Freeman.
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