Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!


Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!

Whether you are using blogging as a way to let the world get to know you, market your book, or prepare the world for your talents, the form offers so many options it can be overwhelming. Let's network and share approaches. Bloggers unite!

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Comment by M MacKenzie on October 9, 2009 at 1:19pm
Another newbie here!

I've only been blogging for a little over 3 months. I was unexpectedly laid off back in June... I had WAY too much time on my hands (there are only so many hours in a day a person can job hunt) and I really needed an outlet so, I began blogging about my unemployment. I’ve always loved writing so this was the perfect solution for me!

My unemployment blog, called Active Leisure not only helps me exercise my mind but it also offers a way to provide some levity & comedy to a really crappy experience. I very quickly realized that there are many, many other people out there struggling with their own sleeplessness, lack of motivation and ever-growing muffin tops due to their unemployment.

Since I spend so much time at home now, there were many days that I wanted to share funny stories about my husband and I quickly realized he provides me with so much material that it was worthy of it’s own blog. So, about a week ago, I started The Hubby Diaries.

The Hubby Diaries is a blog with anecdotal stories about life with my loving hubby. It’s lighthearted entertainment that looks at the funny, and oftentimes very frustrating, differences between men & women.

Please stop by to visit if you have a chance!

Comment by Danielle Meitiv on October 9, 2009 at 12:34pm
Hi all

I'm a new to She Writes and pretty new to blogging as well. I started up my blog, Brave Blue Words in July where I write about oceans, climate, global change and related policy & politics.

I'm still trying to figure it out but also really enjoying it. For the time being, I've settled on a weekly new-article type post on Tues but I'm considering adding a commentary/editorial style post on Thurs to give it a little more of a personal and interactive feel. (thoughts?)

I am really looking forward to discussing all this and more with a new community of bloggers!

Comment by Victoria Sandbrook Flynn on October 9, 2009 at 10:05am
There's actually a great discussion in the discussion boards about Blogger vs. WordPress, so I know there are plenty of us with experiences that can help answer Lynn's question. Both systems have ways to build blogs with less HTML and programming knowledge, but both have ways to make the most of that knowledge if you have it. WordPress, ultimately, seems to have the most options for improvement, though those options do require a little more technical work to implement.

There is extensive documentation available for WordPress users who are actually hosting their own sites (they've purchased a domain name and space on a server for the site, so the site isn't; the Codex is a phenomenal resource. Whether you're moving posts from a hosted Blogger site (your URL is or from a domain you run separately, there are pretty clear instructions to follow.

If you're just switching to a site hosted by WordPress ( you just import your old content to your new site (see's instructions).

I'm someone who feels fairly comfortable so long as there are clear instructions to follow; you may not feel that way, so it may be harder for you. But you might have an easier time of it than you'd assume, so I say go for it.
Comment by Lynn Voedisch on October 8, 2009 at 2:06pm
I also would like to switch to Wordpress, but I have heard that it's not all that easy to do. Is this correct? I'm not exactly an expert on the computer and my HTML skills are at about the beginner level. However, I like the looks of Wordpress so much. I have never heard that it's NOT user friendly, only that setting up a page is not so simple. Tell us the truth.
Comment by Victoria Sandbrook Flynn on October 8, 2009 at 1:10pm
Hi Mary Roy! I use both Blogger and WordPress. Blogger suits my personal blogging needs fine, but WordPress MU (multiple user version) is great for the multi-author blog I run at work. It's also opened up a lot of possibilities for creating static pages and building a robust site. But I'm not ready to export my Blogger blog into WordPress just yet...I can't argue with the simplicity of the system and how easy it was/is to just start writing.
Comment by Mary Roy on October 8, 2009 at 1:04pm
Who's gone from Blogger to Wordpress? Why is Wordpress better? Is it as user-friendly as Blogger? I am being urged to switch and I wanna hear from other bloggers who know the switch. Thanks for your help!
Comment by Catherine Dowman on October 8, 2009 at 12:01pm
Stat counter is Wordpress friendly and free, and easy. I use this one.
Comment by Cathy Bryant on October 8, 2009 at 11:32am
Reply to Sharni re blog stats: StatCounter is great, as is Google Analytics. I use both, because they each offer something the other doesn't. Just check them both out and see what works best for you.
Comment by Helen Gallagher on October 8, 2009 at 7:47am
Reply to Sharni re blog stats: The easiest way to track blog visitors is with It is free, and you just embed a line of code into the HTML area of your blog software. For bigger sites and blogs, Google analytics is powerful, but is overkill for most bloggers starting out.
Comment by Kelley Harrell on October 8, 2009 at 3:53am
On stats:
If you are with WordPress there is a plugin you can get called WordPress Stats. It is not done by WordPress but it is endorsed by them. It is fairly informative of who is visiting your site, through what connectors, page hits... One thing I've observed and complained about is that Networked Blogs, which is the blog propagator used on FaceBook, does not seem to be accounted for by most stat crawlers, nor does Networked Blogs have a stats dashboard of its own. I have a lot of readers there, so it bugs me not to know where they are, how they got there, etc.

Thanks for asking the questions. It's insightful to read all the replies.
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