Category Archives: Blogging

First WordPress post from my iPhone

Where do you write your blog posts? I always have written
my posts on a computer – my laptop at home and sometimes proofing
and finishing my posts off during my lunch break at work. But one
of the first apps I downloaded on my iPhone was the WordPress app
but I’ve never taken the time to blog from it. Having the ability
to blog on the go is great. However, for me, the slowness of text
entry on a mobile device is too painful for me. Ok for short
updates like Facebook or Twitter, but not a multi-paragraph post!
As for capturing ideas on the go? May come in handy but I’d rather
take a photo…

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Thinking about self hosting and WordPress.org

I spent a lot of this last weekend wondering whether I should move from the free WordPress.com platform to a self hosted WordPress.org platform.

And what it all means!

My blog is currently on WordPress.com.  It’s basically a giant free shared blogging platform hosted by WordPress.com.   Your typical hostname is sitename.wordpress.com.  Along with joining this free community, you get benefits from linking and exposure in the WordPress community, but you also get restrictions like no ads, limited flexibility in customization, etc.

However, the “software” that gives you the templates, the administration, look and feel and customisability of WordPress.com can also be installed on your own machine, or a third party hosted web server on the internet.   Some people refer to this as WordPress.org, although this gives the impression that your website is hosted by WordPress.org and thus has a sitename.wordpress.org hostname, but it doesn’t.   It means that you’re using the WordPress software installed on a different server – “self-hosted” as opposed to hosted by WordPress.com.

So why was I thinking about doing this?   More control, ability to add more types of widgets, and the ability to run some ads to generate some income.   But after reading about some recent embarrassing debacles (where a whole lot of food bloggers blogged about the same free dinner) I think I would need to think strongly about doing reviews on freebies from companies!

I read these posts on the weekend:

Setting up a self-hosted WordPress.org install – http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/11/06/setting-up-a-self-hosted-wordpress-org-install/.  Some useful on here but I’m guessing instructions will depend on which hosting provider you go with.

How and why to get your own domain name – http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2008/06/26/how-and-why-to-get-your-own-domain/.  A good list of advantages of getting your own domain name and identity.   Being self-hosted also means you can run ads on your blog.   I’ve been seriously thinking about this – if I’m putting all this effort into my blog, why not make some pocket money from it?   I’d seriously have to set some rules for myself – that the money is just pocket money, and that I would still blog for the same reasons I am now.

Moving a blog – http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-from-wordpress-org.   If I did want to move, then this has some tips on moving all your posts from your WordPress.com blog to your new blog.  I think the tricky bit is moving the images and updating all the links, but there are tools out there to do this.

I also looked up various web hosting providers:

WordPress web hosting providers – http://get.wp.com/hosting/.   These are all recommended by WordPress.com so they must be good right?   From my surfing, GoDaddy doesn’t seem to have many good reviews but I do see quite a few good reviews for Blue Host.

There seem to be a lot of Australian hosting providers too.  Jumba seems to be recommended quite often:

Jumba – http://www.jumba.com.au/hosting/personal/

but I wouldn’t be able to run ads on a personal plan.

It sounds the “right” thing to do to use an Australian provider – but I’m guessing they’re more expensive.  Any tips or suggestions anyone?

And the last thing I learnt.  I couldn’t believe, but there are companies out there that let you BUY Facebook friends, fans and likes!  I know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) but didn’t realise that things had moved so far that you can buy Twitter subscribers and Facebook fans…  all so you get more traffic and more money from your site or blog.  Whoa…   sounds like a path I do not want to go down.   Example of businesses here – http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2010/09/buy-facebook-fans-friends-likes/

Active Perth bloggers

I have a confession.  I don’t really read other people’s blogs that much.   Sometimes just thinking about what I should blog about takes up enough time!

But last night I thought – there must be other bloggers in Perth.  I remember seeing some mention of a Perth bloggers meetup, but when I looked up the group in Facebook, it looked quite inactive.

Would bloggers want to meet up?

I think it would seem quite strange, meeting strangers, but knowing what they’ve been up to.

Anyway, I must have been bored last night, because I decided to try and find as many active Perth bloggers as I could.   And not surprisingly, in our little city of a ~1.6 million, there are quite a few blogs!

Here’s a list – by no ways definitive!  I’m sure there’s many other categories, but I’ve tried to list only those that are recently active.   If I’ve missed you out, and you update your blog regularly, let me know!

Food

Abstract Gourmet – http://abstractgourmet.com/

Perth Food Reviews – http://www.perthfoodreviews.com/

The Food Pornographer – http://www.thefoodpornographer.com/

Millier’s Musings – http://alexmillier.com/

Coffee Reviews Perth – http://www.coffeeblogger.com.au/

Cafe Grendel – http://cafe-grendel.blogspot.com/

Breakfast in Perth – http://breakfastinperth.blogspot.com/

Our Breakfast Club – http://www.ourbreakfastclub.net/

Photography

Grippu – http://www.grippu.blogspot.com/

Beau Mitchell – http://beaumitchell.com/

Charlene Winfred – http://charlenewinfred.wordpress.com/

Christian Fletcher – http://christianfletcher.wordpress.com/

Harry and Tom – http://www.harryxtom.blogspot.com/

Jamie Paterson – http://jamiepatersonphotography.wordpress.com/

Kirk Hille – http://kirkhille.wordpress.com/

Martin Pot – http://martybugs.net/blog/blog.cgi

Neal Pritchard – http://spoolphotography.wordpress.com/

Fashion

Perth Fashionista – http://www.perthfashionista.blogspot.com/

Style Discovery – http://www.stylediscovery.com.au/

The Fashion Catalyst – http://thefashioncatalyst.com/

Ginger Fox Vintage – http://www.gingerfoxvintage.com/

Dropstitch – http://www.dropstitch.com.au/

Nic and Clay – http://nicandclay.blogspot.com/

Autilia’s Blog – http://autilia.blogspot.com/

Gin in a Teacup – http://www.gininateacup.com/

Fall Victim to Fashion – http://fallvictimtofashion.com/

The Velvet Bow – http://www.thevelvetbow.net/

Karen Cheng’s Snippet of Life – http://www.karencheng.com.au/

Style Voyeur – http://www.stylevoyeur.com.au/

Misc Stuff / Personal

The Worst of Perth – http://theworstofperth.com/

The eccentric eclecticism’s of elise – http://esc77.wordpress.com/

Tea’s Stuff – http://tealou.com.au/

Rotto Bloggo – http://rottobloggo.blogspot.com/

Rodney Olsen – http://rodneyolsen.net/

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 63,000 times in 2010. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would have performed about 3 times.

In 2010, there were 86 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 395 posts. There were 100 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 50mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 2nd with 449 views. The most popular post that day was Problems with uploading photos to Facebook.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were googlemac.blogspot.com, songwright.co.uk, szkolymuzyczne.pl, google.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for venice, vertorama, facebook photo upload failed, problems uploading photos to facebook, and facebook upload server not found.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Problems with uploading photos to Facebook August 2008
29 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

Fairytale Violin Sheet Music May 2009
37 comments

3

Repairing Guitar Hero World Tour red drum March 2009
36 comments

4

Photography techniques – vertorama September 2008
3 comments

5

Photos from Venice August 2008
4 comments

A Post A Day in 2011!

I’m going to take this up.

A challenge put out there by WordPress to post to your blog EACH AND EVERY DAY!

Woohooo!! 

Yep, I will try this this year.  Even on WEEKENDS!

I may cheat…  yep, I may go back and post on days I missed, or schedule some posts in advance…   but I will try my hardest to have a post for every day of the year.

I think the real challenge will be to make posts interesting.  After all, it’s no point having 365 days of posts of boring Facebook-like status updates right?

More here:  http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/challenge-for-2011-want-to-blog-more-often/

100,000 page views!

Yay!  A little big milestone for my blog. 

I know I’ve stopped updating it on a daily basis lately, and I reckon Google’s change in search strategy has resulted in less search referrals, but it’s something I enjoy updating – even for my own personal benefit!

To everyone who has visited – thank you – that I could share some of my thoughts with you, wherever you are on this planet, is truly amazing.   For my regular visitors, even bigger thanks and I hope that my little life stories help you escape from your own daily lives and take a peek at mine.

Not sure what other people’s stats look like over time, but here’s mine:

My top posts ever are:

Problems with uploading photos to Facebook – 19,277 views
Fairytale Violin Sheet Music – 15,976 views
Repairing Guitar Hero World Tour red drum – 10,931 views
Photography techniques – vertorama – 6,509 views
Home Page – 6,181 views

I know those top 4 are mostly from searches, but it’s good to see my Home Page getting a large number of views too.   I think it goes to show that to get a healthy number of views on your blog, you need a combination of both key “pillar” articles, as well as interesting short posts to keep visitors coming back.

Interestingly, recently the search terms referring to my blog are getting more accurate (thanks Google), but there’s always the occasional funny one like: “three gils on one guy”.

Here are my previous milestones:

First post on WordPress on 26 June 2008
10,000 Page Views on 3 December 2008
50,000 Page Views on 12 October 2009