O.K. Glad to get that off my chest.
Let me be clear. I love about anything to do with marketing (including blogging) and generally enjoy writing about all the stuff I’m learning. But when I decided to start blogging the right way with WordPress, I had no idea how hard it would be to get started.
And as long as I’m on a tirade, I hate it when people say: “WordPress is so easy! A kid could do it!” Stop! It may be “so easy” for you, but when those tutorial guys say “ftp this, css that, or open custom_functions.php in your favorite editor” I start to freak out. Ahhhhhhh! I want to throw my laptop out in the snow (I live in Montana).
What is so hard
1) I have a day job! If you’re like me, you have to learn how to set up your blog after work & all the other stuff your doing. Typically late at night.
2) Everyone who knows something assumes I do too. I don’t know everything. I don’t know anything. I’ve been an online marketer for 10 years and I’m lost. And 90% of the bloggers out there are really nice, but assume that a short paragraph with a couple of bullets points will suffice.
3) You don’t speaka my language. If you are writing a tutorial, ask a non techie to try it, then rewrite it! Then ask another and rewrite it. Ask a third and rewrite it. Then send it to me.
There is hope
I’ll be honest. I haven’t found the silver bullet in blogging for beginners. But here are three things that have helped.
1) People are helpful…really. I haven’t found all my basic questions answered, but people are really quite helpful. If you go looking for help, most of the time people are willing.
2) For blogging concepts, I read Pro Blogger. Darren’s style is helpful and simple.
3) For some technical Word Press stuff, I’ve found these blogs/sites helpful:
http://www.sugarrae.com/ – she’s been figuring this out & talks like a normal human!
http://wordpress.org/support/ – poke around here & ask questions.
If you have anything that has really helped you, by all means, let me know!