I Hate Blogging!

by Brook Lenox on February 2, 2009

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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!