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That Irresistible Urge

Posted Jan 22 2010 10:05pm

wordpress sm That Irresistible UrgeIf you don't have ADD this may not make sense to you, but if you do, it'll actually make complete sense (go figure).  You see ... despite the fact that I'm in over my head with Things To Get Done already, I feel it's time to start yet another one!  So, that's what I'm doing right now.  :-)

There's a number of different things I'd like to be able to do here at A Morsel of Genius, but (you know how it is) ... that also means that to do it right, I'll have to re-build the blog by starting all the way back at the beginning ... with the "theme." I'll explain what that is in a minute, first, let me tell you why I'm telling you this ...


Late last August, I said "it would be great to see more adders blogging," and wanted to provide helpful blogging advice to help.  Well, now is the perfect time to start the uh, oh, I don't know ... um ... "The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Guide to Blogging!" (even I'm rolling my eyes).

Introduction:

I use Wordpress as the "back-end" of this blog.  WordPress is open-source, free, stable, sophisticated, continuously updated, and super easy to use blogging software.  I simply can't recommend using WordPress enough, it's fantastic!  Here's a blurb from their homepage:

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.  More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.

There is however, one caveat to using WordPress ... you gotta be "self-hosted," meaning you need to buy a domain and some web-hosting.  Here's the thing though ... perhaps even a secret ... If you are starting your first blog (or a new blog), you are best to go over to WordPress.com, open an account, and start blogging there, free!

By starting your blog at WordPress.com, you'll have the ability to mess around a bit, get to know the software, and get a feel for blogging too.  Plus, when you're ready to go "self-hosted," you'll not only enjoy already having an audience, but as an extra bonus, your blog will remain in their search engine, thereby bringing you more traffic to boot.  WordPress.com is hands down the best way to start a blog!

What about that "theme" you were talking about?

In WordPress, your "theme" determines what your blog looks like and does - layout, colors, functions, etc ... basically, it's your website (minus the content).  There are tons of free themes available on the Internet, and I highly recommend checking them out and trying a number of different themes until you get an idea of what you want.

So, in typical ADD fashion ...

"The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Guide to Blogging" won't start at the beginning of your blogging adventure (WordPress.com).  We're going to instead start where I'm at right now (a little selfish are we?), "Building a Theme from Scratch!"

PS - The funny thing is, being that we all have ADD ... in the end, it'll make complete sense to you why I chose to start by building your blog theme.  :-)

 

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