It’s hard to believe that the end of another week is rapidly approaching. It seems like Sunday just starts, and before you know what happens, Friday is dawning. This week has gone fast because I did a lot of full shifts at work, and all of them started before 8 am. Thankfully, I work less than 6 minutes from where I live, and I can push the time I need to get up to the last possible second. And with it still being winter and dark, it is even harder to get out of bed in the morning. But, alas, being the grown up that I am, I do what needs to be done.
This week has also gone very fast because I have spent most of my time setting up this blog. I wasn’t sure if I was going to move to WordPress because I did not know if I wanted all the hassle of starting a new blog on a different platform, and justifying the cost. I mean, I am only blogging for pleasure, and my plan isn’t to make money off my blog. Being a work-outside-the-home Mom, I don’t have the hours during the day to devote to trying to monetize my blog. And then there is the whole I don’t know anything about coding, template designing, or SEO’s. After messing around with Blogger, and then a free WordPress site, I decided to just go for it. So here I am, feeling a bit overwhelmed, but willing to learn.
So now that I am here, what next? It took me two days to finally decide on a template, and even now I am not too sure. I love the clean, simple look of this theme, along with the many options available for sidebars and footers. Jo-Lynne, of Musings Of A Housewife, was kind enough to stop in a give me a few suggestions about the layout. I figured out, after a few tweaks and more than a few grumbles, how to change the layout from a sort of funky magazine look to this simple layout I have now. And considering her level of expertise, I feel extremely grateful for her input.
Now that the layout is mostly what I want, I want to turn my attention to the plug-ins. But there are so many of them, I am not sure which ones are the most important. And, truth be told, I am not even sure what most of them mean. So this is where my readers come in. I need your input and advice on the many options that are available to use on WordPress.
- What are the most important ones to have, aside from Akismet? Why?
- Which ones are not necessary?
- Do I really need a SEO plug-in? And which one do I use?
Do you see why I am so confused and overwhelmed? So please take a few moments to comment, make recommendations, and share your knowledge.