Welcome to the new Pencils and Pancakes! Today I am sharing some blogging tips for beginners…like me! I am so excited to share with you guys the new design for Pencils and Pancakes…..it has been a long time coming! I went from WordPress.com to self-hosted about a month ago and waited until I found an affordable designer that fit my needs to design my new site. This was what I really wanted when going self hosted and I’m so glad I finally did!
The site is done by Kate over at Elevenses Designs … if you are looking for an affordable designer who also does an awesome job I highly recommend her. Kate basically kept me in the loop every step of the way. Her email responses were almost instantaneous…. and she never went ahead with the project unless I was 100% happy with everything…which I am! She worked hard to make sure I got exactly what I wanted.
I never thought in a million years I’d be running my own website…however here I am. I love blogging, the people I’ve connected with through blogging, the entire community and every opportunity that it’s created for me. I still consider myself technology challenged. I won’t lie- going to self-hosted has been a challenge! I still have SO much to learn about everything. I am seriously behind on so many things. Blogging has proven to become a full time job on the weekend and my husband is a saint for putting up with my long computer hours!
That being said…I am LITERALLY at the bottom of the ladder when it comes to knowledge about this whole running a website thing…and I wanted to share some blogging tips for beginners that have been a great help to me. If you’re not on self-hosted yet but thinking about it, check out these resources. I’m not saying it’s all a walk in the park, but if I can do it I’m gonna go ahead and say anyone can.
The SITS girls <<GREAT blogging website
WP Beginner <videos, tutorials….the original post that I used to move myself over. They also offer a free blog transfer. I was too paranoid about it…it just seemed too good to be true. I ended up just doing it myself.
Moving from WordPress to self hosted by Mangoes and Miles << she put it in “normal people” language
Launch a Self-Hosted Blog in 8 minutes << Instead of paying WordPress $100 to switch over, or hire someone to do it, I literally used this video to transfer from WordPress.com to .org
Hope that these resources help if you’re considering the switch, or just looking for ways to grow your blog. I OBVIOUSLY am not an expert, but what I’ve found helpful are articles that are in “normal people” language……and not some crazy technology jargon.
What are your favorite blogging resources?
What is your favorite thing about being self hosted?
What are the best plug-ins to have??? Still need tips!