How to Start a Blog Post

Your First Blog Post.

So your website is ready for you to do blog posts but you’re sitting there twiddling your thumbs and engulfed by fear.

You have never blogged before so the part of your brain you have little control over is whispering in your ear “blog post, what is a blog post? How do I start? Where do I put it?

I know, trust me I was where you are when I first started and let me tell you it’s going to be okay!

So a blog post is merely a short or long story. It can be truth, fact or fiction about any subject at all really but my advice is to write about a subject you know and enjoy as this will make the process easier.

Once you have a subject matter in mind then write your story down as a draft even if you only have a few sentences, it’s okay, you can build on it later,you will do some research.

Now do some research on your subject to see what and if others have written about the same and or similar subject. So when I talk about research I am referring to doing a search on the internet.

How you may ask?

  1. Look at your draft and what it is about and for this example let’s say it’s about “How to Blog”
  2. Now type that into your search engine “How to Blog” then click enter
  3. Look down the list of information on that page and view videos and articles that may be showing.
  4. Once you’ve had a look at what info is there, write down any facts or info you feel would be useful in your blog post.
  5. Save/bookmark any video’s or sites so you can refer back to later if need be.

So now your research is done and your draft story is done. Give yourself a pat on the back you have gotten this far, if you haven’t made it this far yet and still procrastinating, it’s okay but really you need to stop that now and get started. Think story, writing a short story just like you had to in English at school.

Remember your blog post/story doesn’t have to be very long and does not need to contain everything about that subject you are writing about, it can just be about a small portion of that subject.

Now you have you information in a draft copy the next thing you need to do if you haven’t done it already is give your short story a title. Just like an Author who writes a best seller will do, all stories have a title, sometimes this title will be specific and lets the reader know exactly what they will be learning about and other time the heading may have nothing to do with the story.

I find the blog posts where the title has absolutely nothing to do with what I am reading very frustrating, the same goes when I purchase a book, personally I like the title to have something to do with what I am reading.

Do not over think your blog post title, as this can lead to overwhelm, frustration and gives you a reason to quit and not get your first blog post published.

My tip for your title is read your draft story and look for one or two words major words that have to do with the subject matter and been used 5 or more times throughout your story and incorporate them into you title. For example the title of this short story/article/blog post is “How to Start a Blog Post” and if you have noticed the words blog and post have been used several times throughout this story.

What’s next for my Blog Post?

Your draft material is ready now take a look at it maybe ad some subtitles if you need to and think about images. What sort of pictures can you use in your blog post, images are important as they can add some depth to your story and help you break up big blocks of text to make the reading experience more pleasant for visitors to your site.

Find a couple, you don’t need many and have them saved on your computer somewhere easily remembered and accessed by you.

Let’s get Started Constructing your Blog Post on your Website

In the video below I will walk you through a live demonstration in real time on

  1. where to put your blog post,
  2. how to add an image,
  3. how to add a video,
  4. how to publish your blog post
  5. and how to share your blog post.

I hope this has helped you get started with your blogging on your website and please leave us a comment below or any questions you might have. Please share this blog post with some-one you know who will find it helpful

As usual Please leave a comment below and share this article with some-one you know who will benefit. If you have a question you would like answered about blogging please reach out to me and I will do my best to  answer your questions.

How to Share Screencast-O-Matic Videos

Screen Capture Videos – Today I will be showing you the how to do a screen capture video and then I will be showing you how to share that video with just a few people or the world. Before I begin I would like to tell you that the product/software I use to do this is called Screencast-O-Matic.

Screencast-O-Matic is my choice of just one of the many screen capture programs out there.

Screencast-O-Matic provides

  • free or paid accounts
  • is simple to use
  • 15-minute recordings
  • Screen & webcam recording
  • Publish to YouTube
  • Save as video file
  • Great Help tutorials
  • Quality Support
  • No software downloads
  • Mobile friendly

and I could go on and on. I have been using the Screencast-O-Matic suite for over 3 years now and was so impressed with the software I upgraded to the Pro account for the small fee of $15 a year within the first year of using it. As you can tell I am a raving fan of Screencast-O-Matic and recommend it to anyone who is asking.

I reckon that of 3+ years of  hassle free use and only needing to contact support once when I first joined is a damn good track record.

Screencast-O-Matic  Made Simple –

Now no matter how simple something is to use there will always be those who know even less than you do and require that little bit extra help in using even the simplest of programs and that is what my website and me is all about. Helping those who are stuck or struggling to understand what may seem so very simple to so many others.

So this blog post is not only to give my review opinion on a product but to also answer a question that keeps popping up from others using the Screencast-O-Matic software and that question is!!!

HOW DO I SHARE MY VIDEO WITH SOMEONE WHEN I HAVE FINISHED IT ?

So without further fluff lets answer this question as simply as I can, “can you guess how I do that ? “

Yep I went onto Screencast-O-Matic and did a tutorial video showing several ways to share your finished screen capture video .

Okay now that video should help you with sharing your screen capture video creation from Screencast-O-Matic.

As promised here are the links to Screencast-O-Matic’s main home page and the tutorial page.  Whist on the home page scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see all their social media buttons which will take you to their profiles where you will be able to connect with other very happy Screencast-O-Matic users…

Home Page –   http://screencast-o-matic.com/home

Help Videos –  http://help.screencast-o-matic.com/

Just copy and paste the link into your search box on a new tab.

due to Google regulations and to try to keep this article mobile phone friendly I am leaving out the hyper-links to other pages.

As usual if you have more questions please reach out in the comments below. If you found this article useful leave a comment below and share with others you know will benefit from this post. Thank you for stopping by my website.

Don’t leave empty-handed check out our Resources Tab for some great tools to help you build your online business

I am not affiliated or an affiliate of Screencast-O-Matic and do not receive any financial gifts/payments or gains from referring their product/products to anyone.

I Just love using the Screencast-O-Matic tool and find it extremely helpful in my on-line business 🙂

 

 

 

 

Clifford WordPress Update and 2016 Theme Preview

WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”

wordpress 4.4 clifford

Version 4.4 of WordPress, named “Clifford” in honor of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.4 make your site more connected and responsive. Clifford also introduces a new default theme, Twenty Sixteen.

Introducing Twenty Sixteen

A screenshot of Twenty Sixteen set in an iPad frame

Responsive Images

An image of a laptop, iPad, Android phone, and iPhone containing the same image displayed at multiple sizes to demonstrate responsive image features.

Embed Everything

Now you can embed your posts on other WordPress sites. Simply drop a post URL into the editor and see an instant embed preview, complete with the title, excerpt, and featured image if you’ve set one. We’ll even include your site icon and links for comments and sharing.

In addition to post embeds, WordPress 4.4 also adds support for five new oEmbed providers: Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress.

Under the Hood

The WordPress REST API logo

REST API infrastructure

Infrastructure for the REST API has been integrated into core, marking a new era in developing with WordPress. The REST API gives developers an easy way to build and extend RESTful APIs on top of WordPress.

All these additions and so many more with a sneak peak at the 2016 Theme. Looks like this year is already off to an exciting start to the year

Change Your Perspective

Lets talk Perspective on the Unseen Playing Field

The word perspective can have so many different meanings to so many different people, depending on what sense the word is being used in.

Not every-one always will use the word perspective in the physical literal sense, and everyone’s perspective can be different.

Why is this so? well simply put we are all human beings and we have all experienced different situations in our own lives that shape our thought pattern or mindset.

How many of you at some point in business, at work or in life have faced a feeling of self-doubt or frustration?, I’m sure that this has happened to all of you – it’s something that I’ve certainly experienced, especially when I was starting out and left the work place to pursue building my own on-line business and following my passion and dreams.

There have been plenty of people who doubted themselves and their abilities at a time in life when they chose to break off from the traditional pack and pursue what they loved. May of them you have heard of and you have probably met some yourself.

The thing that all those who step out of the traditional line, the normal way of doing things, have in common is they all understand one thing.

“We can’t always control our situation but we can control how we choose to view it”.

Perspective is a powerful thing in your life and especially with your mindset and if you continue to toe the traditional patterns that have been taught to you and many generations to you then and business you attempt to build will be mediocre at best or you will continue to be in a job sacrificing your time for a basic return.

We can either be discouraged when some-one doesn’t share our view or we can change our perspective.

Positive Perspective

What if you viewed that same negative interaction – positively?  so instead of being upset with the person because they didn’t share your view you approach it with a positive mindset like – you had an opportunity to practice your business presentation, share your products or share your passions.

Many of you have probably said “no” to some-one else’s ideas, presentation, offers and passions the first time you heard it because it wasn’t the right time for you.

When the time is right people will remember your passion, your dedication and your drive. So changing your perspective of things from negative to positive can have a profound affect, you just might not see the result straight away.

Abraham Lincoln once said ” We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses”

Our subconscious is incredibly powerful, you would be amazed at what you can accomplish when you find the positive instead of the negative. It’s not always easy. Sometimes it seems that more and more people are choosing to focus on the negative.

The important thing for us to remember is that it is a choice! if you look for the positive, you will find it and if you look for the negative you will find that too.

So when it comes to your Perspective choose to keep it in the positive so you will have the passion and drive to share your great business presentation, products and dreams with new people everyday.

Your situation may be out of your control but how you view it is your choice. Perspective in life and business is a powerful thing when harnessed right way. So go forth and have belief conviction and passion in what you do.