#18: Say What Now? (Some) Girls Can Code…

#18: Say What Now? (Some) Girls Can Code…
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Well, grab yourself a thimble of prosecco and join me in a little victory dance – I have a new website! I think it’s looking like an absolute peach. I wish I could take all the credit for it, but actually I’ve been an incredibly lucky girl because a friend* of a friend** Stateside “reached out” to me and offered to help move me over from my original free WordPress site, to a self-hosted one. I didn’t get hugely involved in the bare bones of making it actually work, I just barked increasingly outlandish requests to my friend around the clock and expected him to get to it, pronto. I wanted widgets and plugins and buttons and pretties and sharing tools and analytics. Bloggy friends – you’ll be nodding along here. Yep, self-hosted. Freedom. Industry acclaim. Down with the cool kids. I’ve crashed and burned in your slipstream however, because most of you can code like badasses and are perfectly capable of managing your own website migration, and I cannot. But I am trying. Non-bloggy techy friends, I apologise if I’ve lost you already, have another thimble of fizz on me and gird your loins before reading on.

So, this lovely new site coincides with my blog turning two months old (actually I’m a couple of weeks out, but let’s roll with it for the purpose of romantic plot continuity). Jesus Christ and all his godfathers, when I started writing #1: Beef Stifado in the dead of night I had no idea of the world I was blindly tottering into. I just didn’t KNOW. It’s not just about the writing, is it? Being creative and tip-tapping away doesn’t even cover half of it. I thought I was the big cheese: all I had to do was download the WordPress app, start a free site, bang out a couple of posts and then wait for the book deals to roll in. Top of the non-fiction charts by Christmas, easy. Lo, it’s not a bit like that, sadly, at least not for me. See, there are all these THINGS that go on in the background of a successful blog. Things I’d never even bloody heard of before. Things that make me declare that the blogosphere is addictive, time-hungry, and a lot bit cray.

Here are some the most prevalent discoveries that have foxed, enlightened and cheered me since I hit publish on my first post at the end of May.

Yoast

You mean toast, right? Wrong. I mean Yoast. This bad boy is all to do with your SEO, or Search Engine Optimisation. I don’t know a whole lot about that either, except that I accidentally seem to be doing alright because if you Google my blog title, the entire first page of results are “my” things. No, Yoast is a clever little plugin that sits backstage all areas throughout your website, and optimises your shizz. It promises to turn my accidental good Google luck into a fully managed process, where my target keywords are inputted and then analysed to tell me how search engines perceive my post. I can then tweak the focus by amending the placement of my keywords within the primary elements of my blog post…still with me? Ok, I’m at risk of losing you and we’re only on point number one. Suffice to say – there are algorithms. In the words of Chris Martin, “questions of science, science and progress, do not speak as loud as my heart”, but SEO is big news so I’m willing to get in amongst it.

Linkys

You mean Linkies, surely? You can do grammar, right? Yes, but no. Linkys are like blog post networking events, and they are hands down straight up the best thing I’ve found to get my brand name known and my posts being read by people across the board. Effectively, there is a host, or a small group of co-hosts. They invite other bloggers to upload links to a chosen post into the “party”. Each person who links up is then asked to read and comment on a designated number of other posts, including the host’s post, and perhaps share a couple on social media. Bingo, your audience is widened, your website attracts more traffic and comments, and you actually get to cruise around the Blogosphere finding stuff that you genuinely enjoy reading. In a lovely, lucrative world, a blogger’s fanbase is so established that any new post gets pounced on by salivating readers immediately, and they don’t need to do any promotion beyond a quick automated notification that something new has been published. But where’s the fun in that?

Klout

Caveat #1: I absolutely do not get this. Like, totally over my head. Klout is an application that measures your social network performance against some sort of mind-boggling scoring system, to give you a Klout rating which then translates into leaderboards. Christ knows why it’s called Klout because all it makes me think of is clouting someone over the head with a dead cod. The first time someone asked to be Klouted in a conversation I was following, I thought they’d been supping at the crazy juice while trying to get a few too many posts published against the clock. To quote Wiki, Klout scores range from 1 to 100, with higher scores corresponding to a higher ranking of the breadth and strength of one’s online social influence. While all Twitter users are assigned a score, users who register at Klout can link multiple social networks, of which network data is then aggregated to influence the user’s Klout Score. When you sign up, you select a number of areas of expertise, and you can then award fellow Klouters a Klout as an endorsement against one of their key skill areas. In truth, while I get the mechanics behind it, I don’t quite comprehend how this translates into real brand impression on the end reader. For example, if I’ve emailed you one of my posts and you email me back telling me it made you cry, THAT means far more to me than a Klout score of 100. But in for a penny, in for a pound, as they say. Konsidering I’d never even heard of Klout six weeks ago, I should get a K for trying.

StumbleUpon

Caveat #2: I absolutely do not get this. Like, totally over my head. It appears to effectively be a random generator of the whole of the internet, based on you plonking in few fields of interest against your profile. Kind of like an uprevved version of the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button on Google that no-one really uses. It works by users sharing content that others might also be interested in…for example, if you take a look to the left of this page, there’s a little floating toolbar with a few sharing icons on. You could “stumble” this page, and whack in a description such as “blogger girl is completely clueless”. Over yonder, some other dude might have a specific interest in clueless blogger girls (for wholesome, educational purposes, let’s hope) and bingo, my page is matched to his preferences and lands in his viewing window. He can then give it a thumbs up (yay!) or a thumbs down (boo!), but the former is more likely to boost traffic to my site. A few of my bloggy friends have said that StumbleUpon generates more activity to their blog than any other media platform, which is amazing as it really does confuse the shit out of me. But, having taken a quick squizz at my analytics, I have been “Stumbled” a fair few times, so I’m willing to play the waiting game on this one and see where it gets me.

Scheduled Tweets

BB (Before Blog), I would often spend the night feeds scrolling through Twitter, desperately trying to stay awake and ignore the sound of the dawn chorus. I would see a few tweets from my bloggy pals and think “woah, I wonder what she’s doing awake at this hour? Dedicated to the max.” I think I even replied to one once, asking why the actual eff was she up, brilliant post though, etc. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that seeing those tweets made me feel slightly less lonely in my awake-dom, while the rest of the world snoozed away.  Then, once I’d embarked on my blog and realised that Twitter dominates all, someone told me to get an app that schedules tweets. Oh. So my friend wasn’t awake at the same time as me, after all. I totally get it now – scheduling means that you can still post to social media without having to actually DO it in real time, you can reach international followers in different time zones, take a weekend off but still retain a visible presence and so on. But a little piece of my innocent self got blindsided by technology – I imagine not for the last time, either.

Tribal Love

I’ve saved the best until last. Somehow, while roaming around the interweb like Dick Wittington wearing a blackout blind, I managed to stray into the most amazingly supportive network of ladies (and a few chaps) who operate under the hashtag of TribalChat. The founder is the Mary Poppins of the blogging world, @Mummyinatutu. The woman is amazing, seriously. In May she wrote this brilliant article appealing for other like-minded bloggers to set up a tribe with her, to share ideas, give feedback, help to promote each other, and generally just have each other’s backs as friends and peers within the field. Tutu is always coming up with new ways for us to interact, and I have learnt so much from her and the tribe since being welcomed in. I genuinely wouldn’t know what the hell to do if I didn’t have these guys gently nudging me into various corners of bloggy expansion. I’m nowhere near where I want to be in comparison to most of the tribe, many of whom are legit megastars, but they’re helping me to get there just a smidge quicker. There wasn’t even a bogwash initiation ceremony! If you’d like to join us, tweet @TribalChatTweet and Tutu will tell you everything you need to know. #TribalLove

So, that’s my little roundup of two months as a blogger! What did I start this post for? Oh yeah, new shiny website. Explore away.

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* Alex Brinkman of Green Tree Media LLC

** Grant Schildhouse, owner of First and Lexington and Godpapa to Mouse

– SJW July 2016

93 Comments

  1. July 8, 2016 / 12:46 am

    Sooooo. I guess I need to work out all these things you’ve just posted about?! I was with you at ‘blog’ and ‘linkys’ but I think I need Google Translate for the rest of it ???????? Thanks for encouraging me to spend even longer pissing about on the Internet now ????????

    • July 8, 2016 / 12:56 am

      It’s a murky old river, believe me, I’m standing up to my armpits and I can’t see my toes!! Nah, good content is half the battle. You’re alright, not so sure about me ???? thanks for being the first to comment before I even board the linky train!

  2. July 8, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Some stuff I don’t get either here hahaha! Congrats on turning self-hosted #PicknMix

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:52 am

      Thank you – don’t worry, there’s masses I don’t know still! Masses! #picknmix xx

  3. July 8, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Hahah I love this. Mostly because you are hilarious, but also because I totally know how you feel. Although linkys are truly the best thing I have discovered as well, it has also been very time consuming and I had no idea what diving into this mad, mad linky world was going to do to my ‘real world’ life lol. Great round-up here! #triballove

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:53 am

      That’s a lovely comment, thank you ???? glad it’s not just me feeling like a rabbit in the headlights at times! Xx

  4. July 8, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Wow, you have learnt so much in 2months! I have been blogging over a year and there are still some of these I don’t understand! I honestly don’t have a clue about Klout so I’ve not even made an account, I have stumbleupon but don’t actually know how to use it. Blogging is a massive learning curve and it seems like you have learnt so much already. Congrats on going self hosted 🙂 xx #picknmix

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:56 am

      Ah thank you, I think there’s a lot to be said for growing organically, probably less stressful overall!! A year is amazing though. So many blogs don’t get that far (probably because of the pressures of klout etc, ha) xx

  5. July 8, 2016 / 9:31 am

    I’ve just hit 3 months and I’m clueless I have a tame house geek who I make ridiculous requests too and he, by the power of some voodoo magic or something makes them happen or he just rolls his eyes and shakes his head. Sometimes I go to him and I say one of the tribe girls was talking about this pluggin or that pluggin and he looks at me in a pitying way and says but Becky you already have that! I know should make more of an effort to find out the inner workings of my blog but I don’t want to make my geek obsolete. I klout daily and stumble regularly – I could be talking about a night out with the girls ???? – without really understanding how it works but it does, again I think it could be that Internet voodoo at work but I enjoy klouting (that sounds so wrong) on really random things – I’m an expert in Stephen Fry ! It don’t get more random that that
    #triballove

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:57 am

      Hahaha I’m totally going to klout you on Stephen Fry expertise and add something random to mine! Is chocolate a category?!! Still can’t believe you’ve only been on the scene for 3 months. You’re amazing. Xxx #triballove

  6. July 8, 2016 / 9:47 am

    The amount of work that goes on in maintaining a blog behind the scenes and beyond the actual writing never ceases to amaze me, and sometimes makes me a little bit sad too, if I’m honest. I didn’t start blogging so that I could Klout and Stumbleupon and promote myself on Twitter every five minutes, but such is the cross I must bear. The other ladies in #tribalchat make it worthwhile though. #tribe

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:51 am

      Yes – I’m with you. I think most people get hooked in by the writing first (rightly so) and then have a bit of a realisation that the world is considerably bigger than first anticipated! I completely get what you mean about all the tweeting and other ‘stuff’. We have a damn good #tribe though ???? xx

  7. July 8, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Oops – forgot to put the #fabfridaypost on my comment! Doh!

  8. July 8, 2016 / 10:59 am

    I don’t get Klout or Stumbled Upon either, but since getting made redundant 2 weeks ago, I want to start working more on building up my blog too. Thanks for sharing. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:41 am

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that Sarah. In that case I hope you’re able to build it up and get what you need from it. Thinking of you x

  9. July 8, 2016 / 11:41 am

    Whoa! This post holds a wealth of knowledge that I will need to read 6, 7, 303 times to absorb! But hey, why not. You have sound advice for another tinkerer of the type pad. I want more! TY! #fabfridaypost #stayclassymama

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:49 am

      Oh I’m not sure about that Lisa but thank you for the lovely compliment and for reading ????

  10. July 8, 2016 / 11:47 am

    Haha – your comment just made me laugh ???? I also do everything in the notes part of my phone which is no doubt a recipe for disaster. I don’t always write about strange techy stuff (I hardly ever write about strange techy stuff!) so please do hunt out my other posts. Thanks so much for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed it xx

  11. July 8, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Love your new site! You surpassed me after about a week as I don’t do or know much of this stuff, I just can’t bring myself to dedicate the time to it. I will just carry on with my tiny group of readers reading my ramblings haha. I do love the tribe though! You’re doing fabulous darling, keep it up and you’ll be a megastar soon enough (then maybe you can bribe your friend into doing my site for me eh?!) #stayclassymama

    • July 8, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Thanks Ed!! I absolutely admire your style though because you have a huge following already mainly from your writing quality, rather than tiptoeing into the world of shameless promotion like yours truly ???? Your group of readers is far from tiny but I’ll always be one of the hardcore ones cheerleading you from the front, haha. Let me know when you want me to put the bribery wheels in motion ???? apparently it’s super easy to migrate on your own but I wouldn’t stand a chance. Not a chance. #stayclassymama xxx

  12. July 8, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Thank you, I don’t think you need to know half of it in reality, I tend to get swept along in what other people are doing! Thank you for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed it. X

  13. July 8, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Ooh I had no ideas about Yoast! Will have to look into it! #triballove

    • July 8, 2016 / 6:48 pm

      You need to look with a clear head and no distractions, that’s my advice ???? xx

  14. July 8, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Your website is looking really fab! I have to agree that I don’t get StumbleUpon or Klout either and I’m four months in. Blogging is a steep learning curve but sounds like you are taking it all in your stride! #Triballove

    • July 8, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      Ah thank you lovely! I’m quite pleased with it. Would be nice to have a rest now though but don’t want to get forgotten ???? xx

  15. July 8, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    God, you sound like you’re more “on it” than I am! I haven’t ventured into Klout or Yoast yet, and it was only about a week ago that I persuaded Google to actually feature my blog on their first page when I typed in “Beta Mummy”…!
    Your new site looks amazeballs, by the way 🙂

    • July 8, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks! It is pretty. I take no credit. Still waiting to see if Klout pays dividends. I get the feeling no matter how much you do as a blogger, you can always do more, more and more until eventually you just rock in front of your computer in your PJ’s all day. Er…! Xx

  16. July 8, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I think I’ve got Yoast but I have no idea how it works so I think I need to get myself sorted a bit more!:) Great list you’ve got there:)

    mainy

    #PrettyinPlaydough

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:16 pm

      It’s quite self-intuitive, dare I say – if you spend a bit of time reading up on how it works and how to action the little traffic light symbols! Thank you for reading and commenting for #effitfriday xx

  17. July 8, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Excellent info! I shall try, but I am technologically confused and my tame geek grew up and moved away. At least he gave me beautiful twin grandbabies as compensation. Klout, hmm??? Does the tribal mama accept grandmas?

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:39 pm

      Maybe your twin grandbabies will grow up to be mini-geeks! We’re a very welcoming tribe. The more the merrier. Thank you for reading and commenting ???? xx

  18. July 9, 2016 / 8:46 am

    I can’t get my head around StumbleUpon either! I’ve just gone self hosted so I’m still getting to grip with Yoast too x #picknmix

    • July 9, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Oh well done on going self hosted too! Still really learning the ropes, haha. Thank you for reading and commenting for #picknmix

  19. July 9, 2016 / 11:10 am

    You’re way ahead of where I was at 2 months! I only just went self-hosted after a full year, and I wish I’d done it sooner. Not only do I love the freedom of it, but I wouldn’t be dealing with a broken links issue (WordPress.com links resolve to https instead of http, so there are loads of broken links to my site floating around the blogosphere).

    Anyway.

    Linkys are a great way to get your content out there and discover other people’s blogs, and I’ve found scheduling tweets to be really helpful. The tribe is by far the best part of the blog world, though – such a supportive group of ladies!

    • July 9, 2016 / 11:24 am

      Thank you – everyone I speak to says they wish they’d gone self hosted from the get go! Had a nightmare where none of my Shortlinks worked after I migrated which would have been so annoying, had my tech wizard guy not been able to fix it. Love the tribe we’re in! Thanks for reading lovely xx

  20. July 9, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Sam your blog looks amazing. Well done for keeping your friend of a friend on his toes and make him deliver such a lovely new look. I actually laughed out loud when I read your description of Klout! Brilliant. Happy 2 months blogging. x #triballove

    • July 9, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      Thank you for such lovely feedback. I’ve learnt 99% of it from the #tribe! Here’s to the next two, and the next… X

  21. July 9, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    This should be saved somewhere for all new bloggers to see! I’m only a few months in myself yet your way ahead of me and explain everything so clearly I’m going to have to bookmark! Maybe a new “how to blog” section is coming our way?! (Hint hint) just wanna say that I love your writing style and your blog looks ace!! #StayClassyMama

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Ah thank you for such a lovely compliment! I’m not sure I’m that far ahead of you, I just make the right noises in the right places ???? I’ll have to do a sequel in another two months when I’ve managed to mess up the site, haha. #StayClassyMama

  22. July 9, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Congrats on going self hosted 🙂 It really does give you so much more freedom on site design and more. Plus I would be lost without plugins! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • July 9, 2016 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you! I know, the more I look at my site the happier I am with it. Just got to not tinker tooooo much, lol. Thanks for hosting #picknmix ???? x

  23. July 10, 2016 / 12:34 am

    Ah thank you for a lovely comment, I’m in awe of you migrating on your own because I would have no clue!! It’s all a learning curve isn’t it. Glad to have helped with Yoast, it’s actually pretty self intuitive when it’s sitting there giving you areas to work on. Best of luck in growing your site xx

  24. July 10, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Wow that’s a lot of info to take in. I love yoast, and yes I was the same at first surely they mean toast. I have no clue what what klout score is, I looked into it and just don’t get it. The next on my list is to schedule my tweets. I am a stumbled and am growing to love it, although you can waste quite a bit of time stumbling. Thanks for sharing never new there was a tribe, off to check that out #KCACOLS

    • July 10, 2016 / 10:03 am

      Isn’t it funny to see what other people find easy to understand compared to what someone else might find baffling? I can’t get get my head around stumble at all! Thank you for reading and commenting for #KCACOLS, yes do come and find us, we’re very friendly ???? xx

  25. July 10, 2016 / 8:55 am

    You are doing great for two months in! The self hosted thing gets loads easier as you work out what l the menus are and get some nifty little plugins #triballove #kcacols

    • July 10, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Thanks, I hope so! Already got a few decent website ideas but no clue how to actually do them, ha. #KCACOLS #Tribe

  26. July 10, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Very nice! Going self hosted is the best thing I ever did #KCACOLS

  27. July 10, 2016 / 9:20 am

    I love your new blog – it’s looking so amazing and well done on getting to 2 months! You speak so much bloggy truth and there are quite a few that I still don’t get…Klout, Stumbleupon, as well as my continued stubbornness to change my writing style to please Mr Yoast. Fab post and here’s to many more months of posts that make me howl with laughter x #fabfridaypost

    • July 10, 2016 / 10:00 am

      Ha – I sometimes think Mr Yoast doesn’t quite get the creativity behind us writers and our clever plays on words, he’s quite black and white! Thank you for the lovely comments xx

  28. July 10, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Lots of great info here – so much still to learn and you have only been at it a couple of weeks longer than me ! #kcacols

    • July 10, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      Haha I bet there’s tons that you know that I don’t though! Swings and roundabouts ???? thank you for reading and commenting for #KCACOLS

  29. July 10, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Sorry ( I will stop shouting now), but I love the new self-hosted fab looking blog. Amazing. Also I too don’t understand Klout!

    • July 10, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Ah thank you so much! Still fiddling around with bits and bobs now and trying not to break it, haha. X

  30. July 10, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Whoops I need to put #KCACOLS

  31. July 10, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Congratulations on your 2 months of blogging! I really like you style of writing – very funny! I mean to come up with this: “Christ knows why it’s called Klout because all it makes me think of is clouting someone over the head with a dead cod.” Wow! lol! So many good lines here. Your blog looks fab by the way! Thanks for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

    • July 10, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      Aah, thank you – that’s a lovely thing to say Su. Still finding my feet but I think I’ve found my voice ???? thank you for hosting #FabFridayPost and helping me out with the badge code xx

  32. July 10, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Ah thank you! You may get this twice as the perfect website has given me a sync error, haha. Thank you for having me on the linky and of course I’ll come back soon xxx

  33. July 10, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Congrats on making the jump to self-hosted. It really is a whole new world and I don’t think any of us really understand what we’re getting ourselves in to when we start – but learning something new each week is really what keeps me so addicted to it all! #KCACOLS xx

    • July 10, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      You’re so right. Last week was a stonking great learning curve so maybe I’ll have a little break from learning new skills this week ???? thank you for commenting for #KCACOLS

  34. July 11, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Congratulations on going self hosted! I hands up do not understand Klout one bit. It’s so bizarre. It reckons I’m an ‘expert’ in things that I have never blogged about and don’t know anything about at all, but doesn’t think I know anything about things that I blog about all the time! And my score goes up or down seemingly randomly! I’ve given up trying to understand! #KCACOLS

    • July 11, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      Haha, it’s not really an exact science is it ???? I was taking it all seriously until I saw that someone else was an expert in Kim Kardashian, so I added chocolate as one of my key skills…! Thank you for reading and commenting for #KCACOLS x

  35. July 12, 2016 / 7:09 am

    Thank you! It certainly is addictive and I’m constantly seeing other little things to try. Your logo is very clever! #KCACOLS

  36. July 12, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Congratulations on self hosting, I would love to move for more creative control but with a 3month old baby and no technical ability, I’m waiting till I have more time! I hadn’t even heard of some of those terms so I’ve learnt something new today, thanks! #KCACOLS

    • July 12, 2016 / 12:45 pm

      Ah yes I’m in the same position as you and very very lucky to have a tech savvy friend! I’m learning, slowly, but these babies don’t give us much spare time for new skills do they ???? thank you for reading for #KCACOLS xx

  37. July 13, 2016 / 7:51 am

    This post is awesome! Thanks for explaining stumble I might have a bash at that. There really is a whole other techy side to blogging which comes as a shock! You are doing extraordinarily well though and the new website looks brilliant. I started in May too and am still moseying along really in the same place as I was 2 months ago! Well done it looks brill #KCACOLS

    • July 13, 2016 / 7:55 am

      Thank you for your lovely words! I bet you’re not in the same place. For one, you’re commenting on a linky (and a good one) and I bet you didn’t know about that in May. So in my book you’re doing pretty well too ???? #KCACOLS

  38. July 13, 2016 / 10:14 am

    Congrats on going self hosted its a pain while its going on but totally worth it ! Your site looks great I love the header images! If you’ve learnt all that in two months you are doing really well, I’m nearly a year in and still clueless on the some of the stuff you mentioned! Its great to connect with you through stayclassymama and tribal chat – thanks for joining #stayclassymama

    • July 13, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you, I’m pretty pleased with it although I keep tweaking, haha. Great linky! #stayclassymama

  39. July 13, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Brilliant post, I feel I should bookmark and revisit for the day when I become a grown up blogger but I can’t see when that day will come and get a bit confused with bookmarking so I’ll just wait and see and turn to all you in the tribe for help if it happens! Lovely, lovely new site – congratulations! #KCACOLS

    • July 13, 2016 / 2:22 pm

      Haha – I put all of my bookmarks in special places and can never find them! Maybe I’ll do a follow up in a few months providing I’ve not broken it. Thank you for reading for #KCACOLS (and because you like me!) xx

  40. July 13, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Congrats on the new site, it’s looking great! I’m so with you on the pain of linkys vs. linkies too… 🙂 #KCACOLS

  41. July 13, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Your comment about Klout and dead cod made me laugh (as did the one about random dudes searching for clueless bloggers for ‘wholesome reasons’).

    I had heard of Yoast but not really understood it so thanks for enlightening me!

    #FabFridayPost

    • July 13, 2016 / 9:23 pm

      Haha thank you for reading, I am to deliver education alongside lol’s so that you retain the information longer ???? No, I’m genuinely pleased you liked it, thank you for reading and commenting for #FabFridayPost x

  42. July 13, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Wow. You seem to have picked up a lot of knowledge in a very short space of time. Particularly intrigued by the tribalchat thing – will definitely investigate further #KCACOLS

    • July 13, 2016 / 9:23 pm

      Oh you should – we’re an almighty bunch not to be messed with ???? thank you for reading for #KCACOLS

  43. July 14, 2016 / 12:46 am

    Yes, blogging is nowhere near as simple as it seems, is it? I can’t believe the work! I’m still ignoring Klout – just can’t be bothered to learn! Stumble is so annoying. It can be amazing, but it’s a law unto itself & they really don’t like people trying to benefit from it!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • July 14, 2016 / 3:53 am

      I realised tonight that my stumbling game has been all wrong so I need to work on that, ha. If only it was just about the writing ???? Thank you for hosting #KCACOLS xx

  44. July 14, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Ha it is a bit crazy just how much goes on behind the scenes with blogging isn’t it?! Your site is looking lovely by the way!

    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix

    Stevie x

    • July 14, 2016 / 6:55 am

      Thank you very much, I’m really pleased with the site although I keep fiddling with things and I’ll probably end up breaking it ???? #picknmix

  45. July 14, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    You are much more clued up than I was after blogging for two months I think I was still just talking to myself. Thanks for linking to #picknmix x

    • July 14, 2016 / 11:52 pm

      Haha I doubt that, you’re fab. Anyway talking to yourself is the key sign of sanity…or is that the first sign of madness…thank you for having me on #picknmix, see you tomorrow! X

  46. July 15, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    Congrats on going self hosted it was the best thing I ever done. I attempted it myself with a lot of support from my hosts (TSOHost) I know literally zip about any techy things so I try to do as much myself as I can in an attempt to ‘teach’ myself basics #kcacols ps I still don’t get klout or stumbleupon and I’ve been blogging over 2 years

    • July 15, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      I know lots of people who have moved with TSOHost and said good things – way too brave for me! I agree though, being self hosted is fab. Thank you for reading and commenting for #KCACOLS

  47. July 20, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Loving the new look! I still have yet to venture into the self hosted side of blogging. It scares me lol. I used to check Klout daily but have stopped torturing myself as my score has never been over a certain number and usually stays about where it is now. I am on all the social media but sometimes am bad about being consistent. Thanks so much for linking up with #momsterslink and hope to see you tomorrow.

    • July 20, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Haha you should bite the bullet! Nah, if it’s working for you as is then why change? Let me know if you want me to klout you ???? thanks for hosting, busy week for me but I’ll join up again soon if not tomorrow. #momsterslink

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