Starting a Blog

First we have to understand – What is a Blog?

If you Search the Internet, you would find explanation as follows:

A blog is a discussion or informative site published on the Internet and consisting of discrete entries or posts typically displaying the most recent post first.

One way to describe A Blog is to imagine you have just “opened” a shop in a not so popular location in Singapore. Initially, not much people know the existence of your shop; let alone what you are selling (posting).

One day the first visitor (virtual visitor) visited your shop (your blog) and viewed your products or services (blog contents). Some will just leave without saying a word. Some may say they are also doing the same thing (commented on your posts). Some will tell you they can make your blog more attractive at a cost.

Irrespective what kind of visitors visited your blog, your blog is working. It will be working well if you have 300 or more people logging onto your blog each month. Better still if they engage with you through your blog.

Sometimes some of the blog owners loose interest in sustaining their blogs. No updates or new posts are written. So the blog becomes inactive.

Be a good guy doesn’t mean that you have to please everyone. As I mentioned before, in the Cyber world, we also have the good, the bad and the ugly. You have to put on your thinking cap to judge who are the good and genuine ones and not be afraid to “delete permanently” all comments that come into your blog that are malicious or not relevant to the theme of your blog.

The best way to start a blog and in understanding and publishing your interests/passion is to start thinking and document all your initial material contents before even going online to register for an account and start blogging.

There are eleven steps to think about before starting a Blog:

1) URL address (provide an ID to your blog. Cannot change after registration, e.g. <name>.wordpress.com or <name>.blogspot.sg

2) Provide a title to the blog (this is important as most search engines pick on the first few words in the title). Make it simple and have a few key words, e.g. Music a Stress Removal.

3) About – tell people what your blog is about (A good writer will know how to write to “engage” the viewers and have the WOW effect).

4) Provide a “signboard” to your blog (an image)

5) The blog provider normally has a set of free template or page layout for your selection. Of course there are also others who can design one for you for a small fee.

6) Categories (think of the initial categories of your posts)

7) Blogroll. (Think of the initial web links you would like to inform your viewers. It can be your other blogs, your friend’s blog or one important post you have written).

8) Search (provide a search feature)

9) Archive (provide an Archive feature)

10) Contact (provide an email contact for outside of blog communication). To agree in putting an email address, you have to be aware what has been discussed above about the good, the bad and the ugly. You may receive a lot of offers to improve your blog.

11) Prepare your first post – something you are interested or passionate about.

To date I have registered six participants who are willing to commit themselves in starting a blog. There is a lot of thinking and hard work before they can even start trying to go online to register the blog name of their choice. The participants have to get ready all the material contents before hands on workshop session can be convened.

The participants …
1) Florence Chang (Blog: Love in another Language)
2) Tan Mei Lin (Blog: Meaningful Poetry)
3) Mary Yap (Blog: My Life My Stories)
4) Bobby Bok
5) Esther Lim (Blog: Life Mysteries)
6) Frisna Tan
7) Grace Ong (Blog: Love Life)
Registration is now closed.

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Embracing a Digital Lifestyle

I am starting a WhatsApp chat group to allow those interested to share their IT (computer) discoveries with those in the group.

For those interested, we can arrange meet-ups in foodcourt, cafe, library or even in a volunteer’s home. You can also provide feedback to me as to what computer topic or smart devices (iPhone, smartphone, iPad, tablet) you would like to learn more or have trouble with. I can then consider to include in my monthly free IT (computer) talks in the library or other venues.

Currently I am providing an IT (computer) talks on the second Saturday of the month in Bukit Merah Library. Please visit my blog for details.

I am also, if time permits, considering doing another two hours IT (computer) Talk on a rotational monthly basis in various library branches.

To keep up with active ageing, I do also organise high tea, photo walks, sculptures hunting and other anniversary type of events like the once a year Christmas Walk.

For those interested, please provide me with your full name and mobile number through email, hewlee@gmail.com. Please do not provide your telephone number in the comments of this post.