Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Help! 10 Things I Need to Know About Blogging

Let me start by explaining why I blog.  That may affect some answers.  The main reason I blog is to document our life and memories.  I want to look back years from now and have a record of not just those big, special moments, but also those everyday life moments that we take for granted.  Besides documenting life, I love blogging for the community.  I have gotten to know some pretty awesome people.  It is not my intention to make money from blogging, and if that's your intention, then good.  Get it girl.  No judgment here.  Making money off blogging would require some talent, and I'm lacking in that area.

Yeah, English was my least favorite subject.  I always made A's.  Little bragging....I made straight A's from 9th grade all the way through college.  I may have made straight A's before that.  I can't remember.  I just know that 9th grade was the year grades really started to count.  English was always my least favorite subject and the one subject I had to put forth the most effort.  #mathnerdforlife

So now that you know that I have no plans to become a successful writer and make millions of dollars, let's get started.

1.  How do you upload your pictures?  Up until last week, I would upload my pictures through the Blogger app.  I was getting frustrated because my pictures were looking crappy.  I don't expect perfect pictures, but I expect them to look at least the same quality as the display on my phone.  Well after doing some research, I figured it out.  After following the steps in this link, the quality of my pictures have been much better.  I also learned that I needed to upload the pictures from my computer.  For some reason, uploading them from the app decreased the quality, even if I followed the steps from the link.  I am the worst about downloading pics off my phone onto the computer.  So, I've been emailing myself the pictures that I want to post and just downloading those to my computer.  So, what is your picture uploading process?

2.  So now that I know how to make my pictures look better, is there an easy way to fix my pictures from my previous posts?

3.  I want to fix the pictures from previous posts because I would like to print my blog...because memories, duh.  Have you printed your blog?  If so, what company did you use?  I think I have read about Blurb before.

4.  And because very few things scare me more than losing all my pictures and life documentation, do I need to do a blog backup?  How?  How often?

5.  I think I read Blogger has a photo limit?  Like I said...I think.  True?  Or did I just dream that?

6.  So if there is a limit, should I switch to WordPress?  That would probably be the only reason I would want to switch to WordPress, unless I learn something awesome that I didn't already know.  Remember, mostly family documentation.  I have no desire to know anything about SEO, schedule tweets, or any of that other fancy stuff.

7.  But....would WordPress make commenting better.  This one I truly struggle with.  Do you respond to someone by commenting or emailing them?  I try to do email, but I'm finding a majority of people don't have their email setup.  And if I'm doing email, are people looking at my posts thinking I don't answer anyone because they can't see a response.  I really have enjoyed interacting with others and don't want anyone to think I'm ignoring them.  So do you respond to comments with a reply on the blog post, or do you send an email?

8.  Google+???  What? Why?

9.  What app do you use to read the blogs you follow?  I have tried Bloglovin' and hate it.  Currently, I'm paying an annual fee to use BazQux Reader because it is compatible with my FeeddlerPro app.  I just love the layout of FeeddlerPro, and being able to star and tag posts makes me really happy.  So what do you use and why do you love it?

10.  I'm pretty sure I have at least 10 more questions in me.  But since it's just 10 on Tuesday, and not 20 on Tuesday, tell me what websites you read for blogging tips.  Maybe I can find the answers to my other 10 questions.

Linking up with Karli for 10 on Tuesday, and Whitney for Tuesday Talk.  



  1. Oh my goodness. This post is making me anxious (in a good way)! Please tell me you're going to do a follow up post if you find the answers. I use PicMonkey to edit my pics...other than that I have no answers for you....

  2. Hi Misty! Just stopping by from the Link up to say that we blog for the same reasons. I'm not a scrapbook-er and I enjoy writing. It's cheaper than therapy! Especially if you do it while enjoying a glass of wine!

  3. Hi Misty! Just stopping by from the Link up to say that we blog for the same reasons. I'm not a scrapbook-er and I enjoy writing. It's cheaper than therapy! Especially if you do it while enjoying a glass of wine!

  4. I like this topic :) I too started a blog to document our lives, I want this to be a keepsake I can look back on one day. I would love to hear how others print their blog and where they print. I always upload my pictures through the blogger app and haven't noticed a difference? Or I do it on the blogger site itself. I hope blogger doesn't have a photo limit!! And Google + - really don't know much about it just that it's another form of social media, but it hasn't taken off like I think google thought it would.

  5. I use squarespace and think it is AMAZING

    1. Thanks so much for the suggestion! Definitely will be checking it out.

  6. Hi Misty...thanks for stopping by my little blog!!! It took me forever to learn how to upload pics...but I always use Blogger. I don't understand Google +, either. I had never heard of Blogger having a picture limit. I am not planning on switching over to another blogging site anytime soon. I love blogger!!! It is simple (ish), and easy to use!

    1. Yeah, I don't think I'll be switching over anytime soon either. I'll have to look into the picture limit. It's starting to drive me crazy :)

  7. Seriously the things to learn are endless and overwhelming. I'm still trying to balance the pros and cons of switching to wordpress or staying with blogger. From what I can tell my pictures are all saved to a picasa album so I am assuming there is no limit but I may be nuts. Have never heard of printing but oh my goodness that would be amazing so I look forward to hearing about that. Commenting was my biggest hangup for awhile...I definitely wanted interaction with those that were commenting because the relationships have been the most fun. I started responding directly through email to those that were not no-reply bloggers but it was so overwhelming and time consuming trying to keep track of who I had and had not responded to. I started using Disqus and it has at least been easier from my side. I'm still trying to figure out where I want to go with this blog thing...it has been such a great outlet for me but definitely overwhelming at times. Looking forward to your follow up. :)

    Shelly||The Queen in Between