I haven’t written any posts during the weekend. That’s because I’ve been busy painting walls, cleaning up, checking out new furniture, arranging and rearranging them as they arrive.
No, we have not moved into a new home, as in tangible-new-roof- over-our-heads new home (how I wish though). I’m talking about my new home, imomonline.net. I’ve been busy reading Codex and trying out new things with this theme (…well, apart from being busy at the G-Y-M! But that’s for another post 😀 ). Though I’m still feeling my way around here, I’ve learned to do a few tricks.
First of, getting FileZilla, which truly made my life easier. It’s a free FTP (file transfer protocol) client for Windows that’s so easy to use. Through FileZilla, I’m able to upload files into my site in a snap. Getting it was the first step that enabled me to change my theme.
When I first moved here, I had no idea what to do. So getting an FTP client that works fast, and consequently discovering how easy it was to change themes, really got me excited that I went on to explore other possibilities through Codex. Codex is like every WordPress blogger’s Bible or Koran – it’s the Manual for WP Blog Life, covering all topics from the basics to the more advanced tricks.
If you’ve noticed, my URL now comes with an image. Look closer – it’s my mom-&-nate avatar! It’s called a favicon. I’ve always wondered how it was done. Back in Blogger, I was able to create my favicon, but wasn’t able to hack it into my template. I finally got it on WordPress – not that hard at all. Here’s how.
WordPress comes with another wonderful feature – the ability to add plugins into your blog. This offers endless possibilities and high flexibility for a blog, since one can add as many plugins with specific functions as she likes. The sidebar widget plugin from Automattic has made editing my sidebar a whole lot easier. It works quite similarly as the sidebar widget in the New Blogger.
But there’s a lot more to do… More days reading and tinkering ahead.
All these new learnings are good. When I began “studying” Codex, my husband would see my eyebrows furrow and my face twitch in confusion. He’d ask what was wrong, and I’d say something about not understanding where to place some HTML code or generating an error with something I inserted into the template. He’d comment with a chuckle: “Wow, you’re really taking this blog thing too seriously huh!” Opo, kinarir ko po!
Well, who knows where this will take me. Maybe I’ll be like one of those who earn a living through blogging. Maybe I’ll be able to send one of my kids to school through blog-money, like how one mom did. Or maybe I’ll earn from Adsense just enough for ice cream with the kids. Or maybe I’m just having fun writing about whatever I find interesting.
One last question: WordPress or Blogger?
For me, it’s WordPress, hands-down! It takes a while to figure out some things (if you’re techie-slow like me!), but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be a breeze. At least my posts or photos don’t get lost here! (I hope they don’t…)