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One Year Later: On the technical aspects of blogging

(Hard to believe, but I am coming up on the first anniversary of the launch of this website/blog the end of this month.)

This blogging gig has proven to awaken my inner geek, requiring her to be on-call 24/7.  In that respect, I can be quite grumpy and reluctant as regards the technical aspects of blogging.  So time consuming!  However I am greatly appreciative for the huge learning curves thrown my way that need to be fielded because they require an active attitude of ‘lifelong learning.’

For instance, the issue of updates and backing up data and the website in general has been an on-going concern.  This being a self-hosted WordPress site, most of what needs to be addressed on a regular basis is done by myself rather than WordPress.  The choice to be self-hosted was a deliberate decision as it offers a greater freedom in use of customizing WP templates and purposes.  Learn-as-you-go works for awhile, but after awhile, much of what is labeled, ‘maintenance’ is far from being routine.
Case in point: a few months ago I took the bull by the horns looking for new options for backups in order to address the compounding update issues that cannot continue to stay ‘on hold.’  Laughter-1I realized my original ‘UpdraftPlus’ plugin wasn’t pulling its weight, so I went on a Google research rampage in search of a more suitable solution. Several hours later, I found an-in-your-face-obvious-option I hadn’t noticed at first sight, right on the cPanel of my website host service.  A simple button named -you guessed it- Backups.
While I now have a better back-up plan, the updates are still continuing to accumulate.  The next step is for me to learn how to implement a ‘clone website.’  That way, I can do updates and see how they change the overall site while not interfering with the live site.  The fun part of establishing a clone site is that it will enable me to do all sorts of experimental things while not interfering with the live site.  That is indeed a geeky creative desire on my part, I know.  We’ll see.
The techie aspects of blogging have become more deeply woven into my creative path.  This is a very good thing.  Serving to strengthen and expand my knowledge of Word, Windows, and various home recording programs, it has also made me a more confident user of this creative tool called the computer.
When something works it’s uber rewarding.  One of the highlights of my November blog posts was the addition of a real-time word counter in my sidebar during NaNoWriMo; and deleting it once the event had ended.  This sense of mastery has also bled over to the techie stuff I’ve been learning and using with my new Notion Score Software.
Yes, I have acquired a certain computer savvy over this past year.  Does this make me an expert?  No. (insert laughter photo here,too!) But it does qualify me to pass on this bit of wisdom those true computer-masters in my life passed onto me during my personal Techie Renaissance.



  1. deborahbrasket

    Congrats on one year! That is a lovely milestone. My daughter started a wordpress .com blog recently and I was amazed how much work it was compared to mine at .org. It was also so much harder to get followers. On the other hand, she was able to customize much more than I’m able to, as you have done here. So there are trade-offs. Either way though, blogging can be so rewarding. I’m glad I found yours.
    Your flow chart is hilarious, by the way!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for the encouraging words about my .org websiteblog…as with most things in life, there is more freedom to do different things on .org but also more ‘responsibility’ goes along with that, too…HA!
      The infamous follow button is non-existent in .org as is any possibility of being freshly pressed.
      Those are the two aspects of .com that I wish would be more inclusive of the WordPress community as a whole.
      Interestingly, I noticed several blog recs and freshly pressed posts to be dated 2011…so maybe us on .org aren’t really missing out after all, eh?
      At any rate, I too, am glad we found each others internet presence regardless of our ‘dot’ status.

  2. Anna Scott Graham

    Oh my goodness, that last graphic is hilarious! I need to get a copy of that for the wall next to my machine.
    I give you all kudos, props, etc, for having a self-hosted site. Has a year truly passed? That doesn’t seem possible (although I know it is). Looking forward to hearing how the clone site works, and seeing the results on the live site.

    • laura bruno lilly

      My youngest sent that on to me a few years ago when I began updating my computer skills in earnest! The best part is that if you click on the pic, it takes you to the site which actually encourages you to print it out…talk about share-ware. (Groan)

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