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I Finally Got My New Blog Up

Blogger has changed a lot since I started my first blog on gardening 2006. Although what I wanted to post didn't take long to put together, getting the blog set up and following the new learning curve before getting that first post up took me about four hours plus the time to write and post the blog. I still have some tweeking to do, but I wanted to publish today because it was a theme day I didn't want to miss.

I was looking for a blog idea I would be passionate about and willing to commit to and keep current. That means I needed to be able to post quickly without a lot of research. I came across a blog by a woman in Pasadena who posted a photo each day of what she found of interest in her city. That seemed to be right up my alley. It was doable. I would be interested enough to actually follow through. I would also be able to incorporate my Zazzle promotion and link to other things I've written on HubPages and other sites and blogs for backlinks.

What I like even better is the chance to join a network of other daily city bloggers. They are all over the world, showcasing their cities for anyone interested in seeing them. The City Daily Photo Site features as many blogs as possible each day that are keeping up with the guidelines to share at least one photo blog a day. I've already found a number of other interesting blogs there. I applied to join last night. I don't expect to hear back before next week.

I'm really excited to finally have this live. I like that I can schedule posts ahead for days I don't have time to post. Now all I have to do is find some viewers and subscribers. The photo is a screenshot of the top of today's post.

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SoundNFury wrote on February 2, 2015, 1:09 AM

Very cool! Congrats on getting your blog up. I just started putting more content on mine these past few months, so I'm starting to get more hits.

MegL wrote on February 2, 2015, 1:50 AM

Shared on FB and commented on

cheri wrote on February 2, 2015, 2:29 AM

How I wish to learn from this but I think I need a lot more time to familiarize everything. I may be settling for simple sharing of my thoughts and feeling through writing sites like persona paper.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 2:35 AM

Good for you. It's always hard to get a new blog off the ground, but I hope I've learned a bit more about how to do it now.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 2:36 AM

Thank you so much, Meg. I saw your comment just now and replied. I really appreciate you getting the ball rolling. You are my charter commenter.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 2:38 AM

It's definitely easier to write on a site like this and not have to worry about templates and other setting behind the scenes.

jiangliu1949 wrote on February 2, 2015, 4:19 AM

I have never known this before .If I understand it correctly ,You meant getting your blog up will let you stand a chance of some advertisers paying you for advertiing .

Gina145 wrote on February 2, 2015, 7:04 AM

Good luck with your new blog.

I'd love to start one but can't think of an idea I'd be able to commit to. I struggle enough to come up with ideas for sites like this one.

ChickJ wrote on February 2, 2015, 9:05 AM

Can you post links to your blog on this site?

cinnafire wrote on February 2, 2015, 10:19 AM

A daily photo blog sounds like a good idea. Especially if you can get some great shots. Sounds like a good idea!

nbaquero wrote on February 2, 2015, 10:48 AM

BarbRad that is excellent, the best of luck with your new blog. The city daily blog is a simple but very interesting idea.

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SLGarcia wrote on February 2, 2015, 12:16 PM

Congratulations on your new blog. I have thought about doing something like that but barely have enough time to write here regularly.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 12:51 PM

There is a chance of this blog bringing in something from referral links, and, later on, from Adsense. It doesn't qualify for Adsense yet. My main affiliate will be Zazzle. I wish someone would buy something big this month. I'm within a dollar of the $50 payout there, but I won't get it until two months after the sales or referrals reach the threshold.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 1:27 PM

You take pictures. Why not try what I'm doing. You don't have to take the photo the same day you post it. You can use older photos. Some people hardly write any words. They just post the photo with a couple of sentences explaining the photos or why they chose them. I have hubs and other web sites and Zazzle products that are related to my local area, so this is a no brainer for me. The only thing different from my other blogs about the local area is that this one requires little time, since I already have a lifetime of photos.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 1:30 PM

I think it's against the rules, since it has affiliate links. I have posted it on tsu, (same user name as here), Facebook (look for my first and last name, and Twitter (barbsbooks).

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 1:31 PM

I think this is one I will stick with.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 1:36 PM

It fits me like a glove, as any of my friends here can probably see.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 1:38 PM

I like this one because I don't have make posts as long or as full of information. All I really have to do is talk about the photo.

FreyaYuki wrote on February 2, 2015, 2:19 PM

Congrats on getting your blog all set up already. Am currently working on my Blogger blogs too but it won't be quite a while before I can launch it since am still fixing up the theme. It does take time. Good luck with your blog emoticon :smile:

FreyaYuki wrote on February 2, 2015, 2:24 PM

It's pretty easy to start a blog on Google Blogger. It's free and they already have a few free themes for you to choose from. If you already like the way the themes they offer look and don't want to change anything, you can get started blogging right away. If you don't like Blogger, you can always try Tumblr. It's free too. There's also the free version of WordPress though it's more restrictive when it comes to the HTML and CSS side of things but if you don't care about that, then you can get started with blogging right away. You can monetize the blogs too (but the free version of WordPress doesn't allow ads) and write about whatever you want (though these platforms do have some terms and policies to take note of but that's how it is in other writing sites too).

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 2, 2015, 3:25 PM

Good job! I'll be over to see it. I like the concept of a blog dedicated to local photos. I think it would be a bit redundant for me since it would overlap so much of the basic theme of Old Roads Once Traveled.

I'm trying to spend more time on my blogs now that I've started monetizing them. I do have some housekeeping chores that are going to take some time, especially since the great turnover of 2014 is going to take some tracking down of dead links to Yahoo Voices, Squidoo, and Bubblews. And then there were all those companion posts I used to reconnect my ruined Bubblews multiple photo posts with their lost photos that no longer have a companion since I purged most of my Bubblews content. They are all going to have to be reworked. Guiness the Cat and I are also thinking about collaborating on another new blog for reviews that don't really fit in on any of the other three blogs thematically.

There can be a learning curve with Blogger, but it suits me for right now. Free and fairly easy is about all I can manage at the moment.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 3:35 PM

The nice thing about these blogs is that you can do as much or little as you like and the discipline exerted from knowing the network won't link to your page if you haven't posed until you post again keeps me motivated. I'm still waiting to get my acceptance to the network so I can be more visible by being featured on their site.

Gina145 wrote on February 2, 2015, 3:46 PM

You've certainly given me something to think about. I've got a few things I need to sort out in my life right now, but maybe once those are done I'll give it a try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

AliCanary wrote on February 2, 2015, 5:10 PM

Congrats to you! That's the same template I use for my "All Sorts of Art by Ali" blog--isn't it pretty? I think it shows off the artwork very well.

Carmelanirel wrote on February 2, 2015, 7:51 PM

Good for you. I don't know how much of a blogger I would be if I had one, but I know writing a good article takes time and I can't wait until I am able to do that again.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 10:30 PM

Those themes are a nightmare when you are used to Wordpress themes. I suppose it works the other way around, too.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 10:34 PM

I thought Blogger would be easier for this blog, since I don't have to maintain the site updating. I'd like to find a place for the product reviews I did for Squidoo that are asleep at HubPages. Maybe we could do some guest blogs for each other if the product category is broad enough.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 10:35 PM

It seemed easy to use and allowed for a sidebar so I can monetize. It's more flexible than the original template on my other blog.

BarbRad wrote on February 2, 2015, 10:36 PM

Writing a good article does take time, and my time will be very short when I activate my business again in a few days.

jiangliu1949 wrote on February 3, 2015, 4:12 AM

However it is still a closed book to me .I think you have a way with making money online .

bestwriter wrote on February 3, 2015, 5:40 AM

You have the tenacity to see to anything that is started. I admire you for that. Congrats.

WordChazer wrote on February 3, 2015, 3:20 PM

Good luck! I'm still working on putting my blog together; really need to get that on the road soon, as I'm becoming a big cheesed off with saying I'm doing it and never getting there.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 4, 2015, 2:21 AM

That sounds good. I was thinking about a broad, pretty much anything site--products, restaurants, services, anything that wouldn't fit well elsewhere, with backlinks to reviews on other sites. I'm sure Guiness could manage to keep it from becoming just a stuffy old review site.

BeadDoodler wrote on February 4, 2015, 7:03 AM

Good to hear you got your blog going. I find Blogger really easy to work with, and enjoyed blogging for several years. My blogging finally gave way to Facebook where I have more followers, but I really need to get back in to blogging. I hope your blog brings you great joy and some financial compensation.

shaggin83 wrote on February 4, 2015, 1:59 PM

I have never tried doing a blog. Unless I can earn money from it I probably would never bother. The photo you posted looks like you are doing a nice job on yours.

LilyDay wrote on February 4, 2015, 2:22 PM

At some point, I will probably start another blog. However, the ones I've had in the past didn't last for long. I do, however, know what conditions I personally need in order to get one up and running and to keep it running-- things not present when I tried to run the others.

FreyaYuki wrote on February 4, 2015, 3:25 PM

Agree. Am taking quite a bit of time too since I wanted to fix up and modify the theme and design layout. It's not always easy. But am looking forward to getting started too.

FreyaYuki wrote on February 4, 2015, 3:30 PM

You can earn money from blogs by using ads (like AdSense, Chitika, etc) and affiliate links (like Amazon). Google Blogger and Tumblr are free blogging platforms where you can potentially earn some income. But this is dependent on a lot of factors like traffic to your blog, how many readers you have, etc.

BarbRad wrote on February 4, 2015, 11:42 PM

i enjoy doing it, but whether it will bring in any income depends upon whether I can attract an audience. So far I don't qualify for Adsense there.

BarbRad wrote on February 4, 2015, 11:44 PM

Some people earn money from them and some don't. So far I've never found a hot enough topic to make money.

BarbRad wrote on February 4, 2015, 11:45 PM

I was more concerned it might be all cat products.

BarbRad wrote on February 4, 2015, 11:47 PM

Just as I ws going to throw myself into it gung ho, I read that blogging can interfere with making money as a freelancer. Of course, I'm not freelancing yet.

BarbRad wrote on February 4, 2015, 11:48 PM

I think the first few blogs are learning experiences.

WordChazer wrote on February 6, 2015, 4:50 PM

So what? I need a place to put my reviews that is not a revshare site. No disrespect to PP and all we have here, but many of the leads I am sent expect me to have a website of the same kind of posts as proof that I'm not blagging. I now have over 100 reviews, and only the last half a dozen get any action at any site where I have posted them so far, so I might as well put them all together on my own blog. I'm not freelancing yet either, for what it's worth.