So what am I going to write about? Well here is my un-planned and off-the-cuff list of blog content ideas for 2017. I may or may not write about these, and no doubt there will be additions and resets to this list.
You may or may not know this, but this site (like many, many others) use WordPress to do lots of things. I write the posts in WordPress, which is a bit like on online word processor or very similar to any web based email client.
How you setup WordPress is super important. The default installation looks kind of boring, has some old-fashioned defaults for things like the URL/web addresses (permalinks in WordPress) that get created when you create a new blog post. There are quite a few ‘need to knows’ when setting up a WordPress blog.
Then there are themes which control how the site looks. In a second you can make your site look very 1990s, ultra modern, up with the latest styles, functional, wacky or just good old useful. With so may themes out there it really is a case of making a choice between the good the bad and the ugly. This site uses a theme, my other sites use themes which may or may not be the same. Themes can be free or paid (premium). Its useful to know where to get useful themes and what to think about when choosing one.
Next are plugins. These extend basic WordPress and add some clever functionally that helps the reader, the blog writer or the site administrator.
There are thousands or hundreds of thousands of WordPress themes and plugins. Am I boring you already? Probably. But there are a few technical things a blogger needs to know or be aware of, so I might blog about that. Helps me at least as then I can look something up again in the future when I need those details again.
Okay failures is a strong word. But there are plenty of lessons that can be learned by looking back at what didn’t work for me. Experience is a collection of failures and success viewed through the prism of time, so I think it is a topic worth writing about.
Memories and Past Experience
Confession time: as I write this I’m forty-five years (45) old. I’m not one hundred percent sure how that actually happened and feel I should demand a recount. But as a child of the 70s there are things I lived through that have stuck in my mind and might be worth remembering for prosperity. Diary style. Maybe.
Again this could be age related. But I’m thinking I can probably write a little about the music and songs I like or have enjoyed. The kind you hum in the shower, or ones that fire the imagination or bring nostalgic memories of the world at that time.
Writing about the now and business ideas or approaches for the future
What? Well its the fuel that makes many a web entrepreneurs wheels spin around. Not so exciting, but can be useful to some readers
I love working as a book producer. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a book you have worked or collaborated on hit the shelves. Well there is something better and that is seeing the paperback version available, but that is another story. Concepts, plots, writing, editing, layout, book cover design, descriptions, promotion: its not all drinking Starbucks and book signings!
Youtube Video Production
This is a new topic for me. As part of my simplybetterenglish.com site I’ve been exploring and learning how to produce home studio videos. Think lighting, sound, camera, production editing etc.
Like memories this probably touches on diary style. I don’t like to broadcast my life on social media and I’m very private about my family’s right to privacy. So I’m thinking here more about semi philosophical points, observations on life and those ideas that are (maybe) worth sharing.
Let me know in the comments what you’d like me to write about (but please no adverts for pharmacies, hair products etc ;)). Thanks.