How technically savvy are you?
I know my way around computers although I am not an expert, but I do get by. I taught myself and I got my first personal computer in 1990 with Microsoft Windows 3.0 installed on it. The first versions of Windows (1.0 through to 3.11) were graphical shells that ran from the MS-DOS operating system, so I also learned DOS. I started out with WordPerfect which I used to update my resume and write cover letters, but I soon moved to MS Word. Next, I learned Excel and then I learned Access. I also learned AutoCAD and MS Paint. There is always something to learn and that is what makes computers fascinating.
Did you launch and set up your blog on your own or did you need help with it?
I wrote a couple of books and when I was trying to market them, I read that it was good to have a platform, so that is why I came to WordPress. I had no idea that I would end up becoming a blogger at the time and I knew nothing about having a website. I signed up for this thing called Bluehost because I thought it was necessary and it was expensive and I never used it. I wrote a few posts before I met this blogger named Sight who told me what I was doing wrong and he helped me a lot. He gave me his email address, but he never told me his actual name. He told me that I was part of the JFSS family which included me J for Jim, F for Fandango, S for Sandy and S for Sight. Sandy was the first to leave and Sight is gone now and that is what happens to families.
Do you feel that it is more important to have a flair for writing or have good computer skills to be a successful blogger?
I worked as a technical writer for years, producing technical documents that are basically boring to anyone other that the people that they were produced for, but through this experience, I learned how to do research, so I am a research writer. Unless it is Stream of Consciousness Saturday, I look things up before I try to write about them. I am not really interested in being a successful blogger, as I don’t plan on trying to make any money out of this. I write for my own enjoyment, but blogging is great for developing writing skills and improving your vocabulary. I have made 2,433 since I started my blog on April 23, 2017 and my stats say that I have 1,153 followers now, of which I only feel like I know very few of them. On November 17, 2019 my posts received 453 views that day which is my best ever, mostly because of my Song Lyric Sunday post Done with the Verb Do got 249 views that day. I try hard to make good posts for SLS, but nobody has ever commented on anything that I write for these posts, even though they do get a lot of likes. Since success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, in blogging that means getting a reaction which relates to comments and I have since given up on success.
Written for Dr. Tanya of Salted Caramel Blogging Insights # 38: Technical Aspects of Blogging.