I am gonna need some serious help from above people. I have decided to work on the blog’s format. We are headed into unchartered waters here. I am putting out fair warning now that things could get ugly. I have absolutely NO computer experience whatsoever and no friends around here who do either. My brother originally set this thing up for me and then he said, “I work on MACs, Sis, you’re on your own from here on out!” Since then, I have come to find out that he really meant it.
Needless to say, I am learning from the internet as I go along. Tonight I watched a tutorial on RSS feeds and how they work so that was interesting (snore). At least I understood what the guy was talking about! I know that I put the lymedisease.org RSS feed on my site so that you could easily click to their page and see all the latest news that is going on in the world of Lyme Disease. Those are the little news headlines on the bottom right side of the page as you are reading the blog (for those who weren’t aware). Tonight I watched how to set up MY page so you can RSS it to yourself. That way, every time I write an updated entry you will automatically get it sent to your device (phone, i-thingy, or whatever you are using).
I know that I have underutilized this blog. I originally had a place for comments but I didn’t have a spam blocker on my site because we had no idea what we were doing. I had to sort through some pretty shady stuff those first few months, let me tell you! I was traumatized. Well, now I have a great spam blocker on there and I have even put up some blocked words in the URL line and the actual content of the comments themselves which will send the messages directly to spam so I don’t have to be insulted ever again. Technology CAN be a friendly place to exchange words with people if you know how to block out the meanies.
Don’t get me wrong, if you have read this blog much at all, you will know that I have a sharp-edgy-witty-cynical-borderline offensive-firehouse banter attitude when having a lively “disagreement” about something but that doesn’t mean that someone has to get downright MEAN about a friendly little discussion. There’s definitely a difference and I would rather not have to tolerate it in the comment section of this blog if you don’t mind. I would appreciate it, thank you. Enough said on that topic, moving on to more developments for the future of the blog!
I hope to find a way to get it connected to Facebook. I tried to open a Lyme Lens Facebook page but I stopped using it because I already have a personal page (apparently you can’t have two pages which I didn’t know at the time). So, I have to look into opening some type of business page or something like that in order to have a second page dedicated to Lyme Lens. That’s why this hasn’t appeared on Facebook much yet. I really wanted to keep it separate from my personal page because my friends get bombarded with my illness enough, they don’t need to have it all over their Facebook pages from me as well. It’s nice to have a place where I can go that doesn’t involve my disease all the time and that is my personal Facebook page. So, hopefully I can get the Lyme Lens Facebook page up and running soon so I can post the blog there and get the comments rolling.
I DO have a Twitter account for Lyme Lens and I always tweet when I have posted a new blog so people can check it out. I know that I get a lot of my readers from Twitter because of that. I appreciate having that forum and I love my Twitter followers! Thank you for reading! I appreciate you. It’s just tough to formulate good conversations in 140 characters or less most times.
As far as any other social media sites, I am lost. I don’t even know what Tumblr is and I think Instagram has to do with pictures so that doesn’t really pertain to writing a blog (although I DO focus a lot of my attention on photographs…). Other than that, I don’t even know the whole Google Blogger system very well at all either. I asked my brother if my blog was part of WordPress.com and he didn’t know so I don’t even know what type of cool features I can use to jazz up the appearance of it! I am terrified that I will lose all of the work that I have already put into this labor of love, although I would love to try the Jetpack features…
So, I am off to study some more or else you will never see any changes on this blog. I don’t know what will happen to the site. Don’t be surprised if someday it has a purple background with magenta letters, the photos are lined up along the sides, there’s no categories or archives or tags and you can’t find anything except that day’s entry….I will get better at it, I promise.
If you want improvement you can’t be afraid to step out there and make a change, even if it means some mistakes along the way. I am getting so sick of looking at that same damn sunrise picture along the top when I open my own freakin’ blog. I can only imagine that you feel the same way. Time to mix it up people!