To Blog Or Not To Blog

I’ve been asked several times about the blog program I use and how do I get it to look different from all the others. Here’s how.

I use WordPress for my blogging program. I have my own site, so I’m not limited to any one theme. The theme I use for this blog is “Telegraph”. A couple of sites I help manage use “IAmSocial”, a slightly different layout which is better for them than this one.

My greatest thank-you to the programmers who made these themes is for including a mobile-centric layout. I don’t have to fiddle with the phone when I’m adding information/a post from my phone (my work computer doesn’t have Internet access, so quick posts are done from my phone.) It’s nice to be able to use the site’s back end without needing to borrow another computer with Internet access.

Most of the themes you get today include an option for customization of the colors and background images as well as the text (to a certain degree). You can also decide where you want to put your extraneous information in the footer. The two themes I use have four sections for the footer and/or sidebar options.

So where do you get WordPress? I got mine from wordpress.org as well as getting the themes from the same place. I’m told you can Google “free WordPress themes” and come up with a multitude of sites that have themes for the program. I’m leery of going offsite for themes. You never know how safe they are for you and your computer.  I’ve been using WordPress for about 14 years now and haven’t had a problem with it. Yes, I’d recommend it to people. I find it simpler to use than some of the other blogging programs available.

Oh, one more thing. If you don’t have your own site, you can create a blog on wordpress.com for free.

Happy blogging!

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