Category Archives: Blogging

WordPress site self-hosting – changing is not so easy?

We are told it is easy to migrate to WordPress site self-hosting from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. That may be the case if you have some technical expertise. If you haven’t then there are some things you should be aware of when you decide it’s time to self-host your WordPress website or blog before moving it to your selected host.

If you have published a lot of posts over a few years on a WordPress.com site you may be unhappy to find out there are some bugs after you decide to migrate to WordPress site self-hosting. Continue reading WordPress site self-hosting – changing is not so easy?

How can bloggers get more likes and comments?

If no one LIKES a post or COMMENTS on it the author may reasonably assume the post is of no, or little, value.

Then we need to reconsider what we are writing. Posts that fall on deaf ears may need to be trashed or re-written otherwise they are just redundant clutter. Culling and re-writing successful posts is important as a blog evolves and attracts new readers. A blog should never become cluttered and bogged down with irrelevant posts. Readers are lazy so by the time a blog has accumulated 250+ posts, even if many are still good and relevant, they will be buried deep under the latest posts and will seldom, if ever, be read again. Continue reading How can bloggers get more likes and comments?

Why did WordPress remove JUSTIFY and UNDERLINE?

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English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo 中文: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve written over 300 Posts on my WordPress blogs and I’ve never had a problem with editing until a few weeks ago when I discovered the JUSTIFY and UNDERLINE icons were removed from the editor bar. I wrote to WordPress Support and asked where they had put them. It took a couple of emails to find out that there is a link right above the title when writing a post which says:

 “There’s an easier way to create on WordPress.com. Switch to the improved editor.”

Continue reading Why did WordPress remove JUSTIFY and UNDERLINE?

Why are you following me?

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Question mark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While I was writing Jamoroki’s first birthday post it got me thinking about a few things.

It may sound like a silly question but I have just realised that after 1 year I have 300 followers. That’s not many, you may say, but it’s 300 more than I had a year ago. On top of that I have chosen to follow around 70 bloggers. So there’s at least 370 of us on the same or similar wavelengths.

Yet I don’t know why any of my followers are following me and none of the people I follow know why I am following them. Why? Because we are not asking each other the very simple question.

Noboby has ever asked me why I follow them and I have never asked anyone why they are following jamoroki until now.

Do we actually think about it and is it really that important?

Now I come to think about; yes, it is important because when I follow a blog it can be for a multitude of reasons and seldom the same reason for each blog. Some I follow because I love the way a person writes. Some because the content is helpful to me and informative. Some because I am intrigued by their experiences. And so on. There are so many reasons and  because I want to improve my blogging the feedback from followers (not just in comments) is extremely valuable information.

It seems such an obvious question that we should all be asking and the answers are readily available, yet no-one seems to have thought about it. So from now on I shall be asking new jamoroki followers –

‘Why are you following me?’

I will leave it up to the people I follow to ask me. Then I will see if any have read this post!

I’m looking forward to the answers which I will log and monitor over the next year. It should be fun but more importantly will give me an insight to what the followers like about jamoroki. They may even be bold enough to tell me what they don’t like also.

How to resolve a WordPress problem that can’t be solved.

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English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo 中文: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to a very helpful member of the WordPress Support team, Shawna Roberts, I have managed to get resolution to a problem I have failed to understand for some time. Unfortunately, though, although I have discovered what the problem is, WordPress is, at this time, unable to solve it.

So the issue is understood and has been resolved but the problem has not been solved. Continue reading How to resolve a WordPress problem that can’t be solved.

Happy birthday Jamoroki – it's your first

It’s hard to believe that it is only one year and nearing 150 posts since I published – my first blog post – which to this day has still received no likes and no comments. I’ve polished it up a little but the message hasn’t changed. Could it really have been that bad?

But I’ve moved on and now it seems like I’ve been blogging forever. I’m no big hitter by any stretch of the imagination – just happy that my pages have been viewed over 10,000 times and nearly 300 people enjoy following me. Writing my columns every month for The Displaced Nation and Expat Focus gets me out of jamoroki’s box and is good fun. Thanks to both of you for airing my stuff. Continue reading Happy birthday Jamoroki – it's your first

How to take control of your blog and make it fun again

I recently came across a post entitled ‘letting down my guard and writing what I want to write’ by Miriam. I find the post moving in it’s honesty. Therefore, I was not surprised to see the large number of emotive comments, in response, from people who feel the same way as Miriam does. The post and one of the comments from ‘lostandfoundbooks’ inspired me to write this post in support. Continue reading How to take control of your blog and make it fun again

Who are the blog competitions REAL winners?

In order to answer the question posed we need to recognise that blogging falls under the arts. Just like authors, painters, sculptors, photographers, film-makers and musicians, bloggers do not compete directly with each otherIn fact  it can be argued that , if anything, competition stifles creativity which is the very essence of art. Continue reading Who are the blog competitions REAL winners?

How to consistently produce quality blog content

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English: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are new or relatively new to blogging, having to learn the ins and outs of how WordPress works, managing the blog itself, the technical aspects plus integrating social media and fielding the myriad emails that fly in all day and every day, you will appreciate how undeniably daunting it is. I learned in a short time to respect all the part-time bloggers who have full-time jobs. If you are one, honestly, I really admire you. How do you do it? I still feel like I am back at college reading for a degree. Having said all that it is one of the most exciting, challenging and invigorating projects I have ever undertaken. Continue reading How to consistently produce quality blog content