Day 233-Wednesday's Medical Minute-…Or Is It?

Good morning everyone! While I know today is supposed to be the day for medical news you can use,  I just have to tell you how excited I am, after yesterday’s long day of work, to finally have a post done on my newly renamed website! I’m attempting a collaboration between this site and that one, which I’m calling Products from the Patio. I wanted to create a place where I can still be helpful by providing product reviews, recipes and buying guides from the things I talk about here on the patio.

I would like to invite you all to check out my first post- Product Review-SiteGround Hosting Service-and I plan on trying to do a bit more design work today if I can, I finally gave in around 6pm last night when my eyes started crossing. You can only look at the computer for so long! I realize, that by now I should have an email list, but since I don’t, I’m asking y’all to check it out right here. I appreciate any constructive criticism and/or feedback you can give, not only on the post, but the website in general. I am still not happy with the theme, maybe that is what I will tackle today.

Yesterday’s post is my first attempt at putting an affiliate link on my website-and I did a banner too! So, I have to include my disclaimer right now…this post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on a banner or link, I may get a little compensation.  The bad news is, by the time I finally figured out how to get the banner on, it was late and I’m unhappy with where I put it, which is at the very bottom of my webpage…but hey, it’s on there!! I’m so proud of myself, yet I realize I have lots of work to do. So, with that being said, here is what the post is about.

Those of you that may be interested in starting your own website or money making blog will need to obtain hosting. That is where SiteGround comes in. They provide fast, safe, reliable support and do the best job at hosting your website. They are who I use, and I found them through Grayson Bell (he offers free set up to fellow WordPress bloggers)-otherwise, I would have gone with another company with a reputation for cheap yet unreliable hosting services. Grayson truly has been a godsend, staying calm when I have pestered him with all my questions. The company themselves are very helpful as well, I’ve had no problems in my year+ of their services.

It is easy to start a website or blog with WordPress and they provide step-by-step instruction, but basically you just pick a host-in my case, SiteGround and then choose a plan, domain name (free) and enter your contact info. Most web designers say to use your own name as your domain, like I did, and then you can name your site anything. My domain is kimsmyth.org and the site name is Products From the Patio. If you need help, there are lots of bloggers out there like Michelle Gardner who runs Making Sense of Cents who will teach you tips for beginners. You can find her directly or on my Pinterest page, under Freelancing tips.

I hope I have helped in some way and that you go and check out my new site later, for now I have to get busy with all the other writing I have to get done before I go to Dad’s, like working on the next in my series- Angels of Arvada, which will come out on Friday. Don’t forget to leave me a comment or suggestion if you have one or ask me a question if need be. I will try to help in any way I can. Have a happy Wednesday and I’ll see ya tomorrow, on the patio! ðŸ™‚

 

 

 

Day 28- Free Day-Random Thoughts

I’ve been up since 4am and I’m super tired, so my thoughts are scattered and I’m struggling with what to write about. While on the subject of writing though, I recieved another rejection letter sometime last week while on vacation, that’s what I came home to. It was a story for The Sun and I was really hoping they would pick it. It was a creative writing attempt, not a business project and until last night, I thought I had to choose one of the two to focus on. After reading a post from QE, I feel better about thinking it’s possible to do both. See, some of you know that I started this whole process wanting to become a copywriter. Somewhere along the line, through all my study and research, I figured out there are other ways to write online and make money, so I took a stab at those first. This blog is kind of a middle ground in the sense that it’s a way to write creatively and practice writing daily (the only way to get better) and also can be used as a gateway to money making opportunities. My still undeveloped writer’s website is supposed to be for business, a place for future clients to find me and serve as a place to showcase my work. Problem is, if I never get published, I don’t have much to show, so I keep on trying….writing material and submitting it to various contests and/or publications.  This might explain why I still  haven’t gone live with the website yet. I can’t design it is the other. I’m at an impasse and considering scrapping the whole thing and starting over.

According to Quintessential Editor’s post last night on “Eating Your Greens”, one can equate greens with non-fiction writing which excercises the analytical side of your brain, while “desserts” (fiction) exercise the creative side. So why can’t I write copywriting projects some of the time and stories or poems or this blog, for example, the other part? I’ve been writing both non-fiction pieces and fiction, I just need to work out a plan of attack because it’s all starting to drive me a bit crazy. Some days I think I have it all together, then I read some article or blog post and I go off in a totally different direction. I read so much conflicting information, and I read so many great stories on other people’s blogs or sites like Medium and Tumblr, I struggle with which type I want to do more of. I want it all and the want it now type of thing. The struggle is real people! Right now, the thing I need most however, is sleep. So off to bed I go, but before that, I welcome any suggestions, so comment below if you have something to say. Peace out and pleasant dreams everyone. 😴