Before embarking on a journey, be it a journey around the world or a journey into parenthood, it is always wise to do some advance preparation. I’m sure that if you were to question any well-traveled sage, he (or she) would advise you to organize the details of your journey into a plan that can be easily executed. However, there are some who feel that to fully experience a true adventure (what I more fondly call The Great Adventure; to be discussed in a later post) you simply get on a plane with nothing but your passport and a few bare essentials, purchasing what you need when you need it. In the case of parenthood, you throw caution to the wind and forgo all forms birth control (this will not be discussed in a later post). If you haven’t done this sort of thing before, it can be truly exhilarating….or disastrous!
So it is when traveling into the realm of the World Wide Web or more specifically into the blogging world. It is wise to do some advance preparation. But I didn’t. I simply wrote down some potential blog names, went to a site that specializes in domain hosting and purchased (or rather rented) my very first domain name: MeMyselfAndPie. Easy peasy! Nothin’ to it! And since I was on a roll and money was no object (lol), I promptly headed to another site and spent near $100 purchasing web hosting. All right! I’m ready to go! Let’s get this blog up and running! Trouble is, I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going!
Now if you ask my husband, he can tell you that this stage of “not knowing” or “not having any prior knowledge/experience” has never stopped me before. Whether tiling a bathroom, pouring a concrete patio, butchering a deer or finding the quickest route from Whidbey Island to Port Townsend, WA (more detail later), I am seldom deterred from forging
forcefully ahead. Why bother with training wheels when you can leap onto the seat of a two-wheeler and careen, pell mell downhill? Why float in the calmness of the pool when you can jump into the river from the railroad trestle above? Why take a boat when you can get to the island by swimming through sea snake infested waters? I think you get the picture.
For most of my 52 years, I have willingly and lovingly embraced The Great Adventure. Why would this journey into the blogging world be any different? Maybe because words like nameservers, domain re-directs, RSS feeds and blogging platforms had me completely undone. After 24 hours of staring blankly at my computer monitor, I did what any wise woman would do – I accepted my limitations and asked for help from others who have gone before me. Feeling buoyed and newly encouraged I initiated Google searches (duh!) like How to Start a Blog (777,000,000 results) and Blogging for Dummies (1,200,00 results) and I read. And read. And read. Didn’t someone once say, “when all else fails, read the directions”?
Lucky for me, I also have a couple of techno-savvy daughters that were able to point me in the right direction – to the many online sites that offer free blogging services. In other words, companies that tell you to put your training wheels back on – at least for a little while! After examining all my choices, I chose to go with WordPress and within half an hour the most amazing thing happened – I became a blogger. Ta Da!
I don’t know how they’ve done it, but WP has completely demystified the process of setting up a blog. I read, I clicked, I named, I birthed. The labor pains were few and what you see before you – ThisLifeOfWander – has come into being, thanks to the kind folks at WP and my wonderful husband – who made the bed, washed the dishes, did the laundry and walked the dog – just so I could give birth to my blog. This birthing experience was just as thrilling as having my own beautiful babies…well almost!