A Blogging Primer for Adults – Extracted from Rouzell

A Blogging Primer for Adults

Here we will begin to explore the value of blogging for people with a lot of history to share. The purpose here is encourage our elders to “put down in words” the experience they have to share with the world. If we fail in doing so, I fear we will lose an opportunity to learn so many lessons from our greatest natural resource – people who have something interesting to share!

Just so we don’t close without a few words to illustrate these lessons, we offer this:

Blogging is a term you can look up using Google or Wikipedia, but here is what you will find: A blog is short for weblog – meaning a place on the web for writing your journal entries. Think of it as a kind of electronic memoir site, where you can write anything you are thinking about that day, or memories from a time long ago; anything you think might be interesting to your readers. The key is to have fun and use your collection of experiences to tell stories and entertain yourself and others.

Search “blog” and Wikipedia will tell you it is a portmanteau – woo hoo! Search “blog” on Google and you’ll find (at least) dozens of sites that are hoping to be the host site for your memoirs.

Come back here for more advice on how to get started. We’ll steer you straight and give you the honest truth about how to get started the right way. In our next post, we’ll discuss some of the websites you can use to get started for free. And, we’ll talk about how you make a good choice, based on your needs.

Brian Rouley – Rouzell Enterprises (Becoming Mousehelp Communications)

More Websites by Mousehelp at Rouzell

wildapricotAlmost all of my sites are on WordPress.
I probably have dozens that I’ve created and/or maintain on WP.
I suppose I should create a full list for your perusal….

This is my latest creation – http://dev.brianrouley.com/
This one has shouts out to a couple of business partners, Greg Kain and Noah Yaghoubian.

Also, I have a penchant for trying out other site builders.
So, I have sites on SquareSpace – http://www.rouleywrites.com/
Weebly – http://mousehelp.weebly.com/
Wix – http://rouzell.wix.com/home-shows-rouzell
WildApricot – http://rei39.wildapricot.org/
And, I manage a site using a very old version of GoDaddy’s Website builder – http://lincolnclubcv.com/
My original site, Rouzell.com is built with plain old HTML and CSS.
So, you can see I’ve been around a while and I can work with almost any platform.

Recently, I stumbled upon this: https://www.phpfox.com/

It’s pretty cool!

Because, I Write. That’s Why.

headshot04192015[1]Answering my own question about why I speak so passionately about blogging…. Last night, I was privileged to be part of an engaging conversation about things related to social media and I launched into an impassioned explanation of how blogging connects your personality to your business. This was one of those times when I wished I had had the opportunity to capture my words, so I could more easily put them into a blog post!

Now, I’ll have to ponder further how to put into words and pictures the idea of “know you, like you, trust you….” and how to achieve that through writing a blog and posting on social media.

For something a bit more personal, check out my other blog.
“Because I write, I am.”

Blogging – Electronic Communications

Spoiler alert: This post will seem to be completely self-serving, unless you’ve always wanted to communicate with a wider audience on any topic you deem important.

Rouzell Enterprises, D.B.A. Mousehelp, is available to help you create, host, and maintain your own weblog – commonly known as a blog. Your site will be up and running within an hour (assuming you can make decisions quickly) and you’ll have your first post live on the web after the first session. Typical cost for the entire package – 10 hours of demonstration and hands-on instruction – is $900. For most people, sessions of one to two hours seem to work best, as the learning curve seems a bit steep during the first lesson. You take home new knowledge, complete with notes, and you work with what you’ve learned, then come back for more. It’s fun and easy, with personal instruction.

Why should you want a blog? The answers are as varied as personalities among writers.

Perhaps that is the first answer. You are a writer. That’s one of the very best reasons to have and maintain a blog. Some people just enjoy writing. For me, this is reason enough to write. And, of course, since I’ve been working with computer technology for about 30 years now, publishing my creations on the web is a natural fit for me. Are you a writer? If so, blogging is definitely for you.

You are a photographer. Sharing your beautiful images with the world is so easy, with a website or a blog. You may also use this kind of showcase to sell your creations, as one of my clients does, using smug mug.

Which leads perfectly into another reason to blog; you have something to sell. Or, maybe you just want to produce content relative to something else you are doing online, like your website, which is where you really sell your product or service.

This might open up the discussion of how blogging contributes to SEO, but that is a topic for a whole new article (to be posted later). SEO is something we do at moushelp.org – to help you get more attention on your website. Blog posts can be used by linking key phrases in your content to specific pages on your website. That’s all we’re going to say about this for now.

By the way, websites and blogs are technically the same thing, with a subtle difference. Websites are usually created with a much wider purpose and a weblog is intended to be a running stream of new content, produced periodically in a kind of sequential journal entry fashion. If a distinction must be made, a blog is a website, but a website is most often not a blog. Many websites include a link to a blog, in a kind of hybrid application.

In the interest of brevity, we’ll wrap up with this: Electronic Communications is the best way to get your message in front of the masses. Blogging is one of the easiest ways to get started with Electronic Communications.

One call or one email to Mousehelp at Rouzell dot com is all it takes to get started. Click any of the links on this page for more information.