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A New Source of Blogging Information on How to Do Stuff on WordPress.com

I guess it was always there... but it just jumped up and bit me right now.  I have no clue how many times it's been on the page, and I have just simply missed it.

I am talking about a great source for Learning Information about WordPress.com (that's the easy one)... not WordPress.org.

I have been messing around... experimenting is probably a more "polite" word for it... with WordPress.com.  Ever since the Active Rain mess about ten months ago with all the 502 Server Errors and all that other stuff... I have been trying to learn WordPress.

It's tough, cuz I have not been able to find a place where it is simply "taught."  So... it's been kind of "hunt and peck"... a little here, a little there.

So many of the tutorial videos on YouTube are so grossly outdated, or so poorly taught... that they are close to being useless as well.

But... a few days ago I found WordPress.com - Forums.

This section of the WordPress.com site has a very long list of questions that have been asked of WordPress... and the answers from the staff, and from other WordPress bloggers... and the discussions that have followed.

And... today, when I was just bored, and browsing the list of topics, I saw there was a question on changing type fonts, and increasing the font type size. 

I clicked on it, and discovered that there was a question being asked... that I could actually answer.  ME !  Gawrsh.  I knew a WordPress answer.  Here is a link to that "miracle happening" : Typekit font for Coraline theme « WordPress.com Forums.  (My screen name on WP is MyOlderSister)

And when I learned what I shared in my "answer" to that question on the WordPress forum... I actually had to learn a smidge of HTML in order to DO it.  Which I did !

I am so excited. 

Last Sunday... was my 67th birthday.  So I'm figuring... that with this NEW WordPress thingie info source... and my finally starting to understand this stuff... I just might be able to figure out what I am doing by my Seventieth Birthday.  How Cool is that ?

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Comment balloon 59 commentsKaren Anne Stone • February 13 2011 03:16PM

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As you read this post and the comments, I think it would be great if those of you who already HAVE WordPress.com or WordPress.org outside blogs up and running... shared the link with us.  Also... is the blog a dot.com or a dot.org blog.

And... which "theme" are you using ?  And finally, if you have come up with a source of information, lessons, way to learn, or suggestions (besides our own The Art of Marketing You with marti garaughty)... please share it with us.  <grateful smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Karen Anne ~ first off, Happy Belated Birthday to you.  Second, I have wondered about WordPress as well.  If you think it is that easy, I may have a shot at understanding it.  I am, by far, a kindergartner when it comes to technology!  Thanks for the information.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 7 years ago

Karen:  Terrific post for those of us who are also tempted by WordPress but not yet sold on it.  I will be watching the comments here carefully.  Happy Birthday and many more!

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) almost 7 years ago

Dawn in #2:  Easy ?  Hey, if you are a kindergartner, then I just started PreSchool.  My head hurts from banging it against the WordPress wall... but it is gradually sinking in.  And... I am determined to do it.

What the former teacher in me wants to do... is to learn it SO well... that I would be able to start a little "mini-business" of teaching it (I love to teach) to some of the agents, lenders and title folk here in the Fort Worth area, for a fee, of course. 

That would be so much fun for me... it really would.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Kirsten in #3:  Hey... jump back in and ask some questions.  Get as specific as you can, or... just be "general."  Whatever.

My posts always get bunches of comments... and I am sure that either I, or one of my incredibly wonderful commentors, may have the answer.  Talk to me !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

That is pretty cool, Karen Anne, hope you get a WP blog up and running. I've been thinking about it. Blogger is much simplier for a no thrills blog.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) almost 7 years ago

Ms Karen- isn't it wonderful to know that we can still learn something new!!! I started a wordpress.com blog a few years ago before I got involved with AR.  Haven't done much with it and need to revisit it before I share the info because I may just start all over again.  I see you posted this in the wordpress blog group so I'm going to take a look at that group too.  Good going... Ms Karen!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Teral in #6:  That is way cool.  So... jump back in and ask some questions.  Tell me some of what you've been thinking.  Read my comment # 5 to Kirsten.  With a little luck, and a bunch of work... you could be the next WordPress Blogging Queen of Posey Properties in Plano.

Plano, by the way, is where I first moved to... when I came "down here" from Cleveland in 1982.  And... my daughter lives in Allen.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Karen - I've got a new blog site in the works, on a Word-Press platform. I will send the link to this information to the person working on it for me.  Thanks a bunch, and Happy Birthday.  Mine is this week. So, we share our first and middle names, and are both Aquarians. How about that?

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

Miss Kathy in #7:  It just goes to show that you CAN teach an "Old Chick New Tricks" !  AR can be very time-consuming, and you have done so very well with your AR blog.

And YES... it IS wonderful finding out that I still am capable of learning new stuff.  I mean... new "TECHIE" stuff.  I am very touchy-feely.  Lots of intuitive abilities.  So this techie stuff is not only hard for me, it at times even "scares" me.  I can get to the point where I worry that if I press the "enter" key on something... my screen might MELT ! 

Yeah... at times it gets that bad.  <dorky smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

 hi Karen, first... belated Happy Birthday! Re "if those of you who already HAVE WordPress.com or WordPress.org outside blogs up and running... shared the link with us"...

 As we speak, I'm redesigning my entire site using WordPress(self hosted on my own server) by stripping everything out of it. In other words... no header, no footer, no widgets. I wanted a super clean, elegant look with content as the focus. It's under construction but you can see what I mean on the main page http://garaughty.com

 The rest of the site is done in HTML but that will be on Wordpress soon as well. I'll be writing more about this extreme blog/site makeover in upcoming tutorials to show alternate ways of using WP.

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) almost 7 years ago

Miss Karen in #9:  I think that is way cool.  I just KNEW there was a reason I liked you so much.  <silly smile>  So, what day is YOUR Aquarius birthday ?

What WP platform will your new WP site be using ?  Get as specific as you can, so I might recognize it.  And please, send me, or give us... the name of the person working on it, or a link to their site, so I can go and check them out.  Lots of them have "portfolios" of the work they have already done... and I find looking at their stuff very interesting.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

marti in #11:  You are just too cool for words.  And your multiple-post series was so excellent.  I bought three domain names, have one of them registered to be hosted by midPhase... but I have no clue what to do next. 

I also bought two other domain names from GoDaddy (yeah, I know.  I didn't know that was such a dumb move)... and know that I can somehow "send" them to midPhase to have them host them... but I don't know how to do that, either.  It's like there is this big scary brick wall around my brain.

So... I don't know what to do to make the next step with my domain name that is set for midPhase, and I surely do not know what to do to get my other two GD domain names over to midPhase so first be hosted, and then be activated.  And I certainly do not know how to download, or whatever, TwentyTen or Coraline to them.  <very dorky and crinkly-mouthed smile>

Also... please notice that I referred to you... in my comment #1.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

 hi Karen Anne, you can point your GoDaddy domains to any web host including MidPhase. Unfortunately GoDaddy's back end is so unorthodox it's sometimes really hard to find how to do things but...

 If you ask/email GoDaddy's tech support they should be able to give you a link or instructions on where to enter the DNS (name server info) MidPhase sent you.

 Also, Twenty Ten is the WordPress default theme so you don't have to download or install anything, it will be there when you install WordPress on your own web host. ;-)

 The reason I often recommend Twenty Ten as a starter theme is because you can easily change the header and background image and colors without knowing any tech stuff. I'll try to write about that in more detail soon.

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) almost 7 years ago

we are always learning Karen Anne, I have had wordpress.com blog but am in the process of switching to wordpress.org and having a website built.  I think I am going to like the feature of having my blog within the website and being able to post directly on AR from WP.  However that means a new learning curve!!!

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) almost 7 years ago

Marilyn in #15:  That is really great news for you.  May I ask who you have chosen to build your website built for you ?  I need all the suggestions I can get.  Thanks a bunch.  Have a Great Sunday !

An new learning curve, huh ?  Well, from what I can tell... you've already got great "curves..." so a "learning curve" should be pretty easy for you.  < impish smile >

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Happy Birthday from last Super Bowl Sunday Karen Anne and you are learning new stuff every day... I love it.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago

Gary in #17:  Just struggling along... trying to figure out which way is up.  Some days it works... some days, not so much !

But... there is just something inside of me that makes me want to try... and that's not a bad thing.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Karen, you and I have very briefly discussed this on one of my posts where I linked to my wordpress.org site.  AtHomeOnLongIsland.com.  As you may, or may not remember, it's the Thesis Theme, which I've been told is very SEO friendly.  If I were you, I'd try to get started with a dot org wordpress blog site rather than a dot com.  I have great faith in your learning capacity and ability to think outside the box to make it work for you.  Why do I have the feeling in six months you'll be telling me what to do.  Oh, and here's a link you might find useful.  http://diythemes.com/thesis/

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) almost 7 years ago

No doubt you will beat me to it.  That HTML stuff just doesn't seem to work with my brain.  Happy Belated Birthday! 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 7 years ago

Happy Birthday karen Anne. You're to be commended for the vast amount you do know and your desire to learn more. I hope you had a great week.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Broker Associate, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!") almost 7 years ago

Oops!  Missed the birthday part.  Happy belated birthday Karen.  Hope you did something special.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) almost 7 years ago

Karen,

Happy Birthday, we believe that birthdays should be celebrated the whole month, not just one stingy day!  Thanks for the valuable info.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing (Napa Consultants) almost 7 years ago

Happy Birthday Karen Anne - learning new things is the absolute best for keeping our brains young! Good for you to tackle this head-on. I have two wordpress.org sites in progress; not ready for prime time yet, just skeletal at the moment. I mostly know what I need to do, just no time to do it! Who would have thought I'd be this busy in January/February?

What I would love to know is whether there is a way to import our AR blog posts individually (as opposed to as an RSS feed) so that they can be classified into categories. Maybe someone further along than I can comment?

Here is my site in case anyone would like to see the theme (WordPress), which is real estate oriented:    www.NorthernNevadaNeighborhoods.com   just don't expect much content, lol!

Posted by Linda Humphrey, CRS, Broker/Owner HHC Realty (Humphrey Home Connections Realty, Reno, Nevada) almost 7 years ago

Hey Missy Karen - somehow I missed your birthday. So Happy Belated Birthday. And I love the comment about maybe you'll figure it out by the time your 70!  I bet you get by this time next year or sooner. I know you - once you go for it - it's a done deal.  As for me I switched the company website to a wordpress blot last spring/summer. I had somebody build it for me but now I kind of wish I knew more. I'm learing little bit by little bit to change things around but I haven't had much time to dig into it yet.  That's why I was so excited to see Marti's series on Wordpress. Talk about a wealth of information - yikes!  Here's my site www.phoenixpropertyshoppe.com   Off the top of my head I don't remember the theme - it was an agent orientated one I'm sure. I also have the IDX thing going which clients seem to really like for searching homes.

And hey - Happy Valentines Day!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 7 years ago

Geri in #20:  I think your At Home On Long Island - Thesis WP blog looks just awesome.  And, now that I went and took another look at it... I remember how much I liked it.

In some ways I suffer from too LITTLE information, but in some ways I suffer from TOO MUCH info as well.  Yours is Thesis, but many of the blog websites that I have seen that I like have been StudioPress Theme Demo - Mocha .

From what I know... Thesis and Genesis are different "parents" that have a variety of "child" themes... although both are WordPress.org blog platforms. 

I barely know what I am talking about here... it takes awhile to sink in.  Somewhere I also think I read that Thesis was more complicated than Genesis... as far as learning.  So... being the "perfectionist" that I am... I allow that to tie my hands in a big state of "indecision."

Does any of this make any sense ?  And, Geri... do you know anything about comparing Thesis and Genesis ?

** Also... did you put your Thesis site together yourself, or did you hire someone ?  Email me privately, if you wish.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, first HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! How wonderful, sorry I missed the "real" date.

I do have a Wordpress site, called A Slice of New Milford, and the theme I use is Atahualpa. I started with the standard theme, then wanted to have a header that was a bit like a slide show. I have enjoyed every minute of it, found it to be pretty self explanatory. And there sure is enough help, when I run into trouble I just hit Google to look for an answer. And I have been known to email marti a time or two.

My journey is always evolving on Wordpress! I have plans for more, hope to get them up and running one at a time of course, later this spring.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

I have a .org account and am still new to all this. Great link...thanks.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 7 years ago

Happy belated birthday, Karen Anne!  What an interesting post!

I do not have WordPress site.  I don't know why I don't other than I am intimidated by the whole thing.  

My question would be to everyone who is on AR and has a WordPress site, why do you do both?  Do you think it is worth the time/money investment?

I've bought a bunch of domain names too, but they're just sitting there gathering dust on the virtual highway, and I keep paying for them like some sort of idiot.  But I don't want to give them up either!

I am bookmarking this site to try to discern what you all are talking about.  I thought I was pretty savvy, but I admit that I just don't get it!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) almost 7 years ago

Karen Anne,

I'm impressed!  Way to go, girl! 

I didn't read all of the comments on this post but I bet everyone else is impressed too.

Happy belated birthday! 

 

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) almost 7 years ago

Karen Anne - Just when I starting to feel confident .... here comes a post that might as well be in Greek!  BUT ... it tells me that I still have work to do (like I'm ready to retire?) and there's still fun to be had as well!  That's for modeling ... it's not an age thing ... it's an evolving skill thing!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) almost 7 years ago

Karen! I had forgotten about your other blog site! I will have to and add it to my favorites! Cause you know I will forget....

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, and happy belated birthday:-)  We use Headway when we build WordPress sites, but only because we like the way the code was written and are comfy with it.  It's SEO optimized out of the box, and with minor fixes to permalinks to suit a particular client, that part of it is a breeze.  That said, as with any framework, to get something to look and function the way you want to will require some coding, otherwise it looks just like any other site built in that framework, as do most of Thesis or Genesis based sites.  I would say that for a novice embarking on this journey on their own, it's a safer bet to try to customize the fail-safe 2010 theme than it is to tinker with Genesis or Thesis or Headway.  Frameworks were not really built for diy types without programming knowledge.  That said, in my humble opinion, Headway is far superior to the other two, as far as flexibility goes.  You can do literally almost anything with it, we think.

Here are some examples of recent WP headway stuff:

www.murfreesborohomessearch.com
www.neworleansrealestatetalk.com
www.virginiarealestatefinder.com
www.olsenziegler.com

As for support, their forum rocks as do a few other sites put together by the active members of the forum.  www.headwayhack.com is a great source, as well as www.headwaytips.com

I believe you have to have purchase the framework to ask questions on the forum, so I am not listing that here.

Best of luck to you with this...:-)

Posted by Inna Hardison, Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group (ha media group) almost 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne... Happy belated birthday!  That's one thing I love about you... your thirst for knowledge and drive to never stop learning is remarkable!

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 7 years ago

Chris Ann in #21:  On no.  I am NOT talking about taking on HTML full force.  But I DID figure out that some text that cannot be copied and pasted just as it sits on the page... CAN be copied by flipping the intended text back to HTML... then highlighting it and clicking "copy"... then taking it to where you want to drop it... then make sure where you want to drip it is in the HTML mode.

Then hit paste... and then... all I know how to do in HTML is figure out where the wording for the size of the font is, and change the wording of it... and also add a paragraph if I want to... which starts with <p> and ends with </P>.  Then change it back to WYSIWYG.  That's all I know.  <another dorky grin>

IF I am going to learn it, it will be baby step by baby step.  But at least it no longer looks totally GREEK to me.

Hey... a new slogan just hit me.  From Greek to Geek !

And, if I "beat you to it" it is only because you probably "have a life" and I do not.  And thank you for the Birthday Greetings.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Well, don't feel bad Karen Anne, I did the same thing last year, I tried Wordpress with the same results. Then AR came back to life and I quit WP. Now I will try WP.com and see what happens...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) almost 7 years ago

Jill in #22:  I am afraid the stuff I do not know is much more "vast" than the little bit of stuff I have been dipping my lil toe in... but I keep plugging away at it.

One thing about this techie stuff... is that it at times takes me forever to learn this stuff, but once I know it, and am comfy with it... I feel I can teach it to anybody... and do it in a much more simplified way... and in a much easier way to learn... than what happened when I first learned it.

My week went ok... kinda "medium rare..." and today, Sunday, has been a good day.  And... thanks for the Birthday Wishes !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Geri in #23:  Last Sunday I had dinner with my daughter at Olive Garden.  The food was good, and we had a very nice "visit"... as they say down here.  Thank you for asking, and for your Birthday Wishes !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Alexandra in #24:  What a great idea about celebrating Birthdays for the entire month.  I think I shall borrow your idea. And... you are very welcome.  I enjoy sharing what I know.  Have a great week !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Linda in #25:  Most folks, myself included, would just LOVE to be so busy they wouldn't have time to work on their WordPress blogs.  So, not to worry.

As far as importing AR blog posts individually... as opposed to an RSS feed:  First, I don't know how to do that, and second, I don't even know what an RSS feed is.  I am very basic as to my techie knowledge, but I'm workin' at it.  I am guessing that you could direct that question to either Inna Hardison or marti garaughty... both of whom have generously commented on this post.

I will head over to your NorthernNevada site, and see what I can see.  Take care... and best of luck with it.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Miss Banana in #26:  Thanks for the Birthday Wishes.  And yes, if I am "still around" at age seventy, I hope to have figured out all this WordPress stuff by then.  Problem will be, I am sure, that much newer things will have come on board by the time I learn this stuff.  But... just trying to Teach this Old Chick, New Tricks !

My new motto... From Greek to Geek !  Whaddya think ?

I took a look at your site... and really like it.  I clicked on the blog on it... and liked that even more.  I think if it were mine, I would have the website as you have it, with the blog on one of the pages, but also have some way that I could additionally have the blog itself be more central, and then have the website that those who originally came to the blog... to be able to bounce into.  So, two things, each funneling into the other.  Don't know if that makes sense, or even if it is a wise thing to do.

And a Happy Valentine's Day to you, Mother Banana.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Andrea in #28:  Last Sunday was the real Birthday.  I would never post my "real" birthday on places like Facebook.  I enjoy my anonymity too much.

I looked at your Slice of New Milford.  Great Title.  And yes, I have looked at Atahualpa, as well.  It can be fun building something like that.  I love learning stuff.  Hopefully, if I get that far, things will also be "self explanatory."  I'm not counting on it, though.

As far as "hitting Google..." I have found both Google and YouTube to be... to a great degree... often very outdated, and often hard to understand.  I think this link that I put in the post... that I just happened to stumble upon... could be a great source of learning... at least for me.

I think anything having to do with stuff like WordPress... that the learning of it is most definitely an evolving process.  As am I... <dorky smile>  Some days I think I am de-volving, I fear.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Karen in #29:  I looked at your Fiddler Realty Team site... at searchfororangecountyhomes.com and like it quite a bit.  Is that the WordPress site.  It did not have the usual mention of WordPress at the bottom.  Also... it figures you would have it... but I loved the Phil Jackson quote.  Very, very true.

Also... you have a Blogger blog titled Southern California real Estate... on Blogger... that it appears you have forgotten about.  I think that is a great "second" site... and honestly, since it is already up and running... I would make much greater use of it... but still keep it, in addition to any other stuff you have.  It is great... in it's simplicity.

I think it is a great place for that "Only answer questions one time" stuff that Bob or Jon has promoted.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Melissa in #30:  Thanks so much for your Birthday Wishes, and your kind words.

Heck... I have been intimidated by WordPress for perhaps a year or two.  But, if I had blindly waded into it then, like I ma doing recently, I would be soooo much further along than I am now.  So... perhaps wait just a tad longer, and when I get more of an handle on it, I will share what I know with you.  Glad to do it.  It's that "teacher thing" again.

Is a WordPress site worth the time ?  I think so.  You never know what might happen to Active Rain.  And, if it disappears, or gets crazy on us, remember... it's all theirs... and they have control.

Is it worth the money investment.  Well, for the most part, WordPress is either free... if you go the WordPress.com route, or only modestly expensive if you go the WordPress.org route.  I will keep you informed as to that... once I get "up and going."

And... if you have already written blog posts for your Active Rain blog, why not just additionally move them over to a WordPress site, and let it start bubbling ?

As far as the domain names... I am guessing the fee for each of them is modest, so if the name works for you, keep on paying for it.  And... if you use it, cool.  But at least, if you don't use it, nobody else who might be your competition can.

By the way... I will have to email you and tell you how great I thought your post about the Democratic Convention coming to Charlotte was.  I have lots to share.  <dorky but mysterious smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Judi in #31:  Oh, dear.  You didn't read all the comments ?  Heck, they are often much better than the posts that I write.  Come back if you can.  Those who comment on my posts regularly add SO MUCH to them.  Really.  Honestly, I learn a lot from the comments.  That is why I encourage them, and love it when they are long and involved... either with lots of info, or some really good questions.

Thank you for your kind words, though.  As far as everyone being impressed... I just look at it as that we are all trying to learn this stuff together.  Kind of like a team.  Remember that corny saying... TEAM... Together Everyone Achieves More.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Karen Anne - Happy Birthday a day late and a dollar short.

Wordpress-- augh - I know I need to learn it - I'm so much better in person - video tutorials just don't work for me, read all the comments, tried to go to all the links.  I'd thnk - oh wow I like that - how'd they do it.

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Happy Birthday Karen and many happy returns.

I have just started to learn about the thingie Wordpress, But Melissa Mckinney has started a her Wordpress site.  It's going to take me a bit of time.  

Posted by Maria Couto, Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You' (RE/MAX Premier) almost 7 years ago

Karen,  I can't compare Thesis with Genesis, since I have no experience with the latter.  I did put my site together myself, with lots of technical help from Debra Davis.  I was able to pick her brain because she had gone through the process quite awhile before I did.  I'm one of those crazies who loves to find out how things work, then test the limits of that knowledge.  All of that said, I'm still a babe in the woods when it comes to Wordpress.

I will say, recreating a post on Wordpress, using Scribefire is easy.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for the insight on where I can learn more about Wordpress. 

Posted by Charles Perkins (Charles G. Perkins, CPA) almost 7 years ago

I have a wordpress blog and I don't get much traffic.  I had to learn the same way. Struggle.  It is very time consuming and the pay off is you have a blog but very few people ever see or know about it.  maybe with what I've learned about lbogging here on Ar I would get more traffice.  I bookmarked the page and will try to learn the HTML. 

Posted by Janet McCarthy, Realtor - San Diego (RE/MAX Solutions) almost 7 years ago

Hi Karen, funny, I just assume everyone on AR knows this stuff.  There are some excellent wordpress sites that teach about plugins and all that good stuff.  The biggest challege is that each template has different configurations so customizaton is not universal.   Feel free to give me a shout with any specific questions.!  

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) almost 7 years ago

Kate in #54:  Most folks on Active Rain know NONE of this stuff.  Or very little.  I have been here over three years, and there are still things on Active Rain I discover that are new to me.  And... I have registered a domain name, and have a site to host it, and still have no clue how to get it up and running. 

And this little bit of HTML I just learned that I mentioned in this post... sheesh... I am working with an old, worn-out brain here.  It takes me a while, a long while, to learn this new stuff, but once I learn it, I feel I can teach it to anyone.  And I can teach it in a way that works a lot better than the way I learned it, myself.  Very frustrating.

Heck, I don't even know how to put a "subscribe to my blog" button in the bottom end of each of my posts.  Pretty sharp, huh ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

Hi Karen!!!!  Happy Belated Birthday!  If you really are 67, that tells me that I have no excuse for not trying to keep up with technology myself.  As my worldly travels are hopefully starting to wind down, I'm trying madly to catch up on the technology.  I just created my first WordPress blog over the weekend in hopes that it will be a good venue to blog about random stuff that I can then feed to Facebook and in turn keep my family happy.  I'll have to keep a watch on your posts to see what you are learning about Wordpress. 

By the way, how is your kitty?  

 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) almost 7 years ago

Sondra:  Yes, I really AM 67.  Just seeing those two numbers... the 6 and the 7... makes me want to go take a nap.

This technology stuff makes me nutz.  It is so hard to get it into my brain... takes so long.  And I get tired easier than I used to.

So, is your WordPress blog up and running ?  I would love to see it.  I have two WordPress "personal" blogs up... that I am using for "random stuff" as you put it... and also using them to try and learn WordPress.  The are MyOlderSister's Blog and Nice Catholic Girl from Cleveland.  Of course, nobody looks at it.  It takes forever to get any traffic... but then again, I really don't care if it does or not.  I'd like your opinions, if you would.

Mollie T Cat sends her best to you.  She is well, and as silly as ever.  She still loves taking actually SHOWERS in the tub... and getting drenched.  Yeah... it's true.  Hope you are well, my dear.  And really, I have missed seeing you.  Take care... be well.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

For some reason or other I just found this post, Karen Anne. Great info; I have a WP too but don't get much traffic on it. Happy belated birthday.

Shayna Weidman - New Port Richey-FL www.tweidman.comShayna said Hi to Molly T Cat.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne,

If you are working in the free .com and feel comfy, then you will feel comfy in the .org realm. They are so similar and if you are going to put so much time into learning, you should jump in and learn the one that will get you the most bang for the time. 

I am so glad that you started this post. I have been looking at the sites people are posting and they are gorgeous! Makes me feel a little lazy in the design part of it.

I started my wordpress blog last June and right off made a commitment to get 60 posts in by the end of the year. I also decided to focus on Neighborhoods in my area and it forced me to get out and collect pictures and info and see more homes in 6 months than the previous 4 years. 

http://www.hendersonvillencrealestateproperties.com/ and I am using the press play theme, which I am using right out of the box. I love it. Clean and simple and user friendly.

After 8 months I am finally getting some calls and emails on my site, about 2 per week the last month or so. Between AR articles and WP, I may get a sale yet this year...

If you are considering a jump into the WP .org site and need some free hand holding let me know. I have been teaching people in my office and we are having a blast. I would love the opportunity to share with you. 

Good luck and Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry I saw this so late. 

Posted by Jerri McCombs, Hendersonville NC Relocation (Hendersonville NC Relocation) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for posting this -- I have been wondering about this very topic.  I have noticed that several members have more than one blog and was wondering how that worked.  Are both blogs completely different content from each other, etc.   I've hear the WordPress system is a little challenging, or maybe it's just that they don't have the tutorials that AR has. 

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) almost 7 years ago

That is very cool Karen Anne... and you just taught me a thing or two ;)

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 7 years ago

Karen, I tried a wordpress site too. I actually think I have a few, but also got frustrated with setting it up.  I'm bookmarking this so I can come back and review the forum.  Thanks!

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 6 years ago

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