Posted in Healthy Living

Happy 1st Anniversary to FatGirlsBlogg!

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Fatgirlsblogg is now officially done with the first year! I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your constant support of the blog. This year has been a journey in both life, love (and lack thereof LOL), and (better) healthy living choices.

Over the next year, I will be changing Fatgirlsblogg for a better reader experience.

 Some of the changes will be:

  • Adding a personal email for you to contact me directly
  • Buying the .com and making Fatgirlsblogg official
  • Changing the look and feel of the blog
  • Adding pages for fictional writing and other writing material (poems, fan writings etc…)
  • The addition of videos from me personally

Once again, THANK YOU to all my readers! ~Me

FYI: Fatgirlsblogg has fans in 112 countries and growing.

 

 

 

Posted in Blogging Basics

Posting an Image

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You have chosen your online hosting site and have added social media outlets to your blog. Now let’s start discussing how to post interesting or awesome blogs. I am a ‘virgin blogger’ and learning myself but one of the most important things I have learned right away is to use images in each and every post.

Pictures or images are VERY important when getting an audience to check out your blog. A picture enhances your writing and makes people want to read your blog. The pic used in this blog is my own personal pic that I took of a rose. Awesome pic isn’t it?

In WordPress when you upload the image into the post, you can click on the image and add your info to link to your website only. This means that the image is only associated with your website and can be tracked as such. This is great for bloggers who like Pinterest.

Why add an image to each of your blog posting?

1.  Images strengthen your blog posting.

Every blogger wants their content to be memorable. Posting an image with your post helps keep this memorable experience in the reader’s mind. Which will make the reader return for future blog postings. This is the most important aspect since you cannot create a following if your blogs are forgettable.

2.  Images help in Search Engine Optimization or SEO standings.

All bloggers want great SEO standings with Google. Images help with these standings by linking the picture to your specific site. This makes your blog easier to find in Google search. All bloggers want to be easily found in Google; am I right or am I RIGHT?

Things to remember when using images that you find online.

Always give credit to the picture where you found the image. WordPress has Zemanta which is always bringing up links and images that you can use as reference in the post. By simply clicking on the image in Zemanta the credit is already added and put into the post. This is another reason I chose WordPress for my blogging home, they simply make everything easy.

Do not use an image that could potentially offend someone. The reason for this is self-explanatory. If you offend someone because you posted an image he or she finds offensive then they may stop following your blog or never visit your blog again. It is really important that your images be as neutral as possible.

Make sure the image fits the blog. What this means is if you’re posting about travel, ensure the image is related to traveling. If the blog is health related, ensure the image is health related.  I think you get the point on this one.

Links to “License Free” Image Use:

http://www.morguefile.com/

http://www.sxc.hu/

http://john.do/images/

Posted in Blogging Basics

First Things First! A Blogging Site to Call Home

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Have you ever wanted to blog? I did! Do you want to be a successful blogger? I know I do! Do you want to drive more traffic to your site? I do I do! Do you want to write useful and effective content? I know I do! LOL This new thread is going to be a series of simple and easy blogging advice for any “virgin” blogger; myself included.

Deciding on a Blogging Site to Call Home:

The absolute first thing a new blogger has to decide on is a good hosting site. There are many good sites to choose from. When I first started seeking a blogging site to call “home sweet home” I went to these sites:

http://Wordpress.com

http://tumblr.com

http://blogger.com

http://weebly.com

http://hubpages.com

I ultimately decided on WordPress as everything was easy to navigate and use.  But what works for one blogger may not for another. So check out each of the sites and create a user ID/password and see what they have to offer. There is no charge to do this until you want to buy the .com. Play around with names for your .com and the website templates to see if any fit what you had in mind for your blog. Also check out how much it will cost to buy your .com/hosting per year.

There is no need to pay for any of the hosting/.com until your blog is established. This could take a awhile so be patient. An established website has no less than 20 plus posts along with many followers. Once you have decided on a website/hosting its time to think about how your going to “get the word out” about your new blog.

Happy Blogging!  🙂