WordPress Anniversary – New Experiments

I just passed my one year anniversary with WordPress.  Granted, I think all I did in March was turn on the computer and look at the Dashboard, and try to figure out the vocabulary, symbols, and mechanics of having a blog.  At that time I had no idea that I would ever have enough to write to keep a blog going, but it was an experiment.

Blogging Tools
Blogging Tools before I retired.

When I started, I didn’t know how to use Photoshop, insert a watermark using any program, add tags.  I didn’t even know what a tag was.  The first night, I experimented with templates, and names.  One of our tech guys suggested that I make my header fit the name of my blog.  That’s still a nice idea, but I’ve long messed that up because now I know how to use a tablet, and combine more than one picture into a collage, and I’ve learned how to draw on a tablet.  I have experimented many times since then with headers.

How did I learn to do these things?  My WordPress friends mostly.  Oh sure, I read what the WordPress people had to say about things, but when I couldn’t do something, someone like TOM – the other Marcia, Ralph, Dianne Gray, Leanne Cole, Carol, Russel Ray, Eunice, Ute, Amy, Paula, Naomi, Darla, Rommel, Jim,Cotton, JG,  and MANY others would comment me through something.  I’ve made great friends who email me on a regular basis, and even call me sister.  The list of what I’ve learned this year about blogging, photography, writing, editing, spam, and life is HUGE!

I remember when I didn’t have a single comment on my posts.  Then Lesley and Cristain started visiting me, but not leaving comments.  Soon, I got so wrapped up in blogging that my husband thought I had fallen into a pit, and would never come back out.  I couldn’t wait for comments to roll in, so I put a WordPress ap on my iPhone.  I quit my job and retired so I could stay up all night and blog.  – Oh there were other reasons to retire, too, but I was getting pretty tired blogging AND working full time.  Oh – you do that???  Just be careful – is my only advice.  You know your limitations.

Eunice got me started in Fine Art America trying to sell some of my photography.  Vince and I spent one evening trying to pick out what we thought were the best five pictures of thousands of pictures we had taken.  Laura and Paula at work helped me with photography, learning Adobe Illustrator so I could create brochures, and Marcia got me started with the tablet, and showed me her amazing pictures.  Marcia got me seriously started writing my first novel, and dusting off two previously started stories.  Those are on a private WordPress site so a few people can give me feedback on my writing.

See Piggles nestled in the Cosmos?  This is my other WordPress site.
See Piggles nestled in the Cosmos? This is my other WordPress site.

I could meander through the last year of bubbling memories, falling over boulders with Autty Jade and her dad, Sir, or finding an ap to find my way home with ShareChair. I love you all.  On the day of my anniversary I started a Blogger site to see how the two programs compare.  Let me tell you, I can’t compare them fairly because I have learned too much.  Blogger seems SO easy, but it is similar to WordPress, and I know how to blog now.  When I learn it a little better I will do a more accurate comparison of the two programs.

The theme of my Blogspot blog.
The theme of my Blogspot blog.  Do you recognize this shady lady from the Sacramento costume shop.  I Photoshopped out all her unlady-like joints so she looked sexier.

I am going to use my Blogger site to write very short articles that will point people to my Fine Art America site to sell photographs.  This site will remain my main site until I use up all my space, which will happen within the next few months.  Then I’ll have to pay up.  Frankly, if I do, it will be worth it because this site is a record of my year of learning.  This is where I do all my experiments and have you help me. It is my random, rambling site.  Any more sites will be more specialized, and I plan to try other platforms as well.  You know me, I love to experiment.

Because I know you, and trust that you are going to be forgiving of my rambling I’m going to press publish on my Anniversary Publication.  I am starting to fall asleep as I write, so I had better quit while you are still with me.

How far along are you in your blogging journey?

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

24 thoughts on “WordPress Anniversary – New Experiments”

  1. A hearty congratulations to you on your blogging anniversary. It sounds as if it’s quite a journey, eh? Wishing you many more anniversaries in the future!


  2. Congratulations, Marsha! You’ve done a stellar job…only one year? Hard to believe! You have a wonderful blog!
    I’ve been blogging two years…and never learned how to do what I need to know…and, to be honest, the ‘instructions’ from WordPress are not always clear. Such as: I want to make a ‘static’ or ‘landing’ page which people will come to first…and then have my ‘blog posts’ on another page…I fiddled around with it last night…and almost lost all of my posts! I never realized I could have multiple pages…where have I been? 🙂 My post page is pretty overwhelming…sooooo busy with so much going on, different fonts…YIKES! I love yours…so clean and easy to read. 🙂


    1. Thank yo so much. I know, I don’t get too much help from the WP articles either. they are too technical or don’t deal with the problem at hand. I need people. Like with the dragon software. I couldn’t get past turn on the microphone. I needed a real person to clue me in on that! It’s frustrating when something so simple eludes you! 🙂


  3. Congratulations to your year anniversary! So enjoyable and wonderful with all the friends we make along the line. You certainly have learnt a lot. Wow. I have got 3 month to go to my anniversary, time goes so fast, I can’t believe it. SO glad I met you Marsha, you are great! To many more posts, and lots more fun together!


        1. How fun. I don’t know her. You guys will have such a great time! I don’t think I’ve been to Safari Park, and it’s been a very long time since I’ve been to the Zoo. So much to see. I’d better start reading even faster! 🙂


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