Unique Alpha, Unforeseen Omega #AtoZChallenge

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will ~ George Bernard Shaw

Any dodo will tell you that the word Alpha is the first word of the Greek language, and Omega is the last one.

What I’m here to tell you is this: all of us bloggers start this journey for a unique reason. Alpha. And all of us diverge, triverge, quadriverge, multiverge (or is it polyverge?) from there into different horizons. Omega.

Let’s understand this better with today’s context. We start the A to Z Challenge with a unique theme. Only we and our blogs know where this challenge is going to take us.

And sometimes, even that isn’t in our hands.

A for AtoZChallenge 2017 Fabulus1710

For me, in 2014, the blog was an end. Not a means to an end. I never thought my blog would give me an identity, and become an integral part of my identity in so many meaningful ways. The stupid blog posts I wrote when I was sixteen, compared to my somewhat sobered down posts two years later, have been a journey unlike any other. I haven’t even understood the timeline and the entirety of this transformation. All I know, is that everyday when I log on to WordPress, there’s a new thought sitting in my head, waiting to spring out of my fingers and onto the keyboard in a completely unique way.

And I’m sure you’ve wondered when and how things changed in your blogging life too. When did you start noticing things like paragraph alignment and image sizes? When did you start googling Alexa ranks and all other nerdy stuff? When did you start feeling overexcited looking at the stats of your blog, and when did the comments section started mattering more and more everyday?

It’s a transformation, a transformation that Heracles would have been proud of.

And so should you.


Here are three tips for those who want to start from their blogging alpha, into the unknown omega a.k.a. if you want to start your own blog.:

1. Start with WordPress. I know, many say Blogger is easy, but having WordPress is way better, specially if you are conscious about having a neat blog without spending too much bucks. I started my blogging journey with Blogger, and I now realise that I missed out on a lot of cool features because of that. Case -in-point: the proofreader option, that’s super helpful for beginners.

2. Decide whether you’re doing this for fun, or whether you want to earn money from this. If it’s the former, don’t worry about registering domain names. If it’s for earning money,  you’ll have to invest some money into making the blog look professional, creating a subscription service, getting out there and promoting yourself, etc. Plus, if it’s the former, do feel free to chill out with me in the comments or on Twitter. Birds from the same feather must flock together.

3. Figure out your USP. If it’s something as popular as cooking, book reviews, movie reviews, dance, music, go for it. If it’s something as unique as having a fan page for Dr. Spencer Reid and other nerds with eidetic memory (Prof. Robert Langdon, for instance), kindly send me the link.


A for 2017

Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.

You can check out my #AtoZChallenge 2015 (Theme: Harry Potter and Hogwarts) and 2016 (Theme: Weird Words) posts, and support my awesomeness!

Here’s a special question for you to answer today: Share some memories about the day you posted your first blog post. Did you start ranting the moment the admin site loaded, or was it a post planned with utter military precision? Do let me know in the comments!

~The-Blogging-Curator

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95 Comments Add yours

  1. My Era says:

    That were some uber cool tips for any new blogger. WordPress is the best way to blog, be it for fun or as a pro. And as far blogging for fun or writing at whim, am with you.
    Keep those fun and sane blogging tips coming 👍

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    1. Thank you dear ❤😀

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  2. Natasha says:

    Hey, hey, neat neat tips indeed. Have a fun ride Mithila. Hugs

    My Travel Epiphanies Alluring Forest Walks

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    *Natasha Sinha*
    *Natasha Musing*
    A writer, fitness enthusiast, dog mom, home diva, spiritual Buddhist forever thirsting for wanderlust.

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    1. Thank you Natasha 😀❤

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  3. Ramya says:

    Well said Mithila.. and i shall stress on your first point… WordPress indeed for its sheer class and professional look.

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    1. Thank you Ramya 😀❤

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  4. i am happy to say, i got all the references in your post! birds of a feather indeed 🙂

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    1. Hahahaha 😁 Thank you Suchita 😀

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  5. Jaibala Rao says:

    The first time I posted, I had this sense of relief wash over me. It was a feeling that I still think is unparalleled. As for your tips go, I do agree with all of them and will stress on the first one, has to be WordPress!

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  6. miladyronel says:

    Great tips for those wanting to start a blog. Mm, I planned my first post with military precision: one post closer to world domination 😉

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    1. Hahaha, that’s the spirit with which to blog: make the world go wow over your posts!

      Thank you for stopping by 😀

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  7. Shailaja V says:

    Couldn’t agree more 🙂 I agree with all three of your points, especially the Blogger vs WP decision.Blogger is very comfortable but WP is more exciting and long-term way better if you take up blogging as a passion/business. I hope all new bloggers find this post,Mithila 🙂

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    1. See? I solved the whole Blogger Vs WordPress debate without devoting a whole post to it. How cool am I? 😎 *starts strutting around too much* *Google starts paying me back with bad karma via failing Alexa rank* 😁🙈

      Truly! I find Blogger blogs don’t look as spic and span as WordPress blogs, and in business, looks matter a lot!

      Thank you Shailaja for stopping by 😀❤

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  8. Vidya Sury says:

    I am thrilled with your post, Mithila. WordPress is awesome, and now more so because your site is automatically secure with SSL–something Google is getting all sites to add. It costs, and it is difficult to handle.WordPress has instantly solved that issue for you.

    My first blog post was when Google took over the Blogger platform in 2003. The thought that I could write, publish and have the whole world see it, was so exciting and I remember writing multiple posts sometimes, with scant regard for grammar, punctuation, or the way I presented myself. Being organized came much later. Commenting was unheard of at that time! Can you imagine?

    I love you for writing this post and admire you for your excellent writing!

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    1. Kaddu says:

      Blogger didn’t even have labels then! I remember adding labels to several 100 posts many years later! Was fun! 😀

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    2. I can almost imagine a blogging a world without comments: no feedback, and hence no growth as a blogger! It really helps to get people to comment on your blog posts, not only for the stats, but also to know what other people think about your writing style!

      Thank you so much Vidya for your feedback! This April has been a bit hectic for me, and I’m doing my best to keep the blog post standard high everyday! 😀

      P.S.: I didn’t even know that WordPress was watching my back in so many different ways! #WordPressRocks 😁😎

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  9. Kaddu says:

    Free WP is easier for making menus etc., but it can’t be customized much. I don’t like it much. I’d say if you are serious about blogging, and I mean professional blogging, and you think you can commit to it, then you should go for self-hosted WP. Otherwise, just stick to blogger. I’d recommend everyone to get a domain though. It doesn’t cost much. USP is essential of course.
    Happy AtoZing!
    Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com

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    1. Yes, and the pretty professional looking themes also have to be bought on WordPress, so we might as well buy a domain name and decorate the blog on our own, right?

      But I’d still stick with using WordPress for beginners. It makes migration to self-hosted easier!

      Thank you for stopping by 😀

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  10. An@m! says:

    1 down 2 to go. I have my WP blog. Need to work on next two points. Very useful post. 🙂 And yes, i like WP instead of Blogger.

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  11. akaushiva says:

    Cool tips here! I’m still on Blogger and happy! I like the ease of it! 🙂

    I love how you connected blogging to Alpha and Omega!

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    1. Thank you Aditi 😀❤

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  12. Shilpa Garg says:

    That’s a fab theme and a great start to the challenge, Mithila. I started with Blogger and then moved on to WordPress and loved the experience and learnings both gave me. My first post was on a trip to an International Border and then were some random personal ramblings. Yes, with passing years, I have seen a sea change in my writings!
    Good luck for the challenge, Mithila, I am sure you will ace it! Cheers 🙂

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    1. Now that’s a memorable first post! 😉 No one ever asks about the second, third and fourth post, so don’t worry about the personal ramblings coming up in conversations 😀

      Your 55 word fiction is always beautiful to read. And I am in awe of people who can stay within word counts. My own posts have fluctuating word counts. One day I could be writing a 3000 word blog post, and the next day I could be scratching my head trying to figure out a nice title. 🙈😂

      Thank you Shilpa for stopping by 😀❤

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  13. I wish someone told me all this when I started out! I had to literally fish out every bit of info myself. Great start to the challenge Mithila! I’m sure there’s plenty for me to learn here!

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    1. Same here! I didn’t have any blogger pals when I started out. But that gave me a certain amount of freedom to do whatever I wanted to and learn from my mistakes. Plus it has helped me become more independent now!

      Do stay tuned with the upcoming posts. Thank you Shubhangi 😀

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  14. swathishenoy says:

    I agree with you. When I started my blog, I never thought it would become such an integral part of my identity. I had started writing on a whim because I was too happy after winning a creative writing competition in college. Thus started my journey. Even though I had quit writing for a while, people still recognised me as a blogger wherever I went. That’s when I decided I shouldn’t stop writing!

    Arts of Different Form

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    1. I have always found that people encourage writers to keep writing. Be it by telling them that they’re good, or asking why they’ve stopped writing, they really do make an impact on our blogging lives! It’s really good that you had people to tell you to get back to blogging. The learning curve is a bit steep in terms of creating content, but once you ace that, you certainly will never want to stop blogging!

      Thank you Swathi 😀

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      1. Hahaha…as a writer, I’ve always found such encouragement to “keep writing” or “write on” mildly annoying. Don’t get me wrong, I love knowing what it is about my writing that people like or dislike, but “keep writing”? Like, what – I’d stop if they said, “stop writing”?

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  15. Cool and very relevant tips Mithila. Agree with you WP is a wonderful platform! I started just about an year back. There is no looking back for me now. I absolutely enjoy being here.
    https://radhikasreflection.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/alphabet-a-apprehension/

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    1. It’s great that you started blogging directly via WordPress. It’s the best blogging decision ever!

      Thank you Radhika for stopping by 😀

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  16. Beat About The Book says:

    This comes at a perfect time. Someone asked for help starting out a blog and I was at a bit of a loss because it’s been so long long ago since I started mine. You’ve spelt it out so very clearly and now I have a fair idea how to help my friend. I shall direct him here. A memory.. well the twins were a few months old when I thought of introducing them to the world through a blog. I’d a very faint idea of what it was all about and was floundering in the dark but I did manage to start off without any help from anyone and that was a huge deal for me.

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  17. Tina Basu says:

    I was on Blogger for ‘centuries’ but the shift to WordPress has made life easy. Great tips for the newbies. All the best for A to Z.

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    1. Thank you Tina 😀❤

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  18. I agree with all the three tips, Mithila. I had started with WordPress and my first post was a recipe. No, no one commented. Not even my Mom and I don’t think anyone has ever read it as well. 🙂
    Thailand Travel Stories at Kohl Eyed Me
    26 Indian Dishes at Something’s Cooking

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  19. Good tips for newbie bloggers. I must admit I started out on Blogger 10 years ago and then moved to WP which I liked a lot better. I do think you see yourself grow as you blog. Just like your 16 year old self, I cringe at my 23-year-old self’s posts 🙂

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    1. I guess Google is going to start wondering why people make a shift from WordPress, and I do hope they upgrade it, just the way they’ve made all the other apps wonderful and awesome!

      Hi-5 to cringeworthy beginner posts. 😁 Thank you Sanch 😀❤

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  20. Mocktail Mommies says:

    Great way to start the challenge, Mithila!!Found the tips very helpful being newbies in this field. Have started off with our Alpha, hope we find our Omega soon.

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  21. pythoroshan says:

    Definitely good tips for the newbies on our blogosphere 🙂
    As for me, well I still remember exactly which cyber cafe I was in and even which seat I was in back in 2005 when I started. It was a simple 250 word post proclaiming my humble entry into blogging, uncertain of how long the blog would last (12 years and running)

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    1. That’s a beautiful blogging first day story, doc! And these 12 years have seen you grow so much as a blogger. It’s amazing how we bloggers start with no idea where things are going, but they turn out to be pretty awesome, and then later on you can’t imagine any other way living, without blogging!

      Thank you doc 😀 Cheers to 12 years and many more to come ✅

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  22. jazzfeathers says:

    I started blogging some four years ago and I reconise myself in what you wrote int hsi post.
    I started out because, as an author, I felt I should have a blog. It was only what I took part in my first AtoZ Chalelnge that I discovered I really LIKE to blog, and I started paying attention to the nerdy things you mentioned 😉

    Great start to the challenge!

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

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    1. Woah! Most bloggers think about becoming authors. You’re the first author I know of who became a blogger after being an author! 🙂

      The AtoZChallenge brings out the best in all of us, and is one whole month of learning experiences!

      Thank you for stopping by 😀

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  23. Rajlakshmi says:

    Before being active in my current blog-space, I was super duper active in my company’s blogging world … I am still friends with the many blogfriends I made during those days. Yes, even I have noticed the changes in my posts… the tone of my writing, all the alignment and alexa stuffs. Feels good to grow up 🙂

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    1. Wow! Managing a blog for a company is awesome!

      Growing up as a blogger is like learning from your own mistakes, plus you are your own cheerleader!

      Thank you Rajlakshmi 😀❤

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  24. I started ranting man, very first post onwards. 9 years later, I’m still doing the same.
    I too started with Blogger, and yes, I admit it’s very easy. But after I made the switch, I realized I should’ve done it a long time ago. Wish I’d seen this post when I started blogging. Although you were probably like 10 back then 😛

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    1. Hey, your rants are superawesome. They read like essays. Properly structured. After reading your posts, I feel like sitting quietly in one corner and meditating about what I’ve just read. Maybe I should hunt for those 9-year-old posts and see how those rants make me feel? 😛

      Hehe, 10 year old me was busy telling everyone around me that Harry Potter was my crush. I didn’t know that blogs even existed back then! 😀

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      1. Haha, thank you so much.
        *makes throat slicing motion* *ominous tone* Do not read the old posts. *sinister music plays*

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  25. Atulmaharaj says:

    Great post Mithila. All us would be amazed to go back and read the posts we wrote years back. I’m glad that you continued blogging. Kudos !

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    1. Thank you Atul 😀

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  26. inquisitivegeet says:

    I know! And I’m stuck with blogger and have bought the domain and stuff… I so want to so switch to wordpress but I feel I’ll lose everything that I got through this blog! Readers, comments, stats, etc etc.!
    And blogger literally sucks!

    While your post is quite helpful and sounds such a happy writing altogether!

    Glad to stop by 🙂

    Cheers
    BoisterousBee

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    1. *laughs like a terrible villain* Hahahaha! Serves you right for being a Blogger blogger 😛

      Just kidding. I guess making that leap from Blogger to WordPress will be excruciatingly painful. But then the rewards will be tremendously awesome! Asking a question: isn’t it possible to keep the same domain name and switch to WordPress? I only know about shifting from the free Blogger to free WordPress!

      Thank you Geetika 😀❤

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  27. Kalpanaa says:

    Great tips Fabulus.
    To answer your question, nothing in my life is planned with military precision. My fuel is enthusiasm and excitement.
    Anger #Lexicon of Leaving

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    1. And that’s the stress free way to go about blogging! Thank you Kalpana! 😀

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  28. Parul Thakur says:

    These are great tips and good for me, I started with WP. Sometimes I can’t believe my first post was a picture of me 😉 self love to this extent;) You are right that we all grow as we write. We change and so do our words. Great start to the challenge Mithila. I wish I was as sorted as you are when I was your age 😉

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    1. Wow! My first post was also self-love, it was a recap of the entire year 2014, where I made up for an entire year of not having a blog within one post 😀

      The last line made me blush 😊

      Thank you Parul 😀❤

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  29. Tips for blogging! perfect start for the blogging month. 🙂
    I am currently using bloggers… I have been thinking about changing, but end up procrastinating. I agree there are much better options on WordPress I feel so annoyed every time I try to change the theme and my older posts just start to get misaligned …
    Best Wishes!

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    1. Blogger themes all look the same. But WordPress themes give a lot of variety to the way the blog looks, and that’s what I like about WordPress. Do lemme know when you make the shift to WordPress. Do make sure to do you research well, before making the leap. Also, beware: sometimes the comments and stats don’t migrate from Blogger to WordPress (that happened with me). So do check online on how to manage that too!

      Thank you Karnika for stopping by! 😀

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  30. Mayuri6 says:

    12 years of steadfast loyalty to Blogger, before I moved to a self-hosted WordPress , so I just may disagree with you on that MM. However, i agree with all your other points and I loved my 1st lesson via your blog.
    Looking forward to the others. Hope your exams are going great 🙂

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    1. 12 years!?!?! That’s helluva long time to be on Blogger. I’m planning to stay for 12 years and beyond on WordPress 😀

      Exams have not yet started. You will know when they start, because that time all comments and Twitter shares from my side will become non-existent 😂

      Thank you Mayuri for stopping by 😀❤

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  31. vinodinii says:

    This is such a cool theme. It’s going to be resourceful for all the newbies out there. I agree with you on WP. I recently migrated from bloggers to WP on my personal domain which is lot better than bloggers. In my initial days of blogging I remember writing my first post and then forgetting the password to login to my account. I kept doing that every two years initially. I’d write a post and forget that I had a blog. And then wait for another year or two to write the next post. Comments were unheard of at that point.

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    1. I’m hoping that this theme teaches the newbies, and inspires the masters and veterans too!

      It’s good that you are regular at blogging now. We readers get some awesome content to read 😍

      Thank you Vinodini! 😀❤

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  32. I started my blog mostly as a place that I could freely and safely rant about things and no one could tell me I was wrong/going to Hell/shouldn’t say those things/whatever else. My blog, my posts, if they don’t like it they don’t have to read it. 😛 I basically said as much in my very first post. It’s mostly been random thoughts so far, this is the first time I’ve really gone with a theme. So far I’m not telling anyone what my theme is, I’m hoping people can figure it out on their own. I wrote them all in advance, now I just have to remember to actually post them every day. 😛 And yes, I use WordPress too, because it’s totally awesome! I keep reading other people’s comments elsewhere about how cool Blogger is, but I’d already started mine on WP so… besides which, WP is free and as I have no money free is the only way I can do anything, so that settles the problem for me. 😀 So far I believe I’m the only one who’s ever commented on my posts (it was basically a follow-up to an earlier post), but I was surprised to see how many followers I have when I finally figured out how to put the Follow link in the sidebar (to say I am not up on all the tech stuff would be a major understatement, the only code I was ever able to use was BASIC…yes I’m that old…most people today don’t even know what that is, and even I couldn’t use it now if I had to).

    LINK

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    1. Truly a blog is that place where you can say what you want to, and people have the ‘x’ button option if they don’t want to read it! Hi-5 to that 😁

      I’ll surely read your posts and try my best to figure out your theme! It sounds like a mystery hunt all through April!

      I totally get that thing about comments. In the earlier stages of my blogging life, I used to dance all around the room when I received a comment. Which was just one or two per post. Nowadays, it’s more like swiping away the notifications ( AtoZChallenge time is comments notification spree time!)

      In the coding section, I find Blogger more difficult than WordPress. At least the free version of WordPress doesn’t allow you to fiddle around with the code, so you can just select a theme that looks good, and that’s that. But with Blogger, there was always that temptation of trying and altering the CSS and HTML (even though I didn’t up doing anything great, even after knowing a bit of HTML! Hi-5 again 😁)

      It’s great knowing about you via the challenge! Thank you Christine! 😀

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  33. dirtdigger55 says:

    Thanks for doing your blog with help for us beginners. It takes me hours to get something posted, but I just figure that’s the learning curve. I’m really excited to have the alphabet parameter for each day.

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    1. There is a post coming up on the blog sometime later which will help you with content creation for your blog. Do stay tuned to the series, there’s a lot of insight coming up for blogging beginners!

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  34. UpwardSpiral says:

    Love WordPress so much better, following other blogs is way easier here! Dropping by from the A-Z Challenge. See my post at
    http://wp.me/p11TpU-Jx 🙂

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    1. Blogspot had that dashboard thingy where you could add blogs, and read them. But it was always a hassle to unfollow inactive blogs then!

      WordPress and it’s email subscribe options are a blessing. With one click, you can jump into the blogosphere anytime!

      Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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  35. I began thinking about my journey in the world of blogging. You brought back those memories.
    And girl you are doing awesome! Nice tips for all the newbies.
    All the best for the challenge!

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    1. Thank you Reema 😀❤

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  36. deepagandhi says:

    Great tips for new bloggers Mithila. I am sharing it with some of my friends who are new in blogging world and ask me these questions. Beautifully penned and I love the way you related alpha with first time blogging. Good start. Looking forward to more. 🙂

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    1. That’s awesome! Glad to know that my tips could come in useful for your friends. Do lemme know if they have any specific queries in mind, so I can cover it in this challenge!

      Thank you captain! 😀❤ #Blogtrotters

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  37. It’s been so long, I hardly remember why I started blogging. Oh, I do remember, but it’s ancient history now. (Go dig up a copy of the HindustanTimes from around 1999, maybe you’ll find my definition of blogging. 😉 That was also my very first experience with “vanity surfing” – surprise!) I started on Blogger, but diverged soon after it became “blogspot” and was made more “user friendly” (useless to me!) by Google. I had originally started out using the option to embed it into a static website so that my content could more quickly and easily be updated to look dynamic. I could post by email! Things do change, over time.

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    1. Hindustan Times of 1999? I was born one year before that 😀

      Wow! I didn’t know about the evolution of Blogger to Blogspot! It was Blogspot when I joined in December 2014, and who knows what changes have taken place since I switched to WordPress in March 2016! As for the email post option, I used to find it pretty useful for saving drafts. I didn’t use it to auto-post, because I didn’t know how to add images inline with the post then! 😀

      Thank you Holly for stopping by! 😀

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      1. Yep, you used to be able to actually embed your blog into your static HTML web pages, so it was a nice, easy, fast way to update the content of the web page. Now, it’s just as easy to set WordPress up AS the backbone of your website and just update pages that way. Blogger had a VERY different interface, back when I started blogging. They worked hard to make it more “user friendly,” but in the process, they kind of obliterated much of what I found useful in it and made it harder to get under the hood and tweak the HTML manually. I just find the current iteration of Blogspot frustrating, and last time I looked at some of my favorite sidebar widgets there, they’d been hijacked by malware. So…no.

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  38. I’m stuck with Blogger. For years now. I didn’t kno post WordPress existed then. 😀 Great Post for newbies. 🙂

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    1. It’s fairly easy to migrate from Blogger to WordPress, but I’d recommend making sure the new blog is set up the way you like it before turning off the old one, if you do that. 🙂 Blogger’s great – no reason to switch, really, if you’re happy with it (I do know a few people who refuse to read or comment on Blogger blogs at all – but life’s too short to cater to those people, eh?)

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      1. That’s true! When I shifted from Blogger to WordPress, I had absolutely no clue what I was signing up for! I just knew that I had to take a backup of my blog and import it into WordPress.

        As for bloggers not commenting on Blogger, really? Look at the irony of the statement! 😛

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        1. How is it ironic? Blogger has been known as a haven for spam and scraper blogs, many run by bots, for nearly a decade. WordPress has generally had a tighter TOS; self-hosted WordPress implies some investment (domain name, setup, hosting – and until domain privacy became an option, you could get the name and contact info for the domain owner easily, meaning it was a bit harder to conduct unethical/criminal activity from such blogs).

          Also, there are people who have always had issues with Google and privacy. I’m not one of them, but you know – everyone has to decide what’s right for them. I’ve always thought the refusal to even comment on Blogger blogs was a little snobbish, but it’s a choice and some stick to it.

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          1. That’s true. WordPress self-hosted need a lot of financial commitment, and hence won’t be used by spammers looking for a way to waste time on the internet! I didn’t know about the privacy issues of Google, but now that I know, I don’t think it will make any difference to my commenting on Blogger blogs. Guess I belong to the non-snobbish category!

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            1. I’d say it needs about $150/year to do it right. You could get by with less. But for that, you get your own domain name, “unlimited” web hosting account (which isn’t EXACTLY unlimited, but close to it for us “personal bloggers”), and you get to (have to?) learn some of the more technical aspects of WordPress (or find lots of helpful WordPress community members to help you out – which is totally doable). I love it, but the only downsides to “free” WordPress on WordPress.com, that I know of, are that your visitors see advertising you get no revenues from, and you’re somewhat limited on what you can do with themes. That’s not really a showstopper, either way (at least most of the ads are tasteful and unobtrusive – small price to pay, I think, for all the functionality they provide at no charge!) I have a few of the freebie blogs, myself. Just don’t use them much!

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            2. What I meant by people who are concerned about privacy and Google is that they refuse to have a Google/GMail account at all; I think that’s now a requirement to comment on most (if not all) Blogspot blogs. They just won’t do it. I’m not one of them; I’ve had GMail since it opened in beta. That ship has sailed, long ago, for me!

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    2. It’s time to make a move soon! Now that you have plenty of reasons to shift to WordPress, why not? 🙂

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  39. Ruchie says:

    I think your post is apt for anyone who is looking to start up blog !!1 and yes , WordPress is cool to work with

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    1. Thank you Ruchie! 😀

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  40. ridhiik says:

    Hi..loved your post ….just started my blogging journey ( first a to z challenge and 3rd post only)….wordpress made it easy for me to kick start easily

    Do visit
    randommusing2017.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Ridhi! I do hope you enjoyed the posts. There are quite a few posts coming up which will introduce to many aspects of blogging, known and unknown. Do stay in touch!

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  41. Thank you Natasha 😀❤

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  42. Sampada says:

    Wow!! Alpha to Omega to blogging tips! Very nicely blended 🙂

    I had scribbled a small piece on my cute little neighbour because I wanted to save our feelings about her. Thats how my blog was born. I copied the same from the paper to my blog post 🙂

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    1. That’s a cute blogging story, Sampada! Thank you for sharing it 😀

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  43. shalzmojo says:

    Oh I am in love with WP too and so glad that I started with it. My first blogpost and now the recent ones – have a world of difference!! You are right about writing and chilling; thats my motto too. I am writing to please myself and nothing more. I did get into the ranks and numbers and comments for a while but now it seems so mundane and boring to me.
    Hi-five to writing cos we love to!!!

    AprilFools #atozchallenge

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  44. You surprise me with every post of yours. I started with blogger and only discovered WP recently with another blog of mine and yes, I do agree that it is better. Clean and very easy. But LOL has been on blogger for eight years now. I’ll move it to WP once I go self hosted soon.

    The USP of my blog has always been honesty. No matter if its fiction, poetry, a rant or just some tit-bit of life. And I intend to keep it that way 🙂

    My first post was the most silly post ever. Aptly titled ‘My First’, it was just a brief few lines on why I wanted to blog. Totally silly, but hey that was the stepping stone so I ain’t complaining 😀

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    1. The USP of your blog is the precise reason why I love reading your posts. I can always be guaranteed of a honest, straight to the point post with no extra frills in terms of exaggeration! Keep that the same always, when you shift to WP, and self-hosted!

      My firstest first post was a post telling the world that I was going to publish my proper first post on New Years Eve. Like anyone even knew I had a blog, and anyone even followed that blog to know that I would be posting on a later date 😛

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  45. Write Your First Blog Post. Oh, how this strikes fear in the hearts of many a blogger… “What will I write about?” They ask “How will I come up with a topic.” Writer’s block sets in at this point and for many, but really, it’s not a problem if you’re writing about something that you are passionate about. Your first blog post is important, but the fate of the world doesn’t depend on it. Just your world. Kidding! Just relax, and pick one. You’ve got like a 100 to choose from, right? See, it wasn’t that hard. You’ve done it! You’ve chosen a topic. And now you have your first blog topic ready to write about to your heart’s content.

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  46. Shirley Corder says:

    Fun post. Glad you’re enjoying your blog.

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