If you’re new to blogging, you may be overwhelmed with all of the blogging language. You did find out that blogging has it’s own language, didn’t you?
My best advice to new bloggers, is to take it, one step at a time. There is no way, you’ll learn all there is to blogging, “overnight”.
Once you have your blog set up, start by posting according to the schedule you set up for yourself. If you find your schedule was too aggressive, step back and reduce the number of posts you had hoped to publish on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
With blogging, the main two things to maintain, are great content (what you write), and a consistent posting schedule.
If the time you can dedicate to blogging is limited, concentrate on your posts.
As time permits, add plugins or widgets to your site. If you want to incorporate Google AdSense, or other ads to your site, add them one by one, based on your “comfort” level. You may be required to insert HTML code onto some of your theme’s pages. If you’re not comfortable doing so, either wait until you are, or have a friend help you.
As far as add ons, the first one you should add is a spam killer. I use Askimet, and am very pleased with it. It’s easy to activate, and if you’re using WordPress, it’s “preinstalled”. Just go to your “plugins”, hit the “activate” button, and follow the instructions. (You’ll be asked to insert an API key – you’ll receive this “key” (a series of numbers and letters), during the activation process.)
If you want to see statistics for your blog, WordPress.com Stats is the easiest to install. There’s no coding involved. Like Askimet, you’ll receive an API key. Once that’s inserted, the rest is automatic. See my previous article: Plugin – WordPress.com Stats, for more information on WordPress.com Stats.
As with any new hobby, learning the art of blogging, can be difficult. But as time passes, the pieces will begin to fall into place.