Setting up my blog website properly

Setting up my blog website properly

The last couple of blog posts have been short ones, and fairly spread out. The reason for this is I have been setting up my blog website properly. For those that are interested, I will explain what I mean by that. Whether you are a blogger yourself, you are interested in starting your own blog, or if you are just interested in what creating your own blog involves.

As with most things, a lot of work goes into producing a finished blog post. To be honest, there’s a lot more work involved than I realised when I first had the idea to do this. Today I’m just going to be looking at the website side of things. But there is also the social media side, including Pinterest. Interacting with other bloggers, guest posts and a whole load of other stuff that I’m still a novice at.

Setting up my blog website properly

When I started this blog, I just dived in head first. Mainly because I’d been thinking about doing it for a long time, and I knew I just needed to get it started. Otherwise it would remain just an idea forever. To be perfectly honest I didn’t really know what I was doing. I used https://www.wpbeginner.com/ to help me set up my website. All the basics of what I needed were in place thanks to their help, but I didn’t really know how to use everything properly.

I’ve learnt a lot as I’ve gone along, with a bit of trial and error by myself. But also learning from the blogging community, there’s lots of great people out there giving great advice out for free. Then if you want to go real in depth there are lots of courses you can take, the best ones will cost you some money. If you want to blog as more than just a hobby, then you will need to invest.

Looking back at my old posts

It has been along time since I had done any serious writing, and even then I mostly wrote fiction. Writing for a blog is massively different, so when I looked back at my first couple months of posts. My first intention was improve the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), which for those that don’t know is about how your website ranks with search engines like Google.

I soon realised more than that needed editing. The writing on those early posts wasn’t good at all. So I’ve been busy editing the posts, making them read better, adding to them and improving the SEO. This isn’t a waste of time just to make me feel better about my posts. The better your SEO ranking is, the more likely you are going to get organic website traffic to tour blog.

Also a good post can be re advertised on the social media platforms, especially on Pinterest which I wasn’t using when I started. And is now my biggest referral source, doubling what I get from Facebook and Twitter.

Already seeing the fruits of labour

I can say without any hesitation, that doing this has been worth it. Not only am I more proud of the content of my website, but I am seeing the positive results from it. Promoting the old posts on Pinterest has bought lots of visitors to my website.

I set a goal for June, to have 2000 sessions and 4000 page views on my website for the month. I was on around 1800 and 3600 for the last 30 days, when I set the goal in May. With the work I’ve put in on the website, and also Pinterest and engaging more with people on social media. June has started with a bang! I’ll share with you part of my analytic report from today.

Setting up my blog website properly

As you can see, the sessions and page views are both up considerably, and hitting the target I’ve set. I’m not going to hide my delight. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen my message of thanks. If not I am thanking you now. When I started this back in January I didn’t know if anyone would read. Those numbers won’t be breaking any blogging records, but they are staggering to me.

The future

Setting up my blog website properly has been very important to me, and I think I’m in pretty good shape now. I’m sure there is much more still to learn, but I’m so happy with where this is right now. The whole point of this was to advocate for autism awareness and acceptance, the more people I can reach the better. So I’ll keep working to spread this platform as far as I can. Thank you again to you all for supporting this blog, we all really appreciate it.

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Autism Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Autism Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day approaching, there are plenty of places to find gift ideas. What about Autism Father’s Day gift ideas? I’ve not seen anything specifically aimed at us, especially if you want something “autism themed”. If you are happy with the normal gifts then that’s great, but what is there on offer autism themed?

I’ve had a look about, and found the things I would most like to receive as a gift. I will be honest, though I don’t completely hate the jigsaw piece. It’s not for me, and a lot of the stuff out there has the jigsaw on. I have found some nice bits that don’t though, and here they are. For the record these are just things I personally like, I’m not being paid to advertise them.

My autism Father’s Day gift ideas

Autism parent slogan mug

There a lot of autism themed items over at www.zazzle.co.uk, this mug is my personal favourite. There’s nothing I like better than a cup of tea, so this would be perfect for me, and any other big tea or coffee drinker.

You can get one for £16.55

Dad of an Autistic Jedi t shirt

You can get these t shirts on Etsy, starting at £17.70, and in a variety of colours. Obviously a great gift for any Star Wars fan, and would be very apt for me. Jack likes to tell everyone he is a Jedi!

I.E.P logo

Autism Father’s Day gift ideas

I absolutely love this IEP logo. Over at Red bubble you can get it on numerous things, that are great Father’s Day Gift ideas. Ranging from stickers, prints and canvases, too cups, notebooks and t shirt. Loads of really cool gifts.

They are my favourite Autism Father’s Day gift ideas, like I said they 3 websites all have plenty more to offer is these 3 aren’t for the Dad in your life. Do you have a favourite? Do you know of any other places selling autism related items. I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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Visiting the Grandparents

Visiting the Grandparents

For those that have been regular readers from the start, you might remember that visiting the grandparents, was a regular Sunday routine before lockdown. We hadn’t been since the middle of March, but with the kids missing them, and especially their dog Mack. We decided we’d go over for a visit, and try and keep the kids to social distance.

It was lovely to get out to somewhere different for a change. My parents live out in the Derbyshire Dales, where it’s picturesque and lovely and quiet. So it’s always nice to go for a visit. When we got there I took a video of the kids seeing Mack, to see how excited they all were. To be fair, Mack is usually more excitable but it was a hot day.

It was nice of Mack to run straight past me, he did at least go to Lily. But his best buddy is undoubtedly Jack. All I’ve heard for the last 8 weeks is, “How do you think Mack is doing?” The kids have been so looking forward to this visit, it was great to finally do it.

A walk to the park

As it was such a lovely day, we decided to go for a walk to the local park. When we got there we had the park completely to ourselves. We played football, which was nice. I’m certainly out of practise, I was exhausted by the time we got back.

It was good to get out there in some fresh country air, on the sunshine. The kids absolutely loved it. I’m not sure when we will all go back again, we will see how things are. It is was really nice visiting the grandparents, and gave us all a boost.

Going out and about again

It’s been clear to see lots of people have been going out and about again, this was our step in that direction. We are all in pretty good health, so we decided it should be okay. I just had to remind the kids we still have to social distance before we went, which they were good at.

We won’t be rushing to the beach though, or any other tourist place that will be packed with people. It’s still too early for that in my opinion, and to be honest I don’t like crowded places anyway. So I’m in no massive rush to join the madness. How are you doing? Have you gone to see family yet? Or started venturing further afield. I’d love to hear how you are taking things, in the comments below.

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