Okay guys, so I’ve been getting some comments recently asking about the theme I use for RealityLapse and just about WordPress in general. One thing I’ve also been asked about is contact on me, like my twitter and goodreads feed.
The giant blue twitter button off to the side is embedded with a link to my twitter. The giant tan goodreads logo off the side is a link to my Goodreads account. The “Follow This Blog on Bloglovin” buttons are links to Bloglovin. RealityLapse doesn’t have a Facebook currently or anything other than Goodreads, Bloglovin and Twitter.
On the next thing. WordPress. RealityLapse is not a paid theme. I didn’t customize it at all. It’s under a theme called Newsworthy. I’m in the process currently of moving RealityLapse to a more permanent location. I’ll be sure to let people know when I get that website up and running.
Reasons why I love WordPress? I think the real question here is about WordPress v.s. Google’s Blogger. I have friends that use Blogger. I admit the setup is pretty nice. I love the way that you can customize your blog without having to pay anything extra, and just how simplistic and neat everything is.
In terms of seeing your stats and overview, having everything connected, having such a huge community like Google+ to back yourself up on? WordPress can’t beat beat Blogger there.
I wish I had the overview of Google Analytics and all that stuff on stats that Blogger has, but truly? If I had to choose between WordPress and Blogger, I would go WordPress.
But that’s just me.
Let me explain where I stand in the world of paid and unpaid themes on WordPress, as well as customization on Blogger. If you want a blog from scratch but simply don’t have enough programming smarts to do it, I would stick with Blogger. Just the way that you’re able to customize everything about your blog for free–man, what a deal. That’s maybe my second favorite thing about Blogger. It’s so convenient and so nice.
The thing is though, if you don’t want all that, if you just want a simplistic, everything-done-for-you blog, you should go with one of WordPress’s unpaid themes. There’s just so many of them to choose from, and many of them are beautiful. If you’re really, really serious about blogging but don’t want to go the domain route for some reason, I highly suggest getting one of WordPress’s paid themes. I think they’re all really nice. The reason why I don’t go that way is because truly, I love Newsworthy, and even if sometimes I wish it could do this or do that, overall I think I like it more than any paid theme I’ve seen so far.
It really depends on what you want.
Now, moving on to writing tips. One of the things I found about myself as a writer is that I’m good at English. I don’t mean to be a brat or to brag or anything, I’ve just always been talented at English. I’m not good at teaching it though. Basically, the only thing I can do is explain my logic and theories and why I love writing and reading. I can show you the material I use, I can explain what I do, but overall I’m not a good teacher. One thing I can say? Read and write constantly.
I don’t care what you’re writing. Just write. I don’t think fan fiction is so, so, so great, but all I know is that without my 300-or-so page fan fiction story on Erin Hunter’s Warriors series–all written on my home laptop on Microsoft Word, I would never have started writing seriously.
Oh, and blogging? I used to try it, and then chicken out because I thought what I was writing was weird or abnormal. I was constantly writing to an audience, telling them stories through reviews. But then I tried it, and I really like blogging now.
If you don’t think you’re in the mood to start writing long things, just go in the short term. Visit my writing exercises page. Look for more online. Slowly build yourself up.
And reading. I love reading. I’m reading constantly, and without reading I don’t think I could ever have been the writer and have the ideas that I had today. There is so much to be learned from stories. Reread your favorites. Get a Goodreads account and check out your recommendations every once in a while. Talk to your friends. Like-minded people. Find out what they like to read. Maybe even join a book club. The possibilities are endless.
One last thing. Just a shoutout to my followers or anyone who likes my reviews. I’m really glad that you guys like my writing and my reviews. Thank you so much!
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