Fourteen Reasons Why I Like My WordPress Blog


“Fourteen Reasons Why I Like My WordPress Blog” by Joan Y. Edwards

I was going to write you a funny story today. I decided instead to write about the many reasons I like my WordPress blog first.

1. WordPress has a multitude of themes (templates, looks). Most are free. Mine is a free one. You can purchase premium ones.

2. They give absolutely wonderful statistics from day one until the present day.

  •  I can tell how many readers there have been for any blog post for all time, the ones from today, yesterday. last week, last quarter.
  • I can copy them into a blog. It gives a title with an underlined link right to the blog post.

3. People can leave comments without typing in codes. WordPress uses Akismet to check blog posts. Akismet is very accurate. It checks the email addresses to make sure they are accurate. If it has more than one link in it, it knocks it out and puts it into the spam folder. I check mine over that are in the spam folder. Many of the comments are very complimentary, however when I went to email them to thank them, the email address was bogus. If the name at the top and the email address do not match, Akismet knocks it out. What many spammers want is for you to click on their website…they are usually selling something. Some I’ve seen have at least 50 links in the email.

  • You get a chance to approve messages.
  • When commenters, put the name of the person they are writing, and sign their name it insures that the comment gets through to me.  Also if it’s about the subject of the blog, Akismet will allow it. If this person has not been approved by me, it is sent to me for approval by email.

4. Commenters can share the blog post by email, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and others.

5. You can upload pictures into the gallery.

  •  You can insert them into your blog and add captions to them.
  •  You can insert a link where videos or MP3’s can be found. WordPress doesn’t store them on their site.
  • You can add a poll to your blog.

6. You can name categories for your blog posts. I have PubSub3rdFri, Finish the Story, Marketing, Writing, Books, Conferences, Health, Goal-Setting, and others. Readers can search on my blog for blog posts in these different categories.

7. You can put tags (words, phrases, titles, authors) that people might look for in search engines that appears in your blog. When people look for Never Give Up, PubSub3rdFri, humorous metaphors, paint a French Provincial Bed,

8. It has different widgets to add to the blog:

  • Subscribe by email
  • Subscribe by RSS
  • Top posts
  • Last posts
  • Copyright information
  • Links to your other websites, blogs, books, other people’s websites or blogs

9. Each time a person likes your blog, follows your blog, or signs up for email subscription, WordPress sends you an email. You can stop these emails, if you choose.

10. Sometimes WordPress highlights different WordPress blogs. People have clicked on my blog from their listings.

11. You can make your posts private with a password to read it. You can write a post and program it to post at a later date. You can make a post stick to the first page, no matter what.

12. You can add page tabs at the top. People can make comments on them, too. I have About Me, Finish the Story, Pub Subbers, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4. You can click on them above the blog.

13. WordPress lets you know when someone mentions your blog posts in their WordPress blog.

14. WordPress gives you statistics on which search engines people came from and websites they clicked from.

There are other reasons why I like WordPress Blogs, but these are the main ones.

Feel free to ask me questions or relate the reasons why you like or dislike your WordPress Blog. If you like Blogger, tell me why you like it.  Everyone has different needs and tastes. Each one of them helps us communicate. They’re all good. Thank you WordPress!

Thanks for reading my blog. I am honored by your presence here.

Do something fun to celebrate you today.
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

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27 Responses

  1. I did try Blogger back in the day, but once you go ‘WordPress’ you never look back!

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    • Dear Widdershins, It’s good to hear from you! I’m glad that WordPress has met your blogging needs, too! Hurray for WordPress!

      Live with no regrets! Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

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  2. Joan,

    WordPress knows its stuff–just like you.

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    • Dear Linda, Thanks for writing. I am honored that you believe WordPress and I know our stuff. I believe in you. Keep believing in you! Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

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  3. We like WordPress, too. Joan our write2ignite! blog and website use WordPress. Thanks for the round up of pluses.

    Jean
    http://www.write2ignite.com

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    • Dear Jean, It’s good to hear from you. I’m glad that WordPress has met the needs of your fine organization! You’re welcome for my round up of WordPress pluses.

      Honor yourself. Believe in your power to be who you want to be God is there to help. Never Give Up. Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

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  4. I love my WordPress blog too! My old blog collective had a really great community, and I miss some of the folks there, but WordPress is so much more flexible and the stats are much more accurate than my old server’s.

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    • Dear Dianna,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you love your WordPress blog, too. WordPress Statistics are definitely awesome. Accurate and up to date. You’re right. It is flexible. You can add to it. Change it back. Change your theme. I hope the people from your other community will read your blog in WordPress.
      Do something fun to celebrate you and your love of writing today!
      Never Give Up!
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  5. Wow! Great article and very helpful when considering a blog…

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    • Dear Jess,
      Thanks for reading my blog. I’m glad you found the article about why I lke WordPress helpful. That makes me smile. Good luck with your writing. If I can help you with any details about setting up your blog, let me know. WordPress has a good help section.
      Do something fun to celebrate your love of writing!
      Never Give Up!
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  6. Hi Joan, I have two WordPress blogs. I considered switching to blogger when I started nerdychicksrule.com, but decided against it for one main reason: the comment feature on Blogger makes me crazy. So many times I have tried to leave comments on blogger blogs that wouldn’t go through even after I typed in codes, different URLs, etc. I want everyone who tries to leave a comment on my blog to be able to do it easily. Thanks for the post. I’m still learning, and I learned more about WP today! Kami

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    • Dear Kami,
      Thanks for writing. I know what you are talking about. It’s frustrating not to be able to leave a comment quickly and easily. WordPress comments are easy to leave. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I appreciate it. Good luck with your writing. Do something fun to celebrate you today!

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  7. Joan, I, too, have a wordpress blog, and I like it a lot. My second son set it up for me around 2005 or so, and he had used wordpress, so that’s what he used. At the time, I couldn’t figure out what to put up on my website — he had no such problem. Since I was writing only poetry at the time, I doubt I’d have picked “Poetry and Prose” — but Colin wasn’t limited by my tunnel vision, thankfully. I had no trouble picking up the wordpress stuff, at least enough to fiddle with my site, change the theme, etc.

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    • Dear Margaret,
      I’m glad that your son, Colin, helped you get set up. Then you just took over and flew with it. That is wonderful. Congratulations for having your blog since 2005! Awesome. Thanks for writing.

      Good luck with all your publishing avenues!
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  8. Currently it appears like WordPress is the preferred blogging
    platform available right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

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    • Dear Lucille,
      Yes, my blog is a WordPress blog.

      Celebrate you and your blog.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  9. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

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    • Dear Wyatt,
      I know how frustrating that can be. It happens to me on Blogger a lot, but not WordPress. Sometimes I hit save before I hit submit or enter the comment. That helps.

      Sorry.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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    • Dear Kristin,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you like my blog. It’s an honor to know that you believe I genuinely understand what I discuss in my blog.
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      Celebrate you and your love of reading to learn
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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