Learning Something New Can Be Very Frustrating.

Jeff Scurlock —  September 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

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Sometimes learning something new can be fun and exciting. Other times frustrating and trying.

Andy Stanley said, ‘Leadership is learning what you need to know so that you can do what you need to do.”

I started doing my blog in earnest a few weeks ago and my traffic has increased on a nice pace. July was the month I really started putting effort into it and I had 540 page views. I know that views are not the best way to determine traffic but according to all the experts I’ve read it’s the second best indicator. The first being unique visitors and I have not yet learned how to get that info.  Even “unique visitors” can be unreliable if a large number of your viewers are regularly deleting history and cookies on their computer.

The second best indicator is views. Again, the deleting of history and cookies can skew the numbers. The worst indicator to use is HITS. A hit can be anything I do on my page myself from loading a picture to changing a post. One visit from me (the administrator) can create many HITS.

Having said all of that my traffic did increase quite a bit from 540 views in July to 2,800 in August. Even with the unreliability of the numbers that’s a pretty good increase.

I’m working really hard (in my free time) to create a site that not only looks professional but also adds value to the reader. I’ve done most of the things that I have found out are important. The first thing I had to do was set up an account with a hosting company so I would have a place to put my site. I chose Bluehost. Apparently it’s one of the best for the money out there. The next step was to transition from a free, hosted site at WordPress.com to a pay, self hosted site at WordPress.org.

Bluehost looks like it’s going to be a great tool. It’s loaded with features and now I have to spend the time trying to learn how to use them.

My goal is to add one PODCAST per week to my site. I worked very hard for a couple of hours last week creating and editing a PODCAST that is actually sermon audio from a message I preached. Now the dilemma is that I can’t upload it directly to my WordPress Dashboard because it’s too large. The good news is that at Bluehost I have unlimited storage space. Now I’m trying to learn how to upload the file to Bluehost and then get it to show up on my site. It can be done. I know that for sure. I just have not been able to figure out HOW. I’m frustrated because I decided that I would get it all figured out today. It being a holiday and things being quite I decided I could dedicate most of my day to this process. I’ve still not got it done.

Now it’s 4:40pm. I’m tired and have a headache. I’m going to have to call it day without success. I will not quit however. I will get it done. Guess I should have called customer support.

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Jeff Scurlock

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