Blog Theme

Since the day I signed up for a domain, I have been struggling to get the website going because the themes I got (both paid and free) were either too hard to customize or so easy that little customization was available.  A WordPress article said to keep writing and worry about the design later, so I have been.  But I do want to make it pretty.  Fast!  So I have been working on it here and there, but hardly any progress, other than that I have ditched paid theme as it was not at all as easy as the company was promoting it to be.

Yesterday I read an article by sitepoint, 10 of the Most Popular Free WordPress Themes.  All 10 themes have numbers of positive reviews, which is important to me because a poorly written theme can ruin your website – so I have heard.  They also all have demo sites, in which you can really see and feel how the theme works and look.

After much consideration, I picked Spacious by ThemeGrill.  It’s simple yet it has modern features such as Slide (pictures rotate on your page as a header).  It also fits better to YogiPear’s personality.

Spacious Theme

I am SO happy with Spacious!  It’s been way, WAY simpler to customize my webiste.  I got so much more done in the last two days than the first 2 weeks!  Now, don’t confuse simple and easy.  It is still a do-it-yourselfer unless you hire someone else to do it, so it will take some patience and reading all instructions.  Also Free doesn’t mean poor quality.  These theme developers actually make some serious web designs for big companies to use.  They have these little ones for us starters.  If you like the free theme, most of them offer Pro version with low cost and more features.

If you are brand-new to creating your own website and have no idea what you want or what it is all about, yet you want to tackle it yourself, I would highly recommend using one of these popular FREE themes.  It totally takes out the frustration out of this complicated thing, and you can just focus on building your contents.  After all, that’s the most important feature of your new site!  And it’s FREE!  If you don’t like it, no hard feeling as you didn’t spend a dime on it.  But careful and don’t bounce between themes too much.  If you have a ton of customization to the themes and then change theme, it could turn your website upside down (again, so I heard).  I changed mine when it hardly had any customization or plug ins, so it didn’t do anything.

Maybe I will eventually get to where I know what I am doing and can use the theme I paid for originally from outside of WordPress.  But if this free version is so good and even the Pro version is so affordable, why would I even bother try to waste my time on complicated designing?  I think I will just eat the loss at this time and just be grateful for these fabulous free themes.

Happy Bloggin’.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Celebrate Anniversary Without Breaking the Bank

You want to celebrate your anniversary right but you are on tight budget? No problem. You don’t have to flash money and throw gifts around to create a wonderful memory and express how you feel to your partner. It really IS the thought and the effort that counts.  Here are some ideas for everyone, and really, for any special occasions. Each of these items are considered a whole gift by itself.  Some may seem too little, but it would mean the world to the person receiving it. Continue reading 10 Ways to Celebrate Anniversary Without Breaking the Bank

Undo

Note To Self – there is no undo button when writing a blog post directly into your site, so write up your post in another writing application such as Microsoft Word first, and then copy and paste into your Post material section.  I just lost half of my content with weird black magic my computer seems to cast on from time to time, and there is no such thing as UNDO button here.  I haven’t figured out how sometimes things are clicked in the wrong section of a paragraph, things gets highlighted and deleted without me trying.  I think it’s something to do with a part of my heel of my palm resting on or touching the mouse pad when I type.  I think there is some sort of setting out there to change it, but I haven’t.  In the meantime, type in Word first, then copy and paste to mitigate the situation.

Google doesn’t seem to know me…yet

It’s been 2 weeks since I signed up for a domain, 1 week since I launched my website.  I have 3 posts plus About Me page, and I am not yet visible via simple search engine search.  Google doesn’t even recognize my website of yogipear.com when I type in their search box.  I thought my website was broken.  My website isn’t broken.  I checked.  It’s just not cool enough to mention.  You have to directly type the address into the address bar in order to go to my site.  I thought, if you had an unique keyword such as “yogipear.com” like no one else does, it should be the ONLY result Google returns, right?  Nope.  That’d be too easy.  That’ll be like getting free advertisement by Google.  Nothing truly good is never free.  You have to work for it.  You have to become popular first.  But hell, I just started!

google search

Quite frustrated, especially because my mom still hasn’t figured out how to check out my unpopular blog.  Even with a specific instruction to type in the address in the address bar.  So I searched for some blogging tip to get me out of this rut.  I didn’t have to look too far.  I’ve come to learn that this blogging thing is a big deal and seems like EVERYONE is doing it.  Bad news for me.  I have tough competitions.  LOTS OF THEM….. But, good news for a new comer like me is that blogging community seems to be full of helpful souls.  Particularly the pros who have been blogging from the dawn of Millennium, they have lots and lots to teach you.

For today’s issue, I am looking to PROBLOGGER(problogger.net), who is teaching me how to get a jump start in his 5 Ways To Get Your Blog Indexed By Google In 24 Hours article.

Boy.  Blogging is a serious business.  Better get to work!

 

The Open Ended Ending of ‘The Good Wife’

*Spoiler Alert*

Final episode of The Good Wife was brilliant in many ways.  Did you miss it?  Watch it here.

The episode didn’t have the feel of it being the last episode.  They went about their usual business.  And when The Good Wife goes about their usual business, things move FAST, and lots and lots of things are happening that you cannot blink or you will miss something.  When I started watching the Series Finale, I had a few unanswered questions that I expected to get answers for.  None of them were getting answered and we were running out of time.  Continue reading The Open Ended Ending of ‘The Good Wife’

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Coupon

It was Mother’s Day yesterday in Japan.  My mom had already left to work when I called, so we left her a skype video message.  We took the laptop outside so that we can capture in the video background all of the spring flowers in full bloom in our garden.

Looking back at Mother’s Days, I can remember doing something for my mom only one time while I was still in Japan.  And I remember about it only because of  a fight I had with my younger sister.

Continue reading Mother’s Day

Preface

I am going to indulge this moment of posting a very first post on my own blog…because I can.  People who know me would fall off from their chairs if they ever find out that I have a blog site.

For one, I don’t actively use social media.  Another is I don’t have a smart phone.  I have a pre-paid flip phone, which I often leave behind at home or carry around dead.  (I do make sure that I have a fully charged cell phone when I go out of town, though.)  Another conflicting fact of me and blog is that I don’t like to talk about myself much with anyone.  (I can hear someone objecting to this last statement.)  I rather listen.  (okay, enough from the peanut gallery)

So why blog?  It was Julie and Julia book by Julie Powel that did it.  No, it’s not because of the book deal and the movie deal she got out of it.  She said having the Julie/Julia project to do gave her purpose in life and nothing about her day at work mattered.  I needed that.  I needed to feel and live like there is more to life than just work.  My Mom once told me a few years back how she would like to blog, and now she blogs on a Japanese blogging site.  That must have been a clue that I should blog also or at least look into it.  But I totally didn’t get it.  Instead I told her that blogging is so millennium and she should start doing facebook instead.  Boy was I wrong.  I didn’t realize, really tech-naive of me, that a lot of the sites I would end up landing after a search are blog sites.  They look so fancy and professional.  But they are all blogs!  Bonkers.  Yeah, yeah, I am still learning how to make my blog site hip.

Make sense or not, with or without a reason or purpose, I am just so excited about this.  That’s all that matters to me right now.  I cannot see how little or how far this would take me, let alone where, but I do know that I have already gotten what I was looking for – sense of purpose.