WoW, what a ride…. As you can tell by the title of my blog, I am not the brightest bulb on the tree or the sharpest tool in the shed, but after three whole days I finally got this blog setup. And what a feat it was. I called technical support not less than 10 times, spent countless hours looking for the perfect template (and I’m sure I missed a site), and had at least seven false starts trying to upload wordpress through my control panel and dreamweaver. But it is done. Now, if I can figure out how to add posts, plugins, widgets, rss feeds and all the other fancy things people add to their blog, I will surely have some entertaining experiences to share.For those who are as technically challenged as I am, here are some suggestions to avoid a lot of frustration when setting up your first blog:

  1. After you purchase a domain name, it really does take 24-48 hours before you can start uploading to your site.
  2. If your web hosting provider has a one step process to add wordpress to your site, USE IT.
  3. If after you add wordpress to your site and it doesn’t work like magic (and yes I expected it to) call technical support. I could have saved half a day, if I just picked up the phone. Come to find out, there were some settings on my account that technical support needed to change for wordpress to activate on my site that took less than five minutes.
  4. If the technical support staff starts to recognize your voice when you call in and you hear snickering in the background, don’t be discouraged. Just get it over with and tell them what you need them to troubleshoot next. I must admit that I got a bit concerned when I initially called in and was on line with a technical support person within 15 minutes. After about the third call, which requires me to punch in my customer identification number, the hold times got longer and longer. But I persevered and waited up to 40 minutes for a two minute fix.
  5. Before you start typing your first post and before you hit save, make sure you are under “write post” and not comments.
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