Why Blog and How To Get Started

Hi there,
There are approximately over 150 million blogs on the Internet with 1.3 million blog posts per day.  Clearly people have got something to say. I started this blog for elders because there is a treasure trove of experience that should be tapped. (btw you can leave a comment by clicking on the word “Comment” or use the contact page. All email addresses are strictly private)

For some retirement can be a lonely time bringing with it isolation. A blog can bring people together; those with like minds and similar experiences. It can also be a moan at the state we are in in the 21st century! 😆 It can be about anything from a holiday you took 50 years ago to what your cat did this morning. Really anything you like.

me and mercilla 1965
me and Marcella 1965 Spain

And a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s a tip: If you have a photograph album use your phone camera to take a picture of them this will me and mumconvert them into digital format and upload them to your computer from your phone! This is me and Mum 67 years ago!! We used to spend 6 weeks in Guernsey C.I. every year up until I was  10, what a great blog post! Writing about the past leaves a record for our children and grand children.

Here’s an interesting blog looking at expressions we use and where they came from:

“We can learn a lot about ourselves by looking to the past. History not only provides us with a nostalgic glimpse at how things used to be — like with these classic childhood toys — but its lessons can still teach us things today. Many of us fondly refer to “the good old days” when times were purer and life was simpler”

Its ok to use what others have written providing you credit them or link to them.


Setting up a blog is easy, all you need is an email address and access to the Internet (ha ha yes you are reading this lol). It is easy and takes about 5 minutes. AND IT’S FREE! Yes there is no need to spend any money at all! WordPress has many features some cost but there is no need for them . This blog HowToBlogClub.WordPress.com was set up completely free.

How to set up a WordPress blog

    1. Think of a name for your blog. This can be yourname.wordpress.com you may have to be imaginative if your name has gone perhaps use your middle name as well or an initial. You may have a nickname you can use. Given so many blogs it may take some work. Just keep typing in the address bar till you find a combination that doesn’t exist, you have to have wordpress.com ending in the title. You can use a short phrase like BillWatkinsSuperBlog.wordpress.com as long as it makes sense. Be imaginative.


    1. Once you find a combination that doesn’t exist go ahead and register it.  Once you have been blogging for a while and have a feel for it you may want to change to a different name. I have about 10 covering different aspects of my online life.  Go through the registration procedure until you are done. Video showing how is below, watch full screen.

Familiarise yourself with the menu on the left. Save your draft as you go so you don’t inadvertently  delete something but this will happen it happens to us all so try and get into the routine of saving.

Your dashboard where you add posts, edit them change themes etc is:


Experiment with the menu items, mostly you can undo or change what you have done. The free theme I am running here is Twenty Sixteen.
You can email me at Philip@SeniorsBlogging.com or call on 0894297539 here to help.

Please use the comment feature or use the contact page to comment or ask for help. It will be great to hear from you. You also can follow the blog and be notified of next posts. You can always skype me too. Don’t just ask for details ask for help when contacting 

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The next post will be “My First Post”

(There are two other blogs that mirror this one : http://HowToBlogClub.WordPress.com and http://HowToBlogClub.com I will explain why in a later post. Have a look if you feel like it. http://SeniorsBlogging.com is in progress)

My First Post

Watch Full Screen

Here we add detail images media to our post. There is a menu bar, you can hover your mouse over the buttons and it will tell you what they do. Have a play around

I’ll show you two methods of inserting media:

  1. Adding an image

    Sekani and Evan
    My lovely daughter Sekani and her boyfriend Evan


  1. Adding a YouTube video – I created this animation, it goes well with the song, watch full screen.

Creating a link to another web page to AgeAction.ie

Categories & Tags

Best explained here by WordPress.

You can experiment with all the above. Don’t worry about making mistakes you will learn from them. If you have a blog do let me know!