Good Morning Everyone!
As you may recall from last week, I am starting a weekly post on basic football rules – the posts publish on Friday. My ultimate goal is to have this weekly post on its own blog, and in a fit of overconfidence, I decided I would try to build the web page myself through WordPress.org. I have not gotten very far along with the experience, but I have learned two things:
1) My excellent vocabulary does me no good when it comes to the terms necessary to build a blog site.
2) I have no clue what I am doing.
The first step seemed easy enough – I had to pick a web host for my blog. I went to WordPress.org, they had several listed and I picked the first one. The registration process went smoothly, my new domain name (www.nflnovice.com) was registered, my account was verified and then I started trying to download the WordPress.org software.
That’s when everything came to a screeching halt. There is a very annoying thing called a FTP. After several tries to guess what that meant (Failure to Prepare, Files to Press, Fast Top Press), I finally googled the term to find out that it means “File Transfer Protocol.” I gained a vague understanding that this has something to do with transferring information from one location to another, but that is about all I have learned. To install the WordPress software onto the website I want to use, I have to tell it something about my FTP, and I apparently am not giving it the answer it is looking for. When I go to the place where I am supposed to be able to find the answer it is looking for, it gives me the information I am placing into the WordPress software already! If you think arguing with one computer is hard, trying arguing with three! I have censored several swear words throughout this process.
Then two days ago it occurred to me that the National Football League might object to the title “The NFL Novice” under some kind of trademark law. I have spent some more time reading through the trademark papers, and even sending an e-mail to the licensing people at the NFL to try to find an answer, but no luck. Of the many uses the acronym “NFL” is trademarked for, almost none of them fit the category of what I want to do, except for this one phrase about electronic dissemination of information to third persons for some purpose ( I can’t remember the exact phrasing; it is the purpose that is iffy – I may or may not be trying to do that, if I could ever figure out exactly what they mean.) In the course of wading through that issue, I decided to be safe and picked out another name for my new blog “The Football Novice”, with locations at www.footballnovice.com and www.thefootballnovice.com. (Don’t bother to check the links; there’s nothing exciting there yet.)
So then, I went back to WordPress to try to get it installed on one of the three blogs, and went to the “How To” page, which told me that before I did anything, I needed something called a “Text Editor.” At that point, last night, I decided to call it a day. They had several listed on the page,but I hadn’t heard of any of them.
For now, I think I am going to go back to my trusty Kindle, where, gathering electronic dust for a couple of months now, resides “The Idiots Guide to Building A Blog.” I think my efforts have now qualified me to start reading!
So, for at least the next couple of weeks, bear with the Football Friday posts here. I will figure out how to do this, and have the new blog up and running some day!
Have a great day everyone!