If you have never blogged before, you might feel a little intimidated by the combination of putting your thoughts online in a conversational style while also dealing with the technology. It's true that there is a small learning curve, but I guarantee it's no where near as challenging as sitting for a licensing exam.
Gathering Ideas for Blogging
Ideas for blog topics are everywhere. I recommend keeping an old fashioned pocket notebook and pen with you at all times so you can jot down the brainstorms that pop up at unexpected times in odd places -- such as overhearing conversations in a check out line, or at a restaurant, or even on the nightly news.
For example, when you hear several people talking about trust and lies in relation to this year's election, that might turn into a blog post about developing an inner sense of trust, what trust feels like as a somatic sensation, why trust is important to psychological health, and so on.
In addition, a second blog post might be about discerning truth from fiction, or different motivations for lying, and when to call liars out versus when to ignore what they say.
Being alert to the problems, questions, and worries currently in the minds of the public will give you an unending source of ideas to blog about.
The Mechanics of Blogging
As to the actual process of blogging, it's smart to write first in a Word document so that you have an automatic back up copy of your blog post offline. But it's possible to compose your blog entry right in your Wix blog editor, if you prefer. (That's what I'm doing right now.) Here's how to do that:
1. Open your Wix account and click on the big BLOG button in the top left corner of the collection of Apps. This will open your blog manager.
2. Click on the blue Add New Post button in the blog manager, or find a previous post you want to edit, or a partial draft you want to finish, however over it, and click the Edit button.
3. Start writing. Or paste in what you have written in Word. To change the font style or size, or to add bullets or make other font changes, highlight what you want to change to get the font tool bar to pop up. Click on the word MORE on the right end to open the second row of tools in this bar.
4. Add an image by clicking on the IMAGE link near the top of the blogging screen. This will open your image gallery where you can upload photos from your computer, or browse through Wix's free photos you can use. images will be added wherever the cursor currently is. You can move the images where you want them, and resize them.
5. Add an alt tag (alternative text) to the image by hovering over the image you have inserted into your blog to get the alt text field to appear.
6. Give you blog post a catchy or SEO-rich title. SEO-rich means using one or two keywords relevant to your website and audience. The title for this post is using the keywords "psychotherapists", "blogging", "Wix" and "website".
7. When you are done writing, adding image(s) and alt tag, and title, look to the right sidebar for adding keywords -- called tags in Wix -- to your blog post. These will appear at the bottom of your post. Type the keyword into the field where you see the tag icon, or click in the field to see a list of keywords you have used before.
8. As an alternative to display a tag cloud with all the keywords in all your posts, some websites may have been designed with a minimal number of post categories that more succinctly highlight your niches. Click on the word Categories in the right sidebar, the follow the same procedure as for tags to associate your blog post with relevant categories.
If your website has been set up with a revolving "ticker" (photo gallery) displaying the images and titles of blog posts, you will want to click on the Featured Post link in the right sidebar to add your newest blog post to the ticker. You'll know it is activated for that post because the star will be gold.
This steps will shortly become second nature to you. You can preview what the post looks like. If you run out of time, you can save it as a draft until you get the chance to return and complete it.
And you can schedule the publication date for the blog, if, for example, you are writing on a Monday in August but don't want the post to appear until a Thursday in November.
Wix automatically saves your writing every few seconds, so when you are done, you don't need to worry about it. Just click the Publish Post button when you are done for your latest wisdom to be seen live online. Or if you are editing or completing a post started earlier, click the Update Post button on the right side to make your changes visible.
Pretty easy, eh? You're gonna love it!