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What is the best software to use for an online blog?

Today I’ll share the best 2 platforms to create an online blog! Both are free, clean and will push your content to more people! And you can go pro on both and buy your domain if you want to.

Just in case you were wondering, I use WordPress for blogging (https://wordpress.com/create/?aff=961). That is an affiliate link which means if, and only if, you get a paid plan, I’ll get a few cents at no cost for you.

I got this question on Quora. https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-best-software-to-use-for-an-online-blog/answer/Katherine-Alexandra-Montero Thanks for requesting my answer, Daniel Dudgeon!

And thanks TO YOU for watching my video!

Here are more Blogging articles for you: https://queith.net/category/content-creation

So glad we’re 559 pairs of eyes over here! 😀
K.

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SUPER COMPLETE ARTICLES IN MY BLOG: http://queith.net

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AUDIOS WITH MY LOVELY VOICE ON ANCHOR: http://anchor.fm/KathMontero

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Why do bloggers create personal websites instead of using ready made platforms?

After years of observation, I noticed bloggers who only had the desire to publish their thoughts, often started their blogs from scratch instead of using a ready-made platform. Why? Well, I found 2 main reasons.

  1. New bloggers ask for help to the most tech-savvy person they know. And most of the time the most tech-savvy person is a developer, programmer, systems engineer or coder. That means they root for people building everything from zero. Which might be ideal for them, because they can try new things with the knowledge they already have. But new bloggers don’t have the time to learn how to set up hosting and connect their CMS with their FTP. New bloggers just want to express themselves and hit publish!
  2. New bloggers don’t ask anybody and Google for the answer. Which is not bad at all but the first link they find is from hosting or domain shops, since they are PROs at making ads!

I really think new bloggers could start sharing their thoughts immediately with WordPress or Medium. These are ready-made platforms that are free, clean and part of a bigger platform.

Why those 3 words are important for a new blogger?

a) FREE: as you’re starting a new passion, you will want to figure things out before you go all in. Since all is investing in this world, you will want to know if you are in the blogging world for life or just for the next 2 months. Trying out a free platform let’s you investigate this world and discover for your own behaviour if you want to be here for the long ride.

b) CLEAN: it doesn’t really matter how your blog looks but it is very important that feels clean. When you visit a new page, you just feel if it’s made by a professional or an amateur. Clean designs feel professional. Both Medium and WordPress offer clean designs. Except for WordPress who offers not just one look, but hundreds of clean themes to choose from!

c) PLATFORM: you might have an audience, already and that’s great! But wether you have an audience or not, being a part of a platform can help you big time. The platform will help you push your content to other people so you can reach more eyes. And remember, that all great blogs have one pair of eyes at the other side of the screen, minimum!

Eventually, you will want your blog to feel more professional, then you can buy a domain and add it to your current blog on WordPress or Medium.

Just in case you were wondering, I use WordPress for blogging (https://wordpress.com/create/?aff=961). That is an affiliate link which means if, and only if, you get a paid plan, I’ll get a few cents at no cost for you.

I got this question on Quora. https://www.quora.com/Why-do-bloggers-create-personal-websites-instead-of-using-ready-made-platforms/answer/Katherine-Alexandra-Montero Thanks for requesting my answer, Alex Chalmers!

And thanks TO YOU for reading my article!

Here are more Blogging articles for you: https://queith.net/category/content-creation

So glad we’re 559 pairs of eyes over here! 😀
K.

P.S. Want more? These are my offers:

LIVE TRANSMISSIONS + DAILY PHOTOS: http://instagram.com/Queith

SUPER COMPLETE ARTICLES IN MY BLOG: http://queith.net

EMAILS WRITTEN WITH LOVE ON MOST SATURDAYS: http://bit.ly/QueithMail

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OVER FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/QueithM

AUDIOS WITH MY LOVELY VOICE ON ANCHOR: http://anchor.fm/KathMontero

AUDIOS WITH MY SUPERTALENTED VOICE ON ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/el-podcast-de-queith/id1455740696?mt=2

AUDIOS WITH MY AMAZING VOICE OVER SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/2wtjYiEz5qPOWK8gsqShUS?si=QwoIsmaURiSIpiS2Br95LQ

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¿Por qué crear un blog en WordPress?

El pasado 9 de Mayo cumplí 11 años escribiendo mi blog. ❤ Y en lugar de hacer una gran celebración, me dedico a contarte por qué crear un blog en WordPress es una de las mejores decisiones si quieres escribir en Internet.

Esta recomendación no es a la ligera. Yo he estado en WordPress desde el 2008. Pero al mismo tiempo, he ido probando otras plataformas para ver si no me perdía de nada. Y resulta que WordPress ha sido la solución para mis deseos de concentrarme en escribir y compartir.

Lo demás se lo he dejado a la gente que sabe, que es la misma gente de WordPress, que se hace cargo de todo y yo solamente me esfuerzo por escribir y compartir.

Hay muchas razones por las que prefiero WordPress por sobre otras opciones:

  1. Puedo dedicarme a escribir sabiendo que personas que saben lo que hacen están al pendiente de otras cosas en mi blog, como los servidores, el hosting y demás.
  2. Sus plantillas son muy limpias y brindan una imagen profesional. Un blog sencillo pasa a ser una carta de presentación al mundo en lugar de solo un lugar dónde hablas de tus aficiones personales.
  3. Tengo la opción de comprar un dominio (el nombre o la dirección de mi blog) dentro de WordPress, lo que me evita andar comparando precios externos. Pero si no quieres, también puedes quedarte con el nombre o dirección que te regala WordPress de por vida.
  4. Hay muchas opciones para personalizar las plantillas de forma segura, de tal forma que “el vestido de tu blog”, refleja tu personalidad pero no destruyes la plantilla porque no necesitas código para hacerlo.
  5. Estoy segura que las personas que están suscritas a mi blog reciben todos y cada uno de mis artículos. Puedo desarrollar una relación con ellos porque sé que les interesa leer lo que tengo para decir y yo escribo temas por los que me preguntan.

Como verás, mi afición por WordPress no ha nacido ayer. Ya tengo años estando aquí. Y creo que seguirán pasando años y no me moveré porque hasta hoy, he encontrado en WordPress una solución magnífica a mis deseos de querer compartir en Internet.

Esta no es la primera vez que recomiendo WordPress, así que si siempre has querido crear un blog y no sabías en dónde empezar, deberías darle una oportunidad. Y si quieres investigar más al respecto, también te recomiendo algunos de mis otros artículos en los que te hablo de otros conocimientos necesarios para empezar a escribir un blog:

  1. WordPress tiene un lector de blogs incorporado: WordPress Reader.
  2. Habemus contenido relacionado en WordPress.
  3. Website Analytics for Humans. What all those numbers mean?
  4. Profesionaliza tu blog con los planes de WordPress.
  5. El Plan Premium de WordPress ahora incluye el acceso a todos los temas de pago.
  6. La lista definitiva para empezar tu propio blog.
  7. Si tu tiempo es limitado, vas a amar estar aquí.
  8. Análisis de sitios web para humanos. ¿Qué significan todos esos números?
  9. WordPress Tutorial: How to Create a Multilingual Site?
  10. Esto es lo que estoy probando para hacer crecer mi blog. Segunda Parte.

Espero que este sea el artículo con toda o con una buena parte de la información que necesitabas para tomar acción y empezar a compartir tus mejores historias con el mundo entero.

Si te abres el blog hoy o mañana, me gustaría saberlo en los comentarios.

¡Un abrazo!

K.

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Hoy inicio el reto de PIIT 2.0 con la toma de medidas.

Finalmente llegué al día en el que me comprometo a mí misma a hacer una ronda de PIIT (Pilates Intense Interval Training) por 28 días seguidos. Tengo la curiosidad de ver qué tan drásticos son los cambios cuando se es disciplinada en este tipo de entrenamientos.

Anteriormente, ya he completado el primer nivel de PIIT (aquí escribí un artículo al respecto). Sin embargo, en el mismo artículo aclaro que no lo hice de forma disciplinada. Entrenaba un día y al siguiente no y después volvía a entrenar y luego me tomaba tres días libres. No obstante, siempre obtuve resultados satisfactorios.

Pero ahora quiero saber qué tan drásticos serán los cambios si hago PIIT por 28 días. Por mi salud mental, voy a hacer el segundo nivel de PIIT. Porque no quiero sentirme estancada volviendo a hacer el nivel 1. Pero si tú vas comenzando, te recomiendo el primer nivel, claro está.

Puedes conseguir el primer nivel de PIIT por aquí.

Bueno, esta fue mi transmisión para dejar registro de las medidas de mi cuerpo en el día 1 del reto personal de PIIT 2.0 que me he autoimpuesto.

Obtuve estos números:

  • Bíceps derecho: 32cm.
  • Bíceps izquierdo: 32cm.
  • Cadera: 116cm.
  • Cintura: 88cm.
  • Cuello: 34cm.
  • Muslo derecho: 68cm.
  • Muslo izquierdo: 69cm.
  • Torso: 89cm.
  • Ombligo: 98cm.
  • Pecho: 105cm.
  • Peso: 77kg.
  • Vientre: 108cm.

¡A ver cómo cambian estos números en 28 días!

K.

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PIIT28 results: this is what the first round of PIIT28 1.0 did for me.

PIIT28 1.0 isn’t a product / ebook / program / I made, create or wrote but it is an experiment I ran in myself, that’s why I consider it a personal project and I would like to share the results with you.

This is what the first round of PIIT28 1.0 did for me.

I finally ended the first round of PIIT28 1.0 and all the things it promised were true. I even got one or two extras. First, I’ll share my PIIT28 results and then the harsh truth, ok?

This is the picture I shared on my Instagram account when I finished the 28 days of PIIT28 1.0 (first round).

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I feel so happy I joined #PIIT28 ! Even though Piit28 is one of the hardest things I have ever done, I'm glad I survived the first round! Generally, I don't feel tired everyday, like I used to, I don't feel sleepy all the time and I'm more energetic to do stuff here and there. Tomorrow starts a new semester and can't wait to use all this energy to learn more about my career! To talk about numbers, I have lost 10kg/22lb and, according to my records, the lost should notice more in my chest area where I lost 7cm. I'm very impressed of how the most basic movements accomplished this! I had to modify a lot of the moves because of my injuries but still managed to sweat a lot in every session! And also, I'm aware #28DayReset helped a lot in this process! Thank you @blogilates for creating the tools to find my better self and thank you to all the Piit princesses for your support! God be with you! ❤ #piit28 #piitprincess #piitday28 #beforeandafterpiit

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I’m sharing it just so you know that I’ve been at my worst and now, I’m slowly improving to my best. I only got it with work and PIIT28 has helped me a lot with it.

PIIT stands for Pilates Intense Interval Training. PIIT28 is an exercise program that lasts 28 minutes per session and 28 days per round. It has 7 exercises per day and you get to work 45 seconds and rest 15 seconds until you completed the 28 minutes. Half of the exercises are pilates or musculation and the other half is cardio to make your heart pump faster.

All the tools are included in the package: ebook, videos, gifs, forum, calendar for the round, piitstagram challenge, how to warm up, how to cool down, etc.

I started practicing PIIT28 1.0 because I was already motivated to do it. See the picture I just posted above? I’ve saw hundreds of them in my Instagram feed. And I was interested on doing it, already. I wanted to have their results, too. I thought if that program really helped a lot of girls with different body types, maybe it could do something for me, too!

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One of the things I have to be super honest about is how long it took me to finish the first round. Yes, I said the first round lasts 28 days but I stopped a lot. I stopped because of my injuries, because of my university, because of my finals, because I was tired, etc. I trained one or two days in a row and rested three. And then, I would trained for days 3 and 4 and that’s how I did it.

Maybe if I were more disciplined about it, I’d get better results but what I really want to point out here it’s how PIIT28 works even though when you’re resting in between days.

I worked out in my living room, PIIT28 doesn’t need any extra equipment than a mat and pair of tennis. Sometimes I just played a little music to spice things up.

So, I already shared how I rested a lot in between days and also, told how PIIT28 works, but how did I work out every day?

The first week was ok. I did my best and try to make all the moves but, because of the weight I was (89kg), my right posterior calf got injured, according to all the Google Images I saw, it was the Achilles tendon. So, if I kept jumping all around, it could break and I wouldn’t be able to walk.

That’s why I tested all the positions my tendon felt alright and noticed that, if I kept my foot and leg in a 90º, my tendon didn’t hurt. I started using all the variation exercises PIIT28 offers and whenever it asked me to jumped, I walked.

It’d seem like a shame but I was protecting myself and, at the same time, I was exercising. So, no shame, I’m just slowly getting into it. And I was terribly happy to notice that I sweated the same amount as before, even though I was “just walking” instead of jumping.

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What I want you to take from all my injury story is that even though you don’t make the hardest or fastest moves, you’d still get results.

On the third week, I started putting some music I like to warm up dancing. On the fourth week, I was so happy that came back to the normal warm up sequence.

Those are the 3 customizations I made to the PIIT28 1.0 on the first round:

  1. I didn’t work out every day, most like every other day.
  2. I didn’t jump, I walked.
  3. I warmed up by dancing on the third week.

Of all the things PIIT28 1.0 promises, which ones where true?

Here’s what PIIT28 will do for you:

  • Cut your workout time in half. TRUE, I used to travel 1h to the gym and 1h to go back to the university + the time my training lasted, which was 1.5h ~ 2h. That’s a lot of time. With PIIT28, I worked out for 1h maximum.
  • Melt all-over body fat fast. TRUE, I’ve lost a lot of centimeters all over my body.
  • Increase your resting metabolism. TRUE, the interval exercises are meant to create an oxygen deficit that’ll made you burn calories while you’re resting. I can definitely say this is true because I rested a lot and still got results beyond what I imagined.
  • Build lean muscle with no equipment. TRUE, I lost a lot of inches and I can say they were of body fat because I feel stronger, I can do a lot of more moves than before and feel a little bit faster than before. Also, the part of no equipment is true if you do not consider a mat and a pair of Nikes equipment.
  • Sculpt the strongest Pilates abs ever. TRUE, I have no visible abs yet but I can definitely say that what I can see now is my “strongest abs ever” version.
  • Improve your posture so that you’ll look taller. TRUE, my chest is lighter and my core stronger, that’s why I can lift my rib cage and have a better posture. I need to work on the moments I’m writing because I tend to curve my back but it has definitely improve.
  • Increase your confidence and happiness levels. TRUE, it’s not just about the clothes, it’s about the movements, it’s about transportating your whole self every day and not feeling tired or ashamed.
  • Find new friends and make real relationships with like-minded people. TRUEwith the PIITstagram challenge you will find a lot of people who are happy of your existence and your accomplishments. And you’ll notice that you are happy of their existence and their accomplishments, too. Not only that, but in your real life, it’ll be easier to talk to other people. For me, as an introvert, it’s very difficult to start a conversation; but with all these changes going on, people reach me all the time and start with the sentence: Wow, you’ve lost a lot of weight, right!?

Yes, all the promises of PIIT28 1.0 were true, but I also got a few extras.

  1. I’m saving a lot of money in clothes. As I was getting bigger, my wardrobe was getting smaller and I needed to buy clothes. Now, I’m starting to fit in all of my clothes again, and that makes me happy for economic reasons.
  2. My size is uniform, now, at least in Popflex. I’m size 12 in tops and shorts. I had different sizes before PIIT28, I’m uniform now and that’s easy to retain in my mind.
  3. I started to control my breathe a little bit more so I might not die from a respiratory failure after all. ❤

PIIT28 1.0 is $39USD and you can get it here. Only if you’re interested in Pilates, cardio, dancing moves, musculation and some yoga.

To understand what you’re really paying, I like to do the math of the final price between the number of sessions in the package. You’re paying $39USD for a package with 2 rounds (56 days). If you were going to a gym and pay per class, you’d be paying $0.70USD per session which doesn’t seem expensive to me.

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The best thing is you get access forever to the PIIT28 1.0, so, let’s say if you want to try PIIT28 1.0 again next year, it’ll be there in your library at no extra cost. It’ll mean your price per session would drop to $0.35USD.

Now, the harsh truth I promised. PIIT28 1.0 IS HARD, INTENSE, TIRING, EXHAUSTING. It’s not for everybody. It’s only for the people who are mentally prepared to push hard. And look that I’m saying mentally prepared and not physically, because really, your mind controls your body.

The first time Cassey helped me to break a mental barrier was when I was doing the push up cobras and my triceps didn’t feel like pushing anymore. Cassey was like “keep doing it, I know it hurts, come on, you’re gonna get there” and started crying because my mind started fighting, my arms didn’t feel like going but I needed to get going, specially because I could control my breathe in this exercise, so I could get going. I ended up that serie crying, my triceps tight and my forehead sweating. I couldn’t get up for 5 minutes. But the moment I started thinking: “I did it, I push and I did it”, I noticed how my triceps didn’t hurt that much anymore.

I realize muscles hurt but pain doesn’t last that much, what really lasts is satisfaction and results. The very next day, I went to the pool and swam my first 50 meters without stopping and I did it 5 more times!

Prepare yourself mentally to join PIIT28 1.0, once the journey starts, there’s no going back. I promise.

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Right now I’m on day 39 (second round!) of PIIT28 1.0. I’ll post a review when I’m done with the second round. 🙂