Moving to a self administered blog has been a challenge and a learning event. First there was learning how to administer the site itself. I still look around for the function I need. I am not fully up-to-speed in this piece of software yet. But with frequent use I am getting there fast.
Next the learning involves researching and deciding what widgets and plug-ins one might need or want. I have to tell you this is an endless list. Without the help of articles I have read by other WordPress users and the help of a very special WordPress administrator, I would be totally lost.
I feel a lot like an employee of an insurance agency would when they are learning a new system. I still have real work to do, clients to talk to, yet I need to spend time learning this new software and develop it as a tool for my clients. I know I will get through this learning and development curve and cruse along in an effective way soon.
One of the areas that I have spent a lot of time researching is a tool for blogging offline. I went through several recommended softwares before settling on Windows Live Writer. This software provides all of the functionality of writing direct in the blog plus a few plug-ins that are actually easier to use outside the blog. Like in implementing agency systems, I am spending a lot of time upfront for a payback in the long term by having the best, most efficient software in place. This will allow me to respond normally to my clients and support my website and blogging.
So if you are implementing a new system or updating the way you use your system, remember that the time invested upfront will pay off in the long term.