I had great hopes earlier this week when I clicked the clicks, filled out the blocks, and sent my request to take part in Blogging 201 away to the powers that be at WordPress.
It’s coming up on 14 months since I started this blog.
Blogging U, you say?
OK, I’ll try it.
Except they sent me all the credentials and links to Blogging 101. I clicked to the home page. It wasn’t for me.
I am not looking to start anew. I’ve written at least one post a day, every day, since the end of October. Topics do not elude me. (Knock on wood.) I think I’ve pretty much found my voice. (Knock-knock on wood.)
I want to polish this baby, tighten the bolts, make it the best it can be. I want to explore the ins and outs of blogging, the more nuanced matters, the widget-ry and layout-land and follower-gathering.
I asked to be linked to 201 instead.
I asked again to be linked to 201 instead.
I think the time has passed for me to be linked to 201.
Instead, I hijacked some course matter indexed on the 201 home page by clicking the link provided by one of the bloggers I read, Silent Pam, who was carrying out a writing assignment.
The page has three lessons listed:
I have read them. I will soak up the messages. I will check in for more every day. I do not, though, have access to the list of daily prompts. I’ll live with that one. Worse, though, is not being part of the interactive classroom, the give-and-take WordPress has built into the system. That stings because a good way to learn is to talk with other people floating in different boats in the same waters of Blog Ocean.
I’ll keep a closer eye on the Daily Post, too, and maybe next time sign up for something before the final day. I think the last-day submission may have added to my trouble this time around.
Until then, though, I’m going to work smarter here.
It’s time for some reader research.
I’ll close with questions that I hope move you to comment, which is my custom.
What is the most important mission that you try to master when you post on your blog? What do you consider your best blogging trick of the trade?
Also for those of you who are readers, not bloggers: What would you like to see more of on my blog? Less of?
Now’s the time to take off the gloves and let me have it.