I had a bit of learning lust this past weekend. Peter Beens (@pbeens on Twitter) was attending a WordCamp in the Niagara Region. It’s an opportunity for WordPress users to get together and get smarter with a full day devoted to the platform.
I really appreciated the fact that these social media users were using social media and posting thoughts, images, and ideas to Twitter using the hashtag #wcniagaraont.
In particular, this Twitter message got me thinking.
Blogging can be kind of a lonely process. As I write this, I have my walking partner beside me. He’s no help. I’m listening to Stingray Music on the television and I have a cup of coffee on my desk. I’m in the WordPress online editor just typing along. I have a collection of thoughts sitting in a Google Keep document on my other monitor to inspire and keep me on track.
I’ve never had training on how to actually blog. I do remember that we booked Will Richardson to do a whole day on Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (which ironically was the name of his book published in 2006). The problem was that I was the organizer of that WesternRCAC PD event so I had to spend time troubleshooting and doing all the other things that come along with being a host. I did catch a bit of Will’s attention and it inspired me to create my own blog and wiki. The learning was not very deep. Ultimately, I just kept experimenting until I got it right or at least passable.
I’ve led workshops on how to start and maintain a blog. I’ve helped people start blogs or using WordPress to host a website. My self-hosted instance of WordPress has never been published. I always use this hosted on WordPress to encourage people to blog for free and without any worries about maintenance.
I love it when ideas fall into my lap. As I was musing about Peter’s experience and checking my email, I ended up with this being referred. WordPress Admin Dashboard – Everything You Need To Know I know that I’m going to find digging into this interesting because, quite frankly, I’m self-taught. I’ve made lots of mistakes and recovered from many of them.
My biggest challenge is not to finish this writing by clicking Publish. I need to switch to Document View and schedule it for tomorrow morning at 5:00am.
That will give me time to look at those Twitter messages to see what I’ve overlooked and to perhaps even proofread and edit before it goes live. And, of course, following the link to the blogs/websites of those who sent messages to see what I missed.
How about you blogger-reader? Are you self-taught or did you attend a class/workshop/seminar? What’s your recommendation for anyone who is looking to get interested in blogging?
Hmmm. I wonder what my word count is.