Last year, spent 10 minutes setting up my very basic, free blog on WordPress and then just started posting. I really had no idea what I was doing. Still don’t. Have you figured that out yet?
Evidently this is not the way to do it. Last week I signed up for the WordPress Blogging101 course in an attempt to right this wrong.
It’s Day 5 and I’m pretty sure I’m in over my head.
There’s much to this blogging stuff that I don’t understand. I don’t know what pinging means. Or to ping back. I don’t really understand the dashboard. Or what sticky posts are. I’ve figured out how to post what I write and answer comments, but that’s about it.
My name is Aging Gracefully My Ass and I’m a pathetic blogger.
I know all that good information and much more is “out there”. I just don’t know where and haven’t had the time to really investigate. Between Dancing with the Stars and Downton Abbey, free time is hard to come by. I’m lucky I get something written once a week and actually get it posted.
I thought signing up for Blogging101 would be the answer. I fantasized I would penetrate the thick shroud of mystery around things like pinging and format options and how to navigate the “new” dashboard. But then again I can’t navigate the old one….
I do know how to check how many people from Djibouti have seen my posts. One, in case you were wondering.
Blogging101 started on Sunday. Other than following five new blogs, I’m already five days behind in my homework. We leave for Rome next Wednesday. I have a million things to do before we leave. Okay – maybe not a million. A lot. I’m going to be hopelessly wallowing in late assignments when I get back. I’ll never catch up. It’ll be like one of those unfinished business dreams…. You know, the one where you are trying to get back onto the cruise ship before it leaves after you get hopelessly lost in Key West and a donkey cart picks you up and the donkey is lame and there’s no driver?
My airways are starting to constrict, I’m breaking out in hives and my hair is beginning to fall out.
What was I thinking?
So in an effort to get caught up, here goes…
Day 1 – Write a “who I am and why I’m here” post.
I’m AGMA and I’m here because I want to make everybody aware of the dangers of sparkly, glitter from China. Among other things.
Day 2 – Edit your title and tagline.
I’m keeping my title. It came to me in a flash of diving inspiration and I thought, “That would be a cool name for a blog.” And like Aphrodite arising out of the sea from the discarded testicles of Uranus (true dat), AGMA was born.
My tagline has absolutely nothing to do with what I write about in my blog. I like that.
Day 3 – Follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs.
Okay, I spent five minutes – anybody notice a “five” theme – trying to figure how how to follow topics in the Reader and gave up. Anybody have any tips for me?
I DID however, follow five new blogs. I don’t have the time to read the blogs I follow now and really want to read. But I followed five more. Pass the albuterol and Benadryl.
Day 4 – Write a post to your dream reader and include a new-to-you element in it.
Huh? So pretty much anybody who reads the stuff I post is my dream reader. Good God – they’re taking precious time out of their day to spend a few minutes laughing or whining or angsting with me. Honestly, who could ask for a better reader?
And here’s my new-to-me element…
Yeah, I know I already put a picture in my blog for each post, but it’s in a different spot. I’m going to say that counts.
Day 5 – Try out at least three other themes – even if you’re happy with the one you first chose. Try one you are drawn to and one you would never use.
I don’t even know where to start with this. There are something like 400 themes and a myriad of options within each theme. The potential combinations are statistically staggering. Dammit Jim, I’m just a feeble-minded senior, not a miracle worker! I do most of my clothes shopping at resale shops because it limits my options so it makes making a decision much easier. Trying out new themes would be like getting a full time job. I don’t think I’m ready for that.
Seriously, thanks to the WordPress editors who take on folks like me and try to help us. They are brave souls. Clearly some of us belong in the remedial blogging class. And that is being offered when?
Love you Michelle, Siobhan, Andrea and Grace!
And now that you know the truth, please don’t take me out of the Recommended Blogs…