The timing was perfect when I got an email from WordPress about Blogging101. I was almost desperately looking for something to do other than regular work. I had been posting very sporadically with an interval of eons between two posts. And I had also been writing some very mean publish-unworthy posts. So I decided to enroll for Bloging101 and see what the course had to offer. And then I forgot about it until I saw the email for the task for Day One.
The course has been very helpful in all areas.
Daily Tasks were well planned out. It made me comfortable to talk about myself, to comment in others blog, to actively participate in The Commons and other events and with technical aspects of blogging. Most importantly it gave a certain amount of confidence that there is always someone out there who may like what you post.
This course provided a great platform to showcase one’s blog. When hundreds of bloggers, pro and novice, take part in the course, you tend to gain some visibility. I did. I got close to 30 new followers in these three weeks. It is not a great number for many but for me it is a very good number considering they are people who don’t know me personally but interested in what I might be blabbering about. And then there is this Like. Likes and Views have been steadily increasing. Again, not a good number but good enough for me. I think the last time I felt like a child about Likes was when I signed up for Facebook for the first time.
The most valuable thing that I got out of this course is in finding some great bloggers and connecting with them. It is amazing to see how many people are passionate about writing/blogging. There are published authors, aspiring writers and just for fun bloggers. But everyone of them were active in reading and providing feedback to one another. Eric even went out of the way and created The Bloggers Meetup site for bloggers to keep in touch. Thank you everyone for all the encouragement and I hope these continue beyond the course period.
(PS: there was no attempted humour in the last paragraph. I mean it.)
Last but not the least I would like to thank Michelle , Saravanan and Chrissie for their support throughout the course. I have been in a support role before and I know how difficult it is when people ask questions that are important to them but may look like a no-brainer to you. Thanks for being patient.