Kicking off the New Year with a Blogging Course

first_imgFor the new year, I’ve joined hundreds of other bloggers and writers in the WordPress.com online Blogging 101 course. What? you might ask me. You already have a blog. Yes, I’ve been blogging off and on for the past five years. And in 2014, I dedicated myself to blogging daily. So, why am I taking a course in blogging? If I’ve been blogging for several years, what can I expect to learn?My son asks me the same question every time I register for a new course. He’s in college and can’t wait to be done with classes.Me, I’m a lifelong learner. Though I finished high school and graduated from college years ago, I always seek out learning opportunities. No matter what type of course I take, my goal is to learn one new thing and share it with others. I’m delighted to meet new people in the community, connect and learn from them, and hear their stories.Who Am I?I’m a reader, bicyclist, birdwatcher, and someone who likes to make things easier for people to use. I’ve worked as a naturalist, catalogued lichens and mosses at an herbarium, and led hundreds of people through the sugar bush. I was employee #7 at an Ann Arbor software startup and helped expand the company to 25 people before I left, oversaw software application releases and translations in three languages, and photographed and wrote about U.S. presidents, Michigan governors, and mayors of Detroit as they volunteered to build houses in Detroit. Along the way, I’ve taught English as a second language to adults, tutored children in reading, and taught Junior Great Books. I’ve bicycled over 250 miles across the State of Michigan with 700 other people. Twice. I graduated from taking photos with a Polaroid to shooting with a digital camera. Ten years ago, I had a two-page spread of my articles and photos in the Michigan Chronicle. One of my photos landed in a social studies textbook in Texas.And I worked at a community college for four years in the web department, helping to design and develop the college website.What Do I Do?Nowadays, I create and maintain websites for small companies, organizations, and individuals. Along with co-leaders, I organize WordPress, user experience, and web design and development meetups and conferences for people in southeast Michigan. I’m active in the metro Detroit social media and entrepreneur communities where I meet fellow entrepreneurs, learn about new products, and businesses in our area. I write about user experience, WordPress, web design, accessibility, and technology. And I share a weekly resource post for fellow web designers and developers. How I Started BloggingYears ago, my friend Nick inspired me to get started blogging. I shared lots of tips and resources on Twitter, and Nick asked:Why don’t you blog? You share great resources and info, but I can’t keep up with your tweets.I’ve been blogging ever since.I like writing, and though I know some basics about journalism, I know I can learn more about developing a story, writing articles, and building a community. I’m looking forward to meeting other bloggers in this course! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWrite a Post Every Day for 30 Days? You’ve Got to Be Kidding!When one of my friends suggested I join National Blog Posting Month two years ago, I accepted the challenge. Write a post every day for 30 days? Hmmm. OK, I’ll give it a try! I have to admit, writing and publishing a post every day was not as easy as…In “Blogging”Top Takeaways from WordCamp Cincinnati 2017Last weekend I joined over 200 WordPress users for two days of learning and sharing at WordCamp Cincinnati, held at the University of Cincinnati campus. Three tracks, with one track including 1 ½ days of WordPress tutorials, had me hopping from room to room to catch my favorite sessions. Here…In “Conference”New Milestone: Celebrating Over 1,500 Posts Published!It snuck by me earlier this month, but I am proud to announce that I’ve published over 1,500 posts on Lireo Designs. If someone had told me years ago I would one day publish that many posts, I would have replied, Not possible! A few years ago, I announced reaching…In “Blogging”last_img

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