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Blogging 101: Say Hello to the Neighbours

Ok, today’s assignment is to: follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs.  But, I’m not going to do this.

Confession time:  I am a blog-a-holic, at least with regards to following blogs. I follow a LOT of blogs on a LOT of topics, although most of my favourite blogs are the ones that post wonderful pictures. That’s probably because I find I have a short attention span some days when it comes to reading blog posts. But, perhaps that is the goal I need to work on during this challenge. To commit to spending more mindful time reading AND commenting on blog posts. I suspect this will come up in the next challenge – something along the lines of, now that you’re following blog, let’s start commenting!

Since I started blogging in earnest last year at this time, I have “met” some fascinating people, and it’s funny how I look for their posts every day in my email box. I don’t always know them by their actual names, but I know them by their blog names, and their posts make me happy every day. I’m not going to start listing them, because undoubtedly I’ll forget someone and I don’t want to make anyone sad, but I do want to thank everyone whose blogs I follow – you have expanded my universe and make opening my email something I look forward to (for good or bad…) every day!

Now, here is a picture of what I would be seeing through the dining room window in our old house in Regina. Stay warm all my Saskatchewan friends!!

Window

Blogging 101: Introduce Yourself

First, a random pic:

Dexter

So, today I am embarking on WordPress/Daily Post’s Blogging 101 course. Why? Well, just because it’s a way to jump start my blogging again, aside from getting back into some photo challenges (wait until tomorrow!) I do confess that, although I have been thinking about this all day, I encountered a few challenges after work that distracted me (mainly related to city beaurocracy and technology – not for the same issue), so I am probably going to keep this short for today.

So, the first post is to write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post. We are told that “the post can be short or long, a personal intro or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto or a simple outline.” And that “if you’ve already been blogging for a while, we still encourage you to do a version of this assignment: use it to revisit what you said when you first started blogging, to take stock of what you’ve accomplished and what more you’d like to do, or to lay out some goals for your next six months.”

So, let’s look back at where I started. Here is my original post for the Zero to Hero Challenge from last year:

And yes, the blog begins.  I am today beginning my first real journey into a personal blog (I do have a professional one, but more on that another time).

So, today’s assignment is to talk about who I am and why I’m here.

Well, first thing about me is I love to keep lists to organize me and my thoughts.  So, here are the questions that were suggested for us to answer, and my answers on this day, Jan. 2, 2014.

  • Why are you blogging, rather than keeping a personal journal?  Well, I do keep a personal journal, but it’s way too personal for the Internet!
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?  Well, whatever strikes my fancy for now, I think.  Besides work (which is covered in my professional blog) I am interested in running, all kinds of working out, photography, yoga, meditation, cats, jazz, cooking, bacon, and probably lots of other things that will come up as I get into the blog world!
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?  I don’t know that I’ve thought about this.  I would say, those who are interested in the same things I am, but I don’t know what I’m going to post about, so I guess the door’s wide open here!
  • If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?  Something.  Something I’ve been wanting to accomplish for awhile, and just haven’t had the right motivation to do.  So, Zero to Hero is just what I was looking for!

Now. I think that’s all for now.  I guess that’s not a lot about me, personally.  My name is Emily, I live in Victoria, BC, Canada with an optometrist husband and 4 insane cats in a big heritage house that we will never be finished renovating, and I’m hoping to run my first marathon this year.   So, now I think I’ll finish until day 2!!!

Now that I look back, I don’t think I finished the Zero to Hero challenge (well, I know I didn’t…), but I did finish the April Blogging from A to Z challenge, which was a lot of fun. As for the content in my first blog post above, not a lot has changed, so here I am starting again! With another challenge. Maybe one I’ll get through this time!

Until tomorrow…

(Of course, I can’t remember now if there is a badge I’m supposed to link to, but here is the link back to this Day one challenge post:  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/blogging-101-introduce/).

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