Four days ago, ProBlogger Darren Rowse challenged fellow bloggers to publish a post based on the following seven themes. Hooked by the idea, I rolled up my sleeves and got to it. Then I read Darren’s own seven-link post. If you don’t already know, Darren is a highly successful blogger, speaker consultant and founder of several blog networks and blogs, including ProBlogger, which features tips on blogging. His Wikipedia entry notes that “as of 22 May 2009, Problogger was listed as number two on Technorati’s most favorited blogs list and number 40 on the most linked to blog.”
I reconsidered my participation in the challenge. It seemed audacious to hoist my hand — I’ve only been blogging for five months. However, the whole point of the exercise is to learn by doing. So, here’s my contribution.
- My first post: Go slow, just don’t stop. The date was March 6, 2010. I shared how I was setting out on a brand new course in life, to learn to apply social media, out of my job and comfort zone, and how I planned to research and learn from the best, using the blog to distill and demonstrate my findings as I go. I wrote: Step four is harder—where to go online? It’s a bit like entering a packed exhibition hall or a Saturday-morning market, full of noise, bright colours and lights, a sea of rows/directions. I didn’t mention how anxious I get in crowds!
- A post I enjoyed writing the most: The not-so-obvious: visiting the Shrute farm and learning to blog. Writing this post was fun, inspired by a Consumerist news item tied to the TV program, the Office. Newcomers to social media can feel like outsiders. As I wrote in this post: It’s just as easy to “not get” a key element or step when you’re learning to blog. If you’re new to social media tools, the language that’s tossed around online, especially on discussion floors, can be confusing. You’re there in your Walmart sneakers and they’re bouncing around in their spiffy Air Jordans. Continue reading