For most of my life, I’ve learned in isolation. For many years, it was just me and my books, and then just me and my computer. This doesn’t really make me self-taught; the books (and computer, and videos) help a lot. I’m learning from others, even if they have no idea that I am.
But every now and then I have a chance to learn with others, as part of a group, with feedback and a teacher who is actually there.
Right now, I’m taking advantage of that. I signed up for Blogging 101.
Hello. My name is Robin Wood, and I’m a lapsed Blogger.
I’ve been trying to blog for years and years, but I just can’t keep the momentum.
I think part of this is because, as far as I can tell, no one actually reads my posts. They certainly never comment. (I’ve had one comment on one of my posts here, because I asked a friend of mine to please comment, so I could see how the comments work. As far as I know, she’s never read another thing.)
Without any comments, I pretty much feel like I’m not blogging at all; I’m just keeping a journal.
And leaving it on a park bench.
A good part of the reason I want to blog in the first place is to have some kind of discussion. I would like feedback.
I’m a creator. I write books. I draw pictures. I take photographs. I create 3D content for Second Life®. I design websites. I make quilts. I knit.
It would be really fun, I think, to share all of that.
I have a gazillion ideas, and a severe tendency to run off in twelve different directions at once. (My Secret Super Identity is Tangent Lass. Shhhhh… don’t tell anyone.)
I’d like it, I think, if I could bounce some of my ideas off someone who wasn’t in my family. Find out what sort of things other people find interesting. Discover what sorts of things people would like me to write tutorials about. Get some input about what kind of things people would like to buy from me. Not just one or two people, several of them. Perhaps even tens of people.
The thing is, I have no idea why people don’t read my blog. Perhaps it’s lost in the crowd. Maybe the posts aren’t very good. It could be that I simply don’t write often enough to get a following.
Hopefully, during the next month, as I do the exercises and talk with other bloggers, I’ll figure it out.
What do you think?