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Blogging 201 Assignments

Blogging University - Blogging 201

Copying and pasting the course outline and class hyperlinks helps me get a better handle on the material (or maybe I’m just avoiding doing the work). Today’s assignment was to analyze our blog’s statistics to create a thirty-day editorial calendar. I’ve poked around my statistics, but haven’t gained significant insights or come up with an editorial plan yet. Maybe I’ll write some sort of post regarding them. Writing helps me to think.

Today I replaced many high resolution images with smaller lower resolution files. Hopefully I didn’t mess up Pinterest links to my blog. Actually, I probably did break a bunch of links, since I replaced many png files with jpg files. At least I started getting a handle on how to use PaintShop Pro (it’s a very complicated program).

Assignments

WEEK ONE
Setting Goals
Auditing Your Brand
Getting Read All Over
Giving ‘Em What They Want, I
Driving Traffic to Your Archives

WEEK TWO
Digging Into Social Networks
Making the Most of Events
Creating an Online Hub
Buddying Up
Giving ‘Em What They Want, II

Blogging 201: My Three Goals

Blogging 201 Goals

Our first assignment in Blogging 201 is to write three concrete goals. Here are mine:

  1. Write at least once a week
  2. Gain new readers each week
  3. Maintain mutually supportive online relationships with my readers

Q: Why do you blog?
A: Get thoughts out of my head and onto the page. Educate. Advocate. Fight ignorance, stereotypes, and stigma. Support and be supported. Be in community with other mental health bloggers, advocates, consumers, family members, professionals, and policy makers.

Q: If your blog exceeded your wildest dreams, what would that look like?
A: I have exceeded my expectations, for I had no expectations. Without doubt, I want to write at least once a week. I would like to reach a larger audience and to make a bigger difference, but I am happy with the community I now have. I have had to cut back on my reading of many other wonderful blogs, for my time and energy are limited. That I regret. I can only give so much, can only do so much. If I could speak publicly and still maintain my mental health, I would like to do so.