It’s been a little more than a month since I started this blog so time for a progress report of sorts. First, thank you to all who I have followed my work thus far. I appreciate your attention and feedback which is why I believe I owe many of my early readers an apology. Up ’til this morning, I had the impression no one was leaving comments to my posts, but have now learned that the akismet feature had been holding them for my review and approval. It looks like I still have the comments from October, but I can’t locate any from September. I suspect the system may have automatically deleted them to my deep regret.
It’s a good thing, then, that WordPress has offered Blogging University courses to its members. Stepped into the 201 course (I’ll get to 101 later) which started today with an exercise asking participants to declare three goals of their blogs. They also invited members to post their goals on their blogs to raise accountability to you, our readers (as well as bonus points likely towards a fabulous Stan Lee style No-prize), so here we go:
- My personal goal through blogging is to become a leader on public interest as a concept. Not necessarily as one who uses the term to address specific issues, but who is exploring and defining our understanding public interest as a means by which we can better discuss our common challenges in a manner that can lead to more productive, fair, and mutually beneficial solutions. Yes, I hope I can eventually make a full time livelihood from this or at least make it a post-retirement pastime which isn’t that far away.
- To better interact with the broader blogging community which, technically speaking, isn’t much of a goal since I really haven’t done that much so far (apologies again!). Get overwhelmed too easily with the vastness of the network. Objective: four hours per week reviewing, commenting, and connecting with fellow bloggers (look out, here I come).
- Consistently explore and improve the format of my blog. Some of you can tell I have changed my blog format, a vast improvement by itself. Not yet ready to consider spending money for features, but otherwise, plan to spend one hour a week to look for improvements to the blog structure.
Like I said, still a rookie, but looking forward to making this a fascinating journey that I hope many of you will enjoy following.