I’m really digging this thing that WordPress has put together. I like the way they have branded it as a class or course. And I’m having a blast filtering through The Commons, which is a private blog just for the “students” to virtually hang out and discuss and ask questions about the daily “assignments” and get feedback.
According to the WP editors who are mediating this event, there are approximately 1,400 bloggers participating in Blog U 101. With that many bloggers participating it’s a challenge to find others I think I’ll really connect with. I mean, I wouldn’t follow a fashion blogger or foodie. I’d look like an idiot! I mean my idea of high fashion is a clean set of scivvies and if food comes in a brown paper sack I figure I’m eating like a king.
Hm. [Sue tries to think fast]
oh, um… Sorry ladies. This catch is taken.
Move along. Ring of gold on this finger already.
[aBoyNamedSue thinks, “niccccce save.”]
So anyway, I’ve stumbled upon a handful who have baby blogs like mine that are just days or weeks old. There are a few on my blogroll that are months old toddler blogs and some who have been around for a pretty fair amount of time and are showing some of youngsters the ropes.
So today’s assignment was to:
Say “Hi!” to the Neighbors
Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs. A blog is just a diary unless there’s a community — start building yours.
I had already started following a few new bloggers in the three days that this has been going on but instead of worrying about what my next post would be I was able to take a few minutes here and there to find some really creative, clever, fun bloggers in the Blog U Class of 2014.
Here are a few that I have found (or found me first) that I thought I’d give a shout out to. In no particular order:
I really like Jenn over at Nonlinear Compilations There is a very genuine aspect to her writing that seems to bring out a personality that I feel immediately connected to.
If you like bloggers who can weave a story and suck you in to their post in less than a handful of sentences, go visit Anawnimiss. This girl can friggin’ WRITE!
Chris is a self hosted WordPress blogger from The Great White North who is another whose writing brings out a personality that I feel connected to. His blog is called Left Coast by Design and is written in a style that is quite similar to mine in that it’s very easy and conversational.
I posted something in the commons that went something like, “I don’t normally like poetry blogs…” I’m certain I must have come across as an asshole to Sara Virgina. I did qualify that with “… but I like yours.” She occasionally (and I encouraged to keep doing this) will give an explanation or back story about her poems and it brings them into context. You should check her out.
And last but certainly not least, Jill who lives (as she puts it) “in a small town, on an island, in a country at the bottom of the world” writes about… well stuff on her side of the world. And she does it with this really cool, eyes-wide-open, innocence that is wonderfully refreshing despite the fact that she’s old enough to have kids that are grown and gone.
Blog on all you wonderful bloggers. I look forward to seeing what your part of the world looks like and living vicariously through your posts.
If I didn’t mention you in here please accept my apologies. Trying to keep this post digestible. And also a BIG thank you, thank you, thank you to the handful of you who are following this blog. It really means a lot.
Here are a few pics of what my world looks like this time of year. The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas. If I’m not mistaken it’s a weed. but ain’t she purdy! Someone in my neighborhood likes bluebonnets so much he or she planted them in their front yard!