If you are reading this blog, you may now know I am taking a Marketing with Social Media Class, started in February of 2013.
This class content is about blogging: how to create one, how to narrow your blog focus, what categories you will write on frequently.
We study how to balance timeless and timely material, ways to attract readers, ways to attract the search engine, frequency of posts, and so much more.
Our professor Bill Belew, is an expert at blogging. He gave us an assignment in an Anchor Post this week to write a blog about what we wish we had answers to before starting. You can check out my mirror blog at my own site.
And beyond the aspects mentioned above, we are learning about possibly making a living through a blog: how to keep at it, how to network, how to link to other experts sites, and more.
There are few things I wish I would have considered and asked before I started this class.
What is my commitment to writing everyday?
I don’t think I considered the time commitment necessary for attending to a blogging class. My plan is just to take this class, learn all this good stuff about blog and not to write one? It makes sense that we have to write daily, but I didn’t consider what my time commitment would have to be.
How committed am I to my topic?
The first day I selected the category of my content I will be writing on. I chose what my work life centers around. Bloggers who are successful write many blogs daily. If the topics are of interest to the blogger he or she will be excited to write about them. Since creating my categories, I have found the topics of communications, skill-development, leadership, motivation and self-development are still of interest to me. But I’ve also added other topics, which hold my interest: faith, arts, artists, travel and social media.
What are the other events in my life that require my attention at this time?
Can I physically handle the issues of an ailing mother who is suddenly very dependent on me? At what point in time is it good to not serve your family because you need to write 600+ words a day? What might be the results after completing this class, yet my mom and husband have been left out for three months?
What is my motive for taking this class?
When I heard about the class and heard a pre-class seminar, much of the focus of the seminar was about making money. How much of that “spotlight” did I want to grab? When a blog first starts out, it doesn’t make money; it’s like a child that needs constant feeding and attention. After much support and intense nurturing, a blog can develop into a money-maker. But our professor didn’t promise that immediately, I think I falsely dreamed about instant success and notoriety.
What will be the intrinsic reward from this class?
I never thought about what inside of me would be developed and attracted to blogging. Many of the classmates I speak with about this course express the deep commitment in time that is required, we even lament about it. But intrinsically, this class is very rewarding and I enjoy the blogging process, especially when I find a topic I am excited to write and cover.
What happens when the class is over?
Am I a committed blogger or is this a fad for me? Only time will tell. But I’d say most of the people I talk to are settling into the requirements of blogging and are finding a rhythm that suits them. At first it was difficult, but most valuable things we undertake have a cost, what we invest we usually see later in rewards.
The posts I have completed that I enjoy have given me lasting memories.
That’s a huge bonus for spreading knowledge around and synthesizing content from one course into another.
I picture Oprah when she first began interviewing; she had to do a lot of homework.
But eventually she developed a great body of knowledge. That is so important to me, again it’s a good internal reward that is highly valuable.
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