The last part of our first class went like this:
1. Learning about adding “wp-admin” to our blog address as a way of getting to Dashboard.
2. Looking around Dashboard.
3. Listening to LeMasney explain the difference between a post and a page.
4. Following instructions to click “New Post” and type some garbage.
5. Following instructions to click “Publish.”
6. Being upset at having “published” garbage.
7. Receiving reassurance from LeMasney (a) that no one would ever find it; and (b) that if I was really worried that I might be disgracing myself, the garbage post could be later sent to Trash.
8. Getting homework for next time. (But I’ve already told you about that. Ten posts to create before the following Thursday.)
And then? Time to find our way out of the building to our cars.
Was it worth it? Taking the class, I mean.
Yes and no.
Yes, if you need your hand held, as I apparently do, where “technology” is concerned. It was reassuring to go online to WordPress in company.
No, once you’ve got a username and password, because WordPress is very good about sending an instructional first email to its newbies. By the time I got home, there it was waiting in my email box: everything I needed to know about how to set up a profile and find myself a theme. (Both of which I’ve done. Which is why you’re looking — if anyone out there is looking — at a calming color photo at the top of this blog.) There is also some information on your Home page about how to go further. My next step, I guess, would be to establish a page for the “About” me part of the blog. But I’m waiting, because it’s a pretty good guess that LeMasney may cover this in session two of the course, and what would I do while he did, if I’d already done it?
P.S. I did spend some of that first night after the class wondering what I would blog about when I began to blog. It even took me quite a while to fall asleep.
But then, in the morning, it came to me: I would do my ten homework posts about “Learning to Blog.”
So here we are.