Thursday, July 31, 2008

A new blogger's log: Week 2

Sunday, July 27
Just realized that I omitted a major milestone from last week's log -- the receipt of my first comment. While it was rewarding to see my first visitors last week, it was even more rewarding to receive my first comment. Especially since it was a nice one. Another milestone today. I did a Google Blog Search to see if I could find my "subprime" post, and my post was at the top of the list! Pretty cool. (The secret is in picking the right search words/terms.) Blog search will also be useful to check if a topic has already been blogged about before I get too involved.

Monday, July 28
I bought a new book, Blogging for Dummies. Right down my alley. My first impression is that it's a little more advanced than the "Everything" book, and about the level I need at this point.

Began drafting several new posts. Following my friend Tom's advice in his Blogging 101 post, I am trying to make liberal use of links.

The sign-in problem has returned -- but only sporadically. I can work around it by navigating back to the previous screen, so this problem is on the back burner for now.

Tuesday, July 29
Established a Test Platform blog so that I can test without jeopardizing my main blog. I already have some Test Posts that I used, e.g., when experimenting with linking (They're drafts that I never publish). However, in many cases it will be preferable to have a separate blog to test in.

Wednesday, July 30
Wrote new post called "About Me", and then added a text box in the sidebar that links to that post. That gives me more flexibility in the format than is available in the standard "about me" box. Not a perfect solution, but it works.
Also, posted my 2nd real (non-log, non-"about") post.

Thursday, July 31
One of my upcoming posts will require a table. So far, creating a table seems way more complicated than I would have expected. I'll have to do more research.

Friday, August 1
Added an "About This Site" post using same approach as I used for "About Me." I called it a draft as there are still some issues that I need to work through regarding direction. Also, added RSS subscription button to my sidebar.

Saturday, August 2
Initially, I thought the first week was a typical week and that future weeks would be as full of problems and discovery as the first. That's not the case. My assessment now is that I learned a good portion of what I need to know about the blogging process during my first week, and that content issues will play an increasingly larger role from this point forward. Given that, while I will keep logging significant learnings and milestones, this will be my final weekly post of the log. From this point forward, I will make posts to this series on a more flexible, "as needed" schedule.

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