Blogging 101 : Introduce Yourself!

Hi everyone!  I am taking The Daily Post’s Blogging University courses somewhat in reverse order.  I completed Blogging 201 last week and today I’m excited to begin Blogging 101.

Please bear with me as I participate in another Blogging U course, as I will likely publish posts as a part of some assignments.  While they may not always be directly related to my usual topic, hopefully they will be educational and/or interesting to those who have a desire to learn more about blogging.  At the very least, they will help me learn how to become a better blogger, which is a “win-win” situation for everyone.

 Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

I still consider my blog relatively new, but I am amazed and delighted at how quickly it seems to be evolving each day.  I’ve already learned a lot and gained quite a few awesome followers, so I am very happy with its progress.

The main topic of my blog is chronic illness and chronic pain.  The conditions that I will concentrate on the most are those which are not visible to the naked eye, which is why I titled the blog Invisible Pain Warriors.

I write about the daily struggles of living with chronic illness and chronic pain, occasionally touching on infertility, how these issues affect my husband and I in our daily lives, how other are affected, tips on how to deal with various issues associated with chronic illness and chronic pain, along with our challenges and triumphs along the way. Continue reading

Blogging 201: Audit Your Brand

Day 2 of Blogging 201 was about auditing your brand.  This might sound simple enough, but it was actually A LOT more complicated than I expected.  The initial assignment was as follows:

Today’s assignment: audit your brand — look at all the ways you communicate information about your blog, and make sure they’re consistent, focused, and say what you want them to say. Bonus points: make a test blog to use as your personal playground for testing changes. via Blogging 201: Audit Your Brand | The Daily Post.

I believe my brand is pretty straight-forward.  The title and tag line of my blog pretty much says it all.  The content is usually related to invisible chronic pain and illness, along with anything and everything related to it.  Continue reading

Blogging 201: Set Three Goals

As a relatively new blogger, when I discovered that WordPress would be offering the online course, Blogging 201, I knew I wanted to participate.

I am excited about participating in this course and hope that it will teach me some of the more detailed aspects of blogging that I may not yet be aware of, which will in turn enable me to help my blog evolve.

The course started yesterday and the first assignment was to set three goals.  My goals are simple.

  1. Publish at least one new post per week. Ideally, I would like to post two or more but I wanted to be realistic, given the fact that I am always juggling a busy work schedule, errands, doctor appointments, and chronic illness related pain and fatigue.
  2. Double my blog subscribers/followers by the end of 2014. Without counting my Twitter followers, I only have 24 so my year-end goal will be 48.
  3. Read and comment on at least one other blog post per day. I often do this already, but I wanted to include it in my goals to ensure that I follow-through with it.  Doing this will help build my network with other bloggers while reading material that I enjoy and supporting other bloggers in the process.

Feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, or other recommended goals for my consideration during this learning process.  🙂