Hello, World! Or as I am commonly known to say, Hola!
I happened upon the opportunity to sign up for Blogging 101 over the weekend and I took it as a sign from the universe to finally go for it. I have some spare time over the next few weeks, and I just happened to be trying to attack (learn) WordPress again after, errr, yet another four to six month delay. I have been taking baby steps at this blogging thing for about two years now. There are two things that scare me: (1) the technology/know-how, and (2) actually putting myself and my writing out there. Who knew delays could be comforting.
My quote of the day today (DailyQuote App) was inspiring:
“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter
Thanks, Mrs. Carter. I’ll try my best. And I’ll just dive into this post by using the assignment questions.
Who am I and why am I here? I am a 50-year old rocker chick; I am a sports lawyer with no interest in sports; I am a master’s program student studying psychology. I am here because I want to write about music and music scenes and music people. I want to share my stories with the world, and maybe help people look at their lives in ways that make them think and reflect and grow.
Why am I blogging publicly, rather than keeping a journal? I suppose my brain – which is deficient in many ways when it comes to memory cells – is my journal. And my brain is telling me to try to sort it all out and put it in writing for both myself and for others who might want to read about it all. Maybe because I have spent my life with my nose in books about people and their lives, which has brought me so much happiness and escapism and knowledge, and I want to give some of that back to the world. I love reading fact-fiction novels and biographies. I am a HUGE fan of James Michener and how he creates fictional characters set in historically accurate settings. Simply put, I love reading about people’s lives, whatever and wherever their place in time. I’m guessing other people do too, and this is for their enjoyment.
What topics do I think I’ll write about? I envision stories from my experiences in the ’80s (the best of which revolve around the music scene I was a part of), concert reviews, album reviews, book reviews, and all of those tied together somehow. I have written several unpublished “practice” blogs over the past few years and they tend to be current concert reviews tied in with a story from the past. I also envision an academic twist as I study social psychology and pop culture. We shall see where this vision leads…I’m old enough to have learned that journeys don’t always end up where you think they might.
Who would I like to connect with via my blog? Gosh. First and foremost, my friends, who are all over the country and who I don’t get to see all the time. This is for our own personal amusement. And I hope to connect with other music fans who can relate and find enjoyment in my writing.
If I blog successfully throughout the next year, what would I have hoped to accomplish? I simply hope that I will have brought some enjoyment to my readers. I would love to give people a good laugh and or a memory of a good time. If they also get something else out of my blog, whether some new music to try or some self-reflection, then that would be a bonus.
All of my “practice” blogs have been proof-read and edited a zillion times, and none have been published. So here I am about to click on the “publish” button…it feels somewhat nerve-wracking and exhilarating to finally make my first post. But maybe I’ll play with the editing buttons a bit first (lol).
I wish everyone else in my Blogging 101 class a successful, enjoyable and life-enhancing experience. And I hope everyone reading this and future posts finds some enjoyment in my efforts. Thanks for reading! ;o)
3 thoughts on “Blogging 101, Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World”
Amazing! 50 years young and still rockin’ hard! A lovely first posting indeed. As someone who appreciates Rock music, I can’t wait for your stories from the 80s!
If you have the chance, please do check out my first (long form, sorry for that) blogging101 post too: https://humsofsum.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/hello-again-wordpress-summer-in-present-2015/
Thank you for your kind words, Summer-Tan! I love love love your name as I love summer and basking in the sun getting a summer tan. I have a sign in my front hall that says “Summer time is the best time.” ;o) I live in St. Petersburg, Florida and visit the beautiful Gulf of Mexico almost every weekend. I read your post and I look forward to reading more – I like that you have a variety of directions for your blog that are all relatable. I like the look you have going as well, especially how you use photos. I have finally accepted the fact that I must live with my blog in “under construction” mode until I can figure more things out – like gravatars and photos and widgets. I completely understand your lack of time. I am lucky that I actually have a few weeks until school starts up again…but I admire your gusto in going at Blogging 101 despite other obligations. Enjoy it at your own pace and never let it stress you out!
I just posted blog number two – I will try my best to keep up with this program as well.
Awwh, thanks 😉 The name actually stuck to me from a character from a teen show – The O.C. But after a while, I really have come to like the name (esp how it fits perfectly with my family name – Tan 😉 yes, it was intentional!). It reminds me to be more cheerful, sunny and optimistic (which I am probably far from).
I suppose it does take a while to really be content with your blog! Especially after blog-hopping and seeing so many other lovely blogs!
Thanks and good luck to you too! Happy blogging! xx