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Blog Exercises: June Summary

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.Is June over? How did that happen?

Welcome to the end of the first six months of my Blog Exercises, my way of honoring the 10th Anniversary of WordPress by using it as it was meant to be used, by blogging.

As it states at the bottom of each post, these blogging exercises are designed to help you flex your blogging muscles. You may be new to blogging or a long-time experienced bloggers, there is something for everyone in these blog exercises.

If you have been following along (you may start anywhere and at any time in the queue), you would have ripped up your site’s design and tossed it aside (well, not quite as that’s still to come), held a magnifier up to your blog’s content and writing styles, shook your self-esteem around the room looking for excuses as well as motivation, realigned your content strategies with a focus on the reader not you, and, well, questioned everything you do on your blog. Hard to imagine I’ve another six months in me of blog bashing to bring to you?

If you would like a check-off list for the month of June, here are all the posts.

Coming up in July, we are turning back to content strategies and design, helping you to learn more about how your site works, syndication, required web pages and policies, content strategies, more inspiration for blogging, and definitely more ass-kicking.

I’ve been working on a week-long series within this series that explores how your site’s content is accessed and syndicated, an appropriate topic with the death of Google Reader and people scrambling to find a better way to read and access their favorite sites.

As has been often requested this year as well, I’m working on offering some blog exercises aimed directly at authors, the published in traditional and ebook kind of authors and writers, those who wish their written and published works to pay for the roof over their heads.

I’m taking the summer off from teaching to gear up for a full college teaching year this fall. Don’t think I’m taking it easy, oh no! My desk is piled to near the ceiling with things long past due clamoring for my attention. I’m focusing on finishing up some of my own books and client work, as well as a grant program for a WordPress II college course at Clark College – expect more on that soon as well.

My first major task is to put the past six months of blog exercises into an ebook format to share with you all. I’ll have announcements on how that will work in a week or two, and information on how you can get a free copy for yourself!

No boring summer around here in the Pacific Northwest. You’ll find me hunkered over my computer sweating and dreaming of the return of cool weather!

Besides blogging your brains out, what is next on your summer plans?

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.


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8 Comments

  1. Posted June 29, 2013 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Lorelle,
    Just reading this list makes me swoon with possibility! I am so inspired every time I visit your blog, and this Exercise offering is simply beyond the realm of useful and generous gifts! As a new blogger, I am encouraged and heartened that such good and capable direction is available here.
    Thank you!
    Phyllis

    • Posted June 29, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Phyllis. I appreciate your kind words.

      I can’t believe six months is now gone of these blog exercises in honor of the 10th Anniversary of WordPress. Wow! Six more left!

  2. flame
    Posted June 30, 2013 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I can’t believe June is over. :D

  3. Marion
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Lorelle…I am new to blogging and am so happy that I have found You! You are such a wealth of information and inspiration! There is so much to learn about blogging and to a newbie it almost feels like it’s an insurmountable task but I’m going to forge ahead. Just working on getting mine up and running and I know I will make a zillion mistakes but will have to put the armor on and continue learning and blogging…so off I go! And I know I can hop over here and have a credible source. I would LOVE to attend your classes and it makes me sad that I’m on the east coast and you are on the west coast! Take care.
    Marion

    • Posted July 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Thank you. Glad to have you join us.

      Mistakes are part of the process. Don’t let them get in your way, just blast forward.

      I will be offering online courses again soon, so stay tuned for news. Thanks!

    • My Zany Life
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much for your reply Lorelle. I also follow you on twitter and thoroughly enjoy your remarks about your students and your day…delightful! I am learning about this blogging “thing” but it feels like the long, hard way. And I am especially interested in your classes so I will be waiting to hear your schedule for the summer…thanks again for being a credible, sincere source for WP stuff!
      Marion

    • Posted July 5, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Marion. No classes this summer but I am working on an informal workshop/DYI series in my office and possibly private homes. I’ll be announcing it here soon. Fall starts with big bangs and I’ll be announcing those here as well, with WordPress courses at PCC-Rock Creek and Clark College, and a very busy year at three educational institutions along with other workshops and classes…yikes!

      It takes time to get anything. Blogging is like anything but different. The more time you put into it, you learn more but you don’t get it as fast as you do by working on it across time. There is much intellect involved in blogging, and intellect expansion is like the Tardis. It requires Time and Space to work properly. :D

    • My Zany Life
      Posted July 6, 2013 at 6:11 am | Permalink

      Lorelle…wow, it sounds like you are going to be busy enough for 3 people. I live in Virginia so I can’t get to any of your local classes but will keep checking back here for good info! Hope yo had a good 4th! Marion


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