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It is so good to have a few moments to write.
Even better: hours.
I have hours. I’m away from the house. Cannot hear the dirty dishes in the sink nor the clothes to be folded calling my name. I have nothing but my laptop and am choosing to ignore my phone and social media.
If you are also a writer, you know what I mean.
And by writer, I don’t mean famous, or published, or even, “manuscript completed and rejected fiftyish times.”
Do keys tapping in a satisfying click-tick rhythm make your anxiety melt?
Words fascinate and enthrall you?
Sentences with perfect balance give you deep satisfaction?
Alliteration, onomatopoeia and entire-paragraphs-sans-adverbs bring you joy?
That’s what I mean.
I never manage to keep resolutions I make for the New Year, but this year I’ve set a record!
Resolution: Post every day in January.
Day One: TANK.
I don’t think I’ve ever failed so quickly.
In my defense, a migraine attacked AND we poured concrete countertops in the kitchen, so…my day was a bit full.
Excuses, excuses…I know.
To make up for this, I’d like to give you a special treat: the story of WordCamp US 2015, in pictures.
Actually, I was planning to give you the link anyway, but now I can tell myself yesterday wasn’t a complete wash. Oh, wait. Not lying to myself was also a resolution. Doggone it!
Maybe I can make a resolution to break a resolution every day…now we’re talking!
The event photographers were beyond stellar, both as individuals and as snapshot extraordinaires. Working with them was unbelievable.
I hope you enjoy the story as much as we enjoyed documenting this amazing conference.
Here’s the #2 thing I learned at WordCamp.
Continued from this post.
It’s okay to “just be a blogger.”
Which is why this blog is now BACK AT WORDPRESS.COM.
I do not have to learn code.
No need to be a developer.
Although learning about SEO is fun and I like it, I don’t even have to do that.
My Thursday train arrived with an hour to spare. Ruth (see earlier post) convinced me to join the volunteer party instead of disappearing to my hotel.
I met Dennis. In addition to being an event speaker and all-around good guy, he’s also a Happiness Engineer.
And he spoke those eight little words I’d been dying to hear.
“There’s nothing wrong with ‘just’ being a blogger.”
Ever since the last WordCamp (around 98% of attendees were technical, not writers), I really, really REALLY tried to follow their advice. “Get a domain and self-host.”
I got a domain. (This, actually, IS a good idea.)
Joined BlueHost to have a self-hosted blog. (At least for this gal…not so much.)
Although I’m truly interested in SEO, I just want to write. Gaining a clearer understanding of search and meta and how things work isn’t a bad thing, but I don’t want to do that every day.
I’m no quitter. Not usually. But today, I called to cancel my BlueHost account.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Get your own domain. It’s your brand. I still own caseyalexanderblog.com for a year, but from here on out, you’ll be seeing hypervigilant.org as the new brand. If you’ve been around a while, you know why. If you’re new, I’ll explain sometime soon.
- Don’t self-host unless you enjoy the work. Self-hosting is only fun if you want to handle everything yourself. If, like me, you just want to write, you don’t need that.
- Get your domain through WordPress.com (no, they’re not paying me to say this). You get to keep all the cool features I lost when I went to BlueHost. There were no “reblog” or “follow” buttons. No community of readers and bloggers. I had ZERO new followers on the new blog. WordPress is where it’s at. (Yes, that’s bad grammar. Hush.)
- Reach out to a Happiness Engineer. Check the forums and help pages first, but if your issue isn’t resolved, check with a Happiness Engineer. Making people happy is what they do. No kidding.
So…if you’re new, welcome! I’m Casey, occasionally called hypervigilant. I like to write. I’m a blogger.
Thank you, Dennis, for saving my love of blogging.
Also, big thanks to Dean, Praveen, Zandy, Nicola and last but CERTAINLY not least, Naoko, some of the best Happiness Engineers in the Land. In the world, for that matter. You guys rock.
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