I Say: Goddamn. Goddamn! : WordPressin’ 4

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So I must say, this WordPress course with Lorelle is one of the most demanding classes I’ve ever had. Not in terms of the assignments being difficult, but the sheer quantity of work she loads on us is herculean. And none of us are even Hercules. Just like to point that out.

I’m not going to call any student out for complaining. Don’t need to. It’s pretty much a consensus. This course is a ton of goddamn work. We’re not only posting dozens, it seems, of posts and pages to our individual blogs; we also are responsible for turning in articles to the class site on how to use various tools on WordPress. Somehow, this stuff’s getting done without me (one of the first week’s editors) because I haven’t found the time yet to even check out the class site. Articles are dropping into my email, and I merely acknowledge them with a nod or a sigh. The thing is, I have more classes than just this one, and there’s enough to do for Lorelle’s class to make it a full-time job to stay on top of it. I believe that in the future, contributing to the class site by writing articles and editing and all could and should be a class in itself. Maintaining a personal blog and collaborating with other students, which we have just started to do, is plenty of work. Pile on too much, and both endeavors suffer from it.

The thing is, Lorelle Van Fossen is just not like the rest of us mere humans. She claims to post five articles before ten a.m. every day, and we all believe her. And as I said before, she’s very excited about WordPress and sharing it with us.  And we really like her. But it’s getting to be too damn much. (I know I’m writing this post when I could be working on some stuff for class, but I feel an obligation to do a “WordPressin'” post once a week, so I’m doing it.) As I pointed out in a previous installment, we’re like guinea pigs. Test subjects. This curriculum is new. Well, the guinea pigs are starting to squeal and scream.

It’s fun, though. I already thought WordPress was fun before I knew the stuff I know now. I don’t know if I’m supposed to do this, but I’m sneaking in a link to our class site. Just look at it and peruse all the articles and then think about students doing this, their individual blog, and their other classwork, maybe working at a job x hours a week, and trying to live a life. But also know, Lorelle probably does the work of all of us combined to design this course and do all her own stuff as well. Pretty awesome.

I just realized Lorelle’s like a pusher. (In a good way, but still.) And it’s making us all a little crazy and desperate! I ran into one of my classmates in the MacLab on campus yesterday, furiously hacking away at the assignments for this class, and I think smoke was coming out of his ears! It’s a lot of goddamn work, I’ll say again! We’re really being pushed here. The classic song by Steppenwolf, “The Pusher”, comes to mind. The pusher man pushes and pushes and makes you say “Goddamn the Pusher Man.”

Lorelle knows we love her, I think. But she’s going to wear these guinea pigs out! So I gotta say Goddamn, Lorelle. I said Goddamn. Goddamn…..

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9 thoughts on “I Say: Goddamn. Goddamn! : WordPressin’ 4

  1. Speaking as a fellow student in the class, I couldn’t possibly agree with you more. I feel like the class should be worth about 10 credits with the sheer amount of work to be done. VERY demanding. Glad to hear my sentiments echoed by someone, I was afraid it was just me.

  2. I try to post twice each week, then transfer them automatically to Facebook and Google+.
    If I write more than two posts I save them up for weeks when I know I’ve got lots on 😉
    What is your aim from your blogging?
    What is your main subject English Literature?

    • I’m going for a degree in Web Development, but I consider myself a writer first. This blog was started for my English class last quarter and I just kept it going. It’s helping me refine my writing style. And meeting deadlines, even self-imposed ones, is critical practice. Thanks for reading!

  3. You’re welcome. It’s important to write good copy for websites, my Dads re-doing my website, he’s untrained but he’s done a great job but he’s never satisfied. The biggest problem with websites is their static nature which is why they need blogs and Facebook, google+ imbedded in them. Good luck with your course.
    Best wishes

  4. I agree with you 100%. I have this class and two other ones which is normally plenty but I am a full time nanny for 3 very demanding kiddos and trying to work on all these articles at the same time holding a crying 7 month old, chasing around a 2 year old, while checking 7 year olds math homework, can be a bit overwhelming. I actually don’t mind it as much now since I have become quite the multitasker. I really feel like this class is preparing me for any future classes to come.

    • Absolutely there’s a load in this class. In the long run, though, it’s all going to be worth it because the assignments are very useful. But that’s why I asked you about the Scavenger Hunt thing the other day. I wonder who is finding the time to do much of that!

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