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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Wherein Your Humble Narrator Bitches and Moans: WordPressin’ 3

Entering the fourth week of the WordPress class with Lorelle, I feel I have a tangible growth of technical knowledge about what the WP site can do for a blogger. Normally, tangible growths are not a good thing. But this one seems to be expanding my mind, so we’ll see how it goes.

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Though I’m in my second quarter of Web Dev courses, I still feel more like a writer than a coder. All the programming minutiae are seeping through my layers of tech-idiocy, but its still not intuitive to me. I’m still stuggling to do simple screen captures and the like. So the article I’m working on for our class site is distinctly more text heavy than the other students. Theirs are loaded with snazzy graphics and even animations that I grasp how to do mentally, but wrestle with in practicality. Beginning to wonder if I’m wrong in my approach to this degree.

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We’re Making a Magazine!: WordPressin’ 2

So in a post last week, I wrote about my WordPress class. I told you that it’s the first of its kind that counts towards a degree and that makes all of us students pioneers and such. How cool is that? Click this to read or re-read that post. What I’ve yet to talk about is what we actually are doing in the class.

It’s been two weeks. Each student has put up a website for the class and posted a bunch of stuff. Each post has a particular purpose such as making headings, lists, linking images, making a picture gallery, a poll, etc. The posts aren’t terribly entertaining is what I’m saying, but they’re practical and useful. I’ve been blogging on WP for about four months, but I’ve kind of been glossing over all the cool things you can put in a blog and just posting without knowing all that I can do. So yeah, this course is great for me. And our instructor is an amazing lady named Lorelle Van Fossen, whose passion about blogging and WordPress is pretty damned contagious.

Here’s my class site if you’re interested. You’ll notice its language is clean. Not that I’m all that bad here, but I do slip in a fuck and the like when I feel it’s appropriate. On the classy blog, I’m doing my best to refrain from dirty talk.

I won’t detail all the assignments here. That’s just not that enthralling a read. Besides, I’m sure there are better sites for WordPress tips and the like. My main purpose here is to relate my feelings and observations on this class as a whole. The journey has been very helpful to me so far. But I felt like I would just breeze through, right? Miss Lorelle had other ideas….

Turns out the class is going to produce another blog as a group. Kind of a big project! This one will be for and associated with Clark College, but I believe that eventually it will be viewable by anyone on WordPress. Essentially it will be an online resource with articles about how to do virtually anything on WordPress. I’m thinking of it as an internet magazine. We’ll be covering everything you can do on WordPress and articles have been assigned to each one of us that relate to a particular aspect of the site. The Clark WP blog will be for future students of this program as well as for us now. Lorelle’s so excited about this project. She feels it can be huge. We’re no longer feeling the breeziness, but that’s a good thing!  At this point, everyone’s still working on their first articles so there’s nothing to really see yet.

Just a couple paragraphs ago, I stated there are probably better sites than mine for real WP tips and such. That is exactly what the class is going to create! We’re basically hoping to make this Clark College blog one of the best WordPress resources on the web, and we hope it will be used by everyone, not just students. Anyone who blogs on WordPress will benefit from checking out our site. So stay tuned. It will be packed with goodies very soon and I’ll let you know more.

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Word Pressin’

So right now  I’m at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, sitting in a WordPress class  which I’m taking  as a requirement for a Web Dev degree. It’s about ten minutes before class starts, so of course I’m starting a blog. I felt this course would be a breeze since I’ve been blogging on WordPress for about four months already. Surprise! (It is a breeze.) Okay, but we’ve only had two classes so far, mostly covering the history of WordPress and how to log in to WordPress. Basically, I’m still waiting for the class to get good.

The instructor is a fabulous lady named Lorelle VanFossen, who has been with WP from the beginning days and has about a gajillion blog posts to her credit. I feel like I should highlight quotes from her in red type, like the New Testament does the words of Jesus. She’s that fucking good. I’ll compromise by just putting her words in bold type.  I’m sure by the end of this course I’m going to learn how to grow my fanbase. All the way from my current 48 to a mighty 55. Maybe even 60.

I think I’ll start a series about this class. Since I decided I need to post more than one blog a week (even if no one is reading, ha) that should help pad my content. And other people on WordPress may have some interest in what Lorelle has to say. So we’ll see how that goes.

Just to let you know, this class is historical. Oh yeah. It’s the first time anywhere that a course on WordPress has been offered as a required part of a degree curriculum. So there’s that. Pretty coool.

PS: The next day…

The class got good last night! Next time, I’ll tell you about the exercises we’re doing. Lorelle went into drill sergeant mode tonight. Give me a two-hundred word post with three images and a link. You’ve got twenty minutes, dirtbags! Go!

See you next time…

 

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