Welcome to week 1 of the free online course “Should I blog?”. Each week of the course I’ll post a short video clip with a couple of key points. If you navigate to the weekly menus at the top of the website (http://shouldiblog.org), you will see button at the bottom of each week labeled Content, Discussion, and Activity (note that since this is the first time the course has been taught, the content will be released each Sunday – or at least that is my plan).
This intake of the course will remain open until the end of week 1. After that, if anyone new wants to join, they will start the first week in April. If you know anyone that might want to explore this topic with you, please pass along the invite to join in.
Announcements for the course are send via email and posted on the Facebook Page and the course Website (http://shouldiblog.org) under the Announcements menu.
Course discussions will mostly take place on Facebook, but you are also welcome to post comments directly on the course website. When posting on the website, you can choose to use any identity you like – so you do not need to use your real name – just be sure to use the same email address each time (email address is not posted). The first time you post, your message will be held for moderation. Once your email address has been approved, new messages should appear immediately. This is one way in which to avoid spam messages on the course website.
Please take some time this week to look over the content, discussion, and activity for the first week of the course (under the menu “Week 1”). If you have any questions, you can post them on Facebook (preferred), leave a comment on the http://shouldiblog.org website, or reply to this email.
Rebecca (aka Becky)
Welcome to Should I Blog, a free online course about blogging through illness. I will be sending out an email to this list once or twice a week throughout the course. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe at the bottom of this email. If that doesn’t work, reply to the email and I’ll remove you from my mailing list.
Please note that if you read the Introduction and Week 1 course content before March 1st, you may wish to go back and review it. Will be making changes and tweaks to the course content until March 1st – mostly to help ensure that everyone can participate at a level that they are comfortable.
If you do not already blog, then I recommend that you wait until week 3 of the course before you set something up. The topics discussed in the first three weeks are important things to consider before creating a public blog. If you feel the urge / need to write, you can start crafting blog posts in any word processor on your computer. Then, when you start your blog you will have content for the first few days/weeks.
Most of the discussion activity for this course will occur in the close Facebook group. If you wish to participate in the group, you must request to join (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557962144421106/ ). It is a closed group, and posts are only visible to those who are in the group. There is also a Facebook announcement page, where messages like this will also be posted. If you wish to receive announcement on your Facebook stream, please like the page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Should-I-blog-Announcements-Page/1030059647020070.
If you are not comfortable participating in the Facebook discussions, you are welcome to “lurk” – which means to just watch and read the discussions. You are also welcome to just email me or any of the other cancer blog mentors your answers to the course discussion questions. You may also wish to find someone in your face-to-face world in which to talk through some of the ideas presented in this course. I would encourage you to share and discuss the different ideas in whatever forum that works well for you.
If you are mostly participating offline, I would greatly appreciate the occasional email to let me know you are still here and are progressing well through the course. If you don’t post anything and don’t email me, I have no way to know how you are doing.
For some people, you may not yet be ready to read other people’s blogs about cancer. I began writing my blog months before I could contemplate reading other blogs. Also, note that the cancer blogosphere is over represented by those with metastatic disease – which again can make it difficult to read the blogs. If you are not ready yet, then I encourage you to choose another topic for exploring other people’s blogs. The lessons about how blogs look and are designed work just as well if you are reading travel blogs as it does illness blogs. I’ve added links to a few of my favorite travel blogs in the week 1 course content.
If you have any friends who might want to take the course, there is still time to sign up for the March intake. Please pass along the message.
I’m looking forward to virtual meeting everyone.