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.
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 can also see the discussions that occurred as part of last month’s course. 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 April intake. Please pass along the message.
I’m looking forward to virtual meeting everyone.