Here are a few of the more "technical" aspects I've learned just in three days.
- How to set up the blog using the provided template
- How to add images (and where to look for images)
- How to find and add widgets (like the Dilbert widget along the right side)
- I've even started to learn, through trial and error editing, how to edit the html code that builds the blog and its pieces
- Initial blog promotion - I've identified sights where you can upload the blog and make it more visible like Technorati
- What RSS means (Really Simple Syndication)
- How to make the blog available via RSS through FeedBurner
And, here are a few of the "softer" things I've learned along the way.
- Be careful - the blogging effort can be addictive and can be a distraction from the primary effort of looking for a new job
- Blogging can be somewhat cathartic - providing an outlet for your emotions
- When developing new posts - slow down, remember to spell check before you hit "Publish Post"
The final few lessons... for now -
- learn to keep the blog posts short (tough to do at times)
- there is so much more to learn
- read what you post (listen to your own advice)
- read other blogs, see what makes them appealing
Coming In The Days Ahead:
- More on dealing with the emotions of a job loss and the job hunt
- Taking time to celebrate. Yes, even at a time like this are things to be celebrated.
- Viable, validated sights for online or telecommuting work alternatives
- Making the most of the time you have available