I am not new to blogging, but I am new to the concept of growing readership, caring about stats and dreaming some big bloggy dreams. This means I am also new to the blogging community, link-ups, blogging courses and the general blog subculture. Whenever I participate, I feel like one of those “long time listener, first time caller” types. And as I first time caller, I have made some slip ups.
Here are a few for your amusement…
I work in IT, love tech and joined Facebook when it was still cool (yeah, a long time ago). So this should never have happened: I am a part of a Facebook blog group that has one of those nifty photo collages of its members as its cover photo. That’s cool I thought. Wouldn’t mind my photo included in that awesome looking collage I thought. Oh lookie, an add photo button I thought. So hi-ho, uploading I go. Suddenly, my visage fills the ENTIRE cover photo and the collage has disappeared. Cue MAJOR panic and a hasty delete to restore the proper cover photo. Relief when it comes back and I slink off, hoping nobody noticed the (completely unintentional) newbie sabotage.
I am currently a student in the latest Blog with Pip course (which is awesome btw – check it out). An eager beaver, I clicked ahead a few assignments and set about making my first ever podcast to share with my fellow students. I saw some others had beat me to it – more keen beans, my kind of people! I listened to their delightful podcasts, left some comments and uploaded my own, eagerly waiting for conversation. As mine uploaded, all the other contributions disappeared. Had I somehow managed to, yet again, upset the apple cart? I texted Sarah: I broke Blog with Pip. I wondered if that was grounds for expulsion. A reassuring FB convo with Pip revealed that the comments section was just being a bit tetchy and hadn’t reset from the previous course intake. So basically, I was talking to people who had long left the party. As a newbie-ish blogger, this is not entirely an unfamiliar feeling.
Bloggers are a generous bunch, but there are rules and etiquette to get one’s head around. There are also loads of helpful posts outlining these expectations. Every time I read one I imagine it’s completely directed at me. Oh no, what did I do? What did I not do? Did I break this rule? I don’t think I did. I didn’t mean to. Please like me other blog people. I promise not to change any more Facebook cover photos.
I can’t talk about techy slip ups without a Dad story. My Dad is a wonderful artist (check him out at Cees Art – I am hoping a plug will compensate for telling this story). He often takes photographs of landscapes for inspiration and reference for his paintings. When he discovered google images and the incredible access he had to an amazing array of photos, he was well pleased. This is how he collates those images: He takes a photo of the computer screen. With his digital camera. He then downloads the photos from the camera to the computer. Pinterest is going to ROCK HIS WORLD.
Gotta blog or techy slip up to share? Please make me feel better.