I was out of town on the first day of class and therefore missed the course introduction. Looking at the syllabus, the steps involved in creating a blog were unclear to me. I thought I would place a short call to my fellow students who would fill in the gaps for me….nope. No gaps to fill in. They knew no more than I. It was “sink or swim” time, baby! I have always found this to be the best way to learn. However, it’s one of those things you generally look back on with positive feelings. On day 1, the sink or swim approach can be a real tension builder. Now that I am a seasoned veteran, I calmly refer to my site as a blog, having replaced the original name I gave it: “*!#!-ing BLOG!”.
Honestly, it began as tedious task. My thinking was “let’s just bang out 10 articles and get this thing over with”. However, after getting started, I found myself completely engaged in the content. The goal was no longer to “knock them off”. The new goal was to create articles that could be entertaining and informative. In addition to the articles, I became very interested in providing blog add-ons that would enhance the visitor experience. Using my own interests as the foundation, I added a sports ticker and a Sudoku game, along with a few others. As a major fan of both sports and Sudoku, I can entertain myself for hours on my site. I find that having your own forum to post your views is like having your own little talk show.
Although I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of creating and maintaining my own blog, what I have found to be the most enjoyable aspect of the course has been following the blogs of my fellow “MBAers”. With such busy lives, we don’t get to know each other like we would if we were undergrads. We have families and jobs. These blogs have provided me with the wonderful opportunity of getting to know my classmates just a little bit better. What began with a simple visit to blogger.com has culminated with a network of entertaining, informative sources.