For most of my life, I’ve learned in isolation. For many years, it was just me and my books, and then just me and my computer. This doesn’t really make me self-taught; the books (and computer, and videos) help a lot. I’m learning from others, even if they have no idea that I am.
But every now and then I have a chance to learn with others, as part of a group, with feedback and a teacher who is actually there.
I’m extremely myopic, which means when I’m wandering around with naked eyes I need to hold things about two and a half inches from my eyeball to see them clearly. (Eyeball, because that’s too close for both eyes, so I close one.)
Generally, of course, my eyes are not naked. I wear contact lenses most of the time, along with glasses for near vision, and different glasses for far vision.
But on Mondays, my eyes are au natural all day long. I remove my contacts Sunday night, and don’t put them in again until Tuesday morning.
As part of the course, I’ve installed MAMP, and now I have WordPress up and running on my own hard drive. Which means, gentle readers, that you no longer have to worry about me doing something.. odd… here, when you’re right in the middle of reading something.
Experiments will now be confined to the privacy of my own computer.
I’ve been thinking a lot about starting to blog again lately, and have decided, for many reasons, that it’s something that I should do.
I wasn’t terribly happy with the blogging service I have been using, though; and I decided to look into WordPress, which seems to do all the things I would like to be able to do with a blog.
Imagine my surprise when I realized that I had a blog on WordPress.com already! Apparently, I decided to give it a spin almost exactly four years ago, but then totally forgot about it. (Probably because of the huge amount of work required to move house.) Who would have guessed?
This time, though, I’m going to approach it the way I prefer to approach things. I’m taking a WordPress Masterclass from Lynda.com, so (hopefully) I’ll really know what I’m doing. I’m also kind of committing to writing several times a week.
I’ll be practicing here for the next few days. So if the posts seem … odd, or if the theme is changing every time you refresh the page, that’s why.