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Blogging 101 – Creating your first Post – Hello World

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Picture of Me, Mark Hanlon. Blogger, Diabetic, Runner, Cyclist, Crohn’s Fighter, Father (Arrowhead Provincial Park)

I admit I have had a Blog, or WebLog, for a while now, yet, has it been time, passion, devotion, or a combination of all of the above, that I have not written as often as you had planned when you first envisioned your blog.  When the WordPress Blogging University was starting a new series if their Blogging101 classes this week, I thought, what a great time refresh my Blog with a new theme,  polish my Blogging skills, learn a few new tips and tricks and if nothing else, meet a few new and interesting people. Todays Blogging 101 assignment, introduce yourself using a blog post. Try out the Media section and upload a picture or two.

So Who am I?

My name is Mark and I live near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  If you asked anyone that thinks they know me, family members include, what I do for a living, they would reply “something computer-related”, which is a half-truth, the other half is that I am an urban planner.  Although around here I try to be a little more rounded in my attitude towards life and have labelled myself as an “A foodie in training, a budding photographer, Starbucks addict, and a dad”. 

On a darker side, and lurking deep into my soul, and a source for some of my Blogging stories is that I suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Type-2 Diabetes, so on occasion, my blog helps me rant on a life taking medications, tests, and procedures. For a bit longer of a profile, check out my About Me page.

What will you expect and What I Hope to Gain?

Crazy me has signed up for Blogging 101 and Writing 101 so let us see if I can keep on top of two assignments a day?  What do I hope to gain from this course, for starters, a better understanding of Blogging best practices?  How do we build a readership? What interest in people?  Am I actually Interesting?  More importantly, how will my commitment here improve other aspects of life.  Writing is a skill, and with all skills, with practice, will improve.  With some luck, those reports at the office will flow that much easier.  So with that in mind, let me bid you are farewell while I go and explore what resources are available.

Humm … that raises a good question, “How long is a typical Blog Post?”