The task for day 2 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge is to write a list post. I decided to combine today’s task with yesterday’s task of creating an elevator pitch. Perhaps someone can help me decide what to focus on for the next month or so.
- Chronicle my attempts to learn the finer points of WordPress. This is actually broken into 2 sub-categories:
- WordPress Codex for the easily overwhelmed. The WordPress Codex gives you about 300 places to start. And then the links loop around on themselves. This can be very confusing for those of us with (un-diagnosed) ADD. So how about organizing Codex topics in a “linear” progression, like a book? Even though it doesn’t take advantage of the web’s “lateral” browsing functionality, it’s probably the best way to learn something new. Especially for us baby-boomers.
- WordPress theme construction for the PHP impaired. I keep trying to create a WordPress that’s all my own. I did create a theme for a previous version of the Benjamin Bratt fan site, but it was very simple (didn’t take advantage of widgets, gravatars or threaded comments) and had a few glitches (such as not being centered on IE).
- A memoir of my parents (which I don’t have a good title for yet). I grew up hearing interesting tales of my parents’ lives during the Great Depression and World War II. But I didn’t realize how unique their lives were until I grew up and told the stories to others. I want to write about them for my nephews and niece. They didn’t get a chance to know their father’s family very well. I want them to know they are people than can be proud of.
- (Going from the sublime to the ridiculous:) The Unofficial Supernatural Season 3 Companion. There have been “Official Companion” books for the first two season of the underrated show, but at the time I had this idea, there wasn’t one for season 3. So, how about writing an Unofficial Season Companion? Since the idea came to mind, the Official Season 3 Companion has been published. But the show’s less than stellar third season is ripe for snark, even if I don’t have access to the producers, writers or stars.
- Pack Brat. I love Flylady. Her system for getting your home and life in order is wonderful. One of the best things she does is try to change your attitude towards housework and family. But I’m not on her mailing list anymore because I was overwhelmed. Same with her website. She’s since refined her starter program, Beginner Baby Steps, but it seems a little strange to me (and it’s not easy to find). Why not try to simplify the program for those of us who get easily overwhelmed, and write about my attempts to follow the program? In the process, perhaps I can even start getting my own home in order.
I think I’ll go with #4 for now. Maybe that way I can get both my home and blog in order.