Pompous, self-aggrandizing introduction starts here
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, mice and men; dignitaries, luminaries, and adversaries; extraterrestrials, Dewey decimals, and infinitesimals; philanderers, malingerers, or pan-handlers; if you will and if I may, please allow me the honor, privilege and prerogative – the disadvantage, disservice and discomfort of introducing to you that esteemed personage of some renown and ill repute; a man amongst men – slayer of dragons, soldier of fortune, lover of women, protector of children, drinker of beer, and fabricator of great and lofty exaggerations of fact. He is famous in one country, wanted in four states, and banned in at least one province, although it is not clear whether it be in Canada, Cambodia, or China. As if you have not guessed already, as if you are lost in transmission, as if your facts are not fiction and your ficts are not faction, allow me to present to you the sometimes right and occasionally honorable “Rich” – which is me.
OK, now that I got that out of my system, I can write serious stuff for serious people who read serious blogs on this serious platform which is WordPress. The rather not so serious rubbish I wrote in the preceding paragraph reflects the rather serious nature of this article. I lost my direction for a while, but I faced south and I believe I found it. I lost my voice to laziness and depression, drank a beer, skinned my knee, now I’m wondering around it. It’s a problem don’t you see; it’s serious, confound it all, but you and I, we can’t muck around it. I gotta write, and write some more; good or bad, rich or poor, in the street or on the floor; rhyme a word, maybe two, write them down, I guess I’m through.
So I lied and didn’t write serious stuff. I’ll try again here; to tell you who I am and why I am here. Having said that:
The “Serious” stuff starts here
If I can actually write seriously for a minute, I will try to inform and entertain you with a few appropriate words that actually satisfy the requirements of this challenge.
First and foremost, know that this is my second attempt to complete this Blogging University course. I started late last time and failed to keep up just as I am starting late this time and again failing miserably to keep up. Let’s face it, the course started nearly two weeks ago and I am just now trying get the first day’s post written and published.
I have been blogging here for over two years – beginning on February 2, 2012. I wrote regularly for a while, quit for a while, wrote and quit again, and now I am trying again to revive my routine of regular writing. In some ways, I still feel like a newcomer and I believe this challenge will help me master some of the areas of WP and blogging where I am weak.
The second reason is my blog needs a make-over. The theme I am currently using has worked well for me, but with more and more people using their phones and tablets to access the web, I need to upgrade to a responsive theme. Doing so will require some pretty significant re-work. Participating in this challenge seems like the perfect time to make the change.
The third reason for my participation in this course is I am ready to take this blog to a new level. I am also participating in the Photo 101 course, and yes I am also behind with it, but I believe two things about WordPress. First, we are visual people and a great photo in your post increases it’s chances of being read exponentially. Second, participating and completing these two courses is great preparation for the advanced courses that WP offers.
That’s why I am here, so if you are truly interested in learning a little about me, take a look at my About page and some of my previous posts. You will probably learn more about me than you really want to know.
Since I am somewhat experienced, I hope I can help some of you that are really new to WordPress.
The real reason I’m here
Oh yeah. The real reason I’m here is I don’t want to be a Zero – I want to be a Freshly Pressed Hero.