Blogging 101 | Post 2 – A Name, A Tagline, and Some Mellencamp

Blogging 101 LogoAs I said in my last post, I am woefully behind in the daily assignments for Blogging 101. I am trying very hard to get caught up this weekend, but again I am failing miserably. I intended to spend most of today writing posts and taking photos for Photo 101, which I am also participating in. I say participating, but what I really mean is I may have signed up for the course and I may have had every intention to publish photos daily and I may have taken some pictures, BUT they still languish in their digital solitude waiting for me to do something with them. But, I am getting off track here – this article isn’t about the photos I’ve taken and not published – it’s about writing and blogging; specifically this Blogging 101 course.

In this post, I am supposed to choose a name and tagline for my blog. Well, that is already done. As I explained in yesterday’s post, this blog is over two years old, so it is already well established. Given that, I am not interested in changing the name or tagline. They might not be the best in the WordPress World, but there is already name recognition for them. Just as important, though, they are already indexed in the search engines. So, I’ll leave my current blog name and tag line alone.

Since I covered the basics of this assignment I’m going to take a minute here to talk about something else – rock music – specifically John Mellencamp’s music. I have been a huge fan of his music since his earliest “John Cougar” days. Over the last thirty plus years, his songs have just gotten better and better. He grew as an artist and songwriter from the hard rocking days of “Uh Huh!” to his most recent “Plain Spoken” which once again solidifies his place as the “poet” of my generation. He has written so many songs that touch every nerve and emotion in this tired old body of mine. I thought the Beatles were and would always be the greatest musicians of my time. I was wrong – very wrong. In my humble opinion, Mellencamp and his body of work surpass the “Fab Four” by leaps and bounds. He writes songs that reach inside me and strip every fiber of my being – he makes me feel good and bad and guilty and happy and blessed to be a human being.

Thanks to Spotify, I am now an hour and a half into a twenty-eight hour Mellencamp marathon. I doubt seriously that I will make it the full twenty-eight hours, but I’m gonna give it my best shot.

Wish me well!

“My whole life I’ve done what I’m supposed to do. Now I’d like to maybe do something for myself, And just as soon as I figure out what that is
You can bet your life I’m gonna give it hell”~From “The Real Life”. Written by John Mellencamp. From the album “The Lonesome Jubilee”

Return of the Toracle

The Toracle Returns
The Toracle Returns


My Toracle was very unhappy that I disturbed her with something as trivial as a couple of numbers. Seems she was in a deeply hypnotic mind-meld with her cohort in crime. (She was sleeping, for God’s sake.) She offered no wisdom about the curious transposition of the numbers 135 and 153. She did share some strong advice, though.

Mind meld
Mind meld

Get to work on the important stuff – like paying bills.







He studied the room, looking for the Oracle, but he couldn’t see anyone else in attendance – at least not anyone alive.~Shaun Jeffrey, The Kult

Blogging University – “A” for Ambition, “F” for Failure

Blogging U - 101 and 201 Logos Ver 1

Nearly thirty days ago, along with hundreds or thousands of other bloggers, I started the Blogging University “101” and “201” challenges. My heart was in the right place. Maybe I was a little too ambitious signing up for both challenges, but I honestly believed I could manage both.

I was wrong.

Truth be told, my efforts were doomed from the outset. With the medications I was taking then and the ones I am taking now, from the moment I fell behind on the first day I never really had much of a chance to get caught up.

So here I am. The “201” challenge finished over two weeks ago. I never even got started with it. The “101” challenge finishes today and I only managed to get the assignments for the first three days completed. Give me an “A” for being ambitious, maybe overly so, but I’ll take a well deserved “F” for failing.

I’m okay with it, though. I have the information from both challenges. Although I won’t be following the daily lock-step of an official Blogging University challenge, I still plan to start implementing changes to my blog over the next few months using the knowledge from both challenges.

Congratulations to all of you who did complete your challenge and I hope the knowledge and skills you gained helps your blog soar to new heights of success.

As soon as I can get started, I’m confident mine will.


If you’re too open-minded; your brains will fall out.~Lawrence Ferlinghetti