Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Welcome to Remedial Blog School

I've been blogging for over a year, which means that I am totally a blog expert with tons of blog wisdom to share.

So, if you're a new blogger, or a pre-blogger, considering carving a place on the internet for yourself, you're in luck! You know, because of the whole wisdom-sharing that I will be doing.

Although like the best teachers, I will sort of be winging this as I go along, I did want to give a brief overview in the EZ 2 Read Q&A 4mat.

Q: When and where will Remedial Blog School meet?
A: Every Tuesday, right here. Please show up bright eyed and bushy tailed, like a rabid squirrel.

Q: I am looking for excellent guidance on topics such as such as blog etiquette, the use of social media or the mysteries of StumbleUpon. Will Remedial Blog School help me?

A: Yes and no. Yes, because I will direct you to Jennifer of Playgroups are No Place for Children. Her 14-part series Blog Tips may be the most valuable lessons that I've learned about blogging. I still have the Blog Tips page bookmarked on my computer and review it periodically. If you are considering starting a blog or are relatively new to blogging--check it out. You can thank me later. No because I will be providing more of the do's and don'ts of blogging, based on my personal experience. And a lot of the technical "how-to" questions will be answered by "hire someone to do it for you." (Don't worry, I'll have suggestions of who!)

Q: Didn't someone already write a sort of "Blogging for Dummies" post?

A: Well, Aunt Becky wrote Blogging for Dummies post, (like TWO WEEKS AGO, so it's totally stale) which is great if you're one of those weirdos who likes humor and information mixed together in one pithy post. But if you like several posts that drone on forever with their own self-importance over a series of months, then make yourself at home! Because Remedial Blog School is in session!

Q: What if I have a question that I would like addressed in a future Remedial Blog School post?

A: No problem! Just email your question to me at MarinkaNYC@Gmail.com and I will try to answer it in a future Remedial Blog School post. Please put "Remedial Blog School" in the subject line of your email.

Q: You keep saying "Remedial Blog School". It's really annoying.
A: Sorry.

Q: Will you stop saying it then?
A: No.

Q: If I faithfully read Remedial Blog School and take your advice, what can I expect?
A: A more satisfying blogging experience. And fewer wrinkles. Remember, I made many, many blogging mistakes, so you don't have to.

Well, I think we can all agree that the Q&A session was both fun and informative, or perhaps, neither.

Please join me back here next Tuesday for our first official lesson:

I'm Starting a Blog! I Should Tell Everyone About It, Especially My In-Laws, Right?



Blogger mo.stoneskin said...

"if you're a new blogger, or a pre-blogger"

I was born a pre-blogger, does that mean I could attend?

June 30, 2009 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Kitti said...

Im enrolling :) I had a wordless wedensday last week and havent blogged since ^^ there have been several reasons for this ! I shall try get them all out when I post a new blog today :)happy tuesday Marinka ...Kitti :)

June 30, 2009 at 2:38 AM  
Anonymous LadyFi said...


I'll bring the rabid squirrel if you bring the coffee.

June 30, 2009 at 4:51 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Only if I can be a rabid squirrel on espresso.

June 30, 2009 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

Awesome. Can't wait till next Tuesday - and I am clicking on those links because I've never been to either of those blogs before!

June 30, 2009 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I'm totally using the "rabid squirrel" line the next time I organize a meeting with my teachers. On second thought, they may already have the rabid part down pat.

June 30, 2009 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Gone, long gone. said...

wut is remedial?

June 30, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Keyona said...

If this shit doesn't work do I get my money back?

June 30, 2009 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Sophie @ Century Finds said...

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June 30, 2009 at 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Is this part of the Obama administration's comprehensive neweducation policy? If yes, then how the hell do I demand that he channel the money elsewhere? If no, thanks so much for writing!1!!

June 30, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Nenette Alejandria Mayor said...

I'm not a new blogger nor a pre-blogger, but I'll be here in my University uniform: bedhead baseball cap, "Friend Zone" t-shirt, yoga pants, and cup of coffee.
I will try not to fall asleep in class and dream about a piano in the corner of the room, like I did back in school, but come on, beer bashes!

June 30, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Sophie, Inzaburbs said...

Never mind the in-laws, don't tell the parents. If they are my parents, they will ensure the in-laws know all about it. OK, then. Don't tell my parents.

The other day I wanted to blog about my disappointment in the deathly dull and boring documentary I was watching about men who are hung like donkeys. But I couldn't, because of the ten year old girl who would be reading.
At this rate, I am going to rename my blog "My Little Pony and Friends". It will be a big hit with the pre-teen set.
Marinka, I am sure you can help me with that, so I will be following your school avidly.

Rabidly, even.

June 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Love it...Great blogs you linked too. I am no writer but I sure can read!

#1 rule on Blogging - don't put anything on the internet you wouldn't want someone to read because it is there forever!

June 30, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

Ha! I can't wait for next week's installment! I learned that lesson the hard way & had to start all over (of course, now I lost most of my readers...but that's okay.)

June 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sign me up!

June 30, 2009 at 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Maureen at IslandRoar said...

Oh, I am so signed up!
You better be serious (well, I realize that's a relative term, but still...)!

June 30, 2009 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Vix said...

Ok FIRST my ancient computer goes into a coma right after I start blogging but SECOND you decide to begin RBS?!

Damn, the universe taketh away, and the universe giveth. I hope it does a followup giveth of money so I can pay off my new computer, but in the meantime I am so enrolled.

June 30, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Roshni said...

awesome! I clicked on the links and kept clicking on the links and now my fingers are too sore. So I'll just wait for your post next tuesday!

June 30, 2009 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Liz Wilkey (a.k.a. A Mom on Spin) said...

Who likes pithy anyway??? It's sooooooo overrated!!!

June 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Aunt Becky said...

If I'd thought I could drag out those bullets into real posts, I would have.

July 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

I would like to sign up please, as a pre blogger. Mostly because I can't decide on a blog name. Any suggestions? I have a 4 yo son and love reading and sleeping. My reading + insomnia + very, very, very talkative boy make me HATE mornings. See you Tuesday!
ps English is my 2nd language, I think my blog will be in Dutch.

July 1, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Andy - Instafather said...

So this sounds like an excellent idea. Can I attend the remedial, remedial blog school? The basic version of the basic version?

July 1, 2009 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger zelzee said...

Now I find this all out......

I should have emailed you sooner before I made all the blogging mistakes! (all of them, I'm sure....and more to come)

July 1, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

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