A Word About WordPress

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I was introduced to WordPress.com as a blogging assignment from my graduate course at Syracuse. I found the site very easy to work with and intuitive from a user’s point of view. I was pretty much a blogging novice when I began, but I quickly got the hang of the WordPress navigation, and started publishing my weekly posts for the class. I must say that I enjoyed sharing my point of views on everything from the fake news explosion in the last presidential election, to the future of journalism and how technology and innovation will change the way we get our news. As someone who enjoys writing, I found the blogging experience therapeutic, and WordPress allowed me to express myself in a meaningful and easy way. As much fun as it was to post the blogs, it was equally enjoyable to read the reactions from other readers. I didn’t have much of a following, mostly classmates, and a few friends, but their comments were always welcome and interesting to me. So, those are the “pros” of my WordPress experience. I guess the “cons” for me would be how much of an impact blogging, in general, and WordPress, in particular, has in my life. If I were a dedicated blogger, perhaps I would be more fully engaged on a day-to-day basis. But as a part-timer, I don’t find the site that sticky, and other than reading a few blogs from people I know, I don’t find the site attracting me to come back to it in a meaningful way. Maybe if there were more interactive elements, or a tie to popular culture that would require me to return, it would be more appealing. I know several professionals in the ad world who create WordPress portfolio sites, and that would be a good use of this content management system. I originally set up my pro portfolio on another CMS, so I am not compelled to interact more regularly with WordPress, but probably would if I were coming back here more often on a professional level.

Author: DigiDan

Hi, I'm Dan. I live in Stamford Ct, and work in New York City. I am the father of two very creative kids, both graduates from Syracuse, and the husband to an amazing woman who is going back to school as I am. I work as a creative director and copywriter at a NYC advertising agency and have lived over 4 years of my life onboard MetroNorth, the commuter train that goes into New York (that's 2 hours/day, 5 day/week, 50 weeks/year, for 28 years - Do the Math!). In my spare time, I love playing music, piano mostly, and I spend inordinate amounts of time at my health club. That's enough for now...you'll get to know me more from my posts!

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