Update Over Coffee: My November Blogging Challenge So Far

Today’s prompt for this month’s blogging challenge involves giving an update to my readers over coffee, and I’ve chosen to use the prompt to share my thoughts about the process so far.

Although having a self-hosted blog has its perks, one of the drawbacks I’ve experienced since my switch a couple of years ago was not feeling as connected to the blogging community.

If you’re not sure what I mean when I say “self-hosted”, you can learn more about blogging using wordpress.com vs. wordpress.org by visiting this post.

I have really appreciated being able to participate in my writing workshop, largely because I have been able to connect with other bloggers.

It’s given me a sense of writing community that I had when I used WordPress.com that is sometimes missing in the self-hosted space, where you’re for a large part independent and the network of writers isn’t built-in like it is at WP.com.

I wish there was a “Freshly Pressed” for self-hosted folks too, but the community interaction and feedback that I have received as a result of taking the course is definitely something I’ve missed.

I have also been inspired to do some of my very best writing as a result of taking this class as well, and a vast majority of my notes for November 2015 are going to be added into my Best of N.A.H. list next month. I’ve been able to connect more with others who share similar interests, and I’ve also been able to follow the blogs of many of my fellow classmates too.

As I enter my third week, I am extremely happy that I decided to be a part of this.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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3 Responses

  1. Christina says:

    I originally joined the blogging u courses to challenge myself with the writing prompts, and learn how to personalize my site, as I’m still fairly new to blogging. I got all of this, of course, but I got the community as well. I could definitely see why you’d miss that. Connecting with other bloggers is not only fun, it’s a learning experience as well. I’ve enjoyed meeting new people through the courses. The help and support is incredible. :)

    • It really is Christina! I’m able to stay somewhat connected through using the jetpack plugin, but it’s still not quite the same. Perhaps one day they’ll do something to link self-hosted blogs that want to opt in, or maybe I’ll just have to create that space myself :-)

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