Blogging 101 and Writing 101 are Back!

It’s back. Or rather both Writing 101 and Blogging 101 are back.
Self discipline is now required if I am to keep up.

The Daily Post

Getting your new blog off the ground, or ready to jump-start a flagging site? It’s your lucky day! Registration is now open for the next rounds of Blogging 101 and Writing 101 — they start on Monday, September 15.

Blogging 101: Zero to Hero

My blog has gone from being dull and plain to having widgets and all this shmancy tech stuff, and from having almost no followers to having a loyal following now!

Blogging 101 is a month of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” At the end of the month, you’ll have a blog you’re proud and excited to publish — and that others are excited to read. Here’s how it works:

  • Assignments fall into three broad categories — publishing posts, customizing your blog, and engaging with the community — and are designed to build on one another.
  • We’ll post a new assignment here on

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Addicted to learning

Writing 101, Day 4.

Today’s suggestion from WordPress Blogging U.

“Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more. (A twist: Make today’s post the first in a three-post series.)”

My name is El Amarillo Camino and I am an addict.

A reformed addict to be fair, and in my case sadly so. I was addicted to the Open University, that marvellous degree awarding institution set up in the late 1960’s to enable under-privileged people to go to university. It has no entry qualifications; you don’t even physically attend it. It is all done via post, or nowadays on-line. Continue reading

Commit to a Writing Practice


Writing 101, Day 3.

Today’s suggestion from WordPress Blogging U.

“Today, celebrate three songs that are significant to you. For your twist, write for fifteen minutes without stopping — and build a writing habit.”

Number 1 is

Symphony No. 3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’ by Henryk Górecki

Composed in Katowice, Poland, between October and December 1976

Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful songs, is very much one of the most important songs in my life. I first heard it in 1993. I was at work and this ethereal voice was on the radio. ‘Oh, that sounds like Górecki’ said my colleague. I had the CD within days. Gramophone magazine had made it their recording of the year, and I could see why. Continue reading

A room with a view


Writing 101, Day 2.

Today’s suggestion from WordPress Blogging U.

“We’re all drawn to certain places. If you had the power to get somewhere — anywhere — where would you go right now?”

Do you know I don’t know…

On the one hand I can think of many times in the past when I would have answered ‘Anywhere but here’. And yet, now, I like where I am.

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