When I decided to do this blog, I wanted to do it up right. I was going to post every weekday. I was going to have plenty of links, and they were going to be good links.
Other bloggers do it, right?
Turns out it hasn’t been that easy.
First, I have to write the posts. That shouldn’t be too hard. An average post is around 500-1000 words, and I have plenty to say.
Ah, but I have to say it cogently and clearly. If I want to add links, I need to track them down. Once the post is written, I have to at least scan it for typos and extra words.
Then, I have to post the thing…
I haven’t found WordPress particularly intuitive to navigate with keyboard and screen reader.
I can only get into the text editor for posts by way of the Title field, which is super annoying when something knocks me out of the post and I have to get back into the editor. I have to go back to the Title field and tab back in, then find my place in the text. Super annoying!
More annoying, the buttons inside the editor for formatting posts are invisible to me. Luckily, there are a slew of keyboard shortcuts to perform (most of) those functions. Keys, I can find!
Unfortunately, I had to search out that information, and searching out information takes time.
I actually spent a lot of time with Google last week. Every time I turned around, I was typing in, “How do I do X on my WordPress blog?” This was frequently, though not always, followed by, “How do I do X by keyboard on my WordPress blog?”
This was followed by following multiple links on the search results page, reading articles until I found information I needed in a format I could use.
And there’s still so much I need to learn!
I haven’t figured out how to do subheadings–the keyboard trick for those doesn’t seem to work, or I haven’t figured out how to work it. A blogroll would be nice to have. And somewhere along the way, I’ve got to learn to post images. I can’t see them, but other people can. There’s so much left to learn!
All of this is okay. I mean, there’s a learning curve to everything. It will get smoother and faster as I learn the site and its quirks and get more comfortable with the interface. But it is going to take time.
So, all of this to say: If I don’t post as often as I’d like, or my posts aren’t as pretty as they could be, bear with me.
I’m learning as fast as I can!