L01 – Creating a blog, entrepreneurial journal

    Lessons Learned

    I’m taking 7 courses this semester, 3 are business and 4 are Genealogy, so my brain is frazzled already, especially since I’m disabled and often struggle with schoolwork as it is and then I “doubled up” on classes in order to get the 2 classes I need done in time before they are discontinued. The syllabus is always useful to help me stay on track.  I’ve also built an Excel file with every assignment in every class, so that I know that this Wed I have 9 assignments due, etc. I’ve already submitted my initial post for the introductions. I’ve already listened to most of the Mastery book on Audible in the car before last semester began (I’m having to retake this course since I got sick in the summer semester and couldn’t finish it).  So, I’m a little bit ahead, and the Mastery book has been so enlightening! I am looking forward to going back through it again with the class and taking formal notes.  I can’t “read” so I have to have an e-reader or Audible for everything because my brain just isn’t working right to read the screen or book.

    I definitely see the value in keeping a journal. I created our Farm journal (www.ladyblackthumb.com) the very day that I started our farm a couple of years ago. Recently, due to having moved to a new webserver and then being sick for a while, it’s a smidge outdated, but I have all of my notes ready to go to publish the missing posts. It’s surprising how often I reference my Farm blog to remember things. I hope to work on my entrepreneurial journal just as often, adding many of the things I’m learning in my business classes. In fact, I have been transcribing the notes I wrote from another book I’m “reading” (Audible again) for another class I took last semester (in another category, of course). This will help me along my entrepreneurial path as well as study for quizzes or exams.

    One thing the article mentioned sparked a memory. We definitely know we don’t want to live in a big city. We are looking into homesteading on a real scale, but at this point in our lives we live in the small/mid-sized city of Knoxville, TN, which will do fine. It’d be great to be able to purchase some of the properties around us and expand, but not sure how feasible that will be as all of the lots near us have occupied houses on them.

    Lessons Not Yet Learned

    I’m really looking forward to the “practical life lessons and fundamental business tools” to become a successful Entrepreneur. We have 3 home businesses and are looking to start a non-profit foundation in addition to those. We’ve got a “life plan” idea started already, but I’m looking forward to making sure we’re on the right track. Most of these assignments I’ll be doing and then making my husband do them, too!  He “gets” to learn all of it, but without the benefit of any of the credit hours. He gets to “learn” ALL of my courses in the “Teach One Another” portions.

    A Reference and Categorization Method

    I can use the tags in WordPress to keep track of different topics within each post. That will suffice as an index as I can have WordPress automatically handle them all for me. The great aspect of WordPress is that I can create posts on the fly from my phone or tablet at the time I’m thinking of it. They could be saved as drafts and formalized when I’m back home, but they don’t necessarily have to be formalized at all. Separate goals or projects can have categories and tags, to help better organize them. I have so many WordPress blogs at this point that I need to get a centralized management system to handle all of the updates, etc. Anything to keep them organized better is a great idea!