WordPress: What is it good for? (with apologies to Edwin Starr)

My first, and really only, experience with WordPress began last semester for ICC 602: Intro to Digital Communication.

I’ve never been a blogger, or even a purveyor of blogs. For me, blogs were kind of like podcasts – an avenue for hipster doofuses (doofii?) who thought they were the smartest person in the room to convince everyone that they were the smartest person in the room.

So thanks to Syracuse, and through no fault of my own, I was suddenly a blogger. Not a good one, by any stretch of the imagination. I could always write, and made a pretty good living doing so, but I wrote for TV news. Lots of short sentences, comprehensible to any 6th grader reading at a 3rd grade level.

More quickly than I’d like to admit, WordPress became my friend. I’d never made a website or coded anything, but mikewortham.com was a thing now. With a modicum of angst and hand-wringing, I made it through a semester of blogging and got an A in the course. WordPress walked me through everything to create a functional blog. I can see how it would be great for the serious blogger.

But, I was not/am not/never will be a serious blogger. So that made WordPress a little overwhelming at times with all of its capabilities. Maybe I was built more for 2009 WordPress instead of the 2019 version.

Having said all that, WordPress has clearly evolved into a platform for more than even the most serious of bloggers. You could probably use it to build real websites and everything! Just don’t ask me how.