Just when I thought that I was only beholding to a handful of my folks (family), I got involved in a brainstorming session with friends Jan and John at the Business Success Center. We were looking at a new design for Jan’s website and one thing led to another and I suddenly realized that I wanted to have a business making real money not a hobby which yielded petty cash.
It may be dawning on you that I may not have been paying complete attention to the problem at hand. I could say that I was multitasking but the truth is, humans don’t multitask. They don’t. However rapidly you switch from one focussed intent to another, you are still only doing one thing at a time. For a discussion more erudite than I can present, look at this NPR discussion.
Where was I? Oh, yeah. I had been doing a quick inventory of my interests, skills, and desires. I like to learn. I like to teach. I have taught in the past. At the University of Texas. At Austin Community College. At the then Texas Department of Health. At Cadence Systems. And at numerous meetups.
Since much of my time these days is consumed with most of the skills associated with these previously taught topics in addition to my new interest in writing, I had an epiphany brought about some already developing ideas about what Lindsey is going to be when he grows up.
I have written in these blogs about an idea Jan and I are referring to as Lindsey’s Tools. Since the Business Success Center is a Macintosh shop and I’m also a Macintosh aficionado, I like to share with them when I learn Mac-related findings. Jan wants me to present some of these ideas at some of the meetups she holds. After discussing it, we decided that it would be interesting if I created blog posts about singular topics. As I began mind-mapping this idea, I thought that it would also be fun to create an eBook called Lindsey’s Tools with short chapters regarding single topics of interest.
With this as a basis, my epiphany revealed itself. Let’s teach this stuff again. Only, let’s teach it as it applies today not as I taught it a few years ago. The immediate topic that came to my mind was a class on the process of creating a WordPress site, all the way from registering a domain name, getting a web host, connecting them via name servers, installing Genesis Framework and a Genesis Framework child theme called Dynamik and creating the first blog and page. I could use my affiliate web hosting site to create individual sites for students. What has just been described would give a new or evolving web developer a nice leg up in the business.
I’d want to teach this class in person because of the need for focused and immediate attention to the process that could not be accomplished via GoToMeeting or similar programs.
I would want to create a simultaneous but more advanced class to teach some of the basic intricacies of configuring and using the Dynamik theme. It’s not really that hard. It’s just cumbersome to learn for the first time. That would be a nice follow on from the basic class.
This post contains my first thoughts of creating the first of a series of classes – 10 people or less learning a graduated way to blogs, podcasting, video casts, etc.
BTW: I have written about 2,000 words today. My running total is almost 270,o00.