My two-year anniversary is fast approaching and I cannot believe I am still blogging!
I remember being both excited and uncertain all at the same time, as I looked into ‘Starting my own blog’ oh so many months ago. I did some research and being me of course I also did do some planning. In fact, it was a goal to be achieved and that is how I approached the whole concept of ‘Blogging.’
Some of the best advice I found was to choose an area of blogging that you could write about for a long time, in other words you could sustain. You didn’t want to start something and then find four months in say, – you no longer had anything to say. This made me step back slightly, as I considered what on earth would that area be? In the end I decided it would be in the area I did throughout my life, encouragement!
You didn’t want to start something and then find four months in say, – you no longer had anything to say!
The next consideration was what platform to use as there were so many avenues to choose from i.e. via your own business website etc., but as you can see I decided on WordPress simply because I found it relatively straight forward to use and I liked the numerous free template options it gave and the fact that you could change this easily if you wished.
One of my go-to guy’s or sites was ‘Pro-Blogger‘ I found it very helpful, but there is a wealth of information out there and within WordPress to assist ‘newbies.’ Don’t get overwhelmed by it all. I say approach blogging like a cake and break it down into whats manageable to you. There are some seriously impressive sites and bloggers out their but at the end of the day you can only do you. People follow out of interests to themselves. Either your posts or blog has connected with them or they simply just want to build their own blogging world, their is always self interest at play:-)
‘ Don’t get overwhelmed by it all’
In the early days I decided to hand write a number of posts in a book first, so that I could have a ‘library of work so to speak,’ to draw on when posting. I think this was a tip I picked up on, as at the time, I had no idea how much inspiration I would have nor how many posts I could realistically do. Could I do more than one post per day or not? How inspired would I be? who knows but I would just capture whatever thoughts came to mind in a book because I knew I wouldn’t necessarily have my laptop all the time. Off course you can do this kind of management within WordPress, but at the time, I neither new this nor did I understand WordPress enough to use it so sensibly:-}
My very first post was at 1:04 am on the 2nd October 2013:-) Yep inspiration to write for me can happen any time of the day or night. It is called “6 Good Habits That Equal Change’ and I remember when I hit the publish button I wondered who would read it? It was such a stupid time of the night, but I was so pleased at writing something, that I knew could be seen by someone else. You see most of my past writings were in note books and besides one or two close friends no one saw them.
I was so shocked that within about 10 minutes of publishing someone liked my post, in fact they re-blogged it! I had no idea what re-blogging was, but this person was on the other side of the world and to know someone so far away read and liked something I wrote was the biggest encouragement I could ever of had.
they re-blogged it! I had no idea what re-blogging was
Do you remember your first post and how it felt?
Over the months WordPress was an absolute learning curve, trying to get my page to look how I wanted and to reflect me. Blogging 101 was great and I learnt so much during the weeks it ran, and its a great place for anyone who wants to improve their blog and their blogging skills.
In support of new bloggers I thought I would start a ‘Freshman’s Blog Page’ as I know there are absolutely thousands of bloggers within the WordPress community all with a voice to be heard.
I love blogging, and its a great way to connect with other writers and their world. I find it absolutely fascinating when I see the different countries my posts have reached, places I know I would never see. So happy blogging people!
Be the change you want to be! Until next time.