Perfect timing daily prompt, perfect timing. I stepped out of my comfort zone exactly one year ago on May 2nd, 2014. It was the day before my 3-month-quit-smoking-celebration and I was reading through all the posts I had written, tried to come up with a filing system -something like a diary and somehow it didn’t work very well.
I thought about blogging, yes that sounded tempting, but where and how? I stumbled into WordPress and oh, it seemed so easy. Just find a name and a theme and get started. That sounded simple enough, I signed up and nomen est omen “The Happy Quitter” was born. It seems that only a few months have passed since then, time flies and my little blog is indeed one year old!
I looked in my status today and noticed that I had over 16,000 views and it made me happy. Although, it seems that my early posts about quitting smoking, still have readers every day.
I remember it so well. I started writing right away and published my first post, shortly after I signed up. Oh, that felt good. I tried something new and became a blogger…how exciting. “Link your blog to your social media webpages, so that people can find you”, well, that was a little bit more complicated, because I don’t have any. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram and other stuff. I was discouraged…but not for long. I learned about tags and categories, changed my theme a few times and had a ball. Who cares if nobody will find me, I had a great time writing and still do.
My little blog is one year old today and I am still going strong. There have been some changes and I miss some of my early blogging friends, the ones that have started with me. So many blogs just disappeared and the daily prompt is now a daily reminder. Lots of yellow 404 icons, like little tombstones in between active bloggers, it’s sad and makes me wonder, but I although see new bloggers and new blogs and I like that.
So today, as I celebrate, I would like to give new bloggers not an advice, but maybe something to think about.
A vast majority of bloggers will give up within the first year of blogging…it is true. But it doesn’t have to be. I believe the most give up because their expectation is too high. It’s actually a good thing, if you don’t have too many readers at the beginning. You can experiment with your blog and writing until you are happy with it. It takes some time to develop your own unique style. I am not a writer, I am storyteller and I noticed that right from the start. Don’t pretend to be someone you are not!
Always aim for quality over quantity. Don’t feel like you have to post every day. A halfhearted written post is boring and your readers will notice. You blog is your creation, it’s like an own brand and your brand is a mixture of passion, values and personality. Let other bloggers and your readers know what you stand for…and deliver. I started as a non-smoking blog and it went from there. It took me a while to figure it out and I guess that’s alright. We grow as we write.
As you write more and read more you will notice that you will get bored by certain topics and that’s OK. Some subjects will become more interesting, others will put you to sleep. Make necessary changes, don’t allow your blog to become stagnant.
But above all….have fun!
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Beyond the Pale.”
Beyond the Pale
When was the last time you did something completely new and out of your element? How was it? Will you do it again?