Artwork: © Davy D Writer
My one-year anniversary of setting up this blog passed a few weeks ago. I thought it might be a good idea to share some thoughts on what I have learned and experienced. I am not new to blogging. I had a blog some years ago which was growing and moving in the right direction. The problem was it started eating into my writing time. Before I realised, the blog became a primary focus, and my writing took a back seat. In typical writing fashion, when a character starts to become fuelled by ego, they meet a sticky end.
Blogging feels different this time. Between blogs, I have managed to find a good balance between personal life and writing. Blogging is now a pleasurable experience, and these are three things that have stood out (and notes to self for future reference).
Hard work and consistency are keys to success. In the first six months of writing this blog I was inconsistent, posting occasionally, in the hope that the blogging world would be knocking down my door. Writers and bloggers are busy people. Schedules help them to make the most of their valuable time.
With this in mind, I committed to posting twice a week, Tuesday and Friday. What a difference. All the statistics have been moving in the right direction. Just as importantly, having this strategy means I can build blogging into my writing week. This leaves me time to connect with other writers and bloggers and time to read the excellent writing undertaken in this community.
WordPress seems different from other social media platforms. I am lucky, to date, I haven’t been trolled, (this is not an invite) and have found interactions to be respectful and motivating on many levels.
Bryan McGill in his book, Voice of Reason, said, “Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man’s cruelty and baseness.” We all see life through different filters and experiences. When you visit someone’s blog you are invited into their world, their own personal space.
Being courteous is at the forefront of my mind when I press that send button. Words can be misinterpreted through language, culture, and generation. Taking a step back from a comment, making sure it is appropriate, is time well spent.
I have driven myself insane reading books and articles on blogging and becoming a better blogger. The most valuable lesson was believing my blog was an extension of me. Being brave, experimenting, and seeing what works, has taken time. In the past year I have posted writing and artwork that I would never have felt confident displaying anywhere else. That comes with being part of a supportive and inspirational community.
To anyone who has read, liked, commented, and followed my blog over the past year, I would like to say a big thank you. Here’s to the next twelve months. If anyone has any other advice to guide me for the next year, then please drop a line in the comments section.
Have a great weekend.