|Me, my shadow, and some gourds, October 2017|
I started my blogging journey in April of 2009 and have been blogging daily since late April of 2011. It's been quite a journey.
I hope I have become a better writer, and a better photographer in those seven plus years.
But I would never have been able to do it without you, my readers, or the leaders of various blogging challenges I have participated in for many years. Those challenges taught me discipline.
I enjoy spending part of the day visiting other bloggers from all over the world - my native United States, Canada, India, Australia, South Africa, and other countries. I have learned so much from you.
So, instead of celebrating me...I celebrate you.
Here are some of the things I've learned along the way.
1. Have a plan for what you want to accomplish with your blog. I didn't. I had to pick it up along the way.
2. Be true to yourself. Blog about what you have a passion for. Your readers will pick up lack of passion in a hurry.
3. Cultivate your readers. Respond to comments (one of my weaknesses, and a habit that's fallen along the wayside, especially this month when both my spouse and I were dealing with physical issues). People want to know they are valued.
4. Pictures and videos both enrich a blog. But if you use pictures, and they aren't yours, make sure it is legal to use those pictures!
5. Use a blogging platform that is user friendly, at least, until and if you outgrow it. I had a cousin's husband who was given one as a gift, and it was so frustrating, he never really used the gift he was given.
6. Don't obsessively check your stats. For what I am trying to accomplish, I would rather have a few, loyal readers, and that is what I have. Do what works for you, but also, please, have fun along the way.
|Yes, have fun along the way!|
So thank you, my readers, for sticking with me during this journey. I appreciate everyone of you who visits my blog.
Thank you for enabling me to get to my 2900th post!
Day 22 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost