I’ve been blogging for a month, and what a month it’s been! Here is what I’ve learned over this past month of blogging:
- I struggled in setting up my WordPress Blog. It’s probably easy for most people, but I’m technically challenged. I had more difficulty in making categories than I did in passing my degree. One category is written 3 times and I’m not sure my posts are being filed properly even yet? Widgets seemed good in theory, to add useful stuff to my pages’ right margin. I now have big circles above this stuff in the right margin, with no idea how to get rid of them. I’m accepting that in order to have handy tools like ‘Recent Posts’ I need widgets and those come with big circles. It’s like accepting that if I want my lovely husband, I need to accept he’s always going to snore. An annoyance, but part of the deal.
- I’ve often doubted my decision to be anonymous blogger, but feel I wouldn’t be so honest in my writing if I were writing under my own name. My post ‘The Complicated Business of New Blogger Identity’ highlights the challenges I faced in setting the whole thing up in the first place. Nobody in real life knows I have a blog (that’s why I’m delighted I have any followers)! When I’ve been proud of something I’ve written, it’s been difficult to hold back and not put it on my personal Facebook page. I’m learning as I type this that I can’t take a new paragraph without a new number appearing. What was I saying about being technically challenged? Ok, the whole thing is messed up and I’m going with dots instead!
- My blog Facebook Page has ZERO followers. The blog Twitter page has 44 followers, but I’m sure they don’t love me really. They want me to follow them back. It’s hard work being an anonymous blogger. There’s a webpage called Klout that monitors your social networking popularity. If it’s high that means you appeal to lots of people. A bit like the popular kid in school. I have a grade of 10 out of a possible 1000 – and I think the 10 is them just being polite. I’m the kid that nobody wants to hang out with. Would I be more popular under my own name? I’ll never know!
- It’s difficult keeping secrets from my husband. He’s been wondering why I go to bed late. Secret blogging hasn’t been great for my love life. I’ve finally told him I’m writing, but he thinks it’s an online writing group. Come to think of it, he never asked. I’ve not technically lied to him then, have I? Bedtimes are earlier now 😉
- I love checking my readership statistics. Here they are for the month:
Thank you for reading and following. This gives me a boost and happy feelings!
- I’ve not ‘found myself’ in the Blogger world. Who am I? I was supposed to write about my life as a childcare professional as I have a plan and lots of subjects to write about. I have written some good child related articles – outdoor activities and things I wish I’d known before being a mum. I even wrote a funny poem from a toddlers’ perspective here. I also planned on writing about job hunting and career issues as I have a background in Business and HR. However, the majority of what I’ve written is poetry. Real poets out there will think they’re bad poems. You see, having no experience of writing poetry I’ve been blagging it. Some are rhyming, some spin off on their own accord as if to take on a life of their own, others I like the sound of the words together. I have absolutely no idea what Haiku is either. I tried to understand, but I don’t get it. I’m loving writing though, and that’s the important thing. Perhaps I’ll find my niche one day.
- It’s great meeting other bloggers. I had no idea the blogging community was so closely knitted together. We read others’ posts, encourage and support one another. It’s a beautiful thing. I’ll spend hours reading the posts of others, and often reading posts I would never have clicked on a month ago. There are bloggers from all over the world – I’m in Scotland by the way. Some are teenagers and I’m learning about what makes them tick, others are retired; some love poetry, others travel the globe. I’ve learned about rare and/or terminal illnesses; gay parenting; crafters; how to cook a beef stew… The choices are endless; every subject is on WordPress. Most of all, I’m communicating and learning from other bloggers. Learning to be a more empathetic person, learning to improve my writing -every day is a school day in the Blogosphere.
- I still don’t understand the Blogging Etiquette. If I’m followed, is it always expected that I follow back? Apologies if I haven’t, but I often do read posts from likers and visit them occasionally, even if I’m not following. If you get a ‘like’ should you always read their recent posts? I try to do this but sometimes don’t manage. Again, I’m sorry about that.
- My writing can appear quite morbid. Some of my poems are about death and dying as I’ve dealt with this a fair bit in recent years. I hope you see that they are uplifting despite the subject. I find writing this stuff, helps me process it.
- I’ve learned that sometimes my post title is so good, I get a ‘like’ without even having a visit to the page. I must be good! 😉
- Finally, I can say that I’m loving blogging because I’m loving writing. For the first time in my life I’m prioritising writing and it’s paying off. I’m drinking less which is a major improvement. I know there is a glass of wine in the photo, but I’m doing better at cutting back. This poem Beautiful Friend, is partly based on my own experience. I’m watching less tv and I’ve cut way down on my Facebook time. I’m much happier being a Blogger!
I need to work on my formatting though.