Why did I start writing a blog? I had never previously thought of doing so. I was happy just to enjoy reading blogs, some of which I had followed for a few years. Then suddenly, last November, one of my favourite blogs went off air. I suddenly realised what this particular blog meant to me and how it had helped me through difficult times, when my Dad's health was deteriorating. It had given me a means to escape what was happening around me - and had made me smile. I realised then that I wanted to give something back by hopefully brightening others days too and so, gingerly, I wrote my first post.
I would never have imagined that a year later I would have over 120 followers and had so many visitors to my site - so thank you very much for sharing this journey with me. What have I learnt in a year?
I think my original plan of giving something back seems rather lame now. It feels like I have been the one who has gained the most out of this experience ! Through the process I have met so many lovely people and learnt so much about so many different things and countries. Annie from Knitsofacto. recently in her blog started a debate about commercial blogs and my type of blog called "vain blogs" in the trade. I would prefer to call it a "friendship blog" or "a chat over the garden fence while hanging out the washing" - even if that garden fence stretches over to the other side of the world!
If you write a blog, why did you start and what advice would you give someone just starting out?
My top tips would be :-
1) Write about what you enjoy and are interested in, and write it for yourself - if others enjoy it that is a bonus.
2) It can sometimes take a while to get some followers. Although I didn't realise it at the time, joining in with joint blogging activities bought in new readers and followers. I joined in with making a winter blog hop, following a tree and photo scavenger hunt, because they all appealed to me.
3) Commenting on other blogs. I rarely read comments in my pre-blogging days! I now find that they are the best part, with people interacting with each other and the same names appear on many of the blogs I read, thereby creating a friendly community.
Do you have any further tips? If you are considering doing it why not give a blog a go? There is not much too loose and such a lot to gain. One of the best parts of this journey was the blog that disappeared re-appeared a few months later under a different name and I had the chance to thank L from Tales of simple days. for the respite from my concerns that she had given me over many months.