Grow Your Blog 2014
Update February 15th, 2014–hello, and thanks for stopping by. The winner of Artful Blogging issue is Karen at Todolwen–if you haven’t already visited, make it a point to do so–you will be glad you did.
Hi, there…I’m Wanda.
Welcome to my post for Vicki Boster’s 2014 Grow Your Blog party. I’m glad you stopped by, and I hope you will stay long enough to read through to the end of this post (because you never know what you might find…)!
I’ve been blogging since late 2010. Initially my interest was more experiment than commitment. I admired the writing, creativity, and visual content I found at other blog sites and wondered, could I do something similar? A bit of investigation later, I discovered that blogger.com and wordpress.com (among others) provided easy, user-friendly, and free(!) platforms for blogging. Most of the sites I was following at the time used blogger.com so that seemed to be a logical starting place for me. I don’t recall the circumstances, but blogger.com was experiencing significant enough problems in early 2011 that I decided to investigate other options. It wasn’t long before I signed up with WordPress.com and transferred my (very limited) content to their service—and I’m glad to report that I’ve been a happy camper ever since!
I’m preaching to the choir here, I know, because I suspect that most visitors to this post already know how difficult it is to maintain a blog. What is the theme of your blog? How often do you plan to post? What if you miss a post? or a week or a month’s worth? How about when you want to post but your mind won’t send a single creative word to your fingers? Or you post an off-theme post?
I don’t pretend to know the answers to those questions, but I can, without doubt, say “I’ve been there.” Anyone who thinks blogging is easy probably hasn’t written more than a handful of posts. I’ve enjoyed months when I posted almost daily, and I’ve struggled through one, two, sometimes even three months, when I couldn’t string together enough words to make a single credible post.
As 2014 dawned, I finally decided to make peace with my blog. Instead of feeling guilty when lack of inspiration or time prevents a post, I will celebrate each post I do complete. I’m trying to be selective about weekly commitments; these, in turn, are supplemented by a few favorite monthly memes. I’m also planning to participate in a couple of month-long posting events, one that is photo-centric and another that is more about writing than images.
So, in the spirit of “Grow Your Blog,” I invite you to “follow” my blog if the foregoing is of interest to you.
Meantime, I am offering a giveaway to anyone who leaves a comment to this post. My giveaway is the winter edition of Artful Blogging, a quarterly periodical that provides eye and inspiration candy for bloggers. This issue features 17 bloggers, all of whom engage in some combination of writing, photography, and artistry. Printed on heavy paper with high quality images, this quarterly publication will, first of all, engage your attention for several hours. Later, it’s a magazine you will be pleased to display on your coffee table—inviting your guests to inquire about your interest in blogging. I will announce the winner here on February 15th, so check back then to see whether this lovely magazine will be headed in your direction.