Category Archives: Blogging

Kepping up the momentum of a blog.

My last post was almost a month ago. Clearly , at least for me,  keeping up the momentum is the most difficult part of having a blog. It is true that there have been several big changes in my life recently, so this could be a reason/ excuse. However I have not been motivated to keep up with the blog and even considered eliminating it.

On the other hand, I know that all social media requires persistence. So I am going to have another go at keeping this blog. I will aim to post once a week , because that is probably a doable goal.

I am sure many bloggers have the same experience and there are millions of abandoned blogs out there in the blogosphere.

I am thinking that these are some of the reasons/excuses bloggers might have for not posting. Not all of them apply to me.

1. Lack of time.

2. Lack of motivation.

3. Can´t think of interesting topics.

4. A serious life event interrupts all extra activities.

5. Become discouraged if they don´t have followers or comments.

6. Have a hard time finding, taking or uploading good photos.

7. Started the blog without thinking about the “commitment” involved.

8. Starting multiple blogs and not concentrating on any of them.

In my case a serious life event is what interrupted my posting. But now it is time for me to get back in the swing of this. I also have had difficulty from the beginning with the photo aspect of blogging, and some of the blogs I follow have absolutely beautiful photos. But , as I have learned , it is not a question of comparing my blog to others, but just comparing my own progress as I continue to blog and learn.

I also recently started another blog , English for Health Professionals ,as a service to my students and others non native speakers of English who might be interested  , but I ended up not posting on either of them this month. Well , no harm done,will just carry on!!!

What has been a blocking factor that you have come across in your blogging?

Well , best wishes to all for a great year in 2014!!!

What´s wrong with this blog? Five things to improve now.

I started this experimental blog about 4 months ago and it is time for an evaluation. Well rather than  focus on the negative , the errors ,  I prefer to look at it from a proactive perspective , what could be improved?

  1. Post regularly.   Have set days for posts and follow through. If you fall off on this people lose interest. ( On a trial basis I will set the days  Friday and Sunday, because I think more people read blogs on the weekend. I will pre-write them and set them to be posted automatically.)
  2. Set up categories in a logical, organized way. For example, I now have 3 very similar categories with only a few posts in each of them, environmental, vegetable garden and permaculture. This needs to be rethought and streamlined
  3. FOCUS.  Right now this blog is all over the place….. mediocre pictures of nature, poems I like, stories about people,  gardening , etc… too scattered. Not surprising because this  is how my mind works , I am interested in many things. But I have to either find a way to present this better , or narrow the focus of this blog.
  4. Tag correctly. In this area I have to do a bit of research to find key search words. Not really ready to do this yet because there are other improvements that take priority over this.
  5. Overcome procrastination ( aka become disciplined) . I have lots of ideas of things to write about, but I don´t always get around to sitting down and posting, and sometimes for no good reason.

I am enjoying the process of the newbie blog, even though I am far from satisfied with the present state of it.  But no problem,  I am learning and there is no pressure involved.

 

 

So how was the first month blogging?

Since this is a learning blog, I have to evaluate how it is going . In past month  , which has been the first month, I have learned that blogging is neither hard nor easy.Mainly it depends on if you feel like doing it or not. Sometimes I was really into it, enjoying it. Then other times I was not that enthused, or just busy with other things that took priority. I did want to commit to myself to do a minimum number of posts per month, and I did do them .

Rewards

The first surprise was when two other blog writers replied to my posts. Both of them have really good blogs, one about gardening and one about crafts , so it was fun to get their comments , look at their blogs, and interact with them several times. So , thanks to the two of you.plant growing in hand

It is also fun to change formats and see how the blog looks using other themes that are provided by WordPress. The first time I did this , I didn’t´t know if I would lose all my posts, but no , nothing like that happens , you just see other formats and can change back with a simple click.

Challenges

The biggest challenge has been the motivation to keep it up. The days go by very quickly , and when I saw I didn’t  have a post written, I just put up a picture, which may not have been the best choice, but I am going to leave it the way it is.

The second challenge is the photography. I have a long way to go as far as taking or finding the right photographs. Also it is not so easy to place the pictures in the exact position I want them to be in , but with Windows Live Writer it is easier to do it than directly on the WordPress page.

So, what to do?

Just keep going.  My goal is to learn , not to be a star blogger. And that is just fine. It has been a pleasant activity so ,to sum up;  so far, so good.

10 Tips for starting a blog. Lessons learned from my first steps.

1. Don´t be afraid….as long as you don´t publish something you won´t regret forever, there is not much that can really go wrong.

2. Don´t worry what anyone thinks about it, unless you tell people you are writing a blog they will never find it anyway.

3. If you want people to read it, start by telling people in your social media to have a look at it, and invite them to comment.

4. Start out with blog name that you don’t really want to use, and open a practice blog so that you can look around WordPress, (or blog-blackboard-sign-thumb21291119whichever platform you are using ) a bit before you actually begin your blog.

5. Create a new folder and start gathering some photos so that when you have your post written you can quickly add a photo.

6. Download the Evernote app on your smart phone so you can record ideas wherever you are.

7. Get a formatting tool. Windows Live Writer so that you can format the post. On my first Welcome post and the About page, I couldn’t´t get the picture and the text where I wanted them because I was writing it directly in WordPress.  This did take about  an hour to  get it formatted correctly, but that is all part of the learning.

8.  If you commute in public transport like I do, you might want to bring a notebook….in my case I mean paper and pen….or if you have tablet …well , better yet.

9. Realize that having a blog is like any other hobby, either you can abandon it, or dedicate time to it and get better and better at it until you finally are producing some nice hobby results.

10. Keep learning. This is the most fun part for me!!