I started off well, completing assignments and doing all the right things. But life has a tendency to get in the way and I found myself falling behind. I managed a handful of posts and gathered a few followers. I would have liked to have done more. Blogging takes considerable time and effort to design a blog site and publish interesting content on a consistent basis. Successful bloggers also make a social commitment by reading and responding to other bloggers. To gain followers you have to be a follower. In spite of what anyone says, followers are what we are after; otherwise, we might as well record our thoughts in a spiral notebook and keep it hidden under the bed.
In addition to the tips and advice, I found the hidden gem of blogging. I learned that bloggers are every-day people, brave and bold, who share their story through words and pictures. They are artists and poets, social commentators and travelers. They make us think, they make us laugh and sometimes they make us cry. Blogging is a magical look at the world through someone else’s eyes. In a way it is a gift, as if to say, this is how I see things, do you see it too?
I may not have finished all of the assignments but I am not giving up. Some cultures believe time is circular and every opportunity comes back around. Thirty days of blogging boot camp are in no way the end. I will continue to work on the mechanics of my site. I will continue to refine my theme and focus on how I can share the world through my eyes. I will create the time and space for writing. Blogging, like life, is a journey, not a destination
For all of you who participated in Blogging 101, I wish you well. Keep writing!