I have been blogging for nearly two years, somehow it seems far longer! I came to the point where I was itching to put my thoughts on paper. I felt I had something to share with others and it would be a way of expressing myself without verbally speaking.
It did not dawn on me there were thousands (perhaps millions) of bloggers who had created their websites years before me. Through LinkedIn and twitter I began to network with these bloggers who appeared to “know their game” while I as a complete amateur looked on. I wondered if they ever felt like amateurs – likened to the shy/nervous child looking on from the edge while their peers played happily and confidently.
I absolutely love the networking and rapport building side of blogging. I enjoy rubbing shoulders with those who have impeccable writing skills and are knowledgeable about their field. I have found most to be humble; always willing to advise and encourage others.
At times I feel “lost” in the world of blogging as I am one of many. The bloggers I come across are established and have thousands of followers and readers. On twitter it is difficult to stand out and build your audience unless you practically live on there. I simply do not have the time as I hold down a full-time job, run a make up business, raise a family and am in church leadership. As a result I dip in and out of twitter and therefore appear inconsistent. Perhaps I should allocate a 20 minute slot in the morning and afternoon – at the very least I will have a routine.
I often reflect on my blog and wonder what impact it is having on the lives of others. This is highly important to me and I always hold on to the notion that even if just one person resonates with my blog, then it is serving it’s purpose.
The more I write, the more my skills improve. The more I read literature and blogs, the more I am challenged to take my blog to the next level. What I am saying in essence is, I am committed to blogging and will do all I can to develop my skills and create a niche for myself.
If you are a blogger, what compelled you to start a blog?
How do you ensure your blogs stay fresh and interesting?
What do you do when you run out of content ideas?