This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Personal Blogging hosted by Good Goog and Blogs With Wings. This month our participants have shared their journey to personal blogging. Please visit Good Goog – Begin By Being Personal to view everyone’s posts.
When I started blogging back in January, I had absolutely no clue what I was trying to achieve.
I still don’t really have an exact idea. And I know my blog is far from being what – or where – I want it to be.
But, six months later, at least I’m now blogging about things I want to write about. I think the first challenge is actually figuring that out in itself. Once you figure that out, blogging is extremely enjoyable. Addictive even, as I’m finding out now!
I started blogging about interior design and decor, because I love it. But it wasn’t long until I bored myself with my own blog (er, not good). So I then started adding blog posts about Melbourne and its architecture, because they are another two things I love.
But as my blog evolved, I discovered what I really wanted to blog about was my day to day life and my family. Write about days we’d had together, add photos…blog about funny things one of us has said or done – because these are the things I really want to remember and are most important to me.
My main concern, though, was that people would find a blog about my life and my kids, well, boring.
And that brought me to my next discovery. I remember taking a break from it and just thinking about my blog for a few days. I realised, why did I care what people thought? Who is my blog for anyway? For me, or to try generate lots of hits, so I can make some money out of it someday?
It was very clear what the answer was: my blog was for me, and me alone! As a personal blogger, once you realise this, that’s when blogging becomes really exciting! It shouldn’t matter how many hits you get, or whether someone comments on your post. It should be about making yourself smile when you blog about something that interests you.
Now that I’ve figured out that major piece of the puzzle…where to next? Where do I want to take my blog? Well, I just started doing a monthly giveaway. I like the idea of using my blog to promote some aussie-made products, and in return, be able to post someone a little something each month. I’ll definitely enjoy doing that!
That aside, I just want to continue blogging regularly and improving my writing skills along the way. Finally, I want to maintain contact with the many wonderful personal bloggers I’ve come across, who I would never have met if I hadn’t started this journey.
Happy blogging! Alison