Hello, and welcome to “Blogging Bits and Bytes” a free mini-series designed to motivate and inspire you on your blogging journey. I’m thrilled you decided to join me!
If you subscribe to the Blogging Bits and Bytes newsletter, a note will have arrived in your inbox which included a prompt for writing a blog post as well as a little freebie download. I haven’t decided on the exact length of the series, but I’m aiming for the end of November.
I believe there’s a place for everyone in this vast blogging world, and I refuse to listen to the naysayers who declare that blogging is dying/dead. Changing, yes … but not dead.
To that end, I want to share what blogging means to me, and why I do it. In the process, I hope to inspire you on your personal blogging journey. Although this is not a technical course, a few techie bits will be included.
Quite likely most of you either have a blog already, or have some basic understanding of what a blog is. It is simply a frequently updated online journal. And it’s your journal, to do with whatever you please.
YOU are the boss of your blog. NO apologies OK?
Now, for my first bit of advice if you are just starting out and trying to define your blog. Consider the name very, very carefully. It may:
- take you where you want to go, or
- hold you back and haunt you forever.
So what did “Keeping With the Times” do for me? Well, I’d have to say both … at times I deeply regretted the name, but ultimately it has taken me places I didn’t know I wanted to go … .
I chose a name and started posting. I posted recipes, DIY tutorials, home decor. Then a bit of our travels, then a bit of landscape photography, then a bit of still life. It was a creative hodge podge.
Early on, I began to have doubts about “Keeping With the Times” … what exactly was that? Here, I must backtrack and tell you it started out as “Keeping UP With the Times” but when I tried to purchase the domain name … it was taken (note: a bit of cautionary advise right here) so I had to switch gears and change it to “Keeping With the Times” which was confusing and a bit of a bummer … but it’s OK … it’s all OK.
I remember laying in bed trying to define what my blog was about … what was I trying to accomplish? I knew I was using it as a learning platform, but did anyone else? Starting over wasn’t an option, I’d already invested a ton of time and effort and love.
So I began searching for quotes that suited “Keeping With the Times”, and after several weeks of unsuccessful attempts, I came across “learn something new, try something different” by Brian Tracy. Bingo. That’s it! This is what my blog is about people! I’m living, and learning, and keeping with the times … (cue the trumpets!) … I’m learning how to use a camera, create new recipes, and make crafty projects, as well as how to navigate the online world of blogging and social media.
If you’re struggling to come to terms with the name of your blog, or why you even have a blog, try finding a tagline that suits it. Write down all the reasons you started blogging in the first place. This seemingly small effort will give you confidence, and will validate what you already know in your heart. It may just be the encouragement you need to keep updating your online journal.
Next in the series: Inside a blog post … and beyond …