If you have read any of my previous posts you will know that I am not an experienced blogger. Nor am I confident in my ability to maintain a steady flow of reasonable content without (a) losing interest — mine and my followers, and (b) finding myself spending so much time on this and other social media that my writing and home life get pushed to one side. Now add to that list of real and imagined shortcomings one hard fact – I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M DOING!
The timing of an invitation from WordPress to join Blogging 101 couldn’t have come at a better time. As far as I can see it is formed of a week of supported challenges which will teach me many of the basics of blogging whilst also giving some suggestions for content – so here I am on Day 1. It’s actually Day 2, but I was busy yesterday so I’m only just getting round to taking up the challenge, which was to write a “who am I and why am I here” blog. That sounded very deep and philosophical and a bit beyond my capabilities. Fortunately, further down the email, there were some suggestions as to the sort of thing we might include.
1. Why are you blogging publicly rather than keeping a personal journal?
Well, that’s easy – if I did it privately no-one would know when I wimped out and abandoned the project. I’m studying for an MA in Writing for Children with the hope that I will, one day, become a published author. We have been told by tutors, agents, editors and publishers that a strong on-line presence is an important tool in promoting our books and ourselves as a brand, so I’m starting early.
2. What topics do you think you’ll write about?
Anything and everything that takes my fancy, but probably with a bias towards reading and writing – and possibly pets, food, and people who have been to the moon.
3. Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
People who are interested in similar things and can introduce me to books and ideas I’m not familiar with. People who will comment on what I have to say. Someone who will fall in love with my writing style and long to publish my writing.
4. If you blog successfully throughout the year, what would you hope to have accomplished?
A record that family, friends and future fans can look back at – a public memoir, if you like. A habit of recording thoughts and events and an established daily writing routine. Maybe some new friends.
I think I’ve finished my first assignment on Blogging 101. Time to go and find today’s assignment – and if there’s time before I go to work and then to college – to do some of my own writing.