I’ve been blogging for just over a month now and have found myself over the past week reflecting on what I have achieved so far in the blogging world and starting to think about the direction I want the blog to take.
I started the blog with a “no pressure” approach, I’ve never blogged or “written” anything before so I just wanted to allow myself free reign to see how things go. So far I’ve really enjoyed the blogging process, my main reason for starting the blog was to keep my brain active and to help feel connected to the wider world as being a stay at home mum can be quite isolating at times.
I have found that the blog definitely addresses both of these desires. I’ve really felt welcomed by the blogging community, essentially through my social interactions on twitter and have felt truly humbled that people have taken the time to read and comment on my blog. The added benefit of the blog is I think it helps to balance my ( very small amount) of free time, usually this is a couple of hours in an evening when the little man is in bed. Really the only thing hubby and I had to do was watch tv or read, so having the blog to write adds a new dimension to things which is something I have enjoyed.
At first I was blogging every evening, I think this is primarily as I had a back log of things in my mind that I really wanted to write about. In this last week or though I have struggled a little with thinking of what to write and if I’m honest I feel as though I have written too many short ” filler” posts that I did in a blind panic of having to hold myself to an ideal of blogging every day. This is something that I think has got to change.
I enjoyed reading a number of blogs before I became a blogger myself, and now that I am interacting in the blogging world I find myself wanting to read every blog I come across! I really have been struck not only by the sheer number of blogs that are out there, but by the great writing that everybody does, to feel I am not worthy of holding this company is an understatement, and in part the reason why I have taken a reflective look back on my blog.
I’m only a month in so I know I shouldn’t expect any great things, but I think it’s important to recognise both your achievements and areas you can improve upon in something.
To start with the positives. I have managed to launch the blog and generally understand wordpress to manage the blog myself, which feels like an achievement in itself! I have also joined twitter, pinterest and launched a blog facebook page and am getting to grips with each. I have written 30 odd posts, some of which I think are ok. A lot more work is involved with running a blog then I expected, but I am enjoying each challenge and getting a sense of achievement when I master something new.
Here are the areas I would like to improve in:
1) I think a lot of my posts are too short, and written too quickly. This is mainly due to me trying to publish a new post every day. I think my blogging would actually improve if I slowed down a bit, and took more time over each post, doing it as a draft first, then checking it before posting, I’d rather do quality posts every couple of days then quick rushed posts every day.
2) My photos just aren’t good enough. This is basically due to the majority of my photos being taken on my phone or the ipad. I’ve notice in a lot of blogs people seem to take near professional photos, this worries me as I am not a photographer. In the short term I will just make a conscious effort to improve my photos, long term I may have to think about, getting a camera, learning how to use it and learning how to use photo software on the computer – this all feels a bit overwhelming at the moment!
3) I think I need to improve my content a little i.e take more time, and think about the language I use, I want to be expressive and descriptive and show my personality at the same time. Hopefully slowing down and taking more care will help address this. It will probably help my general grammar and spelling improve a bit too!
4) Improve the look of my blog. I’m getting to grips with wordpress but know there is still a long way for me to go to get the blog looking really good. One step in the feature will be to get a custom design header / background – I’ve no idea how to go about this at the moment but will look into it soon.
Hopefully you will start to see my blog gradually improving over the next couple of post. I’d really welcome any advice experienced bloggers could give me so please feel free to comment below!