It’s a new week and here is a new quote shared by Dr Tanya of “Salted Caramel”.
“The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them. “Jeff Jarvis
I absolutely agree with this one. It’s what I did myself. My first attempt at blogging was not for me, it was for a church I was doing some volunteer work for. I knew nothing about blogging at all but I was just adding content to an existing blog. Naturally I read all the previous posts to see what sort of content was required but as was not my blog I didn’t want to mess with it too much.
When I started my first personal blog, I started to read the work of other bloggers. I read about my chosen subject of doll collecting but I also started to read other blogs that looked interesting and comment on them. That lead me to starting my second blog (this one).
I discovered other writers whose posts I still read today. I learned a lot from those bloggers such as how to format a post so it was easy to read and other practical things like that. I also found inspiration. More than one post of mine has been written after my comment on a post grew so long that I knew I needed to write a post of my own on the subject. My blogging community expanded when I started to read the blogs that my favourite bloggers read.
In those early blogging days, I discovered the wonderful photo challenges provided by Cee Neuner. Cee was at that time also running “Share Your World”, now run by Melanie of “Sparks From a Combustible Mind”. I think that was one of the first blogging challenges I joined in with. WordPress ran a Daily Prompt and various other writing and photo challenges then and I read, commented on and joined in quite a lot of those. Sadly, they are gone but the community stepped up to fill the gap.
I have watched some YouTube videos about blogging, they are handy for some of the practical stuff. I started to do a course about blogging but that just made me realise what sort of blogger that I don’t want to be.
I’d like to share some of the bloggers whose posts inspired and entertained me over the past nine years as I learned about blogging. There are others, some of them are no longer blogging or not regularly. I loved reading them all.