Nearly a year ago, I began this blogging journey. With some hopes and dreams, and absolutely no knowledge, I began this quest to write a blog. If I liken it to an adventure story, it's like I stepped out of my normal world and into an alien world of cyberspace with no map, and no real direction. Sure, I had e-mail, and I had a story, and a poem published online at that point, but I had no idea how to even write a blog, or start one.
Thanks to the many writers at on-line publishing sites like Every Day Poets, Flash Fiction Online, and Mindflights, I had seen writing blogs. I admired them, thought they were a great tool for connecting with other writers and readers, and then decided one day, why not me? Why not create a blog? Why not have my name highlighted in blue when it showed up at the end of a poem or story at an on-line site, so that a reader/fellow writer could just click on it, and find me?
I didn't really have a plan for what someone should find once they found me online. I wrote poems, movie reviews, reflected on my faith life, and had no followers. I didn't even know how to use most of the tools on my blog site, and I'm still learning.
Finally, I started reading blogs about how to have a successful blog at great places like Men with Pens. Then I found a writer's blog that I really admired at The Write Worship, and I became a follower there. Tamika became my first follower, and I remember jumping up and down and telling my family, "look, look, I have a follower, someone actually wants to read my blog!" Thank you, Tamika!
Then I had four followers, then five, seven, nine, ten, and now eleven. Thank you all so much! I appreciate your encouragement, and the wisdom that I find at your blogs, and in the comments you have written on mine.
So, I have hopes of making this blog a better blog. I've been doing a little research. Thanks to a recent post at Write Now I have a few more ideas.
Many thanks to all of you who have encouraged me on this journey, who have shared with me your wisdom, and who have shown me awesome blogs.