Sunday, April 25, 2010

Reflections and Hopes

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.


Author Jessica Nelson said...

Awww, sweet post! Tamika is a really nice blogger! Have fun with your research. :-)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks Jessica!

Jody Hedlund said...

I'm pleased to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog from Karen's. I see that you're a homeschool mom. I am too! I'll look forward to connecting with you more in the days to come! Blessings!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks Jody! I'm pleased to meet you too. Blessings!

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Congrats on your aniversary! :D Blogging is certainly an journey. But one of my favorite things about blogging is connecting with so many great people. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks Emily Ann! I agree!