I cannot believe that it has been a year since I took the plunge and started my blog. Every word written has been a joy (published and unpublished). I had a look at my stats the other day and was floored at how inactive I have been. I will have to remedy that ASAP 🙂 I must also say thank you to all of you for your support, your encouragement and feedback. You have made a huge impact in my world 🙂
The past year has been quite a journey. With tons of research on blogging, SEO and the like under my belt, I feel like I am ready to take it to the next level. This new digital world is so fascinating. Besides,“A goal without a plan is just a wish”. according to Antoine de Saint-Exupery. A plan needs action to reach that goal so enough reading and planning and time to start doing.
I have also had a few queries about blogging and how to go about it so I thought I would share some of the learnings I have had over the past year.
Blogging is a cool place to start getting your feet wet in the world of writing. If you are still trying to find your voice, this is a good place to start. I have found WordPress quite easy to use but it can be quite limiting if you are not looking to spend too much money on your blog right now. If you don’t want to be limited, then it is best to find a host and use the wordpress software to create your blog. It does come at a price though.
Blogs are not the only place online to practice your writing. I have enjoyed writing on Quora and Medium as well. You can follow me on these sites as well. No matter where you write though, if you are looking to grow a following, you need to write fairly often (no less than once a week) and interact with other writers and readers on the sites.
There are lots of writers and books out there that are worth getting your hands on. The ones i have found most useful are:
- On Writing by Stephen King (a great autobiography and loads of writing tips)
- The Elements of Style by William Stunk jr (highly recommended by Stephen King)
- You are a writer by Jeff Goins
- Starting a successful blog by Gundi Gabrielle A very useful book. In fact her entire beginner marketing series is full of handy tips and tricks. She also has a proven method of achieving “number 1 seller” status as a self publisher on Amazon. All her books have achieved that status if I am not mistaken.
There are a few more that I have read as well but I found these to be most helpful. By the way, a lot of good books are found on Amazon. Don’t despair if you don’t have a kindle. You can simply download that app on your phone or tablet and read your books on there.
The most important lesson I have learned is to devise a schedule and stick to it in order to be consistent.
There is definitely loads more to learn but, like I said earlier, it’s time to start doing. I’ll learn as I go. Looking forward to another year of writing and sharing my world and the lessons that come with living in it. Thanks again for your support.