“Scribbles” is One Month Old

“Scribbles” is now one month old. It is difficult to believe, but true. And I am happy about it. I have learned a few interesting lessons that I would like to share with anybody who cares to read this post.

I like WordPress

I really struggled for the first 15 days. The toughest part of blogging was finding the proper theme. I tried theme after theme after theme till I found the present one—The Adelle Theme. It is simple, clutter free, easy to customize, and suits me fine.

 

The Adelle Theme

Screenshot of The Adelle Theme

I also had to find answers to the following questions:

  • What do I want to write about?
  • Why do I want to write?
  • What do I want my blog to look like?
  • Am I writing for traffic or am I writing for me?

Interestingly, I found answers to all these questions after a month of blogging. I have a fairly good idea of what I would like to blog about. I know exactly why I am blogging. I also know what I want my blog to look like. I also have a set of goals for my blog, an idea of what direction I would like my blog to take, and an idea of what I would like to achieve as a blogger.

I also love getting badges from WordPress.com. It is so encouraging and heartwarming. These badges have now vanished into the pile of notifications, but I managed to click a picture of one of them.

WordPress Badge

I actually have time to blog.

I put off blogging for years because I had no time. When I started this blog, I had no time. I was just desperate to have a blog of my own. I decided that I would at least post a picture a day if I had no time for anything else.

As I blogged, I discovered that I actually have all the time I need. In fact, there is ample time for all the things we want to do. We just have to do it. I am happy that I have created 20 posts on Scribbles, and this is my 21st post.

I am learning.

While struggling with customization, menus, themes, and so on, I learned a couple of interesting things. I learned how to export content from one blog and import it into another.

I had actually created two blogs—one for photos and one for articles. I decided that I cannot possibly focus on two blogs at this point of time and wanted to import the content from my photo blog into Scribbles. That’s how I learned about the Export and Import functions under the Tools section of the Dashboard. It was difficult at first, but once I got the hang of it, it was incredibly easy.

I also spent most of the month hunting for the Dashboard. I simply couldn’t access it as soon as I logged into my WordPress.com account. I then learned that all I had to do was type wp-admin after my blog address to access the dashboard. For example, http://www.yourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin will take you instantly to your dashboard.

Learning simple things such as these make a blogger’s life easier. One of the best ways to learn something new is to sign up for free blogging courses at WordPress.com. I am currently part of three such courses.

  • Blogging 101, Commenting Bootcamp: The Commons
  • Blogging 201, Branding & Growth: The Commons
  • Writing 101, Poetry: The Commons

I cannot claim to be the ardent student, but I am definitely learning.

Spreading love on WordPress.com is actually fun.

I now have 15 beautiful followers, and I think they are all just great. They are my very first followers. Their likes and comments have been a great source of inspiration to me. These lovely people have motivated me to stick to my blog.

And I love to return the favor. Every day, I spend some time visiting other blogs and leaving my likes and comments there. It makes me feel good, and it does my blog a great deal of good.

My blog stats look good.

Of course, they are not the best. But for a person who has been never been successful with blogs in the past, it is something. Right now, I have 212 all-time views, 68 all-time comments, 15 followers, 20 posts, 11 categories, and 79 tags. Two days back, WordPress.com gave me a badge for getting 50 likes.

As I previously said, this isn’t great and perhaps I could have done better. Other bloggers might have achieved much more that I have in one month. But this is a good beginning, and I am happy about it.

It’s a long and exciting journey.

I have just begun. I have barely scratched the surface. I understand that I am never going to actually finish with the blog. I will be forever searching for the best themes, taking more courses, learning new things, editing and re-editing my posts, and creating fresh content.

And that is the fun of blogging.

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18 thoughts on ““Scribbles” is One Month Old

  1. Hi Sonia. Congratulations on one month! Your celebratory post is a great tool for someone like me who is a little bit earlier in the process of getting into blogging. I’m impressed by the structure and boldness of your blog, especially as it is only a month old. Did you dabble in blogging before? If so, what has made a difference this time around?

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    • Thanks a lot for your comment. As I have mentioned in one of my posts, I have “flirted” a lot with blogging in the past. But I was the sort of person who would make a post or two and then vanish from the scene and even forget the blog address! This time, there is a difference. I am just determined to make it work. 🙂 🙂

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  2. Hey there! We started blogging around the same time and it was interesting to read your perspective on the newness of it all. You seem to have a knack for translating your thoughts into interesting reading so stay with it. Good luck! Your new subscriber, Frank

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  3. Congrats Sonia, this was a great way to celebrate a month here at WP. I like the clarity with which you approached this post. I enjoyed reading it. Happy blogging and may the likes , followers and most of all your passion keep increasing .

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  4. I like your one-month roundup – you still sound so excited and enthusiastic. I noticed my stats went up considerably taking part in the wordpress courses and I hope part of the new-made followers/friends will keep hanging around… It made me realize I too have to put time and effort in keeping the connection strong. Online connections are not different from real life connections for that matter…

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  5. Blogs take a long time to get traction sometimes. I’ve been working on mine for a year and only now am I getting the kind of traction I wanted. Those badges act as motivation for me – they keep me going as well. 🙂 Your content is great and relatable so I’m sure you’ll see even more success in the near future!

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