“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.
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.
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.