Alright, I confess, the post title, I was just trying to get your attention, plus I’ve been reading up on how to make titles interesting, moving away from the thousands of generic ones out there 🙂
I am now trying to accomplish day 4 of the 30 day WordPress zero to hero challenge which is what you see below:
DAY 4: EXPLORE THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Blogging is a communal experience; if you didn’t want anyone to read your posts or interact with you, you’d keep a private diary. That means publishing posts is just one piece of blogging — you also need to engage with the community. Today, you begin the process of engaging with the blogging community, a key step of building an audience.
Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader, and begin finding blogs (and bloggers) you love.
This I have found particularly difficult, why? I have a wide range of things I would like to read and things I probably have no idea I would like to read. For the former, sifting through the huge wealth of blogs around and different hosts proves to be very difficult and time consuming. For the latter, one would just have to read randomly and hope to come across something that makes one sizzle with excitement (perhaps that is a bit over the top)
So what did I do. I typed in some key words of what I thought might bring up blogs that might peek my interest, then a few more key words, looked and investigated.
My conclusion, for me, it really is not something one can rush.
This is how I see it, liking a post to me is just saying, “hey I liked what you wrote”, but does not mean one has a connection or might like some of the other posts. To follow a blog, to me, means I’ve taken time to see more than one post, feel a connection and think that being updated on that persons material will enhance my existence in some way.
There are of course social reasons for following a blog and probably other reasons but for me, it is for the above reason, maybe I will change in time?
So here we go, what did I find, not the 5 requested:
Why did I follow this blog? Well firstly the pictures and titles caught my attention. Then I started to read and heck, she made me laugh, a series of giggles would have been heard from my bedroom late at night, not from any exciting antics other than me finding nothing of interest on the TV and pulling out my nexus to complete this assignment. She is rude and crude at times, a lover of Joan Rivers, which should give you a good idea of her writings and she doesn’t hold back.
What peeked my interest in this site? I had searched a topic close to my heart and that is ‘chronic pain’. There were a few blogs covering this, but the title and tags attached caught my attention, being:
Similar or different. Diagnosed or undiagnosed. Together, we move forward. Together, we overcome. Together, we live. Welcome to the family.
Then there is the quite obvious passion of the blogger who not only shares what she is going through, but moreso is trying to create a community and reach out to others so that they can know that they are not alone in whatever they are suffering. It may sound dower, but many of the posts I sit, read then think and perhaps wish to make changes, that can only be a good thing!
I was just struck by the seamless, honest yet gentle way this woman writes about her experiences of not only suffering chronic pain, but it being undiagnosed, which I am familiar with. A sense of calmness goes through her blog and she expresses the nuances of thoughts that goes through ones mind with every day small tasks and achievements. There are also little pictures that to me capture the emotion of the paragraph, ie this one, which me relates to pain:
So, I am afraid I do not have another 2, but no doubt I shall at some stage, but meanwhile I shall enjoy taking time to enjoy the ones I have followed, like a new relationship, giving them time and thought!
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