So here we are day 1 of the 201 blogging challenge we have all been waiting with anticipation for.
After a few extra grey hairs appearing after the quadruple sorry double authentication security logging in process which locked me out of my blog for 24hrs (probably a good thing the break that is), I am now gnawing at my knuckles to find out what I need to do.
Here is the first thing for me to think about whilst I chill after a glass of wine on my week long holiday in Devon whilst the family watch the 100th episode of “Fast & Furious” which is slowly deafening me!
Please excuse my tardy post as I am doing this from my phone with a rather lazy beach bum internet connection:
Today’s assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals you want to achieve.
To answer this:
My main goal is to provide entertainment to my readers by sticking to my initial plans for starting eclectics blog and that was to write stories.
I do this now mainly in journalistic form which I have found a love in but I would love to be confident to write either fiction or non fiction ‘proper’ stories (waits to be berated) – perhaps once a month
My second goal is to be more organized I am already doing this by transferring one blog under eclectics umbrella in the next week but I think I need to learn to create a calender
My third goal is to learn what my readers love most and whether I can achieve their desires after all I blog for me and them it’s a two way relationship.
The next questions posed are:
Why do you blog? To gain notoriety? To secure a book contract? To self-publish your work? To establish yourself as a leader in your field? To gain followers? Traffic? To connect with others? To work through and clarify your own thoughts?
I blog mainly because I love to entertain and provide something.
I used to work in the service industry as a holistic therapist, I can no longer do that but I’ve always loved giving.
I also need to learn to be practical too and I would like to earn a living of some kind somewhere down the line but I’ve a lot more to learn.
I also have a brain teaming with thoughts, my mind is never inactive, annoyingly so and as such blogging allows me to get some ideas out and to streamline them in to some sort of organized fashion.
If your blog exceeded your wildest dreams, what would that look like? Would you have a different design? How many followers would you have? How much traffic? What sort of community would participate? What discussions would take place? How often would you post?
This is semi easy but I answer for my 3 blogs as they cater for different things:
Livingineastsheen – I would like to get work from in my local area in journalistic, newsletter and a dream of doing photography. I would love to be known as ‘the blogger lady’ prolifically and have many locals itch to see what I’m writing about next. I have no idea of set numbers as this blog is for a very niche market, many read it locally but don’t follow it.
As for my it is a lonely place – I guess I would like to be seen as a support to other fellow sufferers. I also use it selfishly for myself as a form of therapy to write my concerns and issues which in turn leaves the part of me I disassociate from pain to be more productive for my eclectic blog….
For my eclectic blog – I would love thousands of followers haha I’m not greedy! Lol..spot the joke?
I would see this as a reflection of doing something right and providing something that a broad range of public wish for but I would not want to lose my personal connection.
I would need to learn how to keep that if I ever were to get to such large numbers.
My dream would be to write a book of short stories be it for adults or children.
I also wish to explore and further talents that have latent in my life like art that through other fellow bloggers has been awakened!
As always thank you for reading!