I survived another exhilarating month of daily blogging during the 7th annual Blogging A-Z Challenge (Yay!) and took a few days to gather the many thoughts that floated and swirled like autumn leaves before they settle down to dry. Thankfully, the wistful winds of mischievous fate whisked away the unimportant ones ;-)
As it happens, the Question of the Month is: What are three pieces of advice you’d give to someone starting their own blog? Which I can easily answer as I reflect on last month’s blogging challenge.
First and foremost, (and I probably said this last year too) the very best advice I ever received was to be prepared. Have a theme. Thank you, Lee @ Tossing it Out! Once you have a plan for each (and any) day of blogging, let the fun begin! Respond to the comments you get and prepare to be amused, amazed and entertained by all the blogs you visit. :-)
The second thing I learned was to ignore the numbers - it’s not the multitude that counts as much as the faithful few friendly followers who, often as not, become true friends. Thank you Shady @ Music & Memories! As in any garden, patience and care is essential, and in all honesty I don’t know that I could keep up with 30 – 100+ comments and make a few rounds each day myself! So I also learned to overlook unacknowledged comments.
Third, and not to be confused with last, because it isn’t, by any means – is Enjoy! Have a good time. Meet new bloggers, make new friends while welcoming everyone to your blog. Not only did I run across some fantastic new blogs, I thoroughly enjoyed those I already follow, such as Stephanie, Jeffrey, Debbie and Stephen, Cynthia, Ann and Barbara! (These and more are listed on the right, below ‘Blogs I Enjoy’). And after this challenge, I’m sure my list will grow :-)
In all, I’ve had a fantastic time and am left with the irresistible desire to do it again next year!
Congratulations to all survivors and many thanks to all participants!
|Gone fishin'! Be back soon!|