Happy Birthday to my little blog!
Actually, my blog will turn three years old on New Year’s Eve, but I thought I’d get a jump on marking the occasion with questions and answers about my experience as a blogger.
1. Did you think you’d still be blogging after three years?
I didn’t think about it in the beginning. I only knew I was willing to see where it would take me.
2. Can you describe your blogging experience in one word?
Rewarding! This post tells why.
3. How has your blog changed from the time you started until now?
At first its purpose was to practise more writing of poetry and short prose to better prepare myself for the discipline of novel-writing. But my posts broadened quickly to include photography, still in keeping with my blog’s central theme of sharing what I love.
4. Are you a better writer three years later?
I believe I am. I think my ability has been honed, while my curiosity about everything has expanded tenfold. Writing a couple of novels definitely helped too. I hope my research and editing skills have improved as well.
5. What do you dislike most about blogging?
I keep wishing I could meet some of the wonderful people I’ve found here on WordPress. Or at least hear their voices. Come on, everyone, let’s vlog! (video-blog) :)
6. What do you love most about blogging?
It’s hard to choose only one thing, but I love to create something that readers can identify with and moves them to share their comments. Posting photos that others like as much as I do is gratifying too.
7. What advice would you give to someone starting a blog today?
Commit to a schedule and blog regularly. Be consistent and be yourself; in other words don’t try to be everything to all people. Don’t choose a theme with a white text on a dark background, or too many bells and whistles. Most people find it hard to read those kinds, including me.
8. What has surprised you the most?
Connecting with people who are like-minded, as well as those who have different interests and opinions. Besides it being an education, it is a great way to cultivate an open mind and form new friendships – even if they are the virtual kind.
9. What have you learned about blogging?
Most people are visual creatures. An image catches my eye and invites me to read in a way a block of text alone can’t. The writing still has to be engaging, of course.
10. Who was your first follower?
Carla from Seasons Change and So Do I. We started our blogs on the same day and we still follow each other. We’ve both been through a lot in our lives, and just as her blog name suggests, we have gone through significant changes since we began blogging. I’m grateful for her support. She feels like an old friend.
11. What are the most popular posts of the past three years?
I will qualify this answer with the reminder that I had fewer followers in the first couple of years, so the lists reflecting the most popular posts as also the most recent.
By reader views:
Greenspond – Part II
Friday Bouquet #11
Hello, December – Goodbye, Nano!
Imagine (and a Birthday)
Wildlife of Newfoundland & Labrador
A Walking Trail, Bergy-Bits, and Other Pretty Things
To Sea by Virtue
Relics of Rome
By reader likes:
12. What are your ten personal favorites?
Thinking Out Loud
My “Backyard” – Part 1 & My “Backyard” – Part 2: The Beach
A Spanish Purr Sounds Just As Sweet
The Day We Met
“That’s my father”…
Hey, Little Girl
Vivian’s View From Here
Autumn Walk on the East Coast
13. Anything you’d do differently?
I should have started blogging sooner. I have a vague memory of wondering why anyone would want to have a blog. Now I know.
14. Anyone you want to thank?
I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read Jennifer’s Journal. I especially want to thank those who have liked, commented, followed, signed up for emails, reblogged on WordPress, retweeted on Twitter, or shared my posts on Facebook. You all know who you are. :)
I also thank the lovely bloggers who shared their stories, advice and talent with me, supported me in my writing, and those who nominated me for blogging awards.
15. What will the next year look like for the blog?
I have three chief areas I hope to work on:
a. more opinion pieces, poetry, and short fiction to develop my skills for writing articles and short stories
b. better photography, thanks to a new DSLR camera for Christmas – providing I learn how to use it ;)
c. articles about writing, while periodically sharing what is going on with my pursuit of the craft.
Is there anything you’d like to see more of in future?
Jennifer’s Journal would love to hear your suggestions.