Being new to social media and starting a blog only a few months ago, I have gained some learning experience with this endeavor. From my very limited experience, I do have some things to offer, which I am sure in the years to come, will look naive.
- It takes longer to set up your account than optimistic websites would lead you to believe.
- Just write, doing the work will help craft your skills.
- Read and comment on lots of blogs before starting one.
- Even if you tell your close friends, it may still take time for anyone to engage with your blog.
- Keep writing.
The friendly people who write that you can have a blog up and running in fifteen minutes are inviting but unless you have your bio, photos, content, and other little things in place then it may take an hour. Not that this is bad, I just am a little compulsive—just enough to take lots of time to make the blog look how I wanted but not so much as to not make mistakes.
I do make mistakes with writing, sometimes lots of errors. So, I am fearful of pushing out blogs without some reviews. Well, if I am going produce a regular blog then I need to turn out blogs. Now, what I should do is work on my writing craft by reviewing my errors. By pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, I may grow into my craft.
Even with being new to social media, I knew there were lots of blogs. What I did not do was engage with other bloggers. I have made some comments over time but that is different than really engaging. So now I have content to write and other bloggers to engage with to be a good community member.
I have some great friends who are smart and insightful. My hope was they would read my blog and write comments, make suggestions, or even question what I meant. Good critical comments are helpful. I did have some nice comments but not the engagement that I would have like to have…yet. I know it will come as I continue to write. Also, my close friends talk with all the time. As I widen my circle of readers, I think that I will have people provide the comments that I would like.
So with few people reading my blog, why write. Well, I need to give this a chance. I am not well known nor am I selling a product. I am simply a person writing on what I know who would like a few other people to read and make comments to engage with. What I need to do is give people a chance.