This past week saw the first anniversary of my blog – one year since its conception, and what a year it’s been. Starting a blog is easy; maintaining it is the hard part. There were times when I was ready to throw in the towel – usually after a period of very little to no traffic – but despite this I weathered the storm and carried on.
Having a blog means your imagination is taxed to the limit trying to think of a subject matter that may attract an audience, entice them to read your post and, more importantly, return back again. If you’re lucky enough to get a comment, well… it’s the equivalent of expecting a bag of Maltesers only to discover you’ve been given a box of Milk Tray.
I have to admit that I’m in awe of those bloggers whose post is met, minutes later, by reams of comments from ardent followers. For my part, my gratitude goes out to those who have generously left comments on my site over the year and come back regularly to do so.
Why do I continue, then, if it appears such an uphill battle?
If nothing else it is a great way to exercise your writing muscle, and I do believe it has had a positive impact on the style and structure of my short story writing. I’m hoping this effect will eventually bring with it success… a girl has to dream.
My blog has transformed over the twelve months, but I’m still not entirely sure of its category in the blogging world. I do know one thing… it is a great way to unburden yourself of frustrating niggles and such a buzz when you discover that someone, in a far distant part of the globe, has clicked on your site to read your words.
Here’s to the next year!
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