A taste of FAITH, a touch of LAUGHTER.
The Process, Jan 12, 2016
Reblog and revision of my very first blog post of 2 words, “Believe“, March 8, 2013.
I wanted to write. I knew people were blogging. I wanted to do that too, but I was afraid.
I had no idea how to get into the blogging world, but I opened the blog, called it “Ann’s Blog”, and let that one two word post sit there for quite some time. The theme I had was Twenty/12. I did not know what to do, had not yet met Opinionated Man and several others who would show me what blogging was supposed to be. That blog is still sitting there in cyberspace.
Somehow, I’m not sure how, I made another blog with a name I had used before in different places, “Ann’s Corner” to mean a place of sharing and caring. The theme was Twenty/10. It felt more like my own spot now.
I had lots of posts over in Facebook, so I began to transfer them, starting with 2 sets of posts, in June of 2013. One was a devotional sort of “series” called “An Attitude of Gratitude“, which involved recording for 30 days things which had caused me to be thankful. I transferred 10 of them in one day.
The other “series” was a month long story of time spent with my Mom, who was bedridden and expected to die. This set was called “A Journey with my Mom“. Originally, it was written while I was home in Scotland, to share with friends, for ongoing prayers for my Mom. Now I thought it might help someone else going through the same thing.
These were posted over a few days. Neither of them brought much traffic to my blog pages. They were just sitting there, inactive, for the most part. I was not sure how to move forward.
I reposted a series I had begun but not completed called “30 Days of Proverbs“. It was a challenge to myself to record my thoughts on the book of Proverbs as I read it (I still need to complete this set on Proverbs). I now had 90 or so posts and it seemed no one was responding. I did not know how to widen the net. In my mind, WordPress was missing a chat/messaging system, a way to relate to other bloggers.
It was shortly after that I began to take a serious look at other blogs and how I could interact by reading and commenting. I was in awe of others with a huge amount of readers and wondered how they did it. I learned about “following” and I did that when I found something I liked. I got some reaction in reciprocation. At last! I had a foot in the blogging door! I had some relationships opening up. I still missed the immediate connection of a chat/messaging feature, though!
I found this amazingly successful blogger calling himself “Opinionated Man“. He was writing an intriguing and challenging blog called “Harsh Reality”. If you have not yet found him, do yourself a favour and connect with him here:
His blog, “Harsh Reality” had a place to introduce yourself and to meet people, called “Meet and Greet“. I joined that immediately and garnered a bit more interaction with other bloggers.
I noticed OM had instructions on HOW to blog, so I began to pay attention and follow some principles he outlined. They WORK!!!! Jason C. Cushman (Opinionated Man or OM for short) is an amazing character who is willing to help all kinds of people get their foot in the blogging door by investing his time and his instruction in others.Thanks for your tireless efforts, Jason!
Through him, and his connections, I also found some free blogging courses, Blogging 101 and Writing 101, which really helped with ideas and connections. My stats increased during those times due to widened exposure.
So, I am here. I’m officially a blogger, writing, or at least planning my writing, most days. Thanks to OM, Linda G Hill, Idiot Writer, The Honking Goose, Julia Manuel, Lucky Otter, Be Like Water, ChrllRobb, Insanity Bytes, Linda Lee, Thumbup, Cdog5, A Time To Share, Notewords, Chewing Crayons, Deanne (I knew I shouldn’t have started listing!) and MANY others (TOO MANY to list here, but you know who you are!) who put a fire under me, so to speak, and got me moving in the right direction.
As of today, January 12, 2016, I have 598 posts, 377 readers, and 9,231 hits on my blog. My current theme is Suburbia, and I am enjoying it very much. A friend said the front page is like a store with everything out on the shelves for you to see and browse. I hope many people choose to “shop” here!
I think I’m coming along, slowly, but surely, in this world of blogs and bloggers, all the way from those first two words, “I believe“.
Thanks, everyone, for your input, not matter how large or how small! A “like”, a comment, a word of encouragement, some advice, a reblog. It all helps and is much appreciated. I hope y’all know that 🙂