I began this blog just over six weeks ago.
I did not really know what a blog was,
and I had no idea,
that so many others blogged.
The first few times I wrote anything,
I could not have been happier,
when I pressed “publish”.
That word alone,
“Publish!” made me feel,
as if I really was a writer.
Those first few posts,
I wrote with happy abandon,
never thinking anyone would read them.
Within a week,
I realized others were reading.
Some “liked” and others “commented”.
Initially I was a bit freaked.
I felt exposed.
However in time I began to relax,
and have come to enjoy my fellow bloggers.
Before I press a “follow” button,
on any blog,
I usually read quite a few of their posts,
or find I am visiting them regularly.
The type of blog I write,
may be worlds away from a blog I like to follow.
As I read these blogs regularly,
and sometimes comment on them,
I build up an image in my head,
of who is behind that blog.
Often bloggers will have left clues.
Their ‘about’ page is obviously a good start.
But usually it is their character,
which is contained within the blog,
that really draws me in.
Are they opinionated, knowledgeable,
unsure, unhappy, humorous, bad tempered?
How do they hook me?
If they do, are they welcoming when I visit?
Now that I’m not totally new,
I sometimes wonder,
when I visit some blogs,
Are they using me?
Do they want me to press that link,
for my own good or theirs?
I have discovered,
the world of blogging is not always what it seems.
When I write,
I just let go.
No thought goes into “key words”.
I think of a title because,
to me its quirky,
or describes my post well.
I do not choose it because google,
or a googler will like it.
As the weeks have flown by,
I have begun to read about blogging,
and tips to bloggers.
1. Write regularly.
2. Do not be boring.
3. Mind your spelling and grammar.
4. Put in photos.
5. Welcome visitors.
6. Comment back to those who take the time to comment.
Well I have no issue with any of these.
They seem like common sense to me.
My problem is that,
in all of the advice,
it is suggested that I make my blog SEO friendly.
I had to google that,
and read many articles trying to grasp it.
But even after all these weeks,
I still do not fully grasp SEO.
And worse, I do not want to.
So, sorry SEO,
I do not mean to be rude,
maybe in time we can be friends.
For now however,
I will stick to writing freely,
and creating a site,
which is friendly to fellow bloggers.