I hadn’t clicked that I had started blogging on the 27th of September last year. So I have now been blogging for more than a year. I’ve just gone back to the beginning. My very first post really wasn’t up to much. Am I any better now? Perhaps a little more confident. Having looked back at my first post, I hadn’t noticed the example post provided by wordpress (perhaps I had seen but forgotten it?). Anyhow, it asked four questions about why you blog. I thought, given where I am, I should have a look at them.
- Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal? That’s probably the most difficult question to answer. Obviously, I want to write or I wouldn’t be doing this. Why do I want it to be public? Do I have a secret desire to be famous? Don’t we all to a degree? If you were about during the 60’s and 70’s you’ll hopefully remember two people; Jack Hargreaves, famous (to me) for the programme Out of Town, I used to love that. The other person is Magnus Pyke, from How. It was his characteristics waving his arms about and the like. I think I’d like to be known for having a blog that just reflects life. Definitely not selling anything.
- What topics do you think you’ll write about? If you read anything about blogs, they stress that you have to deliver a message, or selling something, but importantly you can’t write about what you want to write about you have to write what the readers want to read. I’m not there. I want to write about what I want to write about, to be blunt you have the choice of reading it or not. That is absolutely not the way to accumulate a large number of readers. I’m not there yet. The question is what topics, my response is “stuff.”
- Who would you love to connect with via your blog? Simple answer anybody. I’m hoping that what I write entertains and interests you. Just how good am I at doing that? Not very at the moment. Working on that.
- If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished? This kind of ties in to what I’m doing at the moment. To improve the quality of my writing, to hopefully have identified a message, to have readers, to be writing interesting stuff.
The picture? It’s a model yacht on the cockle ponds in Gosport. Now, there’s another thing that interests me. It seems to be a very relaxing activity.