Remember when you first decided you wanted a blog?
- Picking the name?
- Deciding on a blogging platform?
- Finding just the right theme?
- Deciding what to blog about?
- Hitting the “publish” button the first timet?
- Seeing the first sign of traffic to your blog?
- Receiving your first comment?
- Leaving your first comment?
- Making your first dollar (or pennies); if you monetize your blog?
Starting a blog incorporates lots of decisions, and often a vision of what we want our blog to become.
I had a vision for my blog.
My dreams were BIG.
I saw thousands of visitors coming to visit me each day. I also saw myself making enough money with blogging I could quit my job.
I KNEW where I was going.
It didn’t work out that way.
You see, the vision I had was for my first blog, Observation Mountain.
This blog was just a lil ‘ole online journal where I was sharing what I learned as I blogged. I had no vision for it, whatsoever.
For months I published on both blogs. Traffic slowly grew on each one, but soon this blog was where I was spending most of my time. Readers began commenting, I began reciprocating, and it was then I got my first taste of the “community” we find in blogosphere.
When I found that, financial gains didn’t matter quite so much. Instead, this blog was leading me in the direction of “teaching” blogging in an unconventional way.
Being an analytical person, I question things, and sometimes wrongly, assume others do, too. It was my questioning, and your comments which become the premise for the lessons and assignments.
I know I don’t have all the answers, but between all of us, we can find that which works best for each of us.
Blogs seem to have a mind of their own. As much as we think we know where they should go, if we listen carefully, they may guide us in new directions.
I didn’t know here is where I would land, but you can bet, I’m awfully happy I did, and I thank all of you for coming along for the ride.
Has your blog taken you on an unexpected journey?
Is blogging all you thought it would be? Is it more? Or less?
If you’re new to blogging, what’s your vision?
Raise you hand and share. I’d love to hear your story.
P.S. One of the first bloggers I met was Catherine Lawson, writer and entrepreneur. She recently returned to blogging after being on hiatus. I missed her words of wisdom and am thrilled she’s blogging again. Welcome back, Cath.