31/31 Blogging gives me a voice

31. Why do you blog?

That’s like asking why do I eat…

I really enjoy writing and love being able to improve on it through practice and feedback. When it comes to taking part in blogging challenges, I love finding out other peoples perspective to the same prompt and see how it compares to my own. One of the other big reasons I blog is that I love looking at the stats. Finding out that someone from Australia or Croatia has visited my blog (and hopefully enjoyed it) is an incredible feeling.

Within the blogging community, I can be myself. Here, you are not judged or bullied, you are encouraged. You aren’t told that you’re doing it wrong as there is no right answer. Blogging gives people the creative freedom to post whatever they like as there is an audience for everyone. As RuPaul once said…

“It’s important to know thyself, and for people who don’t feel they fit in, it’s important to find your tribe. I remember the first time, when I was a kid in San Diego, California, I felt so alone and I felt I’d been dropped here by aliens from another planet. I remember when I saw Monty Python’s Flying Circus on television, people with this irreverent sense of humour and these ideas towards identity and drag and everything, I felt like, ‘That’s my tribe’. After that, I set out to go and find my people, and I eventually did. So the truth is, your tribe is out there waiting for you. You have to be willing to leave your village or leave your place and go find them, because they’re looking for you too.”

A brand new you, effective tomorrow!

#365: Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

I’d still be me – just a healthier, non-ill version! I look forward to the simple things, like eating normal food once again and more than anything, I’ve just realised I’m really looking forward to deciding what I’ll do with my blog for 2015! So far, I’m thinking one of the following:
– taking up a photography challenge;
– writing about the events and opportunities my career takes me to;
– turning it into a bucket list blog;
– writing regular reviews on my favourite things (films, games, restaurants etc).

It would be great to hear from my fellow bloggers on their thoughts or any other ideas.

Thanks to everyone in the blogging community for welcoming me into this incredible world and showing me such overwhelming support – you’ve made 2014 fabulous!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Viral

#234: The New York Times is going to feature your blog on its home page, and you’ve been asked to publish a new post — it’ll be the first thing tens of thousands of new readers see. Write it.

What an overwhelming honour. I quite honestly wouldn’t have a clue where to start… This prompt is going to take longer than a day to write. Any content suggestions my fellow bloggers?

Key takeaway

#127: Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging. If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?

Since I still feel like I’m quite new to blogging, having only started at the beginning of the year, I’m going to give some advice and ask for some in return! My advice to new bloggers is to simply enjoy what you’re writing – if you don’t enjoy writing it, no-one will enjoy reading it! To me, it’s as simple as that. Posts are what you make them… literally!

What I’d love to know from other bloggers is: From your experience, how have you encouraged interaction between other bloggers and your own posts? The reason I ask, is that I’d love it if more people commented or asked me questions, as it would be great to get to know more bloggers from around the world.