I have just passed through my first New Year since I started blogging. Better late than never, I should do a quick review of my experiences of 2011.
First though, a sincere but belated Happy New Year to anyone who has read, and is continuing to read this blog.
I started blogging late in July 2011, and that was with considerable trepidation. My youngest son suggested that a WordPress.com blog would be an inexpensive way of sharing my photography online if that was what I wanted to do. To be honest, I was pretty scared about what I was getting into when I started.
“What to start with?” was the first question. Since my initial idea had been to use blogging as a way of revisiting and sharing some of the photos that I had taken during holiday travels, I decided to start with our most recent trip, which was titled ‘Cuba Libre’ by the tour company. This started in Havana and went on for 10 episodes, which were interspersed with a variety of other posts, as random thoughts and photos came to mind.
The travel theme continued with the ‘In the Footsteps of Livingstone‘ trip to Zambia and Botswana. This lasted for an epic 24 posts and has only just finished. To provide a little light relief for myself, I continued to insert a few random posts. One of those posts was Why Blog. It was written after about three months of blogging, when I was trying to resolve in my mind whether I should continue. The thoughts that I expressed then still stand I think.
What have I learned since then?
I have learned that I still enjoy blogging, but I have recognised that it has been taking up too much of my time. I need to become more efficient, so that I can still find time to get out and ‘do photography’, as well as keep up with my other responsibilities. This is obviously one of my New Year Resolutions, though I don’t know how the hell I am going to achieve it.
Also in conflict with this is the desire to improve the appearance of my blog. Learning how to do this will need more time invested, which I haven’t got.
I have learned that the ‘blogosphere’ is full of many really friendly people, readily prepared to offer support and encouragement, and I thank them for this. I seem to have picked up a few ‘followers’ over the period and to them I say “Thank You”. I hope they will ‘stay with me’.
I have also learned that there is a vast amount of entertaining and educational material posted in the ‘blogosphere’, just waiting to be stumbled upon. When really good blogs are spotted, then it is natural to follow them, but again this takes time, particularly when comments are appropriate.
By the end of 2011 I had posted 64 times, which averaged about 3 posts per week if I take out the period when we were away for 2 weeks. I don’t think I will be able to keep that rate up in 2012, even though I see that many bloggers post daily.
I’m not going to post a photo this time. I will be starting another holiday travel series soon, this time on our trip to Vietnam nearly two years ago. I hope some of you will find this worth following.
Thanks again to all my new friends and do have a Happy and Successful New Year.