I am currently enrolled in the Blogging 201 workshop run by the guys at WordPress. This particular workshop is all about branding and growth of your blog. Over the last few days we have been asked to think about why we blog, what our blogging dream is and setting ourselves some goals.
So, why do I blog? Initially, it was to take part in a challenge, but I soon realized that I actually really liked writing short pieces (as opposed to a book say) and then it became my way during my solo trip to communicate with my friends and family and take them along with me on the trip. I now blog because I love to share my passion for photography, history and wildlife and I have connected with some great people through this medium.
What is my blogging dream? To make this a full-time job, travel around the world, photograph and share the history of the people and places I encounter. Have a firm follower base who I can take with me on my travels (virtually) and engage with on a regular (possibly daily) basis.
My three goals going forward are:
1. Increase my followers to 200 by end of August 2014
2. Try to develop my writing style and stick to it
3. Seek out like-minded bloggers and engage more
Those were my answers to the first challenge and I admit that Goals 2 and 3 should be more defined, but it’s a start.
After this we were encouraged to look at out blog and make sure it all ties in together with what our blog is about. In my case, some changes were needed. I am trying to convey that this blog is about history, no particular tine in history, so it was a little hard for me to find a banner photo to convey this – still not sure I have managed it.
Additionally we were challenged to look at the theme of our blog (ie. the layout theme) and to try a few different styles. I like the theme I started out with, but have made a change to something that allows me to show off my photos better. I have played around with it all for quite some time and have edited my last post to show what I would like to do for all my posts going forward.
The workshop has a “Commons” area where we can seek feedback from fellow class mates and so far it has been great, but I would really like to get feedback from my followers to see what you think of the changes. Do you like them, does something not make sense, or would you change something or include something that isn’t currently there?
Please feel free to be frank, as I really value your opinions and feedback!