Rules and Regulations:
~ Attach the award.
~ Thank the person who nominated you.
~ Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.
~ Give a brief story of how your blog got started and a piece or two of advice for new bloggers.
~ Select 15 blogs to nominate.
~ Comment on each nominee's blog and let them know that you've nominated them.
Having checked off the first three items there, now it's time for the story of how I started my blog:
It all began back in October of 2002. Earlier that year, I'd graduated from college and gotten married. While my husband finished up his last year of college, I worked doing data entry at a local business. In the break room there, I picked up a newspaper at random one day in the break room and read about this relatively new internet thing called blogging. Being a writer and a journaler, I thought it sounded like a fun new creative outlet, and after considering it for a few days, I started up this blog. My blog entries back then were a LOT different from what I write today. It was mostly me contemplating various things that happened in my life, jotting down little experiences, and other kind of boring things. No one was reading my blog, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, and so I abandoned it in early 2003.
But in 2004, I picked it up again and started posting a little more about books and movies that I was reading and watching, though I didn't do real reviews, but more like reactions to them, sharing memorable quotes, things like that. I posted fairly regularly from then until 2009, when I quit again for nearly a full year. But since I started back up again in 2010, I've been blogging steadily. In 2012, I started The Edge of the Precipice, which is devoted to books and bookish topics. And in 2014, I started We Cook Too Much at the behest of my sister-in-law, who wanted a way to access my recipe collection online in a searchable way.
Oops, that said it was supposed to be a brief story of my blogging life, wasn't it? Oh well.
On to the blog advice! Here are a few things I've learned over the years:
- Write about things that interest you. Sounds obvious, but honestly, it's probably the most important thing to remember when blogging. If you're getting bored with your posts, your readers will too.
- Choose a focus, and make that focus apparent on your main blog page. For instance, my book blog gets its name from a quote about storytelling from one of my favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald. I feature that quote in my header at all times so anyone who happens upon that blog for the first time will know exactly what it's about (stories! books!). On the other hand, this Soliloquy blog has no real focus, other than that I do post about movies a lot, so my blog description makes it reasonably clear that you can expect to read about movies and random things here.
- Use pictures. Pictures make blog posts more fun. But don't put in so many pictures that they overwhelm the text.
- Make it easy for people to follow you. Add a widget to your sidebar for Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin' or both. Add one for people to follow you via their email too.
- Follow other blogs. Read them and comment on them. Stop following blogs that bore you. Participate in blogging memes, blog parties, and any other event you find that sounds fun. Is it cool to have 100 followers? Probably. Is it great to have 20 followers who all respond to your blog regularly because they enjoy it? Absolutely. But you're not gonna meet other bloggers and make blogging friends if you don't get out in the blogosphere and explore it!
|(I've never read or watched "Game of Thrones," but this meme makes me laugh.|
Also, Sean Bean! Mmmmm. Sean Bean.)
Also, here are some things I personally like or dislike in a blog, just because I feel like sharing them:
- I like blogs that let me easily access their previous comments, like an "archive" section and/or a "labels" section in the sidebar. Before I start following a blog, I want to see if they write about things that interest me.
- More than one moving GIF appearing on my screen at the same time makes my eyeballs go crazy. I can't read your text very well as a result. If you do that a lot, I might quit following your blog even though you write amazing posts.
- I don't like blogs that have a dark (EDIT: I meant black -- brown doesn't bother me!!) background with light text. They're really hard to read.
Ashley of A to Z
Birdie of Lady of the Manor
Elizabeth Anne D. of Incidents of a Literary Nature
Emma Jane of A Lantern in Her Hand
Eowyn of Captured by the Word
Hannah of Miss Daydreamer's Place
Hannah of Reading in the Dark
Jamie of Through Two Blue Eyes
Jessie of So Much More Than They've Got Planned
Kara of Flowers of Quiet Happiness
Lynn of Fiction Predeliction
Manette of Music & My Mind
Naomi Bennet of Wonderland Creek
Ruby Danderfluff of We'll See How This Goes
Sarah of A Free Mind