I was so hyped about this that I was still awake at 3am this morning, even after slipping into bed just after midnight. Not even reading my Kindle for over an hour could calm me down. I had ideas racing through my mind and was trying to think of strategies to make it all work. It’s got to work. It will be like a dream come true. Seriously.
An idea that I had was to add two new features to my blog. A “Follow Friday”, where I put the spotlight on somebody, and a “Sunday’s Secret”. How the latter will work, I am not entirely sure, but I am sure ideas will come to me as the weeks progress. In between, I will write about me, and personal events as usual.
The first thing that I became aware of is that I am going to have to be dedicated to this project like never before. No more slacking off and leaving this blog for days and weeks at a time. If I want this to be a success and reach the right people, then I have put everything I have into it. I am just a little chick in a wheelchair with a dream. I do not exist on anybody’s radar, so I have a lot to prove. I have been told that I have a talent for writing, but without even a diploma in journalism, this is going to be a challenge.
I have always been a hands on person, so who needs a diploma anyway?
But still, the challenge that lies ahead scares me. I alternate between thinking I am crazy and believing that I can do this. I know that I can’t just start nagging people on Twitter to notice me. That will hopefully come with time, and people reading my blog. I have to start somewhere, and already have one or two names in mind of people I would like to approach. Then, I have sent a couple friendship requests to others on Facebook.
In the meanwhile, my blogroll has been weeded of all dormant links. I have already started punting my blog on Facebook and Twitter. So far, I’ve had over 100 hits today without even having posted a new article. That’s more than I have had in the past two weeks combined. Tomorrow, will see the first “Sunday’s Secret” surprise. Nothing major, but guaranteed to put a smile on your face… See you then!
Go for it, Trudie! You sound so excited and full of anticipation and joy, that you are bound to inspire others. Looking forward to reading more of your new projects. I hope you get lots of new followers. 🙂
Believe me, I am very excited. I am hoping to start the ball rolling on my main project today. It’s going to take a lot of work and dedication. I hope I have it in me to keep it going.
And the numbers so far are looking good. Twitter and Facebook are definitely helping gain attention.
Chat soon 🙂
Like you, I also publicise some of my blog posts on Facebook (I don’t ‘do’ Twitter :-)), but instead of letting Facebook access my WordPress automatically, I just insert the link into an update manually, so that I can add a short intro sentence. I kinda prefer that approach.
I do have my blog in my email signature and on my business cards. And when I take photos at events, like birthday parties or hikes or military parades etc., I make a point of sending the link to the specific post to any individuals who have asked me to take pics of them.
Isn’t it interesting how reader-numbers influence how one feels about one’s writing? When I started my ‘Grains of Sand’ blog in January 2008, I had a handful of readers… and had to NAG my family and friends to READ my stuff… drove them batty, probably! Since then, the figures have grown to somewhere between 50 and 100 a day, which isn’t much when one compares it to really popular blogs. But I like knowing who reads my stuff, and to read their blogs in return; it’s nice to connect with others who share one’s own interests.
For some reason, that FB / WP connection is not happening. But it gets pulled through via twitter and Networked Blogs. I don’t actually have so many friends on FB, but what I’ve done is post manually in a couple groups I am in. Believe me, Twitter is worth it … that #Blog tag does wonders.
Martin Brown said:
Hey Truds, nice blog girl …