My A to Z overview starts out with some of my past memories from blogging and my journey from that first post until now…
Way back in September of 2009 I was at a sort of crossroads of life. My job of 18 years had ended earlier that year and having difficulty finding another job I was pondering my next step. It was at that time that I started running across ads about starting a blog to make lots of money. Rather than send in the $99 to take the advertised blogging course, I instead researched the topic on my own which led me to Blogger. Starting a blog was easy though it took some time to learn the ropes. In fact I’m still learning.
Having been interested in writing since I was a kid, blogging seemed like the ideal creative outlet for me. And I started out with a lot of enthusiasm for my new found outlet of blogging. Initially I spent the better part of every day researching and writing my blog posts, exploring other blogs, and trying to come up with ideas of how to promote my blog to gain readers. Early on I discovered that to attract readers I needed to visit other blogs and leave comments.
The principal of reciprocal commenting and establishing blogging communities was the spark that inspired the first Blogging from A to Z Challenge in April of 2010. This event caught on in a bigger way than I had expected and in that first year an amazing community of bloggers was built around the A to Z Challenge.
Over the succeeding years we’ve seen bloggers come and go. A handful of dedicated bloggers have participated in the Challenge since the beginning while many more have followed along to support the efforts of the A to Z bloggers. That support fuels those of us who take on this yearly Challenge–just the encouragement we bloggers hope for. That is the purpose of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: To expand interest in our blogs and to become better bloggers while connecting to others who have a similar goal.
Some of my enthusiasm for blogging has waned since the earlier days of my adopted “career” and I don’t put the same efforts into the endeavor as I once did, but I don’t see myself stopping blogging. For now I’m coasting in a sense, but I still see an explosion of functionality waiting for my blog.
How about you? How does your blogging experience compare? Do you think you’ve found the real potential in your blog? What lies ahead for you in regard to blogging?
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