Similarly with blog challenges and social media.
You may not know what you’re in for until you, well, just jump in…with both feet! 😉
It can be an exciting journey of discovery, of understanding how ‘blogland‘ – my term – works in terms of not only blogging, but the specific blog challenge you are participating in (if you are) such as Ultra Blog Challenge: “Post your post, and then comment two above yours.”
Seems simple a command right?
Well, for some reason not for me!
Hmmm, was I the only one?
Don’t think so; however, I kept coming against this initially for some reason; I think it was the way in which the posts were displayed as there seemed to be a two-tiered system.
In the process of blogging systematically, daily or otherwise, preferably on a regular basis, you can also learn about social media in relation to blogging. I have yet to fully understand how a lot of it works as I am only a bit familiar with Facebook and Twitter in particular.
There are also Google+ and Pinterest for example which are still more like strangers to me at the moment.
I hope to become more familiar with them as we become more acquainted with each other!
During a blogging challenge – I highly recommend it – which helps to boost readership in various ways, you come into contact with people around the world. They may come from your own country, even province and/or local community such as I have witnessed several times in fact: how fun!
Depending where your newfound blogging friends are, you may be writing and reading whilst they are sleeping and vice versa.
So finding common ground to communicate via FB (Facebook) or IM (instant messaging) can be a bit of a challenge, but ultimately you will discover when you can chat about blogging – questions? answers? – and other things.
There will always be ‘older’ and wiser bloggers, ahem, more experienced in the blogging world and be able to teach you the ropes or guide you along. I have met some who have and I thank them for their time and attention.
And there will always be bloggers who are newer and less experienced where you can pay it forward by sharing any tips of information that can help them.
I had such a request recently and was glad to be able to share some of my newfound knowledge which I learned through the blogging challenge.
If I had continued to blog on my own, i.e., solo, my blogging world and learning would not have expanded in the way that it has.
Conversely, I can also share blogging tips that might help a blogger even if they don’t ask or request my assistance.
For instance, I have shared with at least one blogger to turn off her verification code if she wanted to consider receiving more comments.
It seemed that it was getting in the way of people commenting on her posts. Such a small thing can potentially make a huge difference.
However, don’t take my word for it.
Play with your blog, go behind-the-scenes and experiment and see what feels right and works best for you and your blog.
I can only offer ideas and/or suggestions, just like anyone else can, like Kathy Hadley does. (And I still have some catching up to do there!)
Blogging daily can be a challenge – that’s why they call it “challenge” – requiring dedication and commitment of time.
Depending on how you go about things, it may take longer than expected, and sometimes not if blog posts are short(er). Thus, it is ideal if you can create your own system of what can expedite this process for you.
There are rewards that follow though.
In this case, the sense and satisfaction of having completed a daily blogging challenge, meeting new friends, and learning new information on blogging and social media. And your blog gets to wear – show off? – its new badge proudly.
There may be other reasons, but that is all that comes to mind right now.
Who knows, maybe as I continue, I will learn of other benefits? 😉
Blogging as part of Ultra Blog Challenge or any other challenge can stimulate your thinking, your writing, and your community/network of readers and friends.
The most important thing in the end – though I recommend this on an ongoing basis – is to have as much fun as you possibly can, even if only for the sake of writing.
That is, simply the enjoyment of writing.
If positive experiences occur which are bound to happen, then so much the better.
So cheers to you for those of you who blog and/or partake in any of the blogging challenges.
Have fun and maybe I’ll see you in cyberworld…I mean blogging world!