Blogging The Blog – Guest Post By Ultra Blog Founding Member Elly Stornebrink

December 9, 2014 • Ultra Blog Challenge • Views: 4294

UBC LogoIdeally we (bloggers) would all learn how to blog before we actually attempt to do so; however, there is no greater learning than actually starting one and continuing to blog.

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!

LOL

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.

Thus, I am extremely grateful for Kathy Hadley who initiated The Ultra Blog Challenge.  CompletedChallenge

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!

 

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For the longest time (since Grade 3 perhaps), I have been interested in giving voice through words. I do this in writing of blog postings, poems, songs, and the odd story. I also love the ancient language of Sanskrit through call-and-response chanting (kirtans), as well as singing. Self-expression, creativity, authenticity, and intuition are values that inspire me and that I aspire to. I “get words” intuitively a lot; they don’t come to me visually or aurally. It is instead like an instant knowing, referred to as ‘claircognizance.’ Perhaps this is why I was told, “Write!” by a psychic years ago. I consider myself a life-long learner and have explored and dabbled in a myriad of subjects, including ADHD to EXA therapy to healing. This is reflected in my blog which covers a gamut of topics, from expressive arts, healing and health issues, Michael Jackson, the moon, you name it. When all is said and done, what matters most to me is the size of one’s heart – mine as well! – as it is reflective of one’s soul: I attempt to write from that place as best I can.

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7 Responses to Blogging The Blog – Guest Post By Ultra Blog Founding Member Elly Stornebrink

  1. Dorit Sasson says:

    I am definitely one for a challenge but I am with you. There are great benefits for taking up a blogging challenge – it IS a commitment though. That’s for sure!

    • Kathy Hadley says:

      Dear Dorit,

      Yep, it is a commitment, to yourself and to your blog and to your business. The benefits far outweigh the challenge, in my humble opinion (and from experience seeing the massive results for my blog and other’s blogs).

      Thanks for being a Founding Member of The Ultra Blog Challenge!!!

      🙂

      Kathy Hadley

  2. Alana says:

    I’ve enjoyed meeting you in the blogging world, Elly. I have been blogging since 2009 and blogged the first two years without knowing there was such a thing as blog challenges. If it wasn’t for my first one (in 2011) I know I would not be blogging any more, because it would not have been FUN! You are so right about the fun element. Even if you are a business blogger (I include authors in that category) your blog will fail if your readers perceive that you are writing it as a chore.
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  3. It’s definitely a matter of teamwork – learning from others and then paying it forward. And challenges are so very valuable. Thanks for sharing this post!

  4. Hi Elly,

    Great post! As I totally understand where you are coming from and know that daily consistent action will only HELP your blog get noticed and shared and commented on 🙂 So many people need to read this post!!! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. How encouraging for those of us who are not yet settled in writing daily blogs. Your calm advice will help. As you say, blogging should be fun, otherwise why do it? I think the best thing I’ve learned is how to present my thoughts on facts in a way that will appeal to my readers. Heck, some of us are lucky enough to have people who actually read what we’ve blogged. It’s available to all. The best advice I can give is to be consistent.
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  6. Anmol Rawat says:

    Good post Elly. I try to blog as often as I can. Blogging daily is definitely something challenging but yes with proper dedication, it can be achieved.
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