The start of blogging – Lesson 1

What is a blog anyway?

I could have done this sensibly, researched blogs, writer’s tips, tags, categories and all the other terminology and abundance of useful information available online, spent a few months planning and preparing the first few posts and then, and only then, launched (or blogged, or whatever the term should be).

Instead I vaguely contemplated it on and off over a week or so, located two blogs written by friends, read a few of their posts and got stuck in. First post launched on day 2. Day 1 was spent contemplating the name – after all, what’s in a name (that’s a post to come!). It says so much and yet so little. Does it give an idea of what the blog is about? Is it catchy, vague, relevant . . ? So, how did I choose mine? Oh yes – I like cheesecake.

It seems that blogging is a very personal thing. Even if you are not using it as a public diary of your daily activities, you are sharing your thoughts and opinions with other people, thereby opening yourself up to criticism and ridicule. In fact, I am less bothered by complete strangers seeing this than I would be friends and family.

I know there will be mistakes – spelling, grammar, punctuation. I am sure a few diehards will pop up to point these out, particularly when I begin my proofreading course. It’s like waving a big juicy hunk of fresh baked bread dripping in runny sweet strawberry jam in front of a wasp nest. One or two will come for a poke and before you know it you are running for a handy pool of water.

It’s possible some few will find me offensive. After all, it’s so easy to bang on the nose of someone’s sensibilities these days. I walk around my real life with my foot in my mouth, why not do it in cyberspace too. What can I say – I don’t mean to, well not all the time anyway.

And in the first 24 hours I have learnt 3 things already.

1. Trial and error with the dashboard has shown me categories, pages and posts.

2. Always leave it a while, then have a final read before posting, rather than the inevitable 13 edits later.

3. At some point you have to find a way to finish the post. Rambling is not good reading!

I have begun. Now to find out more about it through trial, error, rambling and editing.

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The start of blogging – Lesson 1 — 6 Comments

  1. I love it! Great post, as I knew it would be. I’m not bothered about strangers reading my blog either, but when people I know comment in it I always feel a bit freaked out. I suppose it’s just because I feel ‘judged’ by the people who know me.

    I never, ever agonise over editing a post. I do a proofread and hit publish before I can change my mind. I know I’d be there forever otherwise!

    I’m looking forward to reading more so I expect lots of post ;D

  2. Looks like a pretty good start to me. I jumped in the deep end of the pool. Had a piece written and didn’t have the slightest clue what I was doing. Still don’t most of the time and yes, I edit several times after I hit “publish.” I don’t know why I can’t see the typos until after I post.

    Good luck with the blog.

    • Thanks for taking the time to look. Already I find myself on other sites thinking ‘that could be a post’. Looks like this could be taking up a lot of my time in the foreseeable future!

      I’ll stop by and read more of your blog very soon.

  3. I think you have done a great job so far! Of course, you have pretty much insured yourself against any type of failure that couldn’t be forgiven, by using cheesecake in your blog title! 🙂
    I recently started my own blog as well, though, unfortunately for anyone who stumbles upon it, it lacks such wonderful wit. Mine is a bit more of a journal, which, besides meaning I hit publish after, eh, one proofread and then go repair the grammatical crimes later, means it has some very dreary, heavy parts. I hope I can pick it up and make it as absolutely wonderful as you’ve made yours! Congratulations on joining the world of bloggers, I know it will be a delight to follow yours!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It’s very reassuring to get nice feedback so quickly. I just hope I can keep adding and improving, rather than discovering that I have had my 5 minutes splurge and actually have nothing left to say! What a statement on my life that would be.
      Keep up the work on your blog, I shall pop by for a visit very soon. I am sure it is full of fun and no drear at all.

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