The Holy Bible starts with possibly the most well known biblical passage: ‘In the beginning’ Genesis (1:1).
There is always a beginning, middle and end, especially with written literature. And let’s face it the beginning of something is what grabs us. I started my blog on 1st January 2020, in the midst of a national emergency in Australia, when bush fires were world news. As I left Australia on 17th January, news of a horrible illness had started to appear. I continued to write about hope and now there is a worldwide pandemic and I continue to write.
I am in the middle of my blogging adventure, but I want to discuss beginning’s today. Yesterday I posted about the Vincent Elhandro award which I am honoured to receive (thank you Jeremy Jain Babu). If you are a new blogger with less than 100 followers, I have nominated you. So this will hopefully give you an opportunity to grow your site. We are all in this together.
When I began the blog, I wasn’t very confident. I didn’t really know what I was doing. But I tried. I started well in my view. I set out my stall, had a great tutorial with Word Press and started to write daily. Then it grew and I reached my first milestone; 1 follower. This was in my view a great success, because followers mean readers and by writing a blog, I assume we all do this because we hope to have this read. Then my second milestone: 10 followers. Wow! Then my next massive milestone of 50. I remember watching the stats when they were 49 and Writing Presence followed me (thank you and please visit their blog) and became my fiftieth follower.
Do others watch the stats like me? I find them very interesting and exciting. I love the fact that countries like China, Nigeria and South Korea read my posts. I am not sure I will ever visit them, but I like the fact that I have a connection with those places now. And yes I am waiting for my next statistical milestone with excitement.
So beginning well is very important. And here are a few tips on beginning well:
- Start as you mean to go on. If you are starting a blog then say if you will write daily, weekly, fortnightly, or if it will be ad hoc then don’t mention how often. And stick to what you say. Christian Mihai whose advice I trust, explains that we need to gain credibility in the eyes of others. So it is important to be reliable in your blogging
- Be transparent. I committed to being open with my viewing audience at the start of the hope blog and even when I have a bad day I will admit it. I think that encourages people, because let’s face it, we all have our ups and downs.
- Don’t expect massive viewings ovvernight. Growing a blog takes hard work, a lot of typing and posting. And it takes time. It took me a while to get going and growing and now I am very encouraged.
- Make relationships with other bloggers. Comment, like and reblog their posts. Look out for those with awards, because that equates with good, interesting material. And if you are honoured to be nominated for an award, this is an opportunity to encourage others in their writing
- Practice makes perfect. Writing is a skill and in my opinion, the more you write, the better a writer you become.
Today’s recipe of hope is to think about beginning. If you are starting a new venture, plan well. And today could be the day to start. If you are procrastinating, ask yourself why. Get some advice, ask a friend to encourage you. If you are a new blogger and would like support then please get in touch. I am happy to reblog posts on this site. And if you know someone who is starting something, encourage them with their project. It is very worthwhile to pour yourself into someone else’s life, especially the younger generation, because they are tomorrow’s leaders.
May you all know the excitement of a great beginning X
Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004.2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House publishers, Inc.,Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.