Someplace Strange started 4 years ago. I’d attended a writing course for work and wanted to practice all the things I learnt. I also wanted a place where I wasn’t Rev T’s wife, the Tubblet’s mum or that woman who works in Marketing. Whilst I love being all those things, it’s nice to be just me sometimes. Someplace Strange is my beautiful space.
When I first started, I thought about what I wanted from blogging. To improve my writing, make my voice heard and meet new people. Done all that. Along the way, I learned how to take adequate photographs, the importance of social media and SEO / MOZ etc as well.
It’s taken me four years to work out that you mustn’t lose sight of why you started blogging as that impacts how you do it.
Blogging, is telling your own story so the who is important too. After 4 years, I’ve developed a sense of my blogging self. That helps me know the kind of content I want to share and what I don’t. Someplace Strange is now a mixture of advice plus my random thoughts and places or things our family does. It’s a kind of online memory book for my daughter and a repository of wisdom for her and anyone else who happens to be passing.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to have met some great people via the blog. Some I’ve been fortunate enough to meet in person whilst others I’d love to meet but they’re probably too far away for that to ever happen. (Boo!)
For the first 6 months of blogging, I didn’t get a single comment from anyone who wasn’t a friend. It’s taken me years to get to 1,000 plus followers on my social media channels. I’ve never made any money, gone self-hosted, done much work with brands, climbed the rankings or won an award. By all the usual measures of blogging success I’m a bit of a failure. And yet …
If blogging success is measured against the reasons I started four years ago – the friends I’ve made, the content I’ve produced, the things I’ve learnt and whether I’ve remained true to myself then yes, I’m a blogging success. Hell yeah!
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