I started blogging in 2013. My first site was one called Aussie Bloggers, and unfortunately, it attracted very few bloggers, but I did find it a place to store my writing.
By the end of 2013 I had branched out, courageously I fell into the WordPress family.
I was looking for a wider audience and writing in WordPress I certainly found it.
Intimidating at times and rewarding as well. What amazed me was not only were people reading my posts, but they were supportive and generous in their comments.
I realised blogging took in so many different personalities and writers used it for multiple reasons. Some people had a book/novel to sell, and they prompted it on their blog, others were photographers/artists and used their blogs to illustrate their talent in those areas.
For me, blogging has given me an audience and access to so many challenging prompts. It would be good to attempt every one that comes by, but I have learned that not every challenge motivates me. It’s easy to get caught up in writing, and so I’ve made myself respond only when I feel I have something to say. Usually, that means exercising my creativity.
As I often think I live in a fantasy world blogging and story has allowed me to explore my creative side. I’ve invented various characters to tell my stories and some of them I have become very fond of over the years.
I think it’s easy to discuss the highs of blogging, they seem to occur every day.
The lows I have not experienced so much apart from not being able to complete and post some prompts. I think that is the nature of writing, you don’t always get it right nor does inspiration come easy at times but more importantly is the feeling of enjoyment you feel when you complete a piece and post it.
There are a myriad of prompts out there, you can never be short of something to write. Though I did once feel put out when I was told participation in a particular blog’s writing prompts was by invitation and needless to say an invite never came my way. I haven’t lost any sleep over that as there are more than enough prompts to play with on any given day.
Finally given the opportunity to be an administrator to the Tale Weaver prompt has been a lot of fun. Though I don’t attract as many participants as I’d like, I do like to think my prompts are challenging and fun to do.
For me, it’s about enjoyment. It’s about playing with words and writing something that I am pleased with.
I hope I am able to continue for some time to come.
If you have read this far then, I thank you.
Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/tale-weaver-218-blogging-april-11th/
Commendable journey you have in the blogging world.
Thank you so much.
Of all the people in the WP blogosphere, I’d say we share one thing: a fascination with words.
Yes I think so too.
Like you, I have come to choose who I write to – It is hard to write to a prompt when even the host of a prompt doesn’t visit. Or Trolls spoil things… But in all I think at last I have found a happy medium.
Continued success in having fun and tossing us all the Tale Weaver prompts 🙂
Thanks Jules I appreciate your kind words.
I love the Tale Weaver, as I love most of the MLMM prompts. Thank you for doing it!
That’s a lovely comment to make, thank you and may we continue to enjoy what my mind throws up as a writing prompt.
I always enjoy reading your blog Michael. It makes me laugh, think, even cry sometimes.
Glad to be following you and I consider you a friend.
Thanks Di, please continue to do so as will I!