Apparently I registered my Deb’s World blog 4 years ago – who would have thought I’d still be here?! I have no reason to doubt the scrupulous record keeping of WordPress but gee whiz that time has really flown by!
I do remember writing some early posts and deleting them a short time later so my first recorded post is in May 2012 with quite a personal post – 3 times less beautiful. My blog is called the World According to Debbie after all, so you have to expect some personal stuff!
Since then I like to think that I have evolved as a blogger – I post with some regularity, I follow lots of other bloggers and love reading and commenting on their posts, I have dabbled in poetry, discovered I like taking photos with my iPhone of everyday moments that I see along the way, I like to share my travel/adventures, I engage in photo challenges which challenge my creative side, I’ve taken some Blogging U courses to improve my knowledge and craftsmanship and I’ve enjoyed it all. I can do all sorts of things now that I couldn’t do in the early days like ping-backs, including links to other posts, customising my blog to the way I want it to look, setting up new pages and widgets…the list goes on.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t write deep and meaningful stuff but I don’t think I’m that shallow either. My favourite posts are the ones where I compared my life with my daughters and my mother when I was their age – I’ve even set up a whole page just for my favourite posts – here’s a link to My favourites.
Why do I do it at all? That’s the question that I often get asked as non-bloggers just don’t get it. I write for myself, to record events, thoughts, moments, stories and to express myself whether it be through photos or words. It’s a form of mindfulness, it’s therapeutic and it’s fun. I don’t really expect others to get involved but because I’m out there sharing myself then what do I expect will happen? I do enjoy the interaction with others through comments and sharing of ideas. I’m not aiming to be any hotshot writer or to publish a novel, I’m just another busy woman taking some time out to be creative. Some people sew, some sing, some do art, some take excellent photographs – but I’m a very small time blogger with a few hundred followers and I’m happy with that. I’ve met some incredibly nice people since starting blogging – ‘met’ in the sense of contact only through our blogs.
I’ve followed the suggestions over the years that bloggers should have a presence on social media and so I have a twitter account which I don’t use too well, I have a Pinterest account which was great for planning my daughter’s wedding but which I hardly look at now, I have an Instagram account which I love using for editing and sharing photos and I have a separate Facebook page for my blog. If I’m honest about it I think it’s because I feel a bit weird promoting myself, albeit through my blog. I do use my Deb’s World Facebook page to share links to my posts sometimes, rather than using my own personal page, but I’m thinking of doing away with this page. Do you understand what I’m getting at?
My question to you all out there is it worth the effort of maintaining a separate Facebook page for my blog when I’m not selling anything, I’m really only promoting myself through my blog and I don’t really know if the interest is out there? In some way I feel that I get enough action from my blog through my followers to satisfy me.
Anyway, that’s enough rambling from me for the moment – if anyone has any thoughts or advice on blogging generally or the Facebook page issue or even the whole use of social media in regards to blogging, feel free to let me know by leaving me a comment below.
Regardless, I will continue blogging and sharing and interacting here because that’s the fun part. I appreciate all my followers and thank everyone who has ever left me a comment or liked a post. It humbles me to know that I have such support out there in the blogosphere.
Cheers to another 4 years!