Today’s Blogathon Theme topic has me thinking: are there things I would do differently, now that I’ve been blogging here for over three years? (Read my first post from October 2008 here.)
My usual mode of operation is to seek ways to improve. That’s a good thing; it can bring about change as well as help identify better ways of doing things. However, one of my managers at work shared a wise philosophy with me. She said, “Don’t feel like you have to find an area for improvement,” when we were looking at my self-review. “That’s on your record forever. Don’t just dream one up for the sake of filling in the form.” I’d done exactly that. And really, is it an “area of opportunity” if your focus on time management means your meetings start on time and that causes difficulty for others who tend to run late? I got her point.
That’s a pretty radical thought for a corporate manager to share with someone who works for her, but it has stuck with me. And it comes to mind with today’s theme. I’m not saying I’m perfect. Nor do I want to be. But, are there really things I’d do differently if I started blogging today? Or has my blogging experience unfolded just as it should?
Yes, maybe I would have purchased the URL for this site early on. I’d like to do that now, but then that will require some extra work. At the same time, I didn’t know three and a half years ago that I’d still enjoy posting at Motherlogue so much. I could have purchased the URL then, and then let the blog drop six months later. Wasting money = bad.
Maybe I wish I would have understood just a little more (read: anything) about tags, categories and SEO when I started. Maybe I should have read a book or been more purposeful in my blogging platform. Maybe I should have started interacting with the blogging community earlier? Sure, in hindsight all of those things wouldn’t have hurt.
At the same time, through this blog I’ve been able to:
- quiet my inner muse
- connect with readers
- publish my words
- interview and highlight authors I admire
- showcase my clips and writing style for current and future editors
- share those mama moments
- celebrate my 40th birthday (for a month!)
- participate in two blogathons
- chronicle my NaNoWriMo experience
- learn about blogging by doing it
Three years ago I didn’t have those results in mind. It’s been organic and I’m happy with it.