I have never been much of a writer, so when I learned that I was required to maintain a blog page for my Social Media and Digital communications class, I was not a happy camper. Writing has never came easy to me, It took too much of my time and It was frustrating. Having to write about a topic as interesting and trending as social media , changed my perspective towards writing. It made it easier to write about because there is so much to say and it related to me and my personal life in some way shape or form. Blogging Changed the way I feel about writing and has made me more conscious of what is going on with social media today.. I grew as writer and I became a blogger.
Though my writing skills very much improved and I enjoyed the topic, that did not mean that blogging was easy. Blogging is hard work. I congratulate those bloggers who are dedicated to what they do. Whether it is your job, if you are required to do it for a course, or you are simply doing it as a hobby, it is a lot of work and it takes time. There is a lot that goes into it. I found that the appearance of the blog page matters. You want to have a site that is organized, easy to navigated and that is appealing. I also learned that videos and pictures tend to enhance the writing and makes it much more inviting and eye catching.
I think the hardest thing about my experience blogging was getting people to read my posts and creating traffic. I took several attempts to encourage people to read my posts, I posted links on Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest. I did not have much luck using Facebook and Pinterest but I was very successful using Twitter. As the semester went by, I gained more and more viewers and even interacted with other bloggers. I noticed that interacting with other bloggers was much more effective.
Despite the trouble I had with maintaining an audience, my overall experience blogging was great! I learned a lot of interesting
things about social media that opened my eyes and made me more careful on what I do online, and I learned a lot about writing and different techniques to attract readers. This is something I might continue doing sometime in the future. 🙂