I can’t believe that it’s been a year already since I launched this blog with the above photo and put myself out there, along with my seriously ashy legs, for all of the world to see. See my first blog post: Blue and Cream Merona Clearance Find.
Thanks to the 800 plus, curious followers on my Facebook personal page and home state support from fellow nutmegger and seasoned blogger the Budget Babe, I didn’t limp out of the gate, I flew out of it. Even with my solid start, I’ve encountered some …ok, a lot of hiccups but I stuck with it. For example, remember when my URL was OneWomanEvolution (I was envisioning cups and t-shirts with the slogan ‘I am starting a One Woman Evolution‘) and then it sounded weird so I changed it to OneWomansEvolution; and then I was too nervous to write about personal stuff so I turned it into 100% style blog, linked up with IFB and iFabbo and changed it to OneWomansStyleEvoluton. A year later, I came full circle with my blog and returned to my original vision. I didn’t change the URL this time, just the blog name. My blog is now One Woman’s Style and Evolution.
It’s been quite an interesting experience and I’ve learned a heck of lot about blogging this year. She (my blog) is finally crawling and in a few more months, after a few more tweeks she will be running. There are some things I wish I would have done better or differently though, and they include the following:
1) I wish I had gone to a blogging class, conference or workshop BEFORE launching my blog. It would have saved me from a lot of the headaches that I encountered during the last year. It would have also put this blogging thing in a more realistic perspective for me. It’s not as glamorous or easy as it looks. You really have to have a passion for blogging.
2) I wish I had picked a better blog name! I use Twitter and my personal Facebook page to promote my blog. Twitter as you know only allows a 15 character handle and as a result, my blog name and twitter handles are different. I would have also picked a name that has 6 or less syllables. I know that sounds weird, but One Womans Style Evolution (8 syllables) was quite a mouthful for me. It’s weird that my blog name has become easier to say now that I’ve added the word “and” bringing my blog name to a whopping 9 syllables.
3) I wish I had installed the Akismet plugin before I published my first post. If you are a blogger and you don’t already have this plugin or a something similar, step away from your computer and install it now. The Jamaican saying “Who cyaan hear muss feel” came back to haunt me last August when my blog was SPAMMED!!!. I am still finding remnants of the barrage of spammy comments that parked themselves on my blog.
4) I wish I had used a pseudo name instead of my real one and that would have saved me from the wrath of the evil trolls at spokeo who are having trouble interpreting my request to be removed from their site.
5) I wish I had taken the time to submit more posts to IFB for consideration for their weekly links. I also wish I had taken better advantage of and participated in more link parties. I can’t even begin to tell you how invaluable those links are.
6) I wish I had taken the time to get a better understanding of SEO .
7) I wish I could go to the Gotham Writer’s Write it Right workshop so I can finally do something about these misplaced commas, semi-colons and run-ons. Wait, that’s future tense, right?
I am not beating myself up, however. For a blogging novice, I did a lot of things right which included:
1) I subscribed to Lynda.com. I would have never learned how to navigate my way around the complexity that is WordPress if I didn’t do this.
2) I selected Blue Host to host my site. I had one too many late night duh moments where a live person was required to explain a technical issue. I don’t really know if that is really in the scope of their jobs, but I find them extremely helpful.
3) I commented on blogs before I launched my own. It wasn’t like I just popped up from out of no where.
4) I allowed my blog to evolve instead of ditching it during those difficult, where is this blogging thing going moments.
5) I launched my blog using WordPress instead of Blogger.
6) I made great use of the connections that I already had. No I don’t live with a a GWC (Guy With Camera) or BFWC (Boyfriend With Camera). I just happened to have had a number of friends/classmates/relatives who were photographers.
7) I joined the Monday night #blogtrends chat on Twitter. I was told that we should form our own blogging tribes and I found mine via Blog-trends.
Well, I don’t have any champagne or cake or anything to offer or share. I only have my pride and a sense of accomplishment now that I have finally reached this milestone.