I have endeavoured to do a yearly review of my blogging adventures, loosely around my blogversary (blogs have birthdays, don't you know). So have a gander at my One, Two, Three, and Four years of blogging. This post is my 'Five' years of blogging review, six months overdue.
Why do you blog?
Inspired/Re-inspired by my twitter chum Maria Barrett after a late night twitter conversation, in which she was asking bloggers to explain in a tweet 'Why do you blog?'.
I think it is a great question to reflect on and I am always fascinated by why people blog. Well not why all people blog, because some of them are bloody boring/offensive and/or spam. I suppose a more pertinent question for me is 'Why do you still blog?'.
If you have been around the blog block for a while, I am sure you have had to step over the dead bodies of many a neglected blog, left to die as their once eager blog owners have wandered off to pastures new. The must be a reason why some lets their blog die, whilst others like myself ramble on; Although I am not sure it's an achievement, but it's something.
So in a broken kind of nutshell: Why I still blog...
- The people that I have met through blogging are particularly awesome, if you check out my One, Two, Three and Four year blogging posts, you will see that I am still friends with many of the same dudes after all these years. I wish I could namecheck them all, but there too many of the beasts! I have also picked up new beasts along the way too and love them (no favouritism here). I consider my tweeps over on twitter as part of this merry bunch too, as I have been twittering for nearly as long as I have been blogging. I like the fact that the friends I have made via this blog and twitter, don't just live in my computer. Some I have met in real life, some have let me stay in their homes and some have become real friends.
- Opportunities aplenty - Not only has it been awesome to share my doodling business as it grows, I have also have the good fortune to take part in some very cool things this to come this year, all through blogging. One is being an International judge at a Halloween ball, in Salem Massachusetts at the Hawthorne Hotel and the other is an all inclusive 5 night stay in a Inn in New Hampshire, Sunset Hill House (with access all areas FB and Blog coverage). All thanks to my friendship with the Distracted Wanderer, I will be over the pond for a few weeks this Autumn/Fall. Will be writing lots more about this!
- The Doodologist- My doodling/quirky crafty creative business would not be around without the world of blog. It has grown from a random little idea, as I added doodles to various blog posts, to a tangible beast (with help from the Prince's Trust). I got to share ideas and find doodle clients, all because of my cool little blog world. Helping some charities out along the way One doodle at a time . Got plenty of things to mention about all things 'The Doodologist' in the coming weeks.
- Randomivity- At the very beginning of my blogging adventure I was told to find a niche and stick to it, that way you will build up a solid audience and take over the world (or google
wankingsrankings). Well pooh to that, as I have been all over the place with my blogging. I started frantically posting several times a day, then slowed down to daily, then weekly and erm then monthly. Topic wise I have been consistent at being inconsistent, blogging about my one legged mother, counselling studies, hiking and more recently about my doodling business. That is why I would always say that I was a 'personal' blogger as this blog reflects the random parts that make up my personality. Over the years I have thought about abandoning this blog, starting afresh or just letting it die, but I am glad that I haven't. It is nice to have a place to dump my thoughts and share them with anyone that cares to have a read.
Without the blog there wouldn't be a business, so I think I will do a Doodologist inspired competition. I hate to inflate my FB page with false likes, so hopefully if you do go over and 'like' the page it is because you like my doodlings. Not that I am adverse to millions of likes and quickening my taking over the world, one doodle at a time. So head over and like/follow to be in with a chance.
FB page: The Doodologist
Twitter: @TheDoodologist (and personal twitter @crpitt )
Once you have liked/followed on FB/Twitter, leave a comment on this post indicating that you would like to take part. That is it :) None competition related comments more than welcome too! I would love to know why you blog (if you do).
An A4 doodle of your choice, it can be literally of anything, from an illustrated name to a pet/family doodle portrait or whatever is lurking in the dark recesses of your mind.
A personalised magical/magical key, it can be personalised with your name, used for a wedding gift, birthday gift, house gift, christening gift etc etc .
How will the winners be chosen?
On May the 4th, at 10pm BST (British Summer Time), I will assign all the participating comments a number, the numbers will then go in a hat (or random number generator) and the winner will be announced.
Don't worry if you don't win this time! There will be another 'The Doodologist' themed competition in June/July to celebrate my first year in business, just got to work out a few things and decide what the prize is going to be.
In mumborg related news, she came home today and is loving the newly improved wheelchair friendlier home. Thanks as always for those that ask how she is, it means a lot and has done over the years.